Last Updated: November 21, 2014

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A day of harvest

HARVEST is agriculture’s busiest time of the year — and this year we are celebrating it.

Nats fight for ABC

APAL energy-saving orchard walks, Ardmona

A NATIONALS senator will seek assurances from the ABC that there’ll be no reduction in regional radio services.

Fire ban for parts of Vic and SA

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A TOTAL fire ban is in place in the northwestern and northern parts of Victoria and South Australia's Northeast Pastoral district today.  

Mice numbers rise

Millions of mice responsible for destruction of 470 acres of sorghun on Russell Hay and his father John's Taroom properties. ...

MICE numbers are rising steadily in the Victorian Mallee.

$27m grain compo package

$27m grain compo package

GRAINCORP has set aside $27 million to compensate ­customers for out-of-position grain stock.

Bushfire threat worsens

Bushfire threat worsens

HEAT and drought have drastically worsened the risk of bushfires across southeastern Australia, experts warn.

$30m drought loans boost

Angus Beveridge

UPDATE: BATTLING western Victorian farmers are being urged to ‘get the ball rolling’ on drought assistance plans.

Mallee waste dump wins approval

Jim Burns. Mallee Toxic Waste Dump

A TOXIC dump in the Mallee can start receiving hazardous waste as soon as tomorrow.

Business as usual at UDP

 Milk Quality Awards. Leeza McInnes on her dairy farm near Portland Dairy cows. Jersy cow. Milk.

THE United Dairy Power boss has assured suppliers of payment despite its parent company going into receivership.

Horsham man’s You Tube plea

Horsham man’s You Tube plea

A HORSHAM local is urging his fellow constituents not to vote for the National Party at the Victorian election.

Wool chairman reaps $800,000

 Merryville stud principal Wal Merriman cheered up when Andrew Davis, of Harden, NSW, paid $20,000 for one of his rams at thi...

AWI chairman Wal Merriman has been paid more than $800,000 in committee fees in his six years as chairman.

Header sure to have wide appeal

THE first commercially available 60-foot header front is in service in western NSW and on its way to Victoria.

Dunkeld Races ‘14

THE 2014 Dunkeld Races were off and racing on the weekend.

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UHT milk sales on rise

AGGRESSIVE price marketing has helped UHT milk take a share of the fresh market.

Trompf card the perfect pick

THIS North East farming family has plenty of aces up its sleeve, writes FIONA MYERS

Gay bull escapes slaughter

A BULL with a penchant for other bulls has been saved from slaughter in Ireland.

China deal can deliver the goods

China deal can deliver the goods

THE trade deal with China is the mother of all agricultural free-trade deals.

Greed was Timbercorp’s friend

NEWS: David and Celia Scott in the Timbercorp plantation.

THE accountant had a white board set up on a easel next to his desk.

Asian boom is calling

Asian boom is calling

FARMERS must seriously explore more highly valued products, writes ALAN OXLEY

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Timbercorp collapse Greed was Timbercorp’s friend

NEWS: David and Celia Scott in the Timbercorp plantation.

THE accountant had a white board set up on a easel next to his desk.

Taking care of business

Taking care of business

A GOOD head for sums and hard yakka help a traditional store thrive

Labor slammed on city candidates

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LABOR has come under fire for standing city candidates in regional seats.

Election battle Vic leaders vow no new taxes

Leaders vow no new taxes in fiery debate

VICTORIANS have been promised no new or increased taxes and charges during the next term of government.

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Staheli West DewPoint 6110

See what Ryanag's Evan Ryan thinks about the Staheli West DewPoint 6110.

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Pykes Creek Reservoir

Ed Smith from Southern Rural Water at Pykes Creek Reservoir

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CHINA FTA

Will the China trade deal be good for Australian farmers?

New era looms for levies

New era looms for levies

A LOOMING shake-up of the way livestock levies are administered has split the industry.

