Public hearings on amendment of Article 25 of Constitution

2 July 2018

Free State Agriculture (FSA) represents its members at the public hearings in the Free State, Botshabelo (2 July), Welkom (3 July) and Phuthaditjhaba (4 July), on the amendment of Article 25 of the Constitution and expresses its position at the hearings. It has also sent a submission, before the deadline of 15 June 2018, to the Constitutional Review Committee.

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FSA requests special unit after double farm murder in Van Stadensrus

27 June 2018

Bigger government intervention is needed and a special unit of the South African Police Service (SAPS) must be established to investigate farm murders nationally to see if it is organized or not.

This is according to Tommie Esterhuyse, Vice President of Free State Agriculture (FSA), after a senseless double farm murder, which brought the number of farm murders in the Free State to five this year, on 25 June 2018 on an elderly couple from Van Stadensrus.

FSA expresses its sympathy towards the family of Choppie Bruwer (78) and his wife, Marian, (68) who has been murdered and condemn any form of farm attacks and crimes.

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FSA urges farmers to be involved in safety structures

18 June 2018

Free State Agriculture (FSA) expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of Klaus Meier, of the farm Asgard near Ladybrand, who was murdered. FSA condemns any kind of farm attacks and crimes and strongly opposes what happened to Meier.

Gerhard Kriel, Chief Executive Officer of FSA, called on his organization's members and farmers in the Free State to be involved in organized agriculture.

“Free State Agriculture condemns the senseless violence committed against farmers and asks the agricultural community to be actively involved in the structures of organized agriculture,” he said. “This includes the active application of the Rural Safety Plan and also support networks of surrounding farmers in the area, such as your neighbours.”

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Mobile application's many features enhance safety

11 May 2018

 

More accurate statistics, quicker response time after threats and the monitoring of crime in your area.

These are some the features that a new security application, called Die Plaaswag which was introduced by Free State Agriculture (FSA), offers users.

According to Gerhard Kriel, Chief Executive Officer of FSA, the application or app has a panic button and will help FSA members, farmers and the public to improve safety.

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‘Oom Lullu’ devoted his life to agriculture

From left are, Dr Jack Armour, Operations Manager at Free State Agriculture (FSA), Lullu de Jager, former General Manager of FSA, Hettie, De Jager’s wife, Boet Wilken, Chairman of the FSA Young Farmer Committee, and Johann van Graan, Manager: Finance and Administration at FSA, at the recent Young Farmer Conference. Photo: 3'kie's Photography

 

8 May 2018

“It is with sadness that we received the news of oom Lullu de Jager’s death. He was a legendary figure in agriculture and the man who started the Free State Agriculture (FSA) Young Farmer Committee.”

That is according to Gerhard Kriel, Chief Executive Officer of FSA, after De Jager (79) passed away on 8 May 2018.

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Golf day money addresses agricultural safety through VKB FSA desk

 

20 April 2018

In 2018 six farm attacks have already been prevented in the Free State thanks to good cooperation between the South African Police Service (SAPS) and rural communities. This is according to the VKB FSA Safety Desk and emphasises the role it plays in promoting rural safety.

Safety is a major challenge for the agricultural sector and the desk improves it on an internal and external level to benefit farmers.

Therefore the contribution made by VKB as a partner of Free State Agriculture (FSA) is very important to provide a service to FSA members. This agricultural company annually hosts a VKB Farm Safety Golf Day in Clarens to raise funds for this purpose.

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New FSA Young Farmer of the Year sees the bigger picture

Nelius Ferreira with his family. From the left are Cornel, Nelius, Jomarli and Jéan. Photo: Supplied

 

18 April 2018

The rules of the game are the same for everyone. It just depends on how you play it. This approach is one that Nelius Ferreira applies to his farming and forms part of his success recipe.

The new Free State Agriculture (FSA) Young Farmer of the Year also believes that hard work is important. "Our farm's success lies in: What you put in, you will get you out." It therefore makes sense when he describes himself as hardworking, purposeful and a good planner. He also believes he is someone who "keeps the bigger picture in mind".

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New FSA Young Farmer of Year happy he can make a difference

Nelius Ferreira and his wife, Jomarli. Photo: 3'kie's Photography

 

13 April 2018 

Just to be a finalist in the Free State Agriculture (FSA) Young Farmer of the Year 2018 competition shows you make a difference in agriculture and this is already pleasing to him. This is according to Nelius Ferreira after he was announced the 22nd winner of the competition, in collaboration with Standard Bank, at a gala event on 12 April 2018 in Bloemfontein.

According to Ferreira (37), of the farm Grootdraai near Harrismith, it was a privilege to share the stage with other young farmers and the 2018 finalists Hendrik Theron, Reece Dedwith and Wessel Hattingh.

“I'm really overwhelmed. I am so busy in our own business and then a thing like the competition comes across your path and you see what other guys do. Then you think: Man, here are some good candidates. And I'm sure there's still a lot of others out there.”

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Finalists must enjoy every moment, says Young Farmer winner of 2017

   

Hendrik Theron                                          Reece Dedwith                                         Wessel Hattingh                                         Nelius Ferreira

 

11 April 2018

 

The winner did not necessarily make it. Every finalist has already made it. This is Johan van Huyssteen's message to the four finalists in Free State Agriculture’s (FSA) Young Farmer of the Year 2018 competition.

Van Huyssteen, 2017's winner, wishes the finalists, Hendrik Theron, Reece Dedwith, Wessel Hattingh and Nelius Ferreira, all the best and says they should enjoy every moment.

The winner of the competition, in collaboration with Standard Bank, will be announced at a gala evening on 12 April 2018 in Bloemfontein. The finalists were visited in February by FSA's judging panel, of which Prof Pieter Fourie of the Central University of Technology is the convener, on their farms.

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FSA establishes unique support network for farmers

28 March 2018

 

A new and unique support network for farmers in the Free State. This is according to Gerhard Kriel, Chief Executive Officer of Free State Agriculture (FSA), the goal of establishing Friends of Free State Agriculture or Vriende van Vrystaat Landbou.

With this initiative FSA wants to make the public, who are not necessarily directly involved in agriculture, aware of the circumstances in which farmers work and establish a network that enables money and expertise to become available to the organisation's membership network. This will then be used to benefit farmers and assist them in times like crisis.

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