Barney backs down on funding figures

JOEL Fitzgibbon is claiming a salutary political victory over his National rival Barnaby Joyce, after a vocal debate over drought support payments.
JOEL Fitzgibbon is claiming a salutary political victory over his National rival Barnaby Joyce, after a vocal debate over drought support payments.
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A RAFT of proposals in Joyce's Ag Green Paper are unlikely to ever see the light of day because they conflict with government philosophy or are unaffordable. A RAFT of proposals in Joyce's Ag Green Paper are unlikely to ever see the light of day because they conflict with government philosophy or are unaffordable.
FLOODING and hail has caused widespread crop damage in large parts of Western Australia. FLOODING and hail has caused widespread crop damage in large parts of Western Australia.
A MAJOR cattle station in central Queensland has sold for a 50pc discount to what the vendor paid for it at the top of the market, alarming local landholders. A MAJOR cattle station in central Queensland has sold for a 50pc discount to what the vendor paid for it at the top of the market, alarming local landholders.
AS AACo brings its markets into sharper focus, the edges of what defines 'the company' are blurring. AS AACo brings its markets into sharper focus, the edges of what defines 'the company' are blurring.
THE Australian Plague Locust Commission (APLC) today said pockets of locust activity in NSW and Queensland presented no cause for wider immediate concern.
23 Oct 14 THE Australian Plague Locust Commission (APLC) today said pockets of locust activity in NSW and Queensland presented no cause for wider immediate concern. | Wild weather hits crop quality  | Averting crop catastrophe 
THE green paper produced by Barnaby Joyce is more about confirming his existing prejudices than forming good policy.
23 Oct 14  1 THE green paper produced by Barnaby Joyce is more about confirming his existing prejudices than forming good policy. | Green Paper finally on the table  | Ag Green Paper 'against govt grain' 
THE 2014 annual Ravensbourne Santa Gertrudis sale topped at $11,000 on Tuesday.
23 Oct 14 THE 2014 annual Ravensbourne Santa Gertrudis sale topped at $11,000 on Tuesday.
VIDEO:
23 Oct 14  8 VIDEO: "CRUELTY of this nature, wherever it takes place, is inexcusable," ALEC boss Alison Penfold said after last night's ABC story. | LSS in new live ex fracas 
Cattle - Beef
DATA analyst Jelle de Jong says telling a food and grocery supplier their trade spend is out of control is like telling them they are overweight.
23 Oct 14 DATA analyst Jelle de Jong says telling a food and grocery supplier their trade spend is out of control is like telling them they are overweight. | Woolies, Coles slash sliced...  | Grocery investments in the bag? 
TWO men and a woman are dead and a man has been arrested following a shooting and siege north-west of Melbourne.
23 Oct 14 TWO men and a woman are dead and a man has been arrested following a shooting and siege north-west of Melbourne.
BARNABY Joyce has publicly argued against his ­colleague Scott Morrison wresting from him responsibility for quarantine.
23 Oct 14  2 BARNABY Joyce has publicly argued against his ­colleague Scott Morrison wresting from him responsibility for quarantine. | Joyce, Morrison in portfolio spat  | Ag green paper rejects ARDB push 
I AM en route to Shenyang, a city of 12 million people, in north-east China. En route at about 300km/h, that is.
23 Oct 14 I AM en route to Shenyang, a city of 12 million people, in north-east China. En route at about 300km/h, that is. | Twiggy bets on China food boom  | Squeezing the most from Chinese... 
THE Northern Territory live export industry is surging ahead and has smashed industry export records.
23 Oct 14 THE Northern Territory live export industry is surging ahead and has smashed industry export records.
Cattle - Beef
A NEW top-price record for a composite was set at last week's Cashmore Oaklea sale in Hamilton, where an elite performance maternal ram was eventually knocked down at $10,200 after an exciting bidding war.
23 Oct 14 A NEW top-price record for a composite was set at last week's Cashmore Oaklea sale in Hamilton, where an elite performance maternal ram was eventually knocked down at $10,200 after an...
RECENT hot and dry weather brought the harvest season forward, by as much as two weeks in some places, with early crops holding better.
23 Oct 14 RECENT hot and dry weather brought the harvest season forward, by as much as two weeks in some places, with early crops holding better.  | Yields fall as crop values rise  | Rotation prevents resistance 
WITH crops already making five tonnes per hectare in the State’s north, competition is predicted to be strong for the 2014 Suncorp Bank/Agricultural Societies Council’s NSW Dryland Field Wheat competition.
