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Big retail keeps squeezing farmers

FARMERS are price takers but consumers will also pay a hefty price if retailer behaviour isn't addressed, writes JAN DAVIS.
FARMERS are price takers but consumers will also pay a hefty price if retailer behaviour isn't addressed, writes JAN DAVIS.
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THE claim by federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt that the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative will be restarted with funds from Indian coalminer Adani have been met with scepticism by those working to reinstate the water-saving program. THE claim by federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt that the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative will be restarted with funds from Indian coalminer Adani have been met with scepticism by those working to reinstate the water-saving program.
AUSTRALIAN Lamb Group's decision to indefinitely suspend trade to Russia has been met with industry caution. AUSTRALIAN Lamb Group's decision to indefinitely suspend trade to Russia has been met with industry caution.
THE prospect of farmers making one annual payment towards a single, strong farm advocacy voice is a possibility. THE prospect of farmers making one annual payment towards a single, strong farm advocacy voice is a possibility.
THERE may have been a marked drop in cereal prices over the past six months, but for pulse producers it's the opposite. THERE may have been a marked drop in cereal prices over the past six months, but for pulse producers it's the opposite.
PETA Australia responds to RSPCA NSW claims that PETA undermined animal welfare by allegedly failing to supply adequate detail with a cruelty complaint.
29 Jul 14  11 PETA Australia responds to RSPCA NSW claims that PETA undermined animal welfare by allegedly failing to supply adequate detail with a cruelty complaint. | Welfare work undermined: RSPCA  | PETA targets Aus woolgrowers 
DIALOGUE between apiarists, orchardists, distributors, retailers and consumers is vital for ag's future, says Christian Farrington.
21 Jul 14 DIALOGUE between apiarists, orchardists, distributors, retailers and consumers is vital for ag's future, says Christian Farrington. | A 'net' gain for pollination  | Bees hit in canola virus fight 
CAMERON BLEWETT is a vegan who wants a mature conversation about animal welfare issues - and he’s not impressed by by Aussie Farms.
17 Jul 14  3 CAMERON BLEWETT is a vegan who wants a mature conversation about animal welfare issues - and he’s not impressed by by Aussie Farms. | Back pushes anti-trespass Bill  | Activist's anti-farm mission 
AUSTRALIA'S livestock industries need to adopt two main strategies to address issues raised by animal rights activists, writes MICK KEOGH.
15 Jul 14  11 AUSTRALIA'S livestock industries need to adopt two main strategies to address issues raised by animal rights activists, writes MICK KEOGH. | Joyce stands by wool industry  | PETA targets Aus woolgrowers 
PROTESTERS and activists who paint all farmers with the same brush and seek to demonise them are on the wrong track, writes JAN DAVIS.
05 Jul 14  3 PROTESTERS and activists who paint all farmers with the same brush and seek to demonise them are on the wrong track, writes JAN DAVIS. | 'Ag-gag' laws in train  | Activists continue anti-farm... 
THE trouble with the latest round of government privatisations is that those who oppose them do so for the wrong reasons, says ROSS GITTINS.
30 Jun 14 THE trouble with the latest round of government privatisations is that those who oppose them do so for the wrong reasons, says ROSS GITTINS. | Australia Post rural package... 
JUST like any successful sporting team, active, inclusive and responsive communication is key when running a family farming business.
28 Jun 14 JUST like any successful sporting team, active, inclusive and responsive communication is key when running a family farming business. | Capitalising on trust in farmers  | Bridging the farm-food gap 
BARNABY Joyce waved the white flag on his own job when he said, “I don’t really get myself involved in foreign affairs and trade, it’s all vastly too complicated for me.”
25 Jun 14  11 BARNABY Joyce waved the white flag on his own job when he said, “I don’t really get myself involved in foreign affairs and trade, it’s all vastly too complicated for me.” | Middle East trade row brews 
THERE'LL be a significant shift in agri-politics with the departure of the almost irrepressible Ron Boswell, says BARRY O'SULLIVAN.
25 Jun 14 THERE'LL be a significant shift in agri-politics with the departure of the almost irrepressible Ron Boswell, says BARRY O'SULLIVAN. | Boswell bids Senate farewell 
AUSTRALIAN farmers have again been ranked in the top ten of the Australian Readers Digest’s annual survey of most trusted professions.
22 Jun 14  8 AUSTRALIAN farmers have again been ranked in the top ten of the Australian Readers Digest’s annual survey of most trusted professions. | Corporates can't replace family...  | Govt targets CoOL laws 
TO say that livestock producers have had a rocky ride over the past financial year may be something of an understatement.
22 Jun 14  1 TO say that livestock producers have had a rocky ride over the past financial year may be something of an understatement.
AN article on FarmOnline stopped me in my tracks this week.
21 Jun 14  1 AN article on FarmOnline stopped me in my tracks this week.
THE proposed inland rail from Melbourne to Brisbane has the power to transform rural and regional communities, writes MARK COULTON.
19 Jun 14  2 THE proposed inland rail from Melbourne to Brisbane has the power to transform rural and regional communities, writes MARK COULTON. | GrainCorp's $200m country upgrade  | Inland rail's war of words 
JAMIE Oliver is used to a hot kitchen but his Woolworths deal has exposed him to a different form of heat, says former senator BILL O'CHEE.
18 Jun 14  18 JAMIE Oliver is used to a hot kitchen but his Woolworths deal has exposed him to a different form of heat, says former senator BILL O'CHEE. | Costs outstripping veg profit  | Extra levy an 'unfair burden'... 
FARMERS are fearful of the consequences should they speak up against 'schoolyard bully' Woolworths, says AUSVEG.
18 Jun 14  2 FARMERS are fearful of the consequences should they speak up against 'schoolyard bully' Woolworths, says AUSVEG. | Growers 'squeezed' for Woolies'...  | Extra levy an 'unfair burden'... 
THE landmark Marsh v Baxter case in the WA Supreme Court should never have left the starting gate, writes TRENT THORNE.
07 Jun 14  6 THE landmark Marsh v Baxter case in the WA Supreme Court should never have left the starting gate, writes TRENT THORNE.
WHAT might the outcome of the Baxter v Marsh decision mean for those operating or investing in farming in Western Australia?
04 Jun 14 WHAT might the outcome of the Baxter v Marsh decision mean for those operating or investing in farming in Western Australia?
CAN agriculture better use communication to build goodwill with consumers and demystify what happens on the farm?
02 Jun 14  17 CAN agriculture better use communication to build goodwill with consumers and demystify what happens on the farm?

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