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 […]

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 […]