Smashing the avocado production bottleneck

Smashing the avocado production bottleneck

A method of supplying 500 times more avocado plants to industry than is currently possible has been invented by University of Queensland researchers. The new stem cell multiplication method could double avocado production in Queensland, as well as reducing the time it takes for new avocado varieties to reach commercial orchards from 10 years to […]

Hawkes Bay grower vying for national Young Grower title

The competition is run by industry representative Horticulture New Zealand and sponsored by the Horticentre Trust and is now in its 11th year.

Hawkes Bay grower vying for national Young Grower title

Hawkes Bay’s young fruit grower champion is set to battle it out in Christchurch next week for the national title of Young Grower of the Year 2017. Jordon James, 25, an orchard worker at Mr Apple in Whakatu, triumphed over seven other young fruit growers to take home the Hawkes Bay Young Grower of the […]

World Class New Zealander Award for FAR’s Phil Rolston

World Class New Zealander Award for FAR’s Phil Rolston

FAR’s Phil Rolston is officially a World Class New Zealander! Dr Rolston was one of six people from very different industries who were honoured at the 2017 World Class New Zealand Awards in Auckland. Judging panel chair Phil Veal said the awards showcased the very best of this country’s talent, and focused on how individual’s […]

WaterForce improves agricultural efficiency and sustainability

WaterForce improves agricultural efficiency and sustainability

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has announced the success achieved with WaterForce, a leading provider of water management and irrigation solutions in New Zealand. Schneider Electric worked with WaterForce to develop a cloud-based Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) mobile control solution, built on Microsoft Azure and Azure IoT technologies, which […]

New public-private research institute for BOP

The University of Waikato will be part of a new horticulture-focused regional research institute in the Bay of Plenty. Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith announced late last week that the government would provide $8.42 million over five years with additional funding to come from industry. The business case was put forward by Tauranga economic […]

Valden Cow of the Year lives up to her name

Valden Cow of the Year lives up to her name

This year’s top Holstein Friesian cow has been found in Te Awamutu. Okawa Tony Serenity EX2 took out the 2017 Valden Cow of the Year at the Holstein Friesian New Zealand (HFNZ) Awards evening, held in Cromwell recently. Serenity, owned by Tim and Jo Barclay of Okawa Ltd, and sired by Tahora Talent Tony-ET, beat […]

Ecosystem understanding crucial in agriculture

Ecosystem understanding crucial in agriculture

The future of agriculture rests on the next generation of leaders understanding interactions among species, Associate Professor Adrian Paterson, Head of Department Pest-management and Conservation at Lincoln University, says. The newly formed Department, set-up in part to align with the external Biosecurity 2025 and Predator-Free-NZ 2050 initiatives, is offering an undergraduate 300 level course in […]

Lincoln experience important chapter in success story

Lincoln experience important chapter in success story

Young Farmer 2017 winner Nigel Woodhead says his time at Lincoln University opened doors for him which contributed to his success. Nigel claimed the title in the Manawatu after three days of competition. He was awarded a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree in 2009 by Lincoln University. The 28-year-old Milton sheep and beef farmer said […]

World Class New Zealander Award for FAR’s Phil Rolston

World Class New Zealander Award for FAR’s Phil Rolston

FAR’s Phil Rolston is officially a World Class New Zealander! Dr Rolston was one of six people from very different industries who were honoured at the 2017 World Class New Zealand Awards in Auckland. Judging panel chair Phil Veal said the awards showcased the very best of this country’s talent, and focused on how individual’s […]

Tomato smuggler refused entry

A Korean traveller has been refused entry to New Zealand after trying to hide some tomato seeds from Ministry for Primary Industries biosecurity officers. The woman arrived at Auckland Airport yesterday with her husband. The seeds were found in tissue paper hidden between the flaps of a box during a baggage search. She has been […]

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