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Kerry Templeton | February 24, 2021 11:33

Plant & Food Research scientist Kerry Templeton outlines the new hop cultivars with unique flavours developed for our premium craft beer markets.

Grant Bunting | February 24, 2021 11:25

A sustainable beef patty trial has been a success. New Zealand Roundtable for Sustainable Beef’s Chair, Grant Bunting, explains.

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Sophie Hurley | February 24, 2021 10:56

Honest Wolf’s Sophie Hurley shares Papanui Station’s journey from handpiece to handbag.

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Stu Bradbury | February 24, 2021 11:48

A game-changing ‘smart pivot’ developed by Feilding-based software engineers will be able to monitor crop health. Zimmatic’s Technology Strategy Advisor, Stu Bradbury, explains.

FULL SHOW | February 23, 2021 49:07

Tonight on Sarah’s Country:

Deer Industry NZ’s velvet marketing manager Rhys Griffiths will discuss how three companies marketing deer velvet antlers in Asia have formed a coalition to develop a market for New Zealand velvet as a health food ingredient in China.

Silver Fern Farms Group Marketing Manager, Nicola Johnston, explains the impact of Covid on venison prices in Europe & North America and how they have pivoted their efforts into venison’s third largest market, China, on a venison marketing project with DINZ.

Mark McCoard from Deer Farmers Association and Phil McKenzie from Deer Industry NZ discuss how deer farmers are going to be able to meet climate change emission reduction targets.

Mark McCoard & Phil McKenzie | February 23, 2021 16:08

Mark McCoard from Deer Farmers Association and Phil McKenzie from Deer Industry NZ discuss how deer farmers are going to be able to meet climate change emission reduction targets.

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Nicola Johnston | February 23, 2021 9:31

Silver Fern Farms Group Marketing Manager, Nicola Johnston, explains the impact of Covid on venison prices in Europe & North America and how they have pivoted their efforts into venison’s third largest market, China, on a venison marketing project with DINZ.

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Rhys Griffiths | February 23, 2021 13:37

Deer Industry New Zealand’s velvet marketing manager Rhys Griffiths will discuss how three companies marketing deer velvet antlers in Asia have formed a coalition to develop a market for New Zealand velvet as a health food ingredient in China.

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Michael Wan | February 22, 2021 10:30

With the shutdown of restaurants around the world, New Zealand’s meat processing companies have had to pivot into selling to retail. Michael Wan, Global Manager for Beef + Lamb New Zealand discusses.

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Phil Duncan | February 22, 2021 9:53

As the high shifts out to our east and a low in the Tasman Sea may rapidly form and even reach storm status, RuralWeather’s Phil Duncan gives us a thorough weather report for the week ahead.

Emma Higgins | February 22, 2021 6:35

What’s driving the ever-increasing dairy prices, and how sustainable are these prices? Rabobank Dairy Analyst, Emma Higgins, explains.

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Dr Gwen Grelet & Sam Lang | February 22, 2021 21:30

Our Land and Water has released a white paper on regenerative agriculture. Landcare Research Senior Scientist, Dr Gwen Grelet, and Quorum Sense’s Manager, Sam Lang, explain the key points.

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Dr Kioumars Ghamkhar | February 17, 2021 11:18

How can we grow our crops to withstand climate change? Margot Forde Germplasm Centre’s Director, Kioumars Ghamkhar, shares some of this country's most valued intellectual property.

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Gary Hannam | February 17, 2021 6:46

Leading the way in the avocado industry with their approach to regeneration, sustainability and utilising all waste to energy. Olivado’s Chief Executive Gary Hannam explains their process.

Genevieve Griffin-George | February 17, 2021 6:26

How can we help speed up the process of hiring seasonal workers? PICMI’s founder, Genevieve Griffin-George, discusses the ground-breaking app that has reduced hiring time by 70%.

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Fraser McGougan | February 17, 2021 11:02

Award-winning dairy farmer Fraser McGougan shares his intentions as newly appointed Chair of the DairyNZ Climate Change Ambassadors.

Karen Williams | February 16, 2021 11:54

Karen Williams of Federated Farmers shares her experience of receiving the dreaded phone call after one of her children was involved in an on-farm accident.

