News from Australia

25-08-2014 03:45 AM
Drought forces Qld farmers into huge debt
Another large Queensland farm has gone into receivership and is up for sale either as an individual farm, or four separate properties, each with their...
25-08-2014 03:41 AM
Cattle slaughter hits 25-year high
The Australian Bureau of Resource Economics and Statistics (ABARES) has found that high stocking rates due to exceptionally good conditions from 2010-...
20-08-2014 04:21 AM
Australian Dairy Farmers in China to get support for free trade agreement
The Australian dairy industry is on a charm offensive in China this week in an effort to get more support for a Free Trade Agreement between the count...
19-08-2014 02:05 AM
As risk of drought rises, Australian farmers struggle to invest
When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers Robyn and Paul Kendal had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and spend ...
14-08-2014 02:19 AM
Australian Dairy Farms float opened to mum-and-dad investors
The first float of an Australian dairy farm is being opened to mum-and-dad investors, after an institutional offering exceeded expectations. Austra...
13-08-2014 04:28 AM
Record crops predicted; farmers market carefully
Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which on Tuesday...
11-08-2014 01:12 AM
Agricultural giant Olam says climate change is 'absolutely a reality'
The head of one of the world's largest agricultural commodity trading companies is warning Australian primary producers to take climate change serious...
11-08-2014 01:04 AM
Murderous dairy farmer had no history of violence
A dairy farmer who snapped in northern Victoria, murdering his partner and shooting two others before killing himself, had no criminal record, no inte...
07-08-2014 14:31 PM
Agriculture urged to embrace 'brand Australia'
Entrepreneur and branding expert Craig Davis thinks Australian agriculture has “spoilt supermodel syndrome”. The 'land down under' trades off its a...
07-08-2014 14:26 PM
Declaration strengthens Indo-Aus ties
Australian cattle producers have been given assurances that an historic joint declaration - the Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security in th...
06-08-2014 13:15 PM
Quad bikes study to help reduce accidents in agriculture
Farm workers involved in quad bike accidents are being asked to contribute to a new study aimed at reducing accidents. Quad bikes were involved in ...
06-08-2014 13:09 PM
Sydney University Dean of Agriculture plans to produce smarter graduates in technology as farming intensifies
Sydney University's Dean of Agriculture says Australia has to shift its education and training if it's to meet the demand for high quality produce. ...
05-08-2014 11:34 AM
Pacific fisheries net government support
Sustainable fisheries and the financial stability they bring to Pacific island communities were given a financial boost by the Australian Government l...
05-08-2014 11:09 AM
Untapped water resources discovered in WA's Pilbara 'could drive agriculture expansion'
Huge untapped water sources in Western Australia's Pilbara could drive a bold expansion of towns, agriculture and industry in the region, the State Go...
04-08-2014 09:16 AM
Commodity prices drive rural appetite
Rural property investors are ­paying close attention to commodity prices as appetite improves for ­agribusiness investments. In its latest Rural an...
04-08-2014 09:06 AM
'Not Asia's food bowl' - Agricultural Minister Joyce
Australia is not the food bowl of Asia, nor should it claim to be, says ­Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. He said Australian farmers now feed ­...
30-07-2014 00:25 AM
Qld farmers being priced out of business
Will Queenslanders finish up paying more for the food they eat or will we just see production from sugar to fruit and vegetables wither, owing to a la...
30-07-2014 00:23 AM
Bovine viral disease discussion dominates global cattle congress
Combating poor cattle health and production losses as a result of the debilitating bovine viral disease, known as BVD, has dominated the agenda today ...
25-07-2014 12:50 PM
Heat-seeking drones to combat wild dogs
Graziers up against one of nature’s smartest hunters may now be able to enlist a new age in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology to help them combat the...
25-07-2014 12:36 PM
Six jobs for each agriculture studies graduate
“We are told all the time the minute we finish our degree, there are six jobs instantly per graduate.” There aren’t too many industries where that ...
24-07-2014 10:49 AM
Robb defends Japan trade deal
Trade Minister Andrew Robb has hit back at fresh criticism of the outcomes for agriculture in the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEP...
23-07-2014 10:53 AM
Poor roads costing agriculture, compromising safety
The terrible standard of roads in Victoria’s South Gippsland region is costing businesses dearly and compromising public safety. That's the overwh...
22-07-2014 09:52 AM
Fonterra to keep investing, despite dairy decline
Dairy giant Fonterra will invest $100 million into its Australian business to keep a hold on domestic supply. The global producer will keep invest...
18-07-2014 10:01 AM
Hunter dairy farmers eager to see carbon tax go
Hunter dairy farmers are applauding the scrapping of the carbon tax, with the move freeing up tens of thousands of dollars for individual farming ente...
18-07-2014 09:59 AM
Parties battle for dairy's affection
NSW Labor has announced a plan to “turbocharge” dairy exports in what State primary industries minister Katrina Hodgkinson described as a “bizarre ann...
