DroneAg a friendly eye in the sky

“I'M shaking a bit,” Will Bignell admits soon after he’s launched a big quadrocopter drone into the teeth of a gusty wind.
“I'M shaking a bit,” Will Bignell admits soon after he’s launched a big quadrocopter drone into the teeth of a gusty wind.
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THE 2014 Lancefield Brahman Invitation sale saw particularly strong stud support lift the sale to a top of $38,000. THE 2014 Lancefield Brahman Invitation sale saw particularly strong stud support lift the sale to a top of $38,000.
MANAGING a little more than 2400 hectares of prime agricultural land at the head of the Condamine River, Wayne Frank says he is in the middle of the driest season he has ever witnessed. MANAGING a little more than 2400 hectares of prime agricultural land at the head of the Condamine River, Wayne Frank says he is in the middle of the driest season he has ever witnessed.
LIMITED rainfall and the associated yield penalties are an ongoing concern for central Darling Downs grain grower and agronomist Michael Hegarty. LIMITED rainfall and the associated yield penalties are an ongoing concern for central Darling Downs grain grower and agronomist Michael Hegarty.
HER Royal Highness the Princess Royal has highlighted the importance of agricultural shows in Brisbane this afternoon. HER Royal Highness the Princess Royal has highlighted the importance of agricultural shows in Brisbane this afternoon.
SHOULD Australia implement some of the “ag-gag” laws being rolled out in the United States? Don’t go there, Craig Davis says.
3:00 AM SHOULD Australia implement some of the “ag-gag” laws being rolled out in the United States? Don’t go there, Craig Davis says. | Voiceless vocal about farm raid... 
THE Chinese Government today announced it is lifting the temporary suspension on the export of Fonterra formula and whey powder.
31 Oct 14 THE Chinese Government today announced it is lifting the temporary suspension on the export of Fonterra formula and whey powder. | Fonterra seeks to float farmer fund 
LIQUOR retailers are being offered huge discounts on Penfolds Grange in what they say is a move by TWE to clear out excess stock.
30 Oct 14 LIQUOR retailers are being offered huge discounts on Penfolds Grange in what they say is a move by TWE to clear out excess stock. | Waiting for an Aussie wine miracle  | Wine snobs must learn to love... 
FARMERS in Tasmania and NSW are leading the pack when it comes to investing in infrastructure to make the most of current market and seasonal conditions.
30 Oct 14 FARMERS in Tasmania and NSW are leading the pack when it comes to investing in infrastructure to make the most of current market and seasonal conditions. | Green paper whitewashes...  | Unfair trade fear unsettles talks 
A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry has recommended changes to current Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) arrangements for food products.
30 Oct 14  4 A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry has recommended changes to current Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) arrangements for food products. | Food safety trumps free trade  | Robb defends foreign investment 
AT A joint press conference today, Clive Palmer, Bernie Fraser and Greg Hunt announced a plan to combat   climate change.
29 Oct 14  4 AT A joint press conference today, Clive Palmer, Bernie Fraser and Greg Hunt announced a plan to combat climate change. | Xenophon assists direct action  | Global Ag-Summit set for Canberra 
TRADE Minister Andrew Robb has engaged in a fiery exchange with broadcaster Alan Jones over foreign investment and trade agreements.
29 Oct 14  5 TRADE Minister Andrew Robb has engaged in a fiery exchange with broadcaster Alan Jones over foreign investment and trade agreements. | Where's the FDI register?  | Joyce defends FDI register delay 
THE live export ban class action compensation claim was discussed in the Coalition’s joint party room meeting yesterday by PM Tony Abbott and others.
29 Oct 14  22 THE live export ban class action compensation claim was discussed in the Coalition’s joint party room meeting yesterday by PM Tony Abbott and others. | Class action on live ex welcomed  | 'No comment' on class action 
AUSTRALIA is likely to step up its push for a trade deal with China after talks on the TPP failed to produce a clear schedule for ­a conclusion.
29 Oct 14 AUSTRALIA is likely to step up its push for a trade deal with China after talks on the TPP failed to produce a clear schedule for ­a conclusion. | Asia dancing to duelling trade...  | Trade Minister hosts TPP talks 
THE Harper Review's proposed ­amendments are an ­over-reach with potentially dangerous consequences, says a report for the major retailers.
28 Oct 14 THE Harper Review's proposed ­amendments are an ­over-reach with potentially dangerous consequences, says a report for the major retailers. | Producers in power push  | Cold shoulder for supermarket... 
