First large container ship visit

First large container ship visit

 [12 July/ Rural News] Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, and Kotahi, New Zealand’s leading export supply chain collaborator, were ready to welcome the largest container ship to ever visit New Zealand waters. Kotahi Chief Executive, David Ross said the new era of big ships visiting New Zealand...
Farmers look to supply dairy goat plant

Farmers look to supply dairy goat plant

[18 July/ Farmers Weekly] Canterbury farmers have shown interest in farming dairy goats as the new processing plant in Ashburton neared completion. The New Zealand Dairy Collaborative Group (NZDGC) had invested millions of dollars to establish the infant formula processing facility, largely bankrolled by Fineboon, its largest shareholder and the...
NZ agri-tech startup CropLogic crowdfunds $500,000 to pay for ASX listing

NZ agri-tech startup CropLogic crowdfunds $500,000 to pay for ASX listing

 [14 July/ National Business Review] CropLogic, an agricultural technology company based in Christchurch, has crowdfunded $512,200 in order to list on the ASX. CropLogic Chief Executive, Jamie Cairns said the company was committed to increasing CropLogic shareholder growth potential through an ASX listing and Ventnor Capital, its corporate advisor, would...
Adapt or die: Climate change puts pressure on NZ's paua

Adapt or die: Climate change puts pressure on NZ’s paua

[18 July/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] A new international study showed that mussel farming would not be commercially viable by 2100 due to the devastating impact acidification of the ocean was having on shellfish. Concerns have been raised that the same could happen to New Zealand paua, with a fishery...

‘Best in the world’ fruit in demand

 [4 July/ Otago Daily Times] Summerfruit New Zealand Chairman, Tim Jones said the Cromwell Basin was now producing around half of New Zealand’s export cherries. Mr Jones added that they were the best cherries in the world, as indicated by the $25 per kilogram that could be charged for the fruit. Mr Jones explained that many factors combined to create the current strong position, including years of niche marketing, improved technology around production, and availability of land, good staff, and tourism which provided frequent flights to transport the cherries.
Release of the KPMG Agribusiness Agenda 2016: Volume 1 – Thriving in exhilarating times

Release of the KPMG Agribusiness Agenda 2016: Volume 1 – Thriving in exhilarating times

To thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, New Zealand’s primary sector must constantly innovate and reinvent itself to meet the rapidly-changing needs of consumers. The latest edition of KPMG’s Agribusiness Agenda has highlighted how the fusion of new digital and biotechnologies with traditional physical practices will place the agri-food sector...
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More tough farmer decisions looming from North Canterbury drought

[14 July/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] North Canterbury farmers who had dealt with a long and hard drought would face more tough decisions when it finally ended. Federated Farmers Provincial President, Lynda Murchison said the grass on farms was dead and weedy and there would have to be a lot of re-grassing once it rained,...

Taranaki farmer fined for surgically removing injured cow teats with scissors

 [14 July/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Taranaki Farm Manager, Claudio Nubio Da Costa has been fined more than $3,500 for cutting off the teats of 12 cows with a pair of scissors without any pain relief. Mr Da Costa said the cows had bad lacerations to their teats and he considered it the quickest and...

New plan to tackle bovine TB

[14 July/ Rural News] Primary industry leaders have come together to launch the new plan for managing bovine TB in New Zealand. OSPRI Chairman, Jeff Grant said the country was embarking on the next stage of eradication thanks to efforts of farmers and industry and Government organisations that were shareholders and investors in the TB...

Rabobank New Zealand announces new CEO

 [13 June/ Rabobank Media Release] Rabobank New Zealand has announced Daryl Johnson as its new chief executive officer, effective immediately. Mr Johnson would take over the role from Crawford Taylor who has been acting as the chief executive officer in an interim capacity since October 2015. Rabobank New Zealand Chairman, John Palmer said Mr Johnson...

Country of Origin labels under fire

[18 July/ Farmers Weekly] New Zealand meat and dairy exporters have been fearing a proposed trial in France which could see country of origin labels required for prepared food products. The two year trial still needed to gain final government approval, but could be enforced from 1 January. Dairy Companies Association Chief Executive, Kimberly Crewther...

Numbers and value of dairy farms continue to slide

 [18 July/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Just seven dairy farms sold in June as the number of dairy farm sales decreased by 28 percent in the year to June 2016 compared to the year ended June 2015. The median price per hectare for all farms sold in the three months to June 2016 was $26,361...

Careful who you employ

[14 July/ Rural News] Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) Chief Executive, Roger Parton said farmers should ensure their agricultural contractor was a member of RCNZ to minimise the risk of a mistake taking place. The statement came after a Central Otago farmers lost a $60,000 linseed crop due to a mistake in the spray a...

Farmer anger at KiwiRail plan to charge for use of level crossings

[13 July/ NZ Herald] Farmers have been angered by a KiwiRail plan to charge them for use of level crossings and underpasses that cross its network on their farms. The state owned enterprise planned to charge a $350 yearly administration fee, plus an annual inspection fee. The inspection charge could be a minimum of $750...

China warned Zespri over dumping claims

 [19 July/ Radio NZ] Chinese officials have warned Zespri that there could be retaliation if New Zealand investigated claims of steel dumping, a message which Zespri has passed on to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It was understood that officials from China’s Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Trade Policy made the retaliation...

New Zealand and Indonesia move past export dispute

[19 July/ New Zealand Herald] Prime Minister, John Key said New Zealand and Indonesia have taken an important step forward after the two countries agreed to put a multi-million dollar export dispute behind them and to boost trade in a range of areas. These included new agreements to export cattle to Indonesia for breeding and...

Todd McClay seeks clarity on competition issues from Chinese

[17 July/ NZ Herald] Trade Minister, Todd McClay said he would be asking officials to contact the Chinese embassy in Wellington to clarify its position on competition issues. Mr McClay’s statement came after Chinese news reports suggested the country could retaliate if the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment launched a formal investigation into alleged...

Food prices up in June, led by seasonal vege spike

 [13 July/ NZ Herald] According to Statistics New Zealand, food prices increased by 0.4 percent from May to June, while prices were 0.5 percent lower than June last year. Vegetable prices increased by 8.4 percent from May to June, led by a 72 percent increase in cucumber prices and a 44 percent rise in capsicum...

Farming and forestry can deliver food security, says UN

 [19 July/ BBC News] A United Nations report has suggested that deforestation could be reduced and food security could be improved if farming and forestry sectors collaborated with each other. The report showed that tropical nations saw a net forest loss of seven million hectares per year between 2000 and 2010, while the area of...

How to Grow Smarter and Connect Ag with Tech: French Telecom Giant Orange Takes a Closer Look at Agritech

 [18 July/ AgFunder News] Orange Silicon Valley, a division of the French telecommunications company, Orange, has released a report focusing on agritech. Lead Report Researcher, Micki Seibel said founders of agritech products needed to have meaningful and substantive conversations with farmers about their needs and to incorporate than input into their product designs. Ms Seibel...

Tesco to make all its own-label chocolate Rainforest Alliance certified

 [18 July/ Food Navigator] Tesco has announced that it would only be using cocoa from Rainforest Alliance sources in its private label chocolate sold in the United Kingdom by the end of 2018. Tesco Chief Product Officer, Jason Tarry added that by the same date, all cocoa used in other United Kingdom products would be...

New EUR 500m support package for European farmers includes EUR 150m for dairy

[18 July/ Dairy Reporter] The European Commission has presented a new package of measures worth EUR 500 million from European Union funds to support farmers during difficult market conditions. The package would include a EUR 150 million scheme under which dairy farmers would be incentivised to reduce milk production. The remaining EUR 350 million would...

Cow Urine Can Sell for More Than Milk in India

 [18 July/ Bloomberg] Distilled urine from the sacred Bos Indicus cows currently sold for at least as much as milk in India, largely due to programs introduced by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Mr Modi had introduced programs over the past two years to protect the animals and support industries derived from their waste. These included...

Concerns mount over Andrea Leadsom’s suitability for environment role

[17 July/ The Guardian] Senior environmental and agricultural figures have raised significant concerns over the suitability of Andrea Leadsom as the new environment secretary of the United Kingdom. Fears were raised over Ms Leadsom’s lack of top level political experience and the absence of a track record in farming or environmental areas. Ms Leadsom was...

Craft beer boom brews expansion for Australian hop farmers in Tasmania, Victoria

[15 July/ ABC News] Hop Products Australia has been producing its biggest variety of hops to cater for the demand from a growing number of micro-breweries in Australia. The company has followed the market trend by moving away from the bitter hops of the past towards the flavoursome craft hops of the future. Hop Products...

Germany’s Bayer increases offer for seed company Monsanto

[15 July/ NZ Herald] Bayer has increased its offer for Monsanto from USD 122 per share to USD 125 per share after weeks of private talks. Bayer Chief Executive Officer, Werner Baumann said the company had addressed Monsanto’s concerns and that it was prepared to make commitments to regulators to complete the proposed acquisition. Mr...

Climate and farming targets ‘at odds’; Farming methods must change for Ireland to meet 2030 emissions goals, report finds

 [14 July/ The Irish Times] A study by the Institute of International and European Affairs and the Royal Dublin Society showed that the planned expansion in food production in Ireland, as outlined in the Government’s Food Wise 2025 strategy, contradicted with the goal of achieving a carbon neutral sector by 2050. The report explained that...

More Technological Innovation Needed to Meet Labor Challenges in Californian Agriculture

[14 July/ AgFunder News] Farmers on the West Coast of the United States have been facing challenges in sourcing labour. Labour supply was decreasing as workers from Mexico found more work in their own country. The minimum wage in California increased to USD 11 an hour this year and was set to increase to USD...

Seafood shoppers place sustainability above price or brand

 [13 July/ Food Navigator] According to a survey commissioned by the Marine Stewardship Council, consumers were prepared to put sustainability ahead of price and brand when shopping for seafood. The survey showed than consumers were willing to pay an average of 11 percent more than the market price for a product that had been certified...

Lidl goes GM free with own label fresh milk

[13 July/ Dairy Reporter] Lidl has become the first supermarket chain in Germany to create its own fresh milk brand, Milbona. It gained certification from the German Ministry for Food and Agriculture to use a label stating that the milk was free from genetically modified organisms. A Lidl representative said the supermarket chain’s growing consumer...