New Zealand could fall behind its agricultural competitors if it does not adopt genetic engineering (GE) of plants and livestock.Read More
The Good Farming Practice Action Plan for Water Quality is a tangible illustration of commitment by the primary sector, local and central government to work together to enhance our streams and riversRead More
Federated Farmers Dairy chairman Chris Lewis says farmers are prepared and willing to support government initiatives to clean up the nation's waterways, but are worried Environment minister David Parker might "come in with a sledgehammer and destroy a chestnut".Read More
Federated Farmers climate change spokesperson, Andrew Hoggard, applauds Fonterra’s bold push to get to zero emissions of CO2 on the manufacturing side of the co-operative, both in New Zealand and across its global network.Read More
One fallout from politicians on the election campaign trail kicking agriculture around as a political football is that lots of city folk have been left with the belief that the rural environment is in a sorry state.Read More
"Federated Farmers is ready to work with any government. We are an advocacy organisation for farmers, it is our job to work with all government, and opposition, representatives," Federated Farmers President Katie Milne says.Read More
It is good to finally see that Bryce Johnson has, to some extent, acknowledged the hard work that farmers are doing and the journey that they are on but as for the fear mongering accusation he should level that as much at the environmental activists says South Canterbury farmer and businessman William Rolleston.Read More
I don't really have the time to write this as busy running some rural businesses but here goes....
You probably don't remember me - I held the Taranaki FFNZ Presidents position for nearly 4 years and sat in the wings biting my tongue while you ran off at the mouth / pen and tried to hold Feds and farmers to ransom time and time again.Read More
Echoing an IrrigationNZ analysis, which shows the bulk of the proposed water tax would be gathered in regions where the rivers were already cleanest, Federated Farmers rep Chris Allen said the most polluted rivers are nowhere near where irrigation is happening.
Ashburton-based Chris Allen, is the Federated Farmers board member with policy responsibility for the environment (water and biodiversity).
“The tax is not going to fix any river that’s not being worked on already,” he said.
"Dairying has been the red herring in the debate but represents less than half of Mid-Canterbury’s irrigation. With Mid-Canterbury providing much of the world’s carrot seed, much of the irrigation goes to very specialised cropping and it would be “a worry” if that were made uneconomic.Read More