Posts tagged "Federated Farmers"

Farmers puzzled by Air NZ’s vege burger

[5 July/Rural News] Farmers were puzzled by Air New Zealand’s decision to promote an overseas produced plant protein burger. Federated farmers said Air New Zealand prides itself on being innovative, and liked to partner with like-minded businesses. Federated Farmers Meat and Wool Chairperson, Miles Anderson, added that they understood that, however was unsure why our...

Kiwi export foods need one brand

[27 June/Farmers Weekly] New Zealand’s farming industry faced a range of challenges and branding was key to success according to speakers at Federated Farmers’ national conference. Brand Strategist, Brian Richards, said it was critical New Zealand learnt to sell less for more and take advantage of the vote of confidence from the wider world. He...

More M. bovis disclosure wanted – Whanganui farmers

[26 June/The Country] Farmers want to know whether their neighbours have the Mycoplasma bovis disease, however the Ministry for Primary Industries has been avoiding outing infected farms to the public. Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, said it would now directly inform the neighbours of infected or high risk farms. It would also list the NAIT numbers...

Federated Farmers asks rural school to ban calves

[22 June/The Country] Traditional pet days at rural schools could be banned until the threat of Mycoplasma bovis is removed. Federated Farmers is asking schools to exclude all breeds of calves from their 2018 Ag Day programmes to reduce the risk of infection being transmitted between calves being transported to schools. Lambs, goats and other...

Farmers welcome further greenhouse gas discussions

[8 June/Radio NZ] Federated Farmers saw the silver lining in the Government’s latest climate change proposals related to the Zero Carbon Bill which aimed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Of the three alternatives, two give a softer run to livestock-sourced methane than to carbon dioxide which could give farmers an easier life during climate...

B+LNZ farmers won’t oppose levy increase

[11 June/Farmers Weekly] Farmers will undoubtedly scrutinise how Beef + Lamb NZ Spends its extra $4 million in levies it proposed to raise but are unlikely to vote against the increases according to industry leaders. Federated Farmers Meat and Fibre Spokesman, Miles Anderson, said the increased levies weren’t big, and wold not be opposed in...

More farmers feeling financial pressure from banks

[5 June/NBR] Even with improved dairy market conditions, more farmers were falling under undue pressure from their banks. Federated Farmers Vice-President, Andrew Hoggard, said confidence and satisfaction with banks remained reasonably high, and thought non-financial pressures were also impacting farmers. He cited government climate change policies and the emerging risk of Mycoplasma bovis as factors...

Lots of challenges for chief executive

[7 June/Rural Life] New Zealand Young Farmers Chief Executive, Terry Copeland, is set to take over as Federated Farmers’ new boss next month and admitted dealing with the ongoing impact of Mycoplasma bovis would be difficult. He said he was looking forward to his new challenge. He added he had a real passion for mental...

Greenpeace want agricultural greenhouse gas emissions in carbon act

[7 June/The Country] Greenpeace questioned why the Government was tabling options for its Zero Carbon Bill that could result in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions being treated more softly than other emissions. Farming groups were happy to see the Government considering its approach to shorter-lived gases differently. Greenpeace Climate Campaigner, Kate Simcock, said as the biggest...

Federated Farmers pulls out of Northland GMO policy fight

 [1 June/The Country] Federated Farmers pulled out of attempts to overturn plans to ban GMO testing and growing by a number of local authorities. It had taken several court actions and subsequent appeals. It argued the Government’s Environmental Protection Authority regulations were protection enough, and local government’s measures were unnecessary. Federated Farmers were criticised for...

Fonterra approaches farmers to switch from Westland Milk Products

[25 May/The Country] Fonterra has approached Westland Milk Products suppliers to switch loyalties with the promise of better returns. Federated Farmers President for the region, Peter Langford, said it was known that Westland suppliers had been talking to Fonterra as it tried to secure supply on the West Coast. He expected some suppliers would switch...

Budget gets tick

[21 May/Farmers Weekly] The primary sector saw some gains in the Government’s first budget, with science, research and forestry being the biggest increases. Federated Farmers Vice President, Andrew Hoggard, said the $85 million allocated to Mycoplasma bovis may not be enough. National’s Agriculture Spokesman, Nathan Guy, said the amount allocated to biosecurity was half of...

Fert tax coming?

[14 May/Farmers Weekly] Environment Minister, David Parker, appeared to want regional councils to implement plans to improve water quality sooner than is being achieved, according to Local Government New Zealand regional sector chairman, Dough Leeder. Mr Parker indicated he would shorten deadlines. Ecologist and Consultant, Alison Dewes, said given the complexity of the issues on...

Fonterra wants law change to end milk pick-up obligation

[9 May/NZ Herald] Fonterra has said that it continuing to have to accept all milk from all farms would be a critical part of the Government’s review of legislation. Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, has announced the terms of reference for the review. Fonterra had long pushed back against the DIRA requirement that it take all...

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...