Harvest: More than 3000 on unemployment

During peak harvest while apple growers across Hawke’s Bay were crying out for workers, there were up to 4000 people of working age on unemployment... Read More

BOP Young Growers competing for top title

A diverse group of eight young growers have stepped up to compete for the title of 2022 Bay of Plenty Young Grower of the year. The competition is... Read More

A call to help support TECT Rescue Helicopter

The TECT Rescue Helicopter crew carried out 38 life-saving missions over the month of June, including 11 rural or farm incidents, three motor vehicle... Read More

MPI research fund opens for applications

The annual funding round for the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI’s) Greenhouse Gas Inventory Research fund opens on 14 July, with $2.1... Read More

Peanut trials prove promising

The harvest of field trial peanut crops came to an end in June as part of a project looking into the feasibility of commercially growing the nuts in... Read More

NZ farms on alert for foot-and-mouth disease

Biosecurity officials say New Zealand has guaranteed access to vaccines for foot-and-mouth disease if it is detected here. Concern has been growing... Read More

Farmers asked to go back to school

Farmers across the country are being asked to go back to school as a part of a new educational programme for children called Farmer Time. The initiative,... Read More

Perception of wool changing among consumers

A three-year research study into the perceptions of wool has found efforts to build the industry’s sustainability credentials is transforming how... Read More

New Zealand Farmers get deserved upgrade

Internet connectivity in remote rural communities will be receiving a long awaited boost with the announcement of new funding. About $149,500 is being... Read More

Dabbling in the alchemy of distillation

The dark, mysterious plague doctor on Holland Road Distillery’s bottle labels hints at the ethos behind Terry Rillstone’s gin. Terry has... Read More

On a roll in Katikati

Big wheels of cheese, gaining speed, bouncing and bobbing their way over humps of green tussock and lumps of cow-trodden earth, chased eagerly downhill... Read More

Fierce competition expected for NZ Young Farmers

New Zealand Young Farmers Tournament Series finalists have spent the last two months fine-tuning their shooting, debating, stock judging and fencing... Read More

Living the good life near Te Puke

In comparison to the serenity of the paddocks of sheep, goats, pigs and cows outside, the store at French’s Farm is a hive of activity. “Welcome... Read More

BOP contest set to help contestants ‘grow’

  Eight contestants will take on theoretical and practical events, to test their knowledge and skills in a competitive and fast-paced environment... Read More

‘Horrifying’ starving Omanawa cows cause concern

The SPCA is working with a Western Bay of Plenty farmer following reports of starving cows in Omanawa. Omanawa resident Brenda Crook contacted SunLive... Read More