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GRAIN OF TRUTH
Shaded picture on grain receivals
AS PREDICTED, its been a fraught season for the bulk handlers down the east coast.
Cost of floods more than just financial
“The farmers will be happy with all this rain about, wouldn’t they?” a Melbourne friend asked me recently.
AWB era ends with a whimper, not a bang
AWB shareholders this week voted overwhelmingly to take the money of Canadian agribusiness Agrium and run.
End GM bickering so data can speak
THE ISSUE of genetically modified (GM) wheat is a contentious one, but there’s one unequivocal point in the argument. Australia needs to conduct GM wheat trials.
Foreign ownership not intrinsically evil for grains industry
AUSTRALIAN grain farmers have been fed a steady stream of nationalistic propaganda in regards to ownership of their key retailers and marketers over the years – but is foreign ownership of grains businesses the evil its often made out to be?
Sort out the ports
VIRTUALLY since the ink was dry on the new wheat marketing act ushering in deregulation, there have been concerns surrounding port access.
The bottom line to emerge on GM
AFTER years of largely empty rhetorical battles between pro and anti GM campaigners, the shadow boxing is one step closer to being over, with the news that WA farmers will be able to plant GM canola next season.
Hi-jinks mask a deeper malaise at AWB
Last week’s AWB annual general meeting was vaudeville masquerading as corporate business.
Tricky times ahead in marketing GM crop
AS with all aspects of the GM debate, nothing is ever what it seems.
Spray to be grain industry's 'mulesing'
SPRAYING is the grain industry's mulesing. Ask anyone within the farm chemical industry and they will unequivocally tell you they expect both regulation and public scrutiny to increase in the medium term and certain products to come under scrutiny.
Wheat will never be the same again
July 1 changed everything for wheat growers. No more will AWB have a monopoly on bulk wheat exports, no more will growers have a receiver of last resort for their grain and no more will there likely be any guaranteed access dates for pools. But is that a good thing?
Back on the merry-go-round for GGA
Another year, another controversy it could have done without for the Grain Growers Association.
Time to make a GM decision where it counts
After years of debate, the first plantings of GM canola in Australia are just weeks away, but the question remains: will farmers make a quid out of the new crops?
AWB: Symbolism doesn't equal reality
Those fighting AWB's constitutional change need to realise that symbolism and reality are two separate things.
Get the blinkers off on drought relief
The predictable howling from economic rationalists over farm drought aid fails to take into account the full picture
Website causes divisions
The Wheat08 website goes against its purpose and harms the free marketing case. What do you think?
Good Ship WEMA back on course - but rough seas ahead
It is good to see WEMA has made a decisive decision regarding its plan for a single desk operator - but the devil lies in the detail.
Finding common ground crucial to GM
The upcoming six months will decide the future of biotechnology in Australia forever. Finding a compromise on adventitious presence (AP) levels is crucial to allow co-existence between those who wish to grow GM and those that don't.
Pay decision misses the point
The NFF's glee at the decision to allow EC-declared farmers to defer minimum wages increases does nothing to address the issue of the growing skill shortage in agricultural Australia.
Where to now for wheat?
AWB has said the only way it can pursue its demerger is if industry elects to set up an essential services single desk operator - is this the best option for wheat growers?
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Dairy Innovation Day, Busselton, May 4
The cattle industry would not exist but for foreign investment.
Not only are most levy payers never consulted, nobody even knows who most of them are.
Various thin-shelled types are running around like headless chooks over free-range eggs
The case for spending restraint and a rapid return to surplus is as strong as ever
I'm one of the people who want marijuana to be legalized, some city have been approved it but
Medicinal cannabis could be crop option
#blueysmegacarshowandcruise2019 10 years on Daniels Ute will be apart of another massive cause.
Ute muster to raise funds for RFDS
Australia's live animal trade is nothing but a blood stained industry that suits those who
PGA launches live ex campaign
AFGRI has new stock of S700 headers
16 Sep 18
AFGRI Equipment has a limited number of new John Deere S700 Series combine harvesters available for this harvest.
Liberals vow to keep college doors open
28 Aug 18
PARENTS campaigning to save Moora Residential College (MRC) have cautiously welcomed WA Liberals’ announcement it will keep the facility open if it wins the next State election.
Profit down, but rebounding Nufarm is seeking acquisitions
Bayer’s $88b Monsanto merger bites Aussie cotton R&D
Agrium merger makes super-sized fertiliser parent for Landmark
China’s Rifa pays $55m to beef up its NSW estate
GrainCorp syndicate withdraws from CBH bid
Chinese buy into live shipper Wellard
NZ crop tech firm eyes ASX listing
China’s ag investment rush leaves us for Brazil
Tweets from @FarmOnline/fairfax-rural-reporters
China has followed through with flagged plans to resume importing United States beef, lifting a ban that has existed since mad cow disease was found in the States in 2003.
Indonesia has relaxed its trade restrictions on secondary beef cuts, re-opening a market that was worth $42 million to Australian exporters two years ago.
The recent rainfall will lead to a change in the micron profile of the Australian wool clip next spring, while boosting production volume and lamb marking rates.
While the favourable season is spurring lamb prices and providing more marketing options for producers, livestock agents are concerned rates are reaching unsustainable levels.
There will be more cases of sclerotinia in canola in areas that do not traditionally have problems with the disease due to the wet spring.
Chickpea prices have jumped $30 to $50 a tonne above global market values as farmers caught with soggy crops look for alternative grain supplies to fulfill their forward contract commitments.
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