With around four months until this year's national Government election, Federated Farmers have released 12 key policy changes they would like to see implemented by the next government.
REX host Dominic George caught up with Federated Farmers Chief Executive Terry Copeland live at Fieldays who outlined each of the 12 points and why they believe each point is important for rural New Zealanders.
"What we've done this year is contain our main points to 12 key areas which sounds like a lot but they contain some pretty key messages," he explained.
Dominic George also spoke to the Acting President of Federated Farmers earlier in the week, who was very impressed with the National Party's latest proposed climate policy, even rating it five stars.
Federated Farmers 12 policy priorities for the next Government:
Support better use of technologies
Unlock potential through water storage
Allow young farmers to access their KiwiSaver
Urgently review our methane targets
Rethink our ETS Forestry Rules and net-zero target
Scrap the Ute tax and fix our infrastructure
Give back control to local communities
Fix our unworkable freshwater rules
Get RMA reform right
Simplify Significant Natural Areas
Build the farmer workforce.
Show fiscal and monetary discipline.
Copeland is also concerned that farmers have drawn the short stick when it comes to the cost of living crisis, and are actually feeling it even more so than the average salary earner.
"If you look at all the on-farm expenses, they are not getting any more for their products but their costs have gone up significantly so their income is severely reduced.
"A farmer at the moment is probably looking at a 20% increase in costs with no increase in income and it only comes off their bottom line which means they will earn a whole lot less money this year."