Today on The Country, Jamie Mackay caught up with Mat Hocken, the Manawatu dairy farmer who won the Emerging Leader Award at Rabobank's Leadership Awards last night.

On with the show:

Mat Hocken:

We kick off the show the winner of the Emerging Leader Award at the 2019 Trans-Tasman Rabobank Leadership Awards, a dynamic Manawatu dairy farmer with his finger in several business pies.

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Steve Carden:

We catch up with the chief executive of Pāmu, the man responsible for running New Zealand's biggest farming operation.

Jeremy Rookes:

Is an outspoken central Hawkes Bay sheep and beef farmer who is none too pleased with the government's proposed fresh water reforms.

Lewis Ferris:

Our Met Service Weather forecaster gives us an update for the weekend.

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Grant Edwards:

The GM of PGG Wrightson Wool takes his monthly look at a market, that is going nowhere in a hurry. He also warns farmers to be aware of the contamination that is discounting their clip.

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Barry Soper:

Our political correspondent comments on New Zealand First's inner turmoil, the Labour Party annual conference and a 17-year-old candidate in Palmerston North.

Listen below: