Last Updated: March 29, 2015

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Please pause the plan

 Concerned local residents and angry farmers during protest over plans to cut water usage in the Murray-Darling Basin as they...
IN RECENT months I have travelled more than 5000km across the Murray-Darling Basin.

Applaud those who ignore threats

Applaud those who ignore threats
BALLARAT firms that sponsored the local rodeo were targeted by PETA but it was the animal rights group’s usual glib.

Fraser never forgot the country

The Advertiser Library
MALCOLM  Fraser’s passing is the closing chapter of a political life that was oddly divisive and unifying.

Right to farm Smell is part of the deal

NEWS: Right to farm - Marion McDonnell and Colin Pace
WHO’S to say whether a small piggery at Baddaginnie smells or not.

PETA bullies at it again

NEWS: John Austin from Ryebucks Saddlery
THEY don’t come any nastier than People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

ED GANNON Food scams proof laws don’t work

Food scams proof laws don’t work
The Government has — finally — noticed that our food labelling laws are ridiculous.

Shot in the arm for Nationals

Shot in the arm for Nationals
THE Victorian Nationals had little time for reflection before Saturday’s Gippsland South by-election.

Stop the Aussie brand rip-off

Stop the Aussie brand rip-off
AUSTRALIA’S good name risks being trashed if the counterfeit production of our food brands is widespread.

Give regions a rev-up

Jaala Pulford, State Agriculture and Regional Development Minister
MY FIRST priority is to ensure regional and rural Victorians have the best possible jobs, services and infrastructure.

Emerald job-shedding was inevitable

 Grain Depot Western Vic. Pictured: Emerald receival site.
THE announcement of staff cuts at Emerald Grain last week was bound to happen.

About time to act on labelling

 Box of peaches. fruit /Fruit
A ONCE-in-a-generation opportunity to reform both food testing and labelling has presented itself.

Train fare evasion Far evasion all too easy

THE first person I saw fare evading was a man in his late 30s, wearing outdoors working clobber.

SunRice ripe for takeover

MAY, 2002 : Still from SunRice advertisement, 05/02. Advertising / Food
SUNRICE will be ripe for takeover once it lists on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Right to egg choice

 Generic eggs / battery / caged / chicken farm . 31/7/06 . Picture: Troy Snook
THE choice between caged and free-range eggs must be left to consumers, writes BRIAN AHMED

Nicolle Flint Farmers do us no harm

Don’t beat up the bush: Farmers do us no harm
DESPITE being under the age of 60, not owning a pair of sandals, and never having voted Labor/Greens, I went to Writers’ Week last Thursday.

Nobody safe from questions

 14/03/2008 BUSINESS: NAB bank logo.
THE Megafert-Interfert Australia debacle raises issues about everything that is wrong with rural receiverships.

School closure heartbreak

School closure heartbreak
THE loss of a community school is the most heartbreaking, soul destroying and devastating blow.

Nat’s day of reckoning

 The Murray Darling Basin Plan announcement at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. Danny O'Brien, CEO of National Irr...
IF THE National Party isn’t already worried about the Gippsland South by-election, it should be.

Towns need the gas cash

Towns need the gas cash
PUMPING cheap Bass Strait gas into country towns and cities has been a government plan for 20 years.

Time to fix labelling

Greens presser
THE berry scandal will only increase Australians desire to buy local, writes CHRISTINE MILNE

Joyce faces a bun fight

Coles homebrand frozen Berries
BARNABY Joyce’s determination to fix country-of-origin labelling may be his biggest political fight yet.

Nationals won’t allow risky fracking

MP David O'Brien at Carisbrook
POTENTIAL for onshore CSG activity in Victoria has generated great uncertainty across regional communities.

Schools need to stay open

Generic school kids walking. Thinkstock
VICTORIA’s small rural towns risk falling apart without their schools.

Let’s talk about hunting

Supplied Editorial Caption: Nicolle Flint is the new Tuesday columnist for The Advertiser.
LIKE many Australians, I’m disappointed with former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath.

Rail commitment welcome

Rail commitment welcome
THE Victorian Government’s announcement to commit to the Murray Basin Rail Project is welcome.

Pendulum swings to ag careers

 Marcus Oldham College Principal, Dr Simon Livingstone on campus.
AGRICULTURE graduates are in high demand, writes Dr SIMON LIVINGSTONE

Landing a poll pledge

Landing a poll pledge
SIGNIFICANT steps are being taken to monitor foreign investment, writes TONY ABBOTT

Time running out for farm vision

Time running out for farm vision
AS THE Federal Government languishes in the polls it may have just 18 months to achieve some of what it hoped.

Hemp red tape hurting growers

FARM Lyn Stephenson Hemp
STATE and federal health ministers can’t understand the difference between non-drug hemp and high THC cannabis.

Herald Sun Editorial Hard life on a brown land

Sheep drought
PARTS of Victoria are facing drought after the most sustained period of below average rainfall since the late 19th century.

Myki may roll into regions

Train signs

A DECISION could be made to roll out the Myki ticketing system across country Victoria later this year.

Three more live baiting charges

Greyhounds at Sandown - Melbourne Cup trials. Race 7. Malfoy comes from behind for an emphatic victory. This is a generic sho...

POLICE have charged another three people in relation to allegations of live baiting in the Greyhound racing industry.

Milk price still settling

Milk price still settling

MAJOR milk processors are sending mixed signals about if they will follow WCB’s lead and top up farmgate prices.

New Arion has a touch of Claas

New Arion has a touch of Claas

CLAAS Harvest Centre has confirmed a new Arion 400 series will be arriving in Australia next year.

Take a butcher’s hook

CL: Ivan the Butcher and his shop in Newry.

IVAN McNally’s butcher shop in Newry has two cash registers; the old one and the new one.

Livestock Doc: Not a scrap of trouble

FARM - PIGS at Corop with Katy Brown

THE dangers of swill feeding and why is it illegal in Australia.