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Elizabeth Soal | September 30, 2020 9:54

‘Know Your Catchment’ is an online platform monitoring freshwater data in different ways from IrrigationNZ. IrrigationNZ Chief Executive, Elizabeth Soal, explains.

Geoffrey Young | September 30, 2020 7:39

Southland Federated Farmers’ President, Geoffrey Young, joins us to talk about the farming event to show appreciation for Southland farmers.

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Professor Louis Schipper | September 30, 2020 10:30

Professor Louis Schipper of Waikato University shares his knowledge on soil carbon and why it matters to farmers.

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Eric Laurenson | September 30, 2020 9:40

Wanting to get more value and usage from your wool? Sheep farmer Eric Laurenson joins the show to talk about his intuitive and innovative idea.

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Dr Fleur Maseyk | September 29, 2020 7:21

Farmers are aware of the benefits of native biodiversity but more needs to be done to help preserve it, Dr Fleur Maseyk explains.

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Conrad Wilkshire | September 29, 2020 7:53

Property Brokers’ Rural General Manager, Conrad Wilkshire, believes despite the pandemic, rural real estate is on an upward swing.

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Blake Holgate | September 29, 2020 9:13

Rabobank Protein and Sustainability Analyst, Blake Holgate, expects Chinese consumers to continue to view beef as an increasingly appealing substitute for pork.

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Rich McDowell | September 29, 2020 10:11

Recently released data by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) shows waterway health is under pressure. We get a bigger picture of water quality and innovative farm management from AgResearch’s Chief Scientist Rich McDowell.

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Phil Taylor | September 28, 2020 9:52

If planting production forests is to be restricted with the idea of protecting farming, Forest Owners Association President, Phil Taylor, believes taxpayers are likely to have to pay billions of dollars for imported carbon credits.

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Damien O'Connor | September 28, 2020 9:18

Minister of Agriculture Damien O'Connor says Labour’s $50 million farm plan pledge will remove some of the regulatory burden farmers face.

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Richard Blomendal | September 28, 2020 15:31

Selling bales of wool to the rest of the planet is not going to improve farm gate returns. Tech'N'Colour NZ General Manager, Richard Blomendal, believes the problem lies in New Zealand's lack of ability to manufacture a finished product.

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Stephanie Honey | September 28, 2020 7:03

The environmental and animal welfare record of New Zealand farmers will come under closer scrutiny in trade talks. Beef + Lamb NZ’s Senior Trade Policy Manager, Stephanie Honey, shares their efforts to counter negative perceptions about the environmental impact of NZ agriculture.

Doug Avery | September 23, 2020 16:40

Industry motivator and mental health advocate Doug Avery is urging farmers struggling to adapt to more frequent droughts and responses to deal with an issue that is not going to pass with time.

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Mark Barrowcliffe | September 23, 2020 7:35

Following this week’s border exemptions, 150 shearers desperately needed will have to wait their turn. President of NZ Shearing Contractors Association Mark Barrowcliffe shares his frustrations.

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Brent Fisher | September 23, 2020 10:08

One special Charolais bull is still setting records that has led to top position in the breed on both sides of the Tasman Sea. Brent Fisher from Silverstream Charolais celebrates Silverstream Evolution's popularity.

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Blair Drysdale | September 23, 2020 7:59

For those wanting to grow a successful hemp crop, Southland farmer Blair Drysdale says do the research first and seek advice from others.

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Brent Wallace | September 22, 2020 12:28

Live export suspension is having major effects on farmers. Brent Wallace discusses some issues regarding the suspension.

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Glenn Dobson | September 22, 2020 9:26

Cannabis consumption will increase should voters choose to legalise its recreational use, and Glenn Dobson from The Drug Detection Agency suggests employers move to deter its use in the workplace.

James Allen | September 22, 2020 10:06

Farmers are being encouraged to have a Plan B up their sleeve if feed supplies do not flourish over the spring season. AgFirst NZ Director, James Allen, doesn't want to see the dire outcome of this year’s drought in Hawke’s Bay.

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Peter Wren-Hilton | September 22, 2020 14:30

Technology to increase productivity and maximise profitability in the primary sector has been at the forefront of Agritech New Zealand. After two years at the helm, Peter Wren-Hilton has decided to step down as Executive Director.

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Peter Saunders | September 21, 2020 11:04

An innovative new player in rural electricity supply has commissioned its first investor-owned solar system on a North Canterbury dairy farm. Solagri Energy Ltd co-founder Peter Saunders shares their business journey.

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Hugh Stringleman | September 21, 2020 6:41

Fonterra made a welcome return to profitability in the 2020 financial year, despite the global disruption of covid-19. GlobalHQ journalist Hugh Stringleman provides an overview of Fonterra’s capital structure, director elections and the forecast for the 2020-21 season.

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James Shaw | September 21, 2020 12:59

A fertiliser levy, tighter nitrogen limits and a ban on palm kernel may have farmers scrambling for feed alternatives, should the Greens’ agricultural policy come into play post-election. Green Party co-leader James Shaw joins us to explain how they will transition farmers with $300 million.

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Angela Scott | September 21, 2020 8:14

2020 Ballance Farm Environment Awards’ Massey University Innovation Award winner Angela Scott discusses her efficient 800-calf operation.

Craig Young | September 16, 2020 7:22

2020 has brought numerous challenges that have tested rural communities’ ability to do work and life online. Following the first day of the Rural Connectivity Symposium, TUANZ Chief Executive, Craig Young, shares what needs to change to improve connectivity.

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Andrew Paterson | September 16, 2020 10:37

The Government has announced $500 million to fund the clean up of a waterway. Central Otago high country farmer Andrew Paterson from Matakanui Station attended David Parker and Damien O'Connor's visit.

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Chris Lewis | September 16, 2020 11:06

Why are some workers, such as golf course builders, actors and migrant dairy workers, allowed into the country but not shearers, nurses or tractor drivers? Federated Farmers Employment Spokesperson Chris Lewis explains.

Grant Bunting | September 15, 2020 10:36

Verified sustainable production right across supply chains is key to New Zealand beef improving its standing on the world stage, says NZ Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (NZRSB) Chair, Grant Bunting.

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Mark Harnden | September 15, 2020 10:13

AgriTraining is providing free retraining and support to kiwis hit by unemployment due to covid-19. The programme gave Mark Harnden the foundation skills to land a job.

Malcolm Bailey | September 15, 2020 10:17

Hundreds of like-minded farmers have been working together alongside trusted experts in facilitating small groups as part of the Red Meat Profit Partnership. Chair Malcolm Bailey will explain how this has resulted in a lift of annual total farm profit.

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Tim Groser | September 14, 2020 13:18

Former Trade Minister, Tim Groser, discusses his grave concerns over the rise of food nationalism.

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Dr Nick Marsh | September 14, 2020 9:46

A new report by Dr Nick Marsh predicts hemp could be another export crop success, comparable to wine or kiwifruit, worth $2 billion and supply 20,000 jobs by 2030. He reveals the thinking behind his claims.

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John Leyland-Penno | September 14, 2020 13:20

Freshwater Leaders’ Group Chair, John Leyland-Penno, explains why new freshwater rules should have little impact on those already meeting high environmental standards.

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Jim Edwards | September 14, 2020 8:03

Close to $200 million in live export income is at risk as the Minister of Agriculture seeks safety assurance for NZ’s live cattle export trade. Animal Trade Advisory Council Chair, Jim Edwards, explains the situation.

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Chris Allen | September 09, 2020 9:29

A nationwide plan to tackle more than 800,000 hectares of wilding pines over the coming year will generate up to 550 new jobs and help prevent future wildfires, but Fed Farmers’ pest management spokesperson, Chris Allen, says it's not enough.

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Chris Claridge | September 09, 2020 12:46

Potatoes NZ Chief Executive, Chris Claridge, explains how New Zealand vegetable growers will use a $4.7 million cash injection from MPI for a nationwide project set to transition crop production to more sustainable land management.

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Roger Parton | September 09, 2020 9:30

Rural Contractors Chief Executive, Roger Parton, gives an update on the spring labour shortage and the delay in sourcing overseas tractor parts and machinery.

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David Williams | September 09, 2020 13:14

Synlait's National Milk Supply Manager, David Williams, explains how its Lead with Pride programme will have suppliers on track to meet freshwater requirements.

Malcolm Ellis | September 08, 2020 12:04

The drive to reduce bobby calves has seen demand for sexed semen surge. LIC's General Manager NZ Markets, Malcolm Ellis, will share how this is leading to surplus calves having an increased chance of being retained on farm and destined for either domestic or export beef markets.

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Steve Carden | September 08, 2020 11:16

Pamu Chief Executive, Steve Carden, will discuss the diversification of the state-owned enterprise and how it will focus on freshwater national standards and animal welfare over the next 12 months.

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Roger Dalrymple | September 08, 2020 10:43

Rangitikei Rivers Catchment Collective (RRCC) Chair, Roger Dalrymple, wants to see change made from the bottom up at local river catchment level rather than being forced on them from the top down.

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Danny Templeman | September 08, 2020 6:45

The Hawke's Bay TB strain is coming from wildlife not through the movement of livestock. However, OSPRI has been blocked access to do the necessary pest control on feral pigs as it is held up in the Maori Land Court. OSPRI Extension Manager, Danny Templeman, explains his frustration.

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Mark Cameron | September 07, 2020 12:14

ACT rural spokesman Mark Cameron has struggled with depression and is passionate about transforming mental health. He will also discuss ACT's stance on rural issues and take your questions.

Sam McIvor | September 07, 2020 12:06

Regenerative agriculture is receiving a lot of attention and $390,000 of MPI funding for Beef + Lamb NZ to research the potential markets that may pay a premium for regeneratively raised red meat. Beef + Lamb NZ Chief Executive Sam McIvor will discuss this and the new governance group of leaders for freshwater.

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Greg Mirams | September 07, 2020 13:26

Undetected drench resistance is set to cost the sheep industry $48 million. Techion founder Greg Mirams will discuss this and how its FECPAK animal parasite diagnostic technology could help human disease detection.

Susan Kilsby | September 07, 2020 7:45

How does NZ recover economically with demand for all primary sectors’ products affected in varying ways over the coming 12 months? ANZ Agricultural Economist Susan Kilsby will analyse the outlook.

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Blake Holgate | September 02, 2020 8:09

Once it leaves the European Union, the United Kingdom is expected to become the fifth or sixth largest beef-importing country. Rabobank animal proteins analyst Blake Holgate looks at the opportunities for New Zealand.

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Gerard Hickey | September 02, 2020 11:37

Wagyu calves have been perceived as pricey, but farmers on the First Light Foods NZ programme say it is worth it.

Managing Director, Gerard Hickey, joins us to discuss how they are raising money for KidsCanNZ and how NZ red meat producers can navigate the uncertainty in global markets.

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Bryan Cadogan | September 02, 2020 11:29

Clutha District Council Mayor Bryan Cadogan is extending a hand to his neighbours in Queenstown to pair up labour-short industries with the 10,000-plus unemployed from the tourism town.

Brooke Marshall | September 02, 2020 8:04

Science without uptake is interesting but not useful. AgResearch’s Brooke Marshall is a commercialisation champion trying to change the way researchers think.

Rob Hewett | September 1, 2020 13:16

A group of representatives from across the primary sector have come together to carry out the recommendations of the Wool Industry Project Action Group report

The group’s Chair, Rob Hewett, discusses how the meat sector is lending a helping hand to wool's woes.

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Karin Kos | September 01, 2020 9:40

Spring is officially here and it's time to Bee Aware. We discuss the marketing strategy for NZ honey with Apiculture NZ Chief Executive, Karin Kos.

Guy Hooper | September 01, 2020 11:24

We will get a wrap of the primary sector company results from Forsyth Barr's Equity Analyst, Guy Hooper.

Dr Trevor Stuthridge & Dr Stewart Collie | September 01, 2020 13:16

AgResearch Research Director Dr Trevor Stuthridge and Research Team Leader Dr Stewart Collie take us through their long history of research into wool and say how they’re still optimistic about its long-term prospects.

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Andy Pender | August 31, 2020 11:36

From Boeing to baling; airline pilots are ready to fly to the rescue of our desperately short-staffed agriculture contractors. Medical and welfare director for the New Zealand Airlines Pilots’ Association Andy Pender shares how they are redeploying across the two industries.

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Chris Allen | August 31, 2020 8:59

Federated Farmers freshwater and environment spokesperson Chris Allen talks through the organisation’s freshwater amendment wishlist.

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Hamish de Lautour | August 31, 2020 11:59

Wools of New Zealand and Primary Wool Co-operative are discussing a merger. PWC chair Hamish de Lautour explains how this could help rejuvenate NZ's languishing strong wool sector.

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Denis Collins | August 31, 2020 8:44

Denis Collins from Spikey will explain how a farm-scale trial of nitrogen-mitigating technology has attracted $1.7 million in funding.

Clare Bradley & Matt Beck | August 26, 2020 9:21

A prototype animal health supplement from Agrisea will provide farmers with another tool to potentially lower livestock emissions. Business Development Manager Clare Bradley and Lincoln University PHD Graduate Matt Beck will explain the science.

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Deane Carson | August 26, 2020 13:07

Deane Carson from Agribusiness Consultants will explain if changes to new freshwater regulations go far enough to be a workable solution for farmers and regional councils in adverse weather events.

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Zandy Wallace | August 26, 2020 9:17

Wairarapa Romney Improvement Group recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Chair Zandy Wallace shares where the future lies for the pioneering ram breeders.

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David & George Giddings | August 26, 2020 8:29

Faced with the covid-19 lockdown, David and George Giddings of Meadowslea Angus and Sheep Genetics built their own online auction platform, which is now being used around the world.

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Caroline Read | August 25, 2020 9:58

Overseer and Toi Tū Envirocare have announced a carbon certification programme to help future-proof farms, meet market demand and get ahead of regulation. Overseer Chief Executive Caroline Read discusses their plans.

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