Professional Farm Business Advice Fund

Monday, October 19, 2020

Author: ClaireFord

Feeling the pinch?

Finance plays an essential role in every business, including farming, growing or agri-business. Related to this are matters such as debt management, tax management and business structures.

Usually you can see a way ahead and you are working with your accountant and bank. But sometimes you feel financially stuck and you may want to discuss this with someone and we’re here to help.

Also, following is information about some assistance we may be able to help you tap into.

New fund to get advice for struggling farmers is now open

Joint statement by the National Council of Rural Support Trusts and New Zealand Bankers’ Association, 25 February 2020

A new initiative funded by banks and the government offering support for farmers struggling with farm debt is now up and running. 

The government has allocated $200,000 for the Farm Business Advice Support Fund, to be managed by Rural Support Trusts.

For a qualifying farmer the Fund will provide up to $6,000 to pay for financial or business advice from an independent consultant.

The National Council of Rural Support Trusts and New Zealand Bankers’ Association have recently signed the agreement for the Fund. Under the agreement, the RSTs will provide up to $3000, depending on an assessment of need, and the relevant bank will match that dollar for dollar.

RST National Council chair Neil Bateup says the fund is for a farmer who is feeling pressure. “This might be because there’s been some change or their bank has indicated they need to discuss their debt situation. The hope is that there may still be options available so that the wishes of all parties can form a solution for going forward.”

“There’s a recognition it’s in everyone’s best interest for a farmer to have up-to-date business and financial plans,” says New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Roger Beaumont. “This will inform conversations between the farmer and their bank.”

Rural Support Trusts will take an application from, or on behalf of, a farmer who might qualify for assistance.

The consultant will provide a report, which will be given to the farmer and their bank.

This initiative involves ASB, ANZ, BNZ, Heartland Bank, Rabobank, SBS Bank, TSB and Westpac. 

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Step up For Farming

Search Step up For Farming on Facebook or email events@ruralsupport.org.nz for updates

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Author: WandaLeadbeater

Connect, be active, try something new, take notice and give are all great ways to support your wellbeing.   Step Up for Farming is about getting out and about and taking steps towards your wellbeing. 

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Bay of Plenty Rural Connect Issue #13

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Author: JodieCraig
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Brunch on Us - Southland Events in October

We have lined up a bunch of "Brunches on Us!" for rural Southland this month.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Author: KatrinaThomas

Southland farmers deserve a treat every now and then, so we’ve organised seven pop up brunch BBQ 's and coffee carts in a few Southland rural communities where we haven’t visited a lot of recently.

The Southland Rural Support Trust along with a number of Southland agriculture businesses and organsiations -  Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Farm Source Otago/Southland - Otautau, NSVets PGG Wrightson Ltd, Rural Women New Zealand,  Silver Fern Farms and Alliance Group are picking up the cost or cooking on the BBQ. Yes, it is a free feed!

We are keen to catch up with managers, owners and farm teams.

As well as a FREE feed and a coffee, farmers can chat to the Rural Support Trust, other Southland Rural Professional representatives and enter to win a hamper for your team, thanks to Rural Women NZ.

Come as you are, stay for a chat or gobble and go!

Timing: 10.00am - 1.00pm

Diary the date now!

Dates & Venues

  • Tuesday 13 October - Wyndham Hall
  • Wednesday 14 October - Dipton Hall
  • Wednesday 14 October - Tokanui Community Hall
  • Friday 16 October - Waikaka Valley Hall
  • Tuesday 20 October - Riversdale Rugby Club
  • Wednesday 21 October - Athol Hall
  • Thursday 22 October - Orawia, Merrivale, Feldwick, Pukemaori & Districts Community Centre

 

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News & Alerts

Ruapehu-Whanganui Local Farming Show: Sunday 26th April: 8am-9am and Wednesday 6pm-7pm.

http://www.trunkfm.co.nz/ and 88FM The Trunk

Friday, April 24, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Sunday 26th April between 8am-9am and repeated Wednesday 6pm-7pm.

 http://www.trunkfm.co.nz/  and  88FM The Trunk

Topics this week 

  ' the reason for a local show' 

  'preparing for winter' 

  'Update re shearing under alert L3' 

  'meat works update and donation of meat to foodbanks'. 

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Ruapehu-Whanganui stock sales advice

from Chair Brian Doughty

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Covid-19 has seen our usual stockyard sales shut down.

Where does that leave us?

It would seem as though our current batch of stock agents would fill the void created by Covid-19. This could also be problematic as the stock and station industry seems to be in the same position as the rest of us, not having a lot of information on the next move.

As weaner sales are taking place now, here are a few tips on achieving  a satisfactory outcome for you:.

 (1)Talk to your agent asap to find a way through the sales process.

 (2) Attempt to find out who bought your weaners last year, and give them a ring.

 (3) Weigh the weaners you are hoping to sell or go for a truck weight when moving.

 (4) Photograph, or even better, video the mob you are wanting to sell.

 (5) Look at possible online options, e.g. Ag Online, Carrifields, StockX, bidr direct.

 Remember it is very unlikely that any agent will want to visit the farm or have contact with you.

Covid-19 and the processing industry

To meet the new hygiene requirements it would appear that most plants have reduced capacity by something like 50% which, given Covid-19 along with the drought,  mean it's become difficult to get animals to the works in some areas. To this end we suggest that you contact your agent as soon as possible with accurate stock tallies, class of stock, and when you would prefer them to be slaughtered. Talk to the meat company about what has changed and let them know about your present and future needs. And finally just a thought, but that company loyalty you have jealously guarded over the years, may now pay dividends.

Take care of each other.

Brian Doughty, Chair RWRST

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Feed planning service

NZ-wide: for drought-affected farmers, and those affected by floods eariier.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Feed planning service flyer

MPI and partner agencies DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ, AgFirst and Federated Farmers are providing remote feed planning support to farmers.

How it works

This service is based on level of need and operates on three levels:

1. In the first instance, we’ll work out how much feed you need. A call to an industry or levy body will get you a free stock take assessment of your feed planning needs.

2. In the second instance, where it’s required, we can offer more advice and practical support. An advisor will help you understand what needs to be done and how you can go about it.

3. Finally, we can also refer you to someone who can offer more in-depth support. We can refer you to a farm systems consultant, who can provide help over the phone or visit if it is a serious animal welfare issue. Please note this level 3 support is not free.

Please call one of these toll-free numbers:

Dry stock sector – Beef + Lamb 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352)
Dairy sector – DairyNZ 0800 4 DAIRYNZ (0800 4 324 7969)
AgFirst 0508 AGFIRST (0508 243 477)

 

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Rural Support Trusts - how we can help in the M. bovis programme

We are more than just an ear to listen

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Your regional Rural Support Trust (RST) is on-hand to support farmers being affected by M. bovis.

Our services are free and confidential.

As well as someone to talk to about your concerns, we can help you navigate through the process. We have training in and experience with the M. bovis programme, and know how it works.

Whatever your experience looks like, we can help in many ways including:

  • Trained facilitators who know how the programme works, and the process involved to help you navigate though.
  • Listening to your concerns and issues.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Phone calls, texts, emails – at a time that suits you.
  • Visiting and attending meetings with you.
  • One on one support and wrap around support – for you, your family, and your farming team.
  • Connecting – if we don’t know the answer we will help connect you to people who do.
  • Peer support – connecting with other farmers that have been through the process.
  • Helping you and your family access counselling services.

Depending on the individual farming operation it can be a lengthy process, involving a number of M. bovis Programme teams and RSTs offer support throughout the process and the ability to help shift things along if they get stuck.

We are rural people, helping rural people – we are farming people who understand the challenges of rural life.

Just call 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP). There are Rural Support Trust branches all over the country. Ringing 0800 787 254 will connect you to help in your area.

Supporting Our Rural Community

0800 RURAL HELP

www.rural-support.org.nz

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