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A Free Trade Deal must include Free Trade

Press Release – Federated Farmers Federated Farmers says the Government must hold firm on a deal for agriculture at the Trans Pacific Partnership talks in Hawaii.31 July 2015 A Free Trade Deal must include Free Trade Federated Farmers says the Government must hold firm on a deal for agriculture at the Trans Pacific Partnership talks in Hawaii. Federated Farmers’ Dairy Chair Andrew Hoggard is adamant that the reason for New Zealand being at the 12 nation talks is to establish free trade in the region, and a trade deal that doesn’t include meaningful access for dairy is not a free trade deal. “Let’s be clear. Dairy is our largest export earner. It would be like the Japanese concluding a deal that didn’t have anything in it for automotive or technology trade.” “We don’t know what is happening around the table in Maui in these negotiations, and how the dairy side is being played. But we do know some of these key countries have a public position which doesn’t make much sense.” “In particular the United States. It exports a greater volume of dairy products into TPP countries than we in New Zealand do – half as much again. They stand to gain more from a breakthrough in tariff reductions than we do.” “We would hope that the Americans will show strong leadership and stand with New Zealand and Australia...

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Relevance in a modern World

Speech – Federated Farmers Members of National Council, Ladies and Gentlemen. It gives me great pleasure to be delivering this presidents address to you. 3 July 2015 Relevance in a modern World Dr William Rolleston’s address to Federated Farmers National Council, 3 July 2015, Wellington. Members of National Council, Ladies and Gentlemen. It gives me great pleasure to be delivering this president’s address to you. 2015 has not been an easy year – Droughts, floods, dairy prices and health and safety to name a few. However when I look back to the address I gave at the November Council meeting it is surprising just how much we have achieved. This is thanks to an increasingly well-oiled team and an engaged National Council and membership. Federated Farmers’ actions and coordinating role during the floods in the North Island, and the drought now centred on North Canterbury, has been central and pivotal to the response to these challenges. Federated Farmers has strong networks and a can do attitude which we can utilise during adverse events. This was most readily exemplified in the Farmy Army during the Christchurch earthquake. It is my intension that we strengthen and develop our adverse events network to ensure our response is measured, predictable and reliable. An adverse events network also strengthens us as an organisation, gives our members a concrete reason to belong and a means...

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Federated Farmers on the TPP

Press Release – Federated Farmers Agricultural and Agri-Food Producers Call for an Ambitious, Fair, and Comprehensive Agreement through the Trans-Pacific PartnershipAgricultural and Agri-Food Producers Call for an Ambitious, Fair, and Comprehensive Agreement through the Trans-Pacific Partnership Guam, MAY 20, 2015 – As Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations meet this week in Guam to continue negotiations, agri-food producer and processor organisations from Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand remain united in their call for a modern trade agreement that includes meaningful and comprehensive market access opportunities for agriculture and agri-food. The organisations advocating for an ambitious, fair and comprehensive TPP agreement are the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Australian National Farmers’ Federation, and the Federated Farmers of New Zealand. Together, they represent hundreds of thousands of farmers, producers, processors and exporters who, in turn, employ millions of workers across the TPP region. “Our agricultural sectors and the jobs they provide depend on a thriving network of export markets,” said Brian Innes, president of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance. “By creating stable and open market access, the TPP’s potential to stimulate economic growth is incredible. A comprehensive agreement would encourage regional supply chains with production and processing occuring where competitive advantages exist. However, without a plurilateral agreement, the TPP could actually reduce market access for agri-food exporters. It would be very negative if some TPP...

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Fonterra and Synlait results look grim

Press Release – Federated Farmers Following todays announcements from Synlait and Fonterra, Federated Farmers is urging dairy farmers to keep their budgets tight.25 March 2015 Fonterra and Synlait results look grim Following today’s announcements from Synlait and Fonterra, Federated Farmers is urging dairy farmers to keep their budgets tight. “Farmers were hoping for some good news, but today’s announcement enforces the need to maintain their frugal mindset,” says Andrew Hoggard, Federated Farmers Dairy Chair. “The worst is not over yet, with farmers going into winter with the lower payouts starting to take affect and the drought affected regions, meaning...

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Korea Free Trade Agreement better than nothing

Press Release – Federated Farmers New Zealands recently signed Free Trade Agreement with Korea is a positive step in freeing up our trade relations and represents an absolute bottom line for the quality of outcomes for further agreements.17 November 2014 Korea Free Trade Agreement better than nothing New Zealand’s recently signed Free Trade Agreement with Korea is a positive step in freeing up our trade relations and represents an absolute bottom line for the quality of outcomes for further agreements. “We appreciate how difficult it has been to reach an agreement with Korea, and are pleased to now be on a level playing field with our trade competitors in that market,” says Dr William Rolleston, Federated Farmers President. “Free Trade Agreements are about ensuring meaningful liberalisation of agricultural trade by removing trade barriers, tariffs and quotas, and negotiations must be vigilant. We must be careful no to let the long phase-out period affect other trade negotiations such as the TPP. “Whilst we weren’t the first cab off the rank, and not everything has been included in this agreement, a $65 million reduction in tariffs in the first year is meaningful to our primary industries. This is set to increase by three percent a year for the next 15 years. “Our beef industry stands to gain a lot from this agreement. Korea is New Zealand’s fourth largest export market by...

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