Bayer's outcome-based pricing concept has got farmers interested - although they say there are still many questions to be answered.
National Grains Industry Reporter
Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.
A new grains industry sustainability framework will help the sector better engage with its customers onm a range of key issues.
The former boss of failed grain trader Grainpro is calling for donations to assist Grainpro creditors.
A Riverina farmer will be the first Australian primary producer to take Bayer to court for damages caused by its glyphosate-based herbicide.
Some analysts are predicting this year's national winter crop will end up being even smaller than last year's drought ravaged edition.
Farming groups have called for the FTA with Indonesia to be ratified swiftly, but also for strategic partnership to be funded adequately.
A 'bio-economy' with a focus on waste reduction and manufacturing biofuel would have a positive impact on rural Australia says John Hewson.
Canadian businesses and investors have been busily buying up Australian agribusiness assets in recent years.
An early start to the North American snow season is bad news for Canadian and US farmers with unharvested crop.
It is set to be another big hay production year - and fire fighting officials are warning farmers to minimise the risk of haystack fires.
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