It's still possible in NZ to do a lot of business at the farm gate over a handshake. But a handshake can’t give you protection against third parties when things start to go wrong for your debtors.
Election year is the time to pitch for policies that will enable the continued growth and prosperity of New Zealand.
Mandatory labelling of fruits and vegetables is back on the public agenda.
The Hound would like to know how much Fonterra and its shareholders’ council is paying rugby commentator – and a serial athlete cuddler – Scotty ‘Sumo’ Stevenson to front the dairy co-op’s expensive TV communications?
The Hound sees that the temporary leader of the Labour Party, Andrew Little, is not averse to employing Trump-like tactics, i.e. making up political claims using ‘alternative facts’.
Your canine crusader is not surprised to learn that the huge, multinational, tax dodging, political lobby group Greenpeace does not allow the facts to get in the way of its worldview and fund raising efforts.
Your old mate sees that Auckland water and wastewater provider Watercare is making a big song and dance about its donation of $200,000 – over four years – to help clean up the Waikato River.
I only ever met Murray Ball once, in a bookshop in Gisborne, and he was every bit the nice bloke his work, and everything I’d heard about him, suggested he would be.
A tall grass touted as a multi-purpose wonder plant has proved its worth as a shelterbelt replacement for Canterbury dairy farms, says Lincoln University ecology professor Steve Wratten.
Sometimes it can feel like you are the meat in the tax sandwich in April and May.
Food safety is in the news again in Europe after a media release from the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) in the EU in February.
The Hound had a good giggle at the direct approach taken by a South Canterbury farmer in an advert for his next hire.
Your canine crusader notes that MPI biosecurity staff have been busy intercepting risky goods ranging from the bizarre to the potentially devastating for New Zealand’s economy and environment over the summer.
The Hound hears that the recent Beef + Lamb NZ environmental workshop in Wellington provided a platform for a couple of anti-farming activists to polish their rants.
A report by German magazine Bild says 92% of left-wing activists in Berlin, Germany, live with their parents, while one in three are unemployed.
Water, soil monitoring, irrigation and weather systems will be hot topics at this year’s East Coast Farming Expo, as the region battles the effects of another summer drought.
Sheep and beef farmers are facing testing times and many of the challenges are outside their control.
The Hound sees that the inquiry into the contamination of Havelock North’s water supply has been told that sheep – not cow – faeces was probably the cause of it.
Your old mate notes the part-time Member of Parliament for North Korea – sorry, Northland -- Winston Peters, has got his knickers in a knot...
Industry giant Unilever has reported that one in five (21%) consumers “would choose a brand based on the belief that it was produced sustainably”.
The world changed, for better or worse, with the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President.
News recently that hill country greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are lower than previously estimated is ‘interesting’.
News last month that hill country greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are lower than previously estimated is ‘interesting’.
Why are people so easily outraged and offended these days?