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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FSA engage with Cope on Section 25 of Constitution

27 March 2018

 

Free State Agriculture (FSA) aims to promote a safe and sustainable agricultural environment in the interest of agriculture in the Free State and works with all relevant parties to achieve this goal. In the light of this, the organisation is broadening its network of stakeholders through various initiatives to benefit its members.

Therefore the leaders of FSA, who is an apolitical organisation, accepted a meeting request from Mosiuoa Lekota, president of the Congress of the People (Cope), to engage on matters which concerns both parties.

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FSA calls on government to address border safety after Ladybrand murder

22 March 2018

 

Free State Agriculture (FSA) is saddened and expresses its sympathy towards the family, colleagues and community of Ladybrand, who was shocked by the murder of a farm manager and the alleged rape of his wife.

FSA will use its communication strategies to ensure that the Rural Safety Strategy (RSS) includes everyone in the agricultural community. The organisation will among other things insist on 28 March 2018, when the provincial implementation plan of RSS will be finalized between all role players with action steps to improve rural safety, to police that farmers, farm workers and staff should be part of it. FSA also calls on government to address the security and safety situation at the border between South Africa and Lesotho.

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FSA condemns murder of esteemed Vredefort farmer

5 March 2018

 

Free State Agriculture (FSA) expresses its sympathy towards the family of Dirk Steenkamp who was murdered on his farm near Vredefort on 4 March 2018. The organization condemns any kind of farm attacks and strongly opposes what happened to Steenkamp, ​​a member of FSA.

FSA is actively involved at ground level to investigate and address the matter. According to Tommie Esterhuyse, Vice President of FSA, a delegation was sent to Vredefort on 5 March 2018 to meet with relevant farmers.

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Free State Agriculture's position on the parliamentary decision

28 February 2018

The position of Free State Agriculture on the parliamentary decision to pursue the lengthy process of a Constitutional Amendment of section 25 to make expropriation without compensation possible.

 In the light of the parliamentary vote on Tuesday, 27 February 2018 to pursue the lengthy process of a Constitutional Amendment of section 25 to make expropriation without compensation possible, Free State Agriculture takes the following position:

 

  • We firmly support private property rights as the foundation of any open, free and fair growing economy.
  • We will fight for just and fair compensation as per Section 25 of the constitution for any land that is expropriated until any amendments are enacted following just and due process.
  • We will fully participate in the lengthy and comprehensive public participation processes required for constitutional amendment, working with and through Agri SA to access the best legal advice. 
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Winner of Young Farmer competition must set example, says Prof Fourie

27 February 2018

 

A milk, crop and two Bonsmara farmers will battle it out to be crowned as Free State Agriculture’s (FSA) Young Farmer of the Year 2018.

Reece Dedwith (milk) of the farm Rockridge near Parys, Wessel Hattingh (crops) of the farm Dipkraal near Heilbron, Hendrik Theron (Bonsmaras) of the farm Wolwekop near Dewetsdorp and Nelius Ferreira (Bonsmaras) of the farm Grootdraai near Harrismith are the finalists in the 22nd competition. Other activities, such as sheep, wildlife and apples, also form part of their farming entities.

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FSA responds to statements of land expropriation without compensation

 

 

 

9 January 2018

Free State Agriculture (FSA) notes with disappointment the statements of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, newly elected leader of the ANC, regarding the expropriation of land without compensation.

FSA hoped that he would be more rational and thoughtful with his statements, but just as his predecessor, President Jacob Zuma, he makes statements and promises without taking into account the consequences, feasibility of implementation and damage that they may cause.

Regardless of statements made recently by the constitutional court where leaders and even parliament were addressed because they did not respect the constitution, Ramaphosa makes judgments contrary to what the constitution, which he has helped to write, determines.

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Farmers stand together after Tokologo fires

 

9 January 2018

Free State Agriculture (FSA) is sorry to hear about the losses suffered by farmers in the province and will do everything in its power to assist in the coordination of assistance where needed.

This is according to Gerhard Kriel, Chief Executive Officer of FSA, after fires in the Tokologo district caused a lot of damage to grazing of farmers over the weekend. FSA will make use of its established structures such as agricultural associations to assist farmers and connect them with those who pledge assistance.

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