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FTA dud deal of the century

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Visits China
FARMERS were left wondering who their mates are after Tony Abbott’s  bumbling trip to North Asia.

Op-ed Wi-fi message equals election in train

Government announcement
PROMISES often come too quick to properly digest in an election year, especially in the weeks before a budget.

Dairy pay-day arrives

 14/02/2008 NEWS: Greg Coote. Fonterra Milk Tanker Driver. Darnum. Pic. Greg Scullin
WHEN dairy giant Fonterra recently signed a deal with Woolworths to supply fresh milk, it was big news.

A wishy-Walshy response

Northern Water Plant Opening, Corio, Geelong Victoria. Peter Walsh MP.
VICTORIAN dairy farmers feel let down by both their agriculture ministers — both federal and state.

Opinion Have a frack at winning a Mac

Ed Gannon. HWT staff. Headshot. Weekly Times.
WIN a shiny new Apple iMac 27. What would you do if you received an unsolicited email with that in the subject line?

Opinion Farmers feel done on deal

Weekly Times. Staff. Ed Gannon.
WHEN is a free trade deal not so free? Apparently when it has to be completed in time for a prime minister to announce it at a lunch.

Fonterra rides to the rescue

Fonterra dairy company in Cororooke, near Colac, is closing and 130 workers are set to lose their jobs. Worker Alex Mckenzie ...
CORANGAMITE councillor Jo Beard couldn’t thank Fonterra enough.

Japan trade deal flawed

Tony Abbott new
AUSTRALIAN agricultural producers would normally be rejoicing today.

FTA whey out of line

Tyran Jones NEW UDV president
THE Victorian dairy industry has been ignored by the Government in negotiating a FTA with Japan.

Aces high for Napthine

A V Line passenger train bound for Melbourne at North Shore.
THE countdown is on, with just 34 sleeps until the Victorian Government unveils the last Budget of its term.

We should know who's buying our land

We need to know who is investing in our land
WHEN will we finally see a national register of foreign ownership in Australian agricultural land?

Opportunity sheltered by trees

Kate Dowler Statewide
WHEN bluegums took off in southwest Victoria in the late 90s, no one could have imagined how dramatically the plantations would transform the landscape.

All foreign to farmers

 Rick Butler. Butler Market Gardens. Heatherton. Vegetable & Herb Growers. Choy Sum. pickers.
CANBERRA is passing the buck on illegal foreign rural workers, says SUE FINGER

Editorial Uni must unveil vision for students

 The University of Melbourne, Dookie Campus, Institute of Land and Food Resources.
THE public has every right to scrutinise the University of Melbourne’s “internal decision-making”.

Time to get tough on free trade

 King Island. Beef cattle grazing on a farm by the sea at Suprise Bay.
FOOD producers are often the last cab off the rank, writes SHARMAN STONE

Opinion Wild dogs have had their day

Weekly Times. Staff. Ed Gannon.
KILLING dogs is not a pleasant business in anyone’s book. But in northeast Victoria and Gippsland, landholders have been left with no choice.

Aerial baiting a “commonsense outcome”

 Wild Dog. Shot. High Country Benambra Area.
THE Victorian Coalition Government has achieved yet another commonsense outcome for

Relief over aerial baiting

Relief over aerial baiting
TODAY’S announcement that aerial baiting will begin in Victoria in May is a welcome one.

Stop busting my chops

 Lamb chops on the bbq
FORGET meat-free, let’s have free meat, writes GEORGE CHRISTENSEN

Animal welfare ignored in roo trial

 SPEC Where do they go Wallabies feed in paddock opposite captain cook highway near the Trinity Beach Bowls Club : Latitude, ...
THE ANNOUNCEMENT of a trial commercial kangaroo industry in Victoria is disappointing.

Opinion Roo meat makes dollars and sense

 Weekly Times. Staff. James Wagstaff.
KANGAROOS may be in the Victorian Government’s sights this week but the most dangerous and off-target bullets are those being sprayed from the outside.

Inertia profits no one

 DAIRY Lynette Greenwood at Leamonth pictured with her cattle feed mixer. Picture: Phillips Zoe
PROFITABLE farmers are happy farmers.

GRDC review shouldn’t pass go

Harvest. Crops.
THE  rusty wheels of yet another statutory authority have started to turn.

Time to put roo on the plate

 Kangaroos at the Old Belconnen Naval Transmitting Site in Canberra. The Defence Department stopped a cull of the kangaroos i...
VICTORIA is on target with its plan to allow the processing of kangaroos for pet food.

Leila not afraid to get stuck in

Live Rural charity founders. The group plans to hold a fashion show as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festiva...
HUMANS can get bogged down and depressed when we feel powerless to change something.

Alpine arguments won’t stick

Cattle Protest. The Merrigig Mob ambles over Mt Howitt and the Alpine National Park towards the Zeka Spur track to Wonnangatt...
A TRIAL will not end the alpine grazing controversy, writes ROB HARRIS

Sun shines on sheep industry

week ending 15.2.2014 urana sheep sale 14.2.2014
THE sheep industry is again Australia's darling of agriculture.

Editorial Telco ills driving us up silo

 Ray Kingston has no mobile reception on his farm.
TONY Abbott won a sign of relief with his pre-election promise to fix mobile telephone black spots.

Dairy shares Suppliers question Murray Goulburn float

A block of Bega Cheese cheddar is pictured in Brisbane, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Bega Cheese, along with Murray Goulburn and C...
WHY is Murray Goulburn following a similar path of global giant Fonterra?

Visitors teach us about agvocacy

Ed Gannon
TWO visitors to our shores in the past week have been spreading the word on farming.

Panthers on the prowl

 New hand at the wheel. Former Werribee player and now coach of the Lavington Panthers James Saker at work for Albury City.

LAVINGTON coach James Saker isn’t buying into talk that anything less than a grand final berth would mean the Panthers had failed this season.

Leaping lamb exports continue

LAMB export values in February jumped 40 per cent compared to last year.

Gaining control of sprays to cut costs


VICTORIAN farmers are trialling new nozzle control technology retrofitted to self-propelled boom sprayers.

Going for gold

 Cut Daffodils in the cool room. David and Robin Jackson of Jacksons Daffodils in Surges Bay on their farm.

FEW growers have won the top daffodil award in the UK or the US. Yet one Australian has taken out both. Meet David Jackson.