OPINION: Your canine crusader reckons one of the few things you can guarantee in farming - a bit like rates and taxes - is that input prices will always go up!
Rumour has that the Food and Fibre Leaders Forum - a collective of the 15 main national rural organisations who are 'working together with government' is now down to 14 members.
According to word on the street, one of the groups has left the forum because it was not too happy with what is going on behind closed doors.
However, it is a bit hard to find out exactly what's happened, as the forum is more secretive than the SIS.
Despite being funded by various farmer/grower levies, the forum refuses to release any minutes of its meetings 'on grounds of confidentiality'.
It makes one wonder why this group is so anxious about releasing this information and if it is really 'selling out' the primary sector to the Government and officials behind closed doors.