Outback helps Hockey find his way

JOE Hockey’s tour of drought ravaged communities in Queensland and NSW was more than just a listening exercise.
JOE Hockey’s tour of drought ravaged communities in Queensland and NSW was more than just a listening exercise.
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A HOLSTEIN was handed the highest honour at the Royal Melbourne Dairy Show yesterday, with judge Keith Dorries, Queensland, saying she “epitomised” the modern dairy cow. A HOLSTEIN was handed the highest honour at the Royal Melbourne Dairy Show yesterday, with judge Keith Dorries, Queensland, saying she “epitomised” the modern dairy cow.
PLANS by a senior government senator to review all agricultural levies are counterproductive, says a leading Tasmanian cropper.
PLANS by a senior government senator to review all agricultural levies are counterproductive, says a leading Tasmanian cropper.
FOR a long time the Australian dairy industry has suffered from an image problem due to the lasting effects of a decade-long drought and a Government that backed mining – not agriculture. But is the country’s dairy sector now being viewed as an attractive investment destination? FOR a long time the Australian dairy industry has suffered from an image problem due to the lasting effects of a decade-long drought and a Government that backed mining – not agriculture. But is the country’s dairy sector now being viewed as an attractive investment destination?
SENATOR Sean Edwards says beet western yellow virus has “blindsided” croppers, but a potential solution is being stifled by political gamesmanship. SENATOR Sean Edwards says beet western yellow virus has “blindsided” croppers, but a potential solution is being stifled by political gamesmanship.
LAUREN Hewitt wants to share the success of Queensland farmers in overhauling the State's management of leasehold land with the rest of Australia.
4:00 AM LAUREN Hewitt wants to share the success of Queensland farmers in overhauling the State's management of leasehold land with the rest of Australia. | Overcoming the real barriers to...  | Telling positive stories of... 
JACKIE Jarvis is producing a series of video
4:00 AM JACKIE Jarvis is producing a series of video "postcards" to highlight the potential for refugees to ease rural Australia's chronic labour shortage. | Overcoming the real barriers to...  | Helping future dairy leaders... 
AT the core of Ken Henry's plea for Australia to think differently about global forces is the importance of human capital.
17 Sep 14 AT the core of Ken Henry's plea for Australia to think differently about global forces is the importance of human capital. | Woolworths posts $2.45b profit  | Serving the Asia-Pacific food... 
DESPITE a strong year in agriculture ABARES is forecasting a 5.3pc decrease in total farm production for 2014-15.
17 Sep 14 DESPITE a strong year in agriculture ABARES is forecasting a 5.3pc decrease in total farm production for 2014-15.
SENATOR Barry O’Sullivan says there’s a false belief that debt mitigation or rain will simply restore producers’ fortunes.
17 Sep 14  7 SENATOR Barry O’Sullivan says there’s a false belief that debt mitigation or rain will simply restore producers’ fortunes. | Rural debt stoush heats up  | Witnessing rural debt crisis... 
MANY food producers seek contracts with supermarket chains, but this company has a $50m business without their help.
16 Sep 14 MANY food producers seek contracts with supermarket chains, but this company has a $50m business without their help. | Little guys take on Woolies and...  | Best prices still Woolies' 'key... 
TWO wind turbines spinning near Daylesford are providing enough electricity to power about 2000 homes, but that's little comfort to the 2000 'mum and dad' investors who built them.
16 Sep 14  17 TWO wind turbines spinning near Daylesford are providing enough electricity to power about 2000 homes, but that's little comfort to the 2000 'mum and dad' investors who built them. | Slashing RET 'devastating'  | Renewable energy target to... 
ELDERS has locked in $10.2m in the first stage of an equity raising offer get $57m on its books to help further slash debt and fund growth.
15 Sep 14  1 ELDERS has locked in $10.2m in the first stage of an equity raising offer get $57m on its books to help further slash debt and fund growth. | Teys buys Elders feedlot  | Elders' strategic direction 
FREEDOM Foods says its breakfast cereal recipes won't be the same in the next two years as it fends off moves from its bigger competitors into the allergen-free space.
15 Sep 14 FREEDOM Foods says its breakfast cereal recipes won't be the same in the next two years as it fends off moves from its bigger competitors into the allergen-free space. | Bright Foods rules out Treasury bid  | Freedom looks for Asian partner 
THE Australian dollar could be headed below US90c for the first time in six months, after a week in which softening commodity prices added to growing expectations of an early US interest rate rise to drive the greenback higher.
15 Sep 14  14 THE Australian dollar could be headed below US90c for the first time in six months, after a week in which softening commodity prices added to growing expectations of an early US interest... | Farmers must 'think like miners'  | Where's the FDI register? 
AUSTRALIA'S hopes of cashing in on Asian demand for dairy products will depend on much more than just milking a lot more cows.
15 Sep 14  3 AUSTRALIA'S hopes of cashing in on Asian demand for dairy products will depend on much more than just milking a lot more cows. | A2 milk holds consumers' hearts  | Stop poaching, milk industry warned 
FURTHER delaying an FTA with China will see Australian dairy lose more vital ground to key competitor NZ, says Trade Minister Andrew Robb.
14 Sep 14  2 FURTHER delaying an FTA with China will see Australian dairy lose more vital ground to key competitor NZ, says Trade Minister Andrew Robb. | Dairy fights for trade rights  | China trip will bring FTA to... 
BARNABY Joyce says the rural debt roundtable meeting scheduled to be held in Canberra later this month won’t be a bank-bashing exercise.
12 Sep 14  8 BARNABY Joyce says the rural debt roundtable meeting scheduled to be held in Canberra later this month won’t be a bank-bashing exercise. | Debt roundtable set for spring  | Farm debt 'a cancer', say graziers 
NFF president Brent Finlay will be in a high level trade delegation to China this weekend, spearheaded by Ag Minister Barnaby Joyce.
12 Sep 14  7 NFF president Brent Finlay will be in a high level trade delegation to China this weekend, spearheaded by Ag Minister Barnaby Joyce. | KAFTA report splits opinion  | FTA with India next on agenda 
ELDERS shares have been placed in a trading halt as the farm services company prepares to launch a new capital raising initiative.
11 Sep 14  3 ELDERS shares have been placed in a trading halt as the farm services company prepares to launch a new capital raising initiative. | Teys buys Elders feedlot  | Elders' strategic direction 
HUNDREDS of workers around the country will cop new pay deals that provide a stark warning of the pressure on wages.
11 Sep 14  2 HUNDREDS of workers around the country will cop new pay deals that provide a stark warning of the pressure on wages. | GrainCorp chief's danger pay... 
ALISON Watkins was appointed chief executive of GrainCorp, and later Coca-Cola Amatil, after she decided to abandon modesty.
11 Sep 14 ALISON Watkins was appointed chief executive of GrainCorp, and later Coca-Cola Amatil, after she decided to abandon modesty. | Single desk's last gasp fades  | WIAA forum forges connections 
AUSTRALIA'S food and ag ­businesses are benefiting from the growing demand for food supply from the ­Asia-Pacific region, led by China.
11 Sep 14 AUSTRALIA'S food and ag ­businesses are benefiting from the growing demand for food supply from the ­Asia-Pacific region, led by China. | SunRice's Blue Ribbon purchase  | Aussie yoghurt on Cussons' menu 
“PEACE has broken out” in the closing stages of developing a mandatory code of conduct on port access for bulk wheat exports, says Angus Taylor.
11 Sep 14  8 “PEACE has broken out” in the closing stages of developing a mandatory code of conduct on port access for bulk wheat exports, says Angus Taylor. | No east-west wheat split, says...  | Co-ops in line for ports exemption 
A MILK advertisement promoting Devondale’s chilled brand was found to be racist by the Advertising Standards Bureau this week.
10 Sep 14  7 A MILK advertisement promoting Devondale’s chilled brand was found to be racist by the Advertising Standards Bureau this week.
GRAIN marketers looking for port space for this year's harvest will revert back to a pure auction system after CBH withdrew its proposal for allocation of port capacity through Long Term Agreements (LTAs).
10 Sep 14  29 GRAIN marketers looking for port space for this year's harvest will revert back to a pure auction system after CBH withdrew its proposal for allocation of port capacity through Long Term... | No east-west wheat split, says...  | Biggest wheat state comes a cropper 
SMALL online retailers are working out ways to break into the highly ­competitive grocery retail industry, with varying degrees of success.
09 Sep 14  8 SMALL online retailers are working out ways to break into the highly ­competitive grocery retail industry, with varying degrees of success. | Best prices still Woolies' 'key...  | VIDEO: CEO Business Summit: Stephen...
FORMER Labor powerbroker Simon Crean is being wooed as the next chairman of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council.
09 Sep 14  17 FORMER Labor powerbroker Simon Crean is being wooed as the next chairman of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council. | 'Pack of sadists': Wilkie lets fly  | Drought, dollar drove meat... 
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This government is sending us backwards - re-opening live markets in countries that have
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No!! All these levies must be returned to identification, and democratic voting in relation to
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On the round table - beer and skittles?
NOBODY lives forever and you can't take the farm with you.4:00 AM NOBODY lives forever and you can't take the farm with you.
FOR a long time the Australian dairy industry has suffered from an image problem due to the lasting effects of a decade-long drought and a Government that backed mining – not agriculture. But is the country’s dairy sector now being viewed as an attractive investment destination?17 Sep 14  1 FOR a long time the Australian dairy industry has suffered from an image problem due to the lasting effects of a...