This week on The Best of The Country, Jamie Mackay catches up with Michael Every for a look at how the US midterm elections could affect Kiwi agriculture, and asks newly-elected Fonterra director Leonie Guiney if she's an activist. Rowena Duncum hosts today's show.

This week's top interviews are:

Bruce Cameron:

We catch up with a leading Bay of Plenty farmer, and the chairman-designate of Zespri , in China where he's promoting kiwifruit at a huge trade expo.


Steve Maharey:

Is a former Labour Cabinet Minister and VC of Massey University who talks about the agribusiness hub of New Zealand the rise and rise of Jacinda Ardern.

Dr Alix Barclay:

MPI's Intelligence Manager for the M.bovis response updates the encouraging progress in the battle against the cattle disease as the bulk milk testing program nears its final stage.

Peter Cullinane:

The marketing guru behind Lewis Road Creamery has formed a joint venture with Southern Pastures and Westland Milk Products to market high-end New Zealand butter into the USA with Houston and Los Angeles being the first ports of call.

Leonie Guiney:

After a disastrous year at Head Office, Fonterra farmer shareholders have voted with their boot and the result is the return of a director some have described as an activist and a renegade. We ask her if she's either?


Michael Every:

We track down Rabobank's Asia Pacific Strategist who's in the country this week presenting at client functions on implications of current global political and economic conditions, including the US mid-term elections, for the New Zealand agricultural sector.

Listen below: