Ettle – to intend or plan for something to occur or be the case; to aim, attempt, intend; to venture; an intention or purpose.
Industry shifts from volume to value – Sally Rae:
A long-term “erosion of confidence” in the primary sector needs to be reversed, KPMG global head of agribusiness Ian Proudfoot says.
The 2019 KPMG Agribusiness Agenda was launched this week at National Fieldays at Mystery Creek, the 10th year it has been published.
In his introduction to the report, Mr Proudfoot said confidence was low despite the progress the industry had made over the last year.
Efforts to encourage farmers and growers to celebrate their role as food producers had not fallen on deaf ears but the positive messages had, on occasion, been “drowned out by a chorus of criticism”, most of which had been unbalanced, he said.
“If you have been told for years that you are the past, that you are bad for the environment, that you underpay your labour, even if you know these claims to be inherently wrong, many end up believing them. It is this long-term erosion of confidence that needs to be reversed.” . .
Massey finds a new model for baby beef – Richard Rennie:
Twin drivers of environmental and welfare pressure on farmers when dealing with bobby calves prompted Massey University researchers to explore options that will also deliver an economic return to farmers.
Two years into the New Generation Beef project, team leader Dr Nicola Schreurs said initial results indicate taking bobby calves with Jersey genetics and rearing them to eight, 10 or 12 months for processing delivers a product with market potential.
“We are also being careful to distinguish New Generation beef from veal, which, technically, under European Union definitions, it is. But veal brings its own often negative connotations we would rather avoid.” . .
Changes are needed at Landcorp – Alan Emmerson:
I’ve just read the Landcorp, Pamu as they like to be known, annual report. In a word, it is nauseating.
They start by telling us their vision is to be the premium supplier of meat, milk and fibre for niche markets.
“We pursue this vision with strategies based on Pamu’s six capitals – strategies for excellence in farming and adding value for products, investors, people and the environment.”
It is an 82-page, heady tome telling us, among other things, they’re supplying markets in Australia, China, Europe North America and more.
The acting chairman and chief executive told us “Pamu enters its fifth year of delivering on our strategy of operational excellence in creating value beyond the farm gate with real momentum.”
They’re into farm wellbeing, gender equity, animal welfare, environmental assessments farm by farm, (who isn’t) and relationships with tangata whenua.
They’ve surveyed stakeholders including our old mates at Greenpeace. What they could add they didn’t say. . .
NZ primary industry exports seen rising 7.1% this year – Rebecca Howard:
(BusinessDesk) – The government expects primary industry export revenue will rise 7.1 percent to $45.7 billion in the June year, but predicts growth will be flatter in the future.
The lift marks the “second straight year of substantial export growth,” said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor when he presented the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Situation and Outlook report for June 2019 at Fieldays. Export revenue was $42.7 billion in the prior year, up 11.7 percent. . .
The man who helped feed the world – Tim Harford:
In the early 1900s, newlyweds Cathy and Cappy Jones left Connecticut in the US to start a new life as farmers in north-west Mexico’s Yaqui Valley, a little-known dry and dusty place, a few hundred kilometres south of the Arizona border.
When Cappy died in 1931, Cathy decided to stay on. By then she had a new neighbour: the Yaqui Valley Experiment Station, a grand agricultural research centre with impressive stone pillars, and cleverly designed irrigation canals.
For a while, the centre raised cattle, sheep and pigs, and grew oranges, figs and grapefruit.
But by 1945, the fields were overgrown, the fences fallen and the windows shattered. The station was infested with rats. . .
Strawberry Growers New Zealand Board is asking growers to vote on a proposal to apply for a levy on strawberries, with voting papers going out today.
Following extensive consultation with growers and other stakeholders, Strawberry Growers New Zealand (SGNZ) are calling for all commercial strawberry growers to vote in a referendum to determine if there is a clear mandate from growers to apply for a commodity levy.
A levy rate of $26 per 1000 strawberry plants sold is being proposed, with support being sought to apply to the Minister for Agriculture for a Commodity Levies Order on strawberries. . .
Hamish Bennett’s feature debut takes place in the heart of a small New Zealand town, where a community comes together after a tragic death.
“Ross (Marshall Napier) has farmed the land all his life, just as his father and grandfather did before him. A largely silent man, Ross farms the land alongside his far more exuberant wife Beth (Annie Whittle), who is an eager participant in the local choir and a friend to many. When Beth suddenly dies, Ross is crushed but incapable of displaying his emotions. His son Bruce (Cohen Holloway) moves back in and tries to help, but is not suited to the farming life and also has great difficulties in expressing himself. Around them, their friends realise the difficulties, and pitch in to help.”
Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
And into the field I go to lose my mind and find my soul.
1487 Battle of Stoke Field, the final engagement of the Wars of the Roses.
1738 – Mary Katharine Goddard, American printer and publisher, was born (d. 1816).
1745 British troops took Cape Breton Island,.
1745 – Sir William Pepperell captured the French Fortress Louisbourg, during the War of the Austrian Succession.
1746 War of Austrian Succession: Austria and Sardinia defeated a Franco-Spanish army at the Battle of Piacenza.
1779 Spain declared war on Great Britain, and the siege of Gibraltar began.
1821 Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer, was born (d. 1908).
1829 Geronimo, Apache leader, was born (d. 1909).
1858 Abraham Lincoln delivered his House Divided speech in Springfield, Illinois.
1858 Battle of Morar during the Indian Mutiny.
1871 The University Tests Act allowed students to enter the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham without religious tests, except for courses in theology.
1883 The Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland killed 183 children.
1890 Stan Laurel, British actor and comedian, was born (d. 1965).
1891 John Abbott became Canada’s third prime minister.
1897 A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States was signed.
1903 The Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
1904 Eugen Schauman assassinated Nikolai Bobrikov, Governor-General of Finland.
1911 A 772 gram stony meteorite struck the earth near Kilbourn, Columbia County, Wisconsin damaging a barn.
1912 Enoch Powell, British politician, was born (d. 1998).
1915 The foundation of the British Women’s Institute.
1923 Baby farmer Daniel Cooper was hanged.
1924 The Whampoa Military Academy was founded.
1925 The most famous Young Pioneer camp of the USSR, Artek, was established.
1929 Pauline Yates, English actress, was born.
1930 Sovnarkom established decree time in the USSR.
1934 Dame Eileen Atkins, English actress, was born.
1937 Erich Segal, American author, was born (d. 2010).
1938 Joyce Carol Oates, American novelist, was born.
1940 World War II: Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain becomes Premier of Vichy France.
1939 Billy Crash Craddock, American country singer, was born.
1940 – A Communist government was installed in Lithuania.
1948 The storming of the cockpit of the Miss Macao passenger seaplane, operated by a subsidiary of the Cathay Pacific Airways, marked the first aircraft hijacking of a commercial plane.
1961 Rudolf Nureyev defected at Le Bourget airport in Paris.
1967 The three-day Monterey International Pop Music Festival began.
1972 Red Army Faction member Ulrike Meinhof was captured by police in Langenhagen.
1972 The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada started at Churchill Falls, Labrador.
1976 Soweto uprising: a non-violent march by 15,000 students in Soweto turned into days of rioting when police open fire on the crowd and kill 566 children.
1977 Oracle Corporation was incorporated as Software Development Laboratories (SDL) by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates.
1989 Imre Nagy, the former Hungarian Prime Minister, was reburied in Budapest.
2000 Israel complied with UN Security Council Resolution 425 and withdrew from all of Lebanon, except the disputed Sheba Farms.
2010 – Bhutan became the first country to institute a total ban on tobacco.
2013 – A multi-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides becoming the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.
2013 – The 2013 Baga massacre started when Boko Haram militants engaged government soldiers in Baga.
2016 – Shanghai Disneyland Park, the first Disney Park in Mainland China opens to the public.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia