1) Government agencies: ICPR changes; New regulations proposed to strengthen food recalls and manage risks; Report shows opportunities to leverage food and beverage exports with tourism; WTO Notifications
2) New Zealand News: Food and fibre fund open for agribusiness; Top primary sector employers shortlisted; New Zealand ratifies CPTPP during trade minister’s trip to Ottawa and Washington; NZ first country to ratify PACER Plus trade deal; Trade agreements: good things come in threes; Will increased compliance promote growth?; Primary Sector Council an expensive white elephant?; Farmers urged to consider partial kiwifruit conversion; Apple and stonefruit industry members successfully broker meeting between MPI and US facility; Talking to plants big potential market for Kiwi high-tech company Autogrow; Waikato’s Zealong tea brews another global winner; New Zealand avocados crack Chinese market; New cherry orchard is a vote of faith in sector’; The Apple Press wins New Zealand Food Award; Dry spring leads to water warnings in New Zealand; Study links glyphosate to antibiotic resistance; Judge upholds jury's ruling that Roundup caused dying man's cancer; Potato mop top virus here to stay
3) International news: GAIN reports; Regulatory; EU parliament urged to reverse de facto ban on gene-edited crops; BASF licenses CRISPR-Cpf1 genome editing technology; Chile: 2017/18 fruit and vegetables export season – record numbers; Barcoded apple more important than many realise; Not enough fruits, vegetables grown to feed the planet'; Chile: Scientists keep fruit from turning black
Government agencies: September 2018 Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries; WTO Notifications; Customs Annual Report now available
New Zealand News: New High Commissioner to Malaysia and Singapore; New Ambassador’s announced for Timor Leste; Italy and the United Arab Emirates; New Zealand hosts RCEP round; Reform of the World Trade Organization focus of North American talks; MFAT 75th anniversary speech; Country of Origin labelling a step closer to law; Female Horticulture NZ group members sought; Many ways for our crop growers to adapt to climate change; Robots to train vineyard and orchard workers to do a better job; Tomatoes NZ agroecology projects hoping to reduce r pest-reducing chemicals; Conservation comment: Lawsuit adds weight to call to restrict weed killers; Conservation comment: Lawsuit adds weight to call to restrict weed killers; Will consumers pay up for glyphosate-free production?; More funding to tackle fruit flies in Australia; Psa confirmed in Australian kiwifruit orchard.
International news:GAIN reports; US Treasury sends China warning shot regarding currency; The Obstacles Facing China's World-Leading Kiwifruit Industry in 2018; Belgium: Soil passport as new tool to more sustainable management of agricultural parcels; China: Online trade of fresh produce increased by 23.5% in first half of 2018; Cleaner, fresher and more exotic foods the trend for 2019; Flexitarian’ diets key to feeding people in a warming world; "Insect pests will increase due to climate change"; New sustainability pact between Panalpina and CMA CGM; Fairtrade sees 9% sales growth in 2017, exceeding €8 billion for first time; Belgium: Soil passport as new tool to more sustainable management of agricultural parcels; Breeding companies are leaving Europe due to CRISPR-Cas ruling; Aerobotics presents AI app to identify crop problems.
Government agencies: New road signs for kauri lands; Biosecurity Award finalists reflect huge national effort in biosecurity; WTO Notifications; Indonesia, New Zealand to Strengthen Food-Industry Cooperation.
New Zealand News: EPA ramps up chemical reassessments programme; Saving the World (Trade Organisation); Tradeworks comment on the EU FTA negotiations; NZ food prices ease as lettuce prices plunge; NZ nurseries & orchards might be compensated for fruit tree seizures; Croptracker implemented by New Zealand apple supplier; Grower exports 90% of the Cymbidium Orchids they grow; New World enters war against plastic waste; Potato virus no threat to New Zealand chip supply.
International news:GAIN reports; Denmark introduces climate label for food; European seed industry, unanimously in favor of CRISPR; Container demand forecasts adjusted to changing economic tide; United Nations Report: 7 of the top 10 container ports are Chinese; Chemical residue warning on fruit and vegetables Thailand; Food safety about more than just “keeping regulators happy; Five lessons from the Australian strawberry needle crisis; Outbreak that killed seven was largely caused by dust storms.
Government agencies: ICPR Changes; WTO Notifications; Find out more about opportunities in the Gulf region.
New Zealand News: Tabuteau lead New Zealand’s first trade delegation to South Africa; Foreign Minister visited Indonesia and Thailand; Climate outlook; Increased RMA powers and regulation of intensive farming planned in water quality push; NZ government moves to support businesses trading with Iran; Frozen berries recalled because of foreign matter; New Zealand avocado growers concerned about thefts; Avocado industry on track to bounce back from last year's low volume season; Thailand: New Zealand avocado season takes off; Avanza to debut in China; NZ Flowers Week; Fruitful results for Vietnam’s dragonfruit industry; Vietnamese rambutan imports enter New Zealand; Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme; Seeka staff lose more than 180kg combined in Biggest Loser challenge; Potential sale of Napier port; Auckland waterfront chaos spills over to other ports; Survey shows rural people less likely to ask for help with mental health; Seeka notifies of Australian kiwifruit orchard symptoms; Bay of Plenty collective forms to strengthen biosecurity fight.
International news:GAIN reports; EU Parliament moves to ban unfair trading practices in the food supply chain; China: How to solve the problem of unmarketable fruit?; Freshfel times; Food safety conference delivers key learnings to the fresh produce industry; Listeria in fresh produce: Are we any the wiser?; Singapore recalls Malaysian iceberg lettuce over pesticide content; Xylella… a global threat to citrus.
Government agencies: ICPR changes; MPI releases 20,000 imported apple plants and 400 stonefruit plants; Kiwiberry - advice to exporters.
New Zealand News: Announcement of new Consul-General in Sydney; Trade and investment focus of Sydney talks; Scientists recognised for controlling plant disease; Call for submissions on local bill related to proposed Waimea dam; Major fresh produce traceability project launches in New Zealand; Massive bed shortages expected during Central Otago’s peak harvesting periods; TomatoesNZ on the latest Emissions Trading Scheme review; How a New Zealand family made tomato growing their passion; Tomato growers plan 24hour strike in pursuit of living wage; Zespri reports strong year despite lower volumes; Wet winter could result in vegetable shortages’; New Zealand Fuyu persimmon filling gap before California season starts; New Zealand kiwifruit growers experience a bumper Hayward crop; Kiwifruit export monopoly "Creates climate that crushes independent thought and innovation"; Zespri and Tesla create giant human pinball game; Auckland port: Diversions and delays for customers; Potato virus: New Zealand government and industry on the case; Australia: Best practice scheme ‘BioSecure HACCP’ gets tick of approval.
International news:Importing & exporting plants if there is a no-deal Brexit; Food products protected by a ‘geographical indication’ if there’s no Brexit deal; Walmart will use blockchain to stop the spread of E. coli and other diseases in lettuce; Australian PM outlines tighter export control due to contaminated fruit scare; Australia: Bulk of Queensland 'strawberry fund' goes to ad campaign; MSC: The 2020 sulphur cap is increasing operation costs; An innovative leaching solution to the worldwide salinity crisis".