Opinion

Tis the season to make simple food

Louise Giltrap's simple Christmas treats: mini Christmas cakes and chocolate and coconut balls.

As Christmas approaches Louise Giltrap looks back over the year and counts her blessings.

Natural versus test tube meat

US company Impossible Foods is debuting has made a lab-grown "meat" burger in partnership with New York restaurant Nishi.

"Test tube meat" means farmers need to be more efficient.

Politics could move to the fringes

Farmer Peter McDonald spends a lot of time picking up rocks on his Caroline Valley farm.

OPINION: Change may be in the wind for Clutha-Southland, one of the safest National seats in the country.

Quake claims for insured farmers

A damaged milking shed on an earthquake affected dairy farm in the South Island.

A legal take on earthquake insurance claims for farmers.

The tick that nearly turned me vegan

When he wasn't encountering strange creatures Marc Gascoigne found time for kayaking.

Marc Gascoigne has just returned from an eventful holiday in Australia.

Promoting meat for young diets

Meat's part in a child's first 1000 days will be the subject of an international marketing campaign.

OPINION: Meat has a massive part to play in a child's first 1000 days and I'm proud to market it to parents.

Low fat lambs make poor eating

Ike Williams: There may be a premium for good tasting lamb one day?  Wow, what a radical  idea that is.

Ike Williams wades into the fat lamb debate.

A memorable month for farmers

Bill Wright: The failure of the TPP will push back opportunities for increased farm-gate returns.

Quakes, Trump and a cold spring - what next for farmers?

Richie vs Greenpeace ads

Federated Farmers Manawatu/Rangitikei president James Stewart.

Dairy farmers are putting their best foot forward in the McCaw advertising campaign while others believe dairying ruins rivers.

Water plan modelling shows economic risks

The folly of not listening to outspoken people on all sides of the water quality debate risks division.

OPINION: Green groups' views need to be respected, but achieving high water standards poses economic pitfalls.

Beware: Milk price fundamentals remain weak

Milk production in Waikato is down after a poor spring.

Keith Woodford says dairy volatility is still with us, and there is lots of uncertainty over the coming months.

High cost of swimmable water

Some are suggesting costs of swimmable Waikato water could cripple many of the small towns in the region.

OPINION: It's NZ's biggest river. But to swim it we'll have to get rid of Tokoroa, Te Awamutu and Cambridge.

In the groundhog country of GM research

Scientists at AgResearch have shown that the white clover has a relatively recent evolutionary origin, probably from a ...

Scientists now know more about the role natural genetic modification plays in evolution.

Quake shows the bigger picture

Farming life carries on after the quakes.

Quake farmers have the support of their farming kin.

Recovery from low payout will be long

The toll of the fall in milk prices has affected Lyn Webster both physically and mentally.

 Vulnerable sharemilkers need to be looked after as well as farmer/shareholders.

Be informed before deciding on plan change

Farmers can go online to access information on the Healthy Rivers plan change on Federated Farmers' website.

OPINION: Farmers can make a more informed decision on the Healthy Rivers Plan for Change now that Federated Farmers has updated its website.

High hopes for community vege garden

Starting small. Louise and Geoff Giltrap's home vegetable plot.

Louise Giltrap has rose-tinted expectations for the creation of a community vege garden.

What about 220m nappies?

How many million nappies are leaching toxic nitrogen and bacteria in our landfills?

Cleaning up household rubbish dumped on his dairy farm got Marc Gascoigne thinking about pollution.

University's problems damaging Telford

Sheep and beef farmer Mark Patterson on his Lawrence farm.

Farmer Mark Patterson questions decisions made about Telford's future.

SPCA the voice of reason

Breeding lambs to survive is hard work, and farmers do all they can to protect them.

OPINION: The organisation has, rather bravely, inserted itself into the farm animal welfare debate.

Key the next Holyoake?

Historic Waiau Pub co-owner Lindsay Collins looks over the damage to his business from the quake.

Sir Keith Holyoake was the last PM to govern four terms. But nothing really bad happened then.

Listen, or expect a rural backlash

Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis says the big political swings seen in the UK and USA were the revenge of ...

OPINION:  Politicians need to start connecting with rural voters if the country is to avoid a Trump-like election result next year.

Working with top farmers a privilege

The Alliance Group is part of the $64 million Red Meat Profit Partnership.

Shona Frengley has worked her way up to a role at one of New Zealand's largest red meat co-operatives.

China's infant formula game

A family browses  imported milk powder products at a supermarket in Beijing.

China's infant formula market imports continue to grow but further business failures are inevitable.

Lessons for NZ in Trump win

President Donald Trump will be a loyal friend but hell on wheels if the relationship does not enhance "America First".

If we are to turn the meat industry around we need to take a leaf from the Trump campaign, says John McCarthy.

Many career options for today's students

Today's school students may average five career changes and 17 jobs,

Young people should develop a strong base on which they can build a career, says Kirsten Bryant.

Honouring a valuable friend, mentor and colleague

Dick Wenzel, Joyce Wyllie and Joan Reilley - "vet 1"," vet 3" and "vet 2" in Golden Bay.

OPINION: During his life Dick Wenzel touched so many lives in so many ways and I am grateful that mine was one of them.

Five things startups should know

Entrepreneurs should be careful about who they share their bright ideas with in order to protect intellectual property.

OPINION: Five things all startups should know about intellectual property.

Dealing with the anger of others

Don't let anger get the worst of you.

Louise Giltrap is practising a new skill - how to be quiet and listen.

Farmers are sometimes cruel to be kind

SAFE and Farmwatch are using dubious tactics to try to shutdown farmers' livelihoods, says Marc Gascoigne.

Don't try to impose the life you want onto everyone else, Marc Gascoigne tells SAFE and Farmwatch.

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