New Zealand’s farming industry is facing a raft of challenges and branding is key, according to speakers at the Federated Farmers national conference.
Newsroom's Technology columnist Richard MacManus dives into New Zealand's thriving agri-tech sector to find a cow-whispering fitbit backed by Rocketlab's Peter Beck, Peter Thiel and Stephen Tindall.
Nelson-based aquaculture firm New Zealand King Salmon Investments believes fish-farming in Cook Strait, using newly emerging submersible technology being developed in Norway, is the route to realising its ambitions for expansion. Pattrick Smellie from Business Desk reports.
The government's directive to the Overseas Investment Office to raise the bar in overseas applications to buy sensitive New Zealand land has scared away tens of millions of dollars in investments in rural property and will hurt farm values, real estate firms say. Jonathan Underhill from BusinessDesk reports
The Reserve Bank is warning banks to be "far more prudent" about lending to dairy farmers, but says it doesn't see mycoplasma bovis as a threat to financial stability.
Rod Oram reviews the Productivity Commission's landmark report on moving to a carbon-neutral economy. He finds a wealth of insight on the task ahead, but no analysis of what happens if we fail or what a radical disruption might look like.
Drivers face massive fuel cost hikes and a ban on petrol and diesel engine vehicles within 15 years, while farmers will have to radically change land use if New Zealand is to become carbon neutral by 2050. Bernard Hickey reports.
Rod Oram looks at the challenges for New Zealand's red meat farmers in a world where plant-based meat imitations are already being rolled out through US fast foot chains and lab-grown meat is five to 10 years away from mass production.
In today's email we looked at the latest stats on migration and business confidence, and asked whether 16 year olds should be able to vote.
Rod Oram details the latest in agricultural industry innovation unveiled at a conference in Wellington and looks at whether New Zealand is being too complacent and not investing enough in new technology and systems to fend off the coming disruptions of cellular and urban agriculture.