Ryan Higgs | February 16, 2021 9:40

Onside Chief Executive, Ryan Higgs, brings a valuable solution to simplifying compliance with health and safety.

Daniel Hansen & Rhys Roberts | February 16, 2021 20:49

Daniel Hansen from Glen Eden Farms and Rhys Roberts from Align Farms share their experience of close calls with on-farm accidents.

Roger Carruthers | February 15, 2021 10:21

A plant-based factory is expected to bring farmer opportunities. New Zealand Functional Foods Chair, Roger Carruthers, explains the oat milk process from seed to supermarket.

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Ron Pellow | February 15, 2021 11:21

Why should FEPs be viewed as more than just a piece of paper that farmers need to deliver? Beef + Lamb NZ’s leader in farm planning Ron Pellow explains.

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Phil Duncan | February 15, 2021 8:43

Rural Weather’s Phil Duncan has the latest weather forecast.

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Dave Maslen | February 15, 2021 14:22

New Zealand Merino (NZM) launches their first 100% regenerative wool platform. NZM’s General Manager for Sustainability and Markets Dave Maslen joins us.

Alan McDermott | February 10, 2021 8:48

New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme offers benefits for sheep and beef farmers. Alan McDermott has more on the topic.

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Alex Gowen | February 10, 2021 6:54

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) representative, Alex Gowen, discusses opportunities for NZ in Ireland’s dairy industry.

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Amy Blaikie | February 10, 2021 5:10

Bales4Blair, a fundraiser for the Southland Charity Hospital, event organiser Amy Blaikie joins us.

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Logan Williams | February 10, 2021 11:51

Young inventor Logan Williams shares how he’s adding value to coarse wool with corn starch.

Geoff Ross | February 09, 2021 14:39

Geoff Ross from Lake Hawea Station discusses how the goal of the Station is to move from carbon neutral to carbon negative times ten.

Steve Wyn-Harris | February 09, 2021 15:15

Hawke’s Bay farmer and radio host, Steve Wyn-Harris, provides his opinion on regenerative agriculture.

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Maury Leyland Penno & Jon Hickford | February 09, 2021 38:18

Leaft Foods co-founder, Maury Leyland Penno, and Jon Hickford from NZIAHS provide their opinions on regenerative agriculture.

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Bruce Wills | February 03, 2021 11:00

The QEII National Trust is getting close to 5,000 approved and registered covenants with newly appointed Chair, Bruce Wills.

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Kate Stewart | February 03, 2021 9:13

Agri Women’s Development Trust’s “The Next Level” programme is doubling its 2021 intake. Graduate and DairyNZ consultant, Kate Stewart, shares her experience of the programme.

Declan Graham | February 03, 2021 8:10

Pic’s Peanut Butter will trial growing peanuts in Northland. Plant & Food Research Business Manager, Declan Graham, explains the research behind the trial.

Lucy Macdonald | February 03, 2021 7:21

A sustainable premium product straight from the station to the plate. Middlehurst Delivered co-founder, Lucy Macdonald, shares how a dream became a reality.

Steve Stuart | February 01, 2021 15:48

As part of this week’s “News Maker” show of Sarah’s Country, Steve Stuart from OSPRI gives his perspective on Hawke’s Bay farmers’ battle with TB.

Phil Duncan | February 01, 2021 10:13

The latest long-range rural weather with Phil Duncan.

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Stephen Jacobi | February 01, 2021 11:32

China has updated the FTA with NZ & UK wants to join the CPTPP with Stephen Jacobi, Executive Director, NZ International Business Forum.

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Graeme Still | February 01, 2021 9:36

Graeme Still, national wildfire specialist, FENZ shares his experiences with recent wildfires and how we can do more to manage the risks.

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Robin MacDiarmid | January 27, 2021 13:33

How can viruses support sustainable food production? Dr Robin MacDiarmid, Plant & Food Research explains.

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Graeme Pile | January 27, 2021 13:44

Will our pastoral use of farming see more use of fertigation? Graeme Pile, Founder of Fertigation Systems explains how far it’s come.

