Videos to be produced “by farmers for farmers”

BOPRC Media Release, 26 October 2016 Farmers in the Lake Rotorua catchment will feature in videos providing advice to other farmers about good nutrient management practice. The main objective is to reduce nutrients entering Lake Rotorua although the videos may appeal to a wider audience. Seven projects have been approved through the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Low Nitrogen Land [...]

Videos to be produced “by farmers for farmers”2019-05-22T11:20:00+12:00

Council praises Feds-led Healthy Rivers Wai Ora research

Waikato Regional Council, 14 October 2016 The Waikato Regional Council is welcoming a Federated Farmers-led joint project testing the implications of the Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora: Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 for the rural community. The council is contributing $30,000 and staff resources to the project which is exploring the realities of implementing the plan change across all sectors including [...]

Council praises Feds-led Healthy Rivers Wai Ora research2019-05-22T11:21:37+12:00

Project aims to uncover Healthy Rivers fish hooks

Dairy News, Monday 9 October 2016 A project to find out just how tricky it is going to be for farmers to comply with the new Waikato Regional Council ‘Plan Change One’ has started in the region. Federated Farmers is coordinating the project, which will be the first time the organisation has had time to test a plan, give feedback and [...]

Project aims to uncover Healthy Rivers fish hooks2019-05-22T11:24:08+12:00

Good on-farm practices key to environmental protection

Stuff.co.nz 1 August 2016 Farmers are natural problem solvers. Every day complex issues face us as we run our farm and business. Recently I've been to many farmer meetings about environmental topics. I would like to commend farmers for getting involved and asking in-depth questions about Waikato's environmental future. Most people know Federated Farmers as an organisation which represents the views of [...]

Good on-farm practices key to environmental protection2017-08-09T10:57:43+12:00

No need for Southland farmers to fear freshwater rule changes

Dairy farmers don't need to fear potential changes to freshwater management, but they do need to make sure they have a good understanding of what might happen, an expert says. Rabobank Sustainable Farm Systems manager Blake Holgate, of Dunedin, spoke to conference-goers about adapting to a changing environment during day two of the South Island Dairy Event at Stadium Southland in Invercargill on Tuesday. [...]

No need for Southland farmers to fear freshwater rule changes2017-06-19T12:26:11+12:00

Small lifestyle block owners’ help sought for guide

BOPRC Media Release 13 June 2016 Bay of Plenty Regional Council is looking for owners of small lifestyle blocks to help develop a guide for good land nutrient management practices. Anyone who owns a property five hectares or smaller is welcome to contribute. The guide is planned following a council-commissioned report last year that found there are over 1000 properties [...]

Small lifestyle block owners’ help sought for guide2019-05-22T11:25:05+12:00

Lucerne beats leaching cap at Taupo

stuff.co.nz, 31 May 2017 It's hard for farmers to turn a profit at the best of times, let alone while reducing their nitrogen footprint. But a study by Landcare Research has found farmers can achieve both. Caroline King reports. Landcare Research has proven the age-old farming practice of growing lucerne can help farmers like Mike and Sharon Barton meet water [...]

Lucerne beats leaching cap at Taupo2017-08-09T10:57:43+12:00

Dairy farmers take action to protect water

BOPRC Media Release, 20 May 2016 Minimising phosphorous run-off, better managing storm water and preventing down-stream erosion are just some of the benefits a Rerewhakaaitu farmer will soon realise, thanks to a recently constructed detainment bund. Dairy farmers Barry and Mark Mogg approached the Bay of Plenty Regional Council late last year after learning about the benefits of detainment bunds, [...]

Dairy farmers take action to protect water2019-05-22T11:25:59+12:00

Farmers muster forces to fight ECan’s strong-arm tactics

NZ Farmer, 9 May 2016 Jamie McFadden grew up on the tough, undeveloped hill country farm his parents bought in 1966 and witnessed the 800ha property’s transformation from ‘‘tiger country’’ into a productive farm where native bush, pine trees, poplars and pasture grow side by side. ‘‘It was in two big blocks, there were three small paddocks at the front [...]

Farmers muster forces to fight ECan’s strong-arm tactics2017-08-09T10:57:43+12:00

Tainui Group Holdings behind Lake Taupo protection breaches

www.stuff.co.nz. 5 May 2016 Tainui Group Holdings has outed itself as the company behind the rule breach designed to protect Lake Taupo after the regional council withheld its details. But Waikato Regional Council has been taken to task by the Green Party for not naming the Waikato-Tainui commercial arm from the outset. In a statement issued on Monday, council said [...]

Tainui Group Holdings behind Lake Taupo protection breaches2016-05-09T10:12:49+12:00