New Zealand News: New Zealand needs more water storage in a changing climate; Prime Minister’s Science Prize for Plant & Food Research; Cap on seasonal employees lifted; Bay of Plenty business fined $12,000 for employment breaches ; Cyclone Gita delays arrival of Tongan fruit-pickers in New Zealand; Interview with Zespri’s new CEO; T&G Global appoints Asia GM; Gisborne region, New Zealand: growers remain optimistic; New Zealand: Spraying copper is key to quality avocados; Horticulture NZ backs Biosecurity Minister’s stance on stink bugs.
International News: GAIN reports; "Bayer to sell vegetable seeds business"; US Grower takes a page out of Toyota's book; Zero Pesticide Residue label in France; AU: Farming's peak body leads new Horticulture Council; Food Retailing In India – The Way Forward; Fruit fly larvae brings zone expansion; Feeding the world with a bionic leaf; Pulsed electric field to better process fruit and veg.
Government agencies: MPI prioritisation process for Market Access requests closes 22 February; WTO Notifications; Japan country perceptions - agrifood insights for NZ exporters; NZTE Export Essentials Workshops – register now; Documentation and INCOTERMS made easy - AKL, 23 Feb.
New Zealand News: Agribusiness needs urgent vision; New Zealand: Infected myrtle rust properties rises to 249; New Zealand, South Korea jointly research intelligent farming; Green Party push for country of origin labelling; Rockit in the USA; Zespri unveils new executive team; Major blackcurrant buyer Ribena cuts NZ contracts; Northland and Hawkes Bay earmarked for kiwifruit expansion; NZ Munch'n™ Kiwiberry harvest under way!; Early signs positive for NZ apples.
International news: GAIN reports; Mediterranean Fruit fly outbreak declared in Adelaide; Tasmania: Authorities seize produce taken outside exclusion; How China is working to feed growing domestic demand; China: Cherry market analysis; China: Shenzhen port returns 17 tons of Chilean cherries; UK: Bar codes to disappear from supermarket goods within 5 years; US: Ag exports support growing number of jobs outside farming; Global fruit sector mapped; China: Fresh food e-commerce booming; JD.com opens Australia New Zealand office; Floral and plant style trends of 2018; Ozone treatment reduces rot.
New Zealand News: Horticulture NZ Food Act update; Myrtle rust found in New Plymouth, New Zealand MyFarm turns to fruit investments; Avocado and kiwi crops escape major storm damage; Market Gardeners Limited acquires shareholding in First Fresh NZ; Christchurch Airport - December was busiest month ever; Biosecurity fears due to Australian Department of Agriculture and Water staff cuts.
International news: GAIN reports; US: Intellectual property rights for new plant varieties have expanded; Unilever teams with big banks on blockchain for supply chain; Food safety paramount for Chinese online shoppers of imported food; Aussie fruit growers use social media in struggle; Vertical farmer responds to E.coli outbreak; 13 Western Habits You Should Give Up To Be Successful in China; Turning point in use of laser technology almost reached.
Government agencies: 28 Sustainable Farming Fund projects approved; WTO Notifications.
New Zealand News: Indo-Kiwi bilateral trade remains modest; New Chief Executive for Kiwifruit Vine Health; New CEO announced for Plant & Food Research; Bostock New Zealand grows organic onion export; New Zealand's north battered by storms.
International news: GAIN reports; TPP Sows Fear in Japan's Agriculture Industry; China: Asia's first freight transport airport settles in Hubei; Self-service stores increase in China; Quarantine Inspection Procedure Simplifications Benefit Fruit Trade at Shanghai Port; Bayer auctioning assets to clear Monsanto deal; Chinese Apple Futures Poised to Affect the Industry; Access for fruit to China; China: "Increasing demands from consumers promote developments in packaging industry"; US: Food purchase decisions of Millennial households; Freshfel headlines; Australia: NRS to test for metals and microbes from Jan 2018; Apples and tomatoes may help repair lungs of ex-smokers; One serving of leafy greens a day may slow brain aging by 11 years; New research unveils potential weight loss properties of sweet cherries; UK: Pregnancy test science could protect vegetable crops; Yellow zucchini compounds associated with the death of tumour cells.
Government agencies: Plant export enquiries over Christmas; Sending produce to Australia; WTO Notifications.
New Zealand News: Minister announces stronger focus for MPI; Booming sector ready for new challenges; WTO Ministerial Conference Concludes; Briefings to incoming Ministers; Horticulture industry needs to innovate or lose competitive advantage; Kiwifruit's potential $26m a year windfall; AVOCO appoints new member to its senior management team; T&G Global CEO Alastair Hulbert resigns; Clearance programme scores well for New Zealand navels; Contaminated spray may cost apple exporters $3m; Asthma tech used to slow fruit-ripening in NZ; No Waimea dam, no apple growing.
International news: GAIN reports; Taxes on Meat Could Join Carbon and Sugar to Help Limit; What is Supply Chain Technology and Why is it Important?; Do private standards make our food safer?; Case study tells how distributors can save $1.2 million, and increase sales; Bacteria protect aphids from natural enemies.
Government agencies: WTO Notifications; Briefing to the incoming Minister of Customs; Briefing to the Incoming Minister.
New Zealand News: Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with China; Trade Minister to attend WTO conference; Myrtle rust found in Wellington region; NZ 'may have lost the battle' against myrtle rust; New food rules opens can of home-grown worms; Brown marmorated stink bug in Western Sydney; NZ academic pushes country of origin brand development at regional level; It's time to protect our supply of horticultural produce; Increased flights from Auckland Airport to Singapore; NZGAP GLOBALG.A.P. Equivalent; Oversupply of blackcurrants troubles NZ growers; Auckland's future: vertical farming?; Carnation grower perfects the picking point.
