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Nestle will use satellites to protect palm oil supply chain from deforestation

[17 September/Food Dive] Nestle will use a satellite monitoring service to limit deforestation in its palm oil supply chain. They would use the Starling satellite service which had been developed by Airbus and The Forest Trust. It would monitor the company’s global palm oil supply chain to provide high-resolution radar and satellite imagery that documented...

Coca-Cola ‘in talks’ over cannabis-infused drinks

[17 September/BBC News] Coca-Cola appears to be ready to experiment with cannabis. It is said to be in discussions with Aurora Cannabis about cannabis-infused beverages. They would aim to relieve pain rather than intoxicate consumers. It said it was watching the cannabis drinks market closely. Cannabidol was a constituent of cannabis that could ease inflammation,...

Cargill to acquire Konspol

[14 September/Global Meat News] Cargill has reached an agreement to acquire Konspol. It was part of its global protein business ambition to enter into the Polish market and strengthen its poultry footprint. Under the agreement, Cargill will purchase the assets of the food and fresh chicken business. It would also acquire its portfolio of products...

JUST gears up for late 2018 cell-based meat launch, but says more meaningful quantities are 2-3 years out

[13 September/Food Navigator] According to its CEO, Josh Tetrick, JUST are on track to launch a KFC style ground chicken product that would be made from cell cultured meat at a restaurant outside the U.S. to gauge customer reactions. He noted however that commercial quantities were still some way off. The products would be made...

Aspen sells nutritional business to Lactalis

[13 September/Dairy Reporter] Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited announced it would divest its global Nutritional Business to the Lactalis Group. Aspen’s Chief Executive, Stephen Saad, said they were pleased to announce an agreement had been signed off to sell the division for USD860 million. It was in line with its strategic intention to focus on its...

U.K. Introduces Farm Bill With Seven-Year Brexit Transition

[12 September/Bloomberg] The UK Government has introduced new agriculture legislation to replace the EU subsidies for farmers. It places more emphasis on environmental standards. It includes a seven year transition period to help farmers survive after leaving the EU. It detailed how farmers would be paid for criteria such as better water quality and animal...

Former activist and scholars drive re-think on genetically modified crops

[17 September/ABC News] There will be an independent review into South Australia’s moratorium on genetically modified crops. Economist and Agriculture Policy Analyst Emeritus Professor, Kym Anderson, will look at the benefits and costs of the State’s moratorium. The South Australian Minister for Primary Industries, Tim Whetstone, said the previous extension of the moratorium was done...

Rural power isn’t subsidised

[17 September/Farmers Weekly] According to the Electricity Price Review Group, urban power consumers are not subsidising people in rural areas. Providing services to rural areas costs more than to urban streets though most distributor companies did not differentiate between the two sectors. The report suggested other perspectives, such as requiring the use of separate urban...

Effort needed to keep workers

[17 September/Farmers Weekly] Taratahi Agriculture Institute Chief Executive, Arthur Graves, said many students who were attracted to the agriculture sector came from backgrounds outside the traditional workforce pool. This has prompted training providers to rethink how they recruit and train young people. Taratahi has changed its programmes to add more personal development and was working...

NZ maple syrup industry ‘possible and promising’

[17 September/Stuff] New Zealand academics believe the country could develop a maple syrup industry despite mild climate and no sugar maple forests. The research determined a plantation of maple saplings was a possible and promising endeavour in New Zealand. Holes are drilled into mature maple trees and natural presses within the trees flow the sap...

Tauranga’s Maori berry company Miro could rival kiwifruit’s Zespri

[15 September/NZ Herald] A Maori owned berry company in Tauranga believes it could be as successful as Zespri. Miro plans to become an export success story by putting tunnel houses on underutilised Maori land nationwide, creating over 5,000 jobs and put $500 million into the economy. Business Development Manager, Liz Te Amo, said it had...

Taxpayer costs for kiwifruit claim trial balloon out to $6m

[17 September/Stuff] Taxpayers had spent $6 million on defending the kiwifruit claim case. It was the most expensive primary sector court case on record. Growers had claimed the Ministry for Primary Industries were negligent in allowing the Psa disease into the country in 2010 and are claiming more than $450 million in compensation. MPI wanted...

