Today we live in an age when consumers are growing more aware of the products they consume.
The immediacy of social media ensured that many dairy farmers shared in real time the horror of watching yet another PR disaster unfold on TV One’s Sunday programme last week.
Your canine crusader often hears claims that South Island’s West Coast is a backwater and behind the times.
Your old mate has no time for the multinational, tax dodging, political activist group Greenpeace, which spends most of its time and funds in this country telling half-truths and inaccuracies and smearing the farming sector.
It must be election year, because the Hound notes wiley old Winston is cranking up his usual anti-Chinese crap.
New Zealand's strong export focus is unusual because our GDP relies heavily on our primary industries and export markets.
Future use of the herbicide glyphosate in Europe remains uncertain.
Your canine crusader notes that the NZ Rural GP Network has just held its annual conference with a long list of speakers.
Have you heard the one about the celebrity cook, private school and Oxford educated scion of the landed gentry and the poverty worker?
Your old mate knows politics is a brutal game. However, pollies do occasionally put the nastiness aside, as when retiring members give their valedictory speeches.
Pity the poor West Coast.
Trade and New Zealand’s position on it has been high on the agenda recently.
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 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.