Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Commerce Commission to lay charges over swaps
Having written to the Commerce Commission last November and encouraged members affected by interest rate swaps to contact the Commerce Commission, Federated Farmers welcomes the Commission’s decision to put the matter before the Courts.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Dairy convictions send a powerful message
Following the conviction and fining of farmers under the Resource Management Act, Federated Farmers supports the legal role regional councils play in protecting the environment.
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Government's helping hand for Dairy reputation
Federated Farmers thinks the new Market Connections Fund is an excellent initiative to help New Zealand businesses build back their relations with overseas customers.
Friday, 30 August 2013
Westland Milk Products joins the 'good news club'
Federated Farmers West Coast says New Zealand’s second largest dairy cooperative, Westland Milk Products, has now joined the ‘good news club.’ The cooperative has revised its 2013/14 forecast payout to a range of $7.60-8.00 per kilogram of milk solids (kg/MS), with a new advance rate of $5 kg/MS.
Monday, 29 July 2013
New anti-rustling online map gets the farmer tick
Federated Farmers is applauding, Stop Stock Theft, New Zealand’s first ever online map designed to report and track suspected stock theft. This joint initiative between Crimestoppers NZ, NZX-Agri and the Police will be welcomed by all farmers.
Thursday, 27 June 2013
New Special Agriculture Trade Envoy appointed
Federated Farmers welcomes Beef+Lamb NZ chairman, Mike Petersen, to the position of New Zealand Special Agriculture Trade Envoy. Mr Petersen succeeds past Federated Farmers President, Alistair Polson, in that particular role.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Meat Industry Excellence gets into the first gear of reform
With the 2013 National Agricultural Fieldays now underway, so is reform of New Zealand’s red meat sector being championed by Meat Industry Excellence (MIE).
Friday, 24 May 2013
Exports to China back on track
Federated Farmers is hugely relieved the meat export impasse in China has been resolved, but believes New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) need to take a hard look in the mirror.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Exports to China held up at the border
Federated Farmers is hopeful an administrative issue affecting New Zealand meat exports to China will soon be resolved.
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Animal welfare case guilty plea welcomed
Federated Farmers believes Milkpride admitting guilt in Rotorua today sends a strong deterrent message.
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
McDonald's removes the lamb from Lambton
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
New president for Federated Farmers Northland
Following Federated Farmers Northland Annual General Meeting, Roger Ludbrook has been elected provincial president following the retirement of Matthew Long.
Sunday, 28 April 2013
China grows in importance to 'NZ Inc'
A strategic plan between New Zealand and China, signed only on ANZAC Day to promote agricultural cooperation, has been reinforced by China overtaking Australia as New Zealand’s largest export destination in the March 2013 quarter.
Friday, 19 April 2013
Survey shows more businesses hindered by regulation than helped
Federated Farmers is unsurprised StatisticsNZ’s latest business operations survey has found growing business and farmer frustration at an increasing regulatory burden.
Thursday, 18 April 2013
New Zealander joins World Farmers Organisation board
Thursday, 14 March 2013
Meat sector takes huge step forward in supporting PGP
Rare West Coast drought triggers Rural Support Trust
With the South Island’s West Coast in the grip of drought, which is a highly unusual event, most farmers on the West Coast will have no idea how to cope with it or its aftermath.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Drought imagery on the New Zealand Herald front page and at page five
Federated Farmers is concerned at the photograph on the front-page banner of this morning’s NZ Herald and again at page five.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Federated Farmers awaits Commerce Commission examination of swaps
Federated Farmers has asked the Commerce Commission to look into the selling of debt finance instruments known as ‘swaps’. This formal request was made last November.
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Wools of New Zealand crosses the $5 million threshold
New Zealand’s wool growers have taken some important steps towards a more united and profitable future with enough supporting the $5 million capital raising threshold needed by Wools of New Zealand (WONZ) to establish a farmer-owned strong wool sales and marketing company, says Federated Farmers Meat & Fibre chairperson Jeanette Maxwell.
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Farmers welcome rain reprieve
With rain greeting the Minister for Primary Industries, the Hon Nathan Guy, in the Hawke’s Bay yesterday, Federated Farmers has welcomed a brief break in the current dry spell. A national summary is appended to this release.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Christchurch rebuild must boost wool
With over two million square metres of floorcoverings needed for the Christchurch rebuild, Federated Farmers believes strong wool should be given a leading role.
Monday, 4 February 2013
Rural Mental Health Campaign
Federated Farmer’s ‘When Life’s a Bitch’, rural mental health campaign, is under way and picking up traction.
Statistics shows farmers are getting health & safety
With ACC claims for occupational quad bike accidents falling by 17 percent and serious harm down ten percent, a combined Government and industry focus on health and safety is working.
Farm Confidence Survey shows split industry
Federated Farmers’ 2012/13 Mid-Season Farm Confidence Survey reveals any increase in farmer confidence is largely confined to the dairy sector and even that comes off a low base.
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Meat sector PGP could halt 'race to the bottom'
Federated Farmers Meat & Fibre is excited by Beef+Lamb New Zealand and its partners winning Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) funding that could supercharge New Zealand’s red meat exports.
Monday, 28 January 2013
Federated Farmers President's farm in climate adaption case study
New Zealand food is safe and our systems work
Federated Farmers says New Zealand’s continual testing for impurities and open disclosure is why New Zealand primary exports are of the highest quality.
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Withdraw of DCD based nitrification inhibitors
After traces of DCD (Dicyandiamide) were detected in liquid milk, Federated Farmers fully endorses the decision to voluntarily withdraw DCD based nitrification inhibitors until acceptable residue levels have been internationally agreed.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Farmers thank Government for 2013 water kick-start
The Government moving to set up a company to act as a bridge investor for regional water storage projects is being applauded by Federated Farmers.