Barnaby defends 'crackpot' White Paper

BARNABY Joyce says statements accusing the Ag White Paper of promoting “crackpot ideas” are “elitist and cowardly”.
BARNABY Joyce says statements accusing the Ag White Paper of promoting “crackpot ideas” are “elitist and cowardly”.
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IN January 2014, trade weight lambs averaged 402c/kg cwt - fast forward one year and NSW trade lambs were 138c/kg cwt dearer. IN January 2014, trade weight lambs averaged 402c/kg cwt - fast forward one year and NSW trade lambs were 138c/kg cwt dearer.
THE new Qld Labor government has honoured an agreement with Gina Rinehart to buy land in the Mary Valley for dairy production. THE new Qld Labor government has honoured an agreement with Gina Rinehart to buy land in the Mary Valley for dairy production.
VIDEO: AUSTRALIAN woolgrowers now have access to a hand-held, real-time tool to measure their wool micron diameter on-farm. VIDEO: AUSTRALIAN woolgrowers now have access to a hand-held, real-time tool to measure their wool micron diameter on-farm.
PREPARE for price volatility ahead in beef cattle markets, with the spikes pointing mostly upwards, says market analyst Tim McRae. PREPARE for price volatility ahead in beef cattle markets, with the spikes pointing mostly upwards, says market analyst Tim McRae.
THE Harper competition review report has recommended tougher measures to deal with anti-competitive conduct.
31 Mar 15 THE Harper competition review report has recommended tougher measures to deal with anti-competitive conduct. | Harper report hot potato for Abbott  | Coalition split on grocery code 
IRISH-born senior manager with US meat giant JBS, Jim Cleary, is to move to Australia as chief operating officer of the Primo Group.
31 Mar 15  5 IRISH-born senior manager with US meat giant JBS, Jim Cleary, is to move to Australia as chief operating officer of the Primo Group. | Cattlemen angry over Primo sale External Link | Supply chokeholds 'strangle'... 
CHANGES to Treasury Wine Estate's supply chain will increase the definition between the company's 'luxury' and 'commercial' portfolios.
31 Mar 15 CHANGES to Treasury Wine Estate's supply chain will increase the definition between the company's 'luxury' and 'commercial' portfolios. | Lion looks to Asia as Aussies... 
A CHINESE-MADE product labelled as Aussie Beer has been slapped with a $10,200 fine from the ACCC.
31 Mar 15  8 A CHINESE-MADE product labelled as Aussie Beer has been slapped with a $10,200 fine from the ACCC. | Wacka confronts ACCC on JBS  | Blurred lines leave egg on... 
WHILE dairy companies scramble to tap into Asian markets, the a2 Milk Company is targeting markets that have turned their backs on dairy.
31 Mar 15 WHILE dairy companies scramble to tap into Asian markets, the a2 Milk Company is targeting markets that have turned their backs on dairy. | ASX tick for a2 Milk Co  | China goes sour on NZ dairy imports 
SUPERMARKET chains are falling behind in the online shopping revolution, says the co-founder of new online supermarket ShopWings.
31 Mar 15 SUPERMARKET chains are falling behind in the online shopping revolution, says the co-founder of new online supermarket ShopWings. | Coalition split on grocery code  | Highlighting home-grown food 
AGRICULTURAL red tape savings have reached $25 million following the latest bureaucratic cost cutting exercise, the government says.
31 Mar 15  8 AGRICULTURAL red tape savings have reached $25 million following the latest bureaucratic cost cutting exercise, the government says. | Red tape cuts help govt back to...  | Grocery Code faces its critics 
FROM a Moulamein rice farmer to a Top End crocodile industry entrepreneur, the 22nd Rural Leadership Program participants are a diverse bunch.
30 Mar 15 FROM a Moulamein rice farmer to a Top End crocodile industry entrepreneur, the 22nd Rural Leadership Program participants are a diverse bunch.
THE US Congress is scrambling to beat a fast-closing window to strike a domestic political deal to sign the TPP plan.
