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Primary Industries NZ Awards Finalists Named

Wednesday, 7 October 2020, 11:37 am | Federated Farmers

Judges faced tough decisions choosing finalists for the 2020 Primary Industries New Zealand Awards, with no shortage of contenders. The six independent judges deliberated over 40 nominations across the six award categories for the second annual PINZ awards, ... More >>

Feds: Forget The Cheap Shots, Let’s Get Sensible About Fire Risk Vegetation

Tuesday, 6 October 2020, 11:24 am | Federated Farmers

The destruction at Lake Ohau should light a fire under DOC for early negotiations with farmers on a partnership approach to deal with uncontrolled vegetation on conservation land, Federated Farmers says. "For Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage to suggest ... More >>

Baa DOC From High Country Management - Sheep Do A Better Job

Monday, 5 October 2020, 2:11 pm | Federated Farmers

The fire risk on Department of Conservation-managed land is being mismanaged and neglected, and needs urgent review, Federated Farmers says. More than 1600 hectares have been destroyed by the fire at Lake Ohau that also ripped through the small alpine ... More >>

Feds - Suitably Impressed At Week Of Positive Agriculture And Horticulture Policy Announcements

Thursday, 24 September 2020, 12:42 pm | Federated Farmers

This has been a promising week for farmers. Federated Farmers says it started with an excellent agriculture policy from ACT announced on Monday, followed by Labour’s positive farm plan policy announced by the Prime Minister and Agricultural Minister ... More >>

Farm Plan Co-investment Pledge Is Positive, Feds Says

Wednesday, 23 September 2020, 2:12 pm | Federated Farmers

Labour’s pledge of an initial $50 million injection to partner with the agricultural sector on integrated farm plans is positive, Federated Farmers says. "Central and local government load up a huge amount of expensive environmental management, ... More >>

Many Farmers Still Stuck On Connectivity Slow Lane, Feds Survey Finds

Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 3:23 pm | Federated Farmers

The vast majority of urban New Zealanders can get on the information superhighway at speed but the latest connectivity survey by Federated Farmers shows too many rural families and businesses are still stuck in second gear on a potholed back-road. "We ... More >>

Smart Shift On Border Exceptions, But Shearers Still Missing - Feds

Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 2:13 pm | Federated Farmers

The government’s decision today to slightly loosen border entry restrictions to allow in certain specialised staff crucial to the agriculture and fishing industries is excellent news, Federated Farmers says. "Feds has been strongly advocating ... More >>

Rural Road Users Heading For Potholes - Feds

Friday, 18 September 2020, 10:21 am | Federated Farmers

Rural road users are in for a continued bumpy ride with no extra money for local road improvements in the final Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2021. "The final GPS released this week has investment in local road improvements ... More >>

Local Government NZ’s Manifesto Asks The Right Questions

Wednesday, 16 September 2020, 10:46 am | Federated Farmers

Local Government New Zealand is spot on when it says that all political parties’ policies should be assessed on how well they provide for local voices to be heard and taken into account, Federated Farmers says. "We agree that central government ... More >>

Feds Relieved Wilding Pine Control Efforts To Ramp Up

Tuesday, 8 September 2020, 4:54 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is relieved to see the government put more muscle today behind a nationwide plan to tackle more than 800,000 hectares of wilding pine infestations. Last week’s massive fire in the Mackenzie Basin burnt an area of 2,000 hectares, ... More >>

Freshwater Regulations Will Stall Progress, Add Costs, On Canterbury

Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 4:23 pm | Federated Farmers

The new National Environment Standard (NES) for Freshwater could derail the progress already made on improving water quality in Canterbury, Federated Farmers presidents say. "The new regulations coming in over the top of what Environment Canterbury ... More >>

Farmers Surveyed On Wildly Inaccurate ‘low Slope’ Maps

Tuesday, 1 September 2020, 2:49 pm | Federated Farmers

With the government already agreeing flawed aspects of new freshwater regulations will need to be changed, Federated Farmers is highlighting the case for a review of land deemed ‘low slope’ for the purposes of stock exclusion from waterways. ... More >>

Feds Pleased To See Minister Make A Start On Fixing New Water Regs

Tuesday, 25 August 2020, 4:32 pm | Federated Farmers

The government is finally acknowledging it has released freshwater regulations which will not work on farms. The unworkable regulations which have become law, but have not yet even come into force, have already seen Southland farmers threaten to ignore ... More >>

Feds Backs The Butcher, The Baker And The Greengrocer

Friday, 14 August 2020, 12:08 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers says the government needs to reconsider and let small business fresh food sellers stay open under level 3 and, if necessary, at level 4. "Let the little guys stay open, and sell fresh food, because it’s safer, fairer and ... More >>

Refreshing To Hear The Green Party Wants To Embrace Science - Feds

Thursday, 13 August 2020, 4:19 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers couldn’t agree more with the call from the Green Party today that science should guide the policies and decisions of MPs. "They issued the challenge in relation to the recent positive COVID-19 cases in Auckland but as a ... More >>

Workforce Gap Will Hobble Spring/summer Production - Feds

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 4:28 pm | Federated Farmers

Tens of millions of dollars’ worth of farm production and the jobs of other workers are at risk if the government continues to dither on allowing a limited number of skilled agricultural machinery operators into New Zealand. "Federated Farmers ... More >>

Arable Farmers Pleased With 2020 Harvest Yields

Friday, 7 August 2020, 11:28 am | Federated Farmers

Final harvest data for wheat, barley and oats (milling/malting and feed) in 2020 show yields were up 17% overall across the six crops. The July AIMI (Arable Industry Marketing Initiative) Survey report shows these results were from a reduced number ... More >>

Expect Increased Rates Costs From New Government Freshwater Laws

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 11:11 am | Federated Farmers

The government’s new freshwater laws, signed off this week, have the potential to create significant unnecessary costs for ratepayers, farmers and entire communities, Federated Farmers says. "We all want good water quality, that’s why farmers ... More >>

Feds Pleased With Safeguards In Dairy Law Changes

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 11:01 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers counts it as a significant win that safeguards will likely be written into the Fonterra constitution for dairy farms that change hands under a succession plan or are in a remote area. The Dairy Industry Restructuring Amendment ... More >>

RMA Needs Top-to-tail Overhaul, Not More Band-aids, Feds Says

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 11:46 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is on board with the chorus of voices across diverse sector groups saying the Resource Management Act is broken and no longer fit for purpose. "What started off as a relatively simple, one-stop-shop piece of legislation formed 30 ... More >>