if this title read" aus mining confidence eases" there would be an federal inquiry, royal commission, change in act of parliament etc.
but no, the farmers get ignored again. it must be because their is a ag boom on. someone just forgot to tell the farmers!
01/09/14 05:14 AM
Why is rural finance dearer than retail finance? Why can I borrow 95% of a house's value at 4.9% interest in a market that is inflating on sentiment and then be unable to get the same rate for my farm on a deflated value sentiment? Of course a banker would say rural debt is healthy, to admit anything else is to admit fault in lending policies. Banks are more like parasites now, like ticks on a starving cow. Not all cows with ticks look sick, but if you don't treat for them eventually they cost you money. I am ready for a dip!
01/09/14 12:18 AM
And yet the value of farm commodities year on year is falling at an alarming rate, to the point where the next gen sees no future in it. The answer to global food shortages and climate pressure has now and always will be human contraception. There is way more to overpopulation than just food issues.
31/08/14 10:57 PM
The govt is directly to blame for this move and makes me wonder if it was not an offering to someone, not unlike the sanctions affecting European farmers at the moment. The wider debt crisis (only affecting some) is due to the fundamental flaws of our banking system and the existence of the RBA. Good properties in my area have risen 300% in 14 years, have returns matched that? The revisions to Basel lending standards has exposed the whole of our country to a debt binge. OUR economists who are trained at OUR universities have failed us, they should have pointed out the flaws long before now.
31/08/14 09:18 PM
Won't this make the dairy farmers feel warm and fuzzy!!
29/08/14 04:54 AM


If you want to get rid of the mice issue run sheep post harvest, make a $ and solve the mouse problem!
31/08/14 06:30 AM
There are ominous signs out there for Australian growers.
They should also be aware that if we still had our single desk, AWB Ltd would have locked in at least $40.00 worth of premiums through their hedging programs.
Our wheat will also be harder to sell because the mega merchants have trashed our reputation for quality.
28/08/14 09:23 PM
In WA, we have seen higher prices for wheat in recent years. However Senator Dean Smith's claims that such higher prices are due to deregulation don't stand up to scrutiny. That is pure uneducated speculation. He needs to produce substantiating evidence including comparing global prices and AWB payments to growers prior to 2007 with global prices and grower farm gate receipts since 2007. We have seen much higher global prices since 2007 due to demand outstripping supply and increased use of cereals in biofuels. So, isn't it that which has been causing higher returns rather than deregulation?
27/08/14 10:19 PM
The new lupin "flake" can be used to make the equivalent of a soy and linseed loaf. The lupin flake disappears into the dough. My family liked not having the "lumps" of soy grit I substituted with lupin flake. As a lupin grower I am excited at the prospect of this product. It should be available in health food stores and selected IGA stores in November. Lupin flake is prebiotic and has about the highest percent of protein of any grain. Great for weight loss. It can also be used like chick peas to make dips and and as a crumb on meats. Start experimenting and eat up!
Another trader (CHS) crying about not being given a fair go!
They could always stay in the US where growers receive huge subsidies from which the traders grow huge and fat.
But then again they, (the foreign merchants), know that there are great opportunities to gouge Australian producers since Rudd and The Liberals abolished the single desk.
Australia is treasure island for international grain merchants.
26/08/14 10:05 PM


Russia is not "just across the province's northern border". To get to Russia you first have to cross the independent country of Mongolia.
I can't see how reforestation is the key to restoring 'once-fertile grasslands'. Maybe if you're a Chinese; perhaps not so much if you're a Mongol herder. Try not to be overly influenced by superficial impressions and earnestly sincere hosts. As an Inner Mongolian friend told me: "We had an Australian expert in our area and he recommended against planting trees, because trees take up too much moisture. To restore grasslands, you need grass."
01/09/14 03:00 AM
There is probably going to be a real merry go round of product being exported through 3rd countries .
30/08/14 02:10 PM
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30/08/14 11:09 AM
Recently we had a visit from the RSPCA demanding an inspection of one of our horses, claiming neglect.
On inspection he stated that the animal's condition and muscle tone was very good considering it recently had surgery. I reqested a report on the animals condition and information about who made the complaint as it was obviously frivolous, that someone was using the RSPCA for harrassment.
It has taken more than 2 months of phone calls to obtain this report, which stated the RSPCA does not have to report on "Freedom of lmformation" on complaints?
30/08/14 12:17 AM
Interesting...but please explain where these average 6 to 25 year olds are getting their money to spend on NBN from. Maybe the top 5% wealthy may have a golden spoon but the kids earning their loot by working may find higher priorities for their spend, rather than video games and high definition movies.
28/08/14 09:01 AM


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


Do we demand and put inspectors into piggeries in other countries that we import pork products from?
If not, why not?
24/08/14 10:28 PM
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


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


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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I'm all for it - let's bog the police and courts to the eye balls in this crap.
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'An integrated holistic approach' as advocated by Ms Kyte is a euphemism for taking decision
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Sure Philip - you can't put a number on it as we don't have both options. My average return
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