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BURRS UNDER MY SADDLE
Grooming the Nationals
IAN Macfarlane’s defection from the Liberals to the Nationals is yet another example of political expediency by both the National Party and the Member for Groom.
Saddle-up a new political pony
HAVE the courage to saddle up on the new political pony and you will be surprised how far and how fast it will go.
Politics of a few
A FEW years ago I had no interest or even great awareness of the political vacuum that was quietly engulfing our future.
FTA campaign misguided
CHINA needs our agricultural product and will need increasingly more of it irrespective of the existence of an FTA.
Politics of distraction
WEDGE politic tactics are polarising communities and distracting the government from some big issues it can't afford to ignore.
Crunching the wrong numbers
IT seems the government has no understanding of data concerning our agricultural exports, and it's ultimately hurting farmers.
There's real power in the margins
THIS week I am torn about what to write about. This is not due to a lack of inspiration so much as too many issues, statements and events that incense me.
Taxing times for economic sense
I AM not sure whether to be gobsmacked by the arrogance or the ignorance of Tony Abbott's declaration that increasing GST was acceptable.
Watermark: ground zero
LAST week I expressed my disgust at the ridiculous decision to approve the Shenhua Watermark mine. I remain absolutely disgusted.
Down, but not out
THE farcical launch of an Ag White Paper just days before the Shenhua coal mine approval demonstrates the govt's real agenda.
Taking back the power
THE next election looms large, and too many farmers will not survive another term of government without a more proactive Senate.
Pipe dreams don't help ag
THE Northern White Paper has already been both lauded and lambasted - with some trepidation, I'll wade into the commentary.
The need for feed
MANY producers are staring down the barrel of another tough winter on the back of a recent string of failed seasons.
GRDC move: dumb and dumber
OUR illustrious Minister for Agriculture is belligerently pursuing an agenda to decentralise key agricultural agencies out of Canberra.
Cold comfort on drug dilemma
A DISTURBING theme in the week's news has been the ice epidemic - a bigger problem in its own right than just being part of the broader drug problem.
Battling for hearts and minds
THE core of the problem facing rural and regional Australia is that we are losing the battle of public opinion, says PETE MAILLER.
Debt spiral could cripple ag
LAST Sunday's 60 Minutes WA wheatbelt story missed the chance to emphasise the magnitude of the debt problem in rural Australia.
Getting politically motivated
THE best kind of politicians are the ones who don’t really want to be politicians, but they really want to get something done.
Training the dragon
POLITICIANS and bureaucrats are public servants and it is vitally important that we provide a consistent reinforcement of their place.
POLITICIANS have mastered the art of self-absolution, taking personal credit for successes yet apportioning blame for their failures.
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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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