Wayne Langford & Siobhan O'Malley | January 27, 2021 11:05

Miraka dairy farmers feed local families with milk in a new charity “Feed Out”, an extension of the “Meat the Need“ charity.

Joshu Mountjoy | January 27, 2021 11:45

A massive freshwater reservoir was discovered 20 metres below the seafloor, with Joshu Mountjoy, Marine Geologist, NIWA.

Lloyd Hollaway | January 25, 2021 18:36

A bid to stop pest control is rejected, Hawke’s Bay Farmer, Lloyd Hollaway shares his frustrations.

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Phil Duncan | January 25, 2021 12:33

Drier weather than average ahead for most of New Zealand, weather commentator Phil Duncan gives us the latest long-range rural weather.

Nathan Penny | January 25, 2021 6:58

Post-covid demand from China pushes dairy prices to recent record levels, Westpac analyst Nathan Penny explains.

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Ray Grubb | January 25, 2021 11:25

The term dirty dairying is gone, and a new approach is needed to acknowledge that society is concerned about the environment and that groups such as farmers are also making changes, says Ray Grubb Fish & Game NZ’s new Chair.

Scott Townshend | January 20, 2020 12:47

Scott Townshend, Trev CEO, explains how ‘trev’ technology allows farmers to build a database of operational information in a quick and easy format. It will automate the flow of livestock data from operational into financial reporting.

Roger Young | January 20, 2021 11:26

There is a new online tool to record efforts to improve water quality. Roger Young, from Cawthron Freshwater Sciences, says one of the goals is to give landowners confidence to invest in the most efficient actions, accelerating investment in catchment improvements.

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Professor Rob Sparrow | January 20, 2020 11:46

What are the downsides of robots on-farm? Robert Sparrow, Professor at Monash University, maintains robots could risk affecting our relationship to food, nature and farming in ways not yet appreciated.

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Mark Wynne | January 20, 2020 11:17

A $25 million Future Ready Farms programme led by Ballance Agri-Nutrients will be put in place to meet national environmental targets.
Mark Wynne, Ballance CEO, says this programme represents their ongoing commitment to partnering with farmers and growers on that journey.

Megan Whitehead | January 18, 2021 11:00

Seven months of training and a strict diet paid off for 24-year-old Gore shearer who set a new solo women’s record of an astonishing 661 lambs beating Emily Welch 648 thirteen years ago. Megan Whitehead joins us and shares her amazing achievement.

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Phil Duncan | January 18, 2021 8:26

Phil Duncan from Rural Weather discusses the recent cyclone coming from Queensland - what does it mean for you will it to bring the rain?

Fiona Gower | January 18, 2021 10:55

They want to be seen as more than being just a bunch of middle-aged farmers wives. Fiona Gower outgoing President of Rural Women New Zealand and her experience in the top job and that its more than the tea & scone brigade.

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Tim Jones | January 18, 2021 7:02

Summerfruit NZ chair Tim Jones discusses how bad weather has hit the harvest hard in the South Island.

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Rob Hewett & Malcolm Scrymgeour | December 16, 2020 17:21

Lindy Nelson & Chris Parsons | December 16, 2020 12:59

We review the year with Lindy Nelson, Founder of Agri-Women’s Development Trust and Chris Parsons, CEO of Rural Leaders and look ahead at what to expect for 2021.

Sam McIvor & Andrew Hoggard | December 16, 2020 21:33

We review the year with Sam McIvor, CEO at Beef + Lamb and Andrew Hoggard, President for Federated Farmers and look ahead at what to expect for 2021.

Dennis O’Callaghan | December 15, 2020 11:43

Dennis O’Callaghan explains how his Northland-based farm produces more than twice the provincial average for any form of beef production.

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Sarah Higgins | December 15, 2020 7:41

Marlborough shearer Rural Women New Zealand business award winner, Sarah Higgins strives to break through the status quo of the shearing industry.

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Jason Grant | December 15, 2020 8:18

Timaru District Council proposes to extend setbacks for livestock grazing from the road in rural areas. Federated Farmers Jason Grant shares his frustrations.

Russell Lowe | December 15, 2020 11:35

Why will plant breeders always strive to improve even the most perfect fruits? Russell Lowe, Te Puke Plant & Food Research, tells his journey of 30 plus years in the industry.

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Zahra Champion | December 14, 2020 7:57

NZ is ranked fourth globally for innovation potential in the biotech field. BioTechNZ director Zahra Champion will explain.

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Lloyd McCall | December 14, 2020 9:18

The Pomahaka Water Care Group is proof landowners can and will lead changes to improve water quality. Dairy farmer, Lloyd McCall discusses.

Ted & Sue Rollinson | December 14, 2020 10:29

Mid-canterbury dairy farmers, Ted and Sue Rollinson, New Zealand winners of the inaugural Zimmatic Sustainable Irrigation Awards.

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Lindsay Wright | December 14, 2020 17:18

Lindsay Wright, Southland Rural Support Trust, shares his journey of why he leased out his farm, put his mental health first and helped others.

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Brent Wallace | December 09, 2020 7:36

The conditional ban on live cattle exports has been lifted, but until the wider review is finalised, exporters must continue to meet all existing requirements. Brent Wallace, a livestock exporter, joins the show.

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Blake Holgate | December 09, 2020 6:50

New Zealand cattle prices lifted through August and September due to more limited cattle supplies. Blake Holgate, Sustainability Analyst, Rabobank explains the beef consumption patterns in 2020.

Dr Frank Mitloehner | December 09, 2020 11:58

When it comes to climate change, policymakers need to be more supportive of New Zealand farmers, greenhouse gas (GHG) guru Frank Mitloehner says.
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Dr Seth Laurenson | December 09, 2020 13:31

AgResearch scientists have turned the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” into reality for farmers wanting to visualise their future farm under different land use options. Dr Seth Laurenson, Senior Scietist for AgReasearch, talks about their new tool.

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Laurie Paterson | December 08, 2020 13:42

A group of Southland farmers are petitioning the Government about the details of the national freshwater policy. Groundswell NZ founding member Laurie Paterson explains why.

Khan Adam | December 08, 2020 6:04

High Country Contractors find a better use for their unwanted wilding pines. Managing Director Khan Adam shares how they are making a difference for mental health.

Robyn Cox | December 08, 2020 10:06

ChristchurchNZ Food & Fibre specialist Robyn Cox discusses the new Supernode Challenge to uncover our next agritech innovations with a $130,000 prize pool.

John Brakenridge | December 08, 2020 13:23

The New Zealand Merino Company has opened the door for new investors in its bid to raise $12.6 million. Chief Executive John Brakenridge says the positives in the capital are exciting.

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Earl Rattray | December 07, 2020 17:38

The Productivity Commission wants the primary sector to focus more on “value-add” exports. Principal of the Dairy Link consultancy, Earl Rattray, explains.

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Craig Carr | December 07, 2020 14:56

Natural fibres could be a game changer as wool and hemp merge. Chair of the newly-formed NZNF, Craig Carr, explains how they aim to be a pioneer in the global natural fibres revolution.

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Sirma Karapeeva | December 07, 2020 13:45

Meat sector unveils its four key goals for the next five years. Meat Industry Association Chief Executive, Sirma Karapeeva, explains.

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Scott Wishart | December 02, 2020 10:33

The Reserve Bank is continuing to keep a close eye on heavily indebted dairy farms. NZAB’s Scott Wishart gives his advice moving forward.

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Stephen Thomson | December 02, 2020 13:50

Surfing for Farmers founder, Stephen Thomson, shares why surfing has taken off with farmers needing a break.

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Stuart Anderson | December 02, 2020 6:44

Canterbury M bovis cases are not an outbreak, the Ministry of Primary Industries says. M bovis Programme Director, Stuart Anderson, explains why.

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Keri Johnston | December 02, 2020 6:11

Why does irrigation still have a negative connotation? IrrigationNZ Chair, Keri Johnston, explains how they will change that conversation.

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Tim Jones | December 01, 2020 9:29

The horticulture industry is welcoming approval for 2,000 seasonal workers, but at what cost? Summerfruit Chair Tim Jones explains.

