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THREATENING El Niño conditions following a bumper autumn and winter has National Grass Seed Action Plan head co-ordinator Geoff Duddy concerned about a major seed contamination season looming.
THREATENING El Niño conditions following a bumper autumn and winter has National Grass Seed Action Plan head co-ordinator Geoff Duddy concerned about a major seed contamination season looming.
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A PASSION for agronomy led Nobby farmer Scott Schelberg to move away to further his knowledge on the subject, only to return more convinced than ever that his family farm is where he belongs. A PASSION for agronomy led Nobby farmer Scott Schelberg to move away to further his knowledge on the subject, only to return more convinced than ever that his family farm is where he belongs.
MORE than 20,000 wild dogs could be on the prowl in eastern Australia this time next year, say concerned stakeholders. MORE than 20,000 wild dogs could be on the prowl in eastern Australia this time next year, say concerned stakeholders.
DEEP in concentration and moving as one with her Connemara/Thoroughbred-cross horse, Feldale Mouse, Isabel English makes equestrian sport look easy. DEEP in concentration and moving as one with her Connemara/Thoroughbred-cross horse, Feldale Mouse, Isabel English makes equestrian sport look easy.
QUEENSLAND'S vegetation management system will be further relaxed in August with the introduction of six new self-assessable codes by the Queensland Government. QUEENSLAND'S vegetation management system will be further relaxed in August with the introduction of six new self-assessable codes by the Queensland Government.
AUSTRALIA'S biggest coal mine, the $16.5 billion Carmichael project in Queensland's Galilee Basin, has received federal approval.
1:45 PM AUSTRALIA'S biggest coal mine, the $16.5 billion Carmichael project in Queensland's Galilee Basin, has received federal approval. | Palmer's carbon shock stirs the pot  | Ag groups look for carbon clarity 
THE Korean national cattle herd was down 5pc at the end of June on the corresponding period, to 3.3 million head, reports MLA.
1:14 PM THE Korean national cattle herd was down 5pc at the end of June on the corresponding period, to 3.3 million head, reports MLA. | Beef's new brand in Korea  | Aus beef's Korean market share... 
Cattle - Beef
DESPITE ABARES predicting Australian wheat production will decline 9pc in 2014-15, the NAB is taking a more optimistic outlook.
12:33 PM DESPITE ABARES predicting Australian wheat production will decline 9pc in 2014-15, the NAB is taking a more optimistic outlook. | Wheat prices slip to lows  | Yields defy Canada's big wet 
A PRIVATE investor has bought a million-dollar portfolio of blue gum plantations in Victoria, as more smaller investors zero in on the sector.
9:25 AM A PRIVATE investor has bought a million-dollar portfolio of blue gum plantations in Victoria, as more smaller investors zero in on the sector.
CHINA is proving to be both the best friend and worst enemy of today’s wool industry says Techwool trading manager Josh Lamb.
4:00 AM  1 CHINA is proving to be both the best friend and worst enemy of today’s wool industry says Techwool trading manager Josh Lamb.
Sheep - Wool
RAIN and international markets will both weigh heavily on grain prices come harvest, particularly in the northern NSW where dry weather has limited production.
4:00 AM RAIN and international markets will both weigh heavily on grain prices come harvest, particularly in the northern NSW where dry weather has limited production.
THE industrial revolution may have rolled past commercialisation of industrial hemp, but late-20th century innovation and 21st century marketing ideology is delivering a potentially enormous future for this poor second cousin to today’s cotton textile and oil-based manufacturing products.
4:00 AM  4 THE industrial revolution may have rolled past commercialisation of industrial hemp, but late-20th century innovation and 21st century marketing ideology is delivering a potentially...
HELPING draw attention to declining terms of trade and finding ways of improving on-farm profitability is the name of the game for Longreach grazier and agribusiness webpage developer James Walker.
4:00 AM  1 HELPING draw attention to declining terms of trade and finding ways of improving on-farm profitability is the name of the game for Longreach grazier and agribusiness webpage developer...
MORE than 20,000 wild dogs could be on the prowl in eastern Australia this time next year, say concerned stakeholders.
4:00 AM  3 MORE than 20,000 wild dogs could be on the prowl in eastern Australia this time next year, say concerned stakeholders. | Bait options on the way  | Dogged by apathy: plan's call... 
GRAINCORP is reporting a strong response from growers wanting to lease or buy many of the 109 storage sites it has just closed.
4:00 AM  4 GRAINCORP is reporting a strong response from growers wanting to lease or buy many of the 109 storage sites it has just closed. | ADM talks 'just business':...  | GrainCorp buys into Egyptian mill 
GLOBAL food shortages are being exacerbated by countries trying to achieve self sufficiency according to MLA's Peter Barnard.
