OPINION: If Fonterra is going to grow with any rapidity, it is going to need more shareholder funds.
OPINION: As farmers change, their environmental critics need to lift the conversation.
OPINION: If Fonterra were this year to pay its farmers the price which Fonterra's Milk Price Manual calculations say it should, it would make a big loss.
OPINION: New Zealand's Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills claims dairy farmers across the Tasman have been ruined.
OPINION: Sharemilking is a hybrid between self-employment and employment but that hasn't stopped some harsh treatments of sharemilkers.
OPINION: You know something? The world is a horrible place. We're sheltered from the worst of it here, but we need to face up to some hard truths.
OPINION: New Zealand has strict codes of practice relating to how calves are treated.
The global beef industry is on the cusp of substantial change.
OPINION: Auckland's bid for more water from the Waikato River risks depleting the region's resources as well as the quality of it.
OPINION: While the idea of an internet party may have merit its early rhetoric towards rural New Zealand needs reworking.
OPINION: Let's give the crystal ball another dusting and see what might lie ahead for farmers in the next seven years.
OPINION: Farming's bottom dwellers are letting the industry down, and it is time for them to shape up or get out.
OPINION: This year New Zealand will achieve a historic breakthrough on freshwater management.
OPINION: There's been plenty to keep us occupied on the farm over January, so it's been very much a case of head down.
OPINION: French food company Danone should be more concerned about its own chequered history than suing Fonterra.
OPINION: Farm accountant Pita Alexander tries to predicts the future of New Zealand farming over the next seven years.
OPINION: While we all accept the climate is changing, there are dividing views on the cause and the impacts it will have.
OPINION: The past year was a clear signal that farmers are adapting, changing and farming better through challenges.
OPINION: Farmers are not to blame for the price of food increasing.
OPINION: It has been a victory - of sorts - for farmers as court action looms over the sale of interest rate swap loans to rural customers.
OPINION: With Christmas close at hand, dairy farmers could be forgiven for thinking there may have been a small gift coming from Fonterra.
OPINION: Fish & Game NZ boss challenged to visit Southland to see what dairy farmers do, how they do it and what they'll be doing in the future.
OPINION: The intricate pricing method is under stress, Chalkie reports, and there is not enough capacity to process increasing amounts of milk.
OPINION: It is time to stop bashing the messenger and avoiding the message to dairy farming over water quality.
OPINION: There is an army of determined farmers out there who go to work each day to improve their farm environment.
OPINION: Labour Inspectorate's visit to farms over dairy farming wages is a welcome initiative that provides an opportunity to see where farmers can improve.
OPINION: Banks are the ones most likely to decide which NZ meat co-op survives in an industry that needs reform but can't reach a consensus.
OPINION: The top 10 per cent of farm business couples expect problems and try to eat them for breakfast.
OPINION: We're in the same waka when it comes to water quality, Federated Farmers dairy chairman claims.
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OPINION: Farmers are not the only ones who are part of the water quality issues, yet it is deathly quiet in the cities.
OPINION: Farming's biggest challenge is holding onto its preciously held image as an able, statesman-like caretaker of the land and resources.
OPINION: How many ways does it need to be said? Dairy intensification is killing our country.
OPINION: Information gathering vital in building a network to help protect rural communities.
OPINION: At the offer price of $5.50 a unit, the Fonterra Shareholders Fund float a year ago was a real money maker for those who got a piece of the action.
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OPINION: Fonterra's reputation affects every single one of us, not just shareholders.
OPINION: Having a reliable source of water makes sense as does storing it in times of plenty which is surely good business practice.
OPINION: Few countries can match New Zealand in terms of water quality and water availability.
OPINION: New Zealand's intensive farming model has a fundamental problem. The cost of water is grossly undervalued - if it's valued at all.
OPINION: It had to come - mail will only be delivered three times a week in the cities and towns.
OPINION: New Zealand farmers' debt-laden business model leaves them vulnerable to foreign investors.
OPINION: Within five years it's more than likely that Australia and NZ will be able to sell more lambs than they will have available.
OPINION: Nearly all dairy farmers are doing a good job on water quality and it makes no sense not to tell them when their farms are going to be inspected.
OPINION: As lambing gets into full swing around the country, sheep farmers' thoughts are again turning to meat industry reform.
OPINION: Wanted: Thick-skinned sticklers for detail that can help restore our reputation.
OPINION: Schools need to do more to promote farming as a profitable career because the country needs more school graduates with agricultural skills.
OPINION: Soil scientist urges a look back to technology proven in the 1950s to grow high-producing white clover pastures.
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OPINION: Kiwi bees are under attack. John Hartnell asks what more can be done to protect our hives.