Industry confronts big issues – Luke Chivers:
How to grow primary industries sustainably, changing consumer expectations, technological transformation of growing and selling we issues confronted at the BOMA Grow 2019 Agri-Summit in Christchurch.
More than 600 people ranging from farmers, producers and researchers to educators and students and those working in government and finance met to discuss ways the food and fibre sector can be more innovative, collaborative, sustainable and profitable now and in future.
Event organiser Kaila Colbin said the two-day summit was a chance to learn about future trends affecting the agriculture sector and what to do about them, in a practical way, from people on the ground. . . .
An agricultural revolution is taking place in Australia as the food and agri sector explores innovative ways to feed a growing global population using more sustainable methods.
It’s a revolution that kicked into even higher gear at Rabobank’s Farm2Fork Summit at Sydney’s Cockatoo Island on March 28, when cutting-edge ideas were unveiled, probed and prodded by producers, food and agri entrepreneurs, and industry trailblazers from around the world.
They left no stone unturned as they delved into everything from robotics and ag tech to sustainable farming methods, food waste reduction and alternative foods. . .
Give me the local government I deserve – Jim Galloway:
If you have ever wanted to make your mark in a positive and constructive way, please consider standing in the local body elections writes Federated Farmers Hawke’s Bay provincial president Jim Galloway.
When I cast a vote, I have never felt as though doves are released – that I’m taking part in anything extra special.
But I know that it is an important right and privilege of being part of a democratic society – we can have input into how we are governed.
This October we all get to cast votes for our local and regional councils. . .
Pre-lamb shearing necessary in certain circumstances – Simon Davies:
Pre-lamb shearing is necessary in certain circumstances, but it must be carried out using best practice writes Federated Farmers spokesperson Simon Davies.
Pre-lamb shearing has its place in farming.
It is a necessary activity in certain situations and locations.
From a shearing industry point of view it is a necessity, as it allows shearing to be spread over almost 12 months of the year. . .
Northland student Devlin Gurr wants to land a coveted cadetship at Smedley Station in Hawke’s Bay.
“It’s quite prestigious. They accept only 11 cadets each year so it’s really hard to get into,” Gurr said.
The 16-year-old has spent the start of the school holidays honing skills he’ll need to help land the two-year cadetship. . .
Zespri signals upside for grower payments in 2020 – Gavin Evans:
(BusinessDesk) – Kiwifruit marketer Zespri is forecasting a potential lift of up to 6 percent in payments to growers this season.
The firm, which markets kiwifruit on behalf of 2,500 New Zealand growers and another 1,200 in Italy, Japan, Korea and France, is expecting total fruit and service payments of $1.775 billion to $1.875 billion in the year ending March 2020.
Zespri is yet to publish its March 2019 year results but in February forecast a total payment of almost $1.77 billion for that year. . .