30 Mar 15  6 THE US Congress is scrambling to beat a fast-closing window to strike a domestic political deal to sign the TPP plan. | TPP 'critical' for Australian...  | US within reach of TPP prize 
SHARES in both Webster and Tandou rallied sharply when Webster announced plans to significantly expand into more broadacre cropping
30 Mar 15 SHARES in both Webster and Tandou rallied sharply when Webster announced plans to significantly expand into more broadacre cropping | Webster's big splash: a Tandou... 
CATCH up with the ag news of the week in our weekly wrap: glypho cancer claims; cattle outlook; ag's underbelly; White Paper woes.
28 Mar 15 CATCH up with the ag news of the week in our weekly wrap: glypho cancer claims; cattle outlook; ag's underbelly; White Paper woes.  | Black market in farm labour  | Exposing hort's 'underbelly' 
THE ACCC is keeping an eye on a proposed mega-deal that would create the world's fifth-largest food and beverage company.
27 Mar 15  3 THE ACCC is keeping an eye on a proposed mega-deal that would create the world's fifth-largest food and beverage company. | Blurred lines leave egg on...  | Kraft and Heinz a super blend 
AN egg producer has gained strong backing from federal senators in his attempt to postpone legal action over “free-range” claims.
27 Mar 15 AN egg producer has gained strong backing from federal senators in his attempt to postpone legal action over “free-range” claims. | Maccas not too chicken to change  | Bacon and eggs, together at last 
OUTSIDE investors are inquiring about SunRice's equity fund, but it may be some time before the company opens its gates.
27 Mar 15  7 OUTSIDE investors are inquiring about SunRice's equity fund, but it may be some time before the company opens its gates. | SunRice looks beyond ag for...  | SunRice outlines capital... 
TWO years of tough seasons have created a sticky situation for the honey industry, but Capilano has kept Australian honey buzzing.
27 Mar 15 TWO years of tough seasons have created a sticky situation for the honey industry, but Capilano has kept Australian honey buzzing.
LANDCARE funding cuts and environmental threats linked to farm production were raised in an explosive Senate committee report.
26 Mar 15  5 LANDCARE funding cuts and environmental threats linked to farm production were raised in an explosive Senate committee report.
KRAFT Foods Group will merge with HJ Heinz in a deal creating the third-largest food and beverage company in North America.
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RAY White Real Estate chairman Brian White has urged calm in response to fears Chinese buyers are pushing up prices.
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FONTERRA should be ready to launch a new equity fund, providing patient third-party capital for farm investment by the end of the year.
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A REPORT from the International Agency for Research on Cancer has assessed glyphosate as being ‘probably carcinogenic’.
26 Mar 15  13 A REPORT from the International Agency for Research on Cancer has assessed glyphosate as being ‘probably carcinogenic’.
ORANGE-JUICE futures surged into a bull market after posting the biggest three-day rally in 16 years amid mounting concerns over crops in Florida.
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25 Mar 15 PETER Skillern will step into the chief executive position of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) following former CEO Jan Davis’ decision not to seek reappointment.
NUFARM finally had good news for shareholders today, reporting a 41pc lift in underlying net profit after tax in the past six months.
25 Mar 15 NUFARM finally had good news for shareholders today, reporting a 41pc lift in underlying net profit after tax in the past six months.  | Rathbone quits Nufarm  | Nufarm slashes Euro operations 
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According to the urban political elite that run Australia, we ordinary locals are not capable of
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I know nothing about the risk management skills of Mr Dixon. What I do know is that farmers in
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Now Mario Munro just proves that Jock Munro knows what he is talking about and those traders
THE WA feedlot industry is experiencing a 'bus crash situation' due to increasingly tight supply and growing demand, according to WA Lot Feeders Association president and Hyden farmer Trevor Hinck.2:00 AM THE WA feedlot industry is experiencing a "bus crash situation" due to increasingly tight supply and growing demand,...
CHANGES to animal welfare requirements for live cattle export are running smoothly in Indonesia, with the take up by local businesses impressing an Australian expat in the industry.25 Mar 15  1 CHANGES to animal welfare requirements for live cattle export are running smoothly in Indonesia, with the take up by...