OPINION: The "great fear of socialism" that columnist Chris Trotter ascribes to NZ farmers is less pronounced than it seems.
Despite our FTAs, meat exports are still attracting $213 million in tariffs. That’s why Beef + Lamb NZ’s market access work is important.
OPINION: Doug Edmeades hears dairy farmers’ rage and urges them to take heart from the lessons of the ill-wind.
OPINION: Lyn Webster is learning dairy farming lessons the hard way.
Keith Woodford explores the short, the medium and the long term prospects for dairy.
OPINION: It is an important time for those involved in the fight against bovine TB with the review of OSPRI's TBfree programme currently under way.
OPINION: Any dairy industry panic now will cause a slump in land values and put farmers at risk of going out of business.
Dairy farmers don’t want handouts but the Government could help with action in three areas.
It’s not all doom and gloom in dairying, Louise Giltrap says.
OPINION: Banks will stand by dairy farmers as they navigate plunging milk prices.
OPINION: A chill used to grip NZ fans when a game against Australia was close. Not any more.
OPINION: Upcoming Beef + Lamb levy vote seeks a mandate to continue investing levies into "industry-good" activities.
OPINION: For farmers, the low dairy prices may be just the beginning of a whole new normal.
The benefits from a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal are over-rated, says Keith Woodford.
Doug Edmeades has some free advice about fertiliser for farmers feeling the squeeze.
Time is the cheapest investment you can make in the dairy industry, says Megan Kerr.
Agricultural science research has gone from simplicity to complexity in 30 years of reforms, writes Doug Edmeades.
Doug Edmeades explains how he would change the legislation governing science funding to remove the current nasty commercial taint.
I am often accused of being too blunt, matter-of-fact, to-the-point. Some advise me to tone-it-down, soften-the-edges, become more …… more….. well, PC. But there are times when "A spade is a spade". It is not a shovel, it is not a rake, it is not a hoe, it is not fork. A spade is a spade and there are times when a spade is needed to bring clarity and impact to an issue in an attempt to penetrate the callused hides of the political bureaucracy. They must be made to listen - somehow.
OPINION: Over many years farming couples have taught me a lot, but not all of it was bankable.
OPINION: As a business owner with a few clients and some suppliers in Europe, I am feeling nervous about the Eurozone crisis and the uncertainty that it's stirring.
Farmers have worked hard at improving their environmental impact, and plenty of others have chipped in to help. But there's still a way to go.
This is the seventh farming down cycle this writer has experienced.
OPINION: The health risks of consuming raw milk have been well documented and are backed up by scientific evidence.
OPINION: A glut of milk is leaving the hapless New Zealand dairy farmer high on costs and dry on income.
The power of social media was shown with the success of a Beef Wellington promotion.
OPINION: New Zealand has a prime opportunity to establish an online mall to sell its food in China. But the Government has to act immediately.
OPINION: Our meat exports are not well marketed.
OPINION: There is only a thin overdraft between me and financial obscurity.
OPINION: You can argue that it's not your head that will get hurt – it didn't the last time you came off – but it might. Is it worth the risk? It's up to you.