Don't let the ports in Victoria be sold! Take it from all us South Australians that we have lost our ports to international corporates and it is the worst thing that has happened to our rural industries. The governments are driven by the immediate $ , but the long term consequences will be substantial for Victorian agriculture. Please don't let the port be sold because soon you will have no control over their monopoly!!!
02/08/15 11:03 PM
Love the photo, reminds me of Maxwell Smart,."missed it by that much".
Just maybe Australians are becoming sceptical towards the agenda that has been set by our urban political elite decision makers and see it as little more than a sell out of our financial interests and sovereignty.
01/08/15 11:43 PM
Say " NO deal" to Monsanto
Australians have the basic rights to basic needs, that, live in Australia! Australian farmers have a right to protect their farm land.


Simply farmers reacting to falling grain prices by trimming their cost regimes. Not to mention in this country, it has been a far more compelling case to grow wheat, barley or oats this year. If there is indeed an El Nino spring ahead then you want to be producing cereals as the domestic basis has a history of going crazy when our crop is short. Oats has had a 3 in front of it all year and up until around 3 weeks ago noodle wheat was the feed grain of choice in WA? Crazy things can happen in cereal markets these days.
02/08/15 10:13 PM
Oh dear. I note his honour's comments and the Wood's guilty plea. But thank god in our community that we have the Woods family. Great folk and their commitment to our districts growth is fantastic. My heartfelt thoughts are with all members of the family. Please support them through this dark blip.
31/07/15 10:21 AM
Plenty of talk out of AGIC but nothing will disguise the fact that the Australian wheat industry is now in the hands of the merchants (mostly foreign) and our reputation for quality is in tatters and the relative value of our grain is in decline.
The big multi nationals must be rubbing their hands with glee.
29/07/15 08:16 PM
Oats and barley with a 3 in front of it will guarantee Australia runs short of grain. in 2016. Noodle wheat was the national feed grain up until 2 weeks ago.
28/07/15 02:14 AM
Look what can be done with a single desk!
We were the best wheat marketers in the world until Rudd and the Liberals abolished our grower managed national pooling arrangement.
John Howard also played a key role in the treachery.
Now we are little more than a merchant controlled rabble with our hard won quality reputation in tatters and a decline in relative value.
29/07/15 09:55 AM


Uumm Craig Thompson / Peter Slipper. Labor has no high moral ground here. They all have their long snouts in that tax trough.
02/08/15 09:51 PM
The old hand shake don't mean much to them City slickers does it, But at the end of the day they are polititions , say no more
I suppose this will eventually mean that, at the end of further drilling exploration or coal extraction the site restoration will also result in a 1$ injection plus Government held bond. Happens all the time in gold mining.
31/07/15 01:26 AM
AgForce needs to work out if it is really just another arm of government. It seems to take money from the govt to deliver the govt messages - don't know why we should pay membership for that? And is its business lobbying for farmers/graziers or attracting funds from govt to employ itself thru AgForce Projects?
30/07/15 02:55 AM
Would think the drought would be a major fact in the rise in FMDs in Qld, with having to destock.
29/07/15 10:27 PM


Until quasi government and peak industry bodies listen to people who actually make a living off the land, the "market failure" will continue.
29/06/15 05:42 AM


All the crap the experts ply us with and one old cow beats the odds.. ain't nature wonderfully unpredictable ?
30/07/15 07:53 AM
What a beaut focus on only one aspect of pig raising - too bad about the survival and well being of so many piglets which is the reason for the introduction of the stalls in the first place.
How about coming up with a solution instead of just being negative prohibitionists of the protection of innocent babies.
29/07/15 03:48 AM
For half the cost of 1 lamb per light Mr Mc Farlane could deploy some Foxlights ( Ausie invention) around his lambing ewes and find his lamb survival rate increase far more dramatically than by trying to shoot all the foxes as he can never get them all. They work!
12/07/15 09:53 PM
I am disgusted that live export continues. There has to be an enormous market for onshore processing and boxed or frozen meat exports. Our government has a duty to Australia to maintain our standards. I would not be alone in wanting to see the humane treatment of livestock over a cheap TV any day of the week.
10/07/15 12:11 AM
So a web site, and more bureaucrats. Actually controlling wild dogs - Nope!
27/06/15 09:53 PM


Really!! How many farmers have you seen wearing a helmet while riding an ATV? How many farmers use seat belts in utes when in the paddock? Good idea in theory,but rarely practiced.
05/07/15 05:15 AM
I enjoyed working with you Graeme, your zest for life and in everything you did made you an exciting man to be around. RIP


Makes a welcome change from the family's plans to put 2.4 million chickens next to the Namoi River at Manilla, upstream of the Keepit Dam.
30/07/15 03:28 AM
You can see the stupidity of trying to do business with Gas Co's & why landholders have so much trouble with them with some of the conditions above. They have no understanding of how a rural property needs to function /Work Place Health & Safety,Weed blame QGC 's properties in the Wandoan area have African Lovegrass on them. Gas Co's should never be allowed to buy properties
27/07/15 02:57 AM
OPPORTUNITY lost - in snubbing of my PPP Plan by LNP in Ag "smoke& mirrors" paper on Saturday. ALL we primary prods need is "fair&open competition" @ our farmgate.My PPP plan would have been a transparent portal for all the unseen-primary/secondary commerce happening now to be listed on AUDA -offerboard where the PRICE will find the PRODUCT- not the produce finding a secret uncompetitive price! If this were enacted - it wouldn't matter about foreign investment- as they would be actively competing- not vertically integrating or"Transfer Pricing " their profits back to their mother country SHAME
07/07/15 01:06 AM
I certainly hope expanded family farms is the case. Success stories are in spite of Govt and Peak body antics NOT because of them.
07/06/15 06:43 AM

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27/07/15 01:06 AM
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Great article Sharon and QCL. Please keep this important dialogue going.
14/07/15 10:40 PM
I believe there was a book written about Bajool entitled "Calico Town" and wonder if it is still available to buy and if so where?
14/06/15 03:12 AM


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