Agribusiness

The Chinese Government will be rubbing its hands together at the prospect of buying up more of Australia.
21/12/14 09:32 PM
interesting its just the organic activists that are portrayed as the objectors, I have read many articles written by accredited scientists requesting long term studies into GM, so I don't just think its the radicals. It is obvious there is a considerable number of consumers who want labelling of GM, why would the industry be so afraid of it if the public had nothing to fear? there are many sensible people who have identified the pitfalls of the approval process and lack of independent science, until that is meet GM should be halted or at least label them so people can vote with their wallet.
21/12/14 08:11 PM
What amazes me is the constant blindness I see as to what is going on here. Creation of money from thin air and being charged interest is fraud, when questioned one is accused of bank bashing. Does anyone care that the system of fract res banking is inherently destructive, inevitably generates debasement of the currency, extreme inequality, the destruction of the middle class and wrenching business crises? These issues are across the board and aren't just about farming, the problem is everywhere and the alliance between politicians and bankers has to be dealt with.
21/12/14 04:52 AM
FYI - that is a Great Artesian Basin bore. The water that flows out of it most likely fell or falls in various MDB Authority areas but the MDBA doesn't manage it.
19/12/14 11:35 AM
Cheap cheap? That pretty well sums up Colesworths' business ethics.
18/12/14 09:53 PM

Cropping

Wheat at $320 is still going to be hard to beat with the cheapest fertilizer and herbicides Australia is likely to see for some years for 2015. The Aussie dollar is going to push the non legume cost base higher but it makes little sense to 'go hard' on legumes til at least 2016. Come on, oil is below $55/barrel. Nitrogen is cheap from the bag atm. SOA for Feb 2015 in WA was $165/t a couple of months back.
18/12/14 09:08 PM
Brett Hosking says it all - most of the grain has been sold.
Pity growers were robbed of their marketing arrangements - not only would they have picked some of the gains in the market post harvest but AWB Ltd would have building a pool all year and adding futures premiums to the value of the crop.
16/12/14 07:50 PM
Always looking for good quality Durum Wheat Semolina.
Growers know that next year will see a big fall in the global canola plant and most have aggressively sold the cereals on the latest rally. Many have also startng to hegde next years wheat crop which gives even more guarantee of smaller Australian canola plantings in 2015. Canola is a hold
11/12/14 11:24 PM
Great announcement fodder.
Meanwhile, in real life, the grains industry is sticking its collective head deep into the sand instead of supporting the eradication of pests like Red Witchweed.
15/12/14 10:59 PM

General

Welcome back, Warren. Do you want to know what the Boof has been up to while yon were away? Probably best you don't; it would spoil your Christmas. Good luck for next year, Warren. The Boof thinks he is a hell of a clever politician, having frightened and bullied a bank into acting against its best and legal right.
19/12/14 06:15 AM
Most of our financial problems will be addressed when Turnbull takes over from Hockey.
16/12/14 07:56 PM
$10 million fine, what a joke. it is estimated that the dairy industry has lost $100 million because of the price war. there is no justice with these people. i still see coles milk on the shelf for a $1/L. whats going on there? is it still fine to screw the dairy industry even after admitting guilt? looks like it. coles is sorry. sorry for what? that they got caught. total spin on coles's behalf with its admission. shame coles, shame! and worse still the accc let them get away with it for peanuts.
16/12/14 11:42 PM
Well done for starting this, perhaps if the unemployment figures were a more accurate representation of where we are, we would have been more critical of govt settings and the impacts of free trade upon our economy. In the old days before our debt fuelled economy, we made things, employed people and life was simple. fast forward to today, we import much and have many more unemployed with time and access to drugs. This is not just about finding out where drugs come from, its about getting people back to work and developing our communities.
16/12/14 08:35 PM
Raw milk is harmful to kids of today because they have no immunity to any bugs it may contain. Molicodling our children too much means they do not develop immunity to everyday bugs ao that when they first encounter them they are greatly affected. One major reason travellers develop Deli-Belly is because they lack immunity to those bugs which are rampant in that area. Children growing up on farm milk develop that immunity. The other reason is that refrigeration of "bath" milk may not be adequate or it sits too long on the shelf or in someone's refrigerator..
16/12/14 02:30 AM

