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Agribusiness

The penny dropped - did anyone else hear it?
27/07/14 11:02 PM
It's ironic. Failure in government & corporate management that farmers have to slowly re-buy Graincorp piece by piece again. There is no room for middleman profit taking!
27/07/14 08:45 PM
Looking good DP.
27/07/14 12:51 AM
Too much of a focus on soil carbon and too little on avoided deforestation. Close to 700,000 ha cleared each year representing nearly 70 millions tonnes of emissions. Switch that to carbon farming instead and Australia achieves 2020 targets without soil carbon alone.
It's a straw man argument thinking that the capability of the CFI is only based on soil carbon.
25/07/14 11:10 PM
It is pleasing to see Agricultural leaders recognising that as farmers we will be one of the sectors hit hardest by Climate Change. It is also critical that they make sure that we are part of the solution. After all it is our own self interest that decisive climate action is taken. It is a pity that they didn't support the most economic responsible path of an ETS
and putting a price on carbon pollution. Research and adaptation tools will only get us so far. The radical approach of the coalition of little or no action to reduce our carbon pollution is far too risky.

Cropping

just reading Ian Macfarlanes book "The Search for Stability" in 72-73 a commodities price boom occurred. in Dec 73 oil increased in price four-fold. Its all before my time, but I think at start of 73 there was quotas (due to low prices) and at harvest, prices boomed. Could we be seeing similar forces? all these oil deposits being taken over by the likes of ISIS etc bodes well for massive price shocks. They seem to be talking down wheat prices very effectively. Are we witnessing his "classic late cycle boom"? are my thoughts on the pricing at the time correct?
27/07/14 01:27 AM
Thank goodness a bit more red tape and regulatory nonsense has been given the chop
23/07/14 03:26 AM
So if they are giving me back 90% I guess I may as well, at $250/t market levels, sell my grain for $225/t. 10% seems pretty expensive for insurance. The real issue here is growers give away assets before they are being paid.
21/07/14 12:14 AM
An authority on the treacherously abolished wheat single desk(by Rudd and the Liberals) has advised that under that arrangement producers would be at least $40.00 per tonne better off this year.
AWB LTD would have been hedging prices, the currency and sea freight.
It is estimated that a $billion dollars would have been lost across Australia.
24/07/14 09:20 PM
This is not a new way to determine irrigation times. We have used this method for years on our farm, and I'm sure others do to. I think it is just common sense really? Why run the water for longer than needed, when water is such a precious part of farming these days.
20/07/14 10:39 PM

General

Yes,yes Jan- all primary producers already know all this as it has been the landscape for a decade or more now. Qis -what are you going to do about it? Have you considered /reviewed the PPP info that I sent your policy adviser as it is the answer to many of your members problems. Who is the "bunny"- well it ain't me as I am doing something that will work- a bit of support would be nice as I already have half a dozen jobs for the day and none of them pay anything!
28/07/14 12:44 AM
where's Bushie?
23/07/14 07:18 AM
So........ 50/50 again eh?
24/07/14 07:24 AM
Here is a good example of our levy money being well spent (NOT). And I bet the adult population know even less. They show us what little they know with their comments on this site every day. I spent a week in the city recently and during that time I didn't see a single news report about regional AU. What news I did see that was relevant to all the state was reported as only relevant to Sydney residents. If the city populations are interested or care about the country the city television media sadly don't share their views.
23/07/14 02:01 AM
Gee wizz more terrible warming. The winters are that warm now we will never see snow again.
Anyone still sucked in by the science (fiction). ???

Horticulture

A major success industry; improving quality of product, selling at increasingly higher unit prices, all achieved in a currency climate unfavourable to exports. The wine industry shows us that getting on with the job rather than sitting on acres whinging is a much more successful and honourable strategy. perhaps others could learn from their success?
18/07/14 12:11 PM
Only a couple of years ago on landline guys in the eastern states were bulldozing citrus because it was no longer profitable and now it's wanted
02/07/14 10:46 AM
'I don’t think Australia has the edge in research and development as it used to' says the CEO of HAL.
Kind of makes you wonder who has been the captain of the ship?
24/06/14 10:42 PM
go to
http://www.jamieoliver.com/c ontact
and tell Jamie it is not on.
18/06/14 12:42 AM
The farmers of this country need to form co-ops and refuse to supply Woolworths and Coles.
11/06/14 06:50 AM

Livestock

I wish that you would stop poisoning our wildlife, particularly the Dingo, and other animals that feed on poisoned carrion!
24/07/14 09:22 AM
can't they export the meat to countries where they eat dog meat
23/07/14 10:17 PM
Activists never acknowledge the bio security risks they subject the animals to when they trespass. These risks are real and pose a huge danger. Nor do they accept the harm often caused by their actions to the animals by the distress of having unknown intruders in their midst. Some admit their agenda in ending all human use of animals but many dress it as being an animal welfare issue.I wonder how many of the activists refuse any and all medications tested on animals. If they truly had the courage of their convictions they would refuse such medications even if it cost their own life.
21/07/14 10:19 PM
“Now I don’t know how he thinks sheep are going to survive if they’re not shorn and I don’t know what he thinks we should do with the wool." - Seriously? Is that as far as Mr Taylor's limited imagination will go?
Like Chris Delforce, I'm an abolitionist. We want to see the use of sheep (and all animals) for human purposes end. But it won't happen overnight. Campaigns like those of Aussie Farms aim to show consumers why we shouldn't be using animals. Reduced consumer demand will lead to reduced production. No farmer is going to continue to breed them when the market disappears.
19/07/14 12:47 AM
So Australian Wool Innovation has managed to fund a project that any farmer could have given them the answer to free of charge. Meanwhile the destruction of livestock continues unabated while bureaucracy thinks up more unjustifiable impediments that make it harder for farmers to deal with livestock predation.
15/07/14 03:52 AM

Machinery

Still wouldn't be big enough to keep away the hypocritical BS spewed out by the labour market protectionist selective socialists on this site.
09/07/14 12:03 AM
Capital gains, wait till the tax man reads this one, I did similar and they love it !

Property

The Chinese Investment Corporation must surely be an arm of the Chiniese Government which is buying up our farmland at an alarming rate. When do we stop this invasion or stop selling our sovereignty?
14/07/14 12:08 AM
Banks are just sharks, charging exorbitant interest to people who cannot pay.
13/07/14 10:25 PM

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