Sunflowers used to regenerate soil

Sunflowers used to regenerate soil

[20 March/Rural Life] A pasture mix containing sunflowers is being used as a method of soil regeneration and as an alternative polyculture forage on a dairy farm in Waiwera Gorge. Mark and Madeline Anderson own a 580 hectare dairy farm that runs 750 milking cows as well as around 400...
High-tech spraying for orchards

High-tech spraying for orchards

[15 March/Rural News] FMR Group has released a 3-row sprayer specifically for orchard spraying in its new O-series. The sprayer has been created through adaptation of the base technology found in the V-series.  The O-Series uses key technologies common to all FMR sprayers, The Weber tangential fan minimises spray drift...
Red kiwifruit about to arrive on supermarket shelves – briefly

Red kiwifruit about to arrive on supermarket shelves – briefly

[14 March/Stuff NZ] Zespri is about to release 30,000 trays of the Zespri Red variety, grown on New Zealand orchards.  The red variety will be sold during a limited release in the next five weeks and is selling for around $7 per kg. The red fruit has a sweet taste...
Federated Farmers says semi-automatic firearms have a place on farms

Federated Farmers says semi-automatic firearms have a place on farms

[18 March/Stuff NZ] Federated Farmers report there is still need for semi-automatic guns on farms. This is following Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announcing that guns laws will change after last week’s deadly mass shooting in Christchurch. Of the 1.5 million firearms owned in New Zealand, an estimated 15,000 are registered...
More fruit flies found in Northcote

More fruit flies found in Northcote

[15 March/Rural News Group] Two more male Queensland fruit flies have been found in Northcote bringing the total to six. One fly was found in Zone A and one in Zone B. Roger Smith, Head of Biosecurity New Zealand announced this means an expansion in Zone A to the bottom...
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France to dish up 50% organic and sustainable food in canteens by 2022

[19 March/Food Navigator] The French Minister of Agriculture and Food announced that 50 percent of food served in canteens must be organic, sustainable, or of a specific quality by 2022. The Minister, Didier Guillaume, announced the establishment of the National Council for Collective Catering (CNRC) which will focus on a number of objectives to ensure...

Food companies find government plans to ban junk food ads hard to stomach

[19 March/Food Navigator] Food companies have reacted angrily to the UK Government’s proposal to introduce a ban on junk food advertising on both TV and online. This proposal is part of the government’s effort to halve childhood obesity by 2030, and have launched a public proposal on plans to introduce a 9pm watershed on TV...

New Chobani Incubator class places an emphasis on diversity

[18 March/Food Dive] The Chobani Incubator program works with early stage start-ups to help them build their business. This includes a US$25,000 (approx. NZD $36,000) grant.  Zoe Feldman, Head of the Chobani Incubator programme had the idea to make this year’s incubator class of eight made up of 75 percent with an underrepresented minority founder...

Smart cap solution: Danone uses packaging innovation to make personalisation more accessible

[14 March/Food Navigator- Asia] Danone has collaborated with start-up Water.io to allow users to track their hydration levels through a smart cap. The smart cap tracks how often a user opens and closes their bottle throughout the day and emits a blinking light when one needs to hydrate. Under the partnership, Danone will use the...

Kind asks FDA to restrict nutrient claims to food with health-promoting ingredients

[14 March/Food Dive] A petition has been filed to the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by Kind Healthy Snacks. The petition asks the agency to review regulation of nutrient content claims on food products. The petition has been co-signed by 10 public health experts. Currently the FDA bases nutrient content on food by the...

Nielsen: Shoppers are looking for ‘healthy swaps’

[12 March/Food Dive] In a recent report issued by Nielsen, 2019 looks to have some new food trends on the horizon. Health swaps are becoming increasingly popular as consumers are looking to lose weight and improve overall health. Consumption of jackfruit and sweet corn are up this year as a result. Another point raised is...

Arla Foods pledge to carbon net zero dairy by 2050

[11 March/Climate Action] Arla Foods and its 10,300 farm owners have revealed goals to reduce greenhouse emission on dairy farms by 30% per kilo of milk over the next decade. They also have a goal of carbon net zero by 2050. In addition, Arla has listed goals concerning clean air and water to be achieved...

Hemp milk: A Hawke’s Bay company is developing it, but would you drink it?

[18 March/the Country] Kanapu, a Hawke’s Bay company, is trying to mass-produce hemp milk. Kanapu has hemp seed oil and hemp flakes set to hit the market within the next four weeks. Isaac Beach, Managing Director states that the company’s main focus for hemp is the food sector and aims to provide healthy food alternatives...

Govt calls off $10m loan to Westland Milk following sale news

[19 March/The Country] The government has announced that they will no longer loan $9.9 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to Westland Milk Products after the news it is likely to be sold to a Chinese company. Westland has signed a conditional agreement to sell to Hongkong Jingang Trade Holding $588m. Shane Jones, Regional Development...

