Last Updated: January 29, 2015

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Get strict on home schooling

Get strict on home schooling
THOUSANDS of illegally home schooled children have been neglected by successive state governments.

Protect the pickers

Overseas Workers
LAST week the employment watchdog reported it was taking a Tasmanian business to court.

Tap into Japan markets

Andrew Robb
FARMERS know better than most the importance of being alert to shifting local and global markets.

Price rises Now cattle are really dear to us

Weekly Times. Staff. Ed Gannon.
THERE has always been something endearing about cattle but now, as beef prices at last rise sharply, we have reason to love them a little bit more.

Pollies rescue Lake Toolondo

NEWS: Farmer Greg McDonald at Toolondo Reservoir
LABOR lands new fans by rescuing Lake Toolondo, writes CHRIS McLENNAN

Aussie grape bounces back

Grampians midnight wine harvest.
THERE’S new optimism as the troubled wine industry sees real signs of growth, writes BARNABY JOYCE

There’s plenty still at steak

LIVESTOCK: Wodonga Weaner Sale
BEEF prices are sizzling. But there’s plenty still at steak.

Trampling over facts

 Mountain Cattle Men in Melbourne. L-R, Jack Hicks from Dederang, Charlie Livick from Merrijig, Peter McGauran federal member...
THERE is probably no land-management issue in Australia as well-studied as high country cattle grazing.

Call to action for ASIC

Call to action for ASIC
HAS the Australian Securities and Investments Commission been caught fiddling while Rome burns?

Extend GST only with care

 Home Is Where The Heart Is. Jan Bishop of Irishtown, fruit bowl
THERE’S no doubting the Commonwealth needs to drum up extra revenue from somewhere.

Labor pulls wrong rein

High Country
HASTE and niggardly point scoring resulted in a bad decision, writes CHRISTOPHER BANTICK

Home-grown food key to survival

Milk pouring into a vat.
IF YOU grow food, you should have the right to eat it, writes CHRIS McLENNAN

Editorial Moyston proof of dire fire season

Moyston Fire Watch
SOME believe Victoria was fortunate to escape its first bad fire danger period with relatively few large blazes.

Food fads Ignoring Branson's beef

Supplied Editorial Caption: Nicolle Flint is the new Tuesday columnist for The Advertiser.
SIR Richard Branson wants us to give up beef to save the planet - but why do the rich so often want to inflict their weird ideas on the rest of us?

Special gift turns back the clock

 Straw Bale House Kyneton. Chris Rule on his latest straw-bale building project.
EVEN now with the kids all grown up, they don’t find the old Reels song we always play too daggy to open presents by.

Cattle lift a long time coming

Hamilton annual Kerr & Co feature spring cattle sale.
ANY lift in the cattle market has been a long time coming.

It’s a time for action

DROUGHT. St Arnaud weather. Tom & Jenny Small at Tottington. Sheep.
GOVERNMENTS must harbour the energies of the season when helping move agriculture into 2015.

Shift in how voters choose a party

Andrews Presser
THE swing to smaller players sets the scene for an exciting four years, writes GREG BARBER

See the loans dry up

Prairie in North Queensland is struggling with the onset of drought.
WHEN drought occurs, there are some things we can expect to see not far behind.

Grazing trial left no bite

High country cattle being moved by riders on horseback on the Howqua River near Mansfield.
THE now former Victorian Coalition Government botched the grazing trial from the start.

Abuse of workers must stop

FARM Green Olive at Red Hill
THE latest allegations of foreign workers being underpaid is evidence the problem has spread.

Coles ruling one giant leap

Coles ruling one giant leap
MOST suppliers would have imagined hell would freeze over before Coles admitted to bullying them.

All foreign to farmers

 Lal Lal Estate in Yendon, is one of Victoria's oldest gardens at 100 years old.
YOU can’t blame the public for being sceptical.

State eyes right-to-farm case

 Chris McLennan. Weekly Times Staff. HWT. Headshot.
JOHN Watson supporters believe Campaspe Shire councillors declared their voting intentions yesterday.

A study in classroom Ag apathy

Tamara Biffin wins Royal Agricultural Society scholarship
AGRICULTURE education in schools must be revived if Victoria wants to double food and fibre production by 2030.

Picking up the pieces

DEPI Grampians Fires
IT MAY well be a case of be careful what you wish for.

Nationals soldier on

Nationals soldier on
IT’S not all so grim.

Nicolle Flint Meat eaters happier than vegetarians

Supplied Editorial Caption: Nicolle Flint is the new Tuesday columnist for The Advertiser.
THERE’S only one thing better than Christmas ham, and that’s reminding vegetarians and vegans how good Christmas ham tastes.

Wounded Nationals turn on Joyce

Weekly Times. Staff. Ed Gannon.
THE election was disastrous for the Nationals, which lost its once solid seat of Shepparton.

Hardly a surprise in Shepp

Rob Harris The Weekly Times staff headshots.
IT’S telling those outside Shepparton are stunned another seemingly safe northern Victorian seat has fallen from Coalition hands.

Home school farce

Hand Rasied in Classroom

SPECIAL REPORT: UP to 20,000 children are being ­illegally home schooled in Victoria.

Rhiann makes dad proud

Rhiann makes dad proud

RHIANN O’Donnell has been a fixture around the Mildura West Cricket Club since an early age.

Sustainability a key to NAB lending

Sustainability a key to NAB lending

NATIONAL Australia Bank will place more emphasis on sustainable business practices when lending money to farmers.

Hands-free without a hitch

Hands-free without a hitch

JOHN Deere’s fully automated three-point linkage connection system has earned it a SIMA Innovation Award.

Twins all fired up

 Twin sisters Sally and Kerry Reiners 22yrs have been abseling out of hovering helicopters as part of DSE rappellers training...

GROWING up on a farm in Corryong, twins Kerryanne and Sally Reiners lived a girl’s own adventure.