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Government Hearing Farmers On Dairy Immigration Concerns

Friday, 16 July 2021, 9:00 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is pleased that the Government has recognised the need to extend the Essential Skills visa for the valuable migrant staff working in our dairy sector. The Government is increasing the duration of 12-month Essential Skills visas and ... More >>

Farmer Frustration Is Boiling Over

Monday, 12 July 2021, 2:17 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers President Andrew Hoggard says he’s not surprised frustration and anger about the deluge of new regulations and costs from central government is spilling over into protest meetings. On Friday farmers in a number of districts around ... More >>

Craig Muckle Named Wheat Grower Of The Year

Thursday, 8 July 2021, 9:04 am | Federated Farmers

The champion wheat grower for 2021 is Craig Muckle. Craig, who farms at Dorie in mid-Canterbury, was presented with the Champion Cup at the awards ceremony in Christchurch for winning the premium milling wheat award and also won the United Wheat Growers ... More >>

David Grant Is Federated Farmers Arable Farmer Of The Year

Thursday, 8 July 2021, 5:31 am | Federated Farmers

Mid Canterbury Arable Farmer David Grant was awarded the "Federated Farmers Arable Farmer of the Year Award 2021" at the arable industry awards in Christchurch tonight. David’s contribution to the industry through is work with the Foundation ... More >>

Resource Management Proposals Positive On Consultation, Flawed In Content

Tuesday, 29 June 2021, 1:05 pm | Federated Farmers

The government should be applauded for a proper consultation process on replacement RMA legislation but Federated Farmers has significant concerns about local democracy being stripped away. Reacting to the release today of an ‘exposure’ draft of ... More >>

Horizons Workshops A Chance For Farmers To Discuss Freshwater Issues

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 12:45 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is calling on farmers in the Horizons region to get out and get involved in community meetings being held this week and next about freshwater and farming. Feds thinks the venues which have been selected for the workshops give an ... More >>

Education Resource Highlights NZ Dairy And Red Meat’s Role In Feeding Global Population

Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 3:15 pm | Federated Farmers

A new climate change education resource has been released by New Zealand’s pastoral farming sector. The resource, ‘The important role of New Zealand dairy and red meat in feeding a growing global population’, has been co-authored by Beef + Lamb ... More >>

Feds Applauds UK-Australia Free Trade Deal

Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 2:48 pm | Federated Farmers

News that Australia and the UK have signed a free trade agreement is a promising step forward in the fight against tariffs and protectionism, Federated Farmers says. "It reinforces the international rules-based trading framework and is important ... More >>

Feds Says We’ll Need More People, More Money To Take On Climate Challenges

Wednesday, 9 June 2021, 4:01 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers believes the final Climate Change Commission report released today will need to be backed up with significant investment in improving access to science and technology on farm, and the people needed to operate it. Back in February Feds ... More >>

Feds Survey: Branch Closures Add To Farmers’ Bank Concerns

Friday, 4 June 2021, 10:38 am | Federated Farmers

Concern about branch closures can be added to the continued slide in farmers’ satisfaction with their banks, the latest Federated Farmers Banking Survey shows. More than 1,100 farmers responded to the May survey and 71% of them said they were ... More >>

Rising Stars Of Primary Industries Acknowledged

Wednesday, 2 June 2021, 12:10 pm | Federated Farmers

A 50 percent jump in the number of nominations for the 2021 Primary Industries New Zealand Awards underpins the amount of innovation and leadership going on in the sector and growing awareness of the need to celebrate it, Terry Copeland says. The ... More >>

Feed Wheat And Barley Going Strong But Uncertainty Remains Around Milling Wheat

Monday, 31 May 2021, 8:56 am | Federated Farmers

Below average rainfall across many regions was a factor in the average 3% drop in yields for the six main arable crops in the 2020/21 season. The latest Arable Industry Marketing Initiative (AIMI) report, based on 1 April survey results, also found that ... More >>

Farmers Bankroll Budget’s Big Spending

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 4:06 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers wants New Zealand’s farmers to pat themselves on the back for making it possible for the country to afford the Budget announced by the Government today. In his speech to present the Budget Minister of Finance Grant Robertson acknowledged ... More >>

Seat Belts On School Buses Petition Presented

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 5:13 am | Federated Farmers

Wheels are turning in the drive to get seat belts on school buses. A petition on the topic that gained more than 6,500 signatures in four weeks was presented to National MP Jacqui Dean on the steps of Parliament this afternoon by its organiser, Philippa ... More >>

Broken Election Promise On Carbon Farming Will Hurt Rural Communities

Monday, 17 May 2021, 2:14 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers has been checking the calendar - six months on from last year’s election and the government has broken an election promise to protect productive farmland. Labour pledged if re-elected it would take less than six months to protect ... More >>

Award Winners Underline Contribution Of Migrant Workers - Feds

Monday, 17 May 2021, 10:12 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers offers hearty congratulations to winners of its merit awards who went on to take national honours at the Dairy Industry Awards on Saturday. Judges described Dairy Trainee of the Year Ruth Connolly, who won the Federated Farmers ... More >>

Critical Worker Shortages On Dairy Farms Will Take A Toll

Monday, 10 May 2021, 5:10 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is deeply disappointed the government’s exception announcement today shows it could not find a way to bring 500 desperately needed skilled dairy employees into the country. Feds believes the pressure some farming families are ... More >>

Rein In Rates And Show Some Backbone Over Water Rules, Feds Urges ECan

Tuesday, 4 May 2021, 3:01 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is strongly urging Environment Canterbury to demonstrate financial discipline and stick with current water plans developed with the community, rather than cave in and start a $25 million exercise re-writing them. Feds Mid-Canterbury ... More >>

Feds Keen To Engage In Immigration Review

Monday, 3 May 2021, 5:06 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is pleased that the Productivity Commission has decided to hold an inquiry into our current immigration settings and looks forward to engaging in the process. The primary industries have traditionally looked to the migrant workforce ... More >>

Thank A Farmer This Opening Weekend

Thursday, 29 April 2021, 10:51 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers wants duck hunters heading out for the season opening this weekend to enjoy themselves and to remember to thank the many farmers who provide access to their shooting spots. The ‘Opening Day’ of the duck-shooting season is a special ... More >>