18-07-2014 09:57 AM
Farmers not getting any younger
It probably comes as no surprise to anyone working in agriculture, but the stats are in, confirming that Australian farmers aren't getting any younger...
18-07-2014 09:55 AM
Cattle company to keep carbon farming despite market uncertainty
The Tipperary Group will continue its carbon farming project in the Northern Territory, despite the market uncertainty caused by the scrapping of the ...
17-07-2014 08:40 AM
More school students give agriculture a crack
A state-funded program encouraging high school students into agricultural careers has doubled in participation since last year. Dianne Fullelove fr...
17-07-2014 08:35 AM
Global cattle industry looks to Beef Australia 2015
The time is right for beef producers from around the world to plan their visit to Australia’s triennial industry spectacular, Beef Australia 2015. ...
14-07-2014 08:48 AM
Darwin port delays costing livestock exporters millions
Delays in getting a berth at the Darwin port are costing live export companies millions of dollars, with some now looking to other northern ports to l...
10-07-2014 10:22 AM
Potato farmers to take control of abandoned McCain factory
Potato farmers are negotiating a take-over of McCain Food’s abandoned processing plant in the south east of South Australia. About 60 people lost t...
09-07-2014 09:53 AM
Queensland cattle grid accident worth $1.2 million
A mining employee has sued the State of Queensland for a whopping $1.2 million, claiming a broken cattle grid was responsible for a car accident in wh...
09-07-2014 09:52 AM
Person 'deliberately opened gates' to let cattle onto Hume Freeway
Police are investigating reports that someone deliberately let cattle onto the Hume Freeway, putting the lives of motorists at risk. Last month 13 ...
08-07-2014 14:08 PM
Teys calls for greater IR reform
One of Australia's largest beef ­processors says the federal government must tackle industrial relations reform or risk the closure of more ­manufactu...
07-07-2014 09:10 AM
South West shire approves on-farm abattoir
A West Australian poultry farmer has gained approval an on-farm poultry abattoir, which is set to start processing in spring. Poultry farmer Jeff P...
03-07-2014 08:51 AM
Glyphosate poisoning killing SA canola crops
Glyphosate poisoning is killing off some grain crops in South Australia's wheat belt. Glyphosate is a herbicide, sprayed in paddocks to control wee...
02-07-2014 10:00 AM
Gina Rinehart invests in Kimberley cattle stations
Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart has bought a fifty per cent stake in two cattle stations in Western Australia's Kimberley region. Mrs Rinehart has...
01-07-2014 07:40 AM
New dairy season dawns to similar prices
The prices are in for this year's dairy season and unsurprisingly, most processors are offering similar prices. The new season features an array of...
30-06-2014 08:17 AM
Dairy suppliers waiting for milk cheques
Some suppliers of milk processing company, United Dairy Power, say they're still waiting to receive last month's milk cheque. The company, which pr...
27-06-2014 14:45 PM
Young farmers bucking the trend with a commitment to agriculture
A love of the land is something many producers look forward to passing onto their children. But increasingly fewer young people are taking the opportu...
26-06-2014 14:56 PM
Nationals challenged to keep fees down for Agriculture degrees
A rural member of Parliament worries regional areas will be hurt by any hike in University fees, particularly agriculture. Federal member for Indi,...
25-06-2014 10:06 AM
World first farm robot set to revolutionise vegetable farming
A world first robot called the 'Ladybird' is being trialled among the onions, beetroots and spinach rows of a farm in the New South Wales central west...
24-06-2014 03:58 AM
Lion offers milk price rise to some dairy farmers
The food and beverage conglomerate Lion will pay more for milk from farmers in Queensland and New South Wales. The Japanese owned company says the ...
24-06-2014 03:53 AM
Survey reveals foreign ownership of farmland on the rise
Foreign investment in Australian agriculture is vital to its growth Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has declared, just days after a new survey repo...
19-06-2014 01:06 AM
Call to lift tolerance level for GM material in organic crops
WA Agriculture Minister Ken Baston has urged Australian organic regulators to lift the tolerance level for genetically modified (GM) material in organ...
17-06-2014 02:21 AM
China in $1b WA livestock deal
A South West meat processor and a giant Chinese company have joined forces in a $1 billion deal that will create huge demand for WA sheep and cattle. ...
16-06-2014 02:40 AM
We know little about GM crops
I have a concern about genetically modifying living things. By this I do not refer to selective breeding. I feel there is much we don’t know about ...
13-06-2014 04:22 AM
Protein key in supplementary feeding dry cattle
Cattle producers experiencing a dry start to winter are being urged to add protein to their supplementary feed this season. While Western Australia...
12-06-2014 01:30 AM
Australia cuts wheat hopes, warning over dryness
Australia cut its forecast for its next wheat harvest, cautioning over the El Nino weather pattern, and its potential for causing eastern dryness whic...
06-06-2014 03:13 AM
Minimum wage increase a blow for farmers in drought
The National Farmers Federation says a decision to increase the minimum wage will create more hardship for farmers in drought. The Fair Work Commis...