Policy Digest

There is mountains of important policy work going on at the moment. We are lucky at Federated Farmers to have the most skilled policy advisors backed by passionate elected farmer representatives working on behalf of our members  – That is the power of Feds !  

During our work we generate tens of thousands of pages of submission and statements – these are more of a snapshot of the current hot topics and issues.

It should show you issues that affect you as farmers on the policy stage from local councils to central government. 

Disclaimer – these articles are snapshot articles and opinions and are not to be taken out of context with Federated Farmers official policy. They should not be taken as any form of advice and you should take appropriate independent professional advice.

The Latest

New challenges raining down on farmers

Posted on 19/03/2018
The recent rain has been as welcome as a cold beer at the end of a very hot day.

When weeds take root, profits wither

Posted on 19/03/2018
From old foes to newer arrivals that continually threaten our borders, weed control is ongoing and expensive. But until recently we’ve not known how much weeds cost the country.

Roading rate flattens farmers

Posted on 19/03/2018
Federated Farmers will once again be highlighting the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council’s inequitable roading rate in its submission on their Long Term Plan.

Game fish are part of our waterway challenge

Posted on 1/03/2018
New Zealand is a land of biodiversity and where we value our native flora and fauna, be that trees and shrubs, or birds and fish.

Whats happening with farm waste management

Posted on 22/02/2018
Rural waste management isn't as wasteful as its made out to be

Time to collar dog fees

Posted on 22/02/2018
Rhea Dasent, Federated Farmers Senior Policy Advisor, is calling out councils for their excessive farm dog registration fees this long-term plan season

Member’s bill fires up national debate on rustling

Posted on 5/02/2018
Miles Anderson discusses the members bill that could impose harsher penalties on stock rustlers

Going with the flow in Otago

Posted on 25/01/2018
Water and the year that has been so far, and the year ahead, in Otago

Buying a farm? Make sure you do your homework

Posted on 12/12/2017
Don't be caught out - recent regional planning activities could mean you are unable to farm that land you are looking at investing millions in