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THE 2014-2015 Tropical Cyclone season starts today, with a  forecast for below-average cyclone numbers this year.
THE 2014-2015 Tropical Cyclone season starts today, with a forecast for below-average cyclone numbers this year.
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A RAFT of proposals in Joyce's Ag Green Paper are unlikely to ever see the light of day because they conflict with government philosophy or are unaffordable. A RAFT of proposals in Joyce's Ag Green Paper are unlikely to ever see the light of day because they conflict with government philosophy or are unaffordable.
FLOODING and hail has caused widespread crop damage in large parts of Western Australia. FLOODING and hail has caused widespread crop damage in large parts of Western Australia.
A MAJOR cattle station in central Queensland has sold for a 50pc discount to what the vendor paid for it at the top of the market, alarming local landholders. A MAJOR cattle station in central Queensland has sold for a 50pc discount to what the vendor paid for it at the top of the market, alarming local landholders.
AS AACo brings its markets into sharper focus, the edges of what defines 'the company' are blurring. AS AACo brings its markets into sharper focus, the edges of what defines 'the company' are blurring.
THE Woolmark Company has released its Wool Care Guide app, placing information on apparel care at consumers finger tips.
1:00 AM THE Woolmark Company has released its Wool Care Guide app, placing information on apparel care at consumers finger tips.  | Westblade scholarship...  | Barnaby passes the buck on EID 
Sheep - Wool
THE conclusion of the 2014 ram selling season has coincided with the end of an era for Centre Plus WA.
1:00 AM THE conclusion of the 2014 ram selling season has coincided with the end of an era for Centre Plus WA.
DESPITE Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) closing its Perth office, its says WA will continue to be represented by a local team.
1:00 AM DESPITE Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) closing its Perth office, its says WA will continue to be represented by a local team.
“I'M shaking a bit,” Will Bignell admits soon after he’s launched a big quadrocopter drone into the teeth of a gusty wind.
1:00 AM “I'M shaking a bit,” Will Bignell admits soon after he’s launched a big quadrocopter drone into the teeth of a gusty wind. | Anti-drone legislation MIA  | Game of drones delivers the goods 
A WA sheep farmer is working to change the perception of Australia's wool industry, by selling his story, and his wool direct to Europe.
It's the story behind Happy Sheeps that Mukinbudin farmer Stephen Sprigg hopes will attract buyers to his product and help highlight Australia as a clean, green wool market option in Europe.
1:00 AM A WA sheep farmer is working to change the perception of Australia's wool industry, by selling his story, and his wool direct to Europe. It's the story behind Happy Sheeps that...
Sheep - Wool
1:00 AM INCREASES to firearms licencing fees announced earlier this year will stand, despite two Liberal MPs crossing the floor to support Shooters and Fishers Party MP Rick Mazza in an attempt...
SHOULD Australia implement some of the “ag-gag” laws being rolled out in the United States? Don’t go there, Craig Davis says.
1:00 AM SHOULD Australia implement some of the “ag-gag” laws being rolled out in the United States? Don’t go there, Craig Davis says. | Voiceless vocal about farm raid... 
AGRICULTURAL Biotechnology Council chair Ken Matthews says Australian governments are “gutless” on giving farmers access to GM crops.
1:00 AM AGRICULTURAL Biotechnology Council chair Ken Matthews says Australian governments are “gutless” on giving farmers access to GM crops. | Lift GM restrictions, says Harper  | Steering clear of GM in the Midwest 
THE Chinese Government today announced it is lifting the temporary suspension on the export of Fonterra formula and whey powder.
31 Oct 14 THE Chinese Government today announced it is lifting the temporary suspension on the export of Fonterra formula and whey powder. | Fonterra seeks to float farmer fund 
AACO today announced the start of full commercial operations at Livingstone Beef, its new northern beef processing facility south of Darwin.
31 Oct 14 AACO today announced the start of full commercial operations at Livingstone Beef, its new northern beef processing facility south of Darwin. | Chinese covet cattle stations  | Use ESCAS for edge: Keogh 
Cattle - Beef
DESPITE a near-normal start to October 2014, exceptional warmth took over from mid-month, bumping the national monthly average temperature close to the 26-year-old record.
