PM Jacinda Ardern and Damien O’Connor launching the Mycoplasma bovis recovery package at Julie and Bruce Stevenson’s Wairarapa farm after they were cleared of M. bovis and had restocked. – Photo Supplied

Minister of Agriculture and Biosecurity, Damien O’Connor explains what's been done this year in government. 

 
Martyn Dunne.

It was once jokingly said that the next most-important job after the All Blacks coach is the head of the Ministry for Primary Industries.

New career?

The Hound reckons former agriculture minister and speaker of the House David Carter is heeding calls for him to get out of the political game.

 
One law for all?

The Hound would like to know why Greenpeace activists who break the law never get punished.

Hypocrisy ok

Your canine crusader is usually not a fan of politicians showing as hypocrites.

 
Arrogant twit

Your old mate is unsurprised at how much arrogance is taking over Government MPs – after only one year in power.

Horticulture NZ says it’s time to take a strategic and measured look at where we grow our food and to protect those regions.

OPINION: Horticulture New Zealand believes it is time to take a strategic and measured look at where we grow our food and protect those regions so that we can feed our future generations with fresh, healthy food. 

Mark Ross.

Glyphosate, the world’s most widely used weed killer, has extensive economic and environmental benefits for farmers, especially New Zealand’s grains industry. 

Dr Jacqueline Rowarth.

Stimulated by Fonterra posting a loss of $196 million, business analysts, academics and journalists have put forward their views on what is wrong with the cooperative and what is needed to sort it out. 

Adding interest to this year’s vote are bids by former director Leonie Guiney.

OPINION: Fonterra's upcoming director elections will be an interesting contest with a potential shake-up on the cards, which its board surely needs.

Your canine crusader cannot believe how bad a job Fonterra’s public relations team does for the dairy co-op.

Your old mate realises he risks an outpouring of hatred and bile from the tin foil hat-wearing types who support the anti-1080 movement, but he reckons they have proven beyond a doubt that they are total nutjobs.

The Hound had to laugh on hearing that the sanctimonious, whining vegan cafe owner who refused to serve cow milk to customers has now closed his shop and will walk the length of New Zealand barefoot in protest.

A mate of the Hound who recently travelled to Ireland found that country’s airport biosecurity rather lax.

The previous government issued a call-to-action to New Zealand: double primary production export earnings while maintaining or improving water quality. 

OPINION: Two important pieces of work released in the last couple of weeks bring into clear focus the challenge New Zealand faces in its greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

Speaking of M. bovis, the Hound understands the latest outburst by a farmer hit early on by the cattle disease has upset several people.

A mate of the Hound – a former technician and founder of an electronics business – reckons the NAIT system has many big flaws.

The Hound reckons the new Fonterra chair ‘Grumpy’ John Monaghan is proving more elusive than the Loch Ness Monster.

 

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New career?

The Hound reckons former agriculture minister and speaker of the House David Carter is heeding calls for him to get…

One law for all?

The Hound would like to know why Greenpeace activists who break the law never get punished.

 
 

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