Govt 'gutless' on GM: ABCA

AGRICULTURAL Biotechnology Council chair Ken Matthews says Australian governments are “gutless” on giving farmers access to GM crops.
AGRICULTURAL Biotechnology Council chair Ken Matthews says Australian governments are “gutless” on giving farmers access to GM crops.
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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.
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.
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.
STATE Agriculture Minister Ken Baston has faced a grilling from the WA Greens over the future fate of legislation underpinning Genetically Modified crop production in WA.
31 Oct 14 STATE Agriculture Minister Ken Baston has faced a grilling from the WA Greens over the future fate of legislation underpinning Genetically Modified crop production in WA.
ON-FARM storage has proven to be a valuable tool in allowing farmers a chance to maximise the value of their grain.
31 Oct 14 ON-FARM storage has proven to be a valuable tool in allowing farmers a chance to maximise the value of their grain. | Infrastructure overhaul expected  | When to sell: market patterns... 
EAST coast harvest underway; new campaign to promote grain; Kazakh exports down; Euro estimates up; US production to set records.
30 Oct 14 EAST coast harvest underway; new campaign to promote grain; Kazakh exports down; Euro estimates up; US production to set records. | GrainCorp closures still...  | MPCI back on the agenda 
WITH slug pressures making canola tricky for many Western District farmers, growers are keen to find an alternative broadleaf crop for the rotation.
29 Oct 14  2 WITH slug pressures making canola tricky for many Western District farmers, growers are keen to find an alternative broadleaf crop for the rotation. | Keep a finger on MRL pulse 
CHANCES of a large summer crop around Northern and Central NSW are slim, with a lot of areas needing large amounts of rain before they'd consider of increasing their hectares.
28 Oct 14 CHANCES of a large summer crop around Northern and Central NSW are slim, with a lot of areas needing large amounts of rain before they'd consider of increasing their hectares.
WHEAT breeder AGT is confident its new Kiora variety will provide a bold new option to growers in medium to high rainfall zones in the south.
28 Oct 14  5 WHEAT breeder AGT is confident its new Kiora variety will provide a bold new option to growers in medium to high rainfall zones in the south. | Wheat yield potential slips  | After the deluge: crop damage in WA 
A NEW barley variety, similar to the Hindmarsh cultivar but with export malting potential, is ticking all the boxes for grower Cam Penny.
27 Oct 14 A NEW barley variety, similar to the Hindmarsh cultivar but with export malting potential, is ticking all the boxes for grower Cam Penny. | When to sell: market patterns...  | Cargill takes Viterra to court 
AVERAGE barley yields have increased significantly since the 1970s although average production felt the impact of drought.
25 Oct 14 AVERAGE barley yields have increased significantly since the 1970s although average production felt the impact of drought.  | Dry finish speeds up harvest  | Karoonda trial focus on crop rows 
THE production sector has welcomed the acknowledgement that MPCI will play a large role in determining future government drought policy.
25 Oct 14 THE production sector has welcomed the acknowledgement that MPCI will play a large role in determining future government drought policy.
THE Australian government and Terrain NRM are offering Wet Tropics’ sugar cane farmers an opportunity to further improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.
24 Oct 14  1 THE Australian government and Terrain NRM are offering Wet Tropics’ sugar cane farmers an opportunity to further improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.
AS THE harvest gets rolling in NSW, GrainCorp's closure of 72 receival sites has left festering and mixed emotions in its heartland.
24 Oct 14  2 AS THE harvest gets rolling in NSW, GrainCorp's closure of 72 receival sites has left festering and mixed emotions in its heartland.
LENTIL prices hit $900 a tonne last week, providing a rare spot of good news for farmers in south-eastern Australia.
24 Oct 14 LENTIL prices hit $900 a tonne last week, providing a rare spot of good news for farmers in south-eastern Australia. | After the deluge: crop damage in WA  | Wild weather hits crop quality 
THE Australian Plague Locust Commission (APLC) today said pockets of locust activity in NSW and Queensland presented no cause for wider immediate concern.
23 Oct 14 THE Australian Plague Locust Commission (APLC) today said pockets of locust activity in NSW and Queensland presented no cause for wider immediate concern. | Wild weather hits crop quality  | Averting crop catastrophe 
THE Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) says management of the State's grain rail freight network is an
23 Oct 14 THE Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) says management of the State's grain rail freight network is an "absolute shambles", largely due to a lease agreement that's been...
WHILE strategies like
23 Oct 14  WHILE strategies like "double knock", rotating herbicide groups, having spray equipment in high order, and spraying in appropriate weather conditions, are all essential parts of good...
WITH crops already making five tonnes per hectare in the State’s north, competition is predicted to be strong for the 2014 Suncorp Bank/Agricultural Societies Council’s NSW Dryland Field Wheat competition.
23 Oct 14 WITH crops already making five tonnes per hectare in the State’s north, competition is predicted to be strong for the 2014 Suncorp Bank/Agricultural Societies Council’s NSW Dryland Field...
THE Australian crop is likely to suffer further downgrades following adverse weather in the past fortnight, with rain, hail and heat affecting quality.
23 Oct 14 THE Australian crop is likely to suffer further downgrades following adverse weather in the past fortnight, with rain, hail and heat affecting quality.  | Eye in the sky on Wimmera's dry  | Wheat yield potential slips 
A GROUP of Kulin farmers are refusing to pay what could be almost $700,000 in additional freight trucking costs this harvest following the closure of the local Tier 3 rail line, voting unanimously to forward the bill to the State Government.
23 Oct 14  2 A GROUP of Kulin farmers are refusing to pay what could be almost $700,000 in additional freight trucking costs this harvest following the closure of the local Tier 3 rail line, voting...
AUSTRALIA'S third-largest poppy company is relocating its processing plant from plant from Cressy, Tasmania, to Melbourne.
22 Oct 14  1 AUSTRALIA'S third-largest poppy company is relocating its processing plant from plant from Cressy, Tasmania, to Melbourne.
NEW board appointments to guide the investment and research efforts of the GRDC to generate the best return for growers have been announced.
22 Oct 14  3 NEW board appointments to guide the investment and research efforts of the GRDC to generate the best return for growers have been announced. | Online tool for northern growers  | New canola weed control option 
BROOKFIELD Rail is unlikely to pursue legal action against the WA government for publishing the lease and other critical contract documents underpinning management of the State's grain rail network.
22 Oct 14  4 BROOKFIELD Rail is unlikely to pursue legal action against the WA government for publishing the lease and other critical contract documents underpinning management of the State's grain...
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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...