It's the Best of The Country with Rabobank, catch up on the top interviews of the week as chosen by Jamie Mackay.

This week's best interviews were:

Steve Maharey:

A former Labour Cabinet Minister and former Vice Chancellor of Massey University comments on the world's leading agricultural university (Wageningen in the Netherlands) and New Zealand's future as food nation producing clean, green, pasture-fed meat and dairy products.


Prof Keith Woodford:

A former Lincoln University academic comments on the A2 Milk success story and the past failure of dairy co-ops Fonterra and Westland to see it. He also says a lack of retained earnings has been a major constraint for Fonterra and Westland compared to Tatua.

Hayley Gourley:

Rabobank's GM Country Banking discusses the results of the bank's latest Rural Confidence Survey (due out later in the week) which sees sheep and beef farmer confidence up and dairy and horticulture confidence down.

Julian Raine:

The President of Horticulture New Zealand reflects on his whirlwind visit to nine countries in 17 days on his boysenberry bonanza plus we discuss some headwinds on the home front.

Winston Peters:

In his fortnightly "I told you so" session, the Acting PM lectures us on the economy, whether charity should begin at home, the ban on new oil and gas exploration and why he modestly compares himself to a US President.


Listen below: