2) New Zealand News: New Zealand Ambassador to Sweden announced; New High Commissioner to the Cook Islands announced; Announcement of new Ambassador to the United States; Minister talks sustainable agriculture on world stage; MPI leaves door open for imported fruit trees to stay; 50-Year plan needed for farming confidence; Water concerns rising as Ruataniwha aquifer level falls; New Zealand dollar near 2.5 year low; New Zealand's organic sector showing major growth; Tauranga's Māori berry company Miro could rival kiwifruit's Zespri; Lotatoes™ potatoes ‘roasts’ competition at TVNZ – NZ Marketing awards
3) International news:Gain reports; APHIS Will Adjust Risk-Based Sampling Procedures; APHIS Publishes Final Rule to Expand Notice-Based Process for Importation of Fruits and Vegetables; Thai deal fast tracks Australian fruit trade; Agricultural R&D spending in high-income countries shrinking; EU: Xylella host plant database updated; Global Fruit Brand Alliance; Suning and Zespri reach cooperation agreement; Tackling Brexit uncertainty & supply chain resilience; UK’s water footprint; Vertical farming sounds fantastic until you consider its energy use"; Autonomous robot pollinates bramble plants
Government agencies: Release of productivity commission report on a low emissions economy; WTO Notifications; Customs -Counting you down to 1 October 2018; Gulf Opportunities Showcase; Videos on doing business in the Gulf; Essential market guides for the Gulf region; India NZ Business Council Summit 2018 – AKL, 28 SEP.
New Zealand News: New Ambassador to Egypt named; Ratification of Pacific trade deal a step closer; New leadership team for Plant & Food Research; Apple and stonefruit industry members disappointed with revised MPI directions; US facility no longer wants to deal with New Zealand; Cross-appeal filed in Kiwifruit Claim case; Zespri predicting profit growth; Avocado conference shows industry growth; New deals give Kiwi agritech access to deep US and European pockets; Seeka's avocado harvest has started; First company receives medical cannabis license; Waimea Dam project to go ahead; PickMee!'s summer fruit crop in Hawke's Bay; New Zealand fruit exports boost trade in June quarter; Gisborne developing a taste for exotic mushrooms; Roundup debate in New Zealand; Myrtle rust detection programme wound down.
International news: GAIN reports; Trump threatens to pull US out of World Trade Organization; Trade wars and tariffs are hot topics; The rise of blockchain technology in agriculture; Romaine, blockchain and the future of food safety; How will technology allow us to feed future cities; The transforming power of Vertical Farming; New responses to the way we grow food are a must; Can urban greenhouses support social justice or is it only benefitting the rich?; Brazilian court rules that growers will continue to have access to glyphosate; Taking advantage of opportunities in Canada and Saudi Arabia at Fruit Attraction; Intelligent Sprayer: commercialization approved"; Drones against red spider mites.
New Zealand News: Export NZ August Trade Update; New value chain research for F&B exporters; Highlight on administrative penalties; EU-NZ FTA Update; UK-NZ FTA Update; Fruit sector and MPI head back to court over destruction order; PM suggests New Zealand support Vietnam with dragon fruit value chain; ; Robotics Plus appoints CEO as demand grows for agricultural automation; US and NZ sign historic agritech agreement; PM opens avocado conference in Tauranga’ Avocado price drop may be on the way; New Zealand apples dominate the market; New Zealand organic apple grower tries to keep up with demand from Asia; Can kiwifruit ease exercise-induced stress?; Samoa is aiming at NZ banana market; Katikati officially the avocado capital of NZ; Growing cucumbers"; Italy's olive trees are dying. Can they be saved?; New Zealand BANS the importation of Australian fruit and vegetables.
International news:GAIN reports; European Parliament; Preparing for a No Deal Brexit; Investors increasingly engaged on world water issues;; ‘The fruit and vegetable sector in the EU; Freshfel's Fresh Times ; Going Dutch could drive future of Australia’s agri sector; Taste Australia yields big results in foreign trade; Scientists find a way to zap fruit & kill mould; CRISPR mushroom is changing the dialogue around GMOs.
New Zealand News: Minister visits Viet Nam and Singapore; Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures launched; High Court judge urges MPI and fruit growers to co-operate, Biopesticide uptake; Horticulture levy votes successful; New Central Otago apricot co-operative sets up for business; Mr Apple's China road shows attract followers, build brand; NZ offers assistance to develop Fiji’s potato industry; Seeka first-half profit drops; Public visits planned for one of New Zealand's largest tropical fruit farms; NZ pipfruit industry heading for record 2018 crop; James Hutton Institute looks to New Zealand to help improve fruit flavour; Young Grower title goes back to the Bay; Horticulture welcomes major Biocontrol Milestone.
