PULPIT: Contest is really a talent quest

The 2019 FMG Young Farmer of the Year grand final was the most tech and innovation-driven contest to date. 

The gruelling three-day event in Hawke’s Bay tested competitors’ fencing and machinery skills but also challenged their tech-savviness, critical business thinking and asked how they would market food and innovate for the future. 

PULPIT: Farmers must face the future

Farmers are facing some of the biggest non nature-related challenges they have seen in many years. 

Environmental concerns, changes in consumer preferences and new regulations seem to be adding an extra level of complication to an already complex sector. 

PULPIT: Nats want climate targets revised

Recently the Climate Change Amendment Act (Zero Carbon) Bill had its first reading in Parliament. 

National voted in favour of this Bill because we support the concept of an independent Climate Change Commission to provide advice on how we wrestle our emissions down over the next few decades. 

PULPIT: It’s a great chance to do better

It's been called The Great Food Transformation – people eating less meat and dairy and more plant-based foods. 

It might sound like doom and gloom for New Zealand agriculture but it’s not.

PULPIT: Tree returns better than stock

While there seem to be numerous farmers rising up against the intrusion of more forestry onto our sheep and beef country there are some of us who feel they risk throwing a very healthy baby out with the bath water.

PULPIT: Targets few so farmers cop it

The recently announced Zero Carbon Bill, which sets greenhouse gas reduction targets for farmers, has made the climate change issue real for New Zealand farmers. 

Farmers were meant to start paying for their greenhouse gas emissions way back in 2011 when we were originally scheduled to enter the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). 

OPINION: Fonterra must make us all proud

As you drive from Timaru to Oamaru you will spot two billboards standing tall in a paddock of lush pasture telling the world that here lives a Proud Fonterra Farmer. 

OPINION: Don’t give away provenance value

The past month has been one of reflection as I contemplate the ramifications for the wider industry of the potential sale of Westland Dairy Products to a corporate entity.