Questions and close scrutiny need to be taken over Yili's proposed purchase of Westland Milk Products before the ink is dried on the deal, Federated Farmers national dairy chairman Chris Lewis says.
Central Rural Life
The importance of farmers lifting their game and being more environmentally conscious was emphasised at Beef + Lamb New Zealand's annual meeting in Timaru last week.
The ancient grain quinoa (pronounced keen-waa) is touted as a new superfood but its history stems back to ancient times in South America.
Lindsay Green, of Timaru, spent a lifetime working in the grain and seed industry, when there was great reliance on people's knowledge without the aid of technology.
The Selwyn District Council is stepping up its efforts to protect its biodiversity.
Fifty years ago, Lowcliffe woman Mavis Wilkins became a member of the Women's Institute (WI).
People of all ages pitched in to plant a rest area on the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail through North Otago farmland last week.
Making informed decisions using technology has created more productive land use for farms while reducing their environmental impact, according to Eyrewell farmer Mike Smith.
Mackenzie Waitaki merino two-tooth ewe competition chairman Mark Ivey says he was delighted with the number of Mackenzie entries in this year's event. The competition was held over two days last...
A major red meat sales campaign in California was launched at Beef+Lamb NZ's national annual meeting in Timaru last Thursday.
Kaikoura now has it's own young farmers' club (YFC).
The Methven A&P Show theme of ''Recreation in and around the Methven District'' highlighted regional recreational opportunities. Among the activities displayed were 4WD, football, mountain...
There is an untapped market in New Zealand for high oleic sunflower oil and it is looking like a highly viable rotation crop, says Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) which is trialling the regal...
The possible sale of Westland Milk Products to Yili comes as Yili is ramping up expansion at its Morven plant in South Canterbury.
Finding out the source of phosphate in water may help meet water quality regulations, reports Sally Brooker.
Young New Zealanders are still slow in coming forward to work in the dairy industry and it's becoming a mounting problem, not just in dairy, but also in other sectors.
North Canterbury young farmer Georgie Lindsay has made history, by qualifying for the prestigious FMG Young Farmer of the Year grand final.
Rangiora High School has won the Tasman region FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year contest.
Concern has been expressed about the Government's Tax Working Group recommendation for a water abstraction tax, but the issue of Maori rights will further complicate the issue.
The Government's Tax Working Group's proposed capital gains tax has been called ''a mangy dog'' by Federated Farmers, while the National Party says if the tax goes ahead, farmers would be used as a...