Agribusiness

Go for it Gina. There are plenty of dairyfarmers who cannot survive on the absurd $1 litre milk campaign, who would gladly sell their cows and retire with a bit of dignity. Let the processers freight their milk for their supermarket contracts from interstate which they are doing now, only they will have to do most of it shortly. We wish Gina every success.
29/03/15 11:10 PM
This should be the absolute lowest bar across the industry, in all importing countries - mandatory use of concussion knockers with training in competent operation.
To demand that lowest bar, we MUST change the legislation in Australia that allows non-stunning for a small percentage of Kosher and Halal slaughters, along with fully conscious throat cuts on farm and in sale yards across the country. Anyone who deals with "livestock" should always have access to and be required to use, either a captive bolt stun gun or a bullet.
We can and MUST dictate conditions for purchase and import.
29/03/15 09:19 AM
Something needs to be done to improve the sugar industries job creation potential. Currently the sugar industry is doing little to create jobs for younger generations, I live in Proserpine, Queensland and our town is struggling.. and why is that? Because the sugar industry is too as it is our main industry. It has been struggling for decades and needs major reform to make it into a job creating powerhouse to life towns like Proserpine out of recession.
28/03/15 02:23 AM
The corporate sector will be waiting to strike when Sunrice is restructured and fully listed-the beginning of the end for the co operative.
26/03/15 08:26 PM
The ACCC will watch but they will do nothing to stop the merger.
The urban political elite that run this nation will do nothing either-they are only interested in cheap food.
26/03/15 08:24 PM

Cropping

This issue is not about ignorance of science, its about understanding the risks associated with science and exercising sovereignty. Where are the Australian multigenerational studies into GMOs we grow and eat (import), investigating chronic illnesses undertaken by people with medical training and not - biotech comp, plant and animal scientists or universities/research facilities who partnership with corporations, Prof Chubb. How about the secrecy, why no mainstream reporting on the CSIRO Fieldpea? why when we were told it would be destroyed has it turned up? why has salt gene gone to china?
The International Agency for Research into Cancer has tarnished its reputation and is causing unnecessary angst and waste of resources by ruling that the world’s most popular herbicide, glyphosate, is "probably carcinogenic in humans". It defies reason that this small chemical consisting of phosphorus, nitrogen and carbon groups frequently found combined in living cells in similar forms should be carcinogenic. Glyphosate has neither cancer-active moieties nor structural mechanisms needed to form tumours. With no evidence of carcinogencity for humans, IARC should withdraw its biased ruling.
So I suppose this means that Australian growers who once marketed their own wheat crop with great success, should now clap their hands with glee that the foreign merchants are positioning themselves for an even stronger hold in the market place.
Third world rhetoric.
24/03/15 10:21 PM
Any chance of Australia being a consistent supplier of quality product disappeared when Rudd Labor and the Liberals under Nelson (and laughed while they did so) abolished the iconic single desk.
Where were the so called experts then?
23/03/15 08:59 PM
"More than 20pc of the WA canola crop is GM canola and this statistic is growing". Of course its growing, in fact its out of control. Just like rabbits and prickly pear once were. Now its been released sooner or later everyone will be growing it whether they want to or not and whether they know they are growing it or not.
23/03/15 09:35 AM

General

Good on these fellow Little Aussie Battlers for standing their ground.
When a borrower is obliged to sign a Loan Agreement with the Australian Banks, it is quite incredible the power that he/she signs away and consequently, when it comes to the crunch, the borrower finds himself/herself in a difficult position legally, even if they are getting a raw deal.
The tax system is not farmers problems. The problem is making enough to pay tax
29/03/15 10:14 PM
Really? Utter bollocks!
28/03/15 07:36 AM
"National Party members like Senator McKenzie felt legitimate, recreational hunters, like those involved in controlling feral animals, were being stigmatised via the ban." Populist misinformation - hunting does not manage pest numbers in a meaningful way - it just kills a few. Hunters brought in rabbits and foxes, remember?
27/03/15 05:48 AM
It's a Black day when rural communities vote Green or Red on a single issue and, as a result, end up with Green and Red policies on every issue. Probably a 'Blacker' day when the Alternative gave them a sense that they had little alternative! I feel very sorry for the most honourable politician I know, Thomas George of Lismore.

Horticulture

The fact is Growcom, what
the vast majority of consumers are saying, is they don't want food produced near mining. Or food irrigated using water from coal seams. it is like trying to argue that lungs and cigarettes can co -exist. The farmers of Australia and the consumers of Australia are entitled to know if any crop is being grown using water extracted from coal seams. Whether it is treated or not.
The children of Australia have a right to be protected and their parents need the transparent information of whether any food they buy has been irrigated using coal sea gas treated water.
Well as I drive around Sri Lanka I find Panama Disease is well and truly established, so tell me , what is going to stop it now?
19/03/15 03:21 PM
Alan Jones and his cronies on the Downs are far more toxic to the interests of farmers than CSG will ever be! Talking down our produce and scaring consumers is no way to win points against the miners!
Sloppy Fauxfacts: Panama disease is not caused by a virus. Try a fungus called Fusarium.
16/03/15 10:28 PM
There you go Bushie.Youre a big supporter of imported foods from highly efficient Chinese farms. Eat up.
19/02/15 02:11 AM

Livestock

end all cruel live export of innocent animals now.
27/03/15 03:36 AM
At last a government supporting the most sustainable protein source in the world.
24/03/15 02:44 AM
Good stuff. Now how about some big ticket items like NLIS. With world beef prices being so much greater than here in Oz over the last year, it's plainly obvious that it is of no benefit. But I guess it's too hard for people to say they were wrong. Now, how much money would that save? Out with NLIS!
The yards need to be reminded who pays the yard dues. It is the seller not the buyer. If the yards don't want to look after those that are paying their wages, they shouldn't be supported by the sellers either.
06/03/15 09:06 AM
I oppose the bill because reporting cruelty as you witness it doesn't work. You get fobbed off, ignored etc. What Animals Australia did with the Live Export video is the only way to get anyone to listen. Dr. Back is not on the side of mistreated animals and I think he should 'fess up about who's pocket he's in.
04/03/15 10:43 PM

Machinery

would be nice if the article included some stats eg, cost per kilometre, number of hours to install per kilometre etc
21/02/15 05:30 PM
Has anybody bothered to compare the number of people working in Ag production 20yrs ago to the current number? Correct me if wrong, but I think current numbers would be well down on 20 yrs ago.
03/02/15 02:03 AM

Rural Lifestyle

Such a wonderful idea! Hope it spreads! #diggerslastpost

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TJ and Jeffito. Our own CSIRO showed it in 2005. Look at "Transgenic expression of bean
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Ted, the relevant question should not be - is glyphosate a carcinogen. The qsn should be, Does
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