Horticulture

Why do our elected representatives need to urged to support sourcing products locally, surely they all recognise the benefits to the local economy and national economy of buying local products?
Well deserved and an inspiration to others in the manufacturing sector showing that building things in Australia is still possible and that we do not have to become a services and resources based economy.
I do wonder if all the sharing that is going on in regards to plant breeding is not creating a new level of exposure. I noticed a while ago breeders were going into the deep valleys of Khazakhastan (or somewhere like that) to get recently untapped lines of wheat and lucerne. Are we making ourselves vulnerable by decreasing the natural variability that occurs throughout the world over time?
05/12/14 01:55 AM
How to explain it? in Mexico the mango cv. Ataulfo are infested when it is green, and sometimes we have collected green mangos with third instar larvae. This variety produce high quantity of latex.
02/12/14 01:14 AM
this is brilliant
30/11/14 10:30 PM

Livestock

Congratulations to Environment Minister Lisa Neville for scrapping an utterly irresponsible and flawed program that only provides financial gain to vested interests. The 150 years of environmental damage and destruction inflicted by the cattle industry on the environment needs to stop.
19/12/14 04:22 AM
The same phenomena has been observed in wild pigs in Indonesia.
14/12/14 12:44 AM
Or ... you could look and kangaroos as a resource other than dingo food and harvest their numbers back to a point where their numbers are not impacting on pasture growth. Of cause that is just plain WRONG because that's means someone might be making profit from kangaroos. And something everyone who has ever been any were near our universities knows with absolute certainty, is that - to profit from nature is evil.
12/12/14 08:45 PM
Yet another instance of where Senator Backs proposed Ag protection laws and the NSW bio security bill will be very good things. If you have genuine footage, give it to the proper people quickly. If you place animals in danger, pay the price for those acts be you a producer or an activist. Activists are not above the law. How long until we see physical harm come to people in the livestock industries as a result of the frenzy of hatred being whipped up by some organisations and their more extreme supporters?
Instances of property damage and threats against producers are becoming more prevalent.
11/12/14 11:24 PM
It's quite extraordinary to see a lawyer coming so close to outright defamation, and this journalist and journal reporting it. No animal advocate, so far as I know has been even approached, much less questioned by the police. Perhaps Wellards, with its own track record in mind, should be looking far closer to home for the culprits in all these allegations. I'll back our social licence any day against these people.
08/12/14 08:24 AM

Machinery

Looks like a fantastic machine.. might order one and report back.
20/11/14 03:44 AM

Property

The ability to buy a farm in China is a total red herring introduced by emotive or just ordinary old fools. Anyone wanting to buy a farm in China is a fool because only a fool would do so knowing there is clear knowledge that foreigners always come off second best in any legal slouch in China that involves nationals. We cannot claim this is some sort of communist plot because the great USA once used the same legal devices to look after the interests of locals above foreigners. Now the great USA has gone one (or two or three) steps better and want protection from Australian law in Australia.
24/11/14 02:25 AM
These are not free trade agreements!!!
24/11/14 02:16 AM
And we are worried about the Chinese. At least they are doing it to feed their people.
17/11/14 03:24 AM
Look out bozos! We latte/charonnay drinking socialists and Labor Party supporters are heading to a town near you!
We intend to put on a lentil and tofu salad evening to get to know you. Won't it be just so much fun!
14/11/14 04:10 AM
What proportion of state revenue come from stamp duty? I think on average its over 40%. Would an agent be worried about the viability of farmers in a world of land prices set by non accountable state owned enterprises and inflationary fractional reserve banking? Obviously not.
13/11/14 02:51 PM

Rural Lifestyle

G'day Vernon
One aspect of the Australian economy that you failed to take into consideration: governments of all persuasions seek to run the nation for the benefit of the urban population. That is why we have awards setting wages for the city people but no longer any reserve price scheme for wool and why the meat industry is a free-for-all. The present situation is based on a set of circumstances that existed one hundred years ago and is no longer a viable economic model. With governments determined to stock the continent to its full carrying capacity of humans, collapse is inevitable.
01/11/14 07:42 PM
Congrats on a wonderful event for Richmond. The young ladies and gentlemen of Richmond and surrounds sure glammed it up to match their city friends! From all reports it was a resounding success! Well done to the organizers and for such a great cause!
27/10/14 05:55 AM

COMMENTS

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@kermit: There HAVE BEEN long-term studies into GM, also meta analyses aplenty, all published in
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I bet Australian consumers wish they could buy beef @ $8-50/Kg retail
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Believe it or not GM does have something to offer but it is all very complicated and
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