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Still too many quad bike fatalities, safety expert says

[17 July/ Stuff] Managing Director of OnFarmSafety New Zealand, Bronwyn Muir, said too many New Zealanders are being killed or injured in quad bike accidents. WorkSafe statistics for the first half of 2017 show three out of the nine agricultural workplace related deaths involved quad bikes. Ms Muir said these injuries and deaths could have...

New $8.4m horticultural research institute for Tauranga

[14 July/ NZ Herald] Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith announced a new $8.4 million research institute for Tauranga to leverage the Bay of Plenty’s strengths in horticulture and accelerate and commercialise research and innovation. The institute will be named Plantech: The New Zealand Institute for Technology and Innovation in Premium Plant-based Value Chains, and...

My Food Bag launches heat & eat meals

[12 July/ NZ Herald] My Food Bag Founders Cecilia Robinson and Nadia Lim have launched their first range of heat and eat meals. My Food Bag, a company that now delivers more than one million meals each month, said it would be offering full meals that can be placed straight into the oven along with...

Sustainability key to role as new AgResearch leader

[15 July/ Otago Daily Times] Southland Farmer Jeff Grant has taken over as AgResearch Chairman. Mr Grant said focus would be continuing to build on AgResearch’s ability to deliver highly relevant science to the future of farming to target farm and environmental sustainability issues. Mr Grant said regional council changes to improve land and water...

Crop and fruit devouring pest has potential to kick up a big stink

[14 July/ Stuff] New Zealand orchardists and vegetable growers hope the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) doesn’t find its way into the country, after devastating US crops and threatening crops in Europe. The bug feeds on over 300 host plants, including citrus, pipfruit, stonefruit, berries and grapes, corn, honeysuckle and roses. NZ growers and the...

‘Step-change’ innovator award winner

[18 July/ NZ Herald] Hawke’s Bay-based StockX won the Tru-Test Innovation Award at the Beef + Lamb NZ Sheep Industry Awards. StockX is an online service allowing farmers to trade stock directly with other farmers nationally. StockX has over 2000 registered users across New Zealand after 18 months of trading. The company is assisted by...

Jon Morgan: All is not lost for Ruataniwha Dam

[17 July/ Opinion Piece- Stuff] NZ Farmer Editor Jon Morgan believes it is encouraging that the Government thinks the law around land swaps, such as the swap of DOC Ruahine Forest Park land for farmland to pave the way for the Ruataniwha Dam, should be clarified. Mr Morgan said the dam’s future is in the...

‘Quietening off’ in farm sales continues

[18 July/ Radio NZ] Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) figures show thirteen fewer farms were sold for the three months ending June compared to the year before. Rural Spokesperson Brian Peacocke said the median price per hectare for all farms sold decreased slightly; however, REINZ’s farm price index, which takes into account farm...

Tenancy law changes apply to farmers

[16 July/ Otago Daily Times] The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2), is before a parliamentary select committee and will affect landlords, including farmers who provide accommodation as part of an employment package. The Bill would make three areas of change to the Residential Tenancies Act to better manage methamphetamine contamination, liability for careless damage...

Wider view for former industry chairman

[12 July/ Rural News Group] Federated Farmers’ new Vice-President, Andrew Hoggard plans to take a much wider view of agriculture. Mr Hoggard’s previous role of Chairman of the dairy section has been taken over by Waikato Dairy Farmer Chris Lewis. Mr Hoggard said farming faces a difficulty in numerous areas and catchments where dairy and...

Oritain, GE Healthcare form serum testing partnership

[12 July/ Otago Daily Times] Oritain has partnered with GE Healthcare to run a test-based traceability programme to authenticate the country of origin of foetal bovine serum used in human and animal health vaccines. Oritain has been a global leader in using forensic science to determine product provenance since its inception. GE Healthcare was already...

NZ wool market shows signs of life in latest auction

[14 July/ National Business Review] A weaker dollar and wider range of wool types offered has helped lift New Zealand wool prices at a more robust clearance rate. 77 percent of the 4,432 bales offered were cleared and prices were higher than last week’s North Island sale. The coarse crossbred indicator showed a 9-cent prices...

