Posts tagged "Federated Farmers"

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...

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...