Farming

Trade Minister David Parker.

Trade Minister returns from Buenos Aires WTO conference 'disappointed'

But there was some progress on environmental issues, David Parker says.

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The Ministry of Primary Industries has today announced a chemical and DNA definition for Manuka honey, to protect its trade reputation overseas.

Manuka honey gets legal definition to safeguard product's reputation

Manuka honey will be tested for chemical and DNA markers to ensure its trade reputation.

Labour says it would look at banning more intensive livestock farming.

Government to boost sustainable farming fund

The Agriculture Minister says consumers are becoming savvier about the provenance of food chains.

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Environmentalists aren't convinced, saying the sector needs to do much more.

Farms open gates to the public to show protection of waterways

Forest and Bird says more needs to be done if we're to save native fish numbers.

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But fears tighter immigration policies will make harvest even harder have been extinguished by government.

There's plenty of cherries - but not enough cherry picker in Otago

Many growers are concerned the new government’s tougher stance on immigration could cause problems.

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It's been described as the worst wool season in 50 years.

Struggling wool industry set for fresh government help after horror season

It's been described as the worst wool season in 50 years.

Ripe apricots on a tree branch

Hot weather brings early Otago apricot harvest

A ridge of high pressure over much of NZ during the second half of November caused near-record or record dryness.

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Federated Farmers are warning early decisions need to be made by those who work the land.

Farmers issued warning as country experiences one of the driest November's on record

Federated Farmers say early decisions need to be made by those who work the land.

With a reduction in supply driving them higher, NZ’s largest export whole milk powder rose 2.3%.

Dairy prices expected to lift on threat of drought

Prices at the GlobalDairyTrade auction may lift next week, snapping four consecutive declines.

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It's hoped the success of some young talent can help pave the way.

Young horticulturist hoping to pave the way for more women as industry faces accusations of sexism

"So many different areas of horticulture and what's wrong with getting dirty!"

Consumer NZ boss Sue Chetwin supports a parliamentary bill proposing compulsory labelling.

NZ's supply of fresh fruit and vegetables falling short of demand

A report found the cause is largely due to urban developments encroaching on farm land.

New New Zealand 10 dollar and 5 dollar notes and coins.

Kiwi dollar steady ahead of dairy auction

Tonight's GlobalDairyTrade auction comes after three consecutive declines in dairy product prices.

Avocado file image.

New Zealand avocados to be added to list of exported fruits to China

They're relatively unknown in China but it's still expected to be a significant market.

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The event is the largest community event in  New Zealand.

Thousands of people turn out to Christchurch's 155th annual show day

The event is the largest community event in New Zealand.

Waikato River

Farmers to open gates to public as Fonterra unveils plan to clean up waterways

"We're backing up our words with action and making tangible commitments".

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New research led by a New Zealander could help tackle a currently –incurable disease.

The humble sheep could have ability to recognise familiar human faces

The NZ-led research could help tackle Huntington's disease.

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Damage to the tyres along is expected to cost $15,000.

Tyres slashes, milk spilt in attack on Canterbury farms

Damage to the tyres alone is expected to cost $15,000.

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A nation-wide potato shortage caused by wet weather will have a serious impact on the availability of potato chips in NZ supermarkets.

Potato 'chip-apocalypse' not as dire as first thought for NZ supermarkets

An ordering error led Pak'n'Save to think they had less potato chip supplies than they did.

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The culling was deemed necessary to prevent the spread of the painful cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis across North Otago.

'We've had lots of tears' - Otago farmers struggling with emotional impact of slaughter of 4000 infected cows

Dairy cows infected with Mycoplasma bovis will be culled to prevent the disease's spread.

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The bacterial disease, the first of its kind in New Zealand, has infected 150 cows in South Canterbury.

Around 4,000 cattle set to be culled from Otago farms in bid to stop spread of Mycoplasma bovis

The culls will be undertaken on five infected properties around Oamaru.

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Kiwi farmers are concerned the claim is harming our already struggling wool industry.

Animal rights groups call for boycott of wool, alleging 'substantial stress and suffering' for sheep

Kiwi farmers are concerned the claim is harming our already struggling wool industry.

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In an election campaign dominated by tax talk it was the NZ First leader with the big move today.

Winston Peters rules out water tax in big play for regional votes

The NZ First leader made the announcement today before the Federated Farmers meeting, in Ashburton.

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The impressive display is aimed against a controversial Water Conservation Order for two of Hawke's Bay's major waterways.

Watch: Army of tractors roll into Hawke's Bay for protest over river conservation orders

The impressive display is aimed against a Water Conservation Order for two of Hawke's Bay's waterways.

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Seven Sharp joined Brad Pickett for the morning, ahead of a big farmer protest in Morrinsville.

'As Kiwis we all have a responsibility' – a morning in the life of a young farmer

Seven Sharp joined Brad Pickett for the morning, ahead of a big farmer protest in Morrinsville.

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National has promised to help young families into their first farms by allowing farmers to buy state-owned farms.

National promise to help young families purchase state-owned farmland

Young farmers would be able to purchase the land after five years of work.

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