Forrest moves into milk

OPINION: Australia's richest man Andrew Forrest has quietly bought a 6.6% stake in one of the country's biggest milk processors, Bega Cheese.

The wait continues

OPINION: The wait continues for farmers and contractors looking forward to welcoming overseas workers in the coming weeks.

Greg Gent

OPINION: Any organisation's capital structure must align with its strategy. That is the mantra and that is something I support.

Seaweed saviour

OPINION: Scientists in Ireland are going underwater to solve their dairy sector’s methane conundrum.

Mark Casey, Fonterra’s Amsterdam based trade strategy and stakeholder affairs manager at COP26.

Fonterra's Amsterdam-based trade strategy and stakeholder affairs manager, Mark Casey, recently attended COP26 - the annual United Nations Convention on Climate in Glasgow. Here are his thoughts on this globally significant event and what it means for the Co-op.

Due recognition

OPINION: National's new leader Christopher Luxon’s first speech after his elevation to the top job included one important line about the engine of the economy: “Our provincial heartland feels taken for granted. Our farmers are not villains!” he told the press gallery.

Worth it?

OPINION: Climate Change Minister James Shaw and his 14-strong entourage to the COP26 summit in Glasgow are back home.

Hit job

OPINION: News that New Zealand taxpayers forked out nearly $50,000 for a documentary that smears the dairy industry will go down like a cup of cold sick among industry workers.

Waikato-based investor Charles Whiting says he supports Fonterra's proposed capital structure because the status quo isn't working in a declining milk volume environment.

OPINION: Making a change to any businesses is difficult. Augmenting a capital structure with the diversity of stakeholders and complexity as at Fonterra is a significant challenge.

When Covid-19 first arrived on NZ shores, PM Jacinda Ardern made great play of the fact that the primary sector would be the saviour of the economy.

OPINION: When Covid-19 first arrived in New Zealand, PM Jacinda Ardern made great play of the fact that it would be the primary sector - and that means rural NZ - would be the saviour of the economy.

Poo-powered BMW

OPINION: Car maker BMW is partnering with a California dairy farm to turn effluent into clean energy to power its electric cars.

Not bad

OPINION: New Zealand may be a minnow on the global stage but here’s another example how our ag sector punches above its weight.

Anti co-operative?

OPINION: Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has thrown a spanner in the works as far as Fonterra’s proposed capital structure is concerned.

OPINION: Some leaders from protest group Groundswell seem to be doing no favours to the organisation.

Graham Wallace, one of the country's oldest veterinary surgeons, passed away on October 29 in Auckland after a very long, active life of 96 years and short battle with cancer.

OPINION: Dairy farmers are hoping that the world gets a glimpse of the unique split gas approach being taken by New Zealand to reduce agriculture emissions.

In a classic case of promising big and delivering little, lab-grown 'meat' startup, Upside Foods, formerly Memphis Meats, has lost two key employees in recent weeks - co-founder Nicholas Genovese and vice president KC Carswell - as skepticism about the business model grows.

While no official statement has come yet from Fonterra Co-operative Council, Milking It understands that for the first time ever, there are only three candidates for board elections.

OPINION: So the 'COP26' climate talkfest in Glasgow got off to a strong start by declaring yet another 'climate emergency', starting as they meant to go on - by blowing hot air. Empty pledges, and attacks on farmers, followed.

OPINION: The Government is finally waking up to the fact that more health workers are urgently needed in the country.

LIC chairman Murray King spoke at the farmer co-operative's virtual annual general meeting this month. The following is an excerpt from his speech, outlining LIC's annual result:

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Forrest moves into milk

OPINION: Australia's richest man Andrew Forrest has quietly bought a 6.6% stake in one of the country's biggest milk processors,…

The wait continues

OPINION: The wait continues for farmers and contractors looking forward to welcoming overseas workers in the coming weeks.

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