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AGRIBUZZ WITH DAVID LEYONHJELM
Ag already 'sustainable'
THE most over-used and misused word in the English language currently is ‘sustainable’. Everybody uses it, but there is no agreement as to what it means.
Business as usual? Not now
ELDERS has rejected the offer by Ruralco for its Rural Services division, and Ruralco has formally withdrawn it. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Nothing to see here.
Make it plausible
PREMIUMS for high quality produce are not common, and if a lab test is needed to confirm it, you need a good story. And you can’t assume anyone else will tell it for you.
Why is selling the farm so hard?
THERE is something different about selling farm land compared to selling other assets. Some people just can’t do it.
Down down goes Coles' reputation
WHAT should we make of Coles’ flirtation with Animals Australia? Is the company simply ignorant and stupid, or does it share the aims of Animals Australia?
Best of Agribuzz
David Leyonhjelm is on a break and will return in June. Meanwhile, here's some links to his most popular articles of the past three months.
ADM: Sky fall or windfall?
IT'S a big deal when a semi-monopoly grain handling company looks like changing ownership. But what is the worst that can happen?
Buying the farmer's vote
WHEN other people’s money is being thrown about with more than usual gusto, it is usually a sign that an election is not far away. Hence last week’s announcement of assistance to farmers “struggling with acute levels of debt”.
Old moans don't float
IN A recent opinion article in a major newspaper it was asserted that “Northern Australia will never be the food bowl of the world, Asia or even Australia.”
Prophets of loss
IT IS generally believed that, psychologically speaking, losses are twice as powerful as gains. That is, there is a strong tendency to prefer to avoid a loss rather than acquire a gain.
'Clean green' smokescreen
SOME people like to think that Australian agriculture is clean and green, which they believe translates into market opportunities.
Origin: a state of mind
HAVE you tried an Angus beef burger? Notice anything different? Me neither.
Can Ruralco transform Elders?
SUBJECT to ACCC approval, it seems Ruralco may soon own Elders Rural Services.
Rights caught in the thorns
PROPERTY rights are being eroded in many different ways. Some are high profile, such as restrictions on land clearing, while others seem relatively trivial.
I’m from the government and I’m here to help
IF you run a small business such as a dress shop or accounting practice, there are no specialised public servants waiting to give you advice.
Bringing down the house (brand)
IT is estimated that house brands now account for around a quarter of supermarket sales, with revenue of $22 billion. There are plenty of people who do not like that.
Breaking the duopoly
IF YOU wanted to go into the supermarket business in opposition to Coles and Woolworths, you’d find it tough going.
THE textile industry is under assault for its use of certain chemicals. Man-made fibres as well as wool and cotton are involved.
CSG: our saviour?
ALTHOUGH Australia is a prosperous country, are we so wealthy that we can spurn investments that would increase our wealth? Some people certainly think so.
Greenpeace's greatest crime
THERE are about eight million reasons why Greenpeace should be charged with a crime against humanity.
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See how was at the annual event on April 22.
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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