Rural Support Trusts (RSTs) formed to support rural people when times are challenging.

We are rural folks who know the challenges of working on the land.

There are 14 Rural Support Trusts across the country. Each trust is run by local people who really know the area, are familiar with agribusiness, and are well networked and trained.

Many of the trusts were originally formed to support the farming, cropping and horticulture communities during the financial pinch of the 1980s, or after a severe weather event. We have seen it all and have a long history of harnessing our networks to support our rural individuals and communities.

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Updates from MPI on M. Bovis

As at 4 September 2017

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

In July 2017, MPI detected the bacterial infection Mycoplasma bovis in cattle at a South Canterbury dairy farm. Regular updates are here: www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/mycoplasma-bovis/

Key contacts

Questions for MPI – 0800 00 83 33 or Email: MBovis2017_Liaison@mpi.govt.nz
Oamaru welfare contact – 027 447 4610 or Email: mbwellbeing@asurequality.com
Rural Support trust – 0800 787 254
Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline – 0800 80 99 66
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Flooding in rural Otago and Canterbury

as at 15 September 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Useful contacts for rural people affected by flooding:

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Farmers joining shave-free for calving Rural Support Trust fundraiser

Donations will go to every RST nationwide through the new National Council

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

“When your first calf of the season is born -you have a good, close, shave, then hang up your razor. When the final cow calves, THEN you can get that beard off.”

This is shave-free for calving, the fundraiser launched by Marlborough farmer Lyndon Campbell last year.

“In 2016 we raised nearly $3000 for the Top of the South Rural Support Trust, and we are very proud of that,” says Lyndon. “However we feel there is much room to grow by getting more farmers involved.”

This year he’s going national and is calling farmers from all over New Zealand to get hairy and scratchy along with him (the blokes, at least): https://www.facebook.com/shavefreecalving/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf

 

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Recharge Hurunui @ Foxdown

September 8, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Following a very long drought and then earthquakes, the Hurunui Drought Committee is boosting community morale with a Recharge Hurunui Event.

Hurunui Drought Committee member, Scargill farmer Andy Fox, insists that the Hurunui is the best place to live in the world.

“I wouldn't dream of living anywhere else,” says Andy, “but Mother Nature has thrown us a few curveballs over the last few years.

“Our community has endured a drought that seemed like it would never end and then of course the earthquakes were a further blow to locals whose spirits were already flagging. But now there’s a growing sense of positivity in the farming community and beyond.”

Andy says that from a farming point of view, the winter has been very kind. The mild weather and better rainfall have allowed for good growth, stock are doing well, and prices are up.

“Hopefully this improvement is starting to filter through to our local business community, who have been hit with the domino effect as farmers struggled with the effects of the drought.” 

To shrug off the tough times and to celebrate the arrival of what will hopefully be a great Spring, the Hurunui Drought Committee is throwing open the doors of the Foxdown shed for a gathering hosted by Gary McCormack on September 8. 

“We’ve had a few fantastic events here over the last couple of years,” says Andy. “With the support and encouragement of the Hurunui Drought Committee this time we are extending the invitation for a bite to eat, a drink and a laugh beyond farmers to the wider community who have all faced various challenges over the last few years.”

Tickets for the event on September 8 at 7.30pm are selling fast at only $10 each. Free buses are being put on from Cheviot, Amberley, Hawarden, Culverden and Waiau. The ticket price includes supper, drinks and entertainment including a chat from Gary McCormick.

“He’s the perfect bloke for this kind of thing,” says Andy.  “Gary’s irreverent humour about life and bureaucracy really resonates!”

The event is sponsored by the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust, Beef & Lamb and MPI.  Tickets are on sale at NC Vets, Farmlands, 4 Square Hawarden, and Waiau hardware. 

More information is on the Hurunui Community Drought Support Facebook page.

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Extra boost for Bay of Plenty farmers

Media release from Anne Tolley and Nathan Guy

Friday, August 04, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

www.beehive.govt.nz/release/extra-boost-bay-plenty-farmers

Anne Tolley, Nathan Guy

4 AUGUST, 2017

Flood-hit farmers in the Bay of Plenty region will have a further opportunity to apply for a grant to help with clean up and recovery, say Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy.

The $100,000 Primary Industries Flood Recovery Fund is part of a package of additional support totalling $295,000 for farms and orchards who suffered damage following the floods. 

“The Government is committed to ensuring communities in the Bay of Plenty have the support they need to recover from the April floods,” says Mrs Tolley.

“The first Bay of Plenty Primary Industries Flood Recovery Fund was on a first-come first-served basis and all grants were allocated after just a couple of weeks. Farmers who missed out on the first round of funding can now apply for grants of $2000, $5000, or $10,000.

“This support is in addition to the $1 million funding provided to enable Enhanced Taskforce Green teams to clear debris from towns, rural properties, and parks and reserves.”

“The Bay of Plenty Rural Support Trust and agencies on the ground have been taking stock as clean up continues. They have told me there are still a number of affected primary producers who could really use a grant to help them with re-establishment of pastures and crops, and the clean-up of silt and debris,” says Mr Guy.

“I’m also further bolstering the Rural Support Trust who have been working tirelessly with local agri-business and agencies to assist in recovery. Funding will also help the rural recovery coordinator continue, and helping farm relief workers to be continue to be available through the Trust.

“Priorities for rural recovery in the region include ongoing psychosocial support, restoration of farm productivity, and building resilience to future events, particularly on flood-prone land.

“Looking to the future is fundamental and the funding also covers extension services to farmers.

“I appreciate the work of the Whakatane District Council who have provided support to administer both rounds of the grants on behalf of the region.” 

Applications for this further round of grants can be made via the Whakatane District Council until 29 September, and will be assessed on need.

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Medium scale adverse event announced for Otago flooding

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Watch the video here

www.beehive.govt.nz/release/medium-scale-adverse-event-declared-otago-flooding

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has today officially classified the flooding in Otago as a medium-scale event for Dunedin City, Clutha District, Waitaki District and Central Otago District.

  • Farmers with offers of grazing or feed call 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING)
  • Requests for feed and onfarm help call 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING)
  • Other assistance, advice and support call the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)

 

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