Media Releases

Drought, disruption undermines farmers' confidence

Posted on 15/02/2018
Drought, commodity prices and political uncertainty weighed on farmers minds as they responded to the Feds' Mid-Season Farm Confidence Survey...

Ship and cargo causing a helluva stink for farmers

Posted on 12/02/2018
Federated Farmers would be following the situation closely and was anticipating that MPI would make the right decision, on whether the shipment should be permitted to dock in the future...

New employment legislation renews confidence around employing staff

Posted on 25/01/2018
It’s good to see Labour has listened to some of the concerns of the business community and consulted with their key coalition partner, New Zealand First. Winston [Peters] has made the pledge to look after farmers’ interests and we acknowledge his sup

Speculation on M.Bovis origin is harmful says Feds

Posted on 18/01/2018
Farmers also have a role to play around traceability by ensuring NAIT tagging and recording of all cattle and deer.


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 - February 16

Posted on 16/02/2018
The Mid-Season Farm Confidence Survey shows farmer optimism has taken a big hit, and concerns about recruiting staff have sharpened.

Economic week February 9

Posted on 9/02/2018
The Global Dairy Trade auction climbed 5.9% at this week’s event. All products on offer enjoyed price increases with the two biggest by volume whole milk powder up 7.6% and skim milk powder up 7.2%....


Economic Week - Tax Working Group announced

Posted on 24/11/2017
Sir Michael Cullen is to head the government's tax working group - and a capital gains tax is on the table

President Katie Milne addresses National Council

Posted on 22/11/2017
Katie Milne talks about the myriad ways the Feds influence decision-makers and perceptions - National Council 2017 President's address