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New Levy Proposed for Crop Farmers

29 July 2011

NEW ZEALAND - Cropping farmers will be asked to support a new cereal silage levy when they vote in a referendum in August to renew levies for another six years.

Farmers pay the Arable Research Foundation (FAR) levies on grain, seed and maize crops to fund research and other industy good activities, according to Radio New Zealand News.

FAR chief executive Nick Pyke says the foundation is proposing a cereal silage levy as well, because more farmers are growing cereal crops for silage, especially for supplementary dairy feed in the south.

The proposed levy on cereal silage would be $10 a hectare.

Meanwhile, Mr Pyke says feedback from recent farmer meetings about its work was more positive than he expected and farmers have indicated they will continue to support its programmes.

Farmers will receve voting papers for the levies referendum early next month.

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