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Feds: Biodiversity Budget Support Falls Woefully Short

Thursday, 9 June 2022, 1:29 pm | Federated Farmers

While the latest draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPS-IB) is a significant improvement its success is undermined by woeful funding in Budget 2022 to assist private landowners, Federated Farmers says. Only $20 million of the ... More >>

Feds Relieved By Common Sense Rural Water Recommendations

Thursday, 2 June 2022, 10:30 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers sees positives in the report released this week by the Rural Supplies Technical Working Group on water services, in particular rejection of inflexible ‘one size fits all’ approaches to rural supplies. "Many of the findings ... More >>

2022 Primary Industries NZ Awards Finalists Named

Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 11:01 am | Federated Farmers

Projects, teams and innovations as diverse as low methane-emitting sheep, a constructed wetlands uptake campaign, and a foodbank fruit and vegetable box initiative during the COVID lockdown are among finalists for the nation’s premier primary industries ... More >>

Feds Pleased To See Emissions Tech Talk Backed With Investment

Monday, 16 May 2022, 1:43 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is pleased the government has recognised solutions to agricultural emissions lie in new technologies and tools, and is stepping up investment on that front. "Nitrate and methane inhibitors, gene editing, animals bred for their ... More >>

Inflexible FPAs Are ‘A Solution Looking For A Problem’

Monday, 9 May 2022, 11:42 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is joining the fight against yet another case of politicians intruding with unnecessary, inflexible, one-size-fits-all legislation - this time over workers’ wages and conditions. "There’s nothing fair about so-called Fair Pay Agreements," ... More >>

Biosecurity Funding Increase A Sensible Move

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 2:45 pm | Federated Farmers

An $111 million injection for biosecurity in the May Budget is a pragmatic acknowledgement of how vital it is to our economy we stop pest organisms at our borders, Federated Farmers says. "This extra money shows an appreciation by the government pest ... More >>

Feds: Have Fun Hunters, But Don’t Duck Your Responsibilities

Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 12:58 pm | Federated Farmers

Safety first and always - and don’t forget to seek permission before accessing private land. They’re the key messages from Federated Farmers ahead of Saturday and the start of the 2022 duck-shooting season. "Enjoy yourselves for sure - ... More >>

Rabobank Survey Shows Continued Strong Growth In Farm Staff Pay

Tuesday, 26 April 2022, 9:44 am | Federated Farmers

Average growth of 13 percent in pay packages in the last two years is another reason for more New Zealanders to consider a career in agriculture, Federated Farmers President Andrew Hoggard says. The 2022 Federated Farmers-Rabobank Farm Remuneration Report, ... More >>

Feds: Overdue GM Discussion Offers GHG Solution

Tuesday, 12 April 2022, 4:49 pm | Federated Farmers

As reports on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions continue to be rolled out, it was the government’s reaction to another report - the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on genetic engineering - that caught Federated Farmers’ attention. ... More >>

Farmers Urged To Take Up Increased International Worker Opportunity

Tuesday, 12 April 2022, 5:52 am | Federated Farmers

The government’s announcement today it will open up our borders to an additional 1,580 experienced primary sector workers is a shot in the arm for those struggling to recruit enough staff locally, Federated Farmers says. "They say good things ... More >>

Feds Survey: Farmer Confidence At Lowest Ebb Since 2009

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 3:03 pm | Federated Farmers

Farmer confidence is the lowest it has been since Federated Farmers began twice-a-year surveys in 2009, the January survey results show. Of responses from nearly 1000 farmers from around the country, a net 7.8 percent considered current economic conditions ... More >>

More International Dairy Farm Workers Available Soon

Wednesday, 2 March 2022, 12:06 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is pleased to see more international dairy farm workers will be able to cross the border for the 2022 dairy season. "Farms are short thousands of staff and with continued low domestic unemployment, workers from overseas are ... More >>

Good News To Wake Up To For Farmers And Growers

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 6:31 am | Federated Farmers

The early morning signing of a free trade deal between the United Kingdom and New Zealand means farmers and growers can wake up with a smile this morning. Federated Farmers national president and trade spokesperson Andrew Hoggard says with the world ... More >>

Feds: NZ’s "world Leader" Status Will Disappear Without Access To Technology

Monday, 28 February 2022, 4:45 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is deeply frustrated to see the European Union has approved the methane-reduction feed tool Bovaer® for use by its farmers. "Despite consulting on the issue two years ago, there is still no sign of our government stepping up ... More >>

Feds: Push Continues For Land Use ‘fair And Even Playing Field’

Thursday, 24 February 2022, 2:48 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers believes new requirements announced today for overseas investors buying New Zealand farmland for forestry are encouraging but are only step one of a suite of changes required. "For years Feds and other organisations have been ... More >>

Thumbs Up From Feds On Rural Broadband Capacity Upgrade

Thursday, 24 February 2022, 11:56 am | Federated Farmers

The announcement of a big push to upgrade capacity on congested rural broadband networks gets a big thumbs up from Federated Farmers. "Every year Feds surveys members on broadband and cellphone coverage in rural areas, to gather data on the ... More >>

Unseasonable Rain Behind Arable ‘Harvest From Hell’ - Feds

Tuesday, 15 February 2022, 1:16 pm | Federated Farmers

Three weeks of on and off rain, with the weekend’s storm a sting in the tail, have caused widespread damage to arable crops up and down the country. "Talking to farmers who have been around for a while, some of them are calling it the worst ... More >>

Feds: Costly Unemployment Insurance Wrong Move, And Certainly Wrong Timing

Thursday, 3 February 2022, 10:38 am | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is dismayed by the Government’s hugely expansive and expensive unemployment insurance scheme, unveiled yesterday. "It seems strange to say the least to advance this costly scheme, especially at such a time," Feds President ... More >>

Feds: High Price On NZ Farmers Will Increase Global Emissions

Wednesday, 2 February 2022, 10:39 am | Federated Farmers

Price penalties won’t drive down livestock emissions without affordable and practical new technologies being available to farmers - unless the aim is to kill off the sector, Federated Farmers says. The Federation is baffled by comments by Climate Change Minister ... More >>

Urgent Action Needed On The Special Forestry Test To Stop Carbon Farming Rort

Tuesday, 1 February 2022, 1:25 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is calling on the government to live up to its pledge and review the Overseas Investment Act ‘special forestry test’ and be fair to sheep and beef farmers Multiple government policies are driving farmland being sold for pine ... More >>