Last Updated: October 20, 2014

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Government catchcry Canberra unmoved on centralisation

Weekly Times. Staff. Ed Gannon.
GET out of town was the cry of federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce last week.

Move only if it’s right

Move only if it’s right
IT SHOULD be up to industry, not government, where R&D bodies are based, writes ROB HARRIS

Too many cowboys, too few leaders

Too many cowboys, too few leaders
THE dairy industry is fragmenting at an alarming rate, says BERNHARD LUBITZ

CSG website may prove a pitfall

CSG website may prove a pitfall
LAUNCHING a website that allows landholders to search what mining licences surround their property is welcome news.

Nicole Flint Racing industry really is worth it

Supplied Editorial Caption: Nicolle Flint is the new Tuesday columnist for The Advertiser.
THE Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses wants the racing industry closed down, but it’s worth considering which body cares better for horses.

Reinvigorating Landcare

LANDCARE - Terry Hubbard - President, Victorian Landcare Council
LANDCARE has gone from humble beginnings to involve more than 6000 groups across Australia.

Schools are our lifeblood

 Taradale Primary School is a school with only two students. Students Mollie McCarthy 6yrs Grade 2 and Tim Grant 8yrs Grade 8...
THE increasing dry conditions are a major concern for farmers across Victoria.

Call for China FTA caution

 Mallee candidates forum. Andrew Broad and Lydia Senior
FOR most of our history, Australia has always been a trading nation.

Victorian exports

IF YOU need proof the food boom has arrived, then look no further than the Port of Melbourne.

China exports No set menu for a dining boom

 Weekly Times. Staff. Ed Gannon.
VICTORIA’S food boom is good news for the Government. But it won't be plain sailing.

Dealing with depression Dangerous to ignore crisis in bush

Jeff Kennett. Herald Sun columnist. Headshot. HWT staff.
THERE’S a crisis in rural Australia as economic and social factors lift depression and suicide rates to unacceptable levels.

Quality key to China success

Hugh Thomson on his farm at Glenaroua.
I WAS given the opportunity to travel to China, under a new travel support program: Hugh Thomson

Save label system from rot

Save label system from rot
THE Government must take enforcement powers for country-of-origin food labelling from local councils.

‘Priority towns’ cooking with gas

shell sale
The Coalition’s regional energy program has worked wonders, writes PETER RYAN

Face the dry facts

IT’S a devastating reality. The season has delivered so little for parts of northwest Victoria.

Truth hurts at Epping Market

 Melbourne Fruit & Vegetable Wholesale Market. uncertainty & lack of information from the State Government about...
I WILL stand up to this Government to make sure the trading floor at Epping Market is fit for purpose.

Look to China for growth

Barnaby Joyce
AUSTRALIAN farmers have good reason to be excited about the opportunities in China.

Target group Nats know power of single women

Ellen Whinnett, reporter Herald Sun
WHICH party first recognised the untapped power of single women? The Nats - and other parties should catch up.

Time to churn it over

Time to churn it over
THE Australian dairy industry must stop making excuses, argues BARRY IRVIN

Melbourne Market on target

Melbourne Market on target
REPORTS of the Melbourne Market project being shambolic are simply unfair.

Checklist fails to protect

Checklist fails to protect
THE removal of specific farming activities from the Section 32 strikes at the heart of the right-to-farm debate.

China grabs the limelight

TIA Dairy Award
CHINA — if you didn’t already gather — is the word on everyone’s lips.

Science must rule on CSG

AS the nation’s top farming advocate, Brent Finlay’s views on coal seam gas will no doubt rattle cages.

Recreational fishing to stay

Trout fishing season Opening, Days Creek, Omeo
THE Victorian Government announced an initiative to ensure a strong future for recreational fishing.

Time to report animal cruelty

Time to report animal cruelty
IT SHOULDN’T take someone with a camera to stop animal cruelty, writes HEATHER NEIL

We’re back on track: Joyce

Live cattle export numbers increase at Townsville
SINCE the Coalition government was elected, we have wasted no time in revitalising agriculture.

Water price setting exhausting

 Irrigation channel watering oats and vetch on Pindari. Old Cobran property, Deniliquin, NSW.
THE setting of water prices is an exhausting business.

Labor may lead the polls ...

 Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews on his parents family farm at Londrigan, near Wangaratta.
THE latest opinion poll has delivered with it a serious case of Labor fever.

Milking it Get the message on China: Farmers

Weekly Times. Staff. Ed Gannon.
AFTER the disappointment of the Japanese trade deal, dairy farmers want us to get the message on China: Australia can’t afford to miss out.

Deal with China or we perish

Deal with China or we perish
WHY has it come to this?

Farming vision unveiled

Ag Minister Barnaby Joyce in Gippsland

UPDATE: BARNABY Joyce says biosecurity remains “the greatest threat” to Australian agriculture.

Last lawn bowl exclusion rolls away


AFTER a long-held legal exemption expired, women can now play club pennant lawn bowls on Saturdays in South Australia.

Dairy pool too small

Crole family, Simpson, dairy farmers

THE national dairy industry is “not sustainable” to service a growing domestic and export market.

Tuppal’s nod to farming roots

Tuppal’s nod to farming roots

THOUSANDS flocked to the inaugural Tuppal Food and Fibre Festival at the weekend.

Editor’s Letter: October 2014

 Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

THE Weekly Times held its first FORUM last month, a day for farmers to get together and hear from some successful producers and marketing gurus on how to build a strong business brand.