Last Updated: March 07, 2015

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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.

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.

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.

Legislators should eye deer

Legislators should eye deer
DEER represent a significant and growing pest threat in Australia, writes DR ROHAN BILNEY

Nats are in the hot seat

Question Time 12th feb 2014
TONY Abbott’s declining popularity could deny the Nationals a chance at rural reform, writes ROB HARRIS

Time to spell out ag vision

Labor Caucus conference
IT’S not hard to see why Daniel Andrews is unclear about his position on doubling food and fibre production by 2030.

Nicolle Flint Why are our farms in foreign hands?

Supplied Editorial Caption: Nicolle Flint is the new Tuesday columnist for The Advertiser.
HERE’S another that’s been in your too-hard-basket: the ownership of Australian farming land by foreign governments.

Let’s all pull together

Free Trade
AS ​I step aside from a farmer representative organisation, it is time to reflect upon the dairy ind­ustry.

Bureau down for the count

Harvest. Crops.
STATISTICS may not be something farmers spend too much time worrying about on a day-to-day basis.

Peter Ryan says goodbye

Peter Ryan
FORMER Deputy Premier Peter Ryan had a lot of favourite sayings when recruiting potential candidates.

Ryan quits Ryan quits with polish

Peter Ryan
PETER Ryan was his usual polished self in quitting from the Victorian Parliament today.

Government must monitor home school

 School Book And Globe Stock Photo
THERE is something seriously wrong when, as country schools close, there is a surge in home schooling in rural areas.

Protect the pickers

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

Get strict on home schooling

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

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

Clearer labels on the table

SPC Sliced Peaches

SMALL business told to embrace a clearer country-of-origin labelling to end “misleading” claims of rivals.

New Disco dances to the top

New Disco dances to the top

THE Claas Disco 9200 front-and-rear mower combination has been named Machine of the Year.

Hayley and Nam’s new plan

Country Living: Highland Heritage

BEING born on a sinking boat as the child of refugee parents is an experience that tends to shape your world view.

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.