Ross Hyland is excited to finally launch his book Our Land Our People - In search of farming excellence.

Hyland told The Country's Jamie Mackay, there are 150 people attending tonight's launch in Hamilton which he says is "going to be an absolute blast."

Our Land Our People tells the stories of 24 leading farming families and Hyland spent around two years travelling the length and breadth of New Zealand to interview his subjects.

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The book features notable people in the rural community, such as wine industry legend Peter Yealands, QEII National Trust Chair James Guild, aviation pioneer Sir Tim Wallis and Ballance Farm Environment Award winners Hew and Roger Dalrymple - a couple of brothers who Hyland describes as "characters."