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Feds Applauds Labour's Pledge To Protect Productive Farmland

Friday, 3 July 2020, 3:08 pm | Federated Farmers

A commitment from Labour to protect productive farmland from blanket afforestation if re-elected is a step in the right direction, Federated Farmers Meat & Wool Chairperson William Beetham says. "We’re really pleased there is now ... More >>

Rural NZ Deserve A Share Of The Infrastructure Spend - Feds

Friday, 3 July 2020, 9:34 am | Federated Farmers

As it divvies up the $3 billion ‘shovel ready’ infrastructure spending pie, the government should reserve a few slices for the rural areas that drive our export earnings, Federated Farmers says. "It’s understandable that the first 12 predominantly ... More >>

Farm Debt Mediation A Useful Backstop - Federated Farmers

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:21 pm | Federated Farmers

The Farm Debt Mediation laws that take effect today [July 1] govern a scheme that farmers would hope never to have to use, but it’s a very useful backstop if a farm’s finances do go pear-shaped. "We strongly supported this legislation as it was ... More >>

Overwhelming Support For Continuing Seed Levy

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 10:34 am | Federated Farmers

Growers have overwhelmingly supported the continuation of the Non-Proprietary and Uncertified Herbage Seeds Levy order for another six years. "In fact, from 82 percent in favour at the last levy vote in 2014, support shown during the vote last ... More >>

New Federated Farmers Board Mixes Experience With New Blood

Friday, 26 June 2020, 1:37 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers Chief Executive Terry Copeland is confident the newly-elected national board encompasses the depth of experience and expertise needed to maintain the organisation’s role as an effective voice for all farmers. "Feds has been ... More >>

Winning Hearts And Minds Is Key Task, Says Meat & Wool Leader

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 6:01 pm | Federated Farmers

Of all the difficult issues ahead, ensuring farmers "have the hearts and minds of all New Zealanders with us" is probably the toughest, the new Federated Farmers Meat & Wool Industry Group Chairperson William Beetham says. Beetham, who ... More >>

Federated Farmers Backs GoDairy Career Pathway

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 3:07 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is right behind the 2020 GoDairy campaign, an industry and government partnership that smooths the pathway for Kiwis interested in taking first steps towards a career on dairy farms. "This is a win:win for New Zealanders who want to work ... More >>

Landcare Trust Funding A Win For Water Quality

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 10:26 am | Federated Farmers

The additional $3 million for the New Zealand Landcare Trust from the Ministry for Primary Industries is money well spent, Federated Farmers water spokesperson Chris Allen says. "If you’re looking for ‘bang for buck’ investment with high ... More >>

Federated Farmers Supports New Apprenticeship Support Programme

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 2:43 pm | Federated Farmers

The Government’s Apprenticeship Support Programme announcement is a win for farm employers and workers, says Federated Farmers employment spokesperson Chris Lewis. The programme provides $380 million for employers to take on and train apprentices ... More >>

Serious Flaws Remain In Rushed Emissions Reform Legislation

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 7:58 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers Federated Farmers is disappointed to see emissions trading reform legislation was passed last night without some of the serious concerns raised during consultation being fixed. "The economic repercussions of COVID-19 are squeezing ... More >>

Common Sense Solution For Farmer Firearms Endorsements

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 11:31 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is relieved that its advocacy for farmers to be able to apply for endorsements to use prohibited firearms for pest control has succeeded. A Supplementary Order Paper has been introduced to the Arms Legislation Bill today that allows agricultural ... More >>

Fears That Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 Could Stifle Good Farming Practices

Friday, 12 June 2020, 9:34 am | Federated Farmers

Proposed new regulations for the Waikato and Waipā River Catchments outlined in Plan change 1 have raised serious concerns in the agricultural sector. This was underlined by the turnout of more than 90 farmers, industry body and council representatives ... More >>

Stand Firm Mr Parker On EU Free Trade

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 1:40 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers supports efforts by our Trade Minister David Parker to take the European Union to task over its handling of early negotiations around a free trade agreement. "Perhaps through misunderstanding rather than a determined leak of ... More >>

Intervention Groups Plan Early Action On Winter Grazing Issues

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 11:54 am | Federated Farmers

As the temperature gauge starts to drop, Federated Farmers and allied groups have an action plan in place to head off any issues with winter grazing. "Winter crops are gradually being opened up to stock around the lower South Island and although ... More >>

Government Freshwater Package Responds To Rural Communities’ Anxiety

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 11:49 am | Federated Farmers

Changes to central government Essential Freshwater regulations reflect farmer feedback, Federated Farmers says. "While we’re still working through the detail, the high level policy decisions indicate the government has heeded some of the rural ... More >>

Federated Farmers - Rabobank Remuneration Survey Shows Good Growth In Farmer Pay

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 1:09 pm | Federated Farmers

Strong growth in pay packages in the last two years is another reason for New Zealanders to consider a career in agriculture, Federated Farmers President Katie Milne says. The 2020 Federated Farmers - Rabobank Farm Remuneration Report, released today, shows ... More >>

Farmers Feeling Less Pressure From Banks, Feds Survey Finds

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 11:00 am | Federated Farmers

Farmers are feeling slightly more satisfied and less under pressure from their banks, the Federated Farmers May 2020 Banking Survey shows. Responses to Research First from nearly 1,400 farmers found that the number feeling ‘satisfied’ or ‘very ... More >>

Rushed Log Legislation Deserves The Chop

Monday, 25 May 2020, 3:24 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers and the Forest Owners Association are joining forces to condemn the Log Brokers Bill as a Trojan horse to potentially force farmers and foresters to subsidise local processing industries from reduced export earnings. The unwarranted ... More >>

Feds Urges Duck Shooters To Put Safety First

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 4:29 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers reminds duck shooters to take extra care over the upcoming opening weekend. The start of the duck shooting season is a time of excitement for duck shooters, and the delayed start to the season because of Covid-19 has only added to the anticipation. ... More >>

Federated Farmers Finds Positives In Today’s Budget

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 4:44 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers found plenty of highlights in today’s Budget, but is wary about the long term plan for the primary industry’s contribution to New Zealand’s economy recovery "Farmers will be pleased with announcements of a $1.1 billion environmental ... More >>