Posts tagged "Federated Farmers"

Should NZ embrace gene editing?

(17 July/Rural news) Former NZ High Commissioner and Speaker of Parliament Sir Lockwood Smith, recently spoke at the Federated Farmers of how New Zealand is missing out on an opportunity to deal with climate change and emissions by holding out on gene editing. Smith reported that gene editing is a safe process that alters the...

Group aims to help farmers improve ‘M.bovis’ response

(8 July/Rural Life) The first meeting of the Waimate/Waitaki Mycoplasma Bovis Advisory Group was held last Wednesday. The group has been formed to support the Ministry for Primary Industries M.bovis eradication plan. The group includes two mayors, farmers, ministry representatives, Federated Farmers, the Rural Support Trust, and an independent veterinarian. A spokesperson for the group...

Debt distressed farmers to go to mediation before hitting the wall

[17 June/Stuff NZ] Farmers who are down on their financial luck will be able to go to mediation before being forced into receivership by banks. A Farm Debt Mediation Bill is soon to be introduced into Parliament which will require creditors to offer mediation to farmers who default on payments before they take any enforcement...

Ministers attempt to ‘defang’ claims that the one-billion-trees policy is bad for farmers

[18 June/The Country] The Ministers in charge of the Government’s plan to plant one billion trees are attempting to defang accusations that forestry is taking over farming in New Zealand, with Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor encouraging Kiwi farmers to plant more trees on their land. Minister O’Connor commented after spending three days at Fieldays, that...

Dairy group gets members’ ducks in a row

[12 June/Rural Life] Southland Dairy Leaders Group’s (SDLG) most recent activity targets the new regulations around stock wintering practices in the region, which are expected to form part of the Government’s new national environmental standard for freshwater management. SDLG has been working with its member groups to ensure the Ministry for the Environment received the...

Shane Jones: Farmers need townies

[11 June/The Country] Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones reported at the Federated Farmers’ Northland AGM about how farmers need to win over urban votes in order to maintain their influence on policy as he spoke to an audience who were feeling under threat from climate change and forestry policies. Hon. Jones spoke of how...

Call for compulsory quad bike rollover bars

[06 June/The Country] Worksafe has just released new quad safety recommendations endorsed by Federated Farmers which state that crush protection devices are strongly recommended. However, quad bike accident survivor and Otago Farmer Douglas Jack reports that the recommendations do not go far enough. Jack commented he only survived both accidents because of his use of...

As Moving Day looms, nearly 8000 dairy farms yet to re-register for NAIT

[27 May/The Country] Nearly 8000 dairy farms are yet to re-register for the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme, with Moving Day being June 1. Federated Farmers dairy chairman Chris Lewis said OSPRI call centre staff were grappling with significant backlogs, and poor rural broadband was also hindering the process along with a minority...

‘Compelling’ Nicola Blowey scoops four national dairy awards

[21 May/Stuff NZ] Fairlie Assistant Herd Manager Nicola Blowey was recently awarded the 2019 Dairy Trainee of the Year and the 25 year old eventually wants to own her own herd and then own her own farm. Miss Blowey has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and is applying for residency as she is originally...

Farmers air frustrations over climate change blame

[17 May/Rural Life] The topic of climate change initiated an emotive response at the Southland Federated Farmers annual meeting, as many farmers showed concern surrounding the public’s view in farmers role in climate change. Federated Farmers Member Stuart Collie commented it viewed Parliament was encouraging the public to “attack” the farming and agricultural industries for...

Feed grain not among good options

[08 May/Farmers Weekly] Arable farmers are opting out of autumn feed grain plantings after good returns for store lambs and strong signals from the milling industry. Indicated plantings of autumn-winter feed wheat, barley and oats are back 9200 hectares on 2018 figures whilst milling wheat planting is up 1000ha. There has been a drive towards...

Misconceptions the big issue

[14 May/Farmers Weekly] Federated Farmers Auckland President Andrew Maclean reports that the increasing public profile of farming and misconceptions about it are one of the biggest challenges farm leaders face. Mr Maclean sees moves to change the profile of farmers and the industry but thinks that more young and energetic people need to be placed...

