Newsletters and Press Releases

Hi Just a short one this issue. Animal health: Discover potential health benefits of using homeopathy The homeopathic treatment of livestock diseases is relatively uncommon, but the practice has been around for 200 years and devotees are...


Welcome once again to the OrganicAg News. It has been a while; I had an overseas trip and this issue has been in draft form for some time as I catch up on workload and also find the motivation to recommence this task. Now we are under way I w...


It will be an interesting season ahead with Fonterra to make some serious decisions on its organic milk program. Having lost at least 11 organic suppliers on the 1st of June 2014, this represents around 15% of the organic supply base of ...


With most of the harvest done,the cows dry,the fruit either on ship or in cool store,this is the time of year as primary producers we can be more involved off our production units;time to question our respective sectors and their leaders,t...


Organic Sector Forum 2014 – Cancelled. The event clearly missed the mark of what the organic sector must be looking for. Registrations from primary producers and trades were too low to continue. This was further backed by th...


Organic Sector Forum 2014. Organic Promotions can now confirm Mai Chen, respected lawyer, is to speak on legal aspects of GE crops as part of The Right to Farm session at the Forum in June. It ishugly ...


The days are closing in and the nights drawing out. Most in the pastoral sector are seeing grass growth again, with many still needing more rain before the cold sets in


In January this year the Chinese government announced it would allow foreign auditors to be trained to the Chinese organic standard


Well another month passes into history and we move to yet another harvest season to be followed by another restorative period leading to the formation season, and nature has been doing this for how long?


OANZ, Zespri and Fonterra meet with MPI to discuss the regulation of the use of the word 'organic' in NZ. Noting NZ was one of the last countries in the world to provide regulation


Firstly apologies re not getting an issue out last week---one of those weeks and it just did not happen......hope it will not happen to often, anyway here we are.


Autumn is now upon us, the leaves are starting to change in my part of the world. Fonterra have a round of meetings with their organic suppliers/shareholders and we trust in the information to date that this will in fact be the new spring of t...


Well last week saw the 2nd Biological Farming  Conference in Rotorua and the close of witnesses and evidence in the Steve Marsh  GMO court case in WA.


I see the world organic scene entering a huge growth period—and us in New Zealand dragging our feet trying to find shortcuts to meeting the biological food and fibre markets needs of the world.


GM Vs. Organic or simply 'The Right to Farm'? For me the argument is not just can a farmer choose GM, it is, can his choice, be it avocados, apples, pigs, dairy, organic,etc, have a lawful negative impact on an adjoining or nearby business or...


There is lots happening all over the world with the growth of organic (audited biological) production and marketing.


2014 certainly is shaping up as an interesting year for organic agriculture on the gobal platform. Lets ensure NZ is in a position to realise aspects of the gobal growth, that we do not just think what we have done in the past will carry us into t...


Great to get feedback, some really simple but hugely encouraging;  These are great Bill, keep them coming!! Be sure to let your mates know to visit  http://www.organicag.co.nz/ and sign up for the newsletter.


Organic Promotions is restarting the newsletters after several years of inactivity on this front.


OrganicAg Newsletter It been a while since the last newsletter. Will make them more regular now as we have added some new features to the site. Firstly what is coming up: .....


OrganicAg Newsletter Well it has been a while!!! Much has happened in the past few months with considerable growth in various Organic Promotions actitives. Firstly what is coming up: .....


Well let's start with an update of the last month!! Northland Field-days; Dargaville The Organic Promotions site saw a steady flow of farmers and input/service providers flow through over the first two days. Many a good discussion was had on...


The 2009 OrganicAg Expo is all on track for the 19th March at Matamata. To be held on Cleavedale Farm(opposite Racecourse), an organic dairy farm supplying Fonterra. The venue is ideal with large trees and only a few hundred metres from the tow...


Welcome to the first newsletter from OrganicAg! Firstly I know some of you have been registered for this service for some time-we have had a few hold ups-but we are now up and running. This is just a short edition to ensure that the system an...


Organic Promotions is more than pleased to advise that the Organic Expo's are back!!! We're excited!! It is 3 years since the last one at TeAroha and it is well past time. This is just the advance notice with the basic detail. To be kept up to...


November 29th saw a great turnout at the Mai Farm naturally century farm festival. The Mai family has owned and farmed this parcel of land north of Ashurst (Manawatu) for 100 years. Reuben Mai who is currently farming the farm is the 5th generatio...


I was approached by a company in early October asking if I was interested in running facilitated discussion groups (again) as they believed the farmers in the organic dairy and pastoral sector desperately required the benefits of this form of net...


Press release;

Time for Organics to Look in the Mirror?

The high value organic sector is coming together in Taupo to explore, discuss and evaluate a range of topics that are paramount to the future of the sector in NZ, says Bill Quinn of Organic Promotions.

The organic sector has seen its ups and downs, but has had, both domestically and internationally, continued year on year growth for 2 decades or more, the downs are merely a question of whether the growth was single or double digit!

The Organic Sector Forum 2014 will see André Leu, Chair of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM), as the keynote speaker. André is a lychee grower in Queensland.

Quinn says 'we are very fortunate to have André speak; he will arrive direct from Kiev and leave for Brazil. André will be able to update us on the massive growth in worldwide demand for produce/product from production systems with third party validation.'

While organics has moved from voluntary codes to 'government regulated criteria for market access ' over the years, we now see all production systems coming under similar pressure to provide third party validation. Leu is well placed to bring the sector right up to speed with international developments.

The Forum is not about how to farm says Quinn; it is about understanding the wider market place and influences. The main session is titled "The Right to Farm". Here Leu, along with Dr William Rolleston (Federated Farmers), a spokesperson from the insurance sector and others will explore each land owners right to operate without impact, or at least undue impact, from other operators in the district. This may apply to irrigation, weed management, your neighbour scrub bull/ram visiting, G.E.,etc.. The base question is hugely important as two West Australian farmers (Marsh Vs. Baxter) are finding out in the Australian courts at present.

Rolleston commented "Congratulations on tackling this topic. It is important for all farmers."

The Forum then deals with an issue facing all in food production these days, the question of 'Integrity in Production and Marketing'. Where organic production and validation systems once walked alone, the super market shelves are now congested with all manner of claims, ticks and seals of approval. The organic mark is a strong marketing tool, it is more important than ever that the integrity of this is maintained and trusted. Quinn said the last thing we need is the debate as is happening in the USA around GE products carrying a label 'natural'. The consumer is wishing to look ever deeper into how their food is produced.

The farmers, growers and input manufacturers will explore aspects of the application of the international market access regulations here in NZ, are they meeting the production needs of this high value sector or do they need tweaking.

So often we are that busy working with what we have we do not have the time to stand back and truly evaluate, Quinn says, it may be working just fine, let's celebrate that but if a tweak is needed let's get that right. He goes on to say, for a much needed expansion to meet market demand we need the machinery to be running at its best, well-oiled and shiny!

There are workshops on insurance, raw milk marketing, organic hemp (industrial), and much more.

Information about the Forum can be found at www.organicag.co.nz