Back wants successor with farm know-how

RETIRING senator Chris Back says the sudden death of his close friend and former Western Australian Liberal colleague Don Randall had a “profound and dramatic” influence over his decision to leave politics.
RETIRING senator Chris Back says the sudden death of his close friend and former Western Australian Liberal colleague Don Randall had a “profound and dramatic” influence over his decision to leave politics.
THE new age of agriculture is upon us, with advances in technology opening opportunities in the face of an increasingly uncertain climate.
25 Jun 17 THE new age of agriculture is upon us, with advances in technology opening opportunities in the face of an increasingly uncertain climate.
AS much of the State is facing prolonged dry conditions, Balla farmers Raylene and Brad Burns’ family are remaining positive in what is looking to be a repeat of the 2006 season, however they believe the season is not yet a write-off.
25 Jun 17 AS much of the State is facing prolonged dry conditions, Balla farmers Raylene and Brad Burns’ family are remaining positive in what is looking to be a repeat of the 2006 season, however...
THE long-term future of grains research and development remains unclear as the State government and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) continue to battle over how research and development will be delivered in Western Australia.
24 Jun 17  1 THE long-term future of grains research and development remains unclear as the State government and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) continue to battle over how...
CHANGES are being considered to tweak and improve the federal government’s flagging Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) farm business assessment program.
24 Jun 17 CHANGES are being considered to tweak and improve the federal government’s flagging Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) farm business assessment program.
WITH 55 years farming experience up his sleeve Ray Marshall has had his fair share of experience in dealing with dry weather conditions.
24 Jun 17 WITH 55 years farming experience up his sleeve Ray Marshall has had his fair share of experience in dealing with dry weather conditions.
FORMER CBH director candidate and Walkaway farmer Gareth Rowe has been elected to the co-operative’s Grower Advisory Council (GAC).
23 Jun 17 FORMER CBH director candidate and Walkaway farmer Gareth Rowe has been elected to the co-operative’s Grower Advisory Council (GAC).
A RACE to be first to produce high performance potassium fertiliser in outback Western Australia picked up pace in the past month.
23 Jun 17 A RACE to be first to produce high performance potassium fertiliser in outback Western Australia picked up pace in the past month.
ANOTHER piece of the weather jigsaw is in place with the launch of a new Doppler radar weather station at Watheroo.
21 Jun 17 ANOTHER piece of the weather jigsaw is in place with the launch of a new Doppler radar weather station at Watheroo.
WA growers battling skeleton weed could soon have an extra tool in their belt, following successful trial work by the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) using drones.
21 Jun 17 WA growers battling skeleton weed could soon have an extra tool in their belt, following successful trial work by the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) using drones.
Just after 9:25pm last night police were called to a farm on Dale Kokeby Road, Kokeby (south of Beverley) in relation to a man that been involved in a workplace incident.
20 Jun 17 Just after 9:25pm last night police were called to a farm on Dale Kokeby Road, Kokeby (south of Beverley) in relation to a man that been involved in a workplace incident.
THE Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will consider a broader spectrum of investment opportunities and be more aggressive in regards to its investments following the business’ realignment, according to GRDC chairman John Woods.
19 Jun 17 THE Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will consider a broader spectrum of investment opportunities and be more aggressive in regards to its investments following the...
WHEN things went haywire for former WA One Nation turned independent Senator Rod Culleton in Canberra, it flicked the switch on a rare political opportunity for his knock-about brother-in-law Peter Georgiou.
18 Jun 17 WHEN things went haywire for former WA One Nation turned independent Senator Rod Culleton in Canberra, it flicked the switch on a rare political opportunity for his knock-about...
IT has been four months since floods wreaked havoc on the State’s south coast and there’s still a long road to recovery for the shires of Ravensthorpe and Lake Grace.
14 Jun 17 IT has been four months since floods wreaked havoc on the State’s south coast and there’s still a long road to recovery for the shires of Ravensthorpe and Lake Grace.
