Posts tagged "Federated Farmers"

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...

Federated Farmers: Agrecovery working hard to encourage recycling

[27 October/New Zealand Herald] Agrecovery, a not-for-profit charitable trust, is looking to improve recycling efforts in the farming industry. Last year the equivalent of 40 percent of agri-chemical drums and containers were collected and recycled via Agrecovery. This is short of the 60 percent Australia and Canada were achieving. Last month Associate Environment Minister Scott...

Value of primary sector to NZ noted

[25 October/Otago Daily Times] The latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries report, prepared by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), showed New Zealand primary industry exports reached $38.1 billion in the year ended June 2017. This was an increase of 2.4 percent over the previous year, and $7 million higher than previously estimated. Federated...

Media Take: New Zealand will get blindsided by artificial meat and milk

[24 October/Stuff] Columnist, and former Federated Farmers Whanganui President Rachel Stewart said New Zealand would be left behind if the country didn’t embrace artificial meat and milk on Media Take last Tuesday. She was disturbed by Fonterra’s claim last week that the artificial meat and milk industry was not a threat when there was already...

Climate change action a winner in coalition deal

[24 October/New Zealand Herald] A deal just signed between Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First confirm climate change policy will play a role in our government moving forward. The parties have agreed to introduce a new Zero Carbon Act and launch a new independent Climate Commission. There remained a question mark over whether agriculture...

Federated Farmers: Pledges kick-start next phase for RiverWatch

[24 October/New Zealand Herald] Riverwatch recently achieved its $50,000 funding target from a PledgeMe campaign launched on August 9. The 2016 WWF Conservation Innovation Award-winning water quality tester is a solar-powered, Wi-Fi enabled floating sensor unit that measures water quality over a sustained period. The founders of Water Action Initiative (WAI) NZ, Wairarapa Farmer Grant...

Farm vandals drain milk, puncture tyres

[22 October/Radio New Zealand] At least three Canterbury farms were vandalised over the long weekend. Hororata Farmer Dougal King said holes were drilled in 30 irrigator tyres on Friday night. He suspected a radical member of a protest group was responsible. A farm in Leeston, Canterbury also had Fifty-thousand litres of milk was drained out...

Rural sector faces regaining public confidence to operate in the future

[20 October/Stuff] Led by Federated Farmers President Katie Milne, a group of farming leaders are seeking to rebuild farming’s social license to operate, through ownership of the water quality problem. A principal speaker at the Forest Growers Research Conference said we’ll own it, and we’ll fix it. Land and Water National Science Challenge Director Ken...

Farmers ready to work together

[20 October/Rural News] Federated Farmers says that farmers are ready to engage and work with the new government, and believes the new coalition will provide a great opportunity for its members, wider primary sector, and all New Zealanders. Federated Farmers President Katie Milne says it is time to cast aside the division which fuelled the...

Young Kiwis offered priority training

[10 October/ Rural News Group] The dairy industry has launched a scheme to encourage young New Zealanders to consider farming careers. Created by Federated Farmers and the Primary ITO, with support from DairyNZ, iwi entities, dairy companies and others, the scheme will provide dairy farming apprenticeships to New Zealanders. The Scheme was designed to achieve...

Interest building for Federated Farmers dairy apprenticeship scheme

[5 October/ Stuff] The Federated Farmers dairy apprenticeship scheme launched in Hamilton has spurred heavy interest. At the Christchurch launch, Federated Farmers Dairy Group Chairman Chris Lewis said the first year would be a pilot of the scheme and would take place in the country’s leading dairy regions. Students would start the three-year scheme in...

Nine vying for three spots in Farmlands director elections

[9 October/ Otago Daily Times] The 2017 Farmlands director election voting is open, with nine candidates contesting three vacancies. The South Island vacancy will be contested by former Alliance Group Director Murray Donald, former Otago Regional Councillor Gary Kelliher, Accountant Mel Montgomery, former Federated Farmers National Board Member David Rose and current Alliance Group Director...

Manawatū farmers sick of unrelenting rain

[5 October/ Stuff] Manawatū/Rangītikei Federated Farmers Dairy Chairman Murray Holdaway says farming has been tough in the wet conditions. Farmers say the water table is so full that only a shower would top it up and produce ponding and streams in paddocks. Shearers and contractors are behind where they would usually be, crops and vegetables...

Apprenticeships new pathway to dairy industry

[5 October/ New Zealand Herald] Federated Farmers and Primary ITO have joined forces to offer three-year apprenticeships in the dairy industry. Federated Farmers will find dairy farm employers and ensure they are equipped to provide a quality work environment supporting on-job training of apprentices. Primary ITO will recruit apprentices, arrange pre-work skills lessons and formal...

New person in Federated Farmers Bay of Plenty dairy chair

[2 October/ Stuff] Bay of Plenty Federated Farmer’s appointed a new Dairy Chairman, Peter Overdevest. Mr Overdevest has farmed his entire life and currently farms a total of 300ha and milks 800 cows over two properties. Mr Overdevest said farmers are now getting back to business but can use what has happened in the past...

Federated Farmers say moving to ETS will cost primary industry $83m

[8 September/ Stuff] Federated Farmers believe the Labour Party’s proposal to move agricultural emissions into the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) could cost New Zealand farmers up to $83 million in its first year. Labour’s plan would see agriculture moved into the ETS in stages, and Federated Farmers believe by the time farmers were paying for...

Extra $270m for rural broadband ‘more than Federated Farmers was expecting’

[30 August/ Stuff] Federated Farmers said Government’s announcement to spend an extra $270 million improving rural broadband and plugging cell phone blackspots is more than expected. The spending is an addition to the $150m the Government had originally allocated to rural broadband and cell phone needs through the second stage of its Rural Broadband Initiative,...