Rediscovering a memento of her childhood takes Louise Giltrap back to the calf that sparked a dream.
OPINION: NZ leads the world in developing new technologies for improved production but they're poorly taken up on our farms.
OPINION: It is not OK that rural folk are paying for the same services as townies but are not getting the same results.
OPINION: Putting it quite simply, a water tax is inflationary and just the wrong thing to be considering, writes Andrew Curtis.
OPINION: New Zealand exports its on-farm technology and there is huge potential for growth.
OPINION: Rustling is a serious problem and there appears to be no easy answer to stopping it.
OPINION: Stock on roads can result in tragedy if the risk is not taken seriously.
OPINION: Louise Giltrap takes a look at a couple of pieces of legislation governing employees' housing and suggests an improvement.
OPINION: Restructuring has destroyed the team of AgResearch scientists that made a big discovery for NZ agriculture.
OPINION: Massey University professor, Peter Kemp, is concerned NZ will not fully capitalise on the genetic revolution in the primary industries.
OPINION: Louise Giltrap is concerned to find clean drinking water is not always available for some farm workers.
Worksafe NZ's guidelines for the safe use of quad bikes is more than just wearing helmets.
OPINION: Farmers have been too slow to recognise it was time to change their systems but they are changing.
OPINION: Louise Giltrap works on the "prepare for the worst, hope for the best" theory when it comes to planning for the weather.
OPINION: It is super trim season yes, but milk and disaster, no.
OPINION: It doesn't matter what your opinion is on climate change, it is happening.
OPINION: Only a brave or foolish person would try to put numbers down for dairying's next two years.
OPINION: The election has suddenly sparked into life. It was not a policy, a pratfall or a stunt, but Shanghai Pengxin's OIO bid to buy Lochinver Station.
OPINION: The issue of overseas ownership of farmland has divided the country.
OPINION: Two of our basic rights are heat and water. So why shirk on supplying these to your workers?
OPINION: Law change means fertiliser industry has to put up their scientific data or shut up and not make claims that cannot be substantiated.
OPINION: Too many urban people are looking in the wrong place for a career with a good salary and the opportunity for wealth creation.
OPINION: As foreigners create more vertically integrated businesses, we need to rethink our foreign investment process.
OPINION: Massive changes in agriculture learning needed if we are to double exports by 2025 and find 50,000 new recruits.
OPINION: US farm study tour reveals good and bad implications for Kiwi farmers.
There are good reasons why paddocks may be looking a little short of grass during dairy calving season.
OPINION: Greens promise tough rules on farmers to make rivers safe for swimming, but at what cost, asks Federated Farmers?
OPINION: The wool levy vote in September is the opportunity for a fresh start for the industry.
OPINION: Dairy company and govt should pay heed to the question now that a pseudo milk developed in a lab could threaten NZ's $17bn dairy industry.
OPINION: AgriBusiness professor claims vital science that will help farming in the future is being pushed aside by AgResearch's restructuring.
OPINION: The public view farmers favourably despite what the media shows.
OPINION: A small minority of dairy farmers who did not take a responsible view on caring for the environment are holding the rest of the industry back.
OPINION: The state of rural roads is in dire need of attention and could well be a political football leading into the elections.
OPINION: Nothing is more guaranteed to provoke an outpouring of opinions than an election. Here's mine.
OPINION: The world will be worse off if New Zealand farmers cut dairy production because of a carbon tax.
OPINION: Fieldays is a showcase for New Zealand agriculture.
OPINION: When it comes to dependency and business in NZ, just who is milking who?
OPINION: Our children are our future and this applies equally to the homes of rural communities as our cities.
OPINION: More selective reporting on a water quality issue is disappointing.
OPINION: It may be envy, or jealousy, but there's some whose view on life is so black, you have to wonder if they know what happiness is.
JAMES HOUGHTON - Waikato Times
Water has been the biggest issue James Houghton has faced in three years as Waikato Federated Farmers president.
LYN WEBSTER - Waikato Times
OPINION: That personal touch from the bank really helps.
OPINION: Cry us a river over the $15,000 fine handed out for riding a quad bike helmetless.
OPINION: By farming more efficiently, Canterbury dairy farmers have made a massive contribution to the dairy industry and the wider New Zealand economy.
OPINION: Reforming the meat industry was the topic of conversation 20 years ago and not much seems to have changed.
OPINION: Federated Farmers Waikato provincial president James Houghton says Fish & Game have ducked the issue on accountability.
OPINION: Dairying's critics need to revise some of their assumptions after the release of an economic survey.
OPINION: Fish & Game claims Federated Farmers' rep has overlooked the truth in asking why farmers should buy duck hunting licences.
OPINION: Be afraid - be very afraid - it sounds like the Americans are turning on their milk taps.
OPINION: Farmers that hunt ducks are helping Fish and Game take pot shots at them.