27 Jun 2012

Fed Farmers conference likely to move on from TAF

7:16 am on 27 June 2012

Fonterra's Trading Among Farmers (TAF) plan is not expected to be a talking point at Federated Farmers' national conference, which begins in Auckland on Wednesday.

Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills says following the affirmative vote for TAF earlier this week, he expects most farmers will turn their attention to other issues within the industry.

Up to 300 farmer representatives and industry leaders will attend the conference over the next three days.

Mr Wills says a key focus will be the economic unrest in the Eurozone and its effect on farmers and exporters here.

"Certainly there's some real stresses and strains around the world, impacting on exporters here, so (it will be) good to catch up with the Finance Minister to hear his views on that."

Mr Wills says the conference will also focus on three other areas - environment and water, local government, and foreign ownership.

"There'll be a little bit of coverage no doubt on TAF, particularly among the dairy guys, but I think people are going to move on."