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?