Agribusiness

At the NSW Farmers annual conference in Sydney recently, Brett Findlay said that there was no need to worry about us hocking our farms and agri business' to foreigners despite there being widespread community concern.
NFF does not represent the average Australian farmer but is beholden to the corporate sector who now pay its bills.
28/07/15 09:11 PM
set sweeping new rules for trade, investment, intellectual property, state-owned enterprises, labour and the environment."" - not for Australians but for large corporations so they can tell us how we should run our country
27/07/15 11:40 PM
I'm not convinced,, anything shrouded in this much secrecy inevitably holds surprises...The corporatisation of the globe will be one step closer with this deal
27/07/15 11:12 PM
Andrew Robb is a full member of the condescending urban political elite and is a true believer in the market and has no issue with the destruction of Australian agriculture by cheap imports and the sale of our farms and agri business to foreigners including state owned entities.
26/07/15 09:32 PM
So where are all the fools that used NZ free trade agreement and milk boom as an example for Australia to follow??? Another short lived boom like mining that has left the country with debt from infrastructure expenditure to increase production and when that extra production comes on line the prices tumble and smart countries like China now have years of oversupply to buy up cheap food.
24/07/15 11:59 PM

Cropping

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
Growing Australian Grain but we now have foreign merchants firmly in control of our marketing and they are trashing our quality and lowering the relative value of our wheat.
Does the golden booklet mention this fact or is it full of spin?!
The project used scarce research and development funding to push for the introduction of chemicals rejected as too dangerous by other countries. The Minister of Agriculture's considered response to the failed chemical technology used in Australia is to co-fund an allocation of $45 Million to research more toxic chemistry in Germany via the GRDC and Bayer (no Australian university funding). Plus, zero funding or assistance to non-chemical farming research. Lot of eggs being placed in one basket here ... surely we can do better than this.
The ever rising temperature in the last 30,000 years since the end of the last ice age has seen many extended fluctuations up and down. How did the bees cope with the Roman Warm Period, the Dark Ages, the Mediaeval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age, just to mention a few recent events? Why does everything have to be seen through the prism of "climate change". Many other things are going on as well, that we may be able to do something about.
The Annual AGIC event is a merchant big day out that celebrates the deregulation of the wheat industry(by Rudd Labor and Nelson's Liberals) and the transfer of control from growers to the middleman.
The growers day out is a cynical exercise designed to make naive growers (especially younger ones) feel good about themselves.
Meanwhile the merchant will continue to gouge growers at every opportunity and lower the quality and relative value of our wheat.
The evidence is clearly there for everyone to see as we drift away from premium market places.
There will be no shortage of spin.
19/07/15 08:45 PM

General

Is this a case of circle the wagons the empire is under attack Selwyn? Now over a $billion of farmers and taxpayers funds being spent on what? Fancy offices in Chifley Sq and Nth Sydney, overpaid bureaucrats answerable to who exactly, not industry or apparently Parliament. For that sort of money we should be able to cure cancer or the common cold! Tell me Sel what is the annual return to industry or the taxpayer on this ANNUAL TAX on our farmers? 5%,10%15%% or do you or any of the other RDCs know? Can it be measured? Do we need a system where individuals get paid for multi directorships...
Great investment by BOM. I have always found their long term forecasting basically pretty accurate in the majority of cases.
24/07/15 11:12 PM
If this clown gets in he will send Australia to the wall. One would hope the Australian people would have more sense than to vote for Shorten.
24/07/15 03:33 AM
Tim obviously doesn't depend on ground water for his daily survival and personal hygiene.... hardly a "nonsensical and absurd" issue..... but he is right in respect of laws concerning property rights. I wonder how many city based business/property owners would be excited by the prospect of another business moving on to their premises and taking over a portion of the floor space to set up and run its own profitable enterprise, with minimal , if any, compensation. And any agreement reached is subject to "confidentiality" clauses so as pressure can be exerted on the next to suffer the same fate.
24/07/15 10:27 PM
Thank For the Prime Minister who decided the invited Guest Country Investers to the investment in property sector so,Our Quantity surveyors are professional yet dedicated who work in real estate industry, and having good experience in Property Tax.

Horticulture

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
Back to Bulldust - if it was so good the last lot wouldn't have cleared off - they certainly didn't invest to process - at the end you have to actually market the product too - and these northern soils don't blow breeze up Southern ones - end of story.
24/06/15 11:28 PM

Livestock

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
Cultural sensitivity???? I would like to see some animal welfare sensitivity. I would like the minister, the producers of these poor animals and those who support live export , to see first hand what happens to Australian animals when they reach their destinations. No R.S.P.C.A , no animal welfare laws to protect them, just horror.Yes it is barbaric and yes people should be disgusted, and yes they should give their voices for the animals who haven't been heard, but who suffer for the fact that they are considered lesser beings who are bred for profit.Watch an animal, it feels pain ,fear,love.
27/06/15 07:48 AM

Machinery

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

Property

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
With real estate people it all ways the best time to buy even when its not .Its certainly not a great time to stock a station & El droughts can go on for years .What then ?
31/05/15 11:41 PM

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The TPA law requires disclosure of any agreement 60 days before it’s signed and long before
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Amazing Nico has tried to debate me without quoting a reference to some site somewhere. Nico,
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Angry, have you read the report by Dr Rawlins? It's very interesting, though it kicks no one in
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