Economics and Trade

Agriculture accounts for almost half of New Zealand's total exports, so we maintain a close interest in domestic and international economic policies that affect our farmers, working hard to ensure that all policy should promote sustainability, productivity, innovation and global competitiveness.  We regularly comment on the economy and we hold positions on fiscal policy, taxation, monetary policy, regulatory policy, banking, overseas investment, and trade policy.  

What's been happening

Submission on the Reforming industrial allocation in the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme consultation

Posted on 17/09/2021
The Federation supports industrial allocation (IA) as a means of reducing the risk of the NZ ETS price driving emissions intensive trade exposed (EITE) firms, their production, and their associated emissions overseas.

Bank says goodbye - has this happened to you?

Posted on 13/07/2021
Last week it came to our attention that Rangitikei farmer, farming contractor and Horizons regional councillor Bruce Gordon had been contacted by Rabobank wanting to close his business accounts because he was no longer borrowing from it.

New Season Farm Confidence Report July 2021

Posted on 9/08/2021
This report summarises the July 2021 Federated Farmers’ Mid-Season Farm Confidence survey results. The survey is undertaken twice a year (January and July); this study is the 25th iteration.

Economics & Trade Contacts

Nick Clark

Manager General Policy
Economics 

M: 027 217 6731

Macaulay Jones

Policy Advisor
Trade 

M: 021 571 853

The Federated Farmers style for staff and elected officials’ email addresses is – first initial surname@fedfarm.org.nz e.g. fdagg@fedfarm.org.nz