Friday Forum: CEO Business Summit

CEOs from across the ag sector met yesterday to brainstorm fresh ideas to tackle the impact of drought on beef operations. Now find out what they came up with.
CEOs from across the ag sector met yesterday to brainstorm fresh ideas to tackle the impact of drought on beef operations. Now find out what they came up with.
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“A TRAIN wreck, acid bath for the rights of landholders” is how rural consultant George Houen described proposed mining legislation changes on Tuesday. “A TRAIN wreck, acid bath for the rights of landholders” is how rural consultant George Houen described proposed mining legislation changes on Tuesday.
PINATA Farms will use Queensland's Granite Belt to provide year-round strawberry production. PINATA Farms will use Queensland's Granite Belt to provide year-round strawberry production.
REINVENTING the R&D investment consultation model is the first priority for MLA in a restructure announced today. REINVENTING the R&D investment consultation model is the first priority for MLA in a restructure announced today.
MORE than half the guest list for the inaugural Australian Dairy Farm Investment Forum in Melbourne next month are ­corporate or Chinese investors, but with the dismal level of dairy farm funds on offer they may miss out on deploying their capital. MORE than half the guest list for the inaugural Australian Dairy Farm Investment Forum in Melbourne next month are ­corporate or Chinese investors, but with the dismal level of dairy farm funds on offer they may miss out on deploying their capital.
SENATOR David Leyonhjelm has rejected suggestions his disallowance motion to reverse increases on three farm levies is dead.
10:39 AM  1 SENATOR David Leyonhjelm has rejected suggestions his disallowance motion to reverse increases on three farm levies is dead. | Levy stoush ramps up  | In the dark on mushroom levy 
GERRY Harvey has called in debts estimated to be up to $40m from Nathan Tinkler and will sell the mining identity's horse-racing operation.
10:35 AM GERRY Harvey has called in debts estimated to be up to $40m from Nathan Tinkler and will sell the mining identity's horse-racing operation.
GOOD weather has made for a ­perfect storm of woe for agribusinesses, with the prices of most farm commodities nose-diving.
10:30 AM GOOD weather has made for a ­perfect storm of woe for agribusinesses, with the prices of most farm commodities nose-diving. | GrainCorp looks to global growth  | Growers, processors fight levy... 
THE normally sleepy Nixon’s Crossing, near Katherine in the Northern Territory, has transformed into a sea of horses, hay and hats for the property’s annual campdraft.
8:37 AM THE normally sleepy Nixon’s Crossing, near Katherine in the Northern Territory, has transformed into a sea of horses, hay and hats for the property’s annual campdraft.
THE feasibility of an Emerald abattoir is being explored by the Central Highlands Development Corporation and Central Highlands Regional Council.
5:01 AM  3 THE feasibility of an Emerald abattoir is being explored by the Central Highlands Development Corporation and Central Highlands Regional Council.
Cattle - Beef
COLAC Otway Shire has $23.3 million reasons for retaining its municipal saleyards in council hands.
4:00 AM  1 COLAC Otway Shire has $23.3 million reasons for retaining its municipal saleyards in council hands.
FRESH from setting up a new bulk grain port terminal in Bunbury, WA, Bunge Australia has announced plans for a new export facility in Geelong, Victoria.
4:00 AM  6 FRESH from setting up a new bulk grain port terminal in Bunbury, WA, Bunge Australia has announced plans for a new export facility in Geelong, Victoria. | High hopes for grain inquiry 
THE National Farmers Federation is on the verge of announcing a new CEO but is remaining tight-lipped about the appointment.
4:00 AM  1 THE National Farmers Federation is on the verge of announcing a new CEO but is remaining tight-lipped about the appointment. | NFF needs one voice: Cobb 
IN A world where cows can be milked by robots and pumps switched on from a thousand miles away, why can't a farmer be told when rain will arrive?
4:00 AM IN A world where cows can be milked by robots and pumps switched on from a thousand miles away, why can't a farmer be told when rain will arrive?
MORE new season lambs may be on the market than normal for this time of year in some districts, but they certainly aren’t helping to keep indicator prices high.
4:00 AM MORE new season lambs may be on the market than normal for this time of year in some districts, but they certainly aren’t helping to keep indicator prices high.
THE genome of the plant that gives us canola oil Brassica napus reveals insights into the role they play in ag.