FIVE generations of a dairy farming family have been recognised for a combined 164 years of service to the industry.
14 Jun 17 FIVE generations of a dairy farming family have been recognised for a combined 164 years of service to the industry.
BROWNES Dairy has ended “an interesting 12 months” by leading the WA contingent in the 2017 Dairy Industry Association of Australia’s (DIAA) Australian Dairy Product Competition in Melbourne recently.
14 Jun 17 BROWNES Dairy has ended “an interesting 12 months” by leading the WA contingent in the 2017 Dairy Industry Association of Australia’s (DIAA) Australian Dairy Product Competition in...
FARMERS intrigued by a prospect of cheaper high-performance potassium fertiliser, produced within a few years from remote Western Australian salt lake brine, can find out more at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days on August 30-31.
13 Jun 17 FARMERS intrigued by a prospect of cheaper high-performance potassium fertiliser, produced within a few years from remote Western Australian salt lake brine, can find out more at the...
REDLEGGED earth mites (RLEM) resistant to insecticides have been found in South Australia and authorities believe their spread eastward to Victoria and southern New South Wales is inevitable.
13 Jun 17 REDLEGGED earth mites (RLEM) resistant to insecticides have been found in South Australia and authorities believe their spread eastward to Victoria and southern New South Wales is...
WA malting barley varieties are being put through their paces as part of a South East Premium Wheat Growers Association (SEPWA) project.
10 Jun 17 WA malting barley varieties are being put through their paces as part of a South East Premium Wheat Growers Association (SEPWA) project.
GRAIN is the “heavy hitter” in the agriculture industry, with strong demand for a more skilled and smarter workforce, according to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan.
10 Jun 17 GRAIN is the “heavy hitter” in the agriculture industry, with strong demand for a more skilled and smarter workforce, according to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan.
A TOUGH start to the 2017 cropping season has highlighted the need for ongoing research into variable seasonal conditions according to the Council of Grain Grower Organisations (COGGO).
09 Jun 17 A TOUGH start to the 2017 cropping season has highlighted the need for ongoing research into variable seasonal conditions according to the Council of Grain Grower Organisations (COGGO).
YOUNG grain growers will learn how to better harness the power of social media to paint a positive story of their industry at this year’s Innovation Generation (IG) conference, to be held in Adelaide from July 3-5.
09 Jun 17 YOUNG grain growers will learn how to better harness the power of social media to paint a positive story of their industry at this year’s Innovation Generation (IG) conference, to be...
RECOVERY grants are now available for farmers in the Shires of Lake Grace, Ravensthorpe and Swan severely affected by this year’s summer flooding.
09 Jun 17 RECOVERY grants are now available for farmers in the Shires of Lake Grace, Ravensthorpe and Swan severely affected by this year’s summer flooding.
AFTER the federal budget, most regional Australians would have seen Barnaby Joyce, Fiona Nash and other Nationals out blazing a trail in farming and rural settings, facing the media and beaming with pride like they’d just won the Grand Prix or taxpayer lottery...
08 Jun 17 AFTER the federal budget, most regional Australians would have seen Barnaby Joyce, Fiona Nash and other Nationals out blazing a trail in farming and rural settings, facing the media and...
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I went to the State barrier fence coastal - end yesterday - and was appalled at the state of
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The days of DAFWA having the bulk of GRDC funding in WA are long gone, they can't even
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In a domestic market situation I can see why this would be supported but in a 90% export market
LANDMARK’S Canadian farm services and crop products parent Agrium Inc has bought another Australian venture, the Starpharma Holdings agrichemical business.23 Jun 17 LANDMARK’S Canadian farm services and crop products parent Agrium Inc has bought another Australian venture, the...
IT’S not raining where it’s badly needed, but farmers across much of Australia are more optimistic about their industry’s outlook than they have been for at least two years.21 Jun 17 IT’S not raining where it’s badly needed, but farmers across much of Australia are more optimistic about their...