David Parker.

At times it is hard not to believe the meme that ‘Minister of Everything’ David Parker really does hate farmers and farming.

 
Don Nicholson.

Some assertions made in the Rural News editorial, ‘Get with the programme’ on April 3, 2018 were unfair, wildly untrue and demand a response.

Silence is golden

The Hound notes that former ag minister Nathan Guy is settling into the role of opposition MP and having a crack at current minister Damien O’Connor any chance he gets.

 
Easy answer

It takes a bit to make your canine crusader raise his eyebrows at the hypocrisy of these do-gooder outfits with barrows to push.

Reality check 2

Your old mate notes that US President Donald Trump’s plans to grant exemptions to Canada, the EU, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Australia from his upcoming trade tariffs on steel and aluminium but leave New Zealand off the list.

 
Reality check

Last month we saw Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern swanning around Europe having cosy chats with the three big M’s -- Macron, May and Merkel, as well as British Royalty.

Oat deer!

Vegan oat milk is so popular in the US that coffee shops are running out of stock.

Top meaty facts

The Great British Beef Week, organised by UK Ladies in Beef, emphasises the nation’s locally produced food. Here are some meaty facts from the group:

Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor.

Let's hope there’s truth in the talk of a funding reprieve for the rural health body Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa NZ (RHAANZ).

No access

The Hound reckons that with the duck shooting season getting underway this week, farmers (especially those irrigating) whose duck ponds are publicly accessible should seriously question would-be hunters wanting access.

Your canine crusader sees that the self-proclaimed font of all knowledge on NZ’s water quality Dr Mike Joy refuses to accept the latest figures released by LAWA on river water quality trends (2007 - 2016).

The Hound notes that the Labour Party and its coalition ‘provincial champion’ mates NZ First said they were surprised at the reaction from the oil and gas industry at the Government’s sudden clampdown on all future offshore exploration in NZ. 

This old mutt hears that China is embarking on its biggest rainmaking project: they want to force rainfall and snow over 1.6 million sq. km – an area roughly three times the size of Spain.

The latest Environment Court decision that brutally cut Federated Farmers’ bid to stop regional councils banning GMOs hopefully puts an end to farmers getting their knickers in a twist about this issue. 

People are switching from plastic to glass milk bottles in the UK.

Almond, soy, rice, hemp, macadamia, hazelnut, pea, flax, coconut, cashew, peanut, walnut: there’s been a recent explosion in the varieties of plant-based milks.

NZ First's provincial base, and the rest of us, have good reason to feel betrayed by some of the policy positions Winston Peters has signed to since putting the Labour-Green government into power.

“We are disappointed there has been no direct consultation with the industry and it is also a surprise given the Labour Party’s 2017 energy manifesto talked of continuing offshore exploration,”

 

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