News

Media Releases

Arable farmers pleased with 2020 harvest yields

Posted on 7/08/2020
Final harvest data for wheat, barley and oats (milling/malting and feed) in 2020 show yields were up 17% overall across the six crops....

Expect increased rates costs from new government freshwater laws

Posted on 6/08/2020
The government’s new freshwater laws, signed off this week, have the potential to create significant unnecessary costs for ratepayers, farmers and entire communities, Federated Farmers says...

Feds pleased with safeguards in dairy law changes

Posted on 30/07/2020
Feds counts is as a win that safeguards for suppliers will likely be written into the Fonterra constitution following the DIRA review...

RMA needs top to tail overhaul, not more band-aids

Posted on 29/07/2020
Federated Farmers is on board with the chorus of voices across diverse sector groups saying the Resource Management Act is broken ...

Opinion

Reserve Bank cautious on dairy industry recovery
By Nick Clark

The financial system is still sound but housing, dairy, and bank funding costs remain key risks, according to the Reserve Bank’s latest six-monthly Financial Stability Report. Read more

Economic Week - August 7

Posted on 7/08/2020
Lending to the agricultural sector was up slightly in June, with strong growth in horticulture masking a continued squeeze in dairy lending.

Economic Week - July 31

Posted on 31/07/2020
In June 2020 goods exports were worth $5.1 billion, up $107 million (or 2.2%) compared to June 2019, with dairy and meat leading the way...

Speeches

Katie Milne's address to the 2020 National AGM

Posted on 26/06/2020
I think we've made excellent progress on town and country coming to a better understanding of each other....

Brian Richards - Farming with Confidence

Posted on 21/08/2018
Marketing expert Brian Richards talks to farmers at this year's national conference.