Dairy Audit results unacceptable

Media Release 1 April 2015 Federated Farmers is disappointed in the findings released today by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment in their compliance operation. Andrew Hoggard, Federated Farmers Dairy Chair, says “It is not a great look for our industry to have this number of dairy farmers not meeting the minimum employment requirements. […]

New OSPRI Chief Executive appointed

Media release 1 April 2015 OSPRI Chairman Jeff Grant has today announced the appointment of Michelle Edge as Chief Executive of OSPRI. Ms Edge brings a wealth of agricultural industry experience to the position having had an extensive career spanning scientific research, government regulation, policy and industry organisations within the Australian agricultural sector. She was […]

Sustainable Farming Fund backs web-based education on plant nutrients

Media Release 1 April 2015 Federated Farmers says a web-based education resource, to educate students on the value of plant nutrients will help the next generation of New Zealanders understand how agriculture systems work. The Sustainable Farming Fund has just announced $93,000 funding to develop the resource for students in years 5 – 8. Federated […]

Commissioner for the Environment backs Federated Farmers’ proposals

Media Release 10 April  2015 Federated Farmers’ suggestion of land swaps of some private land, for the land held by the Department of Conservation, have been picked up by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. In her most recent update report on what is known as ‘stewardship land’ held by DOC, the Commissioner, Dr Jan […]

Ag News Roundup: February 2015

By Karen Macdonald, www.farmcreditnetwork.com The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced multiple financial aid programs to support agriculture and rural America in February. Among the available funds are $160 million to support food and agriculture research, education and extension, $16 million to support food production and increase food security, and $14 million to support economic growth […]