Farming News

Irrigation conference set for Oamaru

Irrigation conference set for Oamaru

A biennial conference that attracts hundreds of delegates and top international experts is going to Oamaru in 2016. Sally reports.

Search for best of the best NZ lamb

Search for best of the best NZ lamb

The search is on for New Zealand's top lamb, with entries now open for the 2014 Canterbury A&P Show mint lamb competition.

Insufficient insurance evident in storm's wake

Insufficient insurance evident in storm's wake

Following on from last issue's look at costs incurred by the Selwyn District Council after last September's windstorm, Irrigation New Zealand reports on what irrigation service companies have learnt in the storm's wake.

Irrigation hopes thanks to RMA planned changes

The general election result means New Zealand can shore up water supplies for multiple uses, Irrigation New Zealand says.

Scientist embraces biological ways

Scientist embraces biological ways

A ''dyed-in-the-wool'' plant scientist who, for most of his working career believed conventional farming methods were the only ones that worked, has changed his whole outlook and is now a firm believer in using biological farming methods.

National Alpaca Expo judge back

National Alpaca Expo judge back

New Zealand's best alpacas will be lining up in Christchurch next week.

Environment crisis a farm opportunity

Environment crisis a farm opportunity

If his objective was to leave his audience feeling a little unsettled or with a sense of foreboding then Lincoln University agricultural systems professor Tony Bywater probably succeeded.

Organic beehives going to North Island to avoid 1080

Renowned West Coast beekeeper Roy Arbon is moving his main hives to the North Island to ensure his bee products stay organic.

Dryland farmers seeking review

Dryland farmers seeking review

Dryland farmers in the Hurunui River catchment are calling on change to address nutrient limit inequalities in the Hurunui-Waiau River Regional Plan. Amanda Bowes reports on a meeting between the Hurunui-Waiau Water Zone Committee and local farmers, held on Monday, September 22.

Truffle growing takes much patience

Truffle growing takes much patience

If there is one attribute growers of the prized truffle fungus need it is patience and New Zealand's two southernmost growers have it in abundance.

Groundwater study planned

South Canterbury's groundwater is being investigated by Environment Canterbury scientists.

Fencing environmental 'win-win'

Fencing environmental 'win-win'

A North Canterbury farming couple have been awarded nearly $30,000 towards fencing remnant native bush and stream gullies on their coastal Claverley property, north of the Conway River mouth.

Excitement at wool levy possibilities

Excitement at wool levy possibilities

When Sandra Faulkner was a young girl, her father gave her a valuable message - ''don't grizzle unless you're planning on getting involved''.

Farmhand pilot programme welcomed

Farmhand pilot programme welcomed

Farming is the career path Emma Hollamby knows she wants to follow.

Wool farmers urged to cast vote in levy poll

Wool farmers urged to cast vote in levy poll

The new Southern Rural Support Trust (SRST) chairman is taking the new role in his stride.

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