What makes a farmer?
AGRICULTURE doesn't provide much shelter for dawdlers, or people that aren't self motivated.
Exporting our expertise
AUSTRALIA is a big agricultural exporter, but is there an opportunity to value add by exporting labour, particularly management and proficiency?
Bernardi hits a PC nerve
LIBERAL Senator Cory Bernardi was spot on last week. But with just two points.
Activists' new recruits
ANIMAL activists appear to have the next generation of campaigners in their sights.
Time for a unified vision
IT SEEMS at a time of the year when we like to look back, the rear view of my divergent blog topics highlight many issues, but not all are unique to the sector.
That sentimental feeling
“A sentimentalist is one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.” Always wise words by that 19th-century British playwright and wit, Oscar Wilde.
Why the white anting?
LAST week's AgChatOz discussion on Twitter was far from a "tremendous voice" for agriculture, thanks to the actions of a disrespectful few.
Q&A: Linnegar's focus
IN the second Get Muddy Q&A, I pulled up a seat for a chat with National Farmers' Federation chief executive Matt Linnegar.
Ditch the ag-titude
AGRICULTURE is developing a chip on its shoulder that implies we “owe” farmers for producing our food and fibre.
From the horse's mouth
IN THE wake of the Melbourne Cup, the Australian horse racing industry is enduring flak that might seem familiar to those in livestock production.
Raising good sports
DO they breed them tougher in the country?
Kicking the black dog
IN my experience, farmers like to make sense of stuff - for many, if they can’t see it or work it out it, it lacks validity.
Winning consumer trust
WELCOMING questions and increasing transparency will help build consumer trust in agriculture, according to Charlie Arnot.
The stories we tell
AGRICULTURE has some amazing stories to tell, but the biggest challenge we face is making our audience - the consumer – care enough to listen and act.
Activist 'nazis' ruin lives
HITLER once said: “Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage...” - sounds like the core values of an animal activist group to me.
Strong women, strong industry
IN AGRICULTURE, my generation of men and women are only just making ground in an older, male-dominated industry.
Redefining sustainable
IN developed countries, is the “sustainable” in sustainable farming actually sustaining the right thing?
High time for hemp
TO the untrained eye industrial hemp looks and smells identical to the infamous illicit ‘pot’ plant. The problem is our short-sighted government can’t tell the difference either.
Georgian state of mind
FOREIGN investment in Australia continues to be a hot topic, attracting comments with some decidedly Georgian undertones.
The faithful few
DESPITE trying times in regional Australia, it seems the people of Australian agriculture have decided that faith in yourself, family and goals is more rewarding and beneficial for them than institutionalised religion.
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