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Hawke’s Bay deer farmers named Marks & Sparks sustainability champs

Hawke’s Bay deer farmers and Federated Farmers members, Tim Aitken and Lucy Robertshawe, are Marks & Spencer 2012 Farming for the Future Champion of Champions. “Marks & Spencer is a globally recognised brand which epitomises quality and environmental sustainability.  This is huge for us, for the FirstLight Foods group which …

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Agriculture sweetner proposed for Russians

New Zealand has proposed a special agricultural co-operation chapter should be injected into the free trade agreement (FTA) with the Russian-led customs union to help overcome fears by Russian farmers. Trade Minister Tim Groser dispatched New Zealand’s chief negotiator Vangelis Vitalis to Moscow this week to make progress on issues …

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Crafar farms decision a breath of fresh air

The Court of Appeal emphatically threw out the Sir Michael Fay-led challenge to Shanghai Pengxin's bid for the 16 Crafar farms and with it, hopefully, one of the most xenophobically charged episodes of commercial behaviour in New Zealand.

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Much at stake in Crafar court ruling

Comment  It was hard to suppress the image of a black-singleted John Clarke singing, “If it weren’t for your gumboots, where would ya be?” when I took part in a Federated Farmers debate on foreign ownership. The proposition that “if foreigners want to own dairy farms in New Zealand, they …

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Fonterra – Another step, but road ahead looks rocky

Fonterra’s top brass emerged from their Monday board meeting claiming a clear mandate to proceed with the controversial trading among farmers (TAF) scheme. It’s going to take a lot of work to rebuild trust between the Fonterra board and management, and many of their farmer shareholders if TAF is to …

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