October 9, 2020

The Land Girls of World War II

When the Second World War broke out, and a large part of New Zealand’s manpower was enlisted, there was much pressure on the nation to increase food production – meat, dairy, wheat, honey, eggs, seeds, potatoes, vegetables, flax, wool.  Britain needed food support, NZ troops overseas required supplies, and 100,000 Americans were to arrive.

The idea for a Women’s Land Corps was first raised in 1939 – it didn’t happen until 1942. There was much opposition.
The Farmers’ Union was outspoken about not wanting land girls but rather needing “experienced men”.  The experienced men were now away on the battlefields and those who were still on the land were much older men, many of whom had served in World War One.  One phrase that was repeated was, “we don’t want women, Italian prisoners-of-war, or immigrants”. 

However, the land girls became a very real part of the war effort, and many girls from urban New Zealand choose to be a part of, and it was a huge success…. joining us today on FEDtalks is author of “land girls – in a mans world Dianne Bardsley, and Fiona, Lady Elworthy, organizer of the Commemoration of World War II Land Girls event.


August 28, 2020

Farm Debt Mediation 

Nick Clark - Manager of General Policy -Federated Farmers
Richard McIntyre - Senior Vice-Chair of the Dairy Section of Federated Farmers

Episode Notes
The failure of a farm business can lead to the farmer and their family losing both their business and their home. For many rural communities, the failure of one farm can have a ripple effect through those communities and the regional economy.
Farmers who operate a family business often don’t have the resources to negotiate their own protections when dealing with lenders. That’s where this piece of legislation fits in.

The Bill is pragmatic where either the farmer or the bank has an ability to go and seek mediation.

Almost 12 months ago Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced the new debt mediation scheme that will help farmers in financial distress deal with their lenders.

and today we discuss what it means- and how it works with our panel …

July 24, 2020

In this week's Feds Talks we talk to Terry Copeland - New world, new board, new directions...

Federated Farmers in a post COVID landscape, with Terry Copeland.

The Government has set aside $19 million to boost primary sector employment in Budget 2020, but that is where the answers to farmers' most pressing questions run out. the coronavirus outbreak has thrown a spanner in the works this year, with no certainty around borders opening to potential workers for some time. It is a common situation among farmers — the dairy industry typically employs more than 5500 migrant workers, about 15 percent of its workforce. We have strong wool at an all-time low, we have droughts, floods…

And that is just the tip of the iceberg, joining us today on FED talks is CEO Terry Copeland

July 3, 2020
In this week's Fed Talks we talk to Andrew Hoggard - Putting the fun back in farming...

Having been involved with Federated Farmers now for 17 years, starting out as the young farmer rep, and then moving into the provincial vice dairy role.

Andrew Hoggard is now President. Since taken on the role just over a week ago Andrew shares his thoughts and ideas on what he would like to see achieved in his time...

June 19, 2020
In this week's Fed Talks we talk to Miles Anderson - Where in the wool?

New Zealand produces wool that is second to none. Our wool has been built on hundreds of years of breeding and animal husbandry to achieve wool types that are superior to wools produced in other countries.  Much of the wool that we produce is exported for further manufacturing, yet New Zealand has all the capability and infrastructure to turn the raw product into high value products, domestically.

Recently, the government has engaged with the wool industry, creating a Wool Working Group to develop a strategic framework, lift the profile and put together a plan for the future of wool. This initiative is highly commendable, and today we speak with Federated Farmers Meat and Wool industry group chair Miles Anderson 

May 22, 2020

In this week's Fed Talks we talk to Dan Hodgen, North Canterbury farmer and on our Federated Farmers Meat & Wool executive.

Surviving to thriving – Diary of a drought:

May 15, 2020
In this week's Fed Talks we discuss Gypsy day … The big Moove with Chris Lewis, Federated Farmers Dairy Chair.

“Half a school would move away; half a school would arrive…. once a year in dairy, you learnt to make friends really quickly.” Former dairy farming school child, Waikato.

The concept of ‘Gypsy Day’ is entrenched in New Zealand dairy farming, but to be honest some of us have no idea what Gypsy Day or as it now known Moving Day is, so we investigated.

May 1, 2020

In this week's Fed Talks podcast our very own YOLO Farmer, Golden Bay President Wayne Langford, joins us to talk about his latest venture: Meat The Need NZ, a charity that allows farmers to donate fresh meat to help feed New Zealand's most vulnerable. What started as a good idea in 2019 has finally become a real charitable supply chain, connecting farmers to food banks and other community organisations in need.

After starting with beef, Meat the Need can now accept deer, cattle and sheep for processing.

They have big plans!

 Join us as we speak with Federated Farmers vice president Andrew Hoggard about how our economy can recover from COVID-19. The importance of rural connectivity, and why small scale community water storage is essential.

Katie chats about connectivity and what it is to be an essential service during this lockdown period from her farm at Lake Brunner, West Coast.

Read more news and information from Federated Farmers now on ‘The Country’ with the New Zealand Herald.