Grain-fed quota threatened

Grain-fed quota threatened

AUSTRALIA’S share of grain-fed beef exports to the European Union is under threat.

Time to open spill accounts

Irrigation Water. Mildura. Murray River

VICTORIAN irrigators want access to their banked water allocations after a busy start to the season.

Naracoorte, Nov 20: $208 top

Naracoorte, Nov 20: $208 top

STRONG demand drove first-cross ewe lamb prices to $208 at Naracoorte today.

Latest livestock sales

Colac store cattle sale, November 2014

THIS week’s cattle and sheep sale dates.

Bendigo, Nov 14: Buyers cautious

Bendigo, Nov 14: Buyers cautious

THE well-known lines of joinable ewes still made good money at Bendigo today.

Header sure to have wide appeal

Header sure to have wide appeal

THE first commercially available 60-foot header front is in service in western NSW and on its way to Victoria.

Hay tools bail out local market

 Mg 2851 Krone Big Pack HD balers High Speed

SALES of new tractors in Victoria are bucking the trend with year-to-date unit sales up 7 per cent on this time last year.

New Holland powers forward

New Holland powers forward

NEW Holland will release the most powerful continuously variable transmission tractor in 2015.

East clubs discuss options

ELLINBANK and District League’s east division clubs are examining their options after a board of management meeting.

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Boisdale-Briagolong move close

Boisdale Football Club

BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG’S move to Football Netball East Gippsland is just one step away.

Casey Cardinia clubs split

Casey Cardinia clubs split

CASEY Cardinia FNL to go it alone under new name, South East Football.

Higgins appointed U16 coach

AFL 2014 Media - Vic Country U18 Headshots

LEON Higgins has been appointed coach of Vic Country U16 for 2015.

Nats fight for ABC

APAL energy-saving orchard walks, Ardmona

A NATIONALS senator will seek assurances from the ABC that there’ll be no reduction in regional radio services.

Sheep a grape expectation

Gippsland trip

IF YOU drive past Ensay Winery, in East Gippsland, and see sheep eating the grapevines, don’t panic.

Cotton on to Morgan

AN OCEAN Grove illustrator has sewn up a deal with a global clothing brand.

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Rid your garden of aphids

 Gardening - Pot plant dilemmas for Jon Lamb's column. Aphids on a rose bud.

APHIDS are the enemy of all gardeners — and plants — so be prepared to take action in spring and early summer.

Growing your own food

 Cameron Lodge at Mt Macedon. garlic plant.

MY most successful vegetable garden was started in early summer — after most gardens had been sown.

The root of the problem

The root of the problem

IT STILL comes as a shock when I see lush, floppy carrot seedlings offered for sale at garden centres.

Chicken dinner

Chicken dinner

TRY this simple recipe for a delicious chicken dinner.

How to make lamb salad

CL Food

THERE’S no excuse for not including salad in your diet any time of the year.

Taste sensation in the pink

Taste sensation in the pink

A MURRAY River company is surfing a gastronomic wave by mining the river’s most feared ingredient, salt.

Old shed makes a trunk call

“I JUST need to take the weight off the old stumps for a bit. Ahh that’s better.”

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The Castle house for sale

PROPERTY: 'The Castle' house in Bonnie Doon.

NOW here’s a holiday house to put straight in the pool room.

Top dollar for a top tank

Top dollar for a top tank

THE “old livestock” just keep getting older.

Clean, green, no soil to be seen

Clean, green, no soil to be seen

BLIMEY, this could be the future of farming and it’s here now.

On safari in South Africa

On safari in South Africa

BEYOND its big game stars, South Africa delivers on many fronts, writes ROBYN JAMES

Cruise the rivers of Europe

Cruise the rivers of Europe

MARK the Anzac centenary with the tour of a lifetime on Europe’s rivers.

Penguins and breathtaking views

 RACV Inverloch Resort Picture: Supplied

NO matter how much you avert your gaze from the great blue expanse of ocean, it remains mesmerising.

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