Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) and the Meat Industry Association (MIA) are calling for a speedy conclusion to New Zealand’s free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Korea.
Concluding negotiations quickly is vital. Korea finalised FTA negotiations with Australia last week, and, on top of the Korea-US FTA that was signed in 2012, this has the potential to place New Zealand exporters at a significant disadvantage in the near future, the two organisations say.
Korea imposes 40% tariffs on beef imports, which cost New Zealand producers around $48 million in 2012. Korean tariffs on other products like prepared meats can be as high as 72%. . .
Federated Farmers knows farming practices need to evolve in order to minimise Nitrogen loss from Canterbury farms.
“The Land and Water Regional Plan has to comply with the National Policy Statement (NPS) on freshwater which introduces limits and national bottom lines,” says Ian Mackenzie, Federated Farmers Environment spokesperson.
“Meeting compulsory national bottom lines for nitrates on much of the Canterbury plains, is going to be very difficult without a major shift in how we farm, especially on the lighter soils.
“Right now, Federated Farmers is working as part of a wider partnership with all others in the primary industries to represent a common position to Environment Canterbury (ECan). . .
Federated Farmers Manawatu-Rangitkei is thrilled by the recent wins in the Horowhenua District Plan.
“We have had two significant wins from the Horowhenua Council hearings, which means we will not need to appeal in the Environment Court,” says Andrew Hoggard, Federated Farmers Manawatu Rangitkei provincial president.
“It is a testament to the great working relationship we have with the council, and the great work of our Policy Advisor, that we were able to get some practical and workable decisions made around ‘Housing’ and ‘Hazardous Substances’. . . .
Farming builds communities in adverse times – James Houghton:
Last week, Federated Farmers Waikato held a fundraising function to raise money for the Rural Support Trust. It is not so long ago that the Trust was stepping in to aid farmers through the drought and working with Federated Farmers on our rural mental health campaign, ‘When Life’s a Bitch’. It is important that we give back to organisations like this who are the ones we call on in our time of need.
The function was not only about raising money for the organisation but it was a chance for the community to get together and focus on building relationships. The Chairwoman of the Regional Council, Paula Southgate, attended the dinner along with other rural community stakeholders, and overall the night was a success, raising $3500 for the Trust. Federated Farmers Waikato donated $3000 for the Trust to direct towards rural mental health initiatives, which is an area that requires a significant amount of resources. . .
New Zealand’s largest rural lender today launched a lending package for farmers wanting to invest in improving the environmental sustainability and productivity of their farms.
ANZ Bank’s Farm Development Package includes a low-interest loan of 4% p.a. for fulfilling compliance on effluent management, water quality management and water and energy conservation.
“Fast-growing markets in Asia are producing enormous opportunities for New Zealand farmers. But increasing agriculture production is creating complex challenges on how to manage environmental stresses – in particular the impact of dairy farming on water quality,” said Graham Turley, ANZ Managing Director Commercial & Agri. . .