New Zealand scientists are studying the use of a remotely-activated device to start the process of ripening in packaged fruit and vegetables. YVONNE O'HARA reports.
The Ellesmere A&P Show celebrated everything the district has to offer from the ''Paddock to Plate'' and beyond on Saturday, October 18.
Ranfurly farmer Dawn Sangster is a woman of many trades and talents, one being an elected member of the Beef and Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) Central South Island farmer council, the other as an Alliance Group director and in what time she has left, a farmer in the Maniototo.
Fonterra's milk factory in Studholme, near Waimate, is likely to get a big boost.
Market diversification is essential for the future of New Zealand's meat exports, Alliance Group chief executive Grant Cuff says.
People are the ''real key challenge'' for the dairy industry in South Canterbury, DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says.
More research needs to be done on the reasons behind New Zealand's farmer suicide rate, both for men and women, New Zealand Federated Farmers' (NZFF) health and safety spokeswoman Katie Milne says. In a recent press release she said statistics showed 169 farmers had committed suicide since 2007-08.
Nearly six months after its introduction, a recycling scheme for the Ashburton district's rural properties is continuing to grow.
It is literally all systems go at the huge meat processing works just north of Oamaru.
Dunsandel dominated this year's Christchurch district ANZ Young Farmers Contest final on Saturday.
Last year's windstorms, estimated to have damaged more than 800 irrigators, have prompted an insurance company and Lincoln University to work together to investigate how farmers protected their irrigators.
The 47th annual Waimate Shears were judged a huge success last weekend.
To retain our place as world leaders, we need to ensure that we have the best people in place right across the industry, be they farmers, researchers, marketers or agronomists.
An Ashburton irrigation company has become the first in the industry to gain accreditation for irrigation system design.
Synlait Milk has become a registered manufacturer of retail-ready infant milk formula for export to China. The Canterbury company announced on September 30 it had received approval from the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China.
Prospects are looking promising for the sheep and beef sector in the northern South Island.
Family farms are not yet a thing of the past, according to Lincoln University farm management researchers.
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.
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.
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.