BLOG: Farm food critics hard to stomach

The meat and dairy industries should rightly feel battered and bruised after a series of academic papers blaming the farming of animals for a multitude of the world’s ills.

These papers allege livestock farming is to blame for aiding climate change, environmental degradation and obesity.

BLOG: Don’t lose any of Wilson’s passion

The death this week of former Fonterra chairman John Wilson is being felt across the agricultural sector.

Regardless of one’s view of the co-operative’s business decisions it’s impossible to fault Wilson’s commitment to the dairy industry and the farmers whose milk it runs.

BLOG: Taratahi jam unbelievable

It seems inconceivable the Taratahi Institute of Agriculture was put in liquidation.

The 2014 Future Capabilities report for the Ministry for Primary Industries predicted that by 2025 the primary sector will need an extra 33,000 employees.

BLOG: New model needed for ag education

Once again, the start of the academic tertiary year for students wanting to study sub-degree agriculture has been blighted by uncertainty.

BLOG: A year to remember

It’s our last edition for 2018 and as usual for this time of year we’re filling our pages with some faces you don’t often see in the paper, but whose contribution to our sector is immense.

BLOG: The milk price is not a bad outcome

In a week during which the Global Dairy Trade index increased for the first time in seven months Fonterra cut its farmgate milk price for the third time this season.

BLOG: Compliance paperwork must be streamlined

News that more New Zealand farmers will need resource consents is alarming farming leaders who worry they’re being bogged down in red tape.

Farmers here have often talked of the right to farm but an increased focus on our environment has brought with it new rules and regulations to abide by.

BLOG: Save the world but destroy the nation

“It became necessary to the destroy the town to save it,” was how an unnamed American army officer described the 1968 obliteration of the city of Ben Tre by bombing during the Vietnam War.

BLOG: Is low carbon a pipe dream?

Despite its faults one thing New Zealand’s pastoral sector cannot be criticised for in recent years is the way farmers have acknowledged the role they have to play in cleaning up our waterways.