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EXPORT AND IMPORT

Is the Biggest Global Container Port Closed?
Article by: Hari Yellina The global shipping congestion is threatening to turn into a multi-year tale as fresh Chinese lockdowns stifle trade at some of the world’s busiest ports. […]
Red Meat Exports to be Heavily Boosted by Government Grants
Article by: Hari Yellina A federal government award of $827,860 to the Red Meat Advisory Council to enhance exports has been welcomed by red meat supply chain enterprises. By assisting m […]
Wheat Stocks Running Low in Egypt

Article by: Hari Yellina Following a tender published two days earlier by the General Authority for Supply Commodities, Egypt returned to the global wheat market last week, completing agreements on Wednesday to buy 350,000 metric tonnes, the majority of which will come from Europe. Potential suppliers should present Free on Board (FOB) offers for a […]

INTERNATIONAL

Volunteers Plant Trees to Tackle Security Fears

Article by: Hari Yellina A group of committed Tasmanians has a big plan for their small community garden plot, which begins with 60 fruit trees. The Country Women’s Association, Live Well Tasmania, and the Devonport Seed Library are collaborating on a multi-faceted Community Fruit Loops initiative. The organisations want to improve regional food security while […]

2022-05-17
Rising Fertiliser Prices Shift Focus to Soil Health

Article by: Hari Yellina As synthetic fertiliser costs continue to rise, farmers throughout the country are exploring for other alternatives. However, some farmers have abandoned chemical fertilisers in favour of more environmentally and economically sustainable practises. Rhonda Daly and her spouse, Bill, founded the YLad Living Soils compost enterprise near Young on New South Wales’ south-west hills. Over […]

2022-05-17
Workforce Power Play Utilises Horticulture as Pawn

Article by: Hari Yellina Every government must make difficult trade-offs and concessions in order to achieve many goals, some of which will be in complete disagreement with one another. If you look at a budget at the state level, more access to healthcare must come at the price of education or another category. Potholes may be […]

2022-05-17

STATISTICS

Targeting Goals in the Field of Genetics

Article by: Hari Yellina Les and Jenny Stewart of Victoria were able to achieve their goal of increasing production by using genomic testing and investing in proven high-performance genetics. At Allanjay Holsteins in Newbridge, 30 kilometres west of Bendigo, the Stewarts milk 250 registered Holsteins. Each year, some 140 hectares of perennial pastures and seasonal […]

2022-03-17

Benefits of Seaweed Fodder Put on Display

Article by: Hari Yellina An industry symposium this week focused on the newest findings regarding the benefits of using seaweed species as cattle feed to help reduce methane emissions. Dr. Breanna Roque of Future Feed was one of several keynote presenters who addressed an audience of farmers at ABS’ 2022 Beef Conference in Tamworth this week, highlighting […]

2022-03-16

Cattle Market Processors Pull Back due to Port Related Issues

Article by: Hari Yellina On the basis of overflowing freezers and reefer storage capacity at the country’s largest beef export shipping facility, the Port of Brisbane, processor grids in Queensland and Northern NSW have plummeted 10 to 15 cents per kilogramme. While shipments are beginning to flow out of the port, they are still at […]

2022-03-16

Do Women Farm with Fewer Tools?

Article by: Hari Yellina If women farmers had the same access to opportunities as men, agricultural productivity might rise by 30%, feeding an additional 150 million people. This estimate from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is just one of the little-known, but fascinating, tidbits of information regarding agriculture’s gender gap that was highlighted in a […]

2022-02-25

Aldi Tops the List for Best Organic Fresh Produce

Australians appear to prefer the fruit and vegetable selections of a major German supermarket chain. For Supermarket Fruits & Vegetables, Aldi won the Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers honours in 2021. It also chose the ward because of its organic items. Canstar Blue is a consumer review and evaluation website that offers customer satisfaction studies […]

2022-01-19

Grains Industry: The Current Overview

Domestic Update After several years of reduced output owing to drought, Australia’s grain production is expected to rebound in 2020-21. The country is a prominent player on the global stage, with many of its grain and oilseeds industries geared toward export. The country’s wheat crop for 2020-21 is expected to be 28.4 million tonnes, increasing […]

2022-01-17

NUTS

Flooded Macadamia Trees Show Traces of Survival

Article by: Hari Yellina Macadamia trees on the floodplain of the Northern Rivers were put to the test during recent floods, with trees in the mid-Richmond valley upholding the burden of record flooding. Grower and consultant Robbie Commens, who manages and partners in a 100,000-tree plantation in South Ballina and has been a driving force behind […]

2022-04-06

Victorian Almond Trees Experience ‘Whole Orchard Recycling’

Article by: Hari Yellina To help prepare the area for fresh plants, a Victorian almond producer is burying entire 30-year-old trees. In a method known as entire orchard recycling, which has been embraced in the United States, the chipped-up lumber will be absorbed back into the soil. Neale Bennett, a long-time almond grower, said he had […]

2022-03-28

Macadamias Slowly Bouncing Back

Article by: Hari Yellina When a surge of water swept across Robbie Commens’ macadamia farm in East Wardell, near Ballina in Northern NSW, he estimated that nearly half of his orchard had been destroyed, resulting in millions of dollars in losses. Three weeks later, the picture is much brighter; but, Mr Commens has lowered the […]

2022-03-25

Floods Wreak Havoc on Macadamia Crops

Article by: Hari Yellina In recent days, heavy rain and flooding have wreaked havoc on macadamia plantations. Although preliminary projections have been made, it is yet impossible to estimate the magnitude of the damage. Severe storms in New South Wales’ growing regions resulted in crop losses at the start of the year, but Queensland producers […]

2022-03-17

NEWS

Free Trade Agreement now a Done Deal

On 17th December 2021, the Australia–United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (A-UKFTA) was signed. Tying together the shared threads of history, and the nation’s commitment to open, rules-based trade, the A-UKFTA will deliver mutual benefits and create a closer and stronger economic future for us both. The United Kingdom is Australia’s fifth-largest trading partner. Once the […]

2021-12-24

New Agricultural Visa to Supercharge Exploitation?

According to many trusted sources, the Australian government’s new and temporary agricultural visa attempts to solve the labour shortage crisis that has occurred because of the pandemic. However, this could be a risky approach because many low-skilled workers may be exploited. Moreover, the number of permanent skilled workers could also dwindle. The agricultural sector, in […]

2021-12-03

Australia all Set for New Agriculture Visa

Fortunately for the agricultural sector, the Australian agriculture worker visa, also known as the ag visa, is a step closer to fruition, after the Federal Government amended the migration regulations. It has enabled it to be operationalized with a supporting program administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The minister for agriculture and […]

2021-10-06

The Current Scenario of Australian Agriculture: An Overview

Australia is one of the main producers of a variety of agricultural products. Not only are these goods enjoyed domestically, but they are also exported to countries all over the world. Some of the major products that the nation produces are wheat, wool and beef. Moreover, mainstream, commercial crops are also found in abundance. They […]

2021-10-05