National Farmers Federation Australia president Fiona Simson.

Australian farmers are throwing their support behind a proposed agricultural visa, which the Government could soon introduce to ease the worker shortage on farms.

 
 
Hunter Downs chairman Andrew Fraser.

Waimate contractor – and rich-lister – Gary Rooney will back a South Canterbury irrigation scheme that was left gasping by changes in Government policy.

 
Wairarapa sheep and beef farmer Andy Philipps joined the tour.

Turning farmers into consumers is the objective of McDonald’s New Zealand farmer tours. 

From left: Emily, Carter, Jack and Daniel Woolsey.

The 2007 national Farm Manager of the Year award winner Emily Woolsey (32) and her husband Daniel, of Southland, had a good grasp of dairy farming, says Primary ITO.

Outgoing Synlait chief executive John Penno says the company’s ‘lead with pride’ programme will be key to progress in farm environments and sustainability.

Global businesses are looking to New Zealand for solutions to tough environmental challenges – especially agriculture, says Abbie Reynolds, executive director of the Sustainable Business Council.

A quality environmental plan will soon be a prerequisite to buying or selling a farm, says ANZ Bank’s head of commercial and agri.

New Zealand dairy farmers visiting California dairy farms last month were surprised at how far behind US farms were in efficiency and adoption of technology.

Kiwi youngsters in town and country schools are learning about the prospect of farming careers via AgriKids and TeenAg, devised by NZ Young Farmers, says its chief executive Terry Copeland.

 

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