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World News: Australia
Australia | 25 July 2014
Six jobs for each agriculture studies graduate

“We are told all the time the minute we finish our degree, there are six jobs instantly per graduate.” There aren’t too many industries where that sentence could apply, but for agriculture science ...


Australia | 24 July 2014
Robb defends Japan trade deal

Trade Minister Andrew Robb has hit back at fresh criticism of the outcomes for agriculture in the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) from Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. The his...


Australia | 23 July 2014
Poor roads costing agriculture, compromising safety

The terrible standard of roads in Victoria’s South Gippsland region is costing businesses dearly and compromising public safety. That's the overwhelming sentiment delivered to the South Gippsland ...


Australia | 22 July 2014
Fonterra to keep investing, despite dairy decline

Dairy giant Fonterra will invest $100 million into its Australian business to keep a hold on domestic supply. The global producer will keep investing in Australian products despite a global declin...


Australia | 18 July 2014
Hunter dairy farmers eager to see carbon tax go

Hunter dairy farmers are applauding the scrapping of the carbon tax, with the move freeing up tens of thousands of dollars for individual farming enterprises. The Federal Government got its repeal ...


Australia | 18 July 2014
Parties battle for dairy's affection

NSW Labor has announced a plan to “turbocharge” dairy exports in what State primary industries minister Katrina Hodgkinson described as a “bizarre announcement”. The Labor party said its NSW Dairy ...


Australia | 18 July 2014
Farmers not getting any younger

It probably comes as no surprise to anyone working in agriculture, but the stats are in, confirming that Australian farmers aren't getting any younger. That's according to a report commissioned by ...


Australia | 18 July 2014
Cattle company to keep carbon farming despite market uncertainty

The Tipperary Group will continue its carbon farming project in the Northern Territory, despite the market uncertainty caused by the scrapping of the carbon tax. Last year, Tipperary Group, become ...


Australia | 17 July 2014
More school students give agriculture a crack

A state-funded program encouraging high school students into agricultural careers has doubled in participation since last year. Dianne Fullelove from the Gateway Schools to Agribusiness initiative,...


Australia | 17 July 2014
Global cattle industry looks to Beef Australia 2015

The time is right for beef producers from around the world to plan their visit to Australia’s triennial industry spectacular, Beef Australia 2015. Beef Australia 2015 is a celebration of all facets...


Australia | 14 July 2014
Darwin port delays costing livestock exporters millions

Delays in getting a berth at the Darwin port are costing live export companies millions of dollars, with some now looking to other northern ports to load cattle and avoid the congestion. Ashley Jam...


Australia | 10 July 2014
Potato farmers to take control of abandoned McCain factory

Potato farmers are negotiating a take-over of McCain Food’s abandoned processing plant in the south east of South Australia. About 60 people lost their jobs when the Safries plant, near Penola, was...


Australia | 9 July 2014
Queensland cattle grid accident worth $1.2 million

A mining employee has sued the State of Queensland for a whopping $1.2 million, claiming a broken cattle grid was responsible for a car accident in which he injured his back. In April 2012, 40 year...


Australia | 9 July 2014
Person 'deliberately opened gates' to let cattle onto Hume Freeway

Police are investigating reports that someone deliberately let cattle onto the Hume Freeway, putting the lives of motorists at risk. Last month 13 cattle were killed when they were hit by cars and ...


Australia | 8 July 2014
Teys calls for greater IR reform

One of Australia's largest beef ­processors says the federal government must tackle industrial relations reform or risk the closure of more ­manufacturing industries. Teys Australia, which was invo...


Australia | 7 July 2014
South West shire approves on-farm abattoir

A West Australian poultry farmer has gained approval an on-farm poultry abattoir, which is set to start processing in spring. Poultry farmer Jeff Pow was granted approval by the Donnybrook-Balingup...


Australia | 3 July 2014
Glyphosate poisoning killing SA canola crops

Glyphosate poisoning is killing off some grain crops in South Australia's wheat belt. Glyphosate is a herbicide, sprayed in paddocks to control weeds and this year many farmers have used higher dos...


Australia | 2 July 2014
Gina Rinehart invests in Kimberley cattle stations

Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart has bought a fifty per cent stake in two cattle stations in Western Australia's Kimberley region. Mrs Rinehart has teamed up with one of the state's biggest agribus...


Australia | 1 July 2014
New dairy season dawns to similar prices

The prices are in for this year's dairy season and unsurprisingly, most processors are offering similar prices. The new season features an array of offers for farmers in a bid to simplify the indus...


Australia | 30 June 2014
Dairy suppliers waiting for milk cheques

Some suppliers of milk processing company, United Dairy Power, say they're still waiting to receive last month's milk cheque. The company, which processes milk from South Australia and Victoria, wa...


Australia | 27 June 2014
Young farmers bucking the trend with a commitment to agriculture

A love of the land is something many producers look forward to passing onto their children. But increasingly fewer young people are taking the opportunity to continue the family business. As the wo...


Australia | 26 June 2014
Nationals challenged to keep fees down for Agriculture degrees

A rural member of Parliament worries regional areas will be hurt by any hike in University fees, particularly agriculture. Federal member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, is urging the national party to si...


Australia | 25 June 2014
World first farm robot set to revolutionise vegetable farming

A world first robot called the 'Ladybird' is being trialled among the onions, beetroots and spinach rows of a farm in the New South Wales central west. It was a successful first trial for the Unive...


Australia | 24 June 2014
Lion offers milk price rise to some dairy farmers

The food and beverage conglomerate Lion will pay more for milk from farmers in Queensland and New South Wales. The Japanese owned company says the increases of between 1 and 5 cents per litre will ...


Australia | 24 June 2014
Survey reveals foreign ownership of farmland on the rise

Foreign investment in Australian agriculture is vital to its growth Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has declared, just days after a new survey reported that foreign ownership of Australian farmland...


Australia | 19 June 2014
Call to lift tolerance level for GM material in organic crops

WA Agriculture Minister Ken Baston has urged Australian organic regulators to lift the tolerance level for genetically modified (GM) material in organic crops. The Department of Agriculture and Foo...


Australia | 17 June 2014
China in $1b WA livestock deal

A South West meat processor and a giant Chinese company have joined forces in a $1 billion deal that will create huge demand for WA sheep and cattle. Family-owned V&V Walsh will process an extra 50...


Australia | 16 June 2014
We know little about GM crops

I have a concern about genetically modifying living things. By this I do not refer to selective breeding. I feel there is much we don’t know about GM crops. GM canola I believe is modified by a ...


Australia | 13 June 2014
Protein key in supplementary feeding dry cattle

Cattle producers experiencing a dry start to winter are being urged to add protein to their supplementary feed this season. While Western Australia's south east has had a little bit of rain over th...


Australia | 12 June 2014
Australia cuts wheat hopes, warning over dryness

Australia cut its forecast for its next wheat harvest, cautioning over the El Nino weather pattern, and its potential for causing eastern dryness which has already curtailed output of summer crops suc...