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Drought-hit Northland farmers miss Cyclone Ita’s rain

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 3:31 pm | Federated Farmers

Drought-hit Northland farmers miss Cyclone Ita’s rain While the South Island has received so much rain that it is now posing problems for crop harvest and pasture growth ahead of winter, the worst drought affected parts of Northland received very ... More >>

Three challenging numbers

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 9:48 am | Federated Farmers

There has been a lot of discussion recently about New Zealand’s meat industry. We all want more profitable and sustainable farming. Meat farmers have been concerned that their gross incomes are a bit lower than dairy farmers on similar sized farms. ... More >>

Study suggests advice on saturated fats could be wrong

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 9:10 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is welcoming a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which found no link between saturated fats and heart disease. While this in no way endorses an unbalanced diet, it is perhaps a start on centring the pendulum. “It ... More >>

West Coast farms start recovery

Sunday, 20 April 2014, 5:34 pm | Federated Farmers

West Coast farms start recovery While the South Island’s West Coast bore the brunt of former Cyclone Ita’s wrath, the defining image is of past Federated Farmers North Otago provincial president, Robert Borst, using his digger to rescue a motorist ... More >>

Manawatu River improving is encouraging

Friday, 18 April 2014, 11:03 am | Federated Farmers

Manawatu River improving is encouraging Federated Farmers is thrilled by the improving health of the Manawatu River. A detailed report for the Manawatu River Leaders Forum reveals that the first three years of the clean up have been a success. “This report ... More >>

Ruataniwha gets to second base

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 6:35 pm | Federated Farmers

With the Ruataniwha Water Storage scheme getting the tick from a Board of Inquiry appointed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), the concept of water storage has passed a major milestone but a greater one is to ensure it is financially viable. ... More >>

IPCC Mitigation Report redefines agriculture as ‘green tech’

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:44 am | Federated Farmers

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Mitigation Report places New Zealand in a very good position so long as the policy nexus supports the carbon efficient production of food. “The IPCC’s Mitigation Report projects that emissions from ... More >>

No rain reprieve yet for drought-hit farms

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:32 am | Federated Farmers

No rain reprieve yet for drought-hit farms While farming areas in the South Island and the main centres receive rain, very little has fallen in areas affected by the upper North Island’s second consecutive autumnal drought. “It is clearly a localised ... More >>

Native Kiwis ‘join the herd’ at a staff member’s farm

Monday, 14 April 2014, 3:43 pm | Federated Farmers

Further Kiwi has been released onto the Kaipara farm co-owned by Federated Farmers’ Richard Gardner. As part of the Mataia Restoration Project, the latest event was attended by the Prime Minister, Department of Conservation, Auckland Council, local ... More >>

Farmers back major Local Government NZ funding review

Thursday, 10 April 2014, 4:47 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is fully behind a fundamental review by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) into the way local government and local roads are funded. More >>

Service gives farmers a voice

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 2:55 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is thrilled by the Health Promotion Agency’s, National Depression rural project. In light of the horrifying suicide statistics in rural New Zealand the initiative has rightly tailored the John Kirwan Depression.org website to be ... More >>

Alan Wills: Dairy farmers walking the talk

Friday, 4 April 2014, 4:47 pm | Federated Farmers

Speech by Alan Wills, Federated Farmers Rotorua-Taupo provincial president, to the Maori Research Institute Charitable Trust’s Walk The Talk Conference, Distinction Hotel, Rotorua More >>

Fonterra $300,000 fine proportionate

Friday, 4 April 2014, 4:31 pm | Federated Farmers

After accepting four Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) charges relating to the 2013 whey protein concentrate recall, Federated Farmers believes the $300,000 fine is proportionate. More >>

If the IPCC backs adaptation, political parties should too

Thursday, 3 April 2014, 9:57 am | Federated Farmers

The release of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report’s chapter on Australasia, reinforces science, research and water storage are fundamental to New Zealand’s adaptive response. “The IPCC report contains both good and bad ... More >>

Suicide reporting welcomed

Wednesday, 2 April 2014, 12:16 pm | Federated Farmers

Suicide reporting welcomed Federated Farmers supports the Law Commissions’ recommendation to allow the media to report a suspected suicide. “While the media are beginning to report suicides, we believe more needs to be done to lift the lid of silence on ... More >>

Farm Days a marketing and educational success

Thursday, 27 March 2014, 2:58 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers Farm Days are a huge success in education and tourism. The Federation’s Bay of Plenty province saw 980 people come through the farm gate on Sunday to see what farming is all about. More >>

Innovation as an opportunity for strengthening farming

Thursday, 27 March 2014, 12:45 pm | Federated Farmers

Speech by Dr William Rolleston, Federated Farmers Vice-President, to the World Farmers Organisation, Buenos Aires, Argentina It is a pleasure to speak to you on the theme of Innovation as an opportunity for strengthening farming. In this context I will ... More >>

West Coast Northland drought declaration a relief

Wednesday, 26 March 2014, 4:51 pm | Federated Farmers

The adverse event declaration covering drought in Northland’s West Coast the declaration will not provide a lot of direct financial assistance but will provide huge psychological relief. More >>

Fonterra profit down but revenue on track for $20 billion

Wednesday, 26 March 2014, 3:32 pm | Federated Farmers

Fonterra Cooperative Group’s half year results means it could be back on track to break the $20 billion revenue barrier; corporate New Zealand’s ‘four minute mile.’ More >>

Federated Farmers 111 concerns following wasp attack

Friday, 21 March 2014, 11:03 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is concerned the 111 service failed Taumarunui farmer Janet Kelland when she needed it the most; after being attacked by wasps. “Given the 111 service is a rural lifeline, Federated Farmers was troubled to learn Janet Kelland struggled ... More >>



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