Maintaining Our Licence to Operate
As our world continues to change, farmers can meet their obligations to respect the whenua they are operating on through continued engagement and commitment to innovations such as regenerative farming systems, Ngāi Tahu Holdings CE Craig Ellison.
Biological Emissions Reduction Science and Mātauranga Plan
Reducing agricultural emissions is a key component of Aotearoa New Zealand’s response to climate change. It will help to ensure that we have sustainable and healthy food and fibre systems for now and in the future.
Building resilience is key to ensuring our rural communities can overcome climate shocks
Our rural communities need our full support in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle. But they can emerge stronger and more resilient through determination and collaboration, says MPI Director-General Ray Smith.
Seaweed innovation to clean waterways
Agrisea project exploring use of Ulva seaweed to absorb excess nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from polluted waterways - with the seaweed then available for use as fertiliser after being harvested.
Rural households to get broadband boost
Government signs contracts to accelerate upgrades to towers and broadband, with 30,000 households and businesses in rural communities set to benefit from increased access to connectivity.
Whitebait farm pilot launches in Bluff
Manāki Whitebait pilot project in Bluff hopes to create a year-round, sustainable commercial supply of what’s an increasingly threatened native species, following support from the SFF Futures fund.
A joint approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions means Synlait can keep doing milk differently for a healthier world
Building a farm emissions reduction toolbox to help bolster New Zealand's future wellbeing
There's no single solution for reducing farm methane emissions but there are many tools that could help, says B+LNZ’s general manager farming excellence Dan Brier.
Ngāi Tahu joins with science partners
Ngāi Tahu Farming have signed agreements with research organisations, including AgResearch and Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, to provide data and insights for NZ's largest ever regenerative farming trial.
New robotics option for horticulturalists
A New Zealand-made robot that can help with orchard jobs, such as spraying and pruning, unveiled by Tauranga-based Robotics Plus at a conference dedicated to agricultural robotics in the United States.
5G decision to boost rural connectivity
Rural cell phone users likely to be among the biggest winners from the decision to allocate rather than auction new 5G mobile spectrum, with many communities likely to access technology far earlier than anticipated.
Helping farmers breed better cows
With New Zealand said to have passed 'peak cow', breeding better cows has been doing a lot to boost productivity, with LIC seeing increased genetic quality in our dairy herd as the vital pathway to future successes.
Workforce funds for aquaculture industry
Funding boost aims to accelerate aquaculture strategic workforce plan to help the sector reach its goal of growing its annual sales to $3 billion by 2035 as part of the NZ government's Aquaculture Strategy.
How premium petfood could become a $1 billion export industry for New Zealand
Aotearoa is on track to seize a larger and more lucrative share of the global premium pet foods market, says NZ Petfood Manufacturers Association's Richard Brake.
New wine research centre 'a huge asset'
A $3.79m viticulture facility aims to help the NZ wine industry stay ahead of global trends and foster research in a 'Future Vineyard' by exploring automation and robotics, as well as climate resilience.
Arable farmer trials sustainable methods
South Canterbury farmer Andrew Darling is aiming to phase out nitrogen use over the next 18 months by participating in a new research project led by the Foundation for Arable Research looking at new sustainable practices.
Air New Zealand's first shipment of sustainable aviation fuel set to arrive
Air New Zealand's first shipment of sustainable aviation fuel has only just arrived, but already the airline is sounding out opportunities for locally produced biofuels using woody biomass collected from forestry waste.
Kinleith Mill set for bioproducts study
Tokoroa site to host $2 million joint feasibility study aiming to harness the valuable by-products of wood fibre by exploring the development of new ranges of sustainable wood products, hydrogen and biofuels.
Māori and Pasifika diabetes sufferers face new hope in battle against the killer disease
Research into alternative uses for whey permeate - a by-product from making cheese - has led to a company setting its sights on developing a remedy for people with type 2 diabetes.
