[20 December/ Rural News]

According to Rural News, highlights of the year included the successes of Zespri and the kiwifruit sector, the rise of Lewis Road Creamery, and the deal between Silver Fern Farms and Shanghai Maling. Other highs included the sharp increase in dairy pay outs, Federated Farmers’ response to the Kaikoura earthquake, and Massey University for returning its focus to agriculture. In addition, they noted the work that Ian Proudfoot, KPMG’s Global Head of Agribusiness is doing in trying to move the primary sector away from the old world and into the new. The negatives of 2016 included Russel Normal and Greenpeace who kept accusing Fonterra and the Government of destroying the planet, as well as Lincoln University for their financial struggles. Other negatives included low lamb prices and a wool industry that even the primary sector started to forget about.