Kiwifruit claimants cross-appeal after High Court Psa decision

Kiwifruit claimants cross-appeal after High Court Psa decision

[7 August/NZ Herald] A cross-appeal has been filed by the Kiwifruit Claim over the decision that found the Ministry for Primary Industries was negligent by letting Psa into New Zealand. Kiwifruit Claim Chairman, John Cameron, wanted the Government to accept the decision. He added growers were left with no choice...

One billion trees achievable but challenging, says Forest Owners Association

[14 August/NZ Herald] The Forest Owners Association has welcomed the announcement by Forestry Minister, Shane Jones, that $240 million from the Provincial Growth Fund will be allocated to get more trees in the ground under the One Billion Trees Programme.  The Association’s CEO, David Rhodes, urged caution noting that while one billion trees is possible but it is important to take the time to ensure that the right trees are planted in the right places.  He added the country does not want to rush the planting just for the sake of hitting some numbers.  Minister Jones has announced that a $118 million grants scheme will enable private landowners, government agencies, non-governmental organisations and iwi to seek funds to cover the cost of planting and establishing trees.  In addition a partnership fund will be created to create closer working relationships between Te Uru Rakau (the Forestry business unit of MPI), regional...
Govt seeks input on trade policy

Govt seeks input on trade policy

[8 August/Otago Daily Times] Trade and Export Growth Minister, David Parker, has launched a review of New Zealand’s trade policy under a Trade for All agenda.  The Government is inviting all New Zealanders to have their say on what to them on trade policy and in trade agreements.  He said...
Roundup called into question after US court finding

Roundup called into question after US court finding

[12 August/NZ Herald] New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Agency believes Roundup is safe in spite of a U.S. court ruling it contributed to a janitor’s cancer, awarding him $440 million. The lawsuit claimed Roundup caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Monsanto insisted hundreds of studies had established the active ingredient was safe and planned...
High debt, low margins force Fonterra to cut back milk price, dividend

High debt, low margins force Fonterra to cut back milk price, dividend

[10 August/NZ Herald] High debt and lower margins has forced Fonterra to reduce its farmgate milk price for the season just ended. It has also halted plans for a second half dividend. Fonterra said it would cut its 2017-18 milk price forecast by 5c to $6.70 per kg. This provides...
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Borregaard’s ‘radical innovation’: A wood-based dietary fibre that can replace fat

[13 August/Food Navigator] Technology leader in biorefineries that produce biochemical and biomaterials to replace oil based products, Borregaard, recently innovated a wood-based dietary fibre that worked as a fat replacer. It said the fibres in the wood were converted to advanced grades of speciality cellulose for products in the construction and oil industries. Sales Director...

Kellogg’s Kashi partners with kids to launch new cereal

[13 August/Food Dive] According to a news release, Kashi launched a line of organic cereals that were co-created by children called Kashi by Kids. The company was owned by Kellogg and worked with kids aged 12 to 17 to develop the breakfast cereal. It came in shapes such as swirls and filled pillows. Flavours included...

USD470m cheese and whey facility coming to St. John’s, Mich.

[10 August/Dairy Reporter] According to Glanbia Nutritionals, Dairy Farmers of America, and Select Milk Producers, a new large scale cheese and whey factory would be developed in St. Johns, Michigan. It was chosen over other cities in Michigan because the site met key selection criteria. It was close to milk supply, had strong transport links,...

Qantas pitches in with millions for drought-stricken regions

[10 August/NZ Herald] Qantas and its customers will donate AUD3 million to help provide relief to Australia’s drought affected farming communities. It announced a partnership with Rural Aid to help fund hay bales, water trucking, groceries, and mental health counsellors. It included an immediate AUD1 million cash donation. Qantas aimed to provide AUD3 million by...

Bumper EU apple crop forecast

[9 August/Euro Fruit] The World Apple and Pear Association revealed that the 2018 European apple harvest would be the largest in a decade. It forecast 12.61 million tonnes of apples grown. The estimate represented a 36 percent increase on last year’s total of 9.25 tonnes. A large portion of the growth would be delivered by...

Large cattle farm may have caused romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

[8 August/CNBC] The large E. coli outbreak across the US earlier in the year through tainted romaine lettuce may have been caused by a large industrial farm according to a hypothesis by the Food and Drug Administration. A concentrated animal feeding operation was near a canal. Its water came in contact with the affected lettuce...

Singapore’s largest indoor farm to give food firms national food security a boost

[8 August/Food Navigator] Singapore will receive help just in time with its largest indoor farm which will boost local produce. With assistance from Sanan Sino-Sciences Photobiotech, VertiVegies will build a 20,000 square metre indoor vertical plant factory. The new factory would produce a variety of fresh and sustainable vegetables to supply the country. VertiVegie Director,...

Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN announces acquisition of Agren

[31 July/Cision] Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN announced Land O’Lakes Inc had acquired the assets of a software company whose soil health and conservation planning software was already helping it lead the way on innovative conservation stewardship, Agren Incorporated. The Agren business and tools would be used by the Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN division. It had held a...

Vets open to pan-industry initiative on grazing

[14 August/Rural Life] The New Zealand Veterinary Association said it would embrace a pan-industry initiative on winter grazing. It expressed concerns about animal welfare consequences caused by poor practices. Chief Veterinary Officer, Helen Beattie, added there were common practices in some areas that often resulted in poor welfare for animals and environmental damage. She had...

Growers apprenticeships ‘good news’

[10 August/Rural News] According to Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, horticulture offered a pathway to a better future for thousands of New Zealanders. He added the industry predicted it would need 25,000 more workers, and the announcement of 100 new horticultural apprenticeships was a good start. He noted agriculture offered opportunities to make money and add...

Manuka honey seller warns of ‘loopholes’ in industry

[12 August/Rural NZ] Ashburton honey seller, Puriti, has warned that some people buying manuka honey in New Zealand were getting a raw deal. The Ministry for Primary Industries was seeking feedback on whether to extend the export grade standard to manuka honey sold locally. It wanted to protect the reputation of export grade manuka honey,...

Sheep industry awards dropped for year

[8 August/Rural Life] The decision has been made to drop the annual Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards for a year. The awards had been around since 2012 and celebrated success in the sheep industry. More than 30 awards had been presented to southern farmers over the past five years. Beef + Lamb...

US stance on Iran won’t apply to NZ – David Parker

[8 August/Radio NZ] The Government is confident the U.S’s stance on firms doing business with Iran would not apply to New Zealand. President Trump re-imposed sanctions against Iran and suggested other nations should follow his lead. He added those who didn’t would not be able to do business with the U.S. Trade Minister, David Parker,...

Young Farmers elect first woman chair in 12 years

[10 August/The Country] Ash-Leigh Campbell has been elected chair of the NZ Young Farmers board and became the first woman in the position for twelve years. She is a technical farm manager with Ngai Tahu, and helped oversee the management of eight dairy farms. She said she was privileged to be elected chair and was...

Blue River Dairy sales to double, thanks to canning line

[10 August/The Country] Blue River Dairy expects to double its sales next year due to a new canning line. The company is an infant nutrition exporter based in Invercargill. The sheep milk company was sold to Chinese interests in 2015. Its General Manager, Robert Boekhout, said it had gone from producing 400,000 cans in 2016...

Strong returns for Ravensdown

[7 August/Farmers Weekly] Ravensdown has reported strong earnings but believed its work helping farmers to reduce their environmental impact was as important. It said good progress was being made to ensure the most efficient application protocols are in place between its environmental consultants and nutrient management advisers and farmers. Its Chairman, John Henderson, said it...

Co-op directors getting harder to find: Farmlands chairman

[9 August/NZ Herald] Farmlands Chairman, Lachie Johnstone, said attracting directors for cooperatives was becoming harder. Three seats were up for election as two long serving directors stood down and Silver Fern Farms Chairman, Rob Hewett, seeks another term. Joe Ferraby and David Jensen are standing down. Nominations close on 13 September, and candidates need to...

MPI taken to court by apple and stonefruit growers

[9 August/NZ Herald] A group of apple and stonefruit growers have taken legal action against the Ministry for Primary Industries in a response to its order to destroy tens of thousands of plants with claimed potential future losses of $1.5 billion. The group said flawed decision making could kill innovation in the sector. It requested...

Future of hunting statutory body under review

[14 August/Radio NZ] The future of the Game Animal Council was uncertain with the Minster of Conservation putting it under review. It was a statutory body established in 2013 and had been allocated $600,000 from the Department of Conservation. Its goal is to improve the management of deer, chamois, tahr and wild pigs on conservation...

‘F’ rating for Waikato Council in Forest & Bird dairy effluent report – but council says it gave wrong data

[13 August/Stuff] Waikato Regional Council said a Forest & Bird report that criticised its dairy farming effluent compliance was outdated, inaccurate and misleading. Forest and Bird rated councils for their performances and gave Waikato Regional Council an F for failing to prosecute anyone. Forest & Bird Spokesperson, Caitlin Carew, said it was an unfair for...

Toxic algal blooms still flourishing despite the cold

[12 August/Radio NZ] According to the Ministry for Primary Industries, there was an abnormally high number of toxic algal blooms around New Zealand this winter. There were warnings in place against shellfish collection due to algae in many regions. Specialist advisor, Brian Roughan, said it was unclear why the blooms had fired up now. The...

Fonterra reaches settlement with muzzled ex-director Leonie Guiney

[13 August/Stuff] The Fonterra board and former director, Leonie Guiney, have reached a settlement in their legal proceedings. The board said it had agreed to settle the proceedings and Fonterra agreed to meet her costs. In March, an injunction against Ms Guiney talking to media was ordered. The judge said at the time that there...

Fonterra taps into psychology of shoppers in attempt to boost sales

[10 August/Stuff] A research division at Fonterra is developing tools to push customers into buying its products. It said the division would tap into the minds of consumers in a way that would shape the future of commerce. It used psychology and neuroscience to increase sales and improve marketing strategies. Fonterra Sales and Marketing Disruption...

Fonterra returns to India to form joint venture with Future Group

[9 August/NZ Herald] Fonterra is returning to the Indian dairy market to form a joint venture with Future Group. It said it had tied up with the Future Consumer, part of Future Group, to make a range of consumer and foodservice dairy products that would meet the growing demand for high quality dairy in India....