Tag: Agriculture

Address to FFNZ National Council – Dr William Rolleston

Speech – Federated Farmers Members of National Council, ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to be delivering this presidents address to you. Federated Farmers AGM, June 2016 Address to FFNZ National Council – Dr William Rolleston, President Members of National Council, ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to be delivering this president’s address to you. If the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom has taught us anything it is that life is full of the unexpected; that no matter how carefully we plan, circumstances can change in an instant; it has taught us that discontent...

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Peters: Farmers Must Reject Being National’s Doormat

Speech – New Zealand First Party Twenty-eight years ago, the late David Lange said: “Farming is a sunset industry and manufacturing and tourism will take its place.”Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 27 MAY 2016 Waikato Federated Farmers, Airport Conference Centre Tamahere, Hamilton 5pm, 27th May, 2016 “Farmers Must Reject Being National’s Doormat” Twenty-eight years ago, the late David Lange said: “Farming is a sunset industry and manufacturing and tourism will take its place.” Yesterday’s Budget resembled nothing so much as a Hollywood film set. Some had star roles and the rest were supporting actors, bit players or crowd scene fill-ins. The budget was totally Auckland-centric with the regions virtually forgotten despite being the economic powerhouses of this country. The Cabinet rank of the Minister for Primary Industries tells you a lot about the modern National Party. The Minister responsible for over 70% of our physical exports is one of Cabinet’s tail-end Charlies. Out of 20 Cabinet Ministers he is ranked 15th. That again came through in the Budget? If Mr Guy did plead for extra dollars for biosecurity, or for agricultural research, he got exactly what his cabinet rank suggests. That’s because whether you believe it or not farmers are looking like an endangered species within National’s urban dominated Cabinet. Nine of Mr Key’s Cabinet come from Auckland with a further...

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Summit to Consider Farming Within Environmental Limits

Press Release – NZ Landcare Trust The 2016 New Zealand Primary Industry Summit will once again provide farm and business leaders with the opportunity to consider sustainability and environmental issues. Summit to Consider Farming Within Environmental Limits The 2016 New Zealand Primary Industry Summit will once again provide farm and business leaders with the opportunity to consider sustainability and environmental issues. This years programme includes sessions that will tackle the hottest topics in the industry including the TPPA, sustainability, smart branding and marketing, and foreign investment. A highlight for those interested in sustainability will be a session delivered on day two by Fish & Game New Zealand’s Environmental Manager Corina Jordan entitled ‘Farming within environmental limits.’ Understanding where New Zealand’s problems lie is a key starting point. Corina will then consider a number of ways we can improve our environmental sustainability, which will involve delving into allocation frameworks and their role in determining both market success and sustainability. Finally Corina will highlight practical steps that can be taken to achieve the best possible result for farmers, managers and the environment. Adding value to our primary produce has been a major discussion point for a number of years and many of our brightest business leaders are showing the way. Why New Zealand needs to focus on quality over quantity is explained by David Cole CEO Mt Cook Alpine Salmon. He...

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Fieldays 2016 launch addresses collaboration in industry

Press Release – National Fieldays With only 70 days to go till the gates open on the Southern Hemispheres largest ag event, NZ National Agricultural Fieldays 2016 officially launched this morning with a function at Mystery Creek to celebrate collaboration in industry, centring … MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday 6 April 2016 For immediate release [STARTS] Fieldays® 2016 launch addresses collaboration in industry With only 70 days to go till the gates open on the Southern Hemisphere’s largest ag event, NZ National Agricultural Fieldays® 2016 officially launched this morning with a function at Mystery Creek to celebrate collaboration in industry, centring on Fieldays’ theme Collaborate to Accelerate Innovation. The Fieldays 2016 theme highlights and celebrates New Zealand’s culture of working together in the rural sector in order to advance agriculture, both domestically and around the world, says NZ National Fieldays Society™ CEO Peter Nation. “Forty-eight years ago there was a group of visionaries in the Waikato that decided to bring urban and country folk together to enable the advancement of agriculture,” says Nation. “I’m sure they’d be very proud of what Fieldays has become. But we must not rest on our quest to promote agriculture within our communities, within New Zealand and around the world.” “By bringing all facets of the agricultural industry together in one place over four days, Fieldays is the platform on which everyone can meet and foster...

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CORRECT: NZ PM Key says low dairy prices will rebound

Article – BusinessDesk March 22 (BusinessDesk) – Prime Minister John Key says he’s confident dairy prices, which have slumped below the cost of production, will rebound as growing Asian populations boost demand. CORRECT: NZ PM Key says low dairy prices will rebound as Asian demand recovers (Fixes date of China FTA to 2008 in seventh paragraph) By Tina Morrison March 22 (BusinessDesk) – Prime Minister John Key says he’s confident dairy prices, which have slumped below the cost of production, will rebound as growing Asian populations boost demand. Dairy product prices have fallen for five of six auctions on the GlobalDairyTrade platform this year, as the European Union signals it will underpin production even in the face of global oversupply, and amid continuing Russian import bans and weaker demand from China following a build-up of inventories. Prices have remained lower for longer than expected, putting pressure on dairy farmer incomes, dairy debt levels and spending in rural communities. Key told the Platinum Primary Producers annual conference in Wellington that he was confident prices would rebound on Asian demand. “I understand dairy is weak at the moment,” Key said, however, he said the factors behind the lower prices were “temporary”. “People, as they are wealthier, want protein and that’s happening in Asia,” he said. “They are going to come right and they are going to come right because that consumer...

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