Blueprint maps out future for Australian agriculture

Published on February 17, 2013 by admin

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’s 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

The scientific quest for a better Australian lamb chop

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In the late 1970s and early 1980s Australian lamb was a basket case industry. Prices were down and production was down. Animals were small, the meat fatty and undesirable. David Pethick describes how selective breeding produced a bigger animal with less fat around the muscle. The aim is to retain fat within the muscle to… read more

Addressing food waste

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In Australia, it’s estimated households throw out nearly half the food bought – in a year that amounts to around three million tonnes of garbage worth more than five billion dollars. There are some efforts to try to change our wasteful way. In NSW, the Environmental Protection Agency is running a program called Love Food… read more

Calls for farm gate price to be shown in supermarkets

Published on February 11, 2013 by admin

It was the stuff dreams are made of: five young women, passionate about agriculture, pitching an idea to the big of end town in the hope of securing their future and the future of Australia’s farmers. And pitch they did at the ABC’s annual Heywire Regional Youth summit in Canberra! In a very bold plan… read more

School closer to offering ag business degree

Published on February 10, 2013 by admin

Former students of Western Australia’s only tertiary agricultural institution say moves for the school to once again offer agricultural business degrees will hugely benefit the industry. Northam’s Muresk Institute previously offered the degrees through Curtin University but that was withdrawn last year and they have not been offered since. However, the State Government has signed… read more

Ag needs to be on political agenda

Published on January 31, 2013 by admin

FARM groups are calling on federal election candidates to put agriculture high on their policy agendas. The Victorian Farmers Federation has also hit out at both sides of politics over their lack of major funding commitments, particularly for research, to agriculture. The VFF wants recruiting and training the next generation of food and fibre producers… read more

Nationals launch Asia focussed ag policy

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Western Australia’s farming future lies in Asia, the Minister for Agriculture and Food signalled in launching a $300 million agriculture policy last week. Nationals MLA Terry Redman announced the five-year funding package as he started campaigning to retain his seat representing the Warren Blackwood district. WA must overcome a number of barriers if it was… read more

Students flock to agriculture courses

Published on January 20, 2013 by admin

THE number of students applying to study agriculture at universities across Australia has leapt by more than 15 per cent this year, fuelling hopes the rural skills crisis may soon end. Victorian Higher Education Minister Peter Hall announced a 14 per cent rise in the number of students offered tertiary places to study agriculture in… read more

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