ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Levy bodies must back farmers

I was surprised last Tuesday to hear Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Climate Change Minister James Shaw had launched a discussion document involving farmers and the Emissions Trading Scheme.

ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Feds conference gets it right

I've been to more Federated Farmers conferences than I care to remember. Somewhere between turgid and torrid would be where I’d put most.

It was, therefore, with some pleasure I went to last week’s event. It was interesting, relevant and entertaining.

ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Farm debt bill a good first step

I was pleased that the Farm Debt Mediation Bill is to proceed through parliament.

It started as a private member’s bill from NZ First agricultural spokesman Mark Patterson and was accepted by the Government supported by agriculture minister Damien O’Connor.

ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Funding water storage sensible

The good news last week was the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund announcement of almost $40 million in grants towards water storage and sustainability in Hawke’s Bay.

That came hard on the heels of $800,000 for Wairarapa to further develop plans for water storage. 

ALTERNATIVE VIEW: Changes are needed at Landcorp

I've just read the Landcorp, Pamu as they like to be known, annual report. In a word, it is nauseating.

They start by telling us their vision is to be the premium supplier of meat, milk and fibre for niche markets.