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Farmer well-being is important

| August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments
Farmer well-being is important

While farmers’ well-being at work is not directly visible to the consumer, it forms an important part of responsible food production.

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Employment rules need shake-up now

| July 17, 2013 | 3 Comments
Employment rules need shake-up now

It’s not a job for the faint-hearted and you can see why contractors don’t want to have just anyone in control of such a set-up.

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Slow release, sensed irrigation a huge breakthrough

| July 13, 2013 | 0 Comments
Slow release, sensed irrigation a huge breakthrough

The device has been complemented by a piece of software which takes into account the local context, such as plant properties and soil characteristics. This means, the system is also…

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Conventional milk has more minerals

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Conventional milk has more minerals

Milk from organic farms has a lower concentration of elements like zinc, iodine and selenium than milk produced by conventional farming methods.

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Wool price lifts on back of weaker NZ$

| June 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
Wool price lifts on back of weaker NZ$

The weaker New Zealand dollar and poor weather has combined to push up local prices as exporters struggle to meet shipment commitments.

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New rules for ag vehicles

| June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments
New rules for ag vehicles

… agricultural vehicles first registered from June 1 2013 must use a flashing amber beacon at all times when on-road …

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Fonterra offer scaled back to 79% of 25%

| May 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
Fonterra offer scaled back to 79% of 25%

The high level of demand means the Fonterra Offer will be scaled. Fonterra will buy 79.7284 per cent of the economic rights each farmer shareholder offered to sell.

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Angus bull for dinner – almost!

| May 17, 2013 | 0 Comments
Angus bull for dinner – almost!

… the bull in question will not be on the menu, but instead will have pride of place on the wall.

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Boost to quarantine inspector numbers

| May 11, 2013 | 0 Comments
Boost to quarantine inspector numbers

The recruitment of more biosecurity quarantine inspectors calls into question earlier staff and budget cuts, according to the Public Service Association.

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Policy changes could help boost biogas production

| May 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
Policy changes could help boost biogas production

Livestock produces a lot of waste. One solution is to turn such agricultural waste into biogas to generate energy. It requires using so-called anaerobic digestion, which consists in breaking down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. This approach could thus solve farmers’ problem while helping diversify farmers’ income. This is particularly relevant in agricultural […]

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