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It is pleasing to see Agricultural leaders recognising that as farmers we will be one of the sectors hit hardest by Climate Change. It is also critical that they make sure that we are part of the solution. After all it is our own self interest that decisive climate action is taken. It is a pity that they didn't support the most economic responsible path of an ETS
and putting a price on carbon pollution. Research and adaptation tools will only get us so far. The radical approach of the coalition of little or no action to reduce our carbon pollution is far too risky.
How can Robb defend a "trade-off" deal? Using minor deals for agriculture to "trade-off" against non-agricultural benefits?
24/07/14 10:32 PM
I think its hilarious that everything Elders is selling is 'not a core asset or core to the strategy'. Why dont they just come out and be truthful by saying 'We have the bankers breathing down our throat and everything that can keep them from calling in the debt is up for sale'
Can anyone in Elders enlighten us what is their strategy or is it made up as they go along?
24/07/14 07:10 AM
So all the "Shopfronts" are going in to bat for their own survival..that is the levy iv drip feed. Safest job on earth once you can hide behind the legislated Levies act.While there is ONE grower left -they all have their comfy jobs in the city centres of all the state capitals. I see that NFF are having a few days in Cairns to work out what is good for us idiots via yet another armpit gazing "blueprint" off and get a real job and pay for your own holidays. I asked the NFF very nicely to support my PPP Rule last year and they refused to evenrespond let alone pass an opinion on it! SHAME
23/07/14 09:01 PM
All I know is that if you enter a farm (no matter if your going to film or thieve) people will now have a way of trespassing by having a camera and if caught they can say,. they thought there were animal welfare issues there and so they were entering the premises just to film that.(yet were there for the intention of theft.
23/07/14 08:48 PM


An authority on the treacherously abolished wheat single desk(by Rudd and the Liberals) has advised that under that arrangement producers would be at least $40.00 per tonne better off this year.
AWB LTD would have been hedging prices, the currency and sea freight.
It is estimated that a $billion dollars would have been lost across Australia.
24/07/14 09:20 PM
Thank goodness a bit more red tape and regulatory nonsense has been given the chop
23/07/14 03:26 AM
So if they are giving me back 90% I guess I may as well, at $250/t market levels, sell my grain for $225/t. 10% seems pretty expensive for insurance. The real issue here is growers give away assets before they are being paid.
21/07/14 12:14 AM
East Coast grain growers have no equity in the market place-the industry is firmly in the hands of the merchants and any decisions made will be in their interests.
15/07/14 09:06 PM
This is not a new way to determine irrigation times. We have used this method for years on our farm, and I'm sure others do to. I think it is just common sense really? Why run the water for longer than needed, when water is such a precious part of farming these days.
20/07/14 10:39 PM


So........ 50/50 again eh?
24/07/14 07:24 AM
Here is a good example of our levy money being well spent (NOT). And I bet the adult population know even less. They show us what little they know with their comments on this site every day. I spent a week in the city recently and during that time I didn't see a single news report about regional AU. What news I did see that was relevant to all the state was reported as only relevant to Sydney residents. If the city populations are interested or care about the country the city television media sadly don't share their views.
23/07/14 02:01 AM
Gee wizz more terrible warming. The winters are that warm now we will never see snow again.
Anyone still sucked in by the science (fiction). ???
So now a hundred years is a long term climate trend but twenty years is a short term one ?
I think a long term climate trend may be a little longer than a hundred odd years Dr.
where's Bushie?
23/07/14 07:18 AM


A major success industry; improving quality of product, selling at increasingly higher unit prices, all achieved in a currency climate unfavourable to exports. The wine industry shows us that getting on with the job rather than sitting on acres whinging is a much more successful and honourable strategy. perhaps others could learn from their success?
18/07/14 12:11 PM
Only a couple of years ago on landline guys in the eastern states were bulldozing citrus because it was no longer profitable and now it's wanted
02/07/14 10:46 AM
'I don’t think Australia has the edge in research and development as it used to' says the CEO of HAL.
Kind of makes you wonder who has been the captain of the ship?
24/06/14 10:42 PM
go to ontact
and tell Jamie it is not on.
18/06/14 12:42 AM
The farmers of this country need to form co-ops and refuse to supply Woolworths and Coles.
11/06/14 06:50 AM


I wish that you would stop poisoning our wildlife, particularly the Dingo, and other animals that feed on poisoned carrion!
24/07/14 09:22 AM
can't they export the meat to countries where they eat dog meat
23/07/14 10:17 PM
Activists never acknowledge the bio security risks they subject the animals to when they trespass. These risks are real and pose a huge danger. Nor do they accept the harm often caused by their actions to the animals by the distress of having unknown intruders in their midst. Some admit their agenda in ending all human use of animals but many dress it as being an animal welfare issue.I wonder how many of the activists refuse any and all medications tested on animals. If they truly had the courage of their convictions they would refuse such medications even if it cost their own life.
21/07/14 10:19 PM
“Now I don’t know how he thinks sheep are going to survive if they’re not shorn and I don’t know what he thinks we should do with the wool." - Seriously? Is that as far as Mr Taylor's limited imagination will go?
Like Chris Delforce, I'm an abolitionist. We want to see the use of sheep (and all animals) for human purposes end. But it won't happen overnight. Campaigns like those of Aussie Farms aim to show consumers why we shouldn't be using animals. Reduced consumer demand will lead to reduced production. No farmer is going to continue to breed them when the market disappears.
19/07/14 12:47 AM
So Australian Wool Innovation has managed to fund a project that any farmer could have given them the answer to free of charge. Meanwhile the destruction of livestock continues unabated while bureaucracy thinks up more unjustifiable impediments that make it harder for farmers to deal with livestock predation.
15/07/14 03:52 AM


Still wouldn't be big enough to keep away the hypocritical BS spewed out by the labour market protectionist selective socialists on this site.
09/07/14 12:03 AM
Capital gains, wait till the tax man reads this one, I did similar and they love it !


The Chinese Investment Corporation must surely be an arm of the Chiniese Government which is buying up our farmland at an alarming rate. When do we stop this invasion or stop selling our sovereignty?
14/07/14 12:08 AM
Banks are just sharks, charging exorbitant interest to people who cannot pay.
13/07/14 10:25 PM


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Taxpayer, so why wouldn't that logic equally apply to unreasonably charging everyone via a
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"Taxpayer", don't talk to farmers about hand outs. Look in your own back yard first. The
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Geronimo, diversity is a business survival technique, the problem that faces victims of
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