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My Daily Digest: November 3, 2020

US election, EU lockdowns will impact an already volatile global market One new community case of covid-19 has got New Zealanders slightly on edge today, but compared to the rest of the world, we’re sitting pretty.

Much of Europe is going back into lockdown this week. The United States goes to the polls tomorrow as the country experiences record cases.

There will be repercussions from this new wave for NZ exporters, but it’s difficult to know what that will be at this early stage.

It’s a more critical time for read meat exporters than the first lockdown earlier in the year, but exporters have had the benefit of hindsight and have altered cuts and markets to suit the loss of food service.

Across the Atlantic, the US election will have huge implications for world trade. 

Here, it’s a case of controlling what we can and hoping the ripples from these global splashes don’t swamp us.

 

Bryan Gibson

 

Back from the Beehive

It was a brief three-year career, but South Otago farmer Mark Patterson enjoyed his term as a Member of Parliament. He speaks to Neal Wallace about his time in Parliament.

 

Feds on labour issues as DairyNZ shelves GoDairy

DairyNZ'S shelving of its GoDairy campaign has shown how hard it is to recruit people into the dairy industry, Federated Farmers employment spokesperson Chris Lewis says.

 

Sea pest destined for culinary treatment

The seaweed Undaria pinnatifida that laces the east coast of New Zealand from Hauraki Gulf to Stewart Island is a prolific pest that chokes out native seaweeds, and has spread rapidly in the 30-something years it has been here.

 

Forestry picks up cadets with covid support

After picking up an additional 250 staff through covid work initiatives, the forestry sector is feeling positive about its harvest and planting capacity over the coming months.

 

New ships strengthen ties

Capacity for New Zealand’s kiwifruit exporting has received a significant boost with the commissioning of three new specialist vessels servicing Zespri markets.

 

Tonight on Sarah’s Country: 

7:10pm – Grant McNaughton from Mt Dasher Station shares his story of becoming a successful farm owner.   

7:20pm – Horticulture New Zealand’s Natural Resources and Environment Manager Michelle Sands explains why she thinks vegetable growers in Horowhenua are at a disadvantage.  

7:30pm – We chat to Massey University’s Agricultural Student of the Year William Robertson.  

7:40pm – How do we get farmers to show vulnerability? Taranaki sharemilker Kane Brisco talks about his Farm Fit NZ page.

 

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