Rural News

Tackling rural health workforce issues

Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government will take a series of measures to improve the supply of doctors, nurses and midwives working in rural New Zealand. “It’s widely known and accepted that we face challenges attracting...... Read More

Sprout offers accelerator to agritech start-ups

Farm to fork agritech start-ups nationally and internationally are being encouraged to come forward for the next cohort of the Sprout Accelerator. The Sprout Accelerator benefits agritech businesses that have a prototype and existing revenue, but need...... Read More

From plastic to posts

Anchor™ Light Proof™ milk bottles will soon be appearing on farms across New Zealand, but you won’t find them in the fridge. Fonterra has teamed up with Kiwi-owned start up, Future Post™, to turn milk bottles and other soft...... Read More

Bulk milk testing nears final stage

Results from the current nationwide bulk milk testing for Mycoplasma bovis are encouraging, with around three quarters of testing having been completed. “So far, only three farms have been confirmed with Mycoplasma bovis through the milk testing,”...... Read More

A step forward in fertiliser technology

Learning to be adaptable in an ever-changing industry is a skill Dave Warren knows well. Over the course of only a matter of months he’s made a change from the traditional method of using a truck to spread fertiliser, to buying and setting up...... Read More

Feds optimistic about local government review

The thoroughness of an issues paper released today on local government funding and financing is cause for optimism, Federated Farmers President Katie Milne says. "The Productivity Commission’s paper sets out key topics as it investigates...... Read More

Hemp seed can now be sold as food

Regional economies are expected to be the biggest winners of rule changes that allow hemp seed to be treated as just another edible seed. “This is great news for the local hemp industry, which has argued for decades that the production of hemp...... Read More

Honouring our farmers who went to war

“From the soul” is how Wendy Baker describes her efforts to honour and remember New Zealand soldiers who fought in World Wars. Now the former Bay of Plenty/Waikato resident has now shown her respect in a new way. Painting art onto round...... Read More