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The World Wheat Market – Where is it going and where are we going with it? The recent comments reported to be made by Greg Harvey, Interflour’s Australian born Chief Executive, that Australian wheat is too expensive for the markets in Indonesia and Singapore defies belief. If we cannot be competitive in the big and […]

Money and Greed Conquer All — Including the Law? So who in this land of the free protects the weak and poor, like the Cronin family, from the financially strong like Ferrier Hodgson and the National Australia Bank? The answer is nobody, at least nobody that we have been able to find—we are still looking. […]

European Bank Subsidised Lidl Expansion with A$1200 million. This article owes its origins to an intriguing report originally published by GRAIN. You will see why I found it intriguing when you get to it. I have spent some time on the Global Farmer discussing agricultural subsidies, little did I know and I’m sure you didn’t, […]

Below is an email I received on June 3 from Jay Horton from Strategis Partners, the company that is promoting Multi Peril Crop Insurance. I have attached a copy of the spreadsheet to the email I sent to you informing you of this article. I hope it works, if not then write me in the […]

With yet another report of Australian cattle being mistreated in a foreign slaughterhouse, this time in Israel, the question must be asked whether the export of live animals from Australia is sustainable? Not only is it sustainable as far as numbers are concerned, particularly following the dreadful drought in Queensland and New South Wales, which […]

It’s all a load of pigs.         I thought the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, might have a view, which he could share with us regarding the alarming statistic that 80% of all processed pig meat consumed in this country is imported. I was wrong. I thought he might, together with […]

  I received the following paper from Ben Rees, who is an economist and farmer, or farmer and economist, not sure which comes first these days. A man with many decades of experience in the economics of agriculture, Ben is deeply involved in the debate on the future direction of Australian agriculture. The last paragraph […]

Bob Hall is a well-known agricultural consultant based in Darkan, Western Australia. Back in the sixties Bob challenged us all about the way we managed our merino sheep. There was nothing theoretical about Bob’s challenges. They were based on sound, practical and proven experience gained through working with his clients. Bob offered solutions stretching from […]

  The Changing of the Guard. Preamble. Over recent times as Australian agriculture has endured droughts, poor prices and incompetent governments; amid the chaos there have been two major overriding topics for discussion. The first has been trying to separate the rumours, the gossip and the chit chat from the truth regarding the extent, the […]