If you need help or know of a rural family needing help, call us on 0800 787 254, contact us using the online form below:
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Detail of what may be available can be found on the Work and Income drought page: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/eligibility/emergencies/rural-assistance-lower-north-island-and-west-coast-drought-2018.html including Rural Assistance Payments.
Please share this information and encourage farmers in affected areas to talk to their accountants and advisors.
Share with your rural professional contacts so they are aware of the current challenges due to poor spring and dry early summer. Farmers and families may benefit from help revising their budgets. Some who are badly affected - particularly lower-order sharemilkers and contract milkers - may be eligible for entitlements such as Working for Families https://www.workingforfamilies.govt.nz/ so your help to make their accountants / advisors aware is appreciated.
Your local Rural Support Trust is available and Federated Farmers' Feedline is open to both memb ers and non-members: https://www.fedfarm.org.nz/FFPublic/Adverse_Events_Farmer_Support_and_Feedline.aspx
MPI, DairyNZ and B+L NZ also have good information for getting through droughts and dry weather.
Categories: National, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, Taranaki, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui, West Coast
Friday, January 19, 2018
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
What happens to farmland which has been flooded by seawater?
Categories: National, Northland, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, East Coast
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor today announced the fast-growing drought in parts of the lower North Island would be classified as a medium-scale adverse event.
The affected areas include Taranaki region and western parts of the Manawatu-Whanganui and Wellington regions.
Categories: National, Northland, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, East Coast, Taranaki, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui, Top of the South, West Coast, North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, Southland
Friday, December 08, 2017
It’s easy to see if there’s a flood or an earthquake, but drought’s an odd one to call. When does a dry spell become a drought?
Dry spells and droughts are part of life for many farmers across New Zealand. Farmers monitor their local conditions, plan for dry weather, and make tough decisions early.
MPI doesn’t declare droughts, but help to identify if the impacts of a drought on the primary sector should be classified as a medium- or large-scale adverse event, under the criteria in the Primary Sector Recovery Policy.
Categories: National, Northland, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, East Coast, Taranaki, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui, Top of the South, West Coast, North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, Southland, Events Calendar
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
The NIWA drought index measures dry conditions across the country. Their hotspot watch helps identify areas that are getting dry each week.
Like all adverse events, a drought is classified as either localised, medium-scale or large-scale.
Don’t hold out for rain as a reason to delay any decisions you need to make. Make plans and decisions in light of current conditions and warm temperatures driving high evapotranspiration. It will take significant rainfall to slow down or reverse the dry conditions.
That it is so dry so early in the season may further limit your options, or create uncertainty, such as decisions on which animals to sell or cull.
In many locations stock feed in the form of hay and silage is lower than normal due to the wet winter and spring. You need to understand your local situation and factor these delays in your planning.
This document will give you some tips and tricks for mitigating the dry hot summer conditions.
Categories: National, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, East Coast, Taranaki, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui, Top of the South, North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, Southland
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
It's all hands on deck!
MPI has animal welfare recommendations here (pdf)
Beef+Lamb and Dairy NZ provide some good advice on their websites.
Categories: National, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui, Top of the South, North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, Southland
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Discussions are continuing with local stakeholders and Government to identify other ways to help flood-affected Bay of Plenty farmers recover from the April storms.
While farmers in the region are no stranger to floods, the combined effects of the April storms was beyond normal planning for heavy rain and flooding in many areas.
This is why the Minister for Primary Industries classified it as a medium-scale event. This classification means that additional recovery assistance measures were made available directly following the storms, including:
Financial support available to all New Zealanders is also available, and farmers whose incomes have changed are urged to talk to Work and Income about their options.
This flyer has information about other support available.
Contact your local Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP) for a free and confidential chat about your needs or someone you are concerned about.
Categories: National, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, Bay of Plenty
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
MPI Media Release Date: 23 May 2017
A positive detection of myrtle rust has been made in the Waikato region. This new find, along with a further 3 properties in Taranaki, brings the total number of confirmed infected properties to 16 nationally.
Categories: National, Northland, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, Taranaki
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ANZ Bank 06-0317-0805560-01, ref: Donation
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