Southland Federated Farmers ‘farmer morale at an all-time low’ – Logan Savory:
A Southland farming leader says the morale of farmers is at an all-time low as they navigate their way through “impractical” freshwater policy rules.
The new rules aim to improve freshwater quality within a generation, but they’ve proven controversial with farmers, many of whom will have to apply for resource consent to winter graze stock.
Speaking to a gathering of rural professionals in Invercargill on Monday, Southland Federated Farmers vice-president Bernadette Hunt said there was a massive divide between the understanding of farming from officials in Wellington to the reality of farming.
She said Federated Farmers had a difficult dilemma where they wanted to publicly raise concerns attached to the freshwater policy rules, but were wary of what it was doing to farmers’ mental health. . .
New Feds man keen to build – Peter Burke:
New Feds board member, William Beetham wants the organisation recognised for its significant contributions to NZ farming and society as a whole.
The sixth-generation farmer runs a major farming business, Beetham Pastural.
He says Federated Farmers has a long and proud legacy and has been involved in setting up a number of organisations – such as the insurance company FMG and the Golden Shears competition.
“We need to remember that we are not just an advocacy organisation and we need to tell the complete story about the inspiring contribution our farmers have and are making. We need to talk about the positive legacy of NZ farming and NZ Feds,” Beetham told Rural News. . .
There are six candidates standing for two places on the Fonterra Board in 2020.
Brent Goldsack, Cathy Quinn, Mike O’Connor and Nathan Guy were announced on 14 September as the Independently Assessed candidates.
Incumbent Director Brent Goldsack is seeking re-election and chose to participate in the Independent Assessment Process. As a re-standing Director Brent automatically goes through to the ballot.
Nathan Guy, Mike O’Connor and Cathy Quinn were recommended by the Independent Selection Panel after their assessment process. . .
Plant and Food Research scientist Dr David Pattemore would love to see orchards buzzing with bumblebees.
He’s part of a team that has developed a way to successfully breed bumblebees and now he’d love to see commercial beekeepers pick up the technology and run with it.
Dr Pattemore says bumblebees complement honey bees. He says they work at different times of the day and can work in higher winds and in the rain.
And he says it makes sense to diversify pollination options. . .
Dana Thompson and her family are living off the land in South Otago and helping others who want to do the same.
Their property is perched on a barren hilltop behind Taieri Mouth, about 40 minutes south of Dunedin.
The family moved there to be self-sufficient four years ago. When they bought the land it was attractively priced for a reason.
“It’s pretty steep, we’ve got a big gully that runs down it and it’s covered in gorse,” Dana says. . .
Fence – Uptown Farm:
“There’s always fence to be fixed.”
People say this all the time about life on a farm.
I don’t know if I heard it before I married a farmer or not. But if I did, I didn’t get it. Much like a lot of the people who say it, I wouldn’t have understood just how true it is. I didn’t know it wasn’t an over exaggeration in the least. If I had understood that, I might have thought twice before I said , “I do.”
But true it is. Fence isn’t a one and done kind of thing. You put it up. You fix it. You adjust it. Weeds and trees grow into it. You tear it down and build it new. Just when you do that a crazy cow comes along and rips it all down. . .