Category: Grains

Eastern posts undergo 'reverse engineering' amid drought creep

Grain handlers have stepped up the amount of grain being domestically imported into eastern Australia and are considering importing product from overseas. Source: ABC Livestock Eastern posts undergo ‘reverse engineering’ amid drought creep

Kwinana zone leads new storage capabilities ahead of big WA harvest

Significant storage and handing investment will be completed in time for harvest in Western Australia’s central and southern zones as CBH prepares to handle everything the 2018 winter crop can deliver. The post Kwinana zone leads new storage capabilities ahead of big WA harvest appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Kwinana zone… Read more »

Societa Cofica buys Deacon Seeds

Melbourne-based grain exporter, Societa Cofica, has purchased long-established Queensland Darling Downs seed business, Deacon Seeds, at Dalby. The post Societa Cofica buys Deacon Seeds appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Societa Cofica buys Deacon Seeds

Recruitment: What makes an effective leader – can you tick these boxes?

Some lucky people are born to lead, with skills and values either instinctive, or instilled in them from an early age. However, for the rest of us who don’t naturally possess leadership qualities, thankfully there are methods and qualities to learn that can help anyone become a better leader. How do you measure up? The… Read more »

Rise of online platforms prompts Agfarm’s exit from broking

Sydney-based agribusiness firm, Agfarm, has ceased its grain-broking function, but will continue to operate with an eye to expanding its other operations, including grower finance and grain marketing. The post Rise of online platforms prompts Agfarm’s exit from broking appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Rise of online platforms prompts Agfarm’s exit… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Rain flattens market in limited volume ahead of new-crop

Hay cutting in the south remained active and recent scattered falls of rain renewed hope of pasture growth. Little consumer activity was seen in feedgrain markets in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. The post Feedgrain Focus: Rain flattens market in limited volume ahead of new-crop appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

‘First look’ climate outlook released for Nov 18-Jan 19

The ‘first-look’ November 2018 to January 2019 rainfall and temperature outlook forecast issued today suggests below-average rainfall will be likely for much of eastern Australia, with warmer than average temperatures for much of the continent. The post ‘First look’ climate outlook released for Nov 18-Jan 19 appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Eastern drought pushes Australian winter crop forecast lower

Australian winter crop production estimates continue to tumble as drought grips the eastern cropping regions, with INTL FCStone the latest crop-watcher to downgrade its projections for wheat, barley and canola. The post Eastern drought pushes Australian winter crop forecast lower appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Eastern drought pushes Australian winter crop… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 10 Oct 2018

WELCOME rain over the past week in parts of New South Wales experiencing rainfall deficiencies, while low pressure systems and associated troughs produced rainfall for south west and south east Australia. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 10 Oct 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain… Read more »

Ag responds to Four Corners’ glyphosate expose

FARMER representative bodies have rallied in defence of glyphosate following last night’s ABC Four Corners program, “The Monsanto papers”, that condemned the herbicide and its manufacturer, Monsanto (now Bayer). Grower groups have criticised the program for dealing largely in opinion rather than science, and for raising points out of context and omitting key findings. The… Read more »

Stop worrying and trust the evidence: it’s very unlikely glyphosate causes cancer

As glyphosate once again features in the national news, University of Adelaide senior lecturer in Pharmacology, Ian Musgrave, discusses the issues surrounding the most widely-used herbicide in farming. The post Stop worrying and trust the evidence: it’s very unlikely glyphosate causes cancer appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Stop worrying and trust… Read more »

US grain imports add up, says veteran Downs lotfeeder

Veteran Darling Downs lotfeeder Kev Roberts thinks its not too late for the feedlot industry to consider mounting a case for feedgrain importation. The post US grain imports add up, says veteran Downs lotfeeder appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central US grain imports add up, says veteran Downs lotfeeder

Bureau of Meteorology releases 2018-19 Tropical Cyclone Outlook

The Bureau of Meteorology’s 2018-19 Tropical Cyclone Outlook released this morning shows fewer tropical cyclones than usual are likely for the coming cyclone season from October through to April 2019. The post Bureau of Meteorology releases 2018-19 Tropical Cyclone Outlook appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Bureau of Meteorology releases 2018-19 Tropical Cyclone… Read more »

Recruitment: Three things to consider when a key employee resigns

It is often inevitable that an invaluable employee will one day leave a business, whether to pursue another role or because they need a change from their current position. While it can be difficult for a manager or team leader to accept and deal with, there are some strategies that can lessen the blow to… Read more »

Cargill to shut NSW crush plant as cottonseed supplies run dry

Cargill is set to close its crush plant at Narrabri in north west New South Wales by the end of November as cottonseed supplies dry up due to the drought. The post Cargill to shut NSW crush plant as cottonseed supplies run dry appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Cargill to shut… Read more »

Grain Central’s September 2018 grain and cropping news quiz

Keep up to date with Australian cropping industry developments with Grain Central’s monthly quiz. The post Grain Central’s September 2018 grain and cropping news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s September 2018 grain and cropping news quiz

No rest for rural kids as burden of drought continues

With all of NSW in drought the children of farming families must roll up their sleeves and work on their farms as they return home from boarding school for the holidays. Source: ABC Livestock No rest for rural kids as burden of drought continues

Changing of the guard at GrainGrowers

North West NSW farmer, John Eastburn, is stepping down from the helm of grower representative body, GrainGrowers, opening the way for the election of a new chairman at the organisation’s annual general meeting in Dubbo, NSW, on Thursday, October 18. The post Changing of the guard at GrainGrowers appeared first on Grain Central. Source:… Read more »

US growers praise new trade deal with Canada/Mexico

United States wheat producer organisations, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and United States Wheat Associates (USW), have welcomed the Trump administration’s new trade deal struck with Canada and Mexico this week. The post US growers praise new trade deal with Canada/Mexico appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central US growers praise… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 3 Oct 2018

A series of surface level troughs produced moderate falls and thunderstorms across southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales, while complex low pressure systems in southern Western Australia generated moderate falls along the west and south coasts and southern Goldfields District. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 3 Oct 2018 appeared… Read more »

South Australia formally acknowledges drought for first time

South Australia’s government formally acknowledges the drought afflicting the state for the first time, as crop production drops an estimated 2 million tonnes lower than the 10-year average. Source: ABC Grain South Australia formally acknowledges drought for first time

Feedgrain Focus: CQ users jump on local wheat

Central Queensland end-users are snapping up the small amount of wheat coming to the market from the first weeks of Australia’s 2018 harvest, amid talk that a cargo of feedgrain from southern Australian will be arriving at Gladstone in summer to help shore up supplies. The post Feedgrain Focus: CQ users jump on local wheat… Read more »

Nufarm posts $15.6 million loss

Nufarm Limited has announced a statutory net loss after tax of $15.6 million for the 12 months to 31 July 2018. The post Nufarm posts $15.6 million loss appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Nufarm posts .6 million loss

Economic wherewithall essential part of licence to farm: Nuffield scholar

Financial literacy should be part of the essential criteria to becoming a farmer in Australia, according to Nuffield scholar and Booth Agriculture co-owner, Claire Osborn Booth. The post Economic wherewithall essential part of licence to farm: Nuffield scholar appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Economic wherewithall essential part of licence to farm:… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 26 Sept 2018

Rainfall was generally restricted to coastal areas of the east and south of the country, and Tasmania. Cold fronts and onshore flow produced moderate falls in western Tasmania, southern VIC, and the north coast of NSW, while isolated thunderstorms brought light falls in the Kimberley in WA and the NT’s southwest. The post Weekly rainfall wrap +… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 25 Sept 2018

RAINFALL was generally restricted to coastal areas of the east and south of the country, and Tasmania. Cold fronts and onshore flow produced moderate falls in western Tasmania, southern Victoria, and the north coast of New South Wales, while isolated thunderstorms brought light falls in the Kimberley in Western Australia, and the south west of the Northern… Read more »

Limited southern NSW water trims cotton area as fifth gin proposed

Queensland Cotton and Southern Cotton are jointly proposing to build the fifth gin in southern New South Wales, where bright longer-term prospects for the industry are seen, despite limited availability of irrigation water for the upcoming growing season. The post Limited southern NSW water trims cotton area as fifth gin proposed appeared first on Grain… Read more »

Assessors take stock after fire at Auscott’s Trangie gin

Fire has damaged Auscott’s Trangie gin in the Macquarie Valley of NSW, which is expected to be repaired in time for ginning of cotton picked in 2019. The post Assessors take stock after fire at Auscott’s Trangie gin appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Assessors take stock after fire at Auscott’s Trangie… Read more »

A century of tractor evolution that transformed agriculture

The revolution in tractor technology that has transformed farming over the past 100 years was captured in striking contrast when the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ lined up side by side at last week’s Henty Machinery Field Days in southern New South Wales. The post A century of tractor evolution that transformed agriculture appeared first on… Read more »

SunRice shareholders vote in favour of ASX listing

SunRice shareholders have today voted in favour of listing the company’s B-class shares on the Australian Stock Exchange, and appointing Luisa Catanazaro and Andrew Crane as external directors. The post SunRice shareholders vote in favour of ASX listing appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central SunRice shareholders vote in favour of ASX listing

Dietitian turned photographer set to tell city the story of grain

After 10 years of working as a community-health dietitian, Jenani Therone understands the size of the knowledge gap around food production, and is out to help bridge it with her fine-art photography. The post Dietitian turned photographer set to tell city the story of grain appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Dietitian… Read more »

Recruitment: Is automated farming a threat to job security?

Will the pace of implementation of automated farming technologies threaten or enhance the job opportunities in agriculture in the future? Agricultural Appointments’ Dr Ray Johnson offers some questions and answers … The post Recruitment: Is automated farming a threat to job security? appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Is automated farming… Read more »

Henty field days showcase + PICS

Dry conditions were the prevailing topic of conversation and a key source of inquiry and buying interest at the Henty Machinery Field Days in southern NSW this week. The post Henty field days showcase + PICS appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Henty field days showcase + PICS

US heads for record summer crop yