Today The Country ponders and predicts what the Government's 2018 Budget could mean for New Zealand's rural population.

On with the show:

Katie Milne:

The President of Federated Farmers responds to last week's scathing criticism from Farmer J (Jason Uden) where he called the Federated Farmers a "bunch of dicks".

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James Shaw:

The Green Party co-leader and Minister for Climate Change says this afternoon's Budget will not be anti-business and anti-farming, rather it will concentrate on some much-needed social spending.

David Morgan:

The outgoing chair of the NZ Deer Farmers Association reviews his organisation's annual conference which culminates today in South Canterbury.

Joe Wheeler and Ben Smith:

Courtesy of Farmlands, fans of farming and footy, we preview this weekend's Super Rugby with the best fullback in the world and the fifth best lock in Otago.

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