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Walmart’s Jet expanding range of same-day fresh seafood deliveries

[18 February/Seafood Source] Jet, a Walmart subsidiary, has announced it has launched a new initiative to customers in New York City, providing same-day delivery of fresh seafood to customers. This will be done by partnering with FultonFishMarket.com and the company said it will eventually look to expanding across the U.S if this trial goes well....

Woolworths to stop selling $1 milk in win for dairy farmers

[18 February/ABC News] Woolworths Australia has announced it has stopped selling milk for $1 a litre, raising prices to $1.10 a litre with the extra money going to farmers. Woolworths Group chief executive Brad Banducci said the corporation believed in the long-term sustainability of the dairy industry acknowledged the 10 cent increase was less than...

China suspends wool trade from South Africa due to foot-and-mouth disease outbreak

[18 February/ABC News] Cape Wools SA, the peak body of the South African wool industry, released a statement last week to postpone a crucial auction due to the outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) which suspended wool exports to China. It said it was awaiting official notification from China regarding the exact position of...

Deere’s CEO Calls Out Tariffs, Trade as Profit Disappoints

[16 February/Bloomberg] Deere and Co reported first-quarter results that missed analyst estimates for sales and profit. Chief Executive Officer Samuel Allen reported that this may be put down to farmers becoming more cautious after trade disputes and tariffs introduced between the United States and China along with higher costs for raw materials. Deere’s stock slipped...

Fungus among us: New mushroom snack line signals category growth

[14 February/Food Dive] South Mill Champs, a mushroom grower in the U.S has released Shroom Snacks, a line of four different mushroom snacks in a variety of flavours. The line includes jerky, crispy mushrooms and a snack bar and uses fresh mushrooms produced from the company. The snacks can currently only be purchased from Amazon....

Tudder? ‘Tinder for cows’ helping livestock meet their ideal bull

[14 February/The Country] Tudder is a U.K. farming startup created by SellMyLivestock that allows farmers to find breeding matches through viewing pictures of cattle with details of their age, location and owner. The company raised around $3.9 million from investors for the start-up. The application speeds up the process of finding suitable breeding animals for...

This German Startup Has Just Planted 50M Trees with its Search Engine

[13 February/Ag Funder News] Ecosia, a German start-up with an internet search engine has brought in enough revenue to enable it to plant 50 million trees which equates to capturing 2.5 million tonnes of Co2 from the atmosphere according to the company. The start-up is currently planting a tree every second in 16 countries due...

Farmers must comply with society’s expectations

[19 February /Rural News Group] A key theme of the 32nd annual Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre workshop at Massey University was that compliance means meeting both requirements of the regulator and expectations of society. For example, water quality is becoming more important for individuals and companies also have to follow regulations. Speakers from Ireland,...

Warm weather means an ‘incredible’ early grape harvest in Marlborough

[18 February /Stuff] Malborough’s hot weather has ripened grapes early and vintage workers have been called up so that harvest can start this week. This means that the harvest is starting up to ten days before the long term average. Pernod Ricard group winemaker Jamie Marfell reported they usually started harvest during the first week...

Pāmu lifts half-year profit

[15 February /Rural News Group] State-owned farming company Pāmu, also known as Landcorp Farming, has declared a net profit of $29 million for the six months to 31 December 2018. This compares to $21 million for the same period last year. Chief executive Steven Carden said that the increased half year profit was a pleasing...

Pig farrowing crates breach the law – lobby groups

[February /Radio NZ] Save Animals from Exploitation (SAFE) and the New Zealand Animal Law Association, have filed a writ in the High Court in Wellington saying the use of farrowing crates and mating crates by pig farmers breaches the Animal Welfare Act 1999. SAFE ambassador Hans Kriek stated that the crates confine a mother pig...

Tasman fire costing forestry industry $2m a day

[13 February /Otago Daily Times] Up to 240 forestry contract workers are out of jobs due to a total fire and equipment ban in the Nelson area after the major wildfires earlier in the year. Two sawmills are closed due to insufficient log numbers, and Forestry Minister Shane Jones reported that the costs to the...

Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme applications are open

[20 February/ Rural Leadership Trust Release] The well-respected Kellogg Rural Leadership programme provides leadership skills and tools through a series of workshops with topic specialists and sessions with industry leaders. The course runs over 6 months with 17 days of programmed content delivered in three residential-based phases. Participants also complete and present a project in...

Lifeline for agri training school

[13 February/Rural News Group] Telford agricultural training institution has been given a one year lifeline by the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) in Invercargill. Education Minister, Chris Hipkins, agreed to SIT running Telford, and the government will contribute $1.8 million to support the Telford programmes run at SIT. The money is enough to teach 200...

Could NZ go bananas for tropical crops?

[18 February /The Country] Tropical fruit are becoming more popular to grow in New Zealand. New Zealanders eat 18kg per capita or around $140 million worth of bananas a year. Hugh Rose, head of Tropical Fruit Growers of NZ has a 40ha property on Northland’s east coast and grows a variety of tropical fruits including...

Govt declares Hawke’s Bay seasonal worker shortage

[15 February /Radio NZ] The government has announced a seasonal labour shortage in Hawke’s Bay, one of the country’s primary apple growing regions. This declaration allows people on visitor visas to apply for a variation of conditions which will allow them to work on orchards and vineyards in the region and will apply for a...

Federated Farmers: Support for wool levy comes with proviso

[15 February /The Country] Federated Farmers have reported that it will support the reintroduction of a compulsory wool levy as long as there is a sound plan of action produced alongside it by the Wool Working Group. Federated Farmers Meat and Wool Sector Chairman, Miles Anderson, said if no levy is introduced, he is fearful...

Broccoli prices doubled in January

[14 February /Radio NZ] In January, broccoli prices doubled, with lettuce also increasing its prices by 80%. However food prices overall fell a seasonally adjusted 0.6% compared to December which shows a drop in both the prices of fruit and vegetables along with grocery prices. Avocados are cheaper than this time last year. Milk is...

Optimistic report on Mycoplasma bovis response

[18 February /The Country] A report from the Mycloplasma bovis Technical Advisory Group indicates progress is being made in many areas according to the response head Geoff Gwyn. The report provided independent validation that the eradication program is on track and that it remains technically feasible. The report highlights that prevalence and incidence of Mbovis...

A2 Milk set to report another bumper profit as China fears loom

[18 February /NZ Herald] The A2 Milk Company (‘A2 Milk’) is reporting its first half result on Wednesday 20th February. Expectations are that earnings will increase to around $200 million, up 39% on the previous period with this partly due to the company’s success in China’s infant formula market. Turnover is expected to reach $600...

Open Country challenges validity of Fonterra’s milk price

[18 February /NZ Herald] Open Country Dairy is questioning the way that Fonterra’s milk price was set in the 2018 season. This is despite the Commerce Commission accepting the price-setting process which must meet both efficiency and contestability elements required by law. Open Country Dairy is of the view that Fonterra’s asset beta was too...

Dairy proteins to fight diabetes: Kiwi firm Keytone targets Asia with new formula

[12 February /Dairy Reporter] Keytone Dairy has created two new formulations which are expected to support further growth in Asia. The company was created in 2014, and has introduced KeyDairy Diabetic Formula and KeyDairy Junior Formula which will be produced in New Zealand and exported to Asia, with the Chinese market being prioritised. The diabetic...

Seed business sale approved by commissions

[15 February/Rural Life] Approval by the Commerce Commission has been given to Denmark-based DLF seeds to purchase PGG Wrightson’s seed and grain business. This was due to the commission being satisfied that the acquisition would not be likely to substantially lessen competition in any of its markets. The Australian Competition and Consumer commission also gave...

Eugenie Sage slams the selling of Crown land to farmers under tenure review

[14 February /Radio NZ] Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage, has stated that the selling of Crown land to farmers has resulted in a loss of important landscape and ecology. Ms Sage stated New Zealanders had lost out in a process that had seen 350,000 hectares of Crown land sold to farmers and then converted to...