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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 […]

Why has this government inquiry never (as far as I know) been published and discussed as a matter of national importance? Because what it is really saying is the Australian processed food industry in Australia is buggered, it’s just a matter of time. If ever Australia becomes reliant on imported food then we shall have […]

“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 […]

Mailler’s excellent article ‘Why is Agriculture Different’, begs the big question of the extent to which the agricultural industry’s relationship with government policy has resulted in a viable, sustainable and world competitive Australian agriculture? And if not, is the government failing to defend the people? Empirical data – as Mailler brings to the fore – […]

“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. […]