Methane target levels surprise

[10 May/Farmers Weekly] Victoria University Climate Change Expert Professor Dave Frame reports that farmers should not make much of the long-term methane reduction targets announced by the Government last week.  He is pleased the Zero Carbon Bill contains targets that differentiate between long and short-lived gases and that the targets will be subject to periodic...

One billion trees scheme under scrutiny

[24 April/ NZ Herald] The Ministry of Primary Industries plans to review the One Billion Trees programme to ensure it meets the needs of communities across New Zealand. MPI’s Anna Gordon reported the ministry was taking feedback and planned to review the scheme after it had completed 12 months. Farmers raised concerns during a recent...

Farmers welcome dropping of capital gains tax as ‘well-reasoned’ decision

[17 April/Stuff NZ] Federated Farmers has greeted the Government’s rejection of a capital gains tax (CGT). Farmers have campaigned against the CGT on the grounds that it would introduce massive administration costs and put the handbrake on the progress of small and medium businesses. Federated Farmers Spokesperson Andrew Hoggard reported that they were also pleased...

Federated Farmers: Greens won’t even talk about genetic engineering potential

[30 April/The Country] Federated Farmers are disappointed that the greens will not even consider genetic engineering as a solution to some of the country’s most pressing environmental issues. An example of an issues that would benefit is methane emissions from cattle which could benefit from gene-editing. The Greens have stated that they will not even...

Police Minister to farmers: set up your own pest-control business

 [09 April/The Country] Stuart Nash, Police Minister states that farmers could continue to use their soon-to-be-banned firearms for pest control if they got together and set up their own pest control business. The Arms Amendment bill plans to ban military-style semi-automatics and assault rifles with some exemptions. Federated Farmers supported the intent of the bill...

Taking guns from farmers and making them use contractors ‘completely illogical’

[09 April/Stuff NZ] Federated Farmers have announced that stripping farmers of their semi-automatic weapons and forcing them to use contractors for pest control is completely illogical. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated that proposed legislation has tried to anticipate the legitimate needs of farmers. On Monday, the Finance and Expenditure Committee released its report on a...

Diversity and tolerance – now is the time

 [01 April/Farmers Weekly] Karen Williams, Federated Farmers Arable sector Chairwoman reports that it is time for bold leadership after the Christchurch shootings. Mrs Williams is promoting tolerance and diversity and states that the societal intolerance of others is becoming more prevalent in the agricultural world. Mr Williams states that a team view is important in...

1080 blackmailer Jeremy Kerr’s plans for beekeeping business

[31 March/Stuff NZ] Jeremy Kerr, who attempted to blackmail the Government into banning 1080 to boost sales of his own poison has been developing and preparing to operate a beekeeping business with another person whilst in prison. In November 2014, Mr Kerr sent letters to Fonterra and Federated Farmers threatening to release 1080 into baby formula,...

Federated Farmers Marlborough president slams tax reform as funds for the ‘useless’

[25 March/Stuff NZ] Federated Farmers Marlborough President Phillip Neal made the comment in a Friday Flash newsletter to members, saying new taxes proposed last month were unfairly targeting farmers’ hard-earned money. Mr Neal says the proposed taxes by the government include the capital gains tax and also recommended an emissions tax, water tax, fertiliser tax,...

Fight to make quad bikes safer gaining traction, but progress is slow

[16 March/Stuff NZ] Trauma surgeon Li Hsee and his colleagues see lots of blood and many broken bones resulting from quad bike crashes. Mr Hsee reported these incidents as being avoidable, particularly those involving children. Several calls have been made urging the New Zealand and Australian governments to ban the bikes for those under the...

Federated Farmers says semi-automatic firearms have a place on farms

[18 March/Stuff NZ] Federated Farmers report there is still need for semi-automatic guns on farms. This is following Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announcing that guns laws will change after last week’s deadly mass shooting in Christchurch. Of the 1.5 million firearms owned in New Zealand, an estimated 15,000 are registered military-style semi-automatic rifles (MSSA). Miles...

Lack of Kiwi workers a problem

[13 March/Rural Life] Young New Zealanders are slow in coming forward to work for the dairy industry. Ads Hendriks, Federated Farmers Spokesperson for South Canterbury reported that after recently posted a job position, only one of nine candidates was a New Zealander, with the one New Zealander being unreliable. Mr Hendriks said he was always...