AbacusBio’s Dr Anna Campbell.

Genuine innovation in the agriculture sector tends to come out of smaller, not larger, companies, says the managing director of a New Zealand agri-technology company.

Fonterra’s John Wilson says despite high fat prices it is currently more profitable for Fonterra to make milk powder than butter.

Despite high fat prices it is now more profitable for Fonterra to make whole milk powder than butter and skim milk powder, co-op chairman John Wilson says.

Bernard Savage.

The EU has done a lot of pre-planning for the start of FTA negotiations, says the EU ambassador to NZ.

Manaaki Whenua intern Florian Chazottier collects flies from a trap set near an RHDV1 K5 virus release site at Glentanner. Photo: Manaaki Whenua / Bradley White.

Scientists say although the new rabbit calicivirus is working as expected, farmers are not seeing the knockdown they may have hoped for.

Damien O’Connor.

The way New Zealand takes on challenges and opportunities will shape the future of our food, fibre and timber industries, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor at Fieldays last week.

Laura Clarke.

Britain is making gradual progress on its planned exit from the European Union, says the British High Commissioner to NZ, Laura Clarke. 

Alliance Group has shipped its first big meat consignment in vacuum skin tray packaging to Hong Kong.

Horticulture rumbles on and has huge potential due to massive investment in the industry, says MPI’s Situation and Outlook Report released at Fieldays.

Alliance Group should be “named and shamed” for its deliberately long delays in paying money due to truckers, says Road Transport Forum chief executive Ken Shirley.

Concerns about Mycoplasma bovis don’t appear to have hit farmers’ enthusiasm for Fieldays. 

Fonterra farmers have reminded the outspoken Regional Development Minister Shane Jones that the co-op is not a state-owned enterprise.

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones enjoyed a friendly chat with the Irish Ambassador Breandan O Caollai at Fieldays, the pair renewing their friendship made at this year’s Waitangi Day.

Farmers will likely pay a special levy for the M. bovis response, but separately from the increased levy now being proposed by Beef + Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ).


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