Bright prospects for global wood market justify bold rethink for New Zealand’s plantation forests
The Forest and Wood Industry Transformation Plan from Te Uru Rākau could enable a radical shift towards more value-adding opportunities for Aotearoa's foresters, says NZ Forest Owners Association CEO David Rhodes.
First year of research into breeding low methane-emitting cows shows promise
Research run by artificial breeding companies LIC and CRV has confirmed bulls' genetics play a role in how much methane they emit, highlighting the potential for dairy farmers to breed lower methane-emitting cows in future.
Major regenerative farming study starts
Ngāi Tahu and the Government have joined forces on a new project aiming to validate the science of regenerative farming, with a seven-year study comparing environmental impacts of side-by-side dairy farms.
Food and fibre must include youth in the decision making for our industry’s future
The challenges facing the food and fibre sector have presented an immense opportunity to attract and secure a diverse and inclusive workforce for the future, says Food and Fibre Youth Network chair Cheyenne Wilson.
Investment to drive strong wool exports
Wool Impact is a three-year collaboration between the Government and the sheep sector to grow wool export revenues by making it a compelling, affordable alternative to synthetics.
Potential gold mine in 'black diamonds'
Ohiwa Black Diamond, a Bay of Plenty truffles company, is sharing the secrets of the industry in a bid to get landowners growing this lucrative product on unproductive land across the country.
Mentoring boosts skills of trainees
To support trainees in becoming skilled agricultural machinery operators, Rural Contractors NZ and MPI have launched a programme to recognise contractors who excel in the HanzonJobs initiative.
Let's work together to take a large slice of the food and fibre pie for New Zealand
Our fruit and vegetable growing industry has set itself the goals of improving grower margins and doubling the farmgate value of production from $6 billion to $12bn by 2030, says HortNZ chief executive officer Nadine Tunley.
Smashing the glass ceiling on farms
On the back of long hours, hard work and studying, 3 Taupō women are proving their doubters wrong as they prepare for their first season as managers of Pāmu dairy farms just outside of Taupō.
Higher values from plantation forests
This $25.5m, 7-year programme led by Forest Growers Research will revolutionise silviculture via smart technology – bringing about higher skilled and high-wage jobs that support a low-emissions economy.
Seafood industry will help ensure economic prosperity for NZ
It generates $5.2 billion in total economic output, employs about 16,500 people, and maintains a strong and important connection with our coastal communities, says chief executive officer Jeremy Helson.
Wanted: farmers to join seaweed trial
Fonterra's partnership with Sea Forest – to see if Asparagopsis seaweed as a supplement feed for dairy cows can reduce greenhouse gas emissions – has opened up to include farmers in this exciting trial.
$25 million helping hand for farmers
We’re backing farmers and growers to adapt, innovate and grow their food and fibre exports with a comprehensive package to strengthen training and employment within the rural advisory sector.
Let's meet our challenges with smarter work
Ash-Leigh Campbell share-milks her own 900-cow farm while also working at agritech company Halter. A young Māori farmer, Ash-Leigh is a champion for innovation and progress that align smartly with the core goals of the Fit For a Better World roadmap.
Saved: water to feed 500,000 people
Fonterra, in close partnership with Ecolab’s water management division, saved 190 million litres of water in their manufacturing processes across Australia and New Zealand.
Aligning land use and Māori culture
Māori farmers are under pressure to use ancestral land in ways consistent with communal values, and have to balance those goals against the need to cut greenhouse gases on farms, two researchers say.
Building a sustainable future for the honey and bee industry
A shared aspiration for providing the world’s most discerning consumers with outstanding ethically produced food, all sourced from Aotearoa New Zealand, means close alignment between the work of Apiculture New Zealand (ApiNZ) within Fit for A Better World
Jenny Cameron joins MPI to lead Fit for a Better World
Jenny Cameron is MPI’s new Chief Transformation Officer. She has joined from DairyNZ and will be working closely with the food and fibre sector on the implementation of the Fit for a Better World roadmap.