Our rural communities are well aware now of the challenges the substantial reduction of income forecast for our dairy industry participants, will actually mean.
OPINION: Recent report on the cost of NZ's dairy industry needs to look further than evidence that suits its needs.
OPINION: It’s more than the dirt you find under your fingernails. Soil is a living breathing thing of noble beauty.
OPINION: Farmers risked eroding Fonterra's collective strength if they leave the co-operative to chase a perceived short term advantage.
Doug Edmeades says the old saw is correct: It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.
OPINION: It seems to me that Fonterra cannot pay its suppliers a decent milk price two seasons in a row.
OPINION: We don't need to love - or even like our neighbour, but if we are going to borrow or do business with them then you must do your homework.
Clive Dalton offers 11 pointers on how to arrest the decline of the sheep industry.
OPINION: Council's 180 degree turn on rating mix that increases rates disproportionately causing angst in a rural community.
Science is open and self-correcting, unlike the 'isms' based on faith or dogma.
OPINION: Federated Farmers' flourishes when members have shown passion for a topic and offered to roll up their sleeves.
OPINION: Oh bugger – I seem to have lost my crystal ball.
OPINION: Country Calendar is a television mystery. Why has a TV programme about farming not just survived, but flourished, over two generations?
OPINION: OSPRI’s Peter Alsop is adamant the Waikato Regional Council needs to rethink its position on tuberculosis funding.
OPINION: PM John Key and his National Government are finding it isn't easy being Blue-Green.
OPINION: Finger pointed at the Greens for misinterpretations and misrepresentations about dairy conversions in the Waikato.
OPINION: When it comes to arguments over how to structure New Zealand agriculture, it seems there's nothing new under the sun.
OPINION: A look at the US budget finds it is top-heavy on defence spending and lean on agriculture.
OPINION: Millions are made from New Zealand grapes, writes Keith Woodford.
OPINION: The agri-food economy has been a lucky bonus for New Zealand.
National Superannuation brought big changes to the way New Zealand provides pensions for the elderly.
OPINION: An 'empowering and collaborative, not dictatorial' approach to improving water quality.
OPINION: The drought just declared brings into focus the need for New Zealand to keep developing water storage
OPINION: Overseer is fine when used as intended, but regional councils' use as a regulatory instrument could be a step too far.
OPINION: There are too many accidents occurring on farms and farmers must do more to reduce them.
The idle 17-year-old has made a fateful mistake.
OPINION: MBIE labour inspectorate investigations have made it clear to farmers that there is zero tolerance for breaches of minimum employment standards.
OPINION: Even if you are the most responsible farmer in the country, you can never be sure what your neighbour is up to.
OPINION: Since my last column, some in the dairy farming community have been telling me, and everyone else, who I am.
OPINION: Crusading journalists prove that even the mighty can be forced to pay their share.