International news: GAIN reports; EU seeks agricultural cooperation with Africa; African free trade area agreement to be signed in March 2018; China phasing out more and more pesticides; UK: Supermarket Tesco doubles vegan and veggie Christmas Food; USA fruit trading firm accepts Bitcoin payments from customers; Nearly half of Italian kiwi shipments to Australia contain quarantine pests; Freshfel Headlines; Dos and don'ts of doing business in Thailand; Italy: Ozone can be used in orchards; Can a reporting app help to reduce food poisoning outbreaks?; Rise of technology in food safety; Food Sustainability Index 2017: France continues to set the pace; Bayer launches crop protection transparency website.
New Zealand News: Major biosecurity threat: 15 stink bugs found alive in Christchurch after fumigation failure; Export NZ November Trade Update; ExportNZ DHL Export Barometer; Myrtle rust update; Zespri and changes shipping company Northern Europe and Eastern US shipping routes; Zespri executive Simon Limmer new Silver Fern Farms chief executive; Renewed partnership to boost innovation in kiwifruit; New airline service opens up opportunities for stone fruit exports to Hong Kong; Lucky escape for Christmas cherries; Kiwifruit portside storage gets $11m boost; Shortage concerns of Jersey Benne potatoes due to wet winter; Video: A day in the life of a New Zealand florist; Lily grower embraces best practices; A visit to NZ chrysanthemum farm Burwood Nurseries; Fruit grower stops peony production; EPA chief scientist says irrigation good for environment.
International news: GAIN reports; Wide support for extension of growers' rights; Australia attacks UK-EU Brexit plan to share quotas for cheap food imports; EU adopts new Common Agricultural Policy; Economic effects of the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act”; Price changes for fruit and veg could save thousands of lives per year"; Number of toxic chemicals applied to vegetables has risen 17 fold since the 1960s’, Intra-row weeding possible with vision systems; Blockchain for agriculture and food; Nanotechnology might help farmers fight climate change, pests and disease–and boost yields.
Government agencies: Customs ABC staff relocate to ACIF.
New Zealand News: New TPP preserves the benefits for rural communities; Myrtle rust appears in west Auckland; Climate model gets the measure of myrtle rust ; Fruit early, but shortage of workers; Urban sprawl and the land that keeps on giving; What we're after is a level playing ground; Zespri wins 2degrees Best Growth Strategy award; Exports drive significant growth in New Zealand avocado industry; Delphinium season starts in New Zealand; Global demand for mini-apples drives orchard investment; Seeka upgrades operational guidance to within 5% of 2016 profit; Cheaper veg in New Zealand contributes to food prices dropping 0.1%; Proposed water conservation order could seriously affect horticulture industry.
International news: GAIN reports; GM crop ban in South Australia likely to be extended to 2025; EFSA promotes global approach to food safety during China visit; EU introduces new organic regulation; US organic regulations place economic importance first; China, Canada to strengthen agricultural cooperation; Peru-Australia FTA builds momentum towards broader agreements; Australia has identified fruit export opportunities as markets have grown; Australia: Vegetable industry cash income rates highest in a decade; South Australia agricultural exports have increased due to new airlines; Fruit becoming scarcer in growing world market; China will produce more apples, pears, and grapes; Chile expected to have a good fruit season; "22 ideas to increase global cut flowers" now online; Italy: Edible ink replaces stickers at Futurpera; Bacterial survival related to free chlorine concentration.
New Zealand News: CPTPP the changes and next steps; IrrigationNZ accuses Greenpeace of misrepresenting irrigation funding in New Zealand; Cherry harvest begins; New Zealand avocados step closer to China; Avocados causing shifts in land use in New Zealand; AVOCO's avocado exports growing; Roses to shine at international rose trials.
International news: GAIN reports; EU focuses on growth markets for food and drink; Europe and China sign cooperation agreement on plant variety rights; Global food import prices set to increase by 6%; Australia looks at cold plasma sanitation; Chemical-free sanitising wins Vic's Premier's Sustainability Awards; Naturally based Antimicrobial being developed in Australia; Video on indoor farming; How is the marriage between biologicals and chemicals really going?; Maersk announces ambitious cut to CO2 and revises cold treatment surcharge; Scientists invent app to increase Australian's vegetable consumption; Block chain being trialled on tomatoes.; Researchers create healthier fruit and veg using genes from red beets; Robots in agriculture could help lower pesticide use on farms; How artificial intelligence is helping farmers improve decision making.
Government agencies: ICPR Update; WTO Notifications.
New Zealand News: PMAC AGM, Annual report and new strategy; Revised Trans-Pacific Partnership a better deal for New Zealand; Government welcomes WTO ruling against Indonesia; MPI Change or no change?; SFO decides not to file charges against Zespri; Freshmax promotes from within; Memorandum – a way to develop horticulture on Māori land; Fungicide damage on apples; New device helps determine kiwi taste before picking; More science added to 5+ A Day; Horticultural land sold to foreigners; Since 1909, winter in New Zealand has become 30 days shorter.
International news: GAIN reports; EU report confirms high safety standards in crop protection; Organic industry across the globe continues to grow; Huge scam involving organic fruit and vegetables discovered in Sicily; Maersk Line in profit but volume dropped in Q4 after cyberattack; Research shows that persimmons may help reduce risk of heart attack; Researchers develop food wrapping that kills bacteria; Spider venom could be the pesticide of the future; Spider venom could be the pesticide of the future; Circadian clock discovery could help boost water efficiency in food plants; Artificial seeds: even better than the real thing?; Frankenfood or the future of agriculture?