It's the Best of The Country, where Jamie Mackay picks his favourite interviews of the week. Except he's away this week so the show is left in Rowena Duncum's capable hands.

This week's top interviews are:

Todd Clark:

We head to Lexington Kentucky where our US farming correspondent says it never rains but it pours, while much of the rest of the country battles drought and heatwaves. We also look changes in the Kentucky farming landscape courtesy of Donald Trump and tell you how you can join us on the Southern USA Farming and Sightseeing Tour.


John Monaghan:

We ask the newly-appointed Fonterra Chairman to respond to harsh criticism from business commentator Rod Oram regarding his ability to take over from his predecessors Sir Henry van der Heyden and John Wilson.

Steve Maharey:

Is a former Labour Cabinet Minister and former VC of Massey University who questions whether business confidence is really at its lowest ebb since the GFC?

Todd Charteris:

Rabobank NZ's Chief Executive previews the latest Rabobank Agribusiness Monthly Report, due for release later this week, which contains mainly good news for the New Zealand primary sector.

Tom Wells and Mairi Whittle:

The owner of Hinterlands Foods and his Fieldays Rural Catch 2018 neighbour talk about their attempt to grab the attention of Virgin Australia and become meat suppliers for the NZ to Australia flights.


Marc Rivers:

The trading halt is on, the milk price is down and now the trading halt is off. We ask Fonterra's CFO what's going on with our biggest company.

Listen below: