22-05-2013 09:32 AM
Farmers call for minimum wage increase
An increase in the national minimum wage would help the struggling farming industry to attract entry level workers, Australia's peak farmers group say...
20-05-2013 09:12 AM
Cattle grazing in national parks 'nothing new'
Cattle have not only been grazing in national parks for years, but it's been a handy revenue raiser for government, according to a cattleman and forme...
16-05-2013 09:22 AM
The Gillard Government's plan for Australian agriculture
The 2013-14 Budget strengthens the foundation of Australian agriculture, prepares our farmers for future challenges, and lays the groundwork for the o...
15-05-2013 10:10 AM
Agriculture ministers lobby to restore live trade exports
Queensland Agriculture Minister John McVeigh says he holds no animal welfare concerns about Australian live cattle exports to Indonesia as he pushes f...
13-05-2013 09:37 AM
Agriculture needs a leader, not this average Joe
Country Life is a proud advocate for rural Queenslanders, always willing to deliver a metaphorical uppercut to those who need it or a pat on the back ...
09-05-2013 10:45 AM
McVeigh heads to Indonesia
QUEENSLAND Agriculture Minister John McVeigh will join his Northern Territory counterpart in Indonesia at the weekend as the states look to bypass Can...
07-05-2013 09:21 AM
Ag needs to be on agenda: Farley
AUSTRALIAN Agricultural Company chief executive David Farley says Australia's chances of becoming Asia's food bowl are being jeopardised by political ...
02-05-2013 09:18 AM
The dire state of Australian agriculture
It seems crazy given our very fundamental human requirement for food that the agriculture industry could end up in the dire state it is in today. Yet ...
01-05-2013 14:03 PM
We're missing the boat on agriculture
AS Australian cattle farmers continue to suffer from the fallout following the inept handling of the live cattle ban placed on Indonesia by federal Ag...
30-04-2013 06:43 AM
Rising dollar, falling prices biggest threat to farmers
A private sector survey has found Australian farmers' biggest concerns are easing commodity prices and the strong Australian dollar.
29-04-2013 10:17 AM
Subsidies go against the grain
THE nation's single biggest grain farmer, NSW's Ron Greentree, says industry conditions are worse than any other time in his 35-year farming career.
24-04-2013 09:36 AM
Cover cropping a winner for grower
Not convinced his cropping rotation was maximising returns on farm, New South Wales cotton grower Rob Blatchford applied for a Nuffield scholarship fo...
23-04-2013 10:10 AM
Australian farms unable to grow
Australian farmers and agricultural businesses are struggling to make a keep in a market that seems all against them.
Yesterday The Australian repo...
22-04-2013 16:44 PM
Farmers not Asia-ready, warns Monsanto boss Daniel Kruithoff
AUSTRALIA'S ambition of becoming a major food bowl for Asia is facing significant challenges and urgent attention is needed to address a lack of produ...
22-04-2013 10:13 AM
pectre of drought menacing South Australian farmers
THE dreaded spectre of drought is sweeping across South Australia once more - plunging the farming community into despair as pasture feed for livestoc...
16-04-2013 09:22 AM
Dry weather hurting cattle prices
Cattle producer Australian Agricultural Company will lower the value of its herds, partly because continued dry weather has hit domestic cattle prices...
15-04-2013 09:08 AM
Agriculture dying in Western Sydney
Agriculture on the outer fringes of Australia's major cities is dying a slow death.
Experts say it's an inevitable end, unless there are drastic ch...
11-04-2013 08:28 AM
Man charged over costly livestock hoax
The WA major fraud squad has charged a 49-year-old man over a livestock hoax which duped Indonesian investors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars....
09-04-2013 09:01 AM
Worsening dry hitting farmers and company profits
Widespread dry weather across huge chunks of the country is being blamed for a predicted slash in profits of Australia's largest rural services provid...
07-04-2013 10:23 AM
Struggling farmers take comfort in Premier's visit
On a hot afternoon in the tiny community of Moorine Rock, WA's largest grain grower had a blunt message for the Premier.
"I've seen 10 or 12 letter...
05-04-2013 09:37 AM
Australia has lost farmland the size of Ukraine
Australia's volatile climate, which experts warned will produce increasing weather extremes, has already contributed to a loss in farmland the size of...
04-04-2013 09:13 AM
Qld cattle baron dies after windmill fall
Queensland cattle king Alexander McDonald has died after falling from a windmill last month.
Mr McDonald fell four metres from the windmill at his ...
03-04-2013 09:44 AM
Australian agriculture faces extreme weather risk
Australia's most productive agricultural areas face a greater risk of extreme weather from climate change in coming decades, including a higher number...
02-04-2013 09:45 AM
Beef industry accepts new welfare standards
Proposed welfare standards for the beef industry have been endorsed by the Cattle Council of Australia and the Lot Feeders' Association.
02-04-2013 09:40 AM
Rain slows NT cattle movement to Queensland
The Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association (NTCA) says big rain in parts of the NT over the weekend will slow up the exodus of cattle moving into ...
01-04-2013 10:34 AM
Preparing for drought - advice for livestock producers
The rapid decline in pasture quality in western regions of Queensland has seen many landholders move into drought mode.
Some areas in particular in...
26-03-2013 06:50 AM
Stock squad investigates Gympie cattle deaths
Queensland Police Detectives from the Kingaroy Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad (SARCIS) are appealing for public assistance after the mutila...
26-03-2013 06:47 AM
Bull rider and livestock agent die in plane crash
Former world champion bull rider John Quintana and Ray White Livestock CEO Charlie Maher have died in a plane crash near Roma in Southern Queensland.
20-03-2013 06:47 AM
Aussie dairy and lamb farmers could benefit from NZ drought
Australian farmers could benefit from an upswing in commodity prices as New Zealand's farmers struggle after their driest summer in 50 years.
20-03-2013 06:42 AM
Anthrax kills 40 cattle in Australia, disease contained
Australia, the world's no. 3 largest beef exporter, said it has confirmed that approximately 40 head of cattle have been killed by anthrax, but it exp...
19-03-2013 09:05 AM
Farmers urged to speak up before power price rises
The deadline for submissions around changes to power prices is approaching and producers are being urged to speak up or wear hikes of up to $100 000 o...
18-03-2013 09:02 AM
Chicken farmers want legal protection against animal activists
Victorian chicken farmers sick of raids by animal activists want their properties protected by tougher laws.
Some farmers say they're being raided ...
18-03-2013 08:59 AM
Cattle owners' beef over losing millions
Police are so clueless when it comes to solving livestock thefts that one victim was recently asked to supply the "serial number" of his stolen cattle...
12-03-2013 08:55 AM
Dire times for dairy farmers
The dairy industry is on the verge of collapse in the mid-north of South Australia.
Four more farms have closed down in as many months.
Only 16 ...
12-03-2013 08:46 AM
Baseball-sized snail destroyed in Australia to protect crops
A baseball-sized snail with an insatiable appetite for hundreds of plants including cocoa and papaya has been seized and destroyed by Australian offic...
12-03-2013 08:43 AM
Cattle producers push for billion dollar boost
The Northern Territory's peak cattle lobby group is meeting both sides of federal politics to push for almost a billion dollars in funding support.
11-03-2013 06:48 AM
Dairy decline in South Australia's mid-north
The dairy industry in the mid-north of South Australia is on the verge of becoming non-existent.
There are 16 dairy farmers that still operate in t...
08-03-2013 08:48 AM
Blackstone, TPG in final bids for chicken firm
U.S. private equity firms Blackstone Group LP and TPG Capital have placed separate final bids for Australia's largest poultry producer, Inghams Chicke...
08-03-2013 08:45 AM
Domestic cattle and sheep welfare in the spotlight
New draft standards for welfare in sheep and cattle production have just been released for public comment.
Developed in close consultation with ind...
06-03-2013 08:56 AM
Australian exports of beef to China set for eightfold increase
Australian beef sales to China are set to surge more than eightfold this year, providing a boost for farmers who are struggling with tougher US compet...
06-03-2013 08:55 AM
India - friend and foe for Australian agricultural trade
India, with its increasingly large and wealthy population, is often cited as one of the big export market opportunities for Australian agricultural pr...
05-03-2013 08:35 AM
Farmers stuck with a high dollar for years
The Australian dollar is likely to remain strong for up to five years, dampening the outlook for farm exports, the federal commodities forecaster warn...
04-03-2013 09:04 AM
Simple farming could be the future of dairy
The future of the dairy industry may be focusing on simplicity, according to a leading dairy farm consultant.
Gippsland-based consultant John Mulva...
25-02-2013 08:43 AM
Milk dumped as floods isolate dairy farms
Dairy processor Norco estimates around 50,000 litres of milk will be dumped by its NSW suppliers as a result of the floods.
Norco's chief executive...
25-02-2013 08:36 AM
Cattle prices expected to rise in the south
Domestic cattle prices are expected to improve by the time Northern Territory pastoralists start sending their stock to markets like Naracoorte in Sou...
22-02-2013 08:52 AM
Queensland to review cattle disease response
Two experts will review the Queensland government's response to a cattle disease that has rocked the state's beef industry.
The outbreak of Bovine ...
21-02-2013 09:21 AM
Beef producers doubt predictions of industry boom
The Federal Government expects Australia's $7 billion beef industry to double in order to meet demand from Asia, but producers and agribusinesses say ...
19-02-2013 08:52 AM
Dairy farmers hold crisis meeting
The South Australian Dairyfarmers Association says the state's dairy industry is facing increasing pressure, with low milk prices and high input costs...
19-02-2013 08:44 AM
Dairy farmers being 'screwed by supermarkets'
Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean believes there is a future in dairy farming, but concedes the industry is being "screwed by the supermarkets"....
18-02-2013 09:24 AM
Queensland farmers say government loan 'a godsend'
Queensland farmers have welcomed special loans and grants from the government in the wake of devastating floods.
Under the "Category D" assistance ...