The Country

The Country

Jamie Mackay, Rowena Duncum and Tessa Prentice deliver your daily fix of everything going on in NZ's biggest industry, along with a generous side-serve of news, sports and politics. The Country from Newstalk ZB, Hokonui and Gold AM.

Episodes

June 24, 2022 39 min

Jamie Mackay talks to David Seymour, Damien O'Connor, Jane Smith, Todd Charteris, Deborah Manning and David Downs.

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National's agriculture spokeswoman talks about her recent Parliamentary trip to Europe, and whether other similar countries (such as Ireland) are following New Zealand's lead by imposing a carbon tax on agriculture.

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Our Australian correspondent comments on soaring rural land values, a silver lining from the Ukrainian War and the prospect of another mouse plague.

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The GM of PGG Wrightson Real Estate takes his monthly look at the state of the rural market, as demand heats up for forestry, sheep and beef, dairy and horticulture land.

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We continue our Future of Farming series, this week focusing on the markets, with the celebrated chief executive of The New Zealand Story - an ambitious government-funded organisation marketing NZ to the world. We hear about his recent trade trip to the US with Silver Fern Farms (and Jacinda Ardern) plus, the sought-after celebrity speaker has a heart-warming tale about why he's got a soft spot for GMOs. 

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Jamie Mackay talks to David Downs, Todd Charteris, Deborah Manning, Peter Newbold, Chris Russell and Barbara Kuriger.

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New Zealanders are now wasting a whopping $1520 of food per household, per year. Nationally that equates to an eye-watering $3.1 billion of wasted food per annum. Rabobank has teamed up with food rescue charity KiwiHarvest to do something about the problem and educate Kiwis about the environmental cost of food waste. 

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Our China-based correspondent is trying to sell New Zealand venison in a very hot and sticky Shanghai, as China's largest city still battles with the fallout from a zero-covid policy.

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The managing director of Kiwifruit property syndicate, Origin Capital Partners, comments on the finish of a very challenging harvest season and offers you the opportunity to invest in this burgeoning industry.

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Westpac rural economist on the latest GDT auction (down 1.3 per cent, WMP - 0.6 per cent, SMP +1.0 per cent), on-farm inflation, interest and exchange rates.

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Our Future of Farming series continues as we yarn with the chief executive of NZ Winegrowers, who is also the chair of the NZ International Business Forum, about sustainability, trade and the impact of the EU Green deal - why sustainable land use is now becoming a core principle of trade.

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We asked the President of Federated Farmers if he'd swallowed a dead rat when he sat on stage with the other industry-good leaders as they presented their He Waka Eke Noa recommendations to the Government?

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Jamie Mackay talks to Andrew Hoggard, Philip Gregan, Nathan Penny, Dominic Jones and Hunter McGregor.

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The North Otago farmer, award-winning environmentalist and out-spoken critic of the government is let off the chain as she responds to Damien O'Connor, Jim van der Poel and Sam McIvor.

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The industry-good panel, featuring the chairman of Dairy NZ and the CEO of Beef + Lamb NZ, deny they've rolled over and let Jacinda tickle their tummy when it comes to He Waka Eke Noa.

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The gloves come off as we debate carbon taxes and ruminant livestock GHG emissions with the Minister of Agriculture and Trade. Plus, we also look at his upcoming trade mission to Europe to progress an FTA with the EU and call BS on some alleged claims he's made around trade being blocked because of our current emissions profile.

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Jamie Mackay talks to Damien O'Connor, Jim van der Poel, Sam McIvor and Jane Smith.

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Monday's resident weather expert takes a look at what's in store for the week.

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Groundswell's spokesman on emissions lays down a challenge to the industry-good bodies to stand up for farmers when it comes to He Waka Eke Noa and carbon taxes.

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Today's panel features the 2021 and 2022 winners, respectively, of the Zanda McDonald Awards.

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