Posts tagged "Federated Farmers"

We are growing houses instead of food – Feds

[19 April/Rural News] According a report by the Ministry for the Environment, we are losing our productive land to houses. This was the most significant point Federated Farmers took from the new report. There was a 10 percent increase in urban areas from 2002 to 2012, and a 7 percent reduction in land used for...

Meet Fonterra’s next chief exec

[5 April/Farmers Weekly] Dairy farming leaders said communication skills and transparency were high among the qualities needed in Fonterra’s next chief executive. Federated Farmers National Dairy Section Vice-Chairman, Wayne Langford, said listening to stakeholders was a prerequisite for the new leader. Farm leaders welcomed the transition process and they were now at the short list...

MPI cattle cull ‘the right thing’

[27 March/Rural Life] The Ministry for Primary Industries announced it would cull 22,332 cattle at sites infected with Mycoplasma Bovis as a tragic necessity. Federated Farmers North Otago Dairy Chairman, Lyndon Strang, said it was the right thing for agriculture and that he hoped the compensation process happened quickly. The government approved $85 million in...

Rabbits, rabbits everywhere- could we have found a solution?

[26 March/NZ Farmer] The rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) was re-released to curb the growing wild rabbit population. It was previously released in 1997, however after 20 years its effect was decreasing. Farmers are generally relieved by the news, and some were desperate according to Mackenzie Country Runholder, Andrew Simpson. He said the timing was critical...

Fonterra CEO search likely to come down to 3-5 candidates

[22 March/The Country] According to employment experts, Fonterra’s search for a replacement for current Chief Executive, Theo Spierings, will likely come down to between three to five candidates. Former Fonterra insiders said there were no obvious internal candidates for the role. Principal of Whitehead Group Employment Specialists, Max Whitehead, said there was a lot of...

Federated Farmers seek $100k to fight lake plan

[24 March/The Country] Federated Farmers are seeking $100,000 to fight a plan intended to improve water quality in Lake Rotorua. The plan would introduce rules for rural properties to limit the amount of nitrogen entering the lake. Nitrogen entering the lake would need to be reduced by 320 tonnes by 2032, of which only around...

Climate change policy can work with support

[13 March/The Country] According to Federated Farmers, proposals to address climate change could work as long as there is cross-party support backed by a Climate Commission that has access to informed science. The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, explained nine recommendations to ensure New Zealand sets effective carbon budgets, established a credible Climate...

More weight for ag emissions tax

[12 March/Farmers Weekly] Climate Change Minister James Shaw advised agriculture could be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme, and the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, said the policy cannot ignore agricultural emissions. Mr Upton released a report on a Zero Carbon Act with a key goal to get cross-party support for a zero...

SFF directors challenged

[8 March/Rural Life] Silver Fern Farms Co-operative Limited’s director election has drawn attention due to two candidates challenging two directors. At the company’s annual meeting on April 18, Rob Hewett and Fiona Hancox will retire by rotation however, they are both standing for re-election. The two challenging their positions are Federated Farmers National Board Member,...

Federated Farmers: New rabbit virus a relief for farmers

[5 March/The Country] The new rabbit haemorrhagic virus disease strain, RHDV1 K5 has been approved for release and is a relief for farmers affected by the pest according to Federated Farmers. A high country farmer who represented Federated Farmers on the cross-sector group co-ordinating the K5 initiative, Andrew Simpson, said the timing of this is...

South Canterbury arable farmers lose $30m from stubble-burn ban

[1 March 2018/NZ Farmer] A fire ban and wet autumn and winter may have cost Mid and South Canterbury’s arable farmers more than $30 million according to Federated Farmers Arable Industry Group, Guy Wigley. The average wheat yield is about eight to twelve tonnes per hectare. Mr Wigley said that farmers look at planting at...

MPI urged to stand firm on hitchhiking stink bugs

[21 February/Otago Daily Times] Efforts were in place at the PrimePort Timaru to repel to marmorated stink bug. More than 100 of these bugs were found on a vessel carrying motor vehicles from Japan. It was re-routed to Australia as no port in New Zealand had the capacity to fumigate it. Federated Farmers Biosecurity Spokesman,...

