Farmers’ concerns have been heard

The Government’s freshwater package has responded to rural concerns but farmers still want a say in the final regulations, Federated Farmers environment spokesman Chris Allen says.

Farmers need infrastructure help

Farming needs an infrastructure inverstment leg-up if it is to succeed in getting the country out of the economic recession, new National Party agriculture spokesman and organic farmer David Bennett told Gerald Piddock.

Farmers a bit happier with banks

While still feeling some pressure from their banks most farmers feel happier with their banking relationships than they did six months ago despite the impact of covid-19, drought and continuing debt issues.

Let’s spend the night together

Fish and Game wants to end nearly 20 years of confrontation with Federated Farmers.

It has invited the lobby group a meeting to try to cement a more harmonious relationship.

Hauraki farms desperate for rain

When your farm is in drought every day is one day closer to rain.

That’s the message Ngatea dairy farmer Brent Aitchison keeps telling himself and his staff as his 350-hectare farming operation copes with the worst drought he has seen in 25 years of farming on the Hauraki Plains.

Big spend demands value, leaders

The Government’s borrowing of billions to counter covid-19 disruption should be seen as a chance to rethink and reset business and society and not as a burden on the next generation.

Ardern must lead market push

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s international profile should be used to promote primary sector exports and help the sector lead the post-covid economic recovery, Beef + Lamb chief executive Sam McIvor says.

Horizons rejigs shovel-ready jobs

Horizons has reworked its submission to the Government on shovel-ready projects to help drive the economic rebound from covid-19 with many of its jobs having a farm focus.

Rates hiatus hits koi carp cull

Waikato Regional Council wants the Government to pay for its koi carp eradication programme after cuts to its 2020-21 budget.