A couple from Melbourne with no previous agriculture experience have carved a niche in farming at Boort, Victoria over the past few years.
National Grains Industry Reporter
Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.
There will be loads of new opportunities opening up in agriculture but equally there will be an increase in volatility.
It was not the single desk mechanism itself at fault but the overpriced service fees AWB charged that killed off the bulk wheat monopoly.
Michael McCormack told the crowd at Innovation Generation in Wagga Wagga that the government wants to hear from drought impacted growers.
Gregor Heard takes a look at the implications of a decade of the deregulation of the wheat market.
The wheat industry has adapted to the changes caused by deregulation according to Grain Trade Australia.
Deregulation of the wheat industry has opened up a wealth of opportunities for growers according to one Mallee farmer.
It has been ten years since deregulation, but one of the most vocal proponents of an export monopoly says he would go back in a heartbeat.
Education and cultural change, not over-regulation, are the keys to improving farm safety says a Nuffield Scholar who studied the topic.
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- Thirty millimetres of rain has been a huge boost for the Cook family at Kindon, Goondiwindi.
- The RSPCA says there are no more reasons for livestock producers not to be using pain relief on their animals.
- IT was a crisp winter's morning at the ALC Brahmans on property sale at Gundaroo, Nebo on Tuesday. The winds whistled through the yards, but this did not keep the buyers from rugging up and making the drive to the Collins family’s 8th annual sale.
- Heavily investing in Angus genetics pays dividends for the Shaw family.
- DALBY agents recorded their largest offering since July, with 5695 head of cattle yarded today for the final sale of 2013.
- Check out who we snapped at the St Pat's fair in Emerald!
- Runners geared up for a challenging, muddy event.
- Having to sell lambs in full wool is the latest in a series of difficult decisions being made by Eulo graziers Mac and Mary Haig.
- NSW will look to pull off something rare in July 11's game three at Suncorp Stadium.
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