4:00 AM  2 GLOBAL food shortages are being exacerbated by countries trying to achieve self sufficiency according to MLA's Peter Barnard. | Report values live ex industry  | Robb defends Japan trade deal 
THE big wet in Canada may see up to 7 per cent of crop land in the prairie provinces unable to be sown or washed out.
4:00 AM THE big wet in Canada may see up to 7 per cent of crop land in the prairie provinces unable to be sown or washed out. | Wheat prices slip to lows  | Bunge gets first grain ship away 
SURVEYS of the water management practices of 40 irrigators from Central Queensland to southern NSW have shown a dramatic improvement in water use efficiency across the industry.
4:00 AM SURVEYS of the water management practices of 40 irrigators from Central Queensland to southern NSW have shown a dramatic improvement in water use efficiency across the industry.
AFTER a big decade of growth in the generic farm chemical market the 24-year-old Farmoz name is disappearing and being re-badged.
27 Jul 14  1 AFTER a big decade of growth in the generic farm chemical market the 24-year-old Farmoz name is disappearing and being re-badged. | Exploring cotton's 'true grit'  | Emerald plans $3m Elmore upgrade 
EU imposes import duties; Dow snaps up Advantage Wheats; big UK harvest forecast.
27 Jul 14  3 EU imposes import duties; Dow snaps up Advantage Wheats; big UK harvest forecast. | Farm chemical changes welcomed  | Emerald plans $3m Elmore upgrade 
27 Jul 14 AFTER just five years in the Australian market, motorbike, ATV and UTV manufacturer CFMoto has sold its 10,000th vehicle in Australia.
KARCHER has pressure cleaners to suit a range of cleaning needs, including the entry-level K3.450 T250 which features a raft of accessories.
27 Jul 14 KARCHER has pressure cleaners to suit a range of cleaning needs, including the entry-level K3.450 T250 which features a raft of accessories.
FOR 80-year-old SA farmer Syd Davey, state-of-the-art guidance system on his son John’s Magnum 260 tractor was no barrier.
27 Jul 14 FOR 80-year-old SA farmer Syd Davey, state-of-the-art guidance system on his son John’s Magnum 260 tractor was no barrier. | 360-degree tech boosts safety  | Reaping accuracy benefits 
PICKING is set to start on the 82-hectare crop of late season cotton Tim and Trish Sullivan have grown on their CQ farm.
27 Jul 14 PICKING is set to start on the 82-hectare crop of late season cotton Tim and Trish Sullivan have grown on their CQ farm.
RURAL MP Justine Elliot has been appointed the inaugural chair of Labor's new Country Caucus, as the party looks to strengthen its grass roots ties.
26 Jul 14 RURAL MP Justine Elliot has been appointed the inaugural chair of Labor's new Country Caucus, as the party looks to strengthen its grass roots ties. | Fiery exchange over rural rights  | Labor renews rural push 
LAST week's milk oversupply has prompted the question: has Murray Goulburn underestimated the flood likely to flow into its milk plants?
26 Jul 14 LAST week's milk oversupply has prompted the question: has Murray Goulburn underestimated the flood likely to flow into its milk plants? | Bega avoids $13m tax bill  | Milk's local brand push 
FARMERS are price takers but consumers will also pay a hefty price if retailer behaviour isn't addressed, writes JAN DAVIS.
26 Jul 14  1 FARMERS are price takers but consumers will also pay a hefty price if retailer behaviour isn't addressed, writes JAN DAVIS. | Competition keeps suppliers alert  | Coles admits to threatening... 
EXPERTS say the Carbon Farming Initiative has fallen well short of reaching its key objectives, despite surviving the carbon tax axing.
26 Jul 14  3 EXPERTS say the Carbon Farming Initiative has fallen well short of reaching its key objectives, despite surviving the carbon tax axing. | Carbon tax repeal passes Senate  | Engaging ag with climate policy 
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Alex and Rosemary, I have practised animal husbandry for over fifty years as have my family,
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2014 as International Year of Family Farming
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Nah BB I don't, but I also don't believe in your "service economy" either. My governments have
HELPING draw attention to declining terms of trade and finding ways of improving on-farm profitability is the name of the game for Longreach grazier and agribusiness webpage developer James Walker.4:00 AM  1 HELPING draw attention to declining terms of trade and finding ways of improving on-farm profitability is the name...
QUEENSLAND Agriculture Minister John McVeigh’s letter to Federal Treasurer Hockey, formally requesting action under the Federal Competition and Consumer Act, is yet to reach Canberra.24 Jul 14 QUEENSLAND Agriculture Minister John McVeigh’s letter to Federal Treasurer Hockey, formally requesting action under...