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Federated Farmers President Katie Milne reports the two-week extension for submitting on the freshwater discussion document is a start, but reports the government should show good faith and grant a bigger extension. Mrs Milne reports there has been “a loud response” from farmers calling for more time and states she wrote to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern this week calling for an extension. Late on Friday, Environment Minister David Parker issued a statement saying submissions will be accepted up to two weeks after the official October 17 deadline. DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle welcomed the announcement but is also calling on the government to go further.