Three companies which want to develop 16 dairy farms in the Omarama and Ohau areas have already been granted approval by the Waitaki District Council.
Natural resources are under pressure and the environmental consequences of economic growth are chronic, Environment Southland's annual report states.
There is no shortage of possums in built-up areas of Dunedin, judging by the response to a request from AgResearch scientists wanting to capture the animal alive.
Looming clouds of recession over New Zealand grew darker yesterday as the Fonterra dairy company dropped its forecast milk payout for this season by a further 90c - meaning combined farm incomes would be up to $2.4 billion less than last year.
The weather gods have conspired against sheep farmers keen to finally enjoy some prosperity from higher wool prices as the exchange rate against the United States dollar falls to its lowest level in 10 months.
The Government will consider directly funding regional irrigation schemes, but only after all other commercial solutions have been exhausted, Minister of Agriculture David Carter said in Cromwell yesterday.
Central Otago pipfruit growers are at the forefront of a revolution which is sweeping the world's apple and pear markets.
Agriculture and its supporting industries were promoted to secondary-school pupils at the recent Haka Bark Up to encourage young people to consider it as a career. Sally Rae reports.
Incidents of contracts being cancelled for stock on South Canterbury and North Otago farms, over fears of Mycoplasma bovis, are disappointing and not justified based on the current pattern of the disease.
Biosecurity officials are investigating whether genetically engineered plants have spread from a containment glasshouse on the Lincoln campus of Plant and Food Research, near Christchurch.
The wine industry has endured a tough few years, but those tough times appear not to be over just yet. Agribusiness editor Neal Wallace reports overproduction of grapes and plummeting asset values will force vineyards and wineries to amalgamate, and some to fail.
A driver and 48 bobby calves had a lucky escape when a stock truck rolled off the road between Roxburgh and Millers Flat yesterday.
Biosecurity officials say the genetic engineering "contamination" found in weeds outside a Plant and Food Research containment glasshouse at Lincoln appears to come from GE seed, which regulators allowed Massey University to import nine years ago.
Land values may have halved and some businesses have been placed in receivership but the Central Otago wine industry appears to be over the worst.
The national sheep flock has shrunk to its lowest level in 54 years, highlighting the difficulties facing the industry.
Waitaki First has issued a challenge to the Government to "walk the talk" and get involved in the resource consents process to establish 16 new dairy farms with up to 17,850 cows at Omarama and Ohau in the upper Waitaki Valley.
Three women from Otago have been chosen for a new course designed to develop rural leadership and governance skills in women.
Growers have been left on tenterhooks by a disease which has triggered a biosecurity ban blocking exports of New Zealand tomatoes and capsicums.