Farming life in a brave new world

South Waikato News - - Your Health - AN­DREW MCGIVEN

OPIN­ION: It’s com­ing up to that time of the year when the national Fieldays are again hosted at Mys­tery Creek.

The Fieldays pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for all farm­ers to as­sem­ble at one point to meet up with old friends, field reps for var­i­ous sup­pli­ers and to see what is new in in­no­va­tion on and off the farm ma­chin­ery and plant spe­cials.

It also pro­vides farm­ers with the chance to in­ter­act with some of the movers and shak­ers whose poli­cies will de­ter­mine how we live and work in our agribusi­nesses both to­day and in the fu­ture.

With that in mind Fed­er­ated Farm­ers will again have a stand at the Fieldays to meet up with mem­bers, speak to farm­ers and to guide and as­sist agribusi­ness own­ers with fu­ture poli­cies that coun­cils and govern­ment are look­ing at im­ple­ment­ing.

Our theme is ‘Farming in a brave new world’.

That plat­form gives wide scope to dis­cuss agri­cul­tural top­ics of in­ter­est for com­ing gen­er­a­tions of the farming com­mu­nity.

There has been much dis­cus­sion lately from farm­ers, es­pe­cially hill coun­try farm­ers in the Waikato, around Plan Change 1 (PC1) and what the im­pli­ca­tions will be for them.

While the out­come of sub­mis­sions is yet to be de­ter­mined, Fed­er­ated Farm­ers has com­mis­sioned a ground-truthing study, an eval­u­a­tion plan and fi­nan­cially as­sisted a hill coun­try farm­ers’ eco­nomic anal­y­sis as well as con­stantly mon­i­tor­ing and re­fin­ing the sci­ence that PC1 has been based on.

I would chal­lenge those farm­ers who have been crit­i­cal of our ef­fort to read and com­pare the Fed­er­ated Farm­ers’ sub­mis­sion on PC1 and then come along to our stand at the Fieldays to dis­cuss your thoughts and opin­ions with my­self and pol­icy staff.

The fed­er­a­tion is New Zealand’s lead­ing in­de­pen­dent rural ad­vo­cacy or­gan­i­sa­tion and con­sists of 24 prov­inces and as­so­ci­ated branches. That gives farm­ers a collective voice at both a national and pro­vin­cial level.

Pol­icy is mem­ber-driven and mem­bers’ views are can­vassed by staff and elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives who for­mu­late sub­mis­sions to help lo­cal and central govern­ment de­ci­sion mak­ing - and in­deed we can­vassed ex­ten­sively be­fore com­plet­ing our PC1 sub­mis­sion.

There is still a lot of con­jec­ture and mis­in­for­ma­tion out there in the re­gions de­spite past pres­i­dent Chris Lewis and other elected mem­bers’ at­tempts to keep ev­ery­one in­formed. The Fieldays will pro­vide all farm­ers a great op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions on a oneon-one ba­sis with Fed­er­ated Farm­ers staff.

Our site is PB46. I chal­lenge all those farm­ers who want to know more to come talk to us and get an op­por­tu­nity for some great give­aways, prizes, and prod­uct spe­cials.

I’ll see you there.

An­drew Mcgiven is Waikato Fed­er­ated Farm­ers pres­i­dent.

Gates are open from Wed­nes­day, June 15 to Friday, June 17 from 8am to 5pm and on Saturday, June 18 from 8am to 4pm.

Tick­ets- adult one day pass $20, child $10 (5 years to 14 years, if you are 15 on the day of the event you are classed as an adult).



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