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Australia | 9 November 2015
Foreign farm rules 'racist'

A racism row over Australia's trade and investment policies will reignite today when federal Labor tries to ease the Coalition's tough new rules on Chinese, Korean, and Japanese acquisitions of farmin...


Australia | 6 November 2015
Crops on knife edge

Rain in the forecast for this week is arriving just as moisture stressed crops across the country are ready for harvest. Very few crops will be able to make effective use of the rainfall. The en...


Australia | 6 November 2015
Damage bill still rising after storms blast farmland

Southeast Queensland's fruit bowl has been dealt up to $150 million dollars worth of storm damage - and the bill is still rising. Last week storms ripped through the Isis region south of Bundaberg,...


Australia | 6 November 2015
‘Australia depends on it,’ say two young farmers calling for action at UN climate talks in Paris

They say the world is run by those who show up. Two young farmers have taken it literally and are determined to get to the United Nations Paris climate talks. Anika Molesworth and Josh Gilbert beli...


Australia | 5 November 2015
Dairy industry promotes high-tech image to attract young job seekers

Tasmania's dairy industry is hoping a shake-up of its image will help to address a shortage in skilled workers. DairyTas's Dairy Careers Expo in Burnie yesterday was attended by 400 local school st...


Australia | 2 November 2015
'Ditch dairy' campaign slammed

An animal welfare campaign urging people to "ditch dairy" contradicts official nutrition guidelines and has been slammed for advocating an alternative diet which could be detrimental to children's hea...


Australia | 2 November 2015
Drought battle continues for Aussie cattle farmers

October’s arrival means that another season has passed with barely a drop falling, leaving communities in the outback desperate and vulnerable as they face the imminent return of the relentless summer...


Australia | 28 October 2015
Dairy farmers urged to milk Asia

Australia’s 6000 dairy farmers must be encouraged by a combination of carrot and stick approaches to dramatically fast-track increased milk production, or risk losing the Asian dairy food boom opportu...


Australia | 27 October 2015
Comparing sausages with cigarettes is a 'farce'

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says it is a "farce to compare sausages with cigarettes", after a World Health Organisation (WHO) report on the cancer risk posed by processed meat. Mr Joyce said...


Australia | 26 October 2015
Family whose farm wiped out by hail storm tries to come to terms with loss

Just days from harvest, the Giles family farm, south of Newdegate in Western Australia's Great Southern, was hit by a powerful hail storm, wiping out the majority of their crops and destroying farming...


Australia | 23 October 2015
Gippsland dairy farm shares organic conversion story

The organic industry says there is a 40 per cent deficit in supply of organic produce. So where will it come from? For conventional farm businesses contemplating an organic change, it takes years o...


Australia | 23 October 2015
Australia tests system to weigh cattle

Australian farmers managing cattle stations as large as some European nations will soon be able to monitor their cows and pastures from space as part of “groundbreaking” technology, scientists say. ...


Australia | 21 October 2015
Farmers pleased China free trade agreement will be ratified

The Australian parliament will move to ratify the China free trade agreement, in what the national farm lobby says is a "great outcome." But farm sector concerns remain, that a compromise between L...


Australia | 15 October 2015
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says water responsibility rests with him

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is adamant he has ultimate responsibility for water in the Turnbull Government. There has been uncertainty for weeks about whether Mr Joyce or his new assistant m...


Australia | 13 October 2015
Australian technology transforms how farmers will manage fields

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture is trialling a new machine, which uses ‘optical sensors’ to analyse pastures. The hand-held devices could revolutionise the way farmers evaluate their fields....


Australia | 13 October 2015
Cattle outlook remains confident but herd falls to 20-year low

The outlook for the Australian cattle industry remains positive despite years of drought and cattle numbers falling to their lowest level in 20 years. The Meat and Livestock Australia October Outlo...


Australia | 8 October 2015
Cattle tick concerns in state's north

Far north coast cattle producers are being urged to take extra care after a spike in the number of cattle tick infestations. In the 12 months to the end of September there were almost 170 notificat...


Australia | 30 September 2015
Australia's cattle herd to plummet to 20-year low

Australia's cattle herd is predicted to drop to a 20-year low next year after being at its highest level since the 1970s. The dip is expected to push up retail prices as supply fails to keep up wit...


Australia | 29 September 2015
Wheat royalties aiding research

Wheat breeding in Australia has grown leaps and bounds since the influx of private sector involvement and is closely being watched by countries looking to emulate its success. Speaking at the recen...


Australia | 24 September 2015
Australian grain growers confront falling prices

Agricultural 'soft' commodities are supposed to be a key boost to help offset the fall in 'hard' commodity prices, such as iron ore, coal and LNG. However, prices are also substantial down for most...


Australia | 24 September 2015
Meat processors in 'damage control' as soaring Queensland cattle prices show no sign of slowing

A north Queensland meat processor says the continual rise of cattle prices is beginning to weigh heavily on the domestic industry's sustainability. With the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator nudging $...


Australia | 22 September 2015
Plastic bottles could be the future of agriculture

An attempt to use sugarcane for more than just sugar could be the future of agriculture. Researcher Ian O'Hara spoke at an Australian Technology Network of Universities forum in Brisbane yesterday ...


Australia | 21 September 2015
China snaps up Qld cattle station

M.P. EVANS Group, the major owner of one of Australia's largest landholders and cattle producers, the North Australian Pastoral Company (NAPCO), has sold a large cattle station in southern Queensland ...


Australia | 17 September 2015
Free trade agreements fail to boost Australian agriculture and food manufacturing

Many claims are made that Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with select trading partners will benefit Australian agriculture. OECD statistics say otherwise. The balance of trade positions of Australian ...


Australia | 14 September 2015
Pig farmers sweat on Australia, China trade deal

Australian pork farmers are sweating on the ratification of a free trade deal with China, saying the agreement will deliver meat price increases similar to those that beef producers have enjoyed. T...


Australia | 14 September 2015
Australian farmland sales reach $14.94 billion with more expected

The value of agricultural land sales across Australia in the 12 months to May reached $14.94 billion, up from $13.72 billion in the year to November as investors and farmers took advantage of low inte...


Australia | 14 September 2015
China backs WA cattle boom

China is willing to support agricultural development in WA’s far north by investing billions of dollars in port and other infrastructure, according to business leader Kerry Stokes. Mr Stokes said t...


Australia | 7 September 2015
Dairy code brings in new blood

Attracting young farmers to a career in dairying has been an industry priority for more than a decade and Dairy Australia says even older producers need to pay attention to the issue. Northern Rive...


Australia | 3 September 2015
Cattle price still climbs higher, but will it last?

This week the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator has hit 576 cents a kilogram, up more than 200 cents on the same time two years ago. At the inaugural Darling Downs Beef XPO, in southern Queensland, ca...


Australia | 31 August 2015
Aussie farmers being paid too much: Fonterra boss

Australian dairy farmers are being paid too much for their milk, says the boss of the world's biggest milk exporter, Fonterra. Most dairy processors in Australia, including Fonterra, are paying far...