[13 March/NZ Farmer]

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chairman, James Parsons, spoke at Onetai Station’s recent annual field day and urged farmers to not be worried by participating in the government’s proposed policies about climate change. He said that he thought there was genuine desire to be collaborative and that this was seen in the complete turn in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. He added that it was important that the farming sector engaged with the government to share their views. Mr Parsons was confident the sector could work through these issues and that if farmers engaged constructively, they would see that reciprocated. Mr Parsons is stepping down as the Beef + Lamb New Zealand after nine years on the board.