NZ economy may not be as slow as business confidence suggests – for now

[17 September/Stuff] Statistics New Zealand will release figures on how fast the NZ economy grew in the three months to June 30 later this week. Increased farm production during autumn may have seen strong growth in the quarter, however any disappointment could lead towards an interest rate cut. Despite headlines of weak business confidence and...

Cows electrocuted by falling power lines

[13 September/Rural Life] Eleven dairy cows have recently been electrocuted when powerlines broke and fell, raising concerns that unmaintained lines across Northland could kill again. The cows were located on a Dargaville property. It was warned that ageing, rotting, and rusting power poles on private properties were dangerous. Northpower Spokesman, Steve Macmillan, said it was...

Young Farmers Contest changes to encourage more women to enter

[12 September/Stuff] A key problem with the FMG Young Farmer of the Year competition is that women aren’t winning and it is planning significant changes to attract more female entries. Farmer, Lisa Kendall, was one of only four women to have reached the final in the 50 years the contest had been running. She said...

North Island farmers lose 100,000 lambs after spring storm

[17 September/Stuff] An estimated 100,000 lambs were lost in the North Island over the past few weeks due to a recent storm. The economic impact of the losses is estimated at up to $14.4 million. Federated Farmers High Country Chairman, Simon Williamson, said lambing would not begin in areas where recent snow had fallen until...

Wine founder given top Australian honour

[12 September/NZ Winegrower] Wine industry founder, Dave Hohnen, received Australia’s top honour. He founded Cape Mentelle, and also led the creation of Cloudy Bay. He was made a member of the Order of Australia for his services to the Australian wine industry as a promoter of the Margaret River region. There was no mention of...

Frosty mornings give Hawke’s Bay winegrowers a few sleepless nights

[12 September/The Country] A cold snap gave Hawke’s Bay grape growers sleepless nights, however caused no real damage to crops. Hawke’s Bay Wine Growers Association Chairman, Michael Henley, said they were very early frosts so bud burst had not really happened. He added that Late October and early November would be the worst time to...

Why we need to talk about GM

[13 September/The Country] According to Sir Peter Gluckman, the debate over whether to use genetically edited grasses to combat greenhouse gases was more philosophical than scientific. He said New Zealand needed a national conversation about using GMOs in agriculture. He added consumers would still want to eat products from animals that had grazed on genetically...

Speaker Trevor Mallard lays complaint with police after dead birds left on steps of Parliament

[13 September/The Country] A complaint was laid with police by the Speaker of the House after native birds used in a 1080 protest appeared to be bludgeoned to death. Protesters laid dead birds on the steps of Parliament alongside fake 1080 pellets. The claimed the birds were killed by 1080 poisoning, however Trevor Mallard said...

Juken jobs to be cut as company moves to modernise operations

[11 September/NZ Herald] Jobs are at risk as Juken New Zealand looks to modernise its operations. The forestry and wood processing company employs around 250 full time staff across Northland. New Zealand General Manager, Dave Hillard, said the changes would involve some hard decisions but were necessary to ensure the future of the mill. The...

Fonterra Brands opts for outsider

[14 September/Dairy News] Fonterra has appointed an Executive from outside of its business as the new head of its NZ Brands division. Managing Director of Griffin’s Food Company, Brett Henshaw, has been appointed as Managing Director of Fonterra Brands. He will start the new role in December, replacing Leon Clement, who resigned to become the...

Pea imports astound local grower

[17 September/Farmers Weekly] Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers Arable Chairwoman, Joanne Burke, says a disconnect with end users hampered cropping farmers’ ability to push the virtues of the quality products they produced. She was surprised that a New Zealand plant-based chicken company imported peas from Canada as they couldn’t get them here. She added more needed...

MPI confirms no Australian contaminated strawberries in NZ

[17 September/Stuff] MPI confirmed that none of the strawberries that were part of the needle contamination scare in Australia were on New Zealand shelves. MPI’s Manager of Compliance Investigations, Gary Orr, said the Australian authorities tracked export orders for strawberries and confirmed none were imported by New Zealand. Countdown and Foodstuffs decided to not import...