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AGRIBUZZ WITH DAVID LEYONHJELM
Hockey's game missed the goal
HOW might things have been different if ADM had bought GrainCorp? The main difference would have been its willingness to invest in storage and logistics.
A case of organic proportions
THE WA court case between farmers growing organic canola and GM canola has the potential to define property rights for a generation.
Ag not a 'special case'
THE solution to excessive debt is not more debt: there is no justification for relieving debt-burdened farmers of their debts so they can borrow more.
Send out the clones
A BAN on using cloned animals for food production reminds us we sometimes make choices that have very negative long term consequences.
'Special' label unwarranted
ATTEMPTS to exempt certain groups from a particular tax or regulation because they're seen as "special" doesn't wash.
Abolishing the ag department
JUST as we have no need for a powerful department to “coordinate” our coal industry, we do not need such a department for agriculture.
GM stance costs us all
THE rest of Australia needs to stop pandering to Tasmania's expensive fantasies - such as remaining GM-free to the agriculture sector's detriment.
'Do nothing' a rare approach
AN amazing thing happened at Christmas - the government accepted recommendations to do nothing over wheat stocks.
It’s the Ma and Pa of it
THERE are basically two types of farms in Australia now – those that are large, commercial and profitable, and those that rely on off-farm income to survive.
'Frankenfish': food's future
THERE is an entire industry fixated on preventing food from genetically modified sources from reaching our plates. The problem is not that these people are obsessed, but that they inflict their obsessions on society.
Jackman saves the banks
THE rate of decline for Elders has accelerated during Jackman’s tenure. Over the five years in which he held the job, the company lost a total of $1.59b. So how much worse could it have been?
ADM dodges a bullet
DEAR ADM – consider yourselves lucky. Your first responsibility is to your shareholders. The offer to purchase GrainCorp was too generous and you would have struggled for years to generate a decent return.
Free doesn't mean happy
THE assumption that free-range chickens are happier than those kept in cages turns out to be wrong.
GM crop Luddism
THE SA government recently extended its moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops - but the reasons offered for this were ludicrous.
Open for which business?
TRADE leads to prosperity, and free trade leads to more of it. If the government keeps GrainCorp in local hands, why not support unilateral free trade? The market will do the rest.
ESCAS skewing priorities
WHAT does it say about our priorities as a nation that we should seek to impose our standards of animal welfare on other countries while saying nothing about human rights issues that scream out for attention?
No skin in the game
THE only people whose opinions matter in the WCB bid debate are the shareholders. Their shares are private property, over which they should have sole authority.
Private rights a public concern
THOSE who believe in property rights ought to be concerned whenever governments seek to limit them.
Free trade? sounds fair
WHAT would you think if Victoria prohibited the importing of Queensland bananas because Queenslanders refused to buy Victorian milk, preferring to prop up their own dairy farmers?
Cracking the right 'vibe'
THE UK virus that infected Coles a couple of years ago and led to it adopting populist animal rights-based policies has appeared to have spread to Woolworths.
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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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