Basin Plan at tipping point: Madigan

SENATOR John Madigan is pushing for a new Senate inquiry to investigate “rising discontent” over the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
SENATOR John Madigan is pushing for a new Senate inquiry to investigate “rising discontent” over the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
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PAKENHAM agents advertised a small offering 850 head for their fortnightly store cattle market yesterday, with prices fetching a high of $1140 a head for Angus steers. PAKENHAM agents advertised a small offering 850 head for their fortnightly store cattle market yesterday, with prices fetching a high of $1140 a head for Angus steers.
'PRECIOUS cargo' would be one way to describe a bale of wool that boarded a jet bound for Italy last week. 'PRECIOUS cargo' would be one way to describe a bale of wool that boarded a jet bound for Italy last week.
A FEATURE display of pregnancy tested in-calf (PTIC) Angus heifers made $1150-$1230 a head at Kyneton’s monthly store cattle yesterday, where 700 head were offered keen local and feedlot inquiry. A FEATURE display of pregnancy tested in-calf (PTIC) Angus heifers made $1150-$1230 a head at Kyneton’s monthly store cattle yesterday, where 700 head were offered keen local and feedlot inquiry.
THE second major resignation for the dairy sector in one day has seen Natalie Collard reveal her decision to step down as Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) chief executive officer, effective from April 2015. THE second major resignation for the dairy sector in one day has seen Natalie Collard reveal her decision to step down as Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) chief executive officer, effective from April 2015.
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has used a tour of Bulla Dairy Foods in Victoria to shout about the Australian dairy industry’s improved profitability.
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FOOD Ministers in Australia and NZ have agreed to urgent action on labelling laws to prevent human consumption of unpasteurised cow’s milk.
30 Jan 15 FOOD Ministers in Australia and NZ have agreed to urgent action on labelling laws to prevent human consumption of unpasteurised cow’s milk. | Raw milk recalled  | Focus on product hoodwinks: ACCC 
WEET-BIX maker Sanitarium is taking on Weetabix, the largest player in the £1.2 billion UK cereal market.
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THE deflating dollar looks set to continue making farm exports more attractive after dipping to new five-and-a-half year lows this week.
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THE second major resignation for the dairy sector in one day has seen Natalie Collard reveal her decision to step down as Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) chief executive officer, effective from April 2015.
29 Jan 15 THE second major resignation for the dairy sector in one day has seen Natalie Collard reveal her decision to step down as Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) chief executive officer,...
A CONFLICT of views has seen the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) president Tyran Jones step down from his role, effective yesterday.
29 Jan 15 A CONFLICT of views has seen the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) president Tyran Jones step down from his role, effective yesterday.
CASHED-UP Western Australian farmers are paying down debt and splashing on expensive machinery following two bumper grain harvests that have boosted confidence.
29 Jan 15  4 CASHED-UP Western Australian farmers are paying down debt and splashing on expensive machinery following two bumper grain harvests that have boosted confidence. | Cargill's historic grain export...  | Pool exodus may be too far 
NATIONAL Australia Bank is ­changing its credit assessments to put more weight on the sustainability of farmers' ­business practices.
28 Jan 15  11 NATIONAL Australia Bank is ­changing its credit assessments to put more weight on the sustainability of farmers' ­business practices. | Banks calm foreclosure furore  | Holding the banks to account 
MANY farmers want a premium price for selling product into niche markets - and so do some less-than-truthful food marketers.
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NORTH American farmers and their lobby groups face an almost identical political minefield to their Australian counterparts.
28 Jan 15  11 NORTH American farmers and their lobby groups face an almost identical political minefield to their Australian counterparts. | NFF's long, hard look at itself  | Uniting a big farming nation 
NEW Murray-Darling Basin Authority chair Neil Andrew has been greeted with a flood of advice from key stakeholder groups.
27 Jan 15 NEW Murray-Darling Basin Authority chair Neil Andrew has been greeted with a flood of advice from key stakeholder groups. | Water review streamlines rules  | Reflections of a Basin peacemaker 
MICK Keogh, head of Australia's leading independent rural think-tank, is among primary industry recipients of Australia Day Honours.
26 Jan 15  1 MICK Keogh, head of Australia's leading independent rural think-tank, is among primary industry recipients of Australia Day Honours. | 2014: Drought relief lost in dust  | Uniting a big farming nation 
WHEN an angry mob torched the guide to a draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan at Griffith in 2010, Craig Knowles instantly recognised the dilemma.
25 Jan 15  4 WHEN an angry mob torched the guide to a draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan at Griffith in 2010, Craig Knowles instantly recognised the dilemma. | MDBA's new leader steps up 
NECESSITY is the mother of invention, and it was necessity that drove the Landcare movement to test crowdfunding late last year.
24 Jan 15  1 NECESSITY is the mother of invention, and it was necessity that drove the Landcare movement to test crowdfunding late last year.
THE National Farmers Federation has returned a low rating in a  report benchmarking itself against six international farm lobby groups.
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FORMER Coles boss Ian McLeod has resigned from the Perth-based conglomerate Wesfarmers to join US retail giant Bi-Lo Holdings.
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THE Aussie dollar has sunk below US80c for the first time in five-and-a-half years.
23 Jan 15  1 THE Aussie dollar has sunk below US80c for the first time in five-and-a-half years.
BONNIE Rock farmer Romina Nicoletti believes rebates that put money in grower pockets are the key to a strong future for WA farming.
23 Jan 15  2 BONNIE Rock farmer Romina Nicoletti believes rebates that put money in grower pockets are the key to a strong future for WA farming.
TAKE a look back at the issues that defined ag in 2014. This week, the ongoing rural debt crisis which farmers fought to have addressed.
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THE falling Australian dollar and an improved outlook for fertiliser are providing strong tailwinds for Incitec Pivot.
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AUSTRALIA'S largest grower and distributor of fruit and vegetables, the Costa Group, has decided to pursue an initial public offering.
22 Jan 15 AUSTRALIA'S largest grower and distributor of fruit and vegetables, the Costa Group, has decided to pursue an initial public offering. | Aldi sales growth triple that... 
FORMER South Australian federal Liberal MP Neil Andrew has been appointed the new chair of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
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ALDI Australia has vowed to maintain pricing pressure in the $85 billion grocery market, after outpacing Coles and Woolworths.
21 Jan 15  7 ALDI Australia has vowed to maintain pricing pressure in the $85 billion grocery market, after outpacing Coles and Woolworths. | Private-label brands lose their... 
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Typically superficial and simplistic. The WA wheatbelt covers a vast area from north to south to
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Abbott says he will lead the coalition at the next federal election - what a load of bulla.
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what an amusing little article this is. Two pages of how good everything is in the west and then
DRINKERS of raw milk have been left with a bitter taste in their mouths. That's because Victoria Consumer Affairs Minister Jane Garrett ordered a gag-inducing chemical to be poured into all raw milk sold in stores from Sunday, ensuring no one is able to drink it.30 Jan 15 DRINKERS of raw milk have been left with a bitter taste in their mouths. That's because Victoria Consumer Affairs...
THE second major resignation for the dairy sector in one day has seen Natalie Collard reveal her decision to step down as Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) chief executive officer, effective from April 2015.29 Jan 15 THE second major resignation for the dairy sector in one day has seen Natalie Collard reveal her decision to step...