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Rupert Handyside | December 01, 2020 8:56

We learn about Masterton-based farmer Rupert Handyside’s water storage facility that can hold more than 400,000 cubic metres.

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Tony Hayes | December 01, 2020 11:06

During lockdown flower growers faced a grim future. United Flower Growers Chief Executive, Tony Hayes, shares how the online auction system was a lifeline.

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Clive Jones | December 01, 2020 7:19

New Zealand Winegrowers Chair, Clive Jones, celebrates NZ wine exports hitting $2 billion.

Innes Moffat | November 30, 2020 8:50

The deer industry is confident New Zealand farm-raised venison has a long-term future, but Deer Industry NZ Chief Executive, Innes Moffat, says the biggest challenge is the premium restaurant cuts.

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Lisa Sims | November 30, 2020 9:58

Agri-Women’s Development Trust turns 10, and General Manager, Lisa Sims, is looking forward to the next decade of enabling women to lead in our community, with increasingly complex challenges ahead.

Daniel Payton | November 30, 2020 10:01

Perrin Ag Consultant and ex-farmer, Daniel Payton, believes there are alternative species to pine for the One Billion Trees Programme and is building a case study for a supply chain for redwoods.

Melissa Clark-Reynolds | November 30, 2020 13:45

Outgoing independent Beef + Lamb NZ Director, Melissa Clark-Reynolds, says farmers are having to operate with one foot nailed to the floor and one hand tied behind their backs.

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Dr Florian Graichen | November 25, 2020 9:14

How important is the safety and sustainability of food packaging? Scion’s Dr Florian Graichen explains.

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Charles Finny | November 25, 2020 13:30

New Zealand trade officials have given the EU and UK an earful over their plans to carve up agricultural import quotas. Trade commentator Charles Finny has the latest.

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Kingi Smiler | November 25, 2020 10:12

After 87 years, the Ahuwhenua Trophy Award has been won by a horticultural operation. Chair, Kingi Smiler, shares the successes from the event.

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Simon Glennie | November 25, 2020 12:18

Farm freshwater plans are set to become an industry requirement following the government’s reforms. AbacusBio Consultant, Simon Glennie, gives his advice.

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Dr Trish Fraser | November 24, 2020 13:55

After three decades of dedication and contributions to the rural sector, Plant & Food Research soil scientist, Dr Trish Fraser, received the Women of Influence New Zealand award (Rural Category).

Brendon Williams | November 24, 2020 7:56

A 50% drop in fuel consumption and a dramatic boost to accuracy are key benefits of using GPS-based technology says Brendon Williams, New Zealand Farm Environment Trust finalist.

Dominic Jones | November 24, 2020 5:40

An investment fund aims to raise money to purchase SunGold kiwifruit orchards. Dominic Jones of Origin Capital Partners, shares the opportunity.

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Rob Hewett | November 24, 2020 9:37

The new Strong Wool Action Group is open for contributions as it targets a working budget. Chair, Rob Hewett will explain how to become involved.

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Murray Taggart | November 23, 2020 9:15

Alliance Group is keeping a close watch after China rebuked the Five Eyes network. Alliance Group Chair, Murray Taggart, will explain what this means for one of our major meat exporters.

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Bob Thomson | November 23, 2020 7:40

Recent research suggests that beef farming could significantly reduce greenhouse gasses by folding calf production into the dairy-beef sector. Agfirst Agribusiness Consultant, Bob Thomson, explains.

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Kirsty Chidgey | November 23, 2020 9:19

A High Court judge ruled farrowing crates and mating stalls unlawful. Animal welfare scientist for NZ Pork, Kirsty Chidgey, discusses what they intend to do about it.

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Conrad Wilkshire | November 23, 2020 12:41

What is the natural competitive advantage we have on the rest of the world? Property Brokers’ Rural General Manager, Conrad Wilkshire, discusses the recent Rural Investment Seminar.

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Nikki Johnson | November 18, 2020 6:36

The kiwifruit industry is feeling the impact of Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) labour shortages. New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Chief Executive Nikki Johnson shares her concerns.

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Susan Goodfellow | November 18, 2020 12:20

How can NZ farmers profit from the popularity of plant-based proteins? Leftfield Innovation’s Founding Director Susan Goodfellow discusses the opportunities.

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Damien O’Connor | November 18, 2020 12:45

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor is pushing for limits on forestry. We will talk to him about the latest trade agreement and biosecurity.

Tim Cadogan | November 18, 2020 13:09

A significant amount of fruit will be left to rot if it’s not picked this harvest season. Central Otago District Mayor Tim Cadogan shares his concerns.

Phil Taylor | November 17, 2020 15:31

The Government is pushing ahead with tree limits, but at what price? Forest Owners Association President, Phil Taylor, shares his concerns.

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Sirma Karapeeva | November 17, 2020 6:09

Meat exporters are preparing for trade disruption in their key UK market, Sirma Karapeeva, CEO of Meat Industry Association of New Zealand, has the latest.

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Mike Petersen | November 17, 2020 6:52

Covid could restore trust in science says Mike Petersen, Chair of Food and Fibre Leaders Forum.

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Chris Claridge | November 17, 2020 12:01

European countries are still dumping surplus frozen potato products on the New Zealand local market. Chris Claridge, CEO of Potatoes New Zealand, will update us on the issue.

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Andrew Sherratt | November 16, 2020 8:06

The 2020 Young Auctioneer of the Year winner Andrew Sherratt shares his journey to success.

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Stephen Jacobi | November 16, 2020 13:51

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership delivers a new rule book for Asia trade. Trade Works Executive Director Stephen Jacobi has the latest trade updates.

Scottie Chapman | November 16, 2020 9:08

Spring Sheep Chief Executive Scottie Chapman talks about its new business model and what direction sheep milking is heading in.

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Jaiden Drought | November 16, 2020 9:05

Machinery enthusiast Jaiden Drought showcases his new venture Harrisville Harvest Demo Day set to take place on December 10.

Grant Bunting | November 11, 2020 11:24

The New Zealand Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is calling for a new, more accurate approach for calculating methane. Chair Grant Bunting will explain.

Nicola Dennis | November 11, 2020 9:51

NZ agriculture is facing a raft of environmental reforms. AgriHQ senior analyst Nicola Dennis wonders where the premiums are.

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Rachael Verhaegh | November 11, 2020 11:24

Steve Wyn-Harris | November 11, 2020 11:50

Isn’t biodiversity just a natural occurrence on-farm? Hawke’s Bay farmer Steve Wyn-Harris thinks so.

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Daniel Eb | November 10, 2020 9:54

Open Farms project founder Daniel Eb explains the success of reconnecting urban and rural as why the nationwide open farm day will return in 2021.

Lindsay Burton | November 10, 2020 11:23

Winter Grazing Action Group chair Lindsay Burton outlines what the group expects from farmers.

Chris Lewis | November 10, 2020 9:58

Why is it so hard to recruit people into the dairy industry? Federated Farmers’ Chris Lewis discusses why DairyNZ’s GoDairy campaign is being put off.

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Ruby Mulinder | November 10, 2020 11:22

How do we drive for change on remote farms? Red Meat Profit Partnership network facilitator Ruby Mulinder shares her experience of running action groups on the Chatham Islands.

Roger Parton | November 09, 2020 10:13

Foreign agricultural workers are ready for New Zealand, but a lack of space in isolation is causing delays. Rural Contractors Association Chief Executive Roger Parton shares his frustrations.

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Blake Holgate | November 09, 2020 11:08

Is NZ agricultural sector placed to capitalise on a growing trend in sustainable finance? Rabobank’s Rural Manager Blake Holgate outlines the opportunities.

Kimberly Crewther | November 09, 2020 6:54

Has the US exceeded its WTO commitment to limit trade distorting with over US$30 billion in farm subsidies? Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand Executive Director Kimberly Crewther has more.

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James Palmer | November 09, 2020 11:40

Hawke’s Bay is facing wildfires, worsening droughts, crop damage and disease in the next 70 years as a result of climate change. Hawke's Bay Regional Council Chief Executive James Palmer explains the latest report.

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Kiri Allan | November 04, 2020 16:18

The new Minister for Conservation Kiri Allan shares insight on how farming, hunting, and conservation will look over the next term.

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Rhys Griffiths | November 04, 2020 9:24

How do we drive demand for New Zealand deer velvet with so much global uncertainty? Deer Industry NZ’s Velvet Marketing Manager Rhys Griffiths explains.

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Chris Parsons | November 04, 2020 11:43

The 2021 Nuffield scholars were released last night, but how will they navigate their global research with covid-related travel restrictions? Rural Leaders Chief Executive Chris Parsons joins us.

Anna Heslop | November 04, 2020 8:43

How do we lift sustainable farming practices for New Zealand cropping farmers? The Foundation for Arable Research’s Project Manager Anna Heslop discusses the new MPI funded Growers Leading Change program.

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Kane Brisco | November 03, 2020 11:51

How do we get farmers to show vulnerability? Taranaki sharemilker Kane Brisco talks about his Farm Fit NZ page.

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William Robertson | November 03, 2020 8:57

We chat to Massey University’s Agricultural Student of the Year William Robertson.

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Michelle Sands | November 03, 2020 8:38

Horticulture New Zealand’s Natural Resources and Environment Manager Michelle Sands explains why she thinks vegetable growers in Horowhenua are at a disadvantage.

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Grant McNaughton | November 03, 2020 9:20

Grant McNaughton from Mt Dasher Station shares his story of becoming a successful farm owner.

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Ross Verry | November 02, 2020 11:54

Syndex Chief Executive Ross Verry joins us following the NZX webinar on private market investing and public listing as solutions for acquiring capital.

Rob Hewett | November 02, 2020 10:09

Farmlands Co-Operative Chair Rob Hewett discusses the results of the Farmlands annual report.

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Kirsty Harkness | November 02, 2020 9:11

Government-funded vineyard hemp trial leads to new skincare export. Hark & Zander co-founder Kirsty Harkness explains more.

Shane Beets | November 02, 2020 10:28

Waterway fencing costs are unrealistic. Fencing Contractors Association board member Shane Beets shares their plans moving forward.

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Tony Paterson | October 28, 2020 7:24

Southland Dairy farmer Tony Paterson outlines his proposal ahead of the Fonterra AGM.

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Hamish Guild | October 28, 2020 9:44

What’s driving new consumer trends? High Peak Station’s Hamish Guild talks about having innovation and pragmatic marketing.

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Vanessa Winning | October 28, 2020 7:11

Irrigation NZ’s new Chief Executive Vanessa Winning shares the company’s refreshed strategy and renewed focus.

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Peter Chrisp | October 28, 2020 8:47

New Zealand Trade Enterprise Chief Executive Peter Chrisp discloses their latest marketing initiative with Made with Care.

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Philip Duncan | October 27, 2020 6:06

WeatherWatch’s Philip Duncan has the latest with the extreme weather conditions down south.

Damien O’ Connor | October 27, 2020 16:07

Minister of Agriculture Damien O’ Connor joins us to discuss Labour’s plans moving forward.

Heather Gee-Taylor | October 27, 2020 11:02

Manawatu District council member and farmer Heather Gee-Taylor shares insights on the recent election.

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Julia Jones | October 27, 2020 9:38

NZX’s Head of Analytics Julia Jones joins us following the Regenerative Farming webinar held last week.

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Tony Dobbs | October 21, 2020 9:51

South Canterbury farmer and blade shearer Tony Dobbs shares his journey of becoming the first person in the world to win 100 open blade shearing finals.

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Sirma Karapeeva | October 21, 2020 10:02

More gender equality is needed in the sector says Meat Industry Association of New Zealand Chief Executive Sirma Karapeeva.

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Rob Macnab | October 20, 2020 9:05

Waikato Farm Advisor Rob Macnab, who has been facilitating farm environment plans, joins us.

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Melissa Slattery | October 20, 2020 8:02

Dairy Environment Leaders Forum Chair and dairy farmer Melissa Slattery shares how farmers can approach increasing environmental and freshwater regulations.

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Christopher Swasbrook | October 20, 2020 16:38

NZ Rural Land Company’s plans to join the NZX will give investors opportunities in purchasing farmland. Elevation Capital Director Christopher Swasbrook has more.

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Jack Raharuhi | October 13, 2020 15:27

Jack Raharuhi, the winner of the 2020 Zanda Mcdonald Award, shares his professional development journey around New Zealand visiting industry leaders.

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Dr Anthea Prentice | October 13, 2020 14:35

A recent NZ Rural General Practice Network webinar revealed that the rural health workforce is in crisis facing a shortage of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. Cheviot Rural General Practitioner Dr Anthea Prentice joins us.

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Brett Henshaw | October 13, 2020 5:49

Anchor is introducing a low-carbon packaging. Fonterra’s Brand Manager Brett Henshaw explains how the co-operative is banking on the sustainable movement.

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John Fiso | October 13, 2020 7:01

Pacific Cooperation Foundation Chair John Fiso shares his frustrations about our horticulture industry’s lack of workers and urges decision-makers to not overlook covid-free Pacific workers as a solution.

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Bradley Case | October 12, 2020 9:05

New Zealand sheep and beef farms are close to being carbon neutral and call for the formal recognition of on-farm sequestration. Auckland University of Technology’s Senior Lecturer, Bradley Case, joins us to discuss their research.

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Dr Paul Mudge | October 12, 2020 11:31

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research Soil Scientist, Dr Paul Mudge, discusses different ways to increase knowledge of New Zealand’s soil carbon stocks and how they’re changing with time.

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Steve Crowhurst | October 12, 2020 10:22

Halter’s Business Development Manager, Steve Crowhurst, talks about the innovative development of their solar-powered GPS-enabled collars for cows.

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Tom Woutersen | October 12, 2020 8:16

Maui Milk Business Manager, Tom Woutersen, discusses opportunities in sheep dairy as a possible route to farm ownership.

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Danny Hailes | October 07, 2020 7:06

Alliance group launches new premium lamb offer to farmers. Alliance’s General Manager of Livestock and Shareholder Services Danny Hailes tells us more.

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David Baines | October 07, 2020 9:10

Kiwis are wanting clearer labelling on imported pork as imported levels are increasing. NZ Pork Chief Executive David Baines joins the show.

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Andrew Hoggard | October 07, 2020 6:02

Federated Farmers’ Vice-President Andrew Hoggard has confidence that scaling back the freshwater regulations will not hurt New Zealand’s prospects of future free trade deals.

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Dr Helen Beattie | October 07, 2020 11:20

A critical shortage of veterinarians and its impact on the primary sector are having long-term consequences. NZVA’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Helen Beattie shares her frustrations.

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Tom Skerman | October 06, 2020 8:49

Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) technology in Central Hawke’s Bay should be under way by next winter. Council Regional Water Security Programme Director Tom Skerman shares the details.

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Simon Williamson | October 06, 2020 11:53

Simon Williamson from Glenbrook Station, Mackenzie Basin, shares his frustrations from the recent Lake Ōhau fires. Is DOC to blame?

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Mel Croad | October 06, 2020 6:54

AgriHQ Senior Analyst Mel Croad warns pricing prospects for the new season will be uncertain and lower than last year.

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Stephanie Sloan | October 06, 2020 7:09

Top farmers will act on their strengths to help promote the value of poplars and willows on New Zealand farms. NZ Poplar and Willow Research Trust’s Stephanie Sloan joins us.

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Will Noble | October 05, 2020 13:03

Will Noble joins FarmIQ as the new Chief Executive with his strong background in technology. He shares how he wants to put farmers at the centre of everything the map-based technology platform does.

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Philip Duncan | October 05, 2020 6:24

With spring storm surprises, what more could be in store around the country? WeatherWatch’s Philip Duncan outlines the months ahead.

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Andrew Morrison | October 05, 2020 9:44

Are you feeling concerned at the speed and scale of government-led reforms? Beef + Lamb NZ Chair Andrew Morrison discusses farmer confidence levels, which are at its lowest since 2017.

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Peter Tod | October 05, 2020 10:04

Hawke’s Bay farmer Peter Tod urges farmers in dry prone areas to sharpen their management skills and shares his drought experiences on how his family operation became more resilient.

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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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