Nationals reject council amalgamation

THE Nationals WA has withdrawn support for city council amalgamations, citing concerns that regional councils would be targeted next.
THE Nationals WA has withdrawn support for city council amalgamations, citing concerns that regional councils would be targeted next.
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SENATOR Sean Edwards says beet western yellow virus has “blindsided” croppers, but a potential solution is being stifled by political gamesmanship. SENATOR Sean Edwards says beet western yellow virus has “blindsided” croppers, but a potential solution is being stifled by political gamesmanship.
NSW dairy co-operative Norco will more than double sales of fresh milk to China, a sign of how Australia's reputation for high-quality and safe food is helping it sell produce at premium prices overseas. NSW dairy co-operative Norco will more than double sales of fresh milk to China, a sign of how Australia's reputation for high-quality and safe food is helping it sell produce at premium prices overseas.
INSIDE a small white house, surrounded by bright yellow fields of canola, police found a short, scribbled note. INSIDE a small white house, surrounded by bright yellow fields of canola, police found a short, scribbled note.
COUNTRY kids are punching well above their weight in the big city. COUNTRY kids are punching well above their weight in the big city.
2:00 AM A NEW agricultural study stream developed to cater to the WA industry will be offered by Muresk Institute from next year. The two-year Diploma in Agricultural Technologies (DAT) aiming...
GRAINS Industry Association of WA chairman John Slee believes there could be value in blending Australian wheats with competitor's grains in order to extract value from high value markets.
2:00 AM  2 GRAINS Industry Association of WA chairman John Slee believes there could be value in blending Australian wheats with competitor's grains in order to extract value from high value markets.
WA farmers are being encouraged to prepare early amid warnings for above average bushfire potential this coming season.
A mixture of factors, including above average rainfall and high fuel loads has combined for much of WA to become a concern this harvest.
18 Sep 14 WA farmers are being encouraged to prepare early amid warnings for above average bushfire potential this coming season. A mixture of factors, including above average rainfall and high...
WELLARD Rural Exports is looking at long-term plans to open the lines of communication between export customers and producers.
18 Sep 14  1 WELLARD Rural Exports is looking at long-term plans to open the lines of communication between export customers and producers.
BLOGGING about food, taking photos of our food and food reviews are the way of the future for consumers.
After travelling to China, Department of Agriculture and Food director general Rob Delane said WA's food companies will have to look at getting more involved in the online world.
18 Sep 14 BLOGGING about food, taking photos of our food and food reviews are the way of the future for consumers. After travelling to China, Department of Agriculture and Food director general...
AUSTRALIAN Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) strategic market analyst Peter Elliott believes Australia must uphold its reputation as a stable supplier of Noodle wheat if it's to maintain its market stronghold in Japan.
18 Sep 14 AUSTRALIAN Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) strategic market analyst Peter Elliott believes Australia must uphold its reputation as a stable supplier of Noodle wheat if it's to...
WA grain growers face tough decisions when selling unallocated grain in the lead up to harvest during coming months. 
While the fantastic start to the WA cropping season prompted a significant percentage of grain to be forward sold early this year, a large proportion of all three commodities still remains unsold.
18 Sep 14  1 WA grain growers face tough decisions when selling unallocated grain in the lead up to harvest during coming months. While the fantastic start to the WA cropping season prompted a...
THERE has been a big response to The Nationals WA Foodbank WA drive, with more than 150 sheep donated at Tuesday's Muchea trade sale.
17 Sep 14 THERE has been a big response to The Nationals WA Foodbank WA drive, with more than 150 sheep donated at Tuesday's Muchea trade sale.
BUILDING relationships in China is about establishing links between Chinese companies and WA businesses, according to Department of Agriculture and Food director general Rob Delane.
Recently returned from a week long trip through China, Mr Delane said finding out more about Chinese businesses will help the WA industry.
17 Sep 14 BUILDING relationships in China is about establishing links between Chinese companies and WA businesses, according to Department of Agriculture and Food director general Rob...
WA dairy farmers are being urged to read the fine print on milk contracts, so they are not left at the mercy of processors.
Bailiwick Legal's Philip Brunner offered this advice to dairy farmers recently as a part of a series of WAFarmers' information sessions.
17 Sep 14 WA dairy farmers are being urged to read the fine print on milk contracts, so they are not left at the mercy of processors. Bailiwick Legal's Philip Brunner offered this advice to dairy...
