Agriculture News from Week 33

 

New Zealand

No 'farming versus forestry'

by Tom Kitchin, RNZ The Hawke's Bay Regional Council insists it's not pursuing a "farming versus forestry" strategy, as a Wairoa farmer fears a report commissioned by the council is a nail in the coffin. The report surveyed farmers to get their thoughts on planting trees in the Wairoa district.

400,000 solar panels, 800 acres, 1,000 sheep. A preview of N.J.'s largest solar project.

A solar farm may be built in South Jersey that will be larger than any solar Garden State project that's come before it. The Nichomaus Run Solar Farm, proposed by developer Dakota Power Partners, would cover 800 acres of land in Pilesgrove Township - 650 of which will be lined with rows of roughly 400,000 solar panels.

Header driver shortage a major concern

TIME is running out to source experienced heavy machinery operators for the upcoming harvest, with WAFarmers saying a solution is needed now, not in a month's time. WAFarmers grains section president Mic Fels met with Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan, alongside grain growers from around WA and other ministers, earlier this month to discuss the impending shortage of experienced workers.

Manufacturing underpins our economy, but most people don't realise it

OPINION: In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, our politicians are finally starting to wake up to the importance of local manufacturing businesses to New Zealand's economy and wellbeing. We've seen National establish a first-ever spokesperson for manufacturing and small business and the Government announce plans to work on an industry transformation plan for advanced manufacturing.

Winston Peters on letting skilled agricultural workers into NZ

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has dismissed concerns from the agricultural sector that the Government has double standards when it comes to allowing skilled workers into New Zealand. The Country's Jamie Mackay queried the Government's reasons for letting America's Cup crews and film production teams in, and not highly skilled drivers of agricultural machinery.

Federated Farmers Wants Agricultural Workers Allowed Into The Country

Millions of dollars' worth of production is at risk if the government doesn't allow agricultural machinery operators into New Zealand, Federated Farmers claims. Lobby group Federated Farmers said a survey by Rural Contractors NZ found that 57 contractors urgently needed 206 skilled operators. Drivers come from overseas to operate combine...

Australia

WA bids for Grains Australia headquarters

THE Western Australian grains industry is taking a united approach, alongside the State government, in seeking to attract the newly-formed grain industry good entity, Grains Australia, to be headquartered in Perth. Grains Australia is a new company which would consolidate and deliver industry good services and functions on behalf of the entire grains supply chain.

Agribusinesses line up to help seaweed feed halt animal gas emissions

After almost a decade as a scientific research project, the much-anticipated commercialisation of a methane neutralising stockfeed additive has won financial backing from GrainCorp and Andrew Forrest's agribusiness, Harvest Road. The CSIRO's seaweed-based FutureFeed venture is set to launch as a five-way private partnership, also apparently involving supermarket giant Woolworths and sustainable asset investment outfit AGP.

Vic / NSW border win for ag

THOSE in the ag sector have won a major concession with the news farmers, contractors and others employed in agriculture will now be able to cross from Victoria into New South Wales without quarantining in Sydney for two weeks. A keenly anticipated ruling by the NSW government will allow Victorians in, but only within 100km of the Victorian border.

Australia's move to store carbon in soil is a problem for tackling climate change

To slow climate change, humanity has two main options: reduce greenhouse gas emissions directly or find ways to remove them from the atmosphere. On the latter, storing carbon in soil-or carbon farming-is often touted as a promising way to offset emissions from other sources such as energy generation, industry and transport.

Brigden to steer live export research

AN independent chairwoman has been appointed to guide Australia's live export research program in meeting the constantly evolving social and economic challenges faced by the industry. Trysh Bridgen (nee Stone) will chair the Livestock Export Research and Development Advisory Committee (LERDAC) as well as the management committee made up of representatives of the funding partners, LiveCorp and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

South America

sustainable farming practices provide solution during pandemic - Shareable

The COVID-19 pandemic lays bare the ways in which unchecked consumption and unsustainable production can jeopardize life as we know it. Now, while what were previously day-to-day functions are paused, the time is ripe for a reckoning with our relationship to the sustainability of production and consumption networks in which all living organisms are enmeshed.

Argentina ponders BRI endorsement amid tricky debt restructuring

Argentina could become the biggest economy in Latin America to join the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), an action that would allow Alberto Fernández's heavily indebted government to deepen trade and investment ties with China. Yet such a move is politically complicated.

New satellite deals will extend connectivity in Latin America

Recent satellite news from Latin America includes a backhaul contract for Gilat and an extended partnership involving SES and COMNET. Following recently announced service delivery contracts in Argentina and Africa, Gilat Satellite Networks, which offers satellite and fibre-based connectivity solutions, has been awarded a five-year service project to provide 4G backhaul services in Latin America.

Refined soy oil looks bullish as agri markets set to recover: Ajitesh Mullick

The recent dips in Agri markets was mainly due to improved rains in North-West and Central India last week. However, the downtrend seems temporary as the festive season demand and pick up in exports are expected to support prices this week.

In Argentina, a movement to save the Chaco forest hits the COVID-19 wall

Argentina lost an area of native forest 320 times the size of its capital city, Buenos Aires, between 1998 and 2018, according to a report issued July 29 by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. The Chaco forest accounted for 87% of the 6.5 million hectares (16 million acres) lost, with expanding farmland the [...]

Food Updates

 

Agribusinesses line up to help seaweed feed halt animal gas emissions

After almost a decade as a scientific research project, the much-anticipated commercialisation of a methane neutralising stockfeed additive has won financial backing from GrainCorp and Andrew Forrest's agribusiness, Harvest Road. The CSIRO's seaweed-based FutureFeed venture is set to launch as a five-way private partnership, also apparently involving supermarket giant Woolworths and sustainable asset investment outfit AGP.

Indigenous knowledge and global food systems

Indigenous peoples can inspire future global food systems towards more sustainable and just societies

Food giants and key retailers join forces on new food waste coalition

18 Aug 2020 --- The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has launched a CEO-led Coalition of Action on Food Waste, which sees 14 of the world's largest retailers and manufacturers join forces. Their goal is to halve per capita global food loss at retailer and consumer levels.

7 Food Stocks That Are Shaping the Future | WTOP

Bank of America estimates that the global food solutions market will be a $300 billion opportunity for investors by 2025. Advancements in plant-based protein, food delivery, farming, food ingredients, protein processors and animal health are just some of the many areas ripe for innovation.

Duo introduce African non-GMO, gluten-free super grain flour in US

The new flour is made with 100% fonio - the smallest seed of the millet species - a 5,000 year old ancient grain that is indigenous to West Africa. It is Paleo friendly, gluten-free and non-GMO, with a nutty flavour and texture that is similar to rice flour.

Milling Ops: Flour color and ash considerations

Flour color is an important consideration in wheat and flour quality assessment. In the production environment, flour streams and grades are frequently examined visually using a flour slick and a Pekar test. Visual examination is subjective in nature and influenced by the lighting available in the mill as well as personal perception.