BLOG: Issues are big but put people first

The theme of National Fieldays this year is the future of farming and no doubt there will be innovations and kit on show that will help a farmer out on the job.

BLOG: Fonterra fails fund investors

The long-suffering Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund unit investors, of which I am one, received another blow from the company last week.

BLOG: Budget is all about people

The Budget day lolly scramble usually leaves out the chewy milk bottles with not a lot for farmers and rural people. This year was a little different.

Review outcome already decided

Yet unnamed Government officials are expected to devise a new regulatory framework for the dairy industry after a wide-ranging review of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001.

Rural-urban divide proves to be real

The concept of an urban-rural divide can no longer be dismissed as a conspiracy theory given the deluge of Government decisions that negatively affect the rural sector.

Don’t be greedy Mr Taxman

The first big storm of the year last week reminded us all the year is moving quickly. In fact, the dairy season ends in just over a month.

A chance not to be wasted

The demise of the strong crossbred wool industry will be the subject of future academic studies about how this natural, sustainable, premium product meekly surrendered its market position to competitors made from dirty, unsustainable fossil fuels.