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THE ICEBERG LETTERS
No more monkey business, donkey!
SIR, with your reputation for chest-beating fury going before you, I hope you will forgive me in this matter.
Grandad's $5000 white elephant
IT is with heavy heart I write to inform you that your best years are behind you, and we’re going to have to let you go.
Venting over an elusive virtue
THIS letter must be brief because I really don’t have time to spend corresponding with you.
Wound up and browned off
PODCAST: JUST work - that’s all I ask. Don’t clog or split or puncture or warp - just work.
Hire power in the halls of fame
PODCAST: A RECENT visit to one of your kind prompted my thinking about your existence.
Not quite the perfect fit
IT has been quite some time since we were acquainted. You may not remember me but I knew you quite well, long ago.
Dear bush poetry
THOUGHTS have swirled within my head, so much I thought I’d better, sit down beneath a gumtree here, and write to you a letter.
THERE was a saying going around once suggesting that your presence on walls and kitchen benches was a sign that a large amount of rain was on its way.
Recipe for a baking disaster
PODCAST: Dear C Row, I write to inform you that your chocolate cake recipe which appears on page 41 of a locally-produced high school ladies auxiliary cookbook from 1984, does not work.
Lift your game... or you're toast
PODCAST: Dear toaster, it's time you realised that when I say 'stay down', you stay down.
That's my best price
PODCAST: DEAR electronics store sales people, how do you sleep at night? Probably on the Panasonic Ultra-Doze Pillow, now on special.
Plush tastes confuse the muse
PODCAST: DEAR red velvet, if you don’t taste like the interior trim of a 1980s VB Commodore, why the fancy name?
Bashin' a fashion for passion
AUDIO: WHERE “holds a keen interest in” or “lifelong hobby” would have once sufficed, nowadays "passion" is all the rage.
Calling in the swat team
SOME declare it a badge of honour that someone “wouldn’t hurt a fly” - this phrase holds little weight with me.
A not-so-warm welcome
WINTER - you're late arrival has us thinking you might not show up at all.
The shoe is on the other foot
WHILE it’s too late for me to make a tennis career for myself in 1974, that doesn’t change my desire for discounted comfort and fashion.
Time to break it down
DEAR compost, help me out here. I feed and feed and feed but I can’t help feel you’re not as active as you could be.
It's in the post
ANOTHER postage stamp price rise is a reminder of a time before the internet, text messaging, and when letters were a big deal.
When persistence won't pay
TELEMARKETERS be warned - your persistence in ringing the phone off the hook just won't pay off.
Game of cat and mouse
WHEN there's a mouse in the house, no-one rests in the game of cat and mouse.
PHOTOS & VIDEOS
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
Absolutely ludicrous that this is even a thing. Should organic farmers be liable if their farms
GM inquiry likely to conclude next year
GM crops are a dud. They are stalled, with GM seed markets saturated, and failure to deliver on
CropLife welcomes benefits of GM crops
Not sure in what universe Wilson think the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is "an
Wilson opposes Ley's bill
Lock new APL chair
16 Jul 18
AUSTRALIA Pork Limited (APL) has a new director and board chairman in David Lock.
Gerald returns to the ag industry
08 Jul 18
PROMINENT former WA agribusiness and livestock identity Gerald Wetherall has returned to the rural industry with...
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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