WA growers should remain vigilant following widespread reports of native budworm caterpillars in canola and pulse crops in the northern and eastern grainbelt this season.
17 Sep 14 WA growers should remain vigilant following widespread reports of native budworm caterpillars in canola and pulse crops in the northern and eastern grainbelt this season.
THE north eastern Wheatbelt resembles a patchwork quilt this season with unpredictable and inconsistent rainfall delivering high variability across the district.
17 Sep 14 THE north eastern Wheatbelt resembles a patchwork quilt this season with unpredictable and inconsistent rainfall delivering high variability across the district.
A column dedicated to grain photos, news, jokes, stats and industry gossip.
16 Sep 14 A column dedicated to grain photos, news, jokes, stats and industry gossip.
THE starter's gun inadvertently fired on Sunday as the first header roared into action in the northern Wheatbelt in a paddock of Mace wheat.
16 Sep 14 THE starter's gun inadvertently fired on Sunday as the first header roared into action in the northern Wheatbelt in a paddock of Mace wheat.
AS new wheat and barley varieties are developed, the old comparisons concerning profitability as well as the agronomy of each need to be re-examined, especially their response to Nitrogen when planted into non-leguminous stubbles.
16 Sep 14 AS new wheat and barley varieties are developed, the old comparisons concerning profitability as well as the agronomy of each need to be re-examined, especially their response to...
IT was watching Chinese consumers sifting through deep freezers of beef steaks to find the perfect marbling that most encouraged Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston on a recent whirlwind tour of WA's biggest trading partner.
15 Sep 14 IT was watching Chinese consumers sifting through deep freezers of beef steaks to find the perfect marbling that most encouraged Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston on a recent...
TANAMI Road as been identified as a priority for an upgrade by the group charged with driving the development of northern Australia.
15 Sep 14 TANAMI Road as been identified as a priority for an upgrade by the group charged with driving the development of northern Australia.
WITH the cropping season slightly more unpredictable this year, Esperance producers have turned their attention to bolstering their sheep enterprises.
14 Sep 14 WITH the cropping season slightly more unpredictable this year, Esperance producers have turned their attention to bolstering their sheep enterprises.
EARLY rains at WANTFA's Cunderdin trial site meant that the dry seeding trial turned into an early seeding one, a rainfall event that was widely welcomed, but didn't reduce the relevance of the work.
14 Sep 14 EARLY rains at WANTFA's Cunderdin trial site meant that the dry seeding trial turned into an early seeding one, a rainfall event that was widely welcomed, but didn't reduce the relevance...
AMMONIUM-based fertilisers can revert to ammonia when applied in the paddock, a gas which vents into the atmosphere and results in the loss of that percentage of the fertiliser.
14 Sep 14 AMMONIUM-based fertilisers can revert to ammonia when applied in the paddock, a gas which vents into the atmosphere and results in the loss of that percentage of the fertiliser.
Department of Agriculture and Food development officer Greg Shea, described farmers who limed their paddocks as being kind to their children, given the long-term nature of that soil treatment, with trial results showing that responses to lime usually occur four to five years after application.
14 Sep 14 Department of Agriculture and Food development officer Greg Shea, described farmers who limed their paddocks as being kind to their children, given the long-term nature of that soil...
HAVING grown up around cattle, Sharni Blackney never doubted she would end up working with them too.
14 Sep 14 HAVING grown up around cattle, Sharni Blackney never doubted she would end up working with them too.
PROXIMITY, size and industry are the key determining factors for driving economic growth in the Wheatbelt. 
That's the opinion of Regional Australia Institute research and policy general manager Jack Archer who addressed the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) The Future of the Wheatbelt event in Northam last week.
13 Sep 14 PROXIMITY, size and industry are the key determining factors for driving economic growth in the Wheatbelt. That's the opinion of Regional Australia Institute research and policy...
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THE Nationals WA has withdrawn support for city council amalgamations, citing concerns that regional councils would be targeted next.2:00 AM THE Nationals WA has withdrawn support for city council amalgamations, citing concerns that regional councils would...
WELLARD Rural Exports is looking at long-term plans to open the lines of communication between export customers and producers.
18 Sep 14  1 WELLARD Rural Exports is looking at long-term plans to open the lines of communication between export customers and...