23 Oct 14 WITH crops already making five tonnes per hectare in the State’s north, competition is predicted to be strong for the 2014 Suncorp Bank/Agricultural Societies Council’s NSW Dryland Field...
THE construction of new dams throughout Queensland would be just one measure taken to help drought proof the state if federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has his way.
23 Oct 14 THE construction of new dams throughout Queensland would be just one measure taken to help drought proof the state if federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has his way.
THE Australian crop is likely to suffer further downgrades following adverse weather in the past fortnight, with rain, hail and heat affecting quality.
23 Oct 14 THE Australian crop is likely to suffer further downgrades following adverse weather in the past fortnight, with rain, hail and heat affecting quality.  | Eye in the sky on Wimmera's dry  | Wheat yield potential slips 
WILD dog bounties of up to $100 a scalp have bred a
23 Oct 14  3 WILD dog bounties of up to $100 a scalp have bred a "dead dog mentality", says Greg Mifsud, reducing the effectiveness of feral control programs. | No shortcuts on dog problem  | Integration key to wild dog control 
WHILE several of the 27 projects highlighted in the ag green paper are important, the suggested investment in new dams seems out of place, says WILLEM VERVOORT.
23 Oct 14  2 WHILE several of the 27 projects highlighted in the ag green paper are important, the suggested investment in new dams seems out of place, says WILLEM VERVOORT.  | Just add water: roundtable...  | Ag Green Paper 'against govt grain' 
BY Christmas, MLA will have 28 fewer staff than when new chief Richard Norton arrived in June - and a new approach to business.
23 Oct 14  7 BY Christmas, MLA will have 28 fewer staff than when new chief Richard Norton arrived in June - and a new approach to business. | Stoush brewing for upcoming MLA AGM 
Cattle - Beef
IN the machinery dealership game the Titan Machinery name really is an agribusiness titan.
23 Oct 14 IN the machinery dealership game the Titan Machinery name really is an agribusiness titan. | Scare tactics to outwit birds  | Robots sow seeds of farming future 
VIDEO: THE live export industry is bracing for more controversy with cruelty footage supplied by Animals Australia aired on ABC television.
22 Oct 14  11 VIDEO: THE live export industry is bracing for more controversy with cruelty footage supplied by Animals Australia aired on ABC television. | New lease on life for live ex  | Beef middle men on notice: Twiggy 
THE federal government’s Ag Competitiveness Green Paper has rejected the Australian Reconstruction and Development Board proposal.
22 Oct 14  2 THE federal government’s Ag Competitiveness Green Paper has rejected the Australian Reconstruction and Development Board proposal.
AUSTRALIA'S third-largest poppy company is relocating its processing plant from plant from Cressy, Tasmania, to Melbourne.
22 Oct 14 AUSTRALIA'S third-largest poppy company is relocating its processing plant from plant from Cressy, Tasmania, to Melbourne.
THE Quad Bike Performance Project is nearing completion and a national star rating system for quad bikes is planned for release in the New Year.
22 Oct 14  1 THE Quad Bike Performance Project is nearing completion and a national star rating system for quad bikes is planned for release in the New Year.
NEW board appointments to guide the investment and research efforts of the GRDC to generate the best return for growers have been announced.
22 Oct 14  2 NEW board appointments to guide the investment and research efforts of the GRDC to generate the best return for growers have been announced. | Online tool for northern growers  | New canola weed control option 
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IBeef I don't believe you hire contractors unless it is for a one off, but agree you hire
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When considering Barnaby and Fitzgibbon there would be no doubt at all about who cares the most
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Byron, looking at the Clear Grain site, it states that anecdotally, each tonne of grain is
CONFIDENCE in the bull market is riding high, producing stellar results at this year’s Rockhampton Brahman Week Sale.
09 Oct 14 CONFIDENCE in the bull market is riding high, producing stellar results at this year’s Rockhampton Brahman Week Sale.
RESILIENT cattle breeders have stared down one of their toughest years on record but Northern Territory couple Doug Struber and wife Joanne hope to bounce back thanks to the 2014 Rockhampton Brahman Week Sale.
08 Oct 14 RESILIENT cattle breeders have stared down one of their toughest years on record but Northern Territory couple Doug...