Recent comments by: Trugger
The IQ of these goody-goody two shoes animal activists must be down around room temperature if they think they can continuously keep goading farmers like they have been doing over the last couple of years. Those who want to break into farms illegally should remember that most farmers have some form of earthmoving equipment and if goaded sufficiently will use it at 2.00 AM. No one wants to see a scenario like that, so it would be smart for the activists to stay legal and don't push the issue to break point.
It seems to be, that the New Age Club of the Ignoratti dominated by the Anti-vax, Creationists, GW Denialists, Animal Rightists, Vegans, GM Objectionists and the under 90 IQ clique have taken over the Flat Earth Society.
Better Backyards with Gherkin Jarvis
Another tip of the month for Gherkin Jarvis. When needing a large hole in the ground for tree planting when it is too compacted or rocky, use two plugs of gelignite. The residue from the resultant explosion is rich in nitrates which will save you money on fertilizer when you plant your new orange tree.
Another tip of the month is to ensure you use adequate blast mats and check your insurance covers this sort of tree planting activity.
Agribuzz with David Leyonhjelm
geof argo, If you live north of the Tropic of Capricorn there is another Sandalwood worth a lot more than Australian Sandalwood. It is Santalum album and is worth over $100,000 per tonne on international markets. It is the one being grown in the Ord River in large plantations. The world market hasn't been fully supplied for decades and is unlikely to be in the forseeable future. If you live in higher rainfall areas, it is best to plant the high value cabinet making timbers like Qld Maple and rainforest species.
Barcoo, there is a booklet you can get from Qld DAFF called "Native Forestry Code of Practice". It will lay out the terms in which you can thin the vegetation legally. You will need to submit a form to the department called "A notice of forestry practice". There are no fees for this. This will allow you to thin out the crap trees leaving the spread of existing species, and encouraging the good timber to grow straight and fatten. Done properly, you should be able to get enough sunlight to the ground to grow pasture grasses and you have some valuable timber to boot.
"Paying farmers to plant trees that specifically cannot be harvested for 100 years is about as close to policy idiocy as it comes". I couldn't agree more. Since the 100 year tree planting scheme was first mooted, I have yet to see a costing/profit analysis for this bit of stupidity, as well as a study to compare it with the cost/profit of running the farm the same old way and a parallel study to analyze timber growing with a rotation of 25 or 30 years and selling the logs for timber. No matter what the govt says, wood does not disappear in a puff of smoke when the moment the tree is cut down.
Why does QCL continue with this obviously biased writer. Any other reporter who wrote such obviously one sided articles would have been shown the door well before now.
It has now reached the stage of questioning the credibility of QCL for allowing this this bloke to keep writing biased articles without a skerrick of objectivity. He is successfully bringing QCL into disrepute.
David, this article is a dismal display of self justification which, coming from someone who calls himself an agricultural consultant, seems to be heavily weighted towards "scientific" farming. I have no problem buying fruit and veges from either side of the industry, but your anti-organic vehemence is a bit over the top. The organic industry is an ever growing segment worth many millions. One would have thought an "agricultural consultant" would have been supportive of ALL sectors of the industry. Use a Brix meter on organic and conventional fruit to see the difference , for example.
David, in your last paragraph you have clearly come out on the side of the fossil fuel industry. It is they who have been plundering our wallets for as long as I can remember. In an earlier opinion piece, you clearly came out with some totally misleading info on the CSG industry saying you would welcome them on your property so you could get royalties from them. It makes me wonder if your opinion pieces are slanted this way for some advantage unknown to we plebeians.
JayDinSouth, When I said that the arid area biofuel project was marginally more expensive than petroleum, there is no need to jump to such a conclusion. It has been calculated that the price of crude oil could drop to $80 per barrel, and it would still be profitable to market the petrol and diesel in direct competition with the oil companies. This is a crop that the major part of the R&D is refining the culture practices of the plant for the best returns for the farmer. It will still be five years or more before it is ready for full commercialization as the provenance trials are completed.
David, the arid area biofuel project, a family funded project that has started on the Western Downs is currently looking for trial sites in the Gulf Country and areas west of Longreach for further trials. Trial extractions of the plants are showing that as much as 10 barrels of oil can be extracted per acre. I repeat, there is no govt funding in any way. Nth Johnston mill has had some small seed R&D funding admittedly from govt, but their efforts are about to be rewarded by going commercial very soon. Ethanol may not be a total replacement for petrol, but it reduces our reliance on imports.
David might also like to know about field trials of bio-fuel plants which can be grown in arid areas of the tropics under way now. These plants will produce both petrol and diesel fuel with a bagasse type residue and a heavy oil which can be converted to plastics or lubricants. The energy budget for producing these fuels is much lower than that of ethanol and biodiesel. In fact, if the cost of oil exploration and drilling is taken into account, it will be only marginally more costly than petroleum fuel to make. It seems Davids pontificating article is short on research and a bit one-eyed.
David Leyonhjelm obviously has not kept abreast of the R & D scene here in Australia regarding cellulosic ethanol. There have been massive gains in the energy budget to produce ethanol from cellulose in the form of bagasse. Techniques for converting cellulose to a fermentable form has been trialed and is being seamlessly incorporated into the system at a northern sugar mill. It is now commercially ready and will not have to rely on bagasse alone. The system will be able to handle all sorts of farm waste such as corn and wheat trash. All of this has been done without big grants of govt cash.
A matter of opinion
Whilst we have political parties that all have the common driving force in them of lust for the raw power of governing, there will be no improvement in the performance of our major parties. There needs to be more regard for the good of the nation and its people, a lot more altruism and less rough and careless handling of the facts. Pretty utopian hope. I reckon they should hand out free Mogadon during election campaigns to help the long suffering public get through it.
As RC1 said, Woolies is doing it because there is a quiet revolution with their customers demanding clean, non-Chinese veggies. There is no other reason. Enough of the spin, Woollies (and Coles) don't give a stuff about what product they put on the shelf. All they want is to be able to sell it. If it is rejected by the public and not selling, they will eventually get around to supporting Aussie farmers. This is lesson No.1 for consumers. Leave it on the shelf if it is not Aussie.
FTA with China? Interesting! I wonder how we will fare with keeping manufacturing going? Our car industry will immediately fail unless we are prepared to allow heavy taxpayer subsidies to the car makers. The few remaining manufacturers can then bend over and kiss their butts goodbye too as our cost of manufacture can't compete with the Chinese. Maybe we could force the closure of half the coal and iron ore mines to reduce pay demand in a climate of high demand for skilled workers.
On second thoughts, it might be good for Oz.
Abbott should bear in mind that there were many people who voted for anyone other than the ALP because they were sick of amateur hour government. Is it possible to gauge what % of the LNP vote was motivated by wanting to get rid of the ALP at all costs? A fair sort of a hint is how well some of the newbies went like PUP, and in the senate, the weird results of the minor players. To reiterate, the LNP vote was not all because of Abbotts "Getting rid of the carbon tax" mantra. Any depth of intellect applied to our choices in the vote, there really was none. Worst candidates I have ever seen.
I have consistently noticed that in the IGA supermarket in Mackay, that caged eggs sell faster and sell most. It seems that a lot of the lower income part of our population shop there. The essentials are just as cheap as the duopoly but beef, pork, lamb, mutton and chicken are always cheaper than Colesworth. My family ceased going to Colesworths when the $1/litre milk rubbish started and only use them when something is not available at IGA. Take caged eggs off the shelves and there is a fair chance they might be doing IGA a favour.
If Mcleod truly wanted to, "do what’s right for consumers--", he would ensure that the people who actually produce the product can operate on a reasonable level. Instead, he has ensured that so many have had to leave the industry so that Qld can no longer produce enough fresh milk for the state and is now importing it.
From here on, doing what's right will entail breaking so many producers that the whole of Oz will be drinking NZ UHT milk and fresh milk will be a luxury.
If this is doing what's right for the consumers, I'll be buggered if I can find the logic in it.
Mr Mcfarlane, if every landowner who wants to protect his soil from pollution, his water from pollution and objects to the government taking away his land rights in determining that they will not allow any risk to their land is an anarchist, then count me in. One could be forgiven for the thought, God forbid that it is true, that you have been induced to find in favour of the miners in preference to the long term benefits of sustainable food farming. I ask the question, 'Why are you so one eyed on this issue if you don't have anything to gain by supporting the miners".
A close friend of mine was employed by Great Southern, and his opinion was that they had a top heavy board that kept raising their fees and remuneration to the point that the company had the highest cost of planting a seedling of all the MIS companies. On the other hand Elders and their predecessor had the lowest cost per seedling of all of the MIS companies. Seems neither could make a go of it.
Brence, read my post again, carefully.
I would think that the anti-roundup posters on this page could give us some links to peer reviewed science that confirms your claims? Like, if you are privy to confirmed science that shows Roundup to be as dangerous as you claim, please show it to the rest of the world. So I suppose we will be inundated with crackpot science links now, but in the interests of health and safety, show us what you have.
If it can happen in NZ, it can happen here in Oz. Let's hope our authorities take note and step up health inspection of our food industries. We have lost so many Aussie food manufacturers, we can't afford to lose any more to something like this when we trade on a clean, green image.
Bloody amazing! If one of our football heros has so much as a thought bubble about drugs, the drug testers will be hammering on his door at 6AM the next day. Yet in 2009, researchers at the National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology tested pesticide formulations in 24D and found dioxins of a concerning magnitude and nothing is done to clean up the industry or even make AVPMA do the job it is supposed to, that is, ensure the proper safety and regulation of our ag chemicals. Isn't there anyone at the helm?
Dicky tiger, let's hope the new code regulates against cruelty when all those little grains are put in over crowded conditions and also that pain relief is mandated before mowing down those defenceless plants at harvest.
This is exactly what peer review science is all about. It weeds out the rubbish science and consigns it to the garbage bin where it belongs.
Why do I get an image of an ironbark strainer post in my mind every time I see a news article about Christine Milne? Her "listening tour" where totally brainwashed, uneducated twits have determined the Greens policy seems to point to the huge similarities between her and said strainer post. However, if someone nominates a strainer post in the next senate election, I would imagine it would be a more functional member of the senate than Christine.
Dave didn't you know that it is only animal production that occurs on farms? All vegetables, fruit and grains including chick peas grow on supermarket shelves.
Gregor, one aspect not being considered by the government is that with the rate of grants of lease and applications for coal mining in Queensland, we stand to lose anything up to 20 to 25 % of productive land, both grain growing and grazing, to coal mines this century. How can we possibly increase rural production when 49 new coal mines are added to the current 51 producing coal mines in Queensland alone? No amount of R&D will increase production to allow a doubling of rural effort by 2030. It would be interesting to know the real area covered by current and proposed coal mines.
Jeffito and Alice, Just to clarify what agent orange was, here is a quote from Wickipedia. "Agent Orange is the code name for one of the herbicides and defoliants used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971. It was given its name from the color of the orange-striped 55 US gallon (208 litre) barrels in which it was shipped, and was by far the most widely used of the so-called "Rainbow Herbicides". A 50:50 mixture of 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D, it was manufactured for the U.S. Department of Defense primarily by Mon
Grazier, If you use the buckshot solution you should also implement the SSS policy, Shoot, Shovel and Shutup.
Shane Rattenbury, using your own style of moral high ground, I would condone the actions of a farmer who shot Greenpeace activists who had broken into his place and were deliberately destroying his livelihood because the "End justified the means." Another end that would be justified at the same time would be removing criminal genes from our gene-pool. And Heather McCabe, if you are sick of being treated like a dumb mum who doesn't understand science, stop behaving like one. You have been sucked in by the crap propaganda and pseudo-science that has no factual basis in science.
Whereas the reality Little Liccie, is that neither Monckton, Plimer or Carter can present any peer reviewed science of their own for the simple reason that they haven't done any on the subject of climate science.
They are have even been caught out fabricating results and plagiarizing from others. So Little Liccie, you show us the real science that supports your fallacious claims.
JD, saying that CO2 is a plant "fertilizer" is actually a misnomer. Yes, CO2 does assist in increasing plant yields under certain circumstances. It will only occur under IDEAL conditions. This will not happen consistently under anything other than greenhouse conditions where water and nutrients are supplied to the max. Have you heard of plant organelles called stomata? Look up your grade 11 biology text books to understand photosynthesis. Then look for enhanced CO2 atmosphere conditions. You will find that your naive concept falls apart very quickly.
It is a shame that there are remnant members of the Flat Earth Society" who cannot read and understand enough of the basic science to understand that the Murdock Press, Marharosy and radio shock jocks know stuff all about climatology. We, as a society, will only become really progressive when we take the politics out of science and use science to advance our society rather than become moronically and mendaciously obstructive to society's own advancement. If Roundup, Sodbuster and John Deere want any public credibility, they are going to have to look at real science instead of fabrications.
bull, Sodbuster and whatsthetruth all have one thing in common. They are either smarter than the best climatologists or they are dumb, know-it-all twits that only think they know something because they only read the junk from the junk websites. They obviously cannot read and understand the science as clearly presented by the serious independent science organisations. It is such a pity they proudly wear their ignorance and illiteracy on their sleeve like a badge of honour. Pity, because it will also be their descendants who will want to know why they obstructed climate re-mediation.
Pete, Sure, the producer and consumer is going to get screwed, there is no question of that. The real "crisis" is of political and gas producer origin. There is no real gas shortage in Australia. See; http://theconversation.com/is-new -south-wales-really-facing-a-gas- crisis-18612
Macfarlane should know that the "Gas Crisis" is only in the mind of CSG companies who are using this fictitious crisis in an attempt to influence the government favourably towards them to the detriment of the landowner. Macfarlane, if you believe this, you have been well and truly conned. Or is there another undisclosed motivation on your part. Time to seek all the facts and disclose them.
Dr Brenda Lin, I don't suppose you have done a comparison in profitability between growing timber and storing carbon in trees. Locking up trees for 100 years for a vague carbon dollar is not really bright. In the wet tropics you could have four rotations of timber in a hundred years and in some of the worst country you could get at least 2. If it is not clearfelled but selectively harvested you have the ability to harvest more M3 than clear felling and replanting which increases profitability. Sustainable forestry gives all the other benefits as a carbon forest. Why grow carbon forests?
