Last Updated: December 21, 2014

Weather: Canberra 11°C - 31°C . Sunny.

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.

Drought policy spreads cost of loss

Liberal Party State Council
IT IS not news to farmers that the drought policy is in a state of flux.

Nationals on the brink

Peter Ryan
SUZANNA Sheed’s victory in Shepparton will send a shiver down the spine of every “safe seat” MP in the country.

Regional issues key for Labor

Daniel Andrews
DANIEL Andrews and his party deserve congratulations for their win in Saturday’s Victorian election.

Shepparton was coming

Suzanna Sheed. Shepparton.
SHOULD we be shocked a northern Victorian seat has fallen out of the Coalition’s hands?

Sam Kekovich must stay

IT’S time to stop being un-Australian, according to one irate reader who spoke to XAVIER DUFF

Coalition the best regional choice

New suburb of E-Gate has had expressions of interests opened for developers
IT IS truly bizarre that it has come to this.

China brings opportunity

grazing cows
THE conclusion of the historic China-Australia FTA opens up unprecedented opportunities for farmers.

Free trade China deal sweet, but may sour

Weekly Times. Staff. Ed Gannon.
LET'S get this straight. Australia did not sign a free trade agreement with China this week. It signed a trade agreement.

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.

TRADE Asian boom is calling

Asian boom is calling
FARMERS must seriously explore more highly valued products, writes ALAN OXLEY

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.

Don’t rest on laurels

Don’t rest on laurels
THERE is no denying that with both our mineral and agricultural wealth we are a fortunate country.

China FTA an opportunity

TODAY the terms of the free-trade agreement with China will be released.

Clarke’s prize plonk play

Treasury Wine Estates Chief Executive Officer Mike Clarke
TREASURY Wine boss Michael Clarke is pursuing a potential up-market wine purchase in the US.

Time to get busy on trade talks

Time to get busy on trade talks
AUSTRALIA stands on the brink of an extraordinary diplomatic achievement regarding free-trade agreements.

Water fears Daniel Andrew's political will melts

Weekly Times. Staff. Ed Gannon.
NO matter where you are today, chances are it is hot and dry. And it is still spring.

Nature possum’s greatest threat

Plan to protect endangered possum
VICTORIAN environmentalists have been campaigning for the Great Forest National Park for years.

Plugged pipe may flow yet

 The north-south pipeline at Yarra Glen.
DANIEL Andrews has sounded the death knell for the controversial North-South Pipeline.

Exposed on hot spots

Angus Beveridge
AS CONDITIONS worsen, the policy vacuum is putting farmers at risk, writes ROB HARRIS

Nicolle Flint Charities who want to play politics

The charities who just want to play politics
THE Federal Government must review which groups are granted the privilege of charitable status.

More grain off road

 Grain Corp. Ouyen. Loading a grain train. Josh Landon from Ouyen.

AN extra one million tonnes of grain in GrainCorp storages has been transported by rail during the past year.

GT hoe in blitz at Bathurst

GT hoe in blitz at Bathurst

THE JCB GT backhoe was recently crowned the fastest digger after reaching speeds of more than 116km/h.

Jingles keeps trucking

JINGLES: Graeme Neal aka 'Jingles' Livestock carrier from Swan Reach.

OWNING 14 trucks in 73 years might seem like a lot to some but to Jingles Neal it’s not nearly enough.