It has been a big year for the Minister of Agriculture Damian O'Connor.
With record trade exports but rural confidence down, he's had a lot on his plate.
Mr O'Connor joined Rural Exchange for their last show of 2018 to look back at the year.
He discusses the high demand for New Zealand funded agri-science scholarships, the latest mental health inquiry report and delays to the joint Lincoln University AgResearch facility construction.
The team also revisted all the rural sectors highs and lows of 2018.
Watch the full interview with Damien O'Connor above.