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World News: Australia
Australia | 13 August 2014
Record crops predicted; farmers market carefully

Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which on Tuesday revised upward its estimate of this year's corn c...


Australia | 11 August 2014
Agricultural giant Olam says climate change is 'absolutely a reality'

The head of one of the world's largest agricultural commodity trading companies is warning Australian primary producers to take climate change seriously. Olam International chief executive Sunny Ve...


Australia | 11 August 2014
Murderous dairy farmer had no history of violence

A dairy farmer who snapped in northern Victoria, murdering his partner and shooting two others before killing himself, had no criminal record, no intervention orders against him or a gun licence. G...


Australia | 7 August 2014
Agriculture urged to embrace 'brand Australia'

Entrepreneur and branding expert Craig Davis thinks Australian agriculture has “spoilt supermodel syndrome”. The 'land down under' trades off its abundant natural beauty and features, believing the...


Australia | 7 August 2014
Declaration strengthens Indo-Aus ties

Australian cattle producers have been given assurances that an historic joint declaration - the Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security in the Red Meat and Cattle Sector - would set goals for...


Australia | 6 August 2014
Quad bikes study to help reduce accidents in agriculture

Farm workers involved in quad bike accidents are being asked to contribute to a new study aimed at reducing accidents. Quad bikes were involved in 21 deaths and at least 78 serious injuries across ...


Australia | 6 August 2014
Sydney University Dean of Agriculture plans to produce smarter graduates in technology as farming intensifies

Sydney University's Dean of Agriculture says Australia has to shift its education and training if it's to meet the demand for high quality produce. He says Australia is a major exporter of bulk com...


Australia | 5 August 2014
Pacific fisheries net government support

Sustainable fisheries and the financial stability they bring to Pacific island communities were given a financial boost by the Australian Government last month. Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss m...


Australia | 5 August 2014
Untapped water resources discovered in WA's Pilbara 'could drive agriculture expansion'

Huge untapped water sources in Western Australia's Pilbara could drive a bold expansion of towns, agriculture and industry in the region, the State Government has said. A study into underground res...


Australia | 4 August 2014
Commodity prices drive rural appetite

Rural property investors are ­paying close attention to commodity prices as appetite improves for ­agribusiness investments. In its latest Rural and Agribusiness report, Colliers International said...


Australia | 4 August 2014
'Not Asia's food bowl' - Agricultural Minister Joyce

Australia is not the food bowl of Asia, nor should it claim to be, says ­Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. He said Australian farmers now feed ­60 million people in Asia and while the ­potential...


Australia | 30 July 2014
Qld farmers being priced out of business

Will Queenslanders finish up paying more for the food they eat or will we just see production from sugar to fruit and vegetables wither, owing to a lack of water? The dilemma facing farmers in Quee...


Australia | 30 July 2014
Bovine viral disease discussion dominates global cattle congress

Combating poor cattle health and production losses as a result of the debilitating bovine viral disease, known as BVD, has dominated the agenda today at the World Buiatrics Congress in Cairns, far nor...


Australia | 25 July 2014
Heat-seeking drones to combat wild dogs

Graziers up against one of nature’s smartest hunters may now be able to enlist a new age in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology to help them combat the threat of wild dogs. Sydney businessman Marcus...


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...