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Media release: Farmer consultation

November 22, 2021

What’s happening next?

In February, DairyNZ and B+LNZ, supported by Federated Farmers, will be running 25 workshops in February around the country (COVID-19 dependent). Farmers will be able to look at the proposed approach or options on the table and give their opinions on how they would work. Feedback will be taken back into the programme and direct the rest of the policy design.

Over the last year, Farmer Reference Groups have been reviewing the options and given the first tranche of feedback to the programme. Now, sector partners are running targeted engagement to test out the options and policy questions with small groups of farmers and growers.

What are the options that will be discussed?

There are two options on the table: on-farm pricing and a hybrid processor model. The backstop is putting agricultural greenhouse gas emissions into the NZ ETS.

The Partnership is continuing work on modelling these options against different prices and analysing the implications on our GHG emissions and agricultural sector.

The two options being developed include recognising on-farm sequestration.

What kind of detail will be available in February?

More detail such as technical documents showing the detail of this work will be available.

The teams in He Waka Eke Noa are modelling the options and developing case studies to show how the different options could work in different farm systems.