Faced with an ageing workforce and with many farm owners looking forward to retirement, the primary industries are struggling to attract enough young people to replace them.
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The Government needs to take the threat to bees seriously, the National Beekeepers' Association (NBA) says.
Southland beekeepers need to take stock of their management practices if they are to survive varroa, a commercial beekeeper says.
Dairy farming's outlook is looking bullish, according to Rabobank's latest ''Rural Confidence Survey''.
Tests showing New Zealand manuka honey adulterated with sugar are returning false positives, industry stakeholders say.
Balfour dairy farmer Aaron Wilson wants to safeguard the land and the water in the Upper Waimea catchment for his children and grandchildren.
There are up to 300 seasonal jobs available with Otago and Southland agricultural contractors for this coming season and Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) is concerned they will not be able to fill them.
There are many challenging, fun, rewarding and exciting career opportunities in the rural sector. Southern Rural Life is running an occasional series of articles highlighting people in rural careers. This week we talk to DLF Seeds southern sales manager Garth Cleland.
Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) is questioning why more young New Zealanders are not being encouraged to take up careers in the agricultural sector.
Two-thirds of Southland is covered in forest and scrublands, primarily in Fiordland and Stewart Island, and one-third of the region is used for agriculture production (Land Cover Database, 2002).
Rural contractors have their sights on the sort of ''hoop jumping'' that sees many struggle to find skilled workers during busy seasons.
While the ''Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord'' was a ''step forward'' for the dairy industry, ''it does not go far enough'', the Green Party says.
Immigration New Zealand has several skills shortage lists designed to help New Zealand meet its skills needs by facilitating the entry of appropriately skilled migrants to fill skill shortages, INZ operational policy manager Chris Hubscher says.
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) wants to ''hear the voice of the rural people'', senior policy analyst Cilla Corlett says.
In addition to working with husband Mark to run their intensive dairy farm and two run-off properties and looking after their three children, Andrea Shore has added a pony stud into the mix.
In July 1998, Bill Clinton is in the White House fighting impeachment. Closer to home, Jenny Shipley, New Zealand's first female Prime Minister, is fighting to keep viable the coalition Government with Winston Peters' New Zealand First Party.