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Event details coming soon

New Zealand AgriFood Week 2018 is shaping up to be a great week.  We have a number of events back for another year plus some new ones.  You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  Full details will be published in January so check back soon.

Learning in the classroom, online and on the land

Helping people to discover the fascinating world of sustainable beekeeping and quality bee products, UCOL is now in its second year of offering the New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture. Students learn how to install, track and maintain beehives as well as gain the skills and knowledge needed to work safely and productively in a beekeeping

Horowhenua’s best-kept secret?

Horowhenua is abundant with a variety of producers and growers, from eel to asparagus and pesto; market gardens to free-range farms. The Horowhenua Taste Trail was established in 2016 to showcase produce, speciality food and beverage products of the region by connecting consumers with their local producers, and growing the region’s reputation for food excellence.

Shining the Light on Growth

When Dr Jason Wargent started looking into what effect the degradation of the ozone layer was having on plant growth, he found that certain levels of ultraviolet (UV) light were actually beneficial. This discovery led to the founding of BioLumic in 2012, a privately held start-up company based in Palmerston North focused on unlocking the

Taking New Zealand Farming to the World

CR McPhail is based in Palmerston North but visits all corners of the globe, taking groups on agricultural, technical and business tours. Ron McPhail and his team are experienced in both inbound and outbound tours and handle enquiries and tours for all aspects of agriculture as well as special interest and general tours. New Zealand


A New Way for Agritech Start-ups

Sprout AgriTech is a new business accelerator programme designed to fund the next generation of agritech start-ups in New Zealand. Sprout has one goal in mind – to help entrepreneurs grow global agritech businesses from New Zealand. As the only agritech accelerator in New Zealand, Sprout is managed by BCC (Building Clever Companies) and is

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Award-Winning Cheese

In the hustle and bustle of the Feilding Farmers’ Market, award-winning cheesemakers Adrian and Jill Walcroft can be found at the Cartwheel Creamery stall. The seeds of Cartwheel Creamery were sown in 1996 when Adrian attended a one-day cheesemaking course. It quickly became a serious hobby and friends and family couldn’t get enough of their

Robots on the Farm

Since installing three Lely A4 Astronaut machines in July 2016, Bunnythorpe farmers Greg and Amy Gemmell have no regrets about jumping into a robotic farming future. Less than a year in, and Greg swears he’s got an extra six hours a day up his sleeve. “Our cows now walk to and from the milking shed

Molecule to Mouth Value Chain

OPINION PIECE: Malcolm Bailey The New Zealand agrifood sector continues to grow, evolve, and diversify. Not only should this increasingly diverse landscape be embraced, it is vital that this trajectory continues for our country to prosper. The Government’s Business Growth Agenda recognises the enormous potential for further growth and spells out the need for another 50,000

The 2017 week at a glance

The big week is nearly here and it’s looking even better than last year! Check out how you can get involved. The 2017 Sheep Milk NZ Conference will kick off the Week on March 13. This conference will continue to support the development of the fledgling industry with a focus on exceptional foods. Marc Soper – NZ