Challenges ahead for rural communities

Stew Wadey is chair of the Matamata District Federated Farmers.

Our rural communities are well aware now of the challenges the substantial reduction of income forecast for our dairy industry participants, will actually mean.

Dairy industry critics need to tell both sides

Federated Farmers dairy chairman Andrew Hoggard.

OPINION: Recent report on the cost of NZ's dairy industry needs to look further than evidence that suits its needs.

Our 'magic mantle' is something to celebrate

Treat soils like a baby  - keep them warm, don't let them get waterlogged and feed them properly.

OPINION: It’s more than the dirt you find under your fingernails. Soil is a living breathing thing of noble beauty.

Unhappy farmer still backing Fonterra

Andrew McGiven says farmers risked eroding Fonterra's collective strength if they leave the co-operative  to chase a perceived short term advantage.

OPINION: Farmers risked eroding Fonterra's collective strength if they leave the co-operative to chase a perceived short term advantage.

The end is nigh! No, not quite yet

The urea plant at Kapuni, South Taranaki. If fertiliser N was banned it would condemn 3 billion people to death.

Doug Edmeades says the old saw is correct: It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.

Difficult decisions ahead as low payout starts to bite

Lyn Webster says she has some hard decisions to make in order to find an effective strategy to get through the next season.

OPINION: It seems to me that Fonterra cannot pay its suppliers a decent milk price two seasons in a row.

Our Australian neighbours

Our Australian neighbours look to be in good nick.

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.

How to save the sheep industry

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First lamb sale of the yearat Feilding Saleyards. PGG Wrightson Stock Agent Dan Flanagan.

Clive Dalton offers 11 pointers on how to arrest the decline of the sheep industry.

Council picking rates favourites

The Waipa District Council is leaning on farmers to carry an increasing burden of rates, over and above what is reasonable for the services they receive, Chris Lewis says.

OPINION: Council's 180 degree turn on rating mix that increases rates disproportionately causing angst in a rural community.

Kernels of truth in the chaff

The Earth from the space station. It is unlikely that the science asserting the Earth is a sphere will be contradicted.

Science is open and self-correcting, unlike the 'isms' based on faith or dogma.

Opinions welcomed at Fed Farmers

Australia's share of global dairy trade fell from 15 per cent to 7 per cent between 2002 and 2012.

OPINION: Federated Farmers' flourishes when members have shown passion for a topic and offered to roll up their sleeves.

GMP not the answer for combating low payout

15/09/2013. NEWS. ROBYN EDIE/. Entering into Fonterra's Guaranteed Milk Price scheme is hard decision to make at the beginning of the season when farmers are busy with calving.

OPINION: Oh bugger – I seem to have lost my crystal ball.

The longevity of Country Calendar?

Country Calendar cameraman Richard Williams and soundie Don Paulin share a joke with Debbie Campbell in the greenhouse.

for Country Calendar story, SST April 5 first use

OPINION: Country Calendar is a television mystery. Why has a TV programme about farming not just survived, but flourished, over two generations?

Council should rethink TB funding position

Animal Health Board ground control contractor traps possums in a high-risk bovine tuberculosis (TB) area.

OPINION: OSPRI’s Peter Alsop is adamant the Waikato Regional Council needs to rethink its position on tuberculosis funding.

Ripping up RMA reforms

King Salmon's defeat in a Supreme Court decision last year doesn't enable the Government to create a 'developer's charter'.

OPINION: PM John Key and his National Government are finding it isn't easy being Blue-Green.

Lively debate part of process

The Age - GENERIC - 3 June 2008 - Dairy cows wait their turn to enter the milking machine for their afternoon milking session on a dairy farm in the Yarra Valley. Picture by Paul Rovere

OPINION: Finger pointed at the Greens for misinterpretations and misrepresentations about dairy conversions in the Waikato.

Report calls for overhaul of red meat industry

Columnist Pattrick Smellie

OPINION: When it comes to arguments over how to structure New Zealand agriculture, it seems there's nothing new under the sun.

Guns are well ahead of butter in US

In the US, the defence allocation of the budget is costing each working American about $4207.

OPINION: A look at the US budget finds it is top-heavy on defence spending and lean on agriculture.

Analysing wine's cash harvest

WINE COUNTRY: More than 75 per cent of New Zealand's wine now comes from Marlborough.

OPINION: Millions are made from New Zealand grapes, writes Keith Woodford.

Dairy is price league winner

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INLAND. Dairy cows,milking shed
Massey Professor of dairying  Danny Donaghy at  Number 4 dairy farm  at Massey University.

OPINION: The agri-food economy has been a lucky bonus for New Zealand.

Editorial: Raising superann age a tough call

Big banks will resist moves to make compulsory comprehensive credit reporting.

National Superannuation brought big changes to the way New Zealand provides pensions for the elderly.

There's a better way for councils to use Overseer

Most regional councils have already extensive and robust water quality measuring systems in place.

OPINION: An 'empowering and collaborative, not dictatorial' approach to improving water quality.

Desperate for a drop to drink

DIRE STRAITS: The drought shows what happens when the tap gets turned off.

OPINION: The drought just declared brings into focus the need for New Zealand to keep developing water storage

Just how far can Overseer be trusted?

How much nitrate is this cow leaching? Overseer's accuracy is something to reflect on.

OPINION: Overseer is fine when used as intended, but regional councils' use as a regulatory instrument could be a step too far.

Farmers' attitudes to safety must change

Work Safe's new Safer Farms programme will hopefully see less of these scenes on New Zealand farms.

OPINION: There are too many accidents occurring on farms and farmers must do more to reduce them.

'You should be more like Trev'

Lyn Webster

The idle 17-year-old has made a fateful mistake.

Staying on top of employment issues a must

NO EXCUSES: Breaches of minimum employment standards by farm employers are met with zero tolerance by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

OPINION: MBIE labour inspectorate investigations have made it clear to farmers that there is zero tolerance for breaches of minimum employment standards.

Rural sites need firefighting cover

Gert Stander, a rural broker at Crombie Lockwood 02022015

OPINION: Even if you are the most responsible farmer in the country, you can never be sure what your neighbour is up to.

Rachel Stewart: Free speech for all

Rachel Stewart

OPINION: Since my last column, some in the dairy farming community have been telling me, and everyone else, who I am.

Fairer tax demands people power

Our tax system is ridiculously complex, with 10 (out of 124) taxes generating 90 per cent of the revenue.

OPINION: Crusading journalists prove that even the mighty can be forced to pay their share.

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