EU farmer subsidies under threat

[17 July/ Farmers Weekly] The large subsidisation of European agriculture under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) could be cut back as bureaucrats in Brussels struggle to control the European Union’s finances. The European Commission is looking for ways to mend an EUR12 billion shortfall created by Britain’s 2019 EU exit. The commission published five scenarios...

CropLogic issues prospectus for $8m ASX IPO

[14 July/ National Business Review] CropLogic has lodged a prospectus with Australian regulators to raise up to AUD8 million in an initial public offer to list on the Australian Securities Exchange. CropLogic develops technology enabling farmers to control inputs like fertiliser and water, and plans to issue 25-40 million shares at AUD20c per share in...

The future of food is this creepy

[16 July/ NZ Herald] CSIRO’s Food Structure Research Group has begun a three-year study into the personalised fabrication of smart food systems. Personalised nutrition involves creating tailored diets based on data including genetic information and lifestyle and physiological states, and is considered the future of food. The European Food Information Council said smart food systems...

Police in Europe Break Up Network Selling Illegal Horse Meat

[17 July/ The New York Times] The European police have dismantled a criminal network that was selling horse meat across Europe that was not suitable for consumption. 66 arrests have been made, all but one in Spain, as part of a four-year investigation prompted by the discovery of horse meat in burgers sold as beef...

Protein yet to plateau in chocolate confectionery, says Barry Callebaut

[17 July/ Food Navigator] Barry Callebaut has launched its FortiPro brand, a chocolate coating that contains 15- 20 percent protein per serving. The high-protein coating is available in dark, milk and white chocolate flavours and in addition to yoghurt flavoured compounds, and can be used in applications such as cookies, snacks, and energy bars. The...

A JPMorgan exec and a cybersecurity expert bet on a billion-dollar future for hemp

[15 July/ NZ Herald] Ex-JPMorgan Chase Managing Director, Mark Justh and ex-Counterterrorism Expert, Dan Dolgin, have become hemp business partners after Mr Justh’s 2008 purchase of JD Farms, New York’s first legal hemp farm in more than 80 years. Hemp has many reputed health benefits, and its seeds can be crushed into oil, resulting in...

U.S. farm lobby turns up heat on Trump team as NAFTA talks near

[14 July/ Reuters] With NAFTA negotiations nearing, US farm groups and lawmakers from rural states are intensifying lobbying of President Donald Trump’s administration to leave farming out of discussion. Despite President Trump’s hatred for NAFTA, US farmers believe the agreement ensures access to stable, lucrative markets in Mexico and Canada that make up over a...

Bevi aims to make bottles and cans obsolete through data-driven beverage dispenser

[17 July/ Food Navigator] Bevi, a custom beverage machine start-up, has raised USD16.5 million in Series B funding led by Trinity Ventures to launch its counter-top beverage dispenser model and expand its North American reach with the aim of making packaged beverage waste obsolete. The funding further develops the company’s IoT-enabled technology that allows consumers...

Amazon files meal-kits trademark, treading on Blue Apron’s turf

[18 July/CNBC] Amazon has registered a U.S. trademark for a service described as “we do the prep. You be the chef.” The service will provide customers with prepared food kits that are ready for cooking and assembly as a meal. The kits will mainly consist of grains, rice, noodles, pasta and bakery products. This service...

Halal meat business sets out ‘ambitious’ trade plans

[12 July/ Global Meat News] Haloodies will begin exporting meat products to UAE supermarkets with an aim to become a global halal brand. Haloodies sells halal meat to retailers including Tesco and Amazon Fresh. By September 2017, the firm hopes to have multipacks of two brand new meat snack flavours stocked by major UAE retailers....

Global olive oil supply under threat as tree disease reaches Spain

[13 July/Food Dive] The EU is the world’s largest olive oil producer, accounting for 73 percent of global production- with over half of this coming from Spain, producing 56 percent of the world’s olive oil supply. The incurable Xylella fastidiosa bacterium was found in 12 almond trees after farmers noticed a yield decrease. It has...

Nestlé holds on to top spot in Rabobank’s global dairy top 20

[12 July/ Dairy Reporter] The Global Dairy Top 20, looks at dairy turnover in billions of US dollars to create its chart. Nestlé has retained its number 1 ranking, with USD24 billion. Danone is now the number two company at USD18.3 billion, with Lactalis in third place at USD18 billion. The data Rabobank used for...