Oz takes global food market lead

Published on February 21, 2013 by admin

AUSTRALIA is taking charge of a key global committee on food markets. Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig said Australia was elected to chair the G20’s Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) at a meeting in Washington overnight. Mr Ludwig said the 12-month appointment would allow Australia to guide international discussions on food markets. “Through our participation in… read more

Ag skills focus

Published on February 19, 2013 by admin

THE struggle to find well-trained employees is becoming a growing concern for many Queensland producers and businesses. National Farmers Federation president Jock Laurie says there is no doubt agriculture presents a viable career but more needs to be done to inform the wider public. He said the agricultural industry employs 307,000 Australians directly or 1.6… read more

Robots find themselves at home on the farm

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ROBO-FARMERS capable of identifying each individual fruit on a tree and its degree of ripeness could reduce the manual tasks of farming and increase efficiency, developers say. University of Sydney mechatronics experts are developing robotic devices with the ability to autonomously sense, analyse and respond to their surroundings. A push for Australia to become the… read more

Brightest and best needed to commit to careers in agriculture and horticulture

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On a global basis agriculture and horticulture face immense pressures, because of a loss of political influence and low levels of interest by young people in pursuing careers in land-based industries, says New Zealand Emeritus Professor Ian Warrington. The former Massey University deputy vice-chancellor is a board member of the International Society for Horticultural Science…. read more

Sharp rise in interest in agriculture course at universities

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SCHOOL leavers are flocking to agricultural courses at universities across Australia in a sharp turnaround because of world food security fears, good graduate jobs and the desire to work with animals. Applications for some agricultural courses have jumped by 50 to 90 per cent this year, while demand is up everywhere. The University of Adelaide’s… read more

Blueprint maps out future for Australian agriculture

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The National Farmers Federation has launched a comprehensive blueprint for Australian agriculture, setting priorities for the sector out as far as 2050. The Blueprint for Australian Agriculture was 18 months in the making and is the product of consultations and conversations with farmers, agribusinesses, government and community groups; 3,700 people made submissions to the process… read more

Heywire participant raises farmgate to supermarket price gap

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A young woman from rural Victoria has been praised by Nationals Deputy Senate Leader, Fiona Nash, for suggesting supermarkets should display the price they pay Australian farmers for the food they sell. ABC Heywire winner, Ashley Hammond made the suggestions when she met the Department of Agriculture‚Äôs top bureaucrat in Canberra earlier this month. Senator… read more

Dairy scholarships announced

Published on February 12, 2013 by admin

TWO budding University students were awarded scholarships at the Australian Dairy Leaders Luncheon in Melbourne today. Matthew DeCicco from Merrigum was awarded the inaugural Bill Pyle dairy scholarship and will begin studying veterinary science at Charles Sturt University at Wagga Wagga NSW this year. Ocean Grove’s Monique McMahon-Hide, won the inaugural Doug Weir dairy industry… read more

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