Your Rural Support Trust is always available in "peacetime" to help you out with chats, guidance, referrals and direction to professionals if needed.

If more than a cup of tea and a yarn is needed, we can connect with the professionals who can provide further support, including farming or business advicefinancial informationhealthmental health and counselling services.
 
Most Trusts have facilitators trained in mental wellness support and many also run workshops for Rural Professionals. Get in touch and ask about Good Yarn workshops in your area.
 
In a natural disaster, such as a storm or flood, your local Rural Support Trust is right here alongside you, working with Civil Defence, government and emergency services on behalf of our rural communities.
 
We can also walk alongside you in other challenges, such as the Mycoplasma bovis biosecurity response.or when you're feeling financial pressure.   
 
  • Weather information that may have an adverse impact can be found here.
  • Updates on biosecurity information can be found here. 

News & Alerts

BOP Rural Connect - Getting through Drought & Covid-19 - Issue #9

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Author: JodieCraig
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Cotter passionate about supporting farmers in need

https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/focus-on-farming/cotter-passionate-about-supporting-farmers-need

Friday, June 26, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Passionate about the rural sector and people’s welfare, Southland Rural Support Trust chairwoman Cathie Cotter says the best aspect of her role is being there for farmers.

 

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BOP Rural Connect - Getting through Drought & Covid-19 Issue #8

Friday, June 19, 2020

Author: JodieCraig
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Feed coordination service

https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/rural-people/finding-feed-farmers-need

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Sharon Cousins, of Balclutha, is one of four temporary feed co-ordinators appointed by the Ministry for Primary Industries.  Ms Cousins covers the Otago and Southland area while Tammy Johnson, who is based at DairyNZ, Lincoln, is the South Island feed co-ordinator. Two others are based in the North Island. The feed service is an initiative set up by the Feed Working Group, an MPI and industry collaboration to manage the impacts of drought and Covid-19.  However, the continuation of the service is subject to a decision by MPI early next month,  after it evaluates whether it is still needed.

 

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Green drought and a white winter: North Canterbury prepares

- Feed covers in North Canterbury are generally 50-60% of normal levels - Experienced farmers tell newcomers to prepare for snow on top of drought.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Farmers in dry parts of North Canterbury are likely to get a phone call to check in on how they are doing as the region moves from drought to winter, says Claire Ford, coordinator for the North Canterbury Rural Support Trust, who are driving a phone tree campaign.

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BOP Rural Connect - Getting through Drought & Covid-19 Issue #5

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Author: JodieCraig
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