Rural Business

​Hamilton is the heart of the protein economy. It is a service city to New Zealand’s most productive and innovative sector – the agriculture sector. There are also a number of funds available to the Primary Industry through the Ministry of Primary Industries.

Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers’ role and mission is to take farming forward. They consist of 24 provinces and employ professional staff who work for our member-farmers. As a democratic organisation, they provide farmers a collective voice at both a regional, national and international level. They also represent the specific interests of members within Meat & Fibre, Dairy, Goats, Rural Butchers, High Country, Grain & Seed and Bees.
Federated Farmers Waikato has over 2000 members over an area that encompasses Raglan, Te Kauwhata, Te Aroha, Tokoroa and Awakino. Its western coastal boundary is between Taranaki and Auckland provinces, with the Kaimai Range being the natural eastern boundary. Federated Farmers Waikato deals with six district councils, as well as the Waikato Regional Council and various rural industry organisations. The province questions and lobbies all aspects relating to what affects its farming communities. Rural Women and Young Farmers delegates regularly attend regional executive meetings.

Waikato branches serve the areas of Cambridge, Hamilton, Matamata, Morrinsville, North Waikato, Otorohanga, Te Aroha, Te Awamutu, Tokoroa and Waitomo.

Fieldays (Agri Expo)

Fieldays strives to produce the strongest platform for you to launch your agricultural products and services to New Zealand and the world. Last year they welcomed more than 125,000 people through their gates to carry out business with 900 exhibitors representing the best of New Zealand’s agriculture industry.

Fieldays is more than just a farm show – they are an agribusiness expo, a window into what we believe is one of the most innovative, forward thinking agricultural economies in the world. Their role is to Connect Business to Business, Business to Consumer, Exporter with new Markets and Town with Country. As they enter their 46th year they are working harder than ever to connect people and organisations, to create opportunities, to facilitate the open exchange of ideas and to showcase the very best New Zealand Agriculture has to offer.

The Fieldays International team works closely with agricultural industry contacts and has extensive relationships with government organisations including NZ Trade & Enterprise, the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Contact them to discuss how they can help you with international business at Fieldays.

Email or call us on 07 843 4499.

Dairy Companies Association

The Association was formed so members could work collectively on public policy issues of importance to dairy companies and could engage in advocacy and representation with authorities in New Zealand and overseas.
Policy issues include anything that might impact on the production, manufacturing, trade and marketing of dairy products, including issues affecting the public perception of dairy products. While most of these issues are “beyond the farm gate”, such as the Doha Round of WTO agriculture negotiations, there are others, such as environmental management and animal welfare practices, which also fall within the scope of DCANZ’s interests.

Ministry for Primary Industries

The Ministry’s primary focus is on maximising export opportunities for the primary industries; improving sector productivity; increasing sustainable resource use; and protecting New Zealand from biological risk.

They have a number of agricultural funds available for investing into your business. Furthermore they have up to date “Statistics and Forecasting” available.

Organic Certification

Asure Quality
Asure Quality is a commercial company 100% owned by the New Zealand government. It provides food safety and biosecurity services to the food and primary production sectors.
This includes supplying independent, impartial, third party auditing, testing, inspection and certification services to organic producers, processors and retailers in the dairy, meat, seafood, horticulture, wine and arable sectors.

Bio Grow

Bio Grow is a not for profit association that provides producers with organic certification.

Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust

The Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust, better known as AGMARDT, invests around $2.7 million per year aimed at exploring market opportunities, encouraging innovative ideas, and developing future leaders within the agribusiness sectors.

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