Westland Milk Products Signs Conditional Agreement For Sale of Co-operative

[Westland Milk Products] The board of Westland Co-operative Dairy Company Limited (Westland) have confirmed signing a conditional scheme implementation agreement to sell the co-operative to Hongkong Jingang Trade Holding Co. Limited. Hongkong Jingang Trade Holding Co is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yili Industrial Group (Yili). The sale is at $3.41 per share which represents...

Fonterra jobs go in shakeup but details under wraps

[15 March/Otago Daily Times] As a part of Fonterra’s “back to basics” organisation restructuring programme, some redundancies have been made. A spokesperson spoke on the matter, describing that the situation was not to do with numbers, but on creating more efficient teams within the organisation. The company last year recorded its first annual loss of...

Pilot ‘trees and carbon’ workshop proves popular

[20 March/Rural Life] A pilot project run by Beef + Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) focusing on farmers making the most of the One Billion Trees Fund has generated a lot of interest. A series of workshops in the South Island were held names ‘’Farms, Trees and Carbon’’ providing an overview of global warming as well...

Foodstuffs turns focus on reducing soft plastics

[18 March/Supermarket News] The co-operative Foodstuffs have announced they will not be part of the limited plastics recycling relaunch. They are instead focusing their efforts on the reduction of plastic packaging. Mike Sammons, Sustainability Manager for Foodstuffs reports that the relaunch does not address the core problem and while it is well-intentioned, they are instead...

How farmers can build up carbon in soils

[18 March/Rural News Group] Massey University and Plant & Food Research are completing research through full inversion tillage to renew pasture offsetting greenhouse emissions. Professor Mike Hedley of Massey University reports that the research is based on increasing carbon in subsoil in low to rolling country so that it can be easily ploughed and farmers...

Companies join forces to create New Zealand forestry portfolio

[15 March/The Country] Air New Zealand, Contact Energy, Genesis Energy and Z Energy have joined forces to create a partnership to establish a forest portfolio to gather carbon.  The collaboration will help participants to meet their annual requirements under the emissions trading scheme. Anthony Beverley, Chief Executive of DrylandCarbon reported that now the partnership has...

‘Green’ hydrogen: Could it save Taranaki’s energy industry?

[15 March/The Country] The future of energy in Taranaki may be headed in the direction of “green” hydrogen. In a recent report released by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the region is already the “perfect fit” for this decision to be implemented. The region’s oil and gas industry is currently responsible for an estimated $1.57 billion...

Dutch company DSM keen to trial methane cutting tech this year

[13 March/Stuff NZ] Dutch nutrition company DSM has developed a feed additive to limit the methane burped out by cattle, sheep and goats by up to 30 percent. The additive could be introduced to New Zealand farms later in the year if regulators give it the green light. A single dairy cow generates about 3...

As labour shortage bites, app aims to hook growers up with workers

[13 March/Stuff NZ] Genevieve Griffin-George, a Tasman Entrepreneur and Founder of PICMI is helping horticulturalists find workers in the current shortage. PICMI a cloud-based software designed to simplify the employment process for agricultural seasonal staff. The software was developed last year as part of the Xcelerate programme where Genevieve Griffin-George’s idea was picked as one...

New technology will help

[08 February/Rural News] A new report states primary industries may be able to use blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to help capture high-value niches. They can connect the sector more directly to consumers through supply chain innovations. Callaghan Innovation and blockchain venture studio Centrality commissioned the report which is written by author Joshua Vial. The...

Fight to make quad bikes safer gaining traction, but progress is slow

[16 March/Stuff NZ] Trauma surgeon Li Hsee and his colleagues see lots of blood and many broken bones resulting from quad bike crashes. Mr Hsee reported these incidents as being avoidable, particularly those involving children. Several calls have been made urging the New Zealand and Australian governments to ban the bikes for those under the...

Villa Maria creeps up list of Most Admired Wine Brands in the World

[18 March/Stuff NZ] Villa Maria was named in the top three Most Admired Wine Brands at the Drinks International Ceremony in Germany. This is the first time a New Zealand country has made the top three since the establishment of the award in 2011. Helen Morrison, Villa Maria Malborough Senior Winemaker reported that the win...

Research farm up for sale

[08 February/Rural News] AgResearch’s Winnchmore Research Station, northwest of Ashburton, is up for sale. AgResearch says its science programmes will not be affected by the sale. The site is currently leased to a private farmer till the end of the 2019 harvest and is run as a commercial operation. The grazing and arable property has...

Organic dairying to clean river

[15 March/Farmers Weekly] An impact investment proposal has been made for 12 to 18 existing dairy farms in the Waipa River Catchment to convert to low-impact organic dairying. This has the potential to improve water quality in the Waipa-Waikato catchment and provide a good return. The proposal has been made by the Waikato River authority,...

Informed decisions required to tackle sustainability challenge – visiting expert tells NZ red meat sector

[19 March/Rabobank] New Zealand red meat producers have been told by a visiting animal proteins expert to use sustainability in their individual business strategies. Justin Sherrard, Global Animal Protein Strategist reported that sustainability is a big part of the movement in the global market for red meat as consumer preferences adjust accordingly. Mr Sherrard stated...