Agribusiness

Australia's politicians have squeezed out many growers and we continue to turn to foreigners.
Where is this all going to end?
Will we sell all of our land or only a proportion?
28/08/14 09:38 PM
Won't this make the dairy farmers feel warm and fuzzy!!
29/08/14 04:54 AM
why are we so pent up about our regulators? surely the transparency and motives of SOEs, particularly Chinese ones should be our main focus of concern. You don't have to be much of a researcher to find evidence of corruption and misappropriation of Chinese funds by the likes on many of their SOEs. A free trade agreement is not going to command much respect if there are rules for us and none for the other party.
29/08/14 02:02 AM
Congratulations to Rob & Barry on their efforts. They are doing more for our industry than all the agri organisations, which don't seem to understand the severity of the situation.
The idea of an Australian super-dairy company able to compete with the multi-nationals like Kirin is a good one. MG could gain some momentum and bolster its financial position by setting up a shareholder's fund to attract private investors other than farmers. This could be similar to the successful Fonterra Fund. Shareholders would not have voting rights so control of the company would stay in the hands of farmers.
28/08/14 03:39 AM

Cropping

There are ominous signs out there for Australian growers.
They should also be aware that if we still had our single desk, AWB Ltd would have locked in at least $40.00 worth of premiums through their hedging programs.
Our wheat will also be harder to sell because the mega merchants have trashed our reputation for quality.
28/08/14 09:23 PM
In WA, we have seen higher prices for wheat in recent years. However Senator Dean Smith's claims that such higher prices are due to deregulation don't stand up to scrutiny. That is pure uneducated speculation. He needs to produce substantiating evidence including comparing global prices and AWB payments to growers prior to 2007 with global prices and grower farm gate receipts since 2007. We have seen much higher global prices since 2007 due to demand outstripping supply and increased use of cereals in biofuels. So, isn't it that which has been causing higher returns rather than deregulation?
27/08/14 10:19 PM
The new lupin "flake" can be used to make the equivalent of a soy and linseed loaf. The lupin flake disappears into the dough. My family liked not having the "lumps" of soy grit I substituted with lupin flake. As a lupin grower I am excited at the prospect of this product. It should be available in health food stores and selected IGA stores in November. Lupin flake is prebiotic and has about the highest percent of protein of any grain. Great for weight loss. It can also be used like chick peas to make dips and and as a crumb on meats. Start experimenting and eat up!
Another 2 weeks of dry weather ahead. We need rain on these above average crops yesterday. Wheels are falling off unfortunately :( So much potential evaporating
I am the leader and coordinator of the consortium and the paper.
I wish to express that I appreciated your analysis and comments, especially ''Gene conversion events appear to have been selected by humans as part of crop improvement"

General

I'm glad to see that medical marijuana is finally on the government's radar. It can be an invaluable aid to people with a chronic or terminal disease.
28/08/14 05:27 AM
Interesting...but please explain where these average 6 to 25 year olds are getting their money to spend on NBN from. Maybe the top 5% wealthy may have a golden spoon but the kids earning their loot by working may find higher priorities for their spend, rather than video games and high definition movies.
28/08/14 09:01 AM
Investing to receive a government tax payer funded handout doesn't sound like sustainable business. Let them go overseas....all they've achieved in Australia is higher power charges for pensioners and those who can least afford. What a gravy train for those noisy few. It's high time all this overhead fluff was exposed for what it really is.
28/08/14 08:50 AM
This bloke is a buffoon with feral PUP senators.Now he grovels but it wont change him or the damage he is doing , particularly to the budget.But it says more about the people in Aust. who voted for him. What dills.
28/08/14 04:47 AM
Anybody believe that Clive is really sitting down to a meal of humble pie with a big side serve of crow ?
Nah, didn't think so.
26/08/14 10:14 AM

Horticulture

Last week we had a media conference with Dick Smith and Graham Turner, both successful millionaires and both concerned about environmental issues. The problem is not only Australia's population growth, driven by high immigration, but the global rate of population growth. During the 20th century alone, the population in the world has grown from 1.65 billion to 6 billion, and roughly doubled since 1970. Feeding more people, from the tip of the food chain, on declining natural resources is a "challenge" that's not being recognised enough. "Food security" is basically a population problem.
18/08/14 08:30 PM
So much of what Craig Davis says is on the mark. While some peak bodies do a great job of engagement with the wider community too many are hamstrung by governing models which belong in the last century. If you don't engage, if you don't rebut the falsehoods, groups which at their heart are anti farming gain traction and use the available media coverage for their agenda. Too often the heavy lifting on issues such as the PETA campaigns are left to passionate individuals rather than industry having basically pre prepared responses ready to go. It is not rocket science.
05/08/14 09:45 PM
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

Livestock

Would be very pleased if Warrnambool city council could read this article and give its saleyards similar support.
21/08/14 09:53 PM
Do we demand and put inspectors into piggeries in other countries that we import pork products from?
If not, why not?
24/08/14 10:28 PM
I am sick of this current obsession by fringe extremist groups to legislate people to notify of cruelty to animals as though it is widespread. So now RSPCA wants jail terms to force members of the public to come running with any half baked nonsensical beat up about animal cruelty. What about the cruelty to the farmers and stockowners who are trying to operate their business under the burdens of every half witted community demand. Most of which comes from those who have already destroyed all natural habitats for their own urban homes but expect farmers to pay the price.
22/08/14 06:57 AM
That is a great initiative. It would have been great if I can see some of the pictures of the project.
21/08/14 01:55 AM
Well said Wilkie, you nailed it.
19/08/14 09:03 PM

Machinery

Biggest problem I see is as farms are getting larger and more corporate, dealers need to balance the needs of these large farms while at the same time not treating the needs of the smaller farmers as insignificant.
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

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

Rural Lifestyle

The first thing to do is abolish the insane policy they call UnilateralTrade Reform. Then the regions can repopulate themselves.
01/08/14 01:44 AM

COMMENTS

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pepper and Inverell have cut straight to the chase on this. Precise and pertinent comments.
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Thanks Blondie. Agree your comments. Instinct tells me there is something smelly going on with
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Why would we believe any of your figures deregul8? You cant even tell us what you get for your
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