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It’s a Monday morning in mid September in Albany, Western Australia. Albany is on the far south coast of Western Australia, it has a population of about 36,000, and is the main town in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia which has a population of about 60,000. It has a wonderful climate and is […]

“This is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end, this is just perhaps the end of the beginning.” The first three parts of this series ‘National Bank Bastardry’, dealt with the simple fact that the NAB seized over $9 million worth of the Cronin family assets to settle a debt […]

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 […]

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 […]

Prologue Why are stock dying in the north of Australia from starvation when there is plenty of stock food in the country? For the same reason, I suppose, that thousands of people all over the African continent and in refugee camps in the Middle East, especially children are dying every day from starvation and deprivation […]

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Are we starting to see, ever so gently, the beginning of the food wars, which have been talked about in recent times and none of us believed in? Are countries that cannot produce enough food for their own needs, starting to make sure they don’t go hungry in the future? Can we in Australia fill […]

“You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!” Photo Fairfax Media. “Maybe stop talking about issues like daylight saving and the like and concentrate on real farm issues,” “That would help government produce real […]

It’s an interesting world, and that is the understatement of the year. Our objective with the Global Farmer is to stay as far away as we can from domestic agricultural politics, but we do have something to say about agripolitics in Australia in another blog out soon. The author of this article,  Alan Matthews,  is […]

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In the future is the market, the demand food in China, going to be a ‘Golden Fleece’ for Australian food producers? Are we capable of increasing our production to meet what we are told will be the ever-increasing markets for food in Asia? More importantly those who should know, the ever-increasing number of ‘China experts’, […]

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There is a lot of ‘chatter’ mostly in the media and mostly from the uninformed like politicians that Australia has the agricultural productive capacity to become the ‘Food Bowl of Asia.’ Is it true? Part 1. There are those in the city who are plotting and have the money. Is China Australia’s land of the […]