OPINION: New Zealand's Action on Agricultural emissions places us all in a very uncomfortable situation.
OPINION: You'd be forgiven if your eyes were starting to glaze over reading yet another Brexit headline, but we seem to be getting to the sharp end of things now.
A mate of the Hound’s, recently back home in Wakefield, Nelson following a month in Christchurch for medical treatment, reckons health and safety, ACC and other rules being imposed on farmers are ridiculous compared to other risky sectors.
Your old mate just about choked on his bone when he read a media release from the multinational, tax dodging, perennially anti farming organisation Greenpeace calling on Feds to stop “kicking farmers”.
The Hound can’t believe how full of hot air this Government is in demanding the ag sector reduce its carbon footprint – no matter what the cost – while it fails to do anything itself.
This old mutt was flabbergasted at the reaction by some mainstream (lamestream) media to the news that Todd Muller would be replacing the retiring former primary industries minister Nathan Guy as National’s new spokesman in the portfolio.
OPINION: Despite the much hyped claim by certain prophets about the ‘historic’ agreement between the farming sector and the Government over the Zero Carbon Bill, the rumblings of discontent are growing louder by the day.
Dairy farmers in New Zealand are world leading producers of low emissions milk, writes Tim Mackle, chief executive of DairyNZ.
OPINION: New Zealand's farming sector is often targeted by any number of different pressure groups wanting to blame it for one or other of the world’s problems.
OPINION: Climate change is a hefty challenge, and sheep and beef farmers feel its effects in more frequent floods and extreme droughts.
Your old mate notes that Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor (also a local MP) loudly disapproved of Westland Milk directors and shareholders overwhelmingly voting to sell the co-op to Yili.
Not content with slapping extra costs on the country’s farmers in the form of an ETS tax, impossible targets to cut methane and impending charges to improve water quality, the Government now wants more.
A mate of the Hound reckons the outcome of this year’s Young Farmer of the Year contest should be a real concern to New Zealand’s Young Farmers and the annual competition itself.
Your canine crusader reckons it might be time to reinvent the old ‘Punch a Pom’ campaign, calling it ‘Cuff a Vegan’.
OPINION: It can only get harder to farm during the next 10 to 20 years — but pasture-based mitigation techniques can help.
OPINION: A misreported study from Denmark could spoil New Zealand’s reputation, or create health worries which are unfounded.
This old mutt notes that millionaire Hollywood producer and advocate for mung bean farming James Cameron is happy to fly around the world clocking up carbon emissions and telling NZ farmers to cull their cows.
A mate of the Hound reckons some major agricultural companies wanting to promote their ideas and services could learn from the young ladies from St Pauls Collegiate.
The Hound reckons claims by the Government that it would be the most “open and transparent” ever elected when it took office are a recurring joke.
Your canine crusader has been told that claims by the controversial ‘agricultural economist’ Peter Fraser that Fonterra will ‘end up in foreign hands’ are not helping O’Connor and his team calm the waters in the dairy sector claim Fraser had a conflict of interest and should not have been part…
OPINON: New Zealand's large agricultural sector should not be seen as a hindrance to the development of a more modern and innovative economy.
It looks like the next attack on farming will take the form of a campaign against winter grazing and the negative impact this can have on livestock and water quality.
Your old mate notes that a recent report out of Oxford University, no less, shows the carbon footprint of New Zealand’s milk production is pretty damn good.
Your canine crusader finds it hard to have any fondness for the banks in this country.