International news:GAIN reports; Maersk Line goes live with CargoSphere Digital Rate Distribution; Bayer looking at 8,000 lawsuits related to Roundup; Chile: Despite super harvest cherry producers can't cover their costs; China remains the largest export market for Chilean cherries; Demand for imported food growing steadily in China; Growers who conduct third-party audits spend more on food safety; US: Panel formed to combat Cyclospora parasite; Luminescent bacteriophages flag Escherichia coli in water; Study: Environmentally-friendly farming can increase productivity; WWF study addresses food loss in fields; Strawberries may help against inflammatory bowel disease; Envisioning the future of crop protection.
New Zealand News: Extension for exceptional employer awards; A measured approach to new age crop protection; Report shows need to protect Pukekohe food hub; New Zealand fruit growers start action against MPI; Covered crops are thriving under the economic radar; Zespri launches industry realignment process; Hawke’s Bay food producers win the battle to keep it GM Free; Sterile codling moths dispersed; Big plans for New Zealand's commercial banana plantation; Lettuce rockets as veggie prices surge; Smoke from rural areas not causing pollution, council says; Havelock North mushroom company fined $26k over stench; Successful partnership prevented establishment of new pest.
International news: GAIN reports; US: Estimated costs to comply with Food Safety Modernization Act; Bayer shares plummet after Roundup cancer trial; Bayer starts Monsanto integration; Extreme temperatures in Europe cause worst vegetable crisis in 40 years; India: Perishable cargo terminal planned at Srinagar Airport; China: Supermarket pays compensation for mislabelled product; China: "Diversion of US agricultural products turns market upside down"; China's Registered Fruit Exporters: Who, What and Where Are They?; America’s Enduring Failure to Prevent Food-Borne Illness; Chemicals to replace pesticides also pose threat to bees; Canada to phase out outdoor use of two neonicotinoid pesticides; Chemicals found in vegetables prevent colon cancer in mice.
Government agencies: ICPR and country freedom changes; Tighter import rules to stop stink bug; Proposed changes to the way organic production is regulated; WTO Notifications; Skyrocketing F&B imports to Thailand signals opportunity.
New Zealand News: EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini meets Winston Peter; Foreign Minister concludes ASEAN meetings; Modernising our trade policy with Trade for All: have your say; Roundup called into question after US court finding; Fruit grower takes MPI to court over mass plant destruction; NZ dollar falls as RBNZ keeps OCR at record low; PGG Wrightson to sell seeds division for $421m; NZKGI established Zespri KPIs; T&G Global first-half operating profit up 40%; Hawke's Bay apple industry growing by 100 jobs a year ; New Cherish™ apple surprising Asia markets; NZ set for bumper avocado crop ; Australian irradiated tomatoes must be labelled; Young Growers to face-off in final; Panamanian pineapples could arrive in New Zealand.
International news:Russia sets standards for organic food production; Indonesia to seek clarity from WTO on US trade dispute; BASF closes acquisition of businesses and assets from Bayer; Maersk introduces Remote Container Management; Maersk announces profit warning for 2018; European horticulture suffers greatest difficulties in 40 years; China Customs Launches New Integrated Declaration System; Success in China: An interview with Zespris Head of Global Marketing; Outbreak of Salmonella agona reported in five EU countries; Australia: Black and Gold frozen vegetables recalled over listeria fears; FDA says cattle feedlot could be to blame for E. coli in canal water used on romaine; Data shows Germany and UK reported nearly half of E. coli infections in EU; Cyclospora parasite infections hit UK for fourth consecutive year; e-GRO launches Nutritional Monitoring of Floriculture Crops book; US: Insect solutions guides available for ornamental growers; Veg picking robots not that far away; Data-based pest management system helps companies use pesticides more efficiently and safely.
Government agencies: Tour leader found with fruit fly; Update on entry across the Australian border WTO Notifications.
New Zealand News: Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit Singapore; Australia and New Zealand trade ministers meet for CER talk; NZ facing worst rise in trade protectionism in a generation; Horticultural employers must clean up their act; Plant & Food Research wins two 2018 KiwiNet Awards; MYBs generate 'wow factors' in fruits and vegetables; Hawke's Bay food producers win genetic modification free battle; Critical seasonal labour shortage may hinder kiwifruit industry growth – report; Kiwifruit growers group silent as members delay constitutional changes; Importers respond to MPI warning about delays; Question marks over science, agri creds at MPI's top table; Summerfruit NZ readies funding case for PGP; Gisborne's Cedenco takes top prize at Hawke's Bay Export Awards; Jen's pick: Female quota system useful; Pipfruit trailblazers recognised with award; Medical cannabis industry aims to match the billion dollar kiwifruit sector; Hopportunity knocks in Tapawera; Pipfruit trailblazers recognised with award; Christchurch couple quit their jobs to cold-press juices; Urban-rural battle looming among Bay of Plenty regional council; Opinion: Euro pest control red tape bad.
