TPP could wrap up in next six months

Prime Minister John Key says the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations could be wrapped up in the next six months and put in front of the various parliaments of the 12 nations spanning the Asia Pacific.

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  • Fonterra cuts production forecast and GDT volume

    Fonterra is cutting almost 25,000 tonnes of whole milk powder (WMP) from its GlobalDairyTrade auctions for the next six months because it forecasts its milk collection will be 3.3% below last season’s.

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  • Export figures beefed up

    The seasonally adjusted value of goods exported rose 0.9% to $12 billion in the December 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand says.

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  • Dollar drops on OCR statement

    The New Zealand dollar tumbled to its lowest level in almost four years and swap rates fell after the Reserve Bank dropped its tightening bias, saying it could raise or cut interest rates depending on the flow of economic data.

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  • Top price for dairy

    A large north Canterbury dairy farm, believed to be the region’s highest priced rural property sale in 2014, illustrates the strength of demand for dairy land despite the sector’s falling payouts, PGG Wrightson Real Estate agent Peter Crean says.

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Pulpit – History repeats as farmers pay the price

Early New Year lamb prices must surely ram home the need for reform of meat processing co-ops and the industry.

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  • Pulpit – Changes are best for farmers

    As a Fonterra Shareholders’ councillor I am always grateful when farmers have a view and are willing to share it because it encourages all farmers to think about the issues that affect them.

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  • A red card for sledgers

    It’s not long now to the start of the Cricket World Cup (CWC) and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve purchased my tickets and will be following the Black Caps with alacrity.

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  • No quick fix available to cure wool industry

    I agree with Allan Barber in his opinion piece, *Wool Trade Still at Crossroads*, (Farmer’s Weekly, January 19) that there is alignment between the meat and wool industries.

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  • GE-free madness to kill us all?

    GE-Free New Zealand president Claire Bleakley inferred in her Pulpit piece that GE corn is held to be responsible for a number of women, at least six, along the Mexico-Texas border giving birth to babies with anencephaly or no brain in 1988.

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Matawhero ewe fair January 7

The 10,600-head ewe fair held at Matawhero on Wednesday kicked off the ewe sales for 2015.

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Log prices up as Chinese inventories fall

New Zealand export log prices rose to a nine-month high in January as falling Chinese inventories stoked demand and local returns were bolstered by a decline in the kiwi dollar and lower shipping costs.

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Collaborative ironman in charge

Doing a half-ironman event and running a marathon wasn’t pain enough for Dean Hamilton. So he took on running Silver Fern Farms (SFF), the biggest business in perhaps New Zealand’s toughest industry. He spoke to *Alan Williams*.

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New planning guide for dairy conversions

Farmers contemplating a land-use conversion to dairying can get a new online environmental “how-to” planning guide to help ensure any new farm meets the industry’s standards.

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Poll - Climate change

Have you done anything to prepare for climate change?

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Caution not panic in kill plans

Farmers are taking a cautious line on stock for processing during an increasingly dry summer, booking them for two to three weeks ahead.

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  • More water, less ice for plains

    As parts of Canterbury swelter under near drought conditions, longer term research indicates the challenge for Canterbury farmers might be how to store more water rather than not having enough of it.

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  • Guy visits dry south

    Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says dry conditions in the South Island are concerning but he will not declare drought yet.

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  • Soils dry but feed plentiful

    Soils are drying out fast around the country, but above the ground it’s a different story, with grass and feed supplies looking good in many parts of the country, DairyNZ says

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  • Time for tough calls

    South Canterbury farmers expect their region to be declared a drought zone before the end of the month, unless rain falls.

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Detour on career path pays off

At just 25, Rhea Nelis is convinced she has the perfect job for life.

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