5 Sep 2011

Cropping farmers back renewal of levies

1:52 pm on 5 September 2011

Cropping farmers have shown strong support for paying levies to the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) for another six years to fund its research and farm extension programmes.

The foundation has completed a referendum, as required under the Commodity Levies Act.

Grain, seed and maize growers have all increased their support from the last time they voted in 2005.

About 86% of arable crop growers voted in favour of their levies for grains and seeds.

The maize levy received 68% support in terms of area planted and 70% of the individual grower vote.

A proposed new cereal silage levy also received the required support with just over half of the growers approving it.

FAR will now apply to the Minister of Agriculture for new levy orders to be put in place, so they can take effect from September next year.