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OUT OF THE SHADOW
Water policy ebbs and flows
ONE of the more extraordinary events on Capital Hill last week was Barnaby Joyce's attempts to claim responsibility for water policy.
Politics of spin
ARE people sick and tired of political spin? I believe they are.
Education equals innovation
LAST week I had the honour of addressing the Nuffield family at their National Conference - a key breeding ground for Australia’s agriculture and agribusiness leaders.
China FTA needs more work
LABOR wants the China free trade agreement finalised, but it's not yet the best agreement it can be.
What now for Ag White Paper?
THE Abbott government’s Agriculture White Paper has disappeared without a trace. People everywhere have been left with an empty feeling.
Ag needs investment boost
AS a great trading nation, trade liberalisation is a very good thing for Australia.
Barney's grains and grassfed squib
BARNABY Joyce needs to learn a thing or two about expectation management.
Great White expectations dashed
THE longer the White Paper was delayed, the more Barnaby Joyce fuelled expectations - “better to be late and get it right” - but did he?
Addressing the tyranny of distance
SURELY most people who choose a political career are, at least partly, motivated by a desire to reduce poverty and inequality.
Red tape ties up ag investment
AS an island trading continent, we have always been heavily dependent on the money of others to fund our businesses.
Backflips and brain bubbles
LAST week the government’s agricultural policies came under the scrutiny of a Senate Estimates hearing. What emerged was further evidence that Barnaby Joyce is all over the shop.
Agriculture's 'B' list
LAST week was a busy one up on the Hill - a week of “Bs” Biosecurity, the Budget and of course, Barnaby and Boo the dog.
Canberra exodus no good for ag
THE APVMA is not without its critics, but its challenges will become more difficult when Barnaby Joyce forces it to move to Armidale.
FDI 'stunt' sends wrong message
IT'S hardly a new debate, but last week Barnaby Joyce and I again found ourselves disagreeing on foreign direct investment.
Ag policy needs discipline
IT'S time we brought disciplined process to ag policy. The Americans and the Chinese do it and it would make sense for us to do it too.
Where's the White Paper?
A COMMITMENT to produce a strategic White Paper is a great way to have a policy when you’re not having one.
FIRB screen hinders ag investment
EVERYWHERE I turn, agri leaders are expressing exasperation and dismay over the Abbott government’s new foreign investment rules.
Ag's future lies in courageous change
NO area of our economy is more important to our future wellbeing than ag, but how do we transition to clean, green and ethical?
Farm ethics require investment
ASSESSING the ethics of a business entity’s activities before making investment choices is hardly a new practice, says JOEL FITZGIBBON.
Come to terms with industrial hemp
I RECENTLY visited an industrial hemp production factory on the NSW North Coast. Now don’t jump to any conclusions!
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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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