Who are Fitzgibbon and Shorten trying to kid?
The Labor party are only interested in wedging the Liberals and Nationals-they couldn't care less about rural Australia.
It was the Rudd Government (with the help of the Liberals) that abolished the wheat single desk.(See Youtube 'Liberal wheat treachery').
17/10/14 08:16 PM
Probably the most logical and rational voice in Australian agriculture.....(doesn't stop some on these blogs trying to tear him down though)...congratulations Mr Keogh
16/10/14 09:25 PM
We can be certain that the Liberals will 'go into bat' for the big end of town and will have no interest in family farmers or equity in the market place.
We can also be certain that Barnaby Joyce will be in there fighting for common sense and the financial well being of producers.
19/10/14 09:33 PM
The listing price is a very full one for the type of business. Good for Huon and good for those existing on the back of the listing. anyone else it will be a bottom drawer one, at least for 3 years anyway. Unless the chairman finds an offshore buyer somewhere. I am surprised they didn't use a project funding approach with off-take.
Lots of green papers, white papers and Senate Inquiries; but not a lot of green and red tape removal, or structural reform from the Agriculture Minister.
The elephant in the room with agriculture is government, but I'm not sure they have fully grasped it yet.
19/10/14 10:32 PM


Congrats Steve. We'll explained and interesting. I can remember from the 1970s when canola was an absolute dud crop because of blackleg. Breeders, pathologist and agronomists need one hell of a good pat on their backs for their science in bringing this crop to the fore in farmers' businesses
12/10/14 11:35 PM
Who would have ever have thought that GM crops were going to pose a problem causing resistance in crops. I am sure there are more stories like this one and sadly to reverse the resistance takes a huge amount of time and effort as well as money. The only people to win from the mistake are those who created it in the first place, the chemical companies. I hope that Australian farmers contemplating growing the so called ease of use GM varieties will think twice before adopting the technology. The costs down the track to repair the damage will well and truly out way any short term benefits.
13/10/14 09:41 PM
Interesting that the SA Grower body is calling for new standards authorities to be set up. Growers had all that in place for decades under the State based grower marketing boards, but thought they knew better and let those very successful arrangements lapse. All I can say to them is welcome to the world of deregulation which you thought would be a panacea. Too late to be sorry now Mr Arney.
17/10/14 12:51 AM
when I leave woolworths and coles will they release the product prior to payment, no, so why should we? But a good showing by all in involved and keep up the pressure as insurance products mean nothing in a true economic crisis.
19/10/14 12:10 AM
No where does it record Investment dollars.....for projects. Why not provide the whole picture.


Abbott should be reminded it was he started using threatening not going through with FTA if China does not give in on farm products. Trade is not a one way street. China now responded with tax on the coal just to show Abbott he is not the only one can play hardball. BTW looking at Oxley's comment, if he can be called "expert" it is no wonder the trade talk is in trouble!
12/10/14 08:30 PM
The Nationals need to take note, they have taken the bush for granted for years. Just look at the lack of activity of Barn in moving forward with the red meat industry restructure after the excellent Senate report that Senator Sterle chaired.
18/10/14 09:37 PM
There is better solution called OneWire TS
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Equity based crowdfunding (which I understand is still not legal in Australia) can be a creative way to re-finance agriculture, build links between city and country and develop new supply chain partnerships. From all the initiatives I read about, I think legalised equity crowdfunding can be the most exiting and successful.
19/10/14 02:12 AM
Thanks for bringing these issues to light where so many other media sources ignore them Mr Bettles. The info as well as your presentation is greatly appreciated.
18/10/14 08:47 AM


Well that was one hell of a failure of MIS's....wouldn't want to make the same mistake again !!!
29/09/14 11:11 PM
And it would appear that this is how easy it is to mess up Australian Agricultures biosecurity, which the govmint would like to have the farmer fund while potentially it stuffs Australian Agriculture because the govmint processes are just too weak to prevent a major disease getting thru. If its government policy to allow all this importation govmint should fund all external biosecurity and also compensate without question when they stuff up as they usually do. This arena is outside of framers control and should not be paying for poor govmint decisions
06/10/14 10:35 PM


