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.
When the Health and Safety at Work Act (HASWA) came into force two years ago there were misgivings and nervousness in the rural sector.
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.
Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor last week at Fieldays launched his new Rural Proofing Policy – with great fanfare.
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.
It was a headline that should remind all of us about the risks of asking our staff or ourselves to work very long hours.
OPINION: Most farmers would be surprised to learn there is no evidence that New Zealand agriculture is warming the planet.
It came as no surprise in the news this month that farmers following the regenerative path use photosynthesis to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and replace it with life-giving oxygen.
The joint decision by the Government and industry to implement a $886 million plan to try to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis is a brave one, as there is no guarantee of success.
The Hound is sorry to learn of the imminent demise of rural publications and the journalists covering the sector, given Stuff’s (formerly Fairfax) recent decision to cease publishing its rural titles later this month.
Your canine crusader has been intrigued by the very poor mainstream media coverage of the Mycoplasma bovis issue.
The Hound has always believed the multinational, former tax-dodging, eco-terrorist group Greenpeace to be suspect in the way it behaves – especially towards the farming sector.
Your old mate hears that with this year’s National Fieldays just around the corner, the organisation’s big boss Peter Nation has recently returned from a fact-finding mission to Disneyland – to find out how things work at the wonderful world of Disney.