Today The Country is coming to you from Palmerston North ahead of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games this weekend and tonight's Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards.

Norwood's CEO Tim Myers co-hosts with Jamie Mackay.

On with the show:

Lisa Murray:


Our Met Service Weather forecaster has a look at what the weekend has in store for us.

Don Carson:

Is a rural commentator who reflects on Cyclone Bola 30 years on and questions Fonterra's handling of the A2 milk issue and Leonie Guiney.

Jeremy Rookes and Jason Uden:

One of our Farmer J's joins us to talk about the "biblical" amounts of rain in Hawke's Bay, while the other is on his way to Palmerston North for the Rural Games.

Rodney Gillard:

We catch up the national sales manager for Volkswagen at the other big rural event happening around the country – the Upper Clutha A&P Show at Wanaka.

Andrew Watters:

The chief executive of rural investment and management company MyFarm offers investors the opportunity of double-digit returns from some of New Zealand's smartest primary industry exporters.

Steve Hollander:

The Hilux Rural Games have already started with the Running of the Wools. Rural Games founder Steve Hollander gives us a preview of the weekend.

Listen below: