Kiwifruit claimants cross-appeal after High Court Psa decision

Kiwifruit claimants cross-appeal after High Court Psa decision

[7 August/NZ Herald] A cross-appeal has been filed by the Kiwifruit Claim over the decision that found the Ministry for Primary Industries was negligent by letting Psa into New Zealand. Kiwifruit Claim Chairman, John Cameron, wanted the Government to accept the decision. He added growers were left with no choice...

One billion trees achievable but challenging, says Forest Owners Association

[14 August/NZ Herald] The Forest Owners Association has welcomed the announcement by Forestry Minister, Shane Jones, that $240 million from the Provincial Growth Fund will be allocated to get more trees in the ground under the One Billion Trees Programme.  The Association’s CEO, David Rhodes, urged caution noting that while one billion trees is possible but it is important to take the time to ensure that the right trees are planted in the right places.  He added the country does not want to rush the planting just for the sake of hitting some numbers.  Minister Jones has announced that a $118 million grants scheme will enable private landowners, government agencies, non-governmental organisations and iwi to seek funds to cover the cost of planting and establishing trees.  In addition a partnership fund will be created to create closer working relationships between Te Uru Rakau (the Forestry business unit of MPI), regional...
Govt seeks input on trade policy

Govt seeks input on trade policy

[8 August/Otago Daily Times] Trade and Export Growth Minister, David Parker, has launched a review of New Zealand’s trade policy under a Trade for All agenda.  The Government is inviting all New Zealanders to have their say on what to them on trade policy and in trade agreements.  He said...
Roundup called into question after US court finding

Roundup called into question after US court finding

[12 August/NZ Herald] New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Agency believes Roundup is safe in spite of a U.S. court ruling it contributed to a janitor’s cancer, awarding him $440 million. The lawsuit claimed Roundup caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Monsanto insisted hundreds of studies had established the active ingredient was safe and planned...
High debt, low margins force Fonterra to cut back milk price, dividend

High debt, low margins force Fonterra to cut back milk price, dividend

[10 August/NZ Herald] High debt and lower margins has forced Fonterra to reduce its farmgate milk price for the season just ended. It has also halted plans for a second half dividend. Fonterra said it would cut its 2017-18 milk price forecast by 5c to $6.70 per kg. This provides...
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Three people arrested after avocado heists

[3 August/The Country] Three people were arrested due to avocados being stolen from orchards in the Bay of Plenty. Police alleged that one was the organised receiver who purchased the fruit from the two who stole it. A 63 year old was due to appear in court later this month. Two others from Tauranga would...

A2 Milk increases stake in Synlait Milk

[3 August/Radio NZ] The a2 Milk Company will buy an additional 8 percent share in Synlait Milk from Mitsui for $161.6 million. This will increase its share of Synlait to 17.4 percent in total. Synlait produces infant formula for A2 Milk, which was in demand in Australia and China. It had also helped drive the...

Ebert receivership hits Synlait dairy factory project at Pokeno

[2 August/Stuff] Ebert Construction, who were hired to build Synlait’s new dairy processing factory at Pokeno, are determined to see it completed despite going into receivership. Ebert were hired as subcontractors to the project by Tetra Pak. Receivers said the company owes creditors tens of millions of dollars, largely due to poorly performing projects in...

Fonterra, a2 Milk bury the hatchet

[3 August/NZ Herald] Fonterra and The A2 Milk Company have joined together to offer a jointly branded A1-free milk to New Zealand consumers. Fonterra had resisted the a2 Milk concept until now. The two companies have moved on from historic differences and formed a joint venture. They launched their first jointly branded product this week....

NZ lamb prices break over $8/kg – highest on record

[5 August/NZ Herald] New Zealand lamb prices have reached their highest level ever. General Manager Livestock and Shareholder Services at Alliance Group, Heather Stacy, said the co-operative has a minimum price starting in September of $8.20 which was the highest it had ever paid. She expected prices to pull back after the traditional Christmas period....

Chinese tariffs a tough nut to crack to US almond farmers

[30 July/Robert Dawes Consulting] US almond farmers were under pressure as they approached what was likely to be a record season. Prices of California almonds fell nearly 10 percent over the past few months. The drop was due to steep tariffs and expectations of a bumper crop. China added a 50 percent tax to almond...

Rethink Water raises $6.7M for kid-sized boxes

[25 July/Food Dive] Boxed water company, Rethink Brands, received a USD6.7 million investment for growth and expansion. The funding round was led by AccelFoods. It would be used to increase distribution throughout the U.S. and fund new product launches. The flavoured water contains zero calories, sodium and sugar. It can be found in more than...

Republicans Pan Trump’s USD12 Billion Farm Aid Plan

[25 July/Bloomberg] The Trump administration proposes to deliver USD12 billion in aid to farmers who are affected by the trade war. The announcement raised soybean futures prices. Senator, Ron Johnson, said his thoughts were with the farmers and said they wanted trade not aid. Farmers were a key part of the rural political base that...

Key ingredient in ‘Impossible Burger’ approved by FDA

[24 July/CNBC] The FDA has approved the key ingredient in the Impossible Burger which was a win for Impossible Foods. The ingredient that was improved was soy leghemoglobin. It releases a protein called heme which gives the meat substitute its colour and taste. The FDA deemed the ingredient as safe in its most recent review....

Grocers Are Failing to Meet $20bn Consumer Demand for Local Food

[25 July/AgFunder News] According to Packaged Facts, the local food market grew from USD5 billion in 2008 to USD12 billion in 2014 and was expected to reach USD20 billion by next year. The reason for this rise is undetermined. Some think it was due to the environmental costs of large scale industrial farming and the...

‘Ideal for relishes, jams & juices’: Haskap berries gain novel food approval

[24 July/Food Navigator] According to Soloberry, haskap berries have up to 13 times more antioxidants than blueberries and offered manufacturers a new ingredient with superfood credentials for relishes, jams and juices. Soloberry’s request for novel food approval was granted which meant it could plan to commercialise the berry through the European Union. The berry had...

Bayer to appeal neonics verdict

[30 July/EuroFruit] Bayer announced that it would appeal against the ruling by the General Court of the European Union in a case which covered neonicontinoids. The company said it was concerned about the verdict, and the far reaching consequences it could have on the certainty and predictability of active substance approvals in the European Union....

Rabobank issues Global Dairy Top 20 – no new entries and Nestle stays top

[26 July/Dairy Reporter] According to a Rabobank Research report, dairy price recovery in 2017 positively affected the turnover of the top 20 companies. Rabobank Senior Analyst, Peter Coppes, said for the second year running there were no new entrants into the Dairy Top 20 list. The USD5 billion threshold was hard to achieve due to...

NSW Government announces extra AUD500m in drought assistance for struggling farmers

[30 July/ABC News] After a cash injection for struggling farmers, the New South Wales Government’s drought assistance reached AUD1 billion due to the dry winter. The Government had been criticised for not doing enough to support those on the land. Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced an additional AUD500 million in emergency funding which included AUD190 million...

Gene editing is GM, European court rules

[27 July/Stuff] According to scientists, strict new regulations by Europe’s highest court on gene-edited crops could stifle Kiwi innovation. It ruled gene edited crops should be subject to the same regulations as genetically modified organisms. Older GMO technology typically added new DNA to a plant or animal, whereas gene editing involved precise modification of DNA...

Meet the real-life farmers who play Farming Simulator; The agricultural simulation game could cultivate a new generation’s enthusiasm for a declining industry

[24 July/The Guardian] A video game series called Farming Simulator that is played by around a million people estimated a quarter of its players were connected to farming, and 8 to 10 percent were full time professional farmers. Nick Welker of Welker Farms said there was a type of accomplishment to grow, build and overcome...

Health alliance considers options

[25 July/Farmers Weekly] The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand could still have some options. It provides a united health voice for various rural organisations, and was forced to temporarily close in April when the Government decided not to fund its activities. A board meeting next month could see the group return. Taranaki-King Country National...

Ballance boosts balance sheet

[30 July/Farmers Weekly] Ballance Agri-Nutrients will keep a portion of its earnings to boost its balance sheet following three years of rebate payments that pushed it to a bottom line loss. Chief Executive, Mark Wynne, reported a gross trading profit of $71.3 million, up from $56.8 million a year ago. The co-op will keep the...

Meat alternatives: Cheaper production could diversify NZ market

[25 July/Radio NZ] New Zealand farmers could have to adapt to new technologies that enable creation of meat alternatives. Beef + Lamb New Zealand Marketing Innovation Manager, Lee-Ann Marsh, said we may start seeing entirely lab grown products on shelves within three years. Companies were investing large amounts into these products. Ms Marsh added she...

Importers respond to MPI warning about delays

[25 July/NBR] The Ministry for Primary Industries has warned importers will face delays as they complete biosecurity protocols. The delays are due to a high court decision ruling the Government is liable for letting Psa into the country. The Government will appeal the decision. Car importers also faced a scare this year when stink bugs...

Farmers face levy hike to cover cost of cattle disease

[25 July/Stuff] MPI has announced a further two farms have been infected with Mycoplasma bovis. Farmers face the prospect of a higher industry levy to help pay for eradication costs. The farms were linked to other known infected properties through animal movements. Negotiations continued over the question of how much dairy farmers would pay compared...

Northland councils recommend chook farm application to be declined

[27 July/NZ Herald] Two authorities in Northland wanted independent commissioners to decline resource consent applications for Tegel’s proposed broiler chicken farm. Tegel had applied for consents for various activities associated with construction and ongoing operation of the poultry farm. A hearing on the consents, however, has been suspended until further notice. Tegel said it needed...

Medical cannabis industry aims to match the billion-dollar kiwifruit sector

[27 July/NZ Herald] MediCann is a cannabis company that aims to build an agricultural industry to match the kiwifruit sector. It plans to follow a similar growing and cultivation model to Zespri’s.  Managing Director, Brendon Ogilvy, said it had exclusive New Zealand rights to more than 30 medically certified cannabis strains. He added the company...

Trade imbalance tops $4 billion in year

[26 July/Otago Daily Times] New Zealand’s annual trade deficit is over $4 billion. This was largely due to a weakening in dairy export values widening the gap. New Zealand’s annual imports increased by $6.02 billion whereas exports rose by $5.65 billion. ASB’s Senior Rural Economist, Nathan Penny, said the balance was weaker than expected and...