Agribusiness

On the finance section on ABC news last night Alan Kohler had a graph of gold and oil prices, he queried why they had not gone up since all the military strife had commenced. He didn't say it, but one gets to thinking, THE WHOLE THING IS RIGGED.
22/08/14 05:55 AM
Poor old Westfarmers - they can't pull the wool over everybody's eyes - and shouldn't they be made to change their name?
All $2 shareholders of cbh take note. Wouldn't you like a return on investment like this? Wake up before it is too late and get cbh worth something on your balance sheets.
"NFF CEO Tony Mahar outlined five key points raised during discussions that will now be followed up on." This man told me to ga away last year when I politely asked NFF to get behind the PPP plan. This is the ONLY thing worth pursuing for unless we can get some proceeds @ farmgate- then we won't be producing so won't need infra structure. SURELY Brent- you don't need a study into where beef is produced in OZ. The white paper into "Competitiveness" will show you up and make you all redundant. Motherhood platitudes- spare us all - same crap different year!
20/08/14 03:47 AM
Joe Ludwig take note of the human suffering your knee jerk reaction created in Australia. This is nothing to the suffering caused by stopping the food supply to Indonesia. All politicians take note that your actions can ruin many lives so easily and act very carefully in future.
18/08/14 03:55 PM

Cropping

It is clear that the revenue to build new port structures will be coming out of farmers pockets as they remain divided and too gung ho to see how they are being ripped off by their own lack of unity. Numbers have gone down by about half from 50,000 to 25,000 since the AWB was hamstrung in the 90's and then dismantled. Will grain farmers wake up and understand that farm gate profitability is gone when the remaining 25,000 is halved again in another 5-10 years?
21/08/14 09:56 PM
The TFGA and Ms Davis are on a hiding to nothing pushing GMOs. The world has moved on from their pipedream. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of the labours of others who have extended the GMO ban long enough for you to realize the advantages of GM-free and the hazards of GMOs. Then be thankful that some people cared enough.
21/08/14 01:09 PM
I don't believe that direct served sales of all seed from a seed producer would be feasible in WA due to production constraints ( drought) and the inability of the seed industry to have absolute integrity in terms of bio security - primarily in relation to weed seeds
20/08/14 09:31 PM
This again raises the question of the USA's past attacks on Iraq (with little Johnny Howards help). They were more stable under Sadam Huisein, and remember nobody ever found the weapons of mass destruction which they used as an excuse to attack.
What is happening now is surely more barbaric than ever before.
To think our greatest ever agricultural marketing system was a casualty of the USA instigated attacks, makes it an even greater travesty for Australia and the people of Iraq. They were getting the best wheat in the world & our farmers were getting the best market share at the best price.
20/08/14 08:40 PM
I hope they used to reduced land from cotton for sybeans or corn that still have great prices
20/08/14 07:52 AM

General

David - go and have a yarn with Glen Sterle Alp sen- tell him Rob Moore of the Rocky inq - says to support your motion. All we want is a say and if majority want levies -I will accept that. Btw- what became of that Inquiry-I thought it was all about levies votes MLA,CCA. Does this mean that I wasted another 2 days bothering to appear. Nobody paid my way.This is disgracefull politics from the LNP!! High time you all did something to save us instead of shooting the messenger.
22/08/14 03:29 AM
I wouldn't say NFF CEO has a first priority of working out if he or the Pres should speak to the press Mr Cobb. I would say it is to come up with a way of getting farmers united and all signed up as members. Until the vast majority of farmers are united into one organization as members and non farmers have no voting rights, it matters not what he says to the press, it will be a hollow voice.
21/08/14 09:29 PM
Well the farmers and country people think labour are a bad party. however Labour have always treated farmers and country people well.But you get what you voted for. And i can understand themvoting the way they do. they get brain washed by the national party politicians and they expect them to do the right thing by them, But they don't. They take them for granted. Jimmy P
earce from Qld as looked after the country people in qld as only a true politician can.
21/08/14 07:11 AM
Of course The Greens will back levy increases.There natural support base are the biggest beneficiary, it's only natural that they would want a massive transfer of wealth from some of the poorest paid in our community to the parasites who sit in research organisations dreaming up "problems" to solve.
Do primary producers get 4 weeks annual leave,leave loading or 16% super as well as a generous wage? Of course not only fairies at the bottom of the garden get that!
This AAG mob are an absolute joke- they are "marching in the streets " to save their own backsides but have not even had a pulse to help their members terms of trade in the last 20 years.. What about that competition Bill that has been floated, did they have a view on that?

Horticulture

Last week we had a media conference with Dick Smith and Graham Turner, both successful millionaires and both concerned about environmental issues. The problem is not only Australia's population growth, driven by high immigration, but the global rate of population growth. During the 20th century alone, the population in the world has grown from 1.65 billion to 6 billion, and roughly doubled since 1970. Feeding more people, from the tip of the food chain, on declining natural resources is a "challenge" that's not being recognised enough. "Food security" is basically a population problem.
18/08/14 08:30 PM
So much of what Craig Davis says is on the mark. While some peak bodies do a great job of engagement with the wider community too many are hamstrung by governing models which belong in the last century. If you don't engage, if you don't rebut the falsehoods, groups which at their heart are anti farming gain traction and use the available media coverage for their agenda. Too often the heavy lifting on issues such as the PETA campaigns are left to passionate individuals rather than industry having basically pre prepared responses ready to go. It is not rocket science.
05/08/14 09:45 PM
A major success industry; improving quality of product, selling at increasingly higher unit prices, all achieved in a currency climate unfavourable to exports. The wine industry shows us that getting on with the job rather than sitting on acres whinging is a much more successful and honourable strategy. perhaps others could learn from their success?
18/07/14 12:11 PM
Only a couple of years ago on landline guys in the eastern states were bulldozing citrus because it was no longer profitable and now it's wanted
02/07/14 10:46 AM

Livestock

I am sick of this current obsession by fringe extremist groups to legislate people to notify of cruelty to animals as though it is widespread. So now RSPCA wants jail terms to force members of the public to come running with any half baked nonsensical beat up about animal cruelty. What about the cruelty to the farmers and stockowners who are trying to operate their business under the burdens of every half witted community demand. Most of which comes from those who have already destroyed all natural habitats for their own urban homes but expect farmers to pay the price.
22/08/14 06:57 AM
That is a great initiative. It would have been great if I can see some of the pictures of the project.
21/08/14 01:55 AM
Hey Fred- let me tell you something that might help your understanding- It takes 9 months gestation then another 14 months to get a saleable item= 690 days You tell us how to do this when we have poor empty cows that have barely gotten over last years fiasco due to not being looked after properly due to abject poverty due to the worst livestock prices in the world while meat is selling globally at historic highs.Freddie old mate - you've killed the geese laying your golden eggs- so you are the chicken here!Find us $3 live and we might get out of bed for ya- otherwise -buy a place and breed
Well said Wilkie, you nailed it.
19/08/14 09:03 PM
Why is it that this government is so against science. Yet can still think it can afford a PPL scheme. How about you divert some of the money into the CSIRO.
15/08/14 04:52 AM

Machinery

Biggest problem I see is as farms are getting larger and more corporate, dealers need to balance the needs of these large farms while at the same time not treating the needs of the smaller farmers as insignificant.
Still wouldn't be big enough to keep away the hypocritical BS spewed out by the labour market protectionist selective socialists on this site.
09/07/14 12:03 AM
Capital gains, wait till the tax man reads this one, I did similar and they love it !

Property

The Chinese Investment Corporation must surely be an arm of the Chiniese Government which is buying up our farmland at an alarming rate. When do we stop this invasion or stop selling our sovereignty?
14/07/14 12:08 AM
Banks are just sharks, charging exorbitant interest to people who cannot pay.
13/07/14 10:25 PM

Rural Lifestyle

The first thing to do is abolish the insane policy they call UnilateralTrade Reform. Then the regions can repopulate themselves.
01/08/14 01:44 AM

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