GrainCorp has been given a $40,200 fine for breaching fumigation protocols on 145 separate occassions at Port Kembla between 2016 and 2018.
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.
It will be a big few days in mid-October in Horsham with both the Australian Pulse Conference and the southern pulse field day being held.
Nufarm has sold off its South American crop protection business to Sumitomo, in a move which has pleased the stock market.
Canada's relentless appetite for Australian agribusiness continues, with PSP Investments launching a bid for Webster Limited.
The Grain Growers board will feature at least one new face following elections at the organisation's AGM next week.
The first Mertex on-farm ram sale was a success across all three categories, with 104 of 106 rams selling to an average of $1250.
The current Indian Ocean Dipole positive event, consistent with dry conditions, is the strongest in nearly 20 years.
A new meat replacement developed by CSIRO is likely to create opportunities for Australian pulse producers.
Farmers through SA and Victoria are anxiously looking over paddocks to assess the damage from a wave of frosts through September.
Farmers are urged to ramp up their monitoring for crop pests over the latter part of the growing season.
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