4:00 AM THE genome of the plant that gives us canola oil Brassica napus reveals insights into the role they play in ag. | Canola losses ignite funding...  | Bees hit in canola virus fight 
ALARMING rates of honeybee deaths worldwide is the force behind a new article examining a new bee enemy in New Zealand.
4:00 AM ALARMING rates of honeybee deaths worldwide is the force behind a new article examining a new bee enemy in New Zealand. | Bee aware to safeguard ag  | ACCC acts on fake honey 
MLA's restructure included a new model, in which priorities that feed into the regional RD&E investment plans will sit with the NABRC - so what is the NABRC anyway?
4:00 AM  3 MLA's restructure included a new model, in which priorities that feed into the regional RD&E investment plans will sit with the NABRC - so what is the NABRC anyway? | Norton announces MLA restructure  | Norton opens MLA gate 
Cattle - Beef
BULLA Dairy Foods has beaten some of the country's top cheese, meat and wine for the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW's prestigious President's Medal for food producer of the year.
21 Aug 14 BULLA Dairy Foods has beaten some of the country's top cheese, meat and wine for the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW's prestigious President's Medal for food producer of the year.
QUEENSLAND Nationals MP Bruce Scott has blasted a key pillar of the Coalition government’s drought response package.
21 Aug 14  3 QUEENSLAND Nationals MP Bruce Scott has blasted a key pillar of the Coalition government’s drought response package. | Drought bites deeper across...  | Hold a barbecue to feed a farmer 
THE Tasmanian Farmers and Growers Association welcomes the State government’s continued GMO moratorium.
21 Aug 14  3 THE Tasmanian Farmers and Growers Association welcomes the State government’s continued GMO moratorium.
WESFARMERS shares have been hit with multiple downgrades and analysts look to the tough operating environment.
21 Aug 14  1 WESFARMERS shares have been hit with multiple downgrades and analysts look to the tough operating environment. | It's not all about Coles and...  | Farm produce in privacy front line 
DECREASES in the national lamb and sheep supply were offset by a growth in new season lambs in southern markets.
21 Aug 14  1 DECREASES in the national lamb and sheep supply were offset by a growth in new season lambs in southern markets. | Hides trade vulnerable to...  | Genetics a 'game-changer' for wool 
WHILE there are more opportunities to trade commodities investors remain reluctant to jump on board, citing lack of understanding.
21 Aug 14 WHILE there are more opportunities to trade commodities investors remain reluctant to jump on board, citing lack of understanding. | Wesfarmers pays special $1 dividend  | White meat still Australia's choice 
SEVEN young beef producers travel to Canberra next week to participate in the Beef Industry Rising Champions Initiative.
21 Aug 14 SEVEN young beef producers travel to Canberra next week to participate in the Beef Industry Rising Champions Initiative. | Cattle prices lift in June quarter  | Cooking friend: MLA's 'Meat... 
Cattle - Beef
THE Australian Greens have announced they will oppose  changes to ag levies when the matter comes before the Senate next week.
21 Aug 14  7 THE Australian Greens have announced they will oppose changes to ag levies when the matter comes before the Senate next week. | Levy spat moves to the streets  | Ag at levy crossroads 
RAIN across northern NSW and Queensland during the weekend has put some confidence back into the cattle market across the eastern States.
21 Aug 14 RAIN across northern NSW and Queensland during the weekend has put some confidence back into the cattle market across the eastern States.
WITH high hopes for the rain forecast at the weekend, most farmers were rewarded.
21 Aug 14 WITH high hopes for the rain forecast at the weekend, most farmers were rewarded.
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The merger of local councils needs reversing to address the reduced representation that regional
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If farm profits are being squeezed by suppliers and buyers, a counter strategy is for farmers to
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People went overboard buying land and struck hard times... Bad luck for them... Sell them off
MEDICATION is meant to help people in times of illness.
But, unfortunately if used incorrectly, medication can have the opposite effect.07 Aug 14 MEDICATION is meant to help people in times of illness. But, unfortunately if used incorrectly, medication can have...
CATTLE judging at the 2014 Royal Queensland Show open led steer and heifer competition kicked off.06 Aug 14 CATTLE judging at the 2014 Royal Queensland Show open led steer and heifer competition kicked off.