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Federated Farmers Hails Pragmatic Migrant Worker Visa Decisions

Monday, 21 December 2020, 10:30 am | Federated Farmers

Farmers and growers up and down the land will be pleased with the pragmatic decision by government to extend visas for migrant workers already on our shores. "The six-month extension for employer-assisted work visa holders and the postponed stand ... More >>

A Christmas Message Of Thanks From Federated Farmers

Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 9:52 am | Federated Farmers

Before Federated Farmers farewells 2020, it wants to salute and thank some generally unsung heroes. "We all got used to talking about clusters of infection with Covid-19, but in another sense that word cluster is somewhat apt for the entire year," ... More >>

Farmer Bank Pressure Drops But So Do Satisfaction Rates

Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 8:37 am | Federated Farmers

Fewer farmers are feeling undue pressure from their bank but satisfaction rates continue to slide, according to the Federated Farmers November Banking Survey. Of the 1,341 farmers who responded to the survey independently run by ResearchFirst, ... More >>

PINZ Awards Presented In Wellington

Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 10:20 am | Federated Farmers

The primary industry’s 'Leadership Award’ was presented last night to Southland drystock farmer Bernadette Hunt at Te Papa in Wellington. The Primary Industries awards are in their second year and aim to recognise and celebrate achievement within ... More >>

Buyers Keep Up With Bumper Arable Crops, AIMI Survey Shows

Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 10:12 am | Federated Farmers

With total grain production for the 2019/20 season well up over one million tonnes, it’s great to see that willing growers are finding willing buyers, Federated Farmers Arable Vice-Chairperson Grains, Brian Leadley, says. According to the just-released ... More >>

Animal Welfare Clock Ticking On Shearer Border Decision

Tuesday, 17 November 2020, 5:13 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers and the Shearing Contractors Association are looking for an urgent decision from the government to allow experienced sheep shearers into the country. "We’ve been reminding the government since late winter we are going to have ... More >>

Farmers Give RCEP Deal The Thumbs Up

Monday, 16 November 2020, 2:44 pm | Federated Farmers

The prospect of reduced red tape from a single set of trade rules for the Asia Pacific is a major reason why New Zealand producers and exporters will give the RCEP deal the thumbs up, Federated Farmers says. "Anything that takes us further along ... More >>

Quarantine Pressure Thwarts Critical Worker Flow - Feds

Tuesday, 10 November 2020, 12:48 pm | Federated Farmers

Serious gaps in the agricultural contracting workforce have consequences such as animal feed shortages and risks to getting arable crops in next summer, Federated Farmers says. "After favourable rain in many parts of the North Island in the ... More >>

Feds Backs The Whio For Bird Of The Year

Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 2:19 pm | Federated Farmers

With voting open for the 2020 Bird of the Year, Federated Farmers are flapping their wings and quacking on to support the whio (blue duck) to take the title. Feds backed the whio last year, and it placed 6th. "The doughty whio embodies many things ... More >>

Feds President Andrew Hoggard Elected To IDF Board

Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 10:28 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers President Andrew Hoggard is well used to representing New Zealand’s farmers. On top of that, he’ll now be representing dairy farmers from all corners of the planet on the board of the International Dairy Federation. The Manawatu dairy ... More >>

Feds: Staff Shortages Are Undermining Safety, Mental Wellbeing

Tuesday, 3 November 2020, 9:18 am | Federated Farmers

Skilled staff shortages are not only taking a toll on productivity but also farmer mental wellbeing, Federated Farmers Dairy Chair and rural health spokesperson Wayne Langford says. "Farmers across New Zealand are having to push the limits to ... More >>

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 >>