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  • New Zealand can benefit from adopting innovation strategies identified in a new report by the UN on The Right to Food [1].The report identifies smart agro-ecological techniques and systems-management such as the ‘push-pull’ pest-reduction that creates a win/win/win situation for farmers, consumers and the environment. Most importantly the report identifies the best solution to feeding the world's growing population, combat malnutrition and reduce pesticide reliance. The approaches detailed in the report give growers better yields and ensure economic and food security.
    Article - 2011-03-14 10:00
  • Ashburton based RX Plastics has announced the extension of their highly successful K-Line Irrigation range, with the launch of K-Line Effluent. As the landscape of dairy farming in New Zealand shifts, farmers are looking for more efficient and effective methods of effluent disposal. Not only do they have stringent resource consents to comply with, the drive for efficiency is being motivated by fluctuating dairy returns.
    Article - 2011-04-01 11:30
  • The desire to excel has seen arable farmers Eric and Maxine Watson win the Supreme Award in the 2011 Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Awards. The Watsons, who farm 490ha east of Ashburton, were described by judges as being “well on the way to becoming one of the best arable operations in New Zealand”. They learnt of their win at a Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEA) ceremony on April 1 where they also collected the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Nutrient Management Award, the Environment Canterbury Water Efficiency Award and the Hill Laboratories Harvest Award.
    Article - 2011-04-04 08:00
  • Agriculture Minister David Carter today announced an expanded irrigation fund to support the development of new water harvesting, storage and distribution infrastructure. Budget 2011 will allocate $35 million over five years for the Irrigation Acceleration Fund, to support the development of irrigation infrastructure proposals to the ‘investment-ready’ prospectus stage.
    Article - 2011-05-10 09:00
  • Waikato Regional Council Manager Environmental Farming Systems, Alan Campbell says sustainable farming practices are continuing to improve in the Waikato Region. The council aims to promote sustainable farming and displayed their theme competing globally, caring locally, in prime position at the Field Days 2011. “The message to our farmers is everyone has a role to play in not only managing our environment, but also managing our global markets.”
    Article - 2011-06-21 14:00
  • Speech by Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers President, to the 2nd Annual Agricultural and Horticultural Outlook Summit, Amora Hotel Wellington, 21 July 2011 I would like to thank the organisers for allowing me to speak on water allocation, irrigation and storage to you today. This is my first formal speech as Federated Farmers President, having been elected only 20 days ago.
    Article - 2011-07-22 12:00
  • Recent farm profitability statistics released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry show that the Green Party's suggested charge for irrigation is 4.8 percent of total farm income for the average Canterbury dairy operation, the Green Party said today. "Many farms in New Zealand don't use any irrigation water, but even in Canterbury - which uses 65 percent of New Zealand's irrigation water − MAF statistics show farms will remain very profitable," said Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman.
    Article - 2011-08-28 15:00
  • Recent farm profitability statistics released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry show that the Green Party’s suggested charge for irrigation is 4.8 percent of total farm income for the average Canterbury dairy operation, the Green Party said today. “Many farms in New Zealand don’t use any irrigation water, but even in Canterbury – which uses 65 percent of New Zealand’s irrigation water − MAF statistics show farms will remain very profitable,” said Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman.
    Article - 2011-08-29 10:00
  • Massey University and Lincoln Ventures have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see them collaborate in precision agriculture research and education. Professor Ian Yule, director of Massey’s Centre for Precision Agriculture, says the partnership will increase the research capabilities of both organisations in an important and developing area.
    Article - 2011-08-30 19:00
  • Planning for New Zealand’s irrigation infrastructure steps up the pace with the Irrigation Acceleration Fund now open for business, says Agriculture Minister David Carter. The Irrigation Acceleration Fund was announced in this year’s Budget and provides $35 million over five years to support the development of proposals to the ‘investment ready’ prospectus stage. “Smart irrigation infrastructure development will boost economic development and contribute to the sustainable growth of our primary sectors. We now welcome proposals to the fund,” says Mr Carter.
    Article - 2011-09-14 14:00