It's the Best of The Country brought to you by Rabobank and Jamie Mackay. This week Jamie is in Germany at the Future of Farming Dialogue 2018, leaving Rowena Duncum in charge back home.

On with the show:

Damien O'Connor:

The Minister of Agriculture is back from Europe and talks about what he achieved during his time overseas, along with what he made of Fonterra's results and his thoughts on the 125th anniversary of New Zealand women gaining the vote.


Tom Martin aka "Farmer Tom":

Jamie Mackay talks to the man behind "Face-Time a Farmer," an educational initiative that allows schoolkids to learn about life on the farm.

Emma Higgins:

Rabobank's Dairy Analyst answers some tough questions about the GDT today. Why do the results keep going down and is the dollar going to save us?

Jesus Madrazo:

The Head of Agricultural Affairs and Sustainability for the Crop Science Division of Bayer talks about the buzzword that is 'sustainability', whether New Zealand farmers should use GM grasses to fight climate change and how we are going to feed 10 billion people by 2050.

Charles Fergusson:

Fonterra's Head of Farm Source for Canterbury, Marlborough and Tasman talks about another falling GDT - is the payout under threat and is an auction still the right format for us?

Jasper Roubos:

Jasper is a 5th generation, intensive arable farmer who farms outside Amsterdam. His 60 hectare farm, like 30-40 per cent of the Netherlands, is below sea level - in his case six metres below sea level.

Listen below: