AgriTech

AgriTech

How Grazing Enhances Environment

North American couple Tony and Jerrie Tipton do something really amazing.  Mining companies call them as a last resort after substantial spending on seed and fertiliser to rejuvenate mining sites.  They spread hay and straw...

AgriTech

The Hemp Wave

A hemp revival is beginning to gain momentum. Over the past several decades, there’s been a resurgence of interest in hemp by a diverse group of businesses, farmers, nutritionists, activists, and green consumers. There is a...

AgriTech Thought Leader

Zero Tillage

When asked what the linkage is between food security and climate change, most people don’t have a ready answer. Some see climate change as threatening how well food plants will grow in future, but they don’t see many other...

AgriTech

Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Never let a good crisis go to waste. So says Mark Wynne, quoting Winston Churchill. The Chief Executive of Ballance Agri-Nutrients reckons the dairy downturn has created an incentive for farmers to lift their game, not least in...

AgriTech

Sowing the Seeds of Education

As New Zealand fosters more green entrepreneurs and attracts diverse, sustainable-minded people there is a question…  Will there be green cities and towns they can live in, with green schools for their children? The Motueka...

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Flashmate

Matt Yallop is feeling battered and bruised, but triumphant. It’s 48 hours since Yallop and his FarmShed Labs colleague Fraser Smith received word that their FlashMate cow-in-heat detector won the International Innovation award...

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Golden Honeycombs

Liquid gold. That’s the phrase that tends to get used in any discussion of the riches to be made from honey. The honey business is increasingly big business, potentially a billion dollar export industry when it comes to manuka...

AgriTech BioProducts

Fleet Farming

A growing farming movement in the United States, centered on bicycles, is proving to be cutting edge in the quest to supply healthy, local food. Bike-riding farmers in Winter Park, Florida, are helping communities produce their...

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Using Nature’s Goodness

Microbes for control of plant pests and diseases.  All too often the story of an exotic species arriving undetected on New Zealand shores turns out badly for our environment. In the case of the Epichloë endophytes, however...

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Soil Testing from the Sky

Since the “Green Revolution” in the middle of the 20th century, mineral fertilisers have greatly boosted food production. However, the use of fertilisers can have environmental impacts where nutrients are in excess of plant...

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Harnessing Super-Methanotrophs

Agriculture accounts for about 18% of global methane emissions, but in New Zealand agricultural methane emissions make up 38% of our total greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from enteric fermentation and manure management, (about...

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Sonic Technology

Fibre-Gen: HITMAN PH330: Kiwi Tech Company Transforming NZ’s Conservative Forestry Industry with World Leading Technology and Innovation It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that if New Zealand (or any...

AgriTech

Switched on farming

Richard Conroy grew up on a Southland farm, a boy with mud on his gumboots but a head for electronics. When his parents bought him an electric train set for his tenth birthday, he says, “I was far more interested in how the...

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AgriTech Showcase

Meet Spikey. Eight metres long and equipped with a set of spinning saw-toothed discs, it looks like something you might take into battle – which, depending on how you view the issue of nitrate leaching, isn’t far from the...

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