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Dollars and sense
WHILE the government is taking steps to enhance the Farm Management Deposits (FMD) Scheme, the private sector must also evaluate its contributions in the financial space.
Icons should be priceless
AN attempt to expand a trademark over the Waltzing Matilda brand has sparked debate about the commodification of our national icons.
Beef inquiry needs facts, not rumours
AN inquiry into the effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sector should be built on facts and figures, not rumours.
Feeding the elephant and the dragon
WHILE many of us watched Lord’s this week, Australians are also getting bowled over in the race to feed the elephant and the dragon.
White Paper brings ag to fore
THERE will be ardent supporters of the federal government’s rural blueprint in the Ag White Paper, and there will, of course, be critics.
Transforming the North
WE ARE making furious steps to realise the true economic potential of the north to capitalise on the growing wealth across Asia.
Shoring up rural communities
THE decline in mining revenue and associated job losses means rural communities are experiencing the impact of this more than most.
A changing food landscape
IT WON'T come as a surprise for anyone to read that I have always enjoyed a good, hearty dinner.
Making the most of it
THE life of a politician can often make you feel like you exist on a never-ending treadmill of airports and air travel.
Farming's epic battle
AUSTRALIAN farmers could be forgiven for thinking their blood, sweat and toil over the past few decades have been futile.
Lest we forget our bush soliders
THE thousands of tombstones at Gallipoli stand as a permanent monument to the misery and waste of war.
Drought: a war of attrition
DROUGHT forces the landholder to examine even their most basic order of beliefs and turns them into questions, says BARRY O'SULLIVAN.
Bananas on a slippery slope
TO understand the threat Panama disease poses to Queensland’s banana crop, you have to understand global soil fungus diseases.
Sugar's supply should not be soured
THE sugar supply chain is about to face arguably the most significant public policy process in 100 years.
Green, mean, fighting machine
YOU don’t have to be in parliament for long to see the lengths the Greens will go to push their corrupted view of the planet.
Green tape debacle is back
WHILE the final results are still being calculated and the negotiations among the elected parties are still in motion, it would be remiss of me, as a Queensland Senator, to not spend some time in this column discussing my state’s election outcome.
Keep the chaos out of parliament
POLITICS is a game of numbers. You either have them or you don't. If you have them, you are probably the government.
Dawning of the age of ag
WHILE it might not be the popular opinion, I believe 2014 will be remembered as the year we stopped relying on easy answers.
Hard realities of a rocky parliament
WHILE cigars, burkas and barnacles dominated the headlines in 2014, I believe the simple rock best typifies the parliament's year.
A co-operative approach
IT IS not mentioned every day, but the word co-operative is once again being spoken in the corridors of Canberra.
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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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