Month / March 2014

“The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy Recently the dire situation faced by many farmers and graziers induced by yet another “drought” has reignited the debate around justification for Government financial support to farmers. […]

Cotton_picking_in_India

While the EU struggles to define its policy on the cultivation of GM crops, the area under GM varieties globally continues to grow. Recent data from the ISAAA show that the total global area planted to biotech crop varieties in 2013 reached 175 million hectares for the first time. As 1996 was the first year […]

The lawyer milks the cow

The battle in Court between two farmers from Kojonup is one of the saddest events in my career in agriculture, which now spans over half a century. It is sad because it has given those for and those against, this time GM Canola, but it could just as easily been ‘Yellow Vitamin A Rice’ another […]

Prof Wal Anderson

Here we are at the start of a bright new 2014. Some Western Australian grain growers had a good harvest in 2013, but some still have plenty of debt and some have left the industry. It seems we are experiencing another period of adverse terms of trade as the economists would put it, or at […]

The gross value of Australian farm production in 2009-10 was $48.7 billion. So the just announced drought aid package of about $320 million from the federal government is equivalent to 0.6570841889117043% of $48.7 billion.Looks like it could be a good year!’ That, ladies and gentlemen of the land, is what you are worth. In other […]