In defence of farmingSave
By Kaysha Brownlie
Katie Kenyon grew up on a farm, and if she has a family she wants her kids to grow up that way, too.
But, she doesn't want them to face the same stigma that she says farmers now carry.
"Things do seem to be getting worse and worse for us and it does feel to me like we are being bullied a little bit," Miss Kenyon says.
The 32-year-old Porangahau Shepherd says the general public are ill-informed about farming practices and thinks farmers are getting a bad name because of that.
"People are under the impression that we don't care about the environment, which is just bizarre, our land means a lot to us, it's how we make our living, if we don't look after it we can't afford to feed ourselves and pay our bills."
The sheep and beef farmer penned a letter to the Prime Minister outlining her frustration.
"To have people blaming us, saying we don't care about polluted waterways and whatever else is very, very insulting and that touches a nerve."
"It's become the norm to feel this way towards farming, and the norm needs to change," she says.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy replied to Miss Kenyon's letter - he also phoned her.
He says his family owns a dairy farm, as a farmer he says he agrees with several of Miss Kenyon's points.
Mr Guy says he, too, feels a frustration and the Government is trying to tackle the divide between urban and rural sectors.