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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.
GrainCorp's capital expenditure spending spree of recent years is drawing to a close and the investments are starting to pay off.
Strict drink driving laws are a no-brainer, but let's make sure the mental health of country people is not comprised in the process.
The sugar price slump continues, in spite of uncertainty surrounding the Brazilian sugar cane crop.
GrainCorp will look at further cuts to its grain handling network and explore opportunities in the on-farm storage space.
With old crop stocks starting to tighten and many farmers holding onto remaining reserves, buyers are hunting for more supplies.
A class action put forward by farmers claiming sorghum seed they purchased was contaminated with the weed shattercane will continue.
The rain dances finally look set to pay off in parched Gippsland in Victoria, where forecasters predicted falls of up to 100mm in parts.
The Australian Government will put up $51.3 million to manage the thorny issue of non tariff measures hurting Australian ag exports.
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