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World News: Australia
2 March 2015
Does Australia's farm sector need foreign investment?

Foreign investment in Australia is rarely far from the headlines with claims offshore buyers are inflating house prices and controlling too much of the country's food production. But when it comes to ...


2 March 2015
'Scientific revolution' in agriculture hindered only by Australians' fear of the new

A University of Adelaide professor says science and technology provides all the defence agriculture needs against climate change and a global food shortage. Professor Peter Langridge said Australia...


2 March 2015
Heavy toll as Australian farmers struggle through drought

A sign on the road to Walgett welcomes visitors: "Farming is not a way of life, it keeps everyone alive." But with drought taking a heavy toll on the region, farming has become a battle for survival. ...


27 February 2015
Property quarantined as dairy cow dies from anthrax

A dairy cow has died from the bacterial disease anthrax near Tatura in northern Victoria. Victoria's Department of Economic Development has placed the property under quarantine and stock on the far...


27 February 2015
Frack off our farmland, says Tasmania

Tasmania has taken decisive action on its burgeoning gas industry, banning fracking for five years, while controversy boils in other states. Primary Industries and Water Minister Jeremy Rockliff an...


26 February 2015
Top End beef back in business

An unheralded weekend appearance by the Prime Minister to cut the ribbon on Australian Agricultural Company's (AACo) Livingstone Beef abattoir, south of Darwin, officially signals that the Top End is ...


24 February 2015
GM crops 'may lead to lawsuits’

The lifting of bans on genetically modified (GM) canola in NSW and Victoria will trigger a landslide of lawsuits from producers, Australia's largest organic farming body says. The warning follows c...


20 February 2015
Advisor urging cattle producers to remain cautious despite 'positive' industry forecasts

Words like "positive" and "optimistic" are making the rounds in beef industry forecasts for 2015. However, some advisors aren't as confident in a smooth recovery. Meat and Livestock Australia's ...


19 February 2015
Cattle graziers want new representative body to 'control their own destiny'

Cattle graziers say a new representative body that collects levies and directs R&D spending will give beef producers control over their own destiny. They have set out a vision for a new organisatio...


18 February 2015
Farmers call WA Government 'gutless' and 'inept'

Farmers groups and organisations representing the rural sector have reacted angrily to the WA Government's response to a critical report on grain freight rail lines. The Economic and Industry Stand...


18 February 2015
Australia's bovine Johne's disease regulation 'ludicrous'

An outspoken livestock veterinarian has backed some farmers' calls to eradicate trade restrictions around bovine Johne's disease (BJD), labelling authorities' current response measures 'ludicrous'. ...


16 February 2015
Northern cattle producers show cautious optimism for year ahead

Cattle producers and exporters are feeling confident about 2015 after a tumultuous few years in northern Australia. Talk of new markets, strong prices and ever increasing demand has the industry fe...


13 February 2015
Spill thrill forces focus on farmers

Tony Abbott’s concession to be more collegial and consultative has forced change on processes for delivering agricultural policy initiatives. After his near miss in this week's Liberal leadership c...


13 February 2015
Local dairy industry diversifying with camels set to be milked

There is a new player in the state's dairy sector, with a Hunter Valley cameleer acquiring wild camels in readiness for milking. Camel milk has been dubbed by some as a new super food with claims i...


12 February 2015
How much of Australia’s farmland is owned by foreign companies?

The government has announced it will increase oversight of foreign investment in farmland, but how much of Australia’s farmland is foreign-owned, and what is the scale of foreign investment in the agr...


12 February 2015
Northern Territory cattle station takes a risk buying in extra cattle, but it pays off

Ammaroo Station 350 kilometres north-east of Alice Springs is gearing up for a great season after years of tough conditions and low prices. Gentle soaking rain in December and January has seen gras...


11 February 2015
Farmland investment rules tightened

The screening threshold on foreign purchases of Australian agricultural land will be reduced from $252 million to $15 million from March 1 to " improve scrutiny" and a foreign ownership register of ag...


11 February 2015
$24m boost for irrigated agriculture

Expansion of the Myalup and Collie River irrigated vegetable-growing and dairying areas will head seven water-for-agriculture projects across the State to receive a $24.5 million funding boost. Wat...


10 February 2015
Australia increases wheat harvest estimates

Australia, the world’s fourth-biggest wheat exporter, increased its production estimate on larger-than-predicted crops in the country’s west and south. Nationwide output totaled 23.6 million metric...


4 February 2015
Farmers cautiously welcome NSW drought package

The NSW Farmers Associations is cautiously welcoming the State Government's announcement of a drought strategy, saying it has been a long time coming. "The strategy contains elements that we have b...


2 February 2015
Dairy farmers fight to defend property and livestock from bushfire

Farmers in Western Australia's south west are facing costly damage as fire continues to tear through the region. A bushfire has been burning for four days near Northcliffe, 350 kilometres south of ...


30 January 2015
Shenhua gets nod, readies to dig under farmland

Chinese giant Shenhua is gearing up to develop a new coalmine in NSW after getting the green light from the government’s independent planning ­assessment commission. The Watermark project, which is...


27 January 2015
Victoria's new agriculture minister learning the ropes

Victoria's new agriculture minister is the first to admit she's got a lot to learn. Jaala Pulford, an upper house Western Victorian MP, has spent just two full weeks in her new job and is vowing to...


26 January 2015
Dairy farmers plead for code

WA dairy farmers have marked the fourth anniversary of Coles introducing $1-a-litre milk by calling for a mandatory code of conduct for retailers, including a supermarket ombudsman, to protect supplie...


26 January 2015
South Australia records above average grain crop despite dry spring

South Australia has recorded its sixth consecutive above average grain crop, despite one of the warmest and driest springs on record. The latest crop and pasture report from Primary Industries and ...


23 January 2015
Qld farmers want to see parties' plans

The Liberal National Party and Labor have no new plans for agriculture, Queensland farmers say. Agriculture is one of the four key sectors of the state's economy the Newman government has promised ...


16 January 2015
Red hot prices as Victorian beef cattle head north

The surge in cattle prices is continuing to surprise agents and producers as new records are set with each sale. Agents say they'd never seen anything like the annual store sale at Wodonga in Victo...


15 January 2015
Southern Tasmania farmers assess rain damage to fruit crops

Farmers in southern Tasmania are assessing damage to fruit crops following heavy overnight rain. Parts of the Huon Valley received more than 70 millimetres in the deluge, which hit cherry growing a...


12 January 2015
Competition heats up and prices jump at Queensland cattle sales

Strong competition between cattle buyers saw a substantial price jump at the Toowoomba saleyards. Quotes rose 25 per cent from the last sale of 2014, with medium-weight, yearling steers averaging $...


9 January 2015
Rain in Australia increasing weaner cattle prices

Optimism is returning to Victoria's weaner cattle sales after rain in Queensland and New South Wales. At the annual January weaner sales, prices are up by 40 cents a kilogram compared to last year....