NZ needs a "plan B" for when dairy exports are no longer able to sustain the economy, according to visiting expert.
Prime Minister John Key is playing down concerns that delays in getting NZ meat into China will hit farmers in the pocket.
A Hawke's Bay iwi is buying back tribal land as part of a plan to expand its business interests beyond fishing.
The Reserve Bank is "carefully monitoring" an already highly indebted agriculture sector after the recent drought in the North Island.
Milk Pride, facing 625 of charges of animal neglect, is an "exception, rather than the rule", says Federated Farmers.
The country's largest share milking company is on trial for animal neglect.
Authorities are working with marine farmers in Coromandel to try to manage an infestation of fanworm.
The Green Party is criticising the latest sale of land to foreign investors, calling it "economic stupidity".
New plans for a world-class agricultural research and education facility have been unveiled by the Government today.
Farmers are hoping winter holds off for a few more weeks so pasture has time to recover after drought-breaking rain over the last few days.
The drought status covering much of the country is likely to remain in place until at least September despite recent rainfall.
Federated Farmers says people shouldn't underestimate the impact the drought has had on the farming community.
A survey of farm workers has found their average wage is now $5500 more than the rest of New Zealand.
The average farm worker is now earning $5500 more than the New Zealand average annual wage but farmers are finding it difficult to recruit skilled staff.
Around 2000 drought-affected farmers got off their tractors yesterday to unwind and share their woes with one another.
The sharp rise in the dairy price and buoyant car sales are encouraging signs for the New Zealand economy.
They may be dubbed 'gentlemen farmers' but lifestyle block owners are being urged to ask for help if they're struggling with the drought.
Auckland's Easter Show is back for another year.
Fonterra has increased its half-year net profit by 33 percent and is forecasting an increased payout to farmers.
There's very little good news for farmers in the latest weather forecasts – no rain is likely for at least another 10 days.
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