People involved in agriculture need to get out and tell their own positive stories according to NFF president Fiona Simson.
National Grains Industry Reporter
Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.
Farmers generally want the opportunity to manage drought risk themselves with no subsidies according to NFF president Fiona Simson.
Farm safety issues can often be lost amidst the hustle of running a business day-to-day but a WA growers says it is worth the effort.
Mental health authorities are being urged to consider different approaches to lowering rates of mental illness in rural Australia.
With land prices soaring in many areas people continue to turn to leasing to get a foothold in the agriculture industry.
A couple from Melbourne with no previous agriculture experience have carved a niche in farming at Boort, Victoria over the past few years.
There will be loads of new opportunities opening up in agriculture but equally there will be an increase in volatility.
It was not the single desk mechanism itself at fault but the overpriced service fees AWB charged that killed off the bulk wheat monopoly.
Michael McCormack told the crowd at Innovation Generation in Wagga Wagga that the government wants to hear from drought impacted growers.
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