Signs of banks being more cautious were obvious at this year’s National Fieldays.

OPINION: The news that most banks are pulling back or taking a more cautious approach to lending to the rural sector should come as no surprise.

Useless

The Hound notes that one of the country’s poorest financially performing state-owned enterprises – the Government farming entity Landcorp (or as it calls itself in a typically virtual signalling way) Pāmu – still loves to spend big on promoting itself.

Rural revolt

Your old mate hears that the antics of the Government – especially the NZ First component – are fuelling motivation out in rural NZ for a fledgling new political party aimed at ensuring the return of the blue team at next year’s general election.

 
Remember

Your canine crusader has long identified Shane Jones as, without doubt, the biggest buffoon in Parliament.

Killer sheep

A mate of the Hound recently attended an open day at the Spring Sheep Milk operation, held at Matangi in Waikato. At least 300 visitors showed up -- so lots of interest.

 
New farm debt mediation law

Proactive and well-prepared farmers and lenders stand to gain from the introduction of the Farm Debt Mediation scheme, according to Scott Abel and Bridie McKinnon from law firm Buddle Findlay.

New Zealand Winegrowers Chair John Clarke.

The past year has been a momentous one for our sector. For me the past 12 months has been marked by two stand out events.

An experiment on a herd of cows in central Japan appears to have proven a radical, nature-inspired solution to a pest problem plaguing farmers.

Interestingly, none of the politicians managed to escape the wrath of farmers at the protest march organised by the lobby 50 Shades of Green.

Rural News last week summed up the disconnect going on in rural communities: “It seems incredible that in times when commodity prices are strong, interest rates low and climate favourable there should be so much angst and concern in rural NZ”

New Zealand shouldn't become a 'toilet bowl' of trees for other countries' carbon dioxide commitments, explains John Jackson.

OPINION: According to a newly released Rabobank report, New Zealand farm businesses need to get ready for the full cost of environmental policies coming down the track as they make future investment decisions.

OPINION: The Hound notes that the foreign-owned and controlled NZ forestry industry is starting to feel the pressure of the growing anti-tree sentiment springing up all around the country.

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Useless

The Hound notes that one of the country’s poorest financially performing state-owned enterprises – the Government farming entity Landcorp (or…

Rural revolt

Your old mate hears that the antics of the Government – especially the NZ First component – are fuelling motivation…

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