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Agribusiness

So it's "get big or get out" again? We've been there before. Many foreclosures are now happening or are in the pipeline because of it. Scale is not our problem, farmgate returns are!! This is what needs addressing.
29/07/14 11:19 PM
Let's hope we don't see pendulum swing so far to the other way with domestic mil as is the case with other exports used domestically such as gas. We pay export price for something we pull out of the ground here! So, by all means meet rising Asian demands for product; should be more of it. But, don't keep gouging Australians as appears to be the practice on just about everything.
29/07/14 10:10 PM
At last the wheel is turning and we are talking sense regarding the need for farmers to have equity in the market place.
Deregulation and corporatisation was always a no win for producers.
Co operative principles combined with complimentary legislation is a must if Australian Agriculture is to go ahead.
29/07/14 09:21 PM
With Government support and backing agriculture WA the sky is the limit,let us all hope they keep to their word
29/07/14 05:24 AM
The Kiwis have shamed us and now people are starting to take notice.
This is a watershed report .
Well done McKinsey and Co-a consultants report recommending legislation in Agriculture has been a long time coming.
Well done
29/07/14 01:03 AM

Cropping

Great news, don't lose his phone number. Instead of going to war, why don't people work out the world is inextricably linked and we should work together. I think its amazing how much food these places could consume and hope they don't blame us for the many years of not getting enough. As long as the bullets stop flying, we as farmers can ride on the coat tails of the BRICS and the rest of our country with us.
30/07/14 02:58 AM
The Australian Grains Industry Conference is actually a trader celebration of wheat market deregulation.(See the smiles on the faces of Greentree,McCallum,Hart and Rosemary Richards!).
The Trader's talk of reforming the supply chain and passing on the benefits is like Ned Kelly promising an improvement in bank security!
29/07/14 09:50 AM
And watch the biotechs spend millions to repeal the decent law
28/07/14 10:19 PM
just reading Ian Macfarlanes book "The Search for Stability" in 72-73 a commodities price boom occurred. in Dec 73 oil increased in price four-fold. Its all before my time, but I think at start of 73 there was quotas (due to low prices) and at harvest, prices boomed. Could we be seeing similar forces? all these oil deposits being taken over by the likes of ISIS etc bodes well for massive price shocks. They seem to be talking down wheat prices very effectively. Are we witnessing his "classic late cycle boom"? are my thoughts on the pricing at the time correct?
27/07/14 01:27 AM
If we had a rust 'bow in' in WA this year it would be disastrous. Propiconazole has been sold out for 6 weeks. Prosaro is sold out. Amistar supplies tenuous and reserves of other triazoles such as tebuconazole and epoxiconazole ain't real robust. WA has had a smoking start but we have been applying fungicides like there is no tomorrow. Fingers crossed
28/07/14 09:24 PM

General

What I find very hard to understand is the fact that the greens expect the government to pay bigger and ever bigger social payments to all and sundry but at the same time they would close down almost every income generating activity in the country. They dont like mining and they hate primary producers of every sort. Can they tell us how we are expected to maintain our wonderful standard of living
So........ 50/50 again eh?
24/07/14 07:24 AM
Widespread they say.
3 1/2 minutes taken over several months and in similar looking, if not the same, shed.
Modern day vigilantism is totally unacceptable peta.
You expect others to abide by the law so stop your hypocrisy and abide by the law yourself.
29/07/14 03:25 AM
Yes,yes Jan- all primary producers already know all this as it has been the landscape for a decade or more now. Qis -what are you going to do about it? Have you considered /reviewed the PPP info that I sent your policy adviser as it is the answer to many of your members problems. Who is the "bunny"- well it ain't me as I am doing something that will work- a bit of support would be nice as I already have half a dozen jobs for the day and none of them pay anything!
28/07/14 12:44 AM
where's Bushie?
23/07/14 07:18 AM

Horticulture

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
'I don’t think Australia has the edge in research and development as it used to' says the CEO of HAL.
Kind of makes you wonder who has been the captain of the ship?
24/06/14 10:42 PM
go to
http://www.jamieoliver.com/c ontact
and tell Jamie it is not on.
18/06/14 12:42 AM
The farmers of this country need to form co-ops and refuse to supply Woolworths and Coles.
11/06/14 06:50 AM

Livestock

If one has nothing to hide, then what is the problem? The best and most profitable restaurants now provide an open kitchen for guests to enjoy seeing chefs prepare their food….. just food for thought people.
28/07/14 10:57 PM
I wish that you would stop poisoning our wildlife, particularly the Dingo, and other animals that feed on poisoned carrion!
24/07/14 09:22 AM
can't they export the meat to countries where they eat dog meat
23/07/14 10:17 PM
Activists never acknowledge the bio security risks they subject the animals to when they trespass. These risks are real and pose a huge danger. Nor do they accept the harm often caused by their actions to the animals by the distress of having unknown intruders in their midst. Some admit their agenda in ending all human use of animals but many dress it as being an animal welfare issue.I wonder how many of the activists refuse any and all medications tested on animals. If they truly had the courage of their convictions they would refuse such medications even if it cost their own life.
21/07/14 10:19 PM
“Now I don’t know how he thinks sheep are going to survive if they’re not shorn and I don’t know what he thinks we should do with the wool." - Seriously? Is that as far as Mr Taylor's limited imagination will go?
Like Chris Delforce, I'm an abolitionist. We want to see the use of sheep (and all animals) for human purposes end. But it won't happen overnight. Campaigns like those of Aussie Farms aim to show consumers why we shouldn't be using animals. Reduced consumer demand will lead to reduced production. No farmer is going to continue to breed them when the market disappears.
19/07/14 12:47 AM

Machinery

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

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