Today on The Country - Jamie Mackay catches up with Fonterra's newly-appointed chairman John Monaghan.

On with the show:

Nathan Guy:

The Opposition Spokesperson for Agriculture, Biosecurity and Food Safety talks about the state of the economy and what it means for rural New Zealand.

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John Monaghan:

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

Heather Stacy:

The general manager livestock and shareholder services at Alliance Group - New Zealand's biggest sheepmeat exporter - says the co-op has a minimum price starting in September of $8.20, which is the highest price its ever paid, for early season chilled lamb.

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?

Catherine Duthie:

Is an MPI Incident Controller for M. bovis who gives us an update on the latest stats surrounding the disease outbreak, with the number of confirmed infected properties now down to 37 and the number of properties under Restricted Place Notice down to 64.

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