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Taxing farmers ‘into oblivion’ will only set the environment back, says Stephen Joyce

[13 August/Stuff News] Discussing Labour’s proposal to introduce a new water tax, Finance Minister Stephen Joyce said on TVNZ’s Q&A programme that he could see water quality going backwards under Labour’s plans as farmers would be too broke to invest in the environment. Labour’s royalty fee on water bottlers and farmers using irrigation water will...

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern wants royalty on commercial freshwater use to help clean up rivers

[9 August/ NZ Herald] Jacinda Ardern is promising farmers that a Labour Party proposal to charge for freshwater will be fair and allow them to keep making a profit. Ms Ardern said Labour would charge an unspecified royalty for commercial water and use the money to clean up rivers, lakes and streams. Ms Ardern added...

Poultry suppliers quash claim of added water

[15August/Business Day] Poultry Industry Association of New Zealand Executive Director, Michael Brooks, is adamant that poultry suppliers are not pumping raw chicken with water to make it heavier following a complaint to the Commerce Commission by a home cook about the amount of water which came from his Countdown bought chicken. Mr Brookes said if...

New Zealand’s rampant dairy growth drawing to a close: Rabobank

[15 August/Stuff: NZ Farmer] A new report from Rabobank New Zealand, Survive or Thrive, says the runaway growth of New Zealand’s dairy industry over the last 20 years will soon come to a standstill as environmental limits are reached. There has already been a marked slowdown in farm conversions and expansion of existing platforms which...

Horticulture NZ calls for food security policy

[9 August/NZ Herald] Horticulture New Zealand is advocating for a food security policy, and has launched an election manifesto outlining five key priorities for the new Government – biosecurity, food security, workforce capability, mandatory country of origin labelling, and healthy eating education. Chief Executive Mike Chapman said challenges to the country’s food supply included urban...

Farmers to compete on concept in new land tender

[14 August/Straits Times] The latest land tender in Singapore will operate using a new model for the first time later this month. Rather than bidders will not have to worry about engaging in a price war for the 12 plots which are being used on 20 year leases but will have to focus on their...

Manufacturers reformulate with sugar as consumers sour on corn syrup

[14 August/Food Dive] US Department of Agriculture data shows a 15% reduction in sweeteners, including sugar and corn syrup, over the last 17 years with most of the decline attributed to a reduced use of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The association of HFCS with obesity has seen its use decline significantly in recent years,...

CCTV to be mandatory in English slaughterhouses

[14 August/Global Meat News] DEFRA (the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has announced a plan to implement mandatory CCTV systems in all areas of slaughterhouses in the UK were live animals are present to enable better monitoring and enforcement of animal welfare standards. Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said that the country has...

To fit into Silicon Valley, wear these wool shoes

[11 August/The New York Times] Silicon Valley is globally recognised for its crazes; and its particular interest in a shoe phase. The current shoe of choice for the movers and shakers in the valley is the Allbird, a wool knit loafer, made by Allbirds, a company founded by Tim Brown (a former All White and...

Dutch arrests made as fipronil egg scare spreads to 17 markets

[11 August/Food Navigator] Criminal investigations, that have already seen two people arrested, are continuing in the Netherlands as contaminated eggs have now been identified in 15 EU countries as well as Switzerland and Hong Kong. Raids were launched on eight locations in the Netherlands and further raids were conducted in Belgium. Investigations relate to the...

Lab-grown meat firm in talks to license tech

[11 August/Global Meat News] Hampton Creek has confirmed that it is in talks to license its lab grown meat technology to some of the largest meat companies in the world. CEO, Josh Tetrick, said that it was in early talks with at least 10 global meat and feed companies to bring industrialised production efficiency to...

Sheep numbers decline at a slower annual pace as farmers rebuild flocks

[15 August/National Business Review] Sheep numbers continued to decline in the last year but at a slower pace according to data from Beef+Lamb New Zealand. The decline of 0.9% to 27.6 million sheep compares to a 5.3% drop the previous year and reflects that many farmers across the country have been rebuilding flocks following droughts,...

$4.5m loyalty payment to farmers

[8 August/ Rural News Group] Alliance Group has distributed $4.5 million to its farmer-shareholders as part of an initiative to reward loyalty. The cooperative’s platinum and gold farmer shareholders are paid a loyalty payment for each stock species they supply to Alliance. The cooperative has distributed over $13.8 million including GST in loyalty payments to...

Wallace Group takes on Nichols to strengthen casualty cow collection in south

[11 August/ Stuff] Wallace Group has purchased Christchurch tannery Nichols (NZ) Limited to expand its South Island activities. Wallace Group Executive Officer, Graham Shortland said Nichols (NZ) represented an important strategic investment as an agri-recycler. Nichols (NZ) has developed a South Island casualty calf and slink lamb collector network, along with specialist tanning facilities since...

Cow cubicle dairy farm tested in Canterbury

[14 August/Radio New Zealand Country] Mid Canterbury farmer, Willy Leferink, is trialling a life indoors for his dairy herd in a bid to stop effluent polluting waterways. Mr Leferink suggests the stocking levels allowed by Environment Canterbury on dairy land, in a bid to protect waterways, are not high enough to enable farmers to make...

Synlait Milk says US approval for ‘grass-fed’ infant formula delayed by up to a year

[14 August/National Business Review] NZX listed Synlait Milk has said that approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for its ‘grass-fed’ infant formula is taking longer than expected, delaying the launch of the product with US partner, Munchkin Inc. The companies had expected to complete the process this year, but now believe it could...

More transparency sought on Fonterra sales

[15 August/Otago Daily Times] The Commerce Commission has issued its draft report on Fonterra’s 2017 farmgate milk price and while saying the price of $6.15 per kilo of milksolids has met the milk price monitoring regime they have called for the co-operative to be more forthcoming in the information it provides about sales outside of...

FAR wins new funding for research into arable nutrient loss

[14 August/Stuff: NZ Farmer] A new $1 million research programme targeted on understanding the levels of soil nutrient losses from cropping systems has received funding from the Ministry for the Environment’s Freshwater Improvement Fund. The project led by Foundation for Arable Research together with Horticulture NZ, Ravensdown, five Regional Councils (Canterbury, Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay...

Concerns raised about compulsory cameras on fishing vessels

[12 August/Radio New Zealand National] Commercial fisherman in Southland are demanding that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) halts its plans to put surveillance technology on all 1200 commercial fishing boats. The technology is intended to reducing non-compliance with regulations, such as the illegal dumping of fish. MPI officials faced opposition from fisherman in Invercargill...

Sport fishing council seeks changes to policy

[10 August/ NZ Herald] The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council is calling on political parties to consider a new approach to setting policy. Council Spokesperson Scott Macindoe said five major policy requirements were produced after full council discussion about fisheries stewardship. The five requirements are: to establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry into fisheries management...

New Zealand King Salmon ‘pretty much resigned’ to a post-election farm decision

[8 August/ Stuff] Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has until August 23 before Parliament dissolves to trigger the legislation needed for the salmon farm relocation plan in the Marlborough Sounds. The Ministry for Primary Industries proposed to relocate six low-flow farms to higher flow areas in the Sounds, creating better environmental outcomes. King Salmon Chief...

New forestry standard positive step – Pan Pac boss

[11 August/The Country] A new national forestry standard intended to better protect the environment, announced earlier this week by Environment Minister, Dr Nick Smith, and Associate Primary Industries Minister, Louise Upston, has been welcomed by Pan Pac Managing Director, Doug Ducker. The standard will roll out rules for managing the environment in the interests of...

New national environmental standards will increase costs for farm foresters

[11 August/ Stuff] New national environmental standards are expected to increase costs for farm foresters. The standards, coming into effect on 1 May 2018, are for any tree plantation of more than a hectare planted for commercial purposes and harvest. The regulations cover eight forestry activities including re-afforestation, earthworks, harvesting, quarrying and the installing of...

Delegat managing director Graeme Lord to step down

[10 August/ National Business Review] Delegat Group Managing Director Graeme Lord will step down in July 2018 after four years in the role and 19 years with the company. Executive Chairman Jim Delegat said the company is well placed to find a replacement and ensure a seamless transition. Mr Delegat said Mr Lord played a...