Farmer confidence tumbles in January on regulatory, drought fears

 [15 February/The Country] Due to the drought and uncertainty around new government policies, the latest measure of New Zealand farmer confidence has fallen significantly according to Federated Farmers. Of those surveyed, 34 percent were pessimistic about general economic conditions over the next 12 months according to the Federated Farmers’ Farm Confidence January survey. Federated Farmers...

Federated Farmers trying to raise $50k for PC10 challenge in Rotorua

[20 February/NZ Herald] Federated Farmers want to raise $50,000 to challenge a controversial plan to improve water quality in Lake Rotorua. Their opposition to the plan was labelled as ridiculous by a group working to improve lake water quality. Four appeals have been lodged to the Environment Court against the plan. According to the Federated...

Japanese shipment full of ‘stink bugs’ a biosecurity risk

[15 February/The Country] Federated Farmers has called on the Ministry for Primary Industries to hold firm on a shipment which had been previously turned away from the Ports of Auckland. The ship was deemed a biosecurity risk after over 100 brown marmorated stink bugs were found. It was carrying vehicles from Japan and has subsequently...

Southern drought: Still dry on Otago farms despite rain

[3 February/ Otago Daily Times] The extreme January heat has affected farmers through low water stocks. Federated Farmers Otago President, Phil Hunt, said farmers were still facing what some were describing as the worst drought in decades. Mr Hunt emphasised the importance that farmers needed to plan accordingly and could just wait for more rain...

Fed Farmers urge govt to reconsider irrigation loans

[3 January/ Radio New Zealand National] The Labour/ New Zealand First Collation government is being urged by Federated Farmers not to follow through on its promise to cancel any new loans to irrigation schemes.  Labour campaigned on introducing a water levy on farmers (although this has been placed on hold as a result of the coalition...

Federated Farmers President’s message to workers after sudden deaths in rural communities

[15 December/NZ Herald] Federated Farmers and other farming groups are pleading with stressed workers to speak up and ask for support following a series of sudden deaths of young men across the country. Feds President, Katie Milne, said she was becoming increasingly desperate to remind farmers that help was available when they need it. Terry...

Dairy strategy prioritises environment, animal welfare

[22 November/ Radio New Zealand] Dairy NZ, Federated Farmers, the Dairy Council of New Zealand and the Dairy Women’s Network have unveiled a new strategy called Dairy Tomorrow. The new strategy would look at the future of farming in New Zealand and ways to improve it over the next decade. It would be based on...

Ospri bans the use of quad bikes by workers and contractors from January

[27 November/ Stuff] Government agency, Ospri has banned the use of quad bikes by its workers and contractors from January 2018 due to safety concerns. The Department of Conservation had already stopped its staff from using the bikes, while Landcorp had taken 200 quad bikes off farms and replaced them with safer vehicles. Quad bikes...

Farmers want say in government’s tax review

[24 November/ Radio NZ] Former Labour Finance Minister, Michael Cullen would chair from February 2018, with the group is calling for someone with an agri-sector background to join him. Federated Farmers Vice President, Andrew Hoggard said the tax working group needed someone that understood the industry to ensure farmer representation, especially if issues such as...

Analysts expect Fonterra to lower its forecast payout before Christmas

[23 November/ Stuff] Federated Farmers remained optimistic that Fonterra’s forecast price of $6.75 per kilogram of milk solids would be maintained in December, unlike most other analysts who believed it would decrease to around $6.50 per kilogram. If the price did decrease to this level, it would mean a reduction of almost $500 million for...

Federated Farmers back Fonterra

[16 November/New Zealand Herald] Federated Farmers are supporting Fonterra’s push to achieve zero carbon dioxide emissions both in New Zealand and globally. Federated Farmers Climate Change Spokesperson Andrew Hoggard said that the issue of reducing emissions was not limited to NZ and that he would like to see the government match the additional resources Fonterra...

Federated Farmers: Seeking Mandate To Join Biosecurity GIA

[12 November/NZ Farmer] Federated Farmers views joining the GIA as the right thing to do. The Government Industry Agreements for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA) is a framework that utilises a partnership approach between Government and industry to deliver better biosecurity outcomes by identifying threats early. The GIA has 16 primary sector members, including the...