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Will perverse policy send sugarcane up in smoke?

Teresa Fox - Thursday, August 27, 2020

“Let the cane fields burn, let the flames rise. Let the politicians and the bankers in the city look up in wonder at the glow in the sky…” - Graeme Connors View the rest of the post here

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Conservation agriculture in 2030: Are farmers up for the challenge?

Teresa Fox - Thursday, June 18, 2020
By Teresa Fox and Richard Heath  View the rest of the post here 
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COVID-19 impact on Australian agriculture

Sally Beech - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

It's near impossible to disengage from the COVID-19 discussion. Significant impacts are being felt on global economies and disruptions to day-to-day life extend beyond the inexplicable toilet paper panic. Australian agriculture is a highly globalised industry, depending on export markets to sell our produce and importing key inputs such as chemicals and fertilisers from overseas countries. So, what will be the likely impact on the industry from this pandemic?   View the rest of the post here

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Manufactured outrage a barrier to real MDB outcomes

Richard Heath - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

This outrage is understandable. Public funds should undoubtedly be for the purpose of public good. However, the equally outraged response to the program from the agricultural sector stems from the knowledge that the entire purpose of the MDBP is to deliver public good - and while a long way from perfect, the Plan is delivering on its purpose.  View the rest of the post here
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BRIEFING: Dairy regulation and floor pricing

Katie McRobert - Thursday, February 21, 2019

Almost 20 years after deregulation of the Australian dairy industry, Labor has flagged a potential return to government intervention in the market. If elected in May, a Labor Government will task the ACCC to assess and test the efficacy of a Minimum Farm Gate Milk Price1 and to make recommendations on the best design options. View the rest of the post here

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Drought policy must adapt to a changing climate

Richard Heath - Thursday, October 25, 2018

January to September rainfall in 2018 has been the second lowest recorded since 1900 for the Murray-Darling Basin, and September rainfall was the lowest ever recorded nationally. This is a drought of historic proportions resulting in desperately tough conditions for farm businesses and their interdependent rural and regional communities. There is an obvious and urgent need to provide emergency measures and relief to ensure that these communities are sustained, that farming families can put food on the table and that animals do not starve.  View the rest of the post here
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Ag needs to keep speaking up

Richard Heath - Monday, October 15, 2018
This week will see a confluence of agricultural, rural and regional events being held in Canberra. These events, including the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Awards Dinner, Farmer of the Year Awards lunch, the AFI Australian Agriculture Roundtable, National Farmers’ Federation Congress and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Gala, will bring farmers, lobbyists, researchers and policy-makers together. View the rest of the post here 
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Are you confident of your social licence?

Richard Heath - Thursday, October 04, 2018
A social licence is easier to define once lost than when it is in place. The live export industry is very familiar with the disruptive consequences of losing the social licence to operate, and understanding social licence been critical for doing business in the forestry sector for decades. Social licence is currently one of the most talked-about issues in global agriculture, as was apparent at the recent Nuffield Australia National Conference, yet it remains an enigma to many in the Australian sector. View the rest of the post here
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Glyphosate hysteria ramps up

Richard Heath - Monday, August 20, 2018
Last October I wrote about the European Commission vote on extending the registration of glyphosate. While the extension was granted, it has done nothing to diminish the campaigning of vocal community that oppose the use of glyphosate.  View the rest of the post here 
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Making the most of drought awareness

Richard Heath - Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The drought has not happened suddenly, but suddenly it’s mainstream news. I have been asked to do several media interviews in recent weeks and each reporter’s focus has been the effect that the drought might have on grocery prices. Since drought is a recurring feature of Australian agriculture there is precedent to call on and - as this paper from John Quiggin outlines - during previous periods of extended drought, grocery prices have risen by about twice the rate of inflation. View the rest of the post here

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