Last Updated: November 29, 2015

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Land sales Should land be sold to foreigners?

Should land be sold to foreigners?
THE knocking back of the sale of the Kidman farming empire is yet another chapter in an issue no one can conquer.

Editorial Towns banking on gas

Generic photo of a gas flame.
THERE was not one reference to the $85 million rollout of natural gas in the Victorian Government’s Regional Statement.

Sold down the drain

NEWS: Macalister Irrigation District Water.
I TRY to be a positive MP, I really do. We’re all sick of whining, negative politicians, right?

Fat cats still feeding on a rotten policy

Angus cattle & generic farm shots
THE current Bovine Johne’s disease review makes Bronwyn Bishop’s helicopter junket look amateurish, says Don Lawson.

Fight drought together

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews in Mallee country
WHILE half of Victoria is bone dry, it’s all of us that have to take responsibility.

Andrews’ premier effort

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews in Mallee country
PREMIER Daniel Andrews deserves a pat on the back for acting quickly to help drought-affected communities.

Land of rising opportunity

 Post Christmas shoppers stroll underneath a huge decoration featuring the Rabbit, Chinese zodiac calendar's symbol for the y...
THERE has never been a better time for Australian small and medium ­enterprises to look overseas for new markets.

Editorial Farm law mess claims another

Wagyu Cattle
EDITORIAL: WITH the right-to-farm issue, for every step forward we take another two back.

Forward thinking on the land

Forward thinking on the land
AUSTRALIA’S farmers and landowners are among the most innovative and forward-thinking people in our community.

End this party prank

Polwarth District & South-West Coast District by-elections
TAXPAYERS shouldn’t pick up the by-election tab when MPs choose not to go full term, says James Purcell.

Farmer fears Coalition feels heat over fracking

Coalition feels heat over fracking
THE Coalition, both federal and state, has got itself into a mess over coal-seam gas mining.

A self-fulfilling prophecy

16/10/96 Kerry Herron is silhouetted against a cloudy sky as he feeds six-year-old Shadow and her foal, Bedow on his property...
ANOTHER week, another farm tragedy. So why isn’t the safety message getting through?

Coalition coal-seam confusion

Lock the Gate sign
THE Coalition, both federal and state, has got itself into a mess over coal-seam gas.

A new taste for ethics

A new taste for ethics
IT WOULD be easy to think Australia’s largely urban public is losing trust in the conventional Australian farmer.

15 minutes to infamy

Bush Fire
FIFTEEN minutes. That’s how long it took the witness to a car crash earlier this year to drive somewhere with mobile reception.

Why food showpiece no-show?

 Greg Walsh. HWT staff. Headshot.
MUCH more needs to be done to market Australia’s food and beverage production.

Editorial Flowing rivers come at huge cost

Flowing rivers come at huge cost
IT is bizarre to see major rivers flowing so strongly in a drought year.

Good people doing good things

2015 Regional Achievement & Community Awards
WE PRODUCE some good people in Victoria — really good people.

No time to lose on farm aid

No time to lose on farm aid
​VICTORIAN and Riverina farmers are entering a critical stage.

Exporters work to stop ill treatment

 President of the National Farmers' Federation Duncan Fraser (blue shirt) pictured in Darwin with Northern Territory Cattleme...
THERE are more restrictions in place to protect Australian livestock.

We’re under the pump

dry weather
IRRIGATORS are feeling the heat as the price of temporary water edges toward $300 a megalitre.

Warning signs evident

Agriculture minister visits Birchip
IF the past fortnight has taught us anything, it’s how quickly things can go from bad to shockingly worse.

Rural shires disadvantaged

Rural shires disadvantaged
“SAVE Our Shires” may sound a bit dramatic, but this is the call from most if not all rural shires.

Stop the party games

VFF Annual Conference. Peter Tuohey. VFF President.
OPPOSITION to the FTA is an example of party politics gone mad, says Peter Tuohey.

ED GANNON Crops lose out over water fight

Generic Thinkstock image of young woman drinking water from bottle outdoors.
WHO knew bottling water could be more profitable than growing fruit? But it is and the issue is at the heart of a dispute.

How to pass stress test

Walgett Drought
LIVING in rural Australia can be very rewarding. However, farming can be stressful.

Hard-earned legacy demands care

Abandoned shearing shed near Lake Boga
ONE of the wool industry’s legacies to today’s wool growers is its long history of democracy.

Missing link in rail tale

Murray Basin rail network upgrade
THE Nationals and Liberals appear to be at odds on the Murray Basin Rail project.

Biotechnology can avert hunger

Biotechnology can avert hunger
GLOBAL policymakers need to redouble their efforts to support a strategy to ensure future food supply.

Victorian holiday a bitter pill

Grand Final Parade
CLANGER, balls-up, melee — there’s plenty of footy analogies that describe Victoria’s AFL Grand Final public holiday.

Andrews takes stock

Andrews sweats the small stuff

ONE year in and the Andrews Labor Government says it is listening to country Victoria.

Country talent in Rookie Draft

AFL 2015 Under 18 - VIC C Headshots

THERE’S been more good news for country hopefuls in the AFL Rookie Draft.

Disgruntled growers speak out

 Paul & Sara Schreurs, Vegetable growers at Devon Meadows

GROWERS have grilled Horticulture Innovation Australia at its first annual general meeting.

eHat takes guess work out

eHat takes guess work out

ARE you stuck in the sticks with a technical problem that has you stumped?

Devoted to making lives better

Jeff Robinson

HE flies planes, fights fires with the CFA, cross-country skis, runs a beef and olive farm and volunteers in remote Aboriginal communities.

Wet may not follow dry

Wet may not follow dry

THERE is no guarantee ­Victorian farmers will get a wet 2016, even if the El Nino finishes next year as predicted.