So they are being challenged to increase their cost of production? This sounds a little ridiculous......Wouldnt it be much more beneficial to be challenging them to aim for 100% ground cover, adequate rest periods and lowering of overheads?? This blokes supposed logic isnt very logical
10/09/14 06:06 AM
"These commonsense changes continue to provide ... assurance that our animals are humanely treated."
Right... because shipping an animal across the seas for four weeks to a terrifying, traumatic and painful death - having his or her throat cut whilst fully conscious, is the epitome of humane treatment.
17/09/14 08:21 AM
What a great story! Not enough young ones looking at the plethora of opportunities available in agriculture. Congratulations Madelaine. Keep up the great work and more importantly you will provide inspiration to lots of other young country kids who face the temptation to drift to the city.
28/09/14 11:21 PM
Prosecute the cruelty, not the exposure of it. The animals used and exploited for the consumption by humans must have the absolute most stringent protections in place to safeguard against any abuse or extra cruelty in both their incarceration and slaughter.
What is done in the dark WILL be brought to the light.
06/10/14 04:57 AM
I am enquiring if you have any photos taken of our champion Charolais of the Melbourne Show, Myona Opal Girl, I couldn't attend the show as live so far away in Coonamble, also if I could purchase a copy of the Stock & Land newspaper,
Bev Hogland, owner of Myona Charolais
13/10/14 07:39 AM


Good information! Agriculture is precisely dependent on machinery now a days. One cannot do anything without machinery. You can find more Agriculture machinery related question and answers in the following link. riculture-machinery Agriculture Machinery discussion forum
03/09/14 06:12 AM
The large business focussed broadacre farm focusses on timeliness and low capitalisation to reap the rewards of scale. The flipside of that is they use a plethora of contractors for sowing harvest or spraying. These contractors deliver benefits such as in 4 days spraying, quick sow or harvest which far outway any requirement for specified wheel spacing or equipment width, let alone the impracticality of ever deepening tracks
06/09/14 10:19 PM
Next you are driving down the road and being held up with a slow old back hoe, maybe you will hope that machines like this will become standard in the future. (:-)
20/09/14 12:31 PM
Any chance of a contact no


Gee Neil, this is a rosy outlook - totally at odds with the comprehensive Rabo bank survey. You wouldn't be hopelessly conflicted by your cosy relationship with the Banks would you?
01/09/14 09:09 PM
If these properties are selling for more than what they were valued at, that means the bank's valuations were too low so that raises the question - why were they placed in Receivership anyway? Sounds like more Corporate Bullying to me. What do you think Bushie Bill? - you seem to know everything.
Another Ag fund thats going to make millions for the fund manages not the shareholders.
15/10/14 07:10 AM
This is good news, hopefully the new owners can actually make a living out of breeding and fattening cattle and not just service debt.
19/10/14 10:51 PM

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Australia's most vibrant industry now is property development and building housing! The fact that the downstream costs of infrastructure, loss of arable land, energy consumption, unaffordable housing, traffic gridlocks and threats to our food security remain ignored. Housing relies on continual population growth, and the costs are imbedded. Not all countries can be net importers of food, and Australia should have a more diverse economy, with food production being paramount. Housing is a dead-end industry.
01/09/14 07:07 AM
Well Bushie Bill this flies in the face of your cork swinger opinion of country folk. Guess you aren't quite as smart as you thought you were eh ?
11/09/14 07:20 AM
Well spoken by a true champion Barnaby.
Convincing the Liberals will be the biggest challenge-they are more interested in the big end of town then the small business and family farm sector.
06/10/14 12:58 AM


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And what return will they get ? perhaps 2% on capital invested , there are a lot of better
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Property prices should really be in respect of what they(the property) produces as a business,
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Bushie, did you see the comments by JT about big mouth farmer haters who cant substantiate their
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