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A MATTER OF OPINION
Drowning in water politics
DEBATE over which portfolio the Commonwealth Environment Water Holder is not much more than political posturing.
Broadband needs overhaul
A FEW years ago, the Internet was optional - you could live comfortably without it. Now, that’s not the case.
A murky water debate
SOUTH Australian federal Labor politicians who decried Malcolm Turnbull’s shift of Water into the Agriculture portfolio this week could have applied their energies far better than attacking a ministerial change that’s also been strongly backed by farmers.
Market access under attack
THE launch of the NFF's new website calling for public support and donations to help its pro-FTA campaign shows agriculture's push to improve its access to global markets is under serious attack.
Enough talk over fire prevention
UNLIKE drought, which creeps through the boundary fence and quietly eats away at each individual’s business and the social well being of towns out of the government’s sight, a firestorm razes all in its path, making it impossible to ignore.
Sounds of a beef industry carve-up
ONCE upon a time the beef industry was a community of rugged individualists who co-operated with each other. Those times are a-changing.
Mining debate rages on
MINING remains a highly contentious issue for producers across South Australia, and those further afield.
Good news for Aust producers?
THE long-awaited Ag White Paper was finally released on Saturday – more than six months late – but has it lived up to expectations?
Farmers, bite on in
THE fridge magnet motto says: 'Never trust a skinny chef'. In the case of farmers, consuming what they grow is a pretty good idea.
Not your 'average Joe'
“GET a good job that pays good money”: it seems Joe Hockey can’t open his mouth lately without shooting himself in the foot.
The fuzzy logic of genetic research
THE failure of investment in the INF and MerinoSelect to deliver a return appears to be a case of the cart before the horse - or is it?
Has PETA lost the plot?
HAVE the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) completely lost perspective?
Woolly questions for AWI
SO, Australian Wool Innovation invested a measly $3.3 million in sheep genetics and genomics research during 2010-13? Big deal!
Dodgy labour brought to the fore
WHY would young European and Asian workers leave their homes to come and toil in the paddocks and orchards of Australian farms?
Agriculture's biggest issue
WHERE would the government's money be best spent on when it comes to agriculture?
End of a rail era
THE announcement that Viterra will not extend its Mallee rail agreement beyond July 31, signals the end of an era for the south.
No Badge of honour for MLA
THE choice of Nick “The Honey Badger” Cummins as an MLA beef ambassador is an odd one, writes VERNON GRAHAM.
Relocate to reconnect
THE question is not whether the GRDC’s head office should be moved out of Canberra, but why the hell it was there in the first place.
Media stunts hang us out to dry
SINCE when did it become so popular to bash the Australian farmer?
Rural web's big data fail
THE digital divide is growing. Every month, Australia’s rural communications infrastructure ages against the growing demands.
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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 went to the State barrier fence coastal - end yesterday - and was appalled at the state of
Wild dogs on funding schemes’ radar
The days of DAFWA having the bulk of GRDC funding in WA are long gone, they can't even
Grains research hangs in the balance
In a domestic market situation I can see why this would be supported but in a 90% export market
Wheat wars continue
Agrium expands its tech base
23 Jun 17
LANDMARK’S Canadian farm services and crop products parent Agrium Inc has bought another Australian venture, the...
Farming optimism riding high
21 Jun 17
IT’S not raining where it’s badly needed, but farmers across much of Australia are more optimistic about their...
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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