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 […]

Regions win battle to protect GM free status

Regions win battle to protect GM free status

Hawke’s Bay exporters, growers and farmers who have worked hard to protect the region’s GM free status are happy the environment minister has backed down from controversial amendments to the RMA that would take away the regions’ right to make their own decisions on GMOs. Hawke’s Bay’s ability to establish a GM Free food producing […]

StockX announces strategic partnership with Heartland Bank

An emerging start-up business with 18 months trading under its belt StockX, a finalist in the Fieldays Innovation Launch NZ Awards in 2016 and again in 2017, is also a finalist in the New Zealand Hi Tech Awards in the category of – NZTE Innovative Agritech Product for 2017. StockX has received early development support […]

IoT start up set to benefit farmers

IoT start up set to benefit farmers

In the picture: A BloomSky weather station on display at the Farming2020 event in South Waikato. Fonterra farmers will come together to trial innovative technology that will allow them to take insights from the weather and bring greater precision to New Zealand dairy farms. Fonterra is playing its part in fuelling the revolution of on-farm […]

Hivemind crowdfunds affordable bee surveillance technology

Hivemind crowdfunds affordable bee surveillance technology

  New Zealand’s smart hive innovation company, Hivemind, is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help beekeepers check their hives remotely, and take proactive action to keep their bees safe and happy. The “Hive Strength Monitor with WiFi” campaign aims to develop and commercialise an affordable and accessible WiFi version of Hivemind’s flagship satellite-based […]

Farm environmental awards highlight sustainability

Farm environmental awards highlight sustainability

Sustainable farming across the Horizons Region has been highlighted at the Ballance Farm Environmental Awards (BFEAs) this month. The BFEAs are an annual awards programme which recognise and celebrate farm practices that promote sustainable land management in 11 regions throughout the country. Horizons Regional Council sponsors an award at the BFEAs each year as they […]