AFTER winning the battle for a prized stake in the Australian dairy market, Canadian processor Saputo seems determined to keep expanding.
28 Oct 14  1 AFTER winning the battle for a prized stake in the Australian dairy market, Canadian processor Saputo seems determined to keep expanding. | Co-operation key to dairy recovery  | Moxey Farms on the market 
LEGAL advice from a leading QC has emboldened moves for a class action claim over the damaging live cattle export suspension in 2011.
27 Oct 14  17 LEGAL advice from a leading QC has emboldened moves for a class action claim over the damaging live cattle export suspension in 2011. | Class action on live ex welcomed  | 'No comment' on class action 
STRICT food safety standards are often seen as market protectionism or barriers to trade, rather than important protection measures for the consumers who will eat the food.
27 Oct 14  2 STRICT food safety standards are often seen as market protectionism or barriers to trade, rather than important protection measures for the consumers who will eat the food. | Asia dancing to duelling trade...  | Trade Minister hosts TPP talks 
AUSTRALIA'S largest private landholder, S. Kidman & Co, has been hit by poor rainfall and weak cattle prices second year in a row.
27 Oct 14  4 AUSTRALIA'S largest private landholder, S. Kidman & Co, has been hit by poor rainfall and weak cattle prices second year in a row. | MLA shake-up underway  | AACo's transition to strong... 
COMPETITION from state-owned enterprises is a key stumbling block for two massive trade agreements which the government is trying to settle.
27 Oct 14  12 COMPETITION from state-owned enterprises is a key stumbling block for two massive trade agreements which the government is trying to settle. | KAFTA report splits opinion  | Trade Minister hosts TPP talks 
TRADE Minister Andrew Robb will host his counterparts from the 12 countries negotiating the TPP for a three-day meeting starting today.
25 Oct 14  5 TRADE Minister Andrew Robb will host his counterparts from the 12 countries negotiating the TPP for a three-day meeting starting today. | KAFTA report splits opinion  | Asia dancing to duelling trade... 
THE government continues to face speculation about biosecurity being shifted from the Department of Agriculture to Immigration.
25 Oct 14  1 THE government continues to face speculation about biosecurity being shifted from the Department of Agriculture to Immigration. | Barney's biosecurity battle  | Joyce, Morrison in portfolio spat 
24 Oct 14 A 24-year-old man has survived a two and a half metre fall onto concrete at a Gold Coast hinterland cattle property.
THE foreign investment register for ag was announced two years ago but continues to be delayed as the China FTA unfolds.
24 Oct 14  7 THE foreign investment register for ag was announced two years ago but continues to be delayed as the China FTA unfolds. | Where's the FDI register?  | Serving the Asia-Pacific food... 
OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten has warned the government against rushing into a hasty conclusion on an FTA with China.
24 Oct 14  3 OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten has warned the government against rushing into a hasty conclusion on an FTA with China. | Abbott's line in sand on China FTA  | China, US ramp up trade pressure 
A WORLDWIDE perspective on agriculture will bring Reece Curwen closer to perfecting the way he helps run the family farm in South Stirling.
24 Oct 14 A WORLDWIDE perspective on agriculture will bring Reece Curwen closer to perfecting the way he helps run the family farm in South Stirling.
GOROKE farmer Darren Cameron would have received some odd looks had he taken the scalp of this particular fox to collect the bounty.
24 Oct 14 GOROKE farmer Darren Cameron would have received some odd looks had he taken the scalp of this particular fox to collect the bounty.
JOEL Fitzgibbon is claiming a salutary political victory over his National rival Barnaby Joyce, after a vocal debate over drought support payments.
23 Oct 14  10 JOEL Fitzgibbon is claiming a salutary political victory over his National rival Barnaby Joyce, after a vocal debate over drought support payments. | Ag green paper rejects ARDB push  | Plain talk on rural debt 
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Doctor Barney as Deputy Prime Minister is a horror movie in 3D, but it is halloween.
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In some ways you have a point Freshy but not totally. You are right to say farmers need to
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Yeah, that's right, FFS, in the 15th floor penthouse. How nice of you to remember. Are you going
CASA gives Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport a clear run to its November 17 take-off.24 Oct 14 CASA gives Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport a clear run to its November 17 take-off.
The state government has announced a long awaited bypass for Beaudesert.16 Oct 14 The state government has announced a long awaited bypass for Beaudesert.