Hawkes Bay Today - Proposed water tax would hit hard, says farming family

Hawkes Bay Today - Proposed water tax would hit hard, says farming family

The Gray family has farmed on the Ruataniwha plains for more than 100 years and invested heavily in environmental mitigation in recent times.

They say Labour's proposed water levy policy on commercial water users would hit them hard financially.

Leicester and Margaret Gray and their sons Phillip and Callum and respective families farm 1009 hectares, of which 360 hectares is cropped under irrigation, the remainder is sheep and beef.

Trading as Gray Brothers, they grow and irrigate sweetcorn, peas and green beans for McCains as well as maize and carrot seed, and take pride in their farming practices.

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The tension between scientific evidence and public perception in New Zealand farming - Dr William Rolleston

The tension between scientific evidence  and public perception in New Zealand farming - Dr William Rolleston

Truth is the first casualty of war.  It is a cliché but it is also a truism.

We have watched the war on farmers grow since the coining of the phrase “Dirty Dairying” by Fish and Game some fifteen years ago. 

In the last few days I have heard our farming leaders talk about the “hatred directed at farmers” and that New Zealand has a “cow phobia”, that this election has created a rural urban divide as big as it has ever been.

Even the title for this talk appears to legitimise that a tension between scientific evidence and public perception is somehow an acceptable way to play the game.

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Fish and Game - Farming sector urged to back Water Conservation Order

Fish and Game - Farming sector urged to back Water Conservation Order

The farming sector is being urged to build on its pledge to make all rivers swimmable by backing the application for a Water Conservation Order on Hawke’s Bay’s Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers.

The surprise pledge for swimmable rivers was made yesterday by Federated Farmers, Fonterra, Dairy New Zealand, Beef and Lamb and other major industry bodies.

The groups made the announcement on the banks of the Ngaruroro River.

Fish & Game chief executive Bryce Johnson has welcomed the promise and says they need to demonstrate their commitment with positive action.

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Rural News - Farmers’ voices must be heard

Rural News - Farmers’ voices must be heard

Heading into an election that will be won or lost in the towns and cities, farmers must get a hearing on environmental issues, says Meat Industry Association chair John Loughlin.

He says with environmental issues “quite significant” in this election year, any changes to environmental regimes must be balanced and fair.

“The outcomes in our rivers don’t just reflect farming; they reflect towns and cities and industries as well.”

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Farmers pledge to improve NZ's waterways - NZ Herald

Farmers pledge to improve NZ's waterways - NZ Herald

Developments in science will help prevent and mitigate the country's freshwater quality issues, say farming leaders who have formed a group to address the degradation of the country's rivers.

For the first time in this country, a group of pastoral farming leaders have joined forces and committed to working towards making New Zealand's rivers swimmable for future generations.

Heading organisations such as Dairy NZ, Federated Farmers and Beef + Lamb NZ, the Farming Leaders Group, made up of seven members said to represent 80 per cent of the country's pastoral farmed land, formed in May this year to work on issues of importance to the sector.

One of those issues, and a hot button election topic this year, was water quality, and gathered on the edge of the Ngaruroro River in Hawke's Bay today, the group explained that more needed to be done, and done faster.

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Farmers welcome support to improve environment

 Farmers welcome support to improve environment

The Government’s announcement of $44 million to support freshwater improvement projects is welcomed by Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ).

B+LNZ Chief Executive Sam McIvor says that over the past two years, in particular, the organisation has responded to farmer demand for support in the environment space. “Through this work, we’ve identified that – while farmers want to take action – knowing where to start and what to prioritise can be a barrier.

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