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2 July, 2015

Speech to Federated Farmers 2015 Annual Conference

Good morning and thank you all for the opportunity to speak to your annual conference here this morning.

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1 July, 2015

$8.8m in erosion grants awarded

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced $8.8 million in funding grants over four years to help councils tackle hill country erosion.

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23 June, 2015

Medium-scale adverse event declared for primary sector in lower North Island

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has today declared the flooding in the lower North Island as being a medium-scale adverse event for the primary sector.

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17 June, 2015

Forestry standard part of Govt’s plan to simplify RMA

A new National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry to simplify and standardise Resource Management Act requirements was proposed today by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew at Paengaroa Forest in the Bay of Plenty.

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16 June, 2015

New Marine protected areas for West Coast

Three new marine protected areas (MPAs) have been announced for the West Coast today by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry.

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14 June, 2015

Fieldays 2015 another big success

This year’s Fieldays has been another major success and shows the resilience of the primary sector, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

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11 June, 2015

Greenhouse gas study tour winners announced

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced the two winners of the 2015 Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) - World Farmer Organisation Study Tour in Argentina later this year.

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11 June, 2015

Farmer Wellness Big Breakfast – Fieldays speech

We know there are plenty of challenges this year, as there always is with farming. Fickle weather and Global commodity fluctuations, to name just a few. These are all a part of farming life. This National Government backs rural communities and this can be easily demonstrated by the recent Budget.

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11 June, 2015

$500,000 boost to help rural mental health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have announced a $500,000 funding boost to support mental health initiatives targeted at rural communities.

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10 June, 2015

Ministers welcome KPMG Agribusiness Agenda

Primary Industries Ministers Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew have welcomed the annual KPMG Agribusiness Agenda, which shows strong industry support for the Government priorities of strengthening biosecurity and adding value to exports.

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9 June, 2015

Opportunities for greater New Zealand-European Union agricultural partnerships

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says his visit to Europe over the last 10 days successfully highlighted opportunities for more agricultural partnerships between producers in the European Union and New Zealand.

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4 June, 2015

Government supports New Zealand forestry exporters to combat illegal logging

The Government has today launched a new tool for exporters of New Zealand-grown forestry products to help combat illegal logging of tropical forests, Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew says.

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1 June, 2015

Minister to represent NZ at UN Food and Agriculture conference

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy leaves for Europe today to represent New Zealand at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations’ (FAO) Biennial Conference in Rome.

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29 May, 2015

Ahuwhenua Trophy winner congratulated

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell have tonight congratulated Mangaroa Station, this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy winner.

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26 May, 2015

Minister welcomes new venison PGP programme

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the formal start of a new Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme involving the deer industry.

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26 May, 2015

Budget 2015: Funding boost for Irrigation Acceleration Fund

Irrigation projects will receive a kick-start of $25 million in operating funding for five years from 2016/17 through the Irrigation Acceleration Fund (IAF), Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today.

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24 May, 2015

Budget 2015: Driving primary sector export growth

The Government will invest $7.5 million over two years in developing key skills and systems to help boost exports across the primary sector, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

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24 May, 2015

Border Processing Bill passes third reading

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed law changes to help protect New Zealand at the border.

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21 May, 2015

Animal welfare funding boost in Budget

A $10 million package over four years will further strengthen New Zealand’s animal welfare systems, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

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21 May, 2015

Funding boost for biosecurity at the border

Biosecurity funding will be boosted by $24.9 million over four years, in addition to $2 million of capital funding, to increase our border capabilities, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

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21 May, 2015

Border clearance levy to be introduced

A new border clearance levy will help the Government to protect New Zealand from imported pests, diseases, illegal drugs and contraband and bring us in line with border approaches by other countries, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Customs Minister Nicky Wagner say.

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20 May, 2015

Extra support for drought affected North Canterbury

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has met with drought-affected farmers in Cheviot, North Canterbury today and says they’re still feeling the impacts of drought.

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19 May, 2015

Ministers request report on dairy competition

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith announced today they will request a report on the state of competition in New Zealand’s dairy industry from the Commerce Commission.

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14 May, 2015

Speech to the Timber Design Conference dinner, Christchurch

This is the first time I have had the opportunity to talk with you all as a group since the election and since again taking responsibility for the forestry portfolio.

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13 May, 2015

Drought conditions remain in South Island

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says farmers throughout the eastern South Island are still feeling the effects of drought, particularly in North Canterbury.

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12 May, 2015

Bay of Plenty set for good growth

The Bay of Plenty region and its industries could grow substantially thanks to its resource, population, location and climate advantages, a newly published report reveals.

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11 May, 2015

Budget 2015: New Afforestation Grant Scheme

The Government has today confirmed a multi-million dollar reboot of the popular Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS), Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew says.

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11 May, 2015

Afforestation Grant Scheme Pre-Budget Announcement

The Afforestation Grant Scheme has significant environmental benefits over and above increased forest planting.

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5 May, 2015

Animal Welfare Amendment Bill passes final reading

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed the unanimous support for the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill during its third and final reading in Parliament today.

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