FARM LIFE NEWS
Last Rock on the Planet
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Feb 3, 2014 11:52 AM CST

New Zealand farmer Charlie Pedersen lives in one of the most beautiful places on the planet: glorious green hills, steep snowy mountains, a blue ocean. It is also one of the most isolated places, two main islands floating in the South Pacific far from anything. Its closest neighbors of any size are Australia (1,400 miles) and Antarctica (2,000 miles).

"Last rock before you leave the planet" is how New Zealanders often describe their nation.

That isolation, 55-year-old Pedersen says, has shaped the way New Zealand farmers think about their profession. "We all take a worldview. Less than 10% of the ...

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