International news:Bayer to appeal neonics verdict; Ideal for relishes, jams & juices’: Haskap berries gain novel food approval; AgroFresh launches FreshCloud.
Government agencies:ICPR changes;PSA notice of appeal; Trans-Tasman cooperation on biosecurity risk detection technology; WTO.
New Zealand News:Talks held with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister ; Presentation on Silk Road benefits; Export NZ Trade Update; Worldwide Consumer Demand Pushes Growth Surge in NZ Organic Sales; 100% Kiwi Business delivers insights you can use; Exporter Survey ; We have missed out on storytelling; New OnionsNZ CEO named; Kerikeri fruit industry gets $18m investment ;Orchard sales part of expansion; Salvation Army finds harvesting jobs for people on probation; Northport gets permanent, year-round, fortnightly port call from Mediterranean Shipping Company Capsicum shortage hits supermarkets; Unintended results of investment curbs; Price of avocados down slightly after hitting record high; Orchard sales part of expansion; Bay of Plenty on track to become 'regional; Concern over social cost of Zero Carbon Bill powerhouse'; Gene editing is GM, European court rules; Serious risks: 4 pests & diseases MPI says to watch out for.
New Zealand News: Food safety made easier, Singapore becomes third nation to ratify CPTPP; New Zealand welcomes UK launch of public consultations on a Free Trade Agreement; Pacific Alliance trade talks to be advanced in Mexico; Kiwifruit case setting a precedent; Nuffield International Farming Scholarships open; The best of times and the worst of times for trade; Seasonal vegetable prices nudge food prices up; Country of origin proposal scaled back ; HortNZ Food Act Update; Horticulture cautious on Zero Carbon Bill ; AU/NZ: Earlybird registrations open!; Seeka innovates in Australia; Te Puke research centre testing the kiwifruit of the future; Sweet New Zealand strawberries all year round; Blueberry prices are jaw-dropping; Thieves empty orchid grower's unmanned honesty shop; NZ thieves steal $100,000 worth of avocados ; New Zealand provincial areas help keep economy afloat ; "Invasive exotic plants cost New Zealand $1.7b a year".
International news: Ireland: Food Safety and Food Authenticity Strategy launched; India to take advantage of China's retaliatory tariff on US goods; Urban F***ers?; Alibaba Cloud to tackle food production and safety with AI; Whitepaper: Introduction to Food Safety Plans; Whitepaper: Introduction to Food Safety Plans; Tesco and Ocado join new traceability platform; Greenyard under fire after listeria contamination; 107 countries received vegetables possibly contaminated with Listeria; Rebuilding confidence in Melons; US: Pathogen contamination a leading reason for food recalls; Sliced mushrooms recalled across Australia; Process solution integrated with Blockchain technology introduced in US.
Government agencies: ICPR changes, Update on entry across the Australian border; Frozen vegetable recall; WTO Notifications.
New Zealand News: Sustainable farming boost; Biosecurity awareness needs work; Growers to tell their story at Horticulture Conference; Seeka puts recently acquired T&G Global orchards on market; Global seed group confirms PGG Wrightson interest; New Zealand kiwifruit experts share tips with Chinese growers; New Zealand’s kiwis to remain top horticultural export fruit; Kiwifruit claimants concur with $800 mln estimate; Dümmen Orange acquires New Zealand calla assortment; New Zealand robot to bring data to kiwifruit orchards.
International news:GAIN reports; European Parliament; Regulatory status of non-GMO plant innovations under current EU law; UK: Impact calculator helps industry prepare for Brexit; Customs tariffs for some US fruits exported to China increased by 400%; US plans tariffs on 6000+ Chinese products; China and US already looking for new trade partners; Trade Wars are Good, and Easy to Win; US: Food companies launch Sustainable Food Policy Alliance; Carrefour uses blockchain technology for tomatoes; The smartphone is China's latest farming tool; China modernizes its kiwi industry to eradicate poverty; Europe: Listeria outbreak causes retailers to remove frozen vegetables; Tasmanian vegetables are safe’; CDC releases investigation update on multi-state outbreak of E. Coli; An orange a day keeps macular degeneration away’; Technology promises to calculate "true" shelf life; Effect of low-frequency electromagnetism on root-knot nematodes.