PULPIT: Farmers support everyone in NZ

Wairarapa farmer Sully Alsop expressed his concerns about foreign land ownership and a lack of consultation with farmers when he addressed the 50 Shades of Green protest at Parliament.

PULPIT: NZ, a great place for agritech

New Zealand agritech start-ups are creating value, powered by technology.

We are at the beginning of a golden age of artificial intelligence and the possibilities of what it and other modern technologies can deliver are still to be seen.

PULPIT: Rooks and magpies good for us

Rooks are disliked by district and regional councils and magpies are often disliked by farmers and country people. 

There appears to be no real reason for this other than that some people have a dislike for exotic species and this dislike has no regard for the very many people who cherish these birds. 

PULPIT: When the council prosecutes ...

If you haven’t been subject to one you are likely to know someone who has and, despite good intentions, it might be only a matter of time before your farming operation is feeling the heat of a council prosecution.

PULPIT: Dirty birds are fouling waterways

New Zealand’s waterways are mostly pretty good in terms of being safe to swim in. 

Certainly, I know of no deaths or even serious illness directly or indirectly attributed to swimming in a NZ river because of contamination from industrial, agricultural or municipal causes. 

PULPIT: No wonder farmers are punch-drunk

One of farming’s great challenges is that so much of your success is dictated by factors beyond your direct control, whether that be international commodity markets, weather, processing company performance or regulation.

PULPIT: I’m listening on freshwater

In the past few weeks I’ve attended meetings about the Government’s freshwater proposals and visited farms around the country.