Last week, I downloaded the list of candidates for the senate and pondered mightily, where am I going to allocate my preferences? After a terrible struggle, I put my preferences to the Animal Justice Party immediately in front of the ALP. This put the AJP at at numbers 78 and 77. I hope this encourages them into knowing just how much we need them in parliament.
It does not matter how much of the Labor govts departments and their activities get disbanded by the Abbott clowns government, history will still show that they, the LNP, will be the worst thing that could happen to Australias policy and action in combating our climate problems caused by the big end of town. I do not vote Labor and now I do not vote Lib/Nat/Green. None of them are good for either the climate or economy.It is past time we got out of the clutches of the miners who have demonstrated admirably that they are only here to rape our economy, not just the land.
Hopefully, now the election is finished, all the speeches disappeared into the ether and the Panadol consumed in copious quantities, there is one good thing has come out of it. The Krudd has been shown as just another blathering, long winded would-be-if-he-could-be and hopefully consigned to the dust bin of our not so illustrious history. Problem is, we didn't get to have choices that were anything but a marginal improvement on what we had. Hopefully, this country will grow up and have a more mature outlook some time with more mature politicians. Maybe!
“Investments in the regions are an investment in the future of our country” he said. Well Mr Truss, from a one time Nationals supporter, you have to do a lot more than tour around and glad-hand all and sundry. Where are your rock solid policies on rural infrastructure, your policies on fair trading from the likes of Colesworths, the policies on fair treatment from CSG and coal miners, Your trade support policies, in fact what the hell does the National Party stand for? Are you just the gutless lap dogs of the Liberals with no real policies of your own. Grow some balls, Warren.
Once I see, " from local and imported ingredients”, on a label I leave it on the supermarket shelf or freezer. If it is not an all Aussie or all Kiwi product, there is no way I will buy it. Aussie veg growers are under stringent rules about what chemicals they can use and the cleanliness of the water they wash the veges in. There are no such restrictions in Asia. For everyone's info, there is only one brand of frozen veges on sale that proudly and boldly proclaims that the product is from Australian produce and that is Birds Eye products. So, it is worth supporting Birds Eye frozen produce.
Bushie, I often agree with your reasoning but not necessarily with the conclusions you draw from it. In this case, I would recommend that you see your GP in case there are amyloid bodies in the old grey matter. You have completely missed the point in both the article and the previous comments. This is about bio-security, not competition. AQIS is incapable of checking every apple that comes into the country and so apple growers rightly see this as a threat to the bio-security of their industry. Myrtle rust has slipped past AQIS and now infects the Myrtaceae family of trees in NSW & QLD.
Why not install movement sensors at all entrances to the piggery and when they are triggered a portcullis like gate drops down and locks. Then the animal terrorists can stay there until the cops arrive. It won't matter how long the cops take, if it happens to be very cold at the time, the terrorists can snuggle up to a sow to keep warm.
These blokes don't seem to be in any hurry to sell any units. I emailed an inquiry to them last week asking for some facts and figures and so far, a stunning silence.
Graham Fuller, how on earth can this fuel be called, "ultra-clean diesel"? It is still a fossil fuel any way you look at it. The only way I can imagine that it is "ultra-clean diesel" is that maybe it doesn't clog up the diesel engine injectors. The process is is a minor variation of the old Fischer-Tropsch process which has been around for about a hundred years. At least the Fischer-Tropsch process can be considered as "clean" when the inputs are from renewable sources such as forestry wood waste and the end products from the process are not only fuel, but also biochar. This article is deeply misleading as to the merits of the product, which, during the making of the syngas, has the nasty potential of stuffing up our aquifers. "ultra-clean diesel"? Pull the other one.
Bushie, If you had bothered to check, you would have found that there are holes in our taxation law that you could drive a road train through. There is no reason to expect the Chinese to behave any differently here. They will be able to bastardise the cotton market by "selling" the cotton to themselves at the cost of production so that they technically show a loss in their operations. Thereby -escaping the Australian taxation system. And the water? If you think they won't grab as much water as they want all the time, you're naive. No Bushie, it is not xenophobia, this is what they're like.
Bushie, whilst you might have some good reasons to be favorable toward foreign investment in Aussie ag, you don't seem to be aware of the experience other countries have had with the Chinese in an almost identical situation as Cubby. There they took all the water upstream of the Niger River wetlands and in a year of high rainfall, the wetlands farmers starved. To compound it, they exported a huge grain crop back to China and the starvation of the locals was ensured. On top of that the Nigerian govt got bugger all tax from them as they "sold" the grain at cost of production. Cont.