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AGRIBUZZ WITH DAVID LEYONHJELM
Who should pay for R&D?
EVERYONE from the Minister down is telling us that agriculture is suffering from low productivity growth, aggravated by our high cost environment and the high dollar.
Coles’ free-range headache
COLES is now discovering the ephemeral nature of the support of animal rights and consumer advocates.
Milking the Asian market
ARE Australian dairy producers competitive enough? Can they capture a significant share of the Chinese market and, in the process, compel Coles and the other supermarkets to pay higher prices domestically?
City meats country on beef
THE perception that city people do not understand agriculture will not have been helped by the February issue of Choice magazine.
Are ag shareholders getting screwed?
YOU may have noticed AACo chief David Farley got a pay rise last year of 28 per cent, taking his total remuneration to $1.2 million.
Will reason prevail on mulesing?
DO reason and the weight of evidence win in the end? Not always, but at least in the case of mulesing they might be making a comeback.
Fruit and veg could kill you
BARELY a day goes by in which we are not told to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.
A deal worth making
JUST the whiff of suggestion that the government might be about to reduce its services to agriculture is enough to spark an enormous outpouring of indignation.
WHEN a disease strikes our agricultural industries, the first response is usually to wipe it out. Equine and avian influenza are two well-known examples where this has occurred.
Investing in agriculture
BLOG: How do you become a manager of a small investment fund? The answer is to start by managing a big fund and invest in agriculture.
We know what egg consumers want
ACCORDING to the ACCC, reasonable consumers expect eggs marketed as free range to be “produced in an environment in which laying birds regularly access an attractive outdoor range".
A long but miserable life
IF YOU had committed some of your hard-earned funds to buying Elders shares some four or five years ago, you would now be sitting on a loss of about 98 per cent of your money.
Hendra vaccine - a remarkable story
A VACCINE is now on the market for preventing Hendra virus in horses. For various reasons this is remarkable.
Bring back the APVMA board
ALMOST everyone agrees there is a problem with the regulator of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
You call that a register?
CONSENSUS seems to be emerging that a compromise between those who have no objections to foreign investment in agriculture and those who oppose it is to create a register of foreign ownership.
Logging bill a warning on NGOs
A bill is making its way through parliament that has serious implications for farmers and other land owners who wish to harvest timber on their properties, writes DAVID LEYONHJELM.
Why you shouldn't lock the gate
FEARS about fracking are grossly overblown, writes DAVID LEYONHJELM.
Beef should stay off the round table
SOME in the cattle industry, including the Cattle Council, have apparently fallen for the good cop – bad cop con used by environmental lobby groups to manipulate industries, writes David Leyonhjelm.
Spitting chips over protection
POTATOES are at the centre of another debate raging over appropriate levels of protection, writes DAVID LEYONHJELM.
The rice and fall of socialism
AS long as they retain a rice single desk, NSW ricegrowers are at a marketing disadvantage, writes DAVID LEYONHJELM.
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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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