Federated Farmers president Katie Milne last month notched up one year in office. She told the recent Feds annual conference in Wellington about issues dominating her first 12 months in the role.
The Hound reckons Fonterra must have one of the largest teams of spin-doctors and PR hacks in corporate NZ.
Speaking of hyperbole and unsubstantiated claims, your canine crusader is getting tired of hearing the pompous, pretentious and self-important claims of Regional Development Minister Shane Jones.
The Hound can’t buy into all the over-the-top media gooing and ghaaing over a certain baby born to a certain working mother, earlier this month.
Your old mate can’t help but bask in an extreme case of schadenfreude (look it up) over the number of government workers lining up to go on strike unless they get big wage increases.
OPINION: Farmer subsidies don't help environmental issues.
OPINION: The Winter Solstice has passed, the nights are drawing out and National Fieldays has been and gone – hooray to all three.
Half a trillion dollars a year: that’s US$620billion or €556b annually.
If you think only dairy farmers are facing fire from the new coalition Government, think again.
OPINION: Many groups out there, large and small, seem to believe farming is the root of all evil to the environment.
OPINION: The Good Farming Practice Action Plan for Water Quality shows tangibly that the primary sector and local and central government intend to work together to enhance streams and rivers.
When someone learns the skills to drive a big, expensive piece of farm machinery, a whole world of opportunity opens up.
When the Health and Safety at Work Act (HASWA) came into force two years ago there were misgivings and nervousness in the rural sector.
Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor last week at Fieldays launched his new Rural Proofing Policy – with great fanfare.
How long does it take a country to build a dairy industry? One year, Qatar would answer.
North Carolina legislators have made it clear: “If a drink doesn’t come from an animal with hooves, you can’t call it milk”.
Fonterra farmer suppliers in New Zealand are pretty happy with the $7/kgMS opening price for the new season.
The most worrying aspect of the coalition Government’s torpedoing of the oil and gas industry is the disregard for process.
Your old mate hears that animal rights advocates walked out of a recent Government-led hui after representatives of groups they oppose also attended the meeting.
The Hound notes this very special year for the Society Fieldays: celebrating the event’s 50th birthday.
A mate of The Hound reckons that while Fish & Game (Bitch & Complain) is quick to point the finger at the farming community about water quality, it should be looking in its own backyard at the issue of plastic cartridge wadding.
For the first time in years, Rural News – and other media – were not invited to the launch of KPMG’s Agribusiness Agenda document at Fieldays.
Later this year there will be an election for the Board of NZ Winegrowers — get involved!
Two reports out of the UK in recent weeks have some great news for New Zealand wine producers and some warnings that need to be taken on board.
» Latest Print Issues Online
New Zealand farmers are getting paid much more than their counterparts overseas and it's all thanks to the co-op model, says…
A cattle disease prevalent on 100% of New Zealand farms is much more serious than Mycoplasma bovis, a veterinarian says.
Farmers will not get stock moved if trucking companies do not get better freight rates, according to the Road Transport…
The word ozone conjures up images of big holes in the atmosphere, stronger UV light, the risk of severe sunburn…
Drones may soon be joining the armoury of weapons used to scare birds away from ripening grapes after a trial…
Nicky Hutchinson “never dreamed” of becoming ‘The Boss’.