It can sometimes be hard for Kiwi farmers to keep their chin up when confronted with their portrayal in the media.
The farming industry has a flow on effect that boosts the New Zealand economy, providing income for many households. The upstream effect of the income we are generating is not talked about enough in our mainstream media.
One Wairarapa farmer said at a recent conference that farms provide income to a further 30 households.
Matt Wyeth from Spring Valley Enterprises explained that many are fleeing their farmland because the pressure and stress is becoming too much.
He says the media needs to make an effort and a change towards telling more positive stories from farmers.
Watch the full interview with Matt Wyeth above.