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 […]

Pukekohe grower wins NZ’s best young vegetable grower

 Scott Wilcox from Pukekohe has emerged victorious against six other entrants to be named New Zealand’s Young Vegetable Grower of 2017. Scott continues AS Wilcox’s winning streak, becoming the third employee in three years to take home the award. The day-long competition in Pukekohe yesterday saw competitors engage in a series of practical and theoretical […]

The True Value of Sustainable Foods

The True Value of Sustainable Foods

A growing body of evidence shows the disparity between the price we pay for food and the costs of production & consumption. Market prices do not reflect the environmental, social and health impacts of food products. At the Sustainable Foods Summit (www.sustainablefoodssummit.com), it will be shown how sustainable products have lower such impacts over conventional […]

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 […]

Methane from food production wildcard in combating climate change

Methane from food production wildcard in combating climate change

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment A major opportunity for avoiding climate change’s worst impacts lies in reducing methane emissions, particularly from food production, according to a pair of new studies. The parallel papers, published in the journals Earth System Science Data and Environmental Research Letters, report that emissions of methane have […]

Cost of marketing online set to drop for Kiwi food exporters

Cost of marketing online set to drop for Kiwi food exporters

New Zealand food exporters are expected to benefit from access to a Google platform which makes it easier to compare prices of products according to a local marketing expert. Managing director of Pure SEO Richard Conway says the introduction of the Google Shopping platform to the New Zealand market will allow users to search for products […]

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 […]

Dairy – The new cream of choice in China

Dairy – The new cream of choice in China

For chefs across China, it’s out with the old mock cream and in with the UHT cream as Fonterra ups capacity to meet growing demand. UHT cream, one of Anchor Food Professionals top selling products, is fast becoming the cream of choice for chefs in China and other parts of the world as they look […]