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Meet Mike Baird NSW's new premier

Mike Baird Pap
UPDATE: MIKE Baird is the new premier of NSW after he was elected unopposed by the Liberal party room in the wake of Barry O'Farrell's shock resignation.

Tinned Italian tomato price rise

 MAY 3, 2001 : Tins of Granoro Italian tomatoes for ossobuco recipe from Lamonica's IGA Supermarket in Haberfield, Sydney, 03...
SHOPPERS will notice the price of Italian canned tomatoes rise after an anti-dumping duty determination.

$11m for flawed food rating system

$11m for flawed food rating system
GOVERNMENTS committed more than $11m to the development of a Health Star Rating food labelling system before a cost-benefit analysis was done.

Water to boost in Golden Plains

Golden Plains Food Production Precinct
A NEW $11.78 million agricultural precinct is set to generate businesses and jobs in Golden Plains.

Global warming will kill: Greens

AUSTRALIA is going to cook and people will die through global warming, West Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam says.

Rural education Closing education gap

Holy Rosary garden winners
THE Victorian Government has promised to complete a key strategy in a bid to reduce the learning gap between city and country students.

NSW Premier resigns

UPDATE: FORMER NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has faced ICAC for a second day after his shock resignation this morning.

Nash avoids food rating site queries

Nash avoids food rating site queries
THE Health Department sent Fiona Nash a submission giving her up to seven days’ notice that it was launching a controversial food ratings website.

Walsh criticised over FTA

 Victorian Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh speaks at the Rural Press Club of Victoria breakfast.
PETER Walsh has come under fire for his response to the Federal Government’s FTA with Japan.

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.

Abbott fails to register

Tony Abbott
THE Federal Government is “stalling” on its promise to del­iver a foreign ownership register, Peter ­Tuohey says.

Labor road funds fall short

Story about Melbourne's potholed roads
THE Victorian Opposition will fund just a portion of what the Government now spends on fixing rural roads.

Bee crisis 'could cost billions'

As the bee flies - natural pollination by the blue-banded native bee causes more seeds to be produced in tomato plants.
FERAL bees have been all but wiped out in South Australia, putting the state’s agricultural industry at risk, a Senate inquiry has heard.

Wilkie’s live export trip withdrawn

Live cattle export numbers increase at Townsville
FEDERAL MP Andrew Wilkie had intended travelling cattle class to Indonesia as part of a fact-finding mission on live animal exports.

CSIRO CSIRO budget cut a travesty: ALP

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
LABOR has branded reports the government could cut the country's peak science agency funding as an attack on scientific research.

Pension tests facing budget axe

Hockey pension reaction
TONY Abbott’s razor gang is eyeing tougher income rules for the aged pension and a crackdown on disability support pensions.

China’s trade deal

Abbott in China 10th April
FOR Tony Abbott it was his first trip to China as Prime Minister.

State election Bob battles against all odds

Bob battles against all odds
THE local wags immediately rounded on Bob Scates after he won a round of footy tipping at the pub.

Labor's Bay West port slammed

Labor’s Bay West port slammed
LABOR’S plan to build a port in Victoria’s west carries grave environmental risks, the Coalition Government says.

Australia eyes China trade deal

Australia eyes China trade deal
THE Federal Government says it wants to replicate the extraordinary free trade success New Zealand has enjoyed with China.

Council pioneers ag panel

 Forest Vale property, Mangoplah, NSW. The property is a mixed farming enterprise in a higher rainfall zone in the eastern Ri...
THE VFF has backed a Victorian council’s move to give farmers more say in planning decisions.

Give us services, regions say

 02/07/2003. Victorian streetscape in Bendigo. Shamrock Hotel. Town Hall. Digital Image. PUBLISHED IN REAL ESTATE ON 12/07/20...
THE Victorian Government hasn’t ruled out shifting more government services and jobs to country areas.

Rural youth grants available

Rural youth grants available
RURAL and regional community groups are being encouraged to apply for a new round of local grants up for grabs.

Planning burning Rare bird fires up

N44CS601 New birds at Pearcedale Moonlit Sanctuary, Red tailed black cockatoo's, the female has the yellow colouring
THE Victorian Government and a key conservation group are at loggerheads over a planned burning program.

Growth, transport in Budget wish list

 2011 Victorian State Budget. Victorian Treasurer Kim Wells delivers his first budget.
ROADS and rail funding commitments are being sought for country Victoria in next month’s Budget.

TRADE Japan FTA attacked

moneysaverHQ cash pictures in studio
KEY Australian agricultural commodity groups have criticised the Federal Government over the free trade agreement struck with Japan.

Plan to make Ballarat a sports hub

12/02/2013 SPORT: North Melbourne intra club practice match at Eureka Stadium, North Ballarat. Andrew Swallow Pic. Klein Mich...
A FOOTY stadium capable of hosting AFL, A-League soccer and cricket matches could be built in Ballarat.

Dairy upset at Japan FTA

Car prices to fall under Tokyo deal
THE  Australian dairy industry has strongly criticised the proposed Australia – Japan Free Trade Agreement.

Coalition at six-month high

Coalition at six-month high: Newspoll
THE Abbott Government is in its best electoral position in six months and Bill Shorten has his lowest personal support since becoming Labor leader.

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.

Flocking to see those sheep dogs

Easter Show

SOME dogs bark, others chase but the best sheep dogs tame a flock by staring them down. It is what stockman call the “eye”.

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.