STARTING THE CONVERSATION

The Top Six Inches - breaking the mental unwellness stigma by starting a conversation

Monday, March 1, 2021

Author: Marcia

Artist Paul Rangiwahia grew up in the rural town of Hawera and is no stranger to farming stressors. His previous art is displayed outside New Plymouth's Puke Ariki Library and was his first foray into how art could support positive conversations about mental wellbeing. Paul was aware of the pressure farmers faced, not only with new legislation but also with general on-farm stress. To combat the silence and stigma related to mental unwellness he created the artwork called "The Top Six Inches" using the analogy for not only where the majority of the plant roots sit in the soil but also the top six inches of the brain where resilience is developed by farmers who take care of their wellbeing. 

 

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Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Author: SarahWhite

Applications are now open for the $4 million Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund. The fund has been set up to help support the region’s farmers and growers to recover from a one in 200-year rainfall event.

All information regarding the fund can be accessed here: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/funding-rural-support/adverse-events/dealing-with-floods/

The application form to apply for grants is now online, along with other useful documents:

Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund application form (It’s the top link): https://www.mpi.govt.nz/funding-rural-support/adverse-events/dealing-with-floods/

Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund checklist: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/45856-Canterbury-Flood-Recovery-fund-checklist

UPDATED Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund fact sheet: 45811-Canterbury-Flood-Recovery-Fund-Fact-sheet (mpi.govt.nz)

Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund principles and criteria: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/45790-Assessment-criteria-for-the-Canterbury-Flood-Recovery-Fund

Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund media release: Applications open this week for $4 million Canterbury Flood Recovery Fund | MPI | NZ Government

UPDATED Canterbury floods rural fact sheet: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/45448-2021-Canterbury-floods-Fact-sheet

If any farmers or growers require assistance completing their application they can call 0800 00 83 33 or email funding@mpi.govt.nz

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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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Rural Assistance Payments and Covid Wage Subsidy Links

Monday, June 8, 2020

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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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Covid19 Information from FAR

Applicable to most farm types - included are links to the Employee Memorandum, Safe Practices, Wage and Leave Subsidies etc.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Author: ClaireFord

FAR has updated its list of COVID-19 grower related resources to include:

Memorandum of Understanding between farmer/owner and employees under COVID-19 ALERT 4

This document is to be signed by the employer and staff member. It outlines employee responsibilities for maintaining Safe Work Practices during the COVID-19 level 4 lockdown period. 

Click here to download Employee Memorandum of Understanding.

Guidance for COVID-19 protocols on farms

This document outlines a range of safe practice protocols to help you look after yourself and your family, your employees and their families, as well as your business and your community at this time.

Click here to download COVID-19 Safe Practice Protocols.

COVID-19 8-point plan for growers

Some ideas on making sure your farm business operation has all points covered during the COVID-19 level 4 lockdown period.

Click here to download 8-point plan.

  

Other useful links and resources:

 

All updates will be posted on the FAR COVID-19 Information Page.

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Drought North Canterbury - March 2020

Information Handout

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Author: ClaireFord
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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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Funding for soil conservation and regeneration

Hurunui and Kaikoura

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Funding for soil conservation and regeneration. 

The $1500 per hectare can potentially be used for enrichment planting if the land has erosion issues which make it marginal for farming.Click here for details 

 

 

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Post Quake Farming Newsletter

March 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Check out the latest news and upcoming workshops for the Post Quake Farming project,

March newsletter

 

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News & Alerts

STARTING THE CONVERSATION

The Top Six Inches - breaking the mental unwellness stigma by starting a conversation

Monday, March 1, 2021

Author: Marcia
Artist Paul Rangiwahia grew up in the rural town of Hawera and is no stranger to farming stressors. His previous art is displayed outside New Plymouth's Puke Ariki Library and was his first foray into how art could support positive conversations about mental wellbeing. Paul was aware of the pressure farmers faced, not only with new legislation but also with general on-farm stress. To...
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Dealing with drought conditions

MPI Update: 28th April 2021

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Author: SuperUser Account
Help is available to farmers, growers, and their families during drought and in the recovery period. The Government has announced it will expand its drought support to new parts of the country and continue helping farmers in areas facing long-term dry conditions. An extra $900,000 has been allocated to help farmers, with the current large-scale adverse event expanded to include Mid...
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Drought support expanded as dry conditions bite along the east coast

Media Release: Hon Damien O’Connor

Monday, May 10, 2021

Author: SuperUser Account
The Government will boost its drought support to new parts of the country and continue helping farmers in areas facing long-term dry conditions, says Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor. An extra $900,000 of funding will be used to help farmers around the country, with the current large-scale adverse event classification expanded to include Mid Canterbury, South...
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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...
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Managing through drought

Advice for rural people

Friday, February 14, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson
For all drought information refer to Northland Regional Council: 0800 002 004                  https://www.nrc.govt.nz/environment/drought/ https://bewaterwise.org.nz/ https://www.nrc.govt.nz/environment/drought/where-to-find-help-in-northland/ We all know that droughts can be long and relentless. Look after...
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2020 BBQ Dinner

Awanui - Wednesday February 26

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Author: Julie Jonker


 

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2020 Northland Drought

Where to find help

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Author: Julie Jonker
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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...
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Cyclone Season

What to do in case of severe rain/storm

Monday, December 24, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson
Before severe rain · Keep an eye on weather reports and enact your plans for moving stock and supplementary feed to higher ground if needed. · Clear gutters and drains where possible · Have to hand a smartphone, a charger for the car, a torch, and a battery-powered radio · Check your insurance cover details   During a flood or storm...
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Mycoplasma Bovis information

Facts and Links

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Author: Julie Jonker
WHAT IS MYCOPLASMA BOVIS •          Mycoplasma bovis causes illness in cattle including mastitis, abortion, pneumonia, and arthritis. •          Silent spreaders – cows can be infected but not ill. •          It does not infect...
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