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My Daily Digest: February 24, 2021

Honey’s down but not out Every now and then, new farming opportunities come along that get a lot of people excited, though not all of them endure.

Often it’s because the market is quickly saturated with product, leading to a drop in returns.

We’ve seen it in the past with rollercoaster runs on venison and angora.

The honey industry appears to be going through a bit of a realignment at the moment, with low demand for non-manuka honey leading some beekeepers to the exit.

There’s a strong future for the honey industry and it will find its equilibrium. Too many consumers value its taste and health benefits.

But it’s human nature to chase the next cash cow. The trick is to make sure there’s milk in it.


Bryan Gibson


Rare investment opportunity in dairy goats

Dairying high achievers Charlie and Emma Adair are expanding from dairy cows into the dairy goat industry.


Call for more growers as arable groups kick off

Arable industry growers leading change are about to get underway with their first arable growth groups.



CCC extends submissions deadline

The Climate Change Commission is extending the period that it will receive submissions on its draft advice to allow the public more time to make submissions.



Manuka saving honey’s buzz

While demand for Manuka honey continues to surge, other honey varieties remain moribund, with low prices starting to pressure beekeepers out of the industry.



ACC invests millions to prevent logging injuries

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has taken a stake in Tauranga-based Robotics Plus, as the first investment from its $50 million Impact Investment Fund.



Tonight on Sarah’s Country


Changemaker Wednesday: Smart, sustainable and sassy


A game-changing ‘smart’ pivot developed by Feilding-based software engineers will be able to monitor crop health. Zimmatic’s technology strategy advisor Stu Bradbury explains.

Honest Wolf’s Sophie Hurley shares Papanui Station’s journey from handpiece to handbag. 

A sustainable beef patty trial has been a success. New Zealand Roundtable for Sustainable Beef’s chair Grant Bunting explains. 

Plant & Food Research scientist Kerry Templeton outlines the new hop cultivars with unique flavours developed for our premium craft beer markets.

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