31 Oct 14 DESPITE a near-normal start to October 2014, exceptional warmth took over from mid-month, bumping the national monthly average temperature close to the 26-year-old record. | Perfect storm for Early Warning  | Wild weather hits crop quality 
THE Abbott government has reluctantly agreed to discuss climate change at the G20 summit in Brisbane, but the G20 group will not make any new commitments to act on emissions.
31 Oct 14 THE Abbott government has reluctantly agreed to discuss climate change at the G20 summit in Brisbane, but the G20 group will not make any new commitments to act on emissions. | Fire season threatens despite rain  | BOM's crystal ball goes cloudy 
CHINA’S appetite for Australia’s livestock will not impact trade ties with Indonesia if managed correctly, according to industry leaders.
31 Oct 14  2 CHINA’S appetite for Australia’s livestock will not impact trade ties with Indonesia if managed correctly, according to industry leaders. | LSS in new live ex fracas  | Live ex class action moves forward 
UPDATED 2pm: NEW incentives are on the way to encourage more to doctors to fill shortages in rural Australia.
31 Oct 14 UPDATED 2pm: NEW incentives are on the way to encourage more to doctors to fill shortages in rural Australia. | Investigating regional growth  | Rural mental health in focus 
NOT many people – including Coalition MPs – understand the details of the government's Direct Action plan.
31 Oct 14  2 NOT many people – including Coalition MPs – understand the details of the government's Direct Action plan.
SLIDING down again, the (AWEX) Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) dropped another 7 cents this week to settle at 1029c a kilogram.
31 Oct 14 SLIDING down again, the (AWEX) Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) dropped another 7 cents this week to settle at 1029c a kilogram. | Wool slips back 7c/kg  | Aussies pip Kiwis for world... 
Sheep - Wool
31 Oct 14  1 THE government's new innovation and competitiveness agenda sends a positive message to foreign investors interested in Australian agribusiness.
A DELEGATION of Liberal MPs will visit Indonesia in response to reports the WA Trade Office in Jakarta is to be closed.
31 Oct 14 A DELEGATION of Liberal MPs will visit Indonesia in response to reports the WA Trade Office in Jakarta is to be closed.
WA farmers have been slow to apply for the Federal Government's concessional loans schemes.
31 Oct 14 WA farmers have been slow to apply for the Federal Government's concessional loans schemes.
COMPETITION among exporters for east coast grain is on the rise - and growers could be winners in a new look grain supply chain.
31 Oct 14  3 COMPETITION among exporters for east coast grain is on the rise - and growers could be winners in a new look grain supply chain.
WHAT a season it has been for stud breeders, who have certainly reaped the rewards of growing confidence in the WA sheep industry.
31 Oct 14 WHAT a season it has been for stud breeders, who have certainly reaped the rewards of growing confidence in the WA sheep industry.
THE State Government will invest $20 million in the agriculture and food sector's biosecurity defences to help capture a share of growing international markets, including the use of smart phone technology in the early detection of pests and weeds.
31 Oct 14 THE State Government will invest $20 million in the agriculture and food sector's biosecurity defences to help capture a share of growing international markets, including the use of...
HAIL and flood damage throughout the WA grainbelt last week has caused an immediate but slight downgrade of 250,000 tonnes in the State's estimated grain harvest of 13.45 million tonnes.
31 Oct 14 HAIL and flood damage throughout the WA grainbelt last week has caused an immediate but slight downgrade of 250,000 tonnes in the State's estimated grain harvest of 13.45 million tonnes.
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Doctor Barney as Deputy Prime Minister is a horror movie in 3D, but it is halloween.
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In some ways you have a point Freshy but not totally. You are right to say farmers need to
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Yeah, that's right, FFS, in the 15th floor penthouse. How nice of you to remember. Are you going
NEWS of the secret profit-sharing deal prompted the Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance (WRRA) to describe the current situation as a “disgrace” and question whether a corruption inquiry or Royal Commission was needed.30 Oct 14 NEWS of the secret profit-sharing deal prompted the Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance (WRRA) to describe the...
CBH says a potential conflict of interest in the WA Government's oversight of Brookfield Rail operating a privatised State-owned monopoly asset, while being incentivised to profit share with the commercial entity, must be urgently addressed.30 Oct 14  1 CBH says a potential conflict of interest in the WA Government's oversight of Brookfield Rail operating a privatised...