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YOU'D be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't know what an Akubra hat is – as Anzac Day approaches, there will be hundreds adorning the heads of returned soldiers.
YOU'D be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't know what an Akubra hat is – as Anzac Day approaches, there will be hundreds adorning the heads of returned soldiers.
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AWI chairman Wally Merriman says a scheme to regulate the supply of wool into auction markets may be needed to stop wild price fluctuations. AWI chairman Wally Merriman says a scheme to regulate the supply of wool into auction markets may be needed to stop wild price fluctuations.
FEDERAL Trade Minister Andrew Robb has hit back at the farm sector’s criticism of the Australia-Japan trade agreement. FEDERAL Trade Minister Andrew Robb has hit back at the farm sector’s criticism of the Australia-Japan trade agreement.
MOST northern beef businesses are currently not economically sustainable, a new analysis of the sector has found. MOST northern beef businesses are currently not economically sustainable, a new analysis of the sector has found.
HIGH oleic oil canola, which is prized by end-users for its healthy oil profile, is finding a wider fit across Australia. HIGH oleic oil canola, which is prized by end-users for its healthy oil profile, is finding a wider fit across Australia.
FARM services business Ruralco Holdings is painting a brighter picture of its expected first half results compared to last financial year.
24 Apr 14 FARM services business Ruralco Holdings is painting a brighter picture of its expected first half results compared to last financial year. | Share stoush hurts investors: ASA 
MURRAY Goulburn Co-operative has today announced a fifth step-up in the farmgate price for the 2013/14 season of $0.09 per kilogram butterfat and $0.19 per kilogram protein.
24 Apr 14  1 MURRAY Goulburn Co-operative has today announced a fifth step-up in the farmgate price for the 2013/14 season of $0.09 per kilogram butterfat and $0.19 per kilogram protein. | Robb rejects ag's trade criticism  | Fonterra revamps milk pricing 
A DEBATE last week heard foreign ownership of farming assets was vital if the farm sector wanted to attract valuable investment.
24 Apr 14  12 A DEBATE last week heard foreign ownership of farming assets was vital if the farm sector wanted to attract valuable investment. | Farm register faces delays  | Ag could miss export boat 
THE Abbott government's farm land register has been delayed amid issues over collecting data and possible impacts on trade talks.
23 Apr 14  12 THE Abbott government's farm land register has been delayed amid issues over collecting data and possible impacts on trade talks. | Japan under FIRB scrutiny  | China wants to import workers... 
FEDERAL Trade Minister Andrew Robb has hit back at the farm sector’s criticism of the Australia-Japan trade agreement.
23 Apr 14  6 FEDERAL Trade Minister Andrew Robb has hit back at the farm sector’s criticism of the Australia-Japan trade agreement. | Japan under FIRB scrutiny  | Not 'free trade': producers 
WA based grain powerhouse CBH has quietly opened an office in the US to help it cater to growing Asian grain demand.
23 Apr 14  9 WA based grain powerhouse CBH has quietly opened an office in the US to help it cater to growing Asian grain demand. | Embrace CBH plans: Coulton  | Poor rail threatens food boom 
AUSTRALIAN bulk grain and seed set for export can now be inspected earlier in the supply chain under a new process.
22 Apr 14 AUSTRALIAN bulk grain and seed set for export can now be inspected earlier in the supply chain under a new process. | Ag could miss export boat  | GrainCorp clears port hurdle 
YOUNG Queensland extension officer Emma Hegarty works by the motto:
22 Apr 14  2 YOUNG Queensland extension officer Emma Hegarty works by the motto: "the more you learn the more you learn".
TASMANIA’S geographical isolation might be seen as a disadvantage by some, but for Jan Davis, it’s one of its strengths.
22 Apr 14  2 TASMANIA’S geographical isolation might be seen as a disadvantage by some, but for Jan Davis, it’s one of its strengths. | Connecting consumers with answers  | Spreading ag's sustainability story 
THE weighty burden of penalty interest rate charges on Australia's ballooning rural debt problem is becoming a spotlight issue.
21 Apr 14  18 THE weighty burden of penalty interest rate charges on Australia's ballooning rural debt problem is becoming a spotlight issue. | Call for farm debt survey  | Farm debt pressure builds 
ALTHOUGH the stakes are getting higher, WA farmers continue to roll the dice each growing season.
18 Apr 14 ALTHOUGH the stakes are getting higher, WA farmers continue to roll the dice each growing season.
AUSTRALIA needs to revitalise rail and port infrastructure or else agriculture will literally miss the boat to booming export markets.
18 Apr 14  1 AUSTRALIA needs to revitalise rail and port infrastructure or else agriculture will literally miss the boat to booming export markets. | GrainCorp clears port hurdle  | Not 'free trade': producers 
ALMAS Almonds has launched legal action against ASX-listed almond company Select Harvests in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
17 Apr 14 ALMAS Almonds has launched legal action against ASX-listed almond company Select Harvests in the Supreme Court of Victoria. | Ag stocks on the rise  | Profit jump for Select Harvests 
A TASMANIAN dairy manufacturer is hoping a new rebate package will play a big role in lifting milk production.
16 Apr 14 A TASMANIAN dairy manufacturer is hoping a new rebate package will play a big role in lifting milk production.
LATEST figures on Australia's wine export performance show a steep 12 per cent decline in sales to China.
16 Apr 14 LATEST figures on Australia's wine export performance show a steep 12 per cent decline in sales to China. | EFF red-hot in China  | Chinese FDI 'puzzle' unlocked 
FONTERRA is to overhaul its Australian milk pricing structure.
16 Apr 14  2 FONTERRA is to overhaul its Australian milk pricing structure. | Woolies signs three-year bread deal  | Woolies, Fonterra, Parmalat in... 
WOOLWORTH'S strategy of signing longer-term supply contracts has shifted from milk into the highly competitive $2 billion bread category.
16 Apr 14 WOOLWORTH'S strategy of signing longer-term supply contracts has shifted from milk into the highly competitive $2 billion bread category. | Woolies expands milk brand  | $1 milk here to stay 
FARM businesses are being reminded the deadline for applications for Farm Finance concessional loans for this financial year is looming.
16 Apr 14  1 FARM businesses are being reminded the deadline for applications for Farm Finance concessional loans for this financial year is looming. | $320m for drought-hit farmers  | Farm Finance delays 'normal' 
JAPANESE businesses will only have to outlay $15 million on land to trigger FIRB scrutiny, and $53 million on agribusiness investments.
16 Apr 14 JAPANESE businesses will only have to outlay $15 million on land to trigger FIRB scrutiny, and $53 million on agribusiness investments.  | China wants to import workers...  | Japan accord 'a bloody disgrace' 
IT IS crucial a national food plan comes together now - over and above political interests.
15 Apr 14  9 IT IS crucial a national food plan comes together now - over and above political interests.
NUFARM will close a New Zealand manufacturing plant and further consolidate activity at its existing Laverton facilities in Victoria.
15 Apr 14 NUFARM will close a New Zealand manufacturing plant and further consolidate activity at its existing Laverton facilities in Victoria. | Ag stocks on the rise  | Brazil sales drive up Nufarm... 
THE federal government is facing demands from China that it be allowed to import workers for projects funded by Chinese investors as part of the free-trade agreement.
15 Apr 14  37 THE federal government is facing demands from China that it be allowed to import workers for projects funded by Chinese investors as part of the free-trade agreement. | Forrest urges China ag partnership  | Door ajar for China state... 
IN the past seven years Elders Fine Foods has grown to now distribute about 50 tonnes a month of Australian red meat throughout China.
15 Apr 14  1 IN the past seven years Elders Fine Foods has grown to now distribute about 50 tonnes a month of Australian red meat throughout China. | Door ajar for China state...  | China a test for PM's FTA hat trick 
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Sorry Chops, but the reality is already here, we have been relegated to a nation of price takers
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I am in Dubai at the moment staggered by the price for Australian beef at any one of hundreds
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Rob an underpinning principle of a spot market that needs to be embedded is that the producers
FARMERS from the Central Highlands region had their say at an information meeting held yesterday to promote Victoria’s world-class food and fibre industries and making sure farmers benefit from the growth opportunities in agriculture.23 Apr 14 FARMERS from the Central Highlands region had their say at an information meeting held yesterday to promote...
Alister Purbrick from Nagambie will be recognised at the prestigious Parade of Champions at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show.
17 Apr 14 Alister Purbrick from Nagambie will be recognised at the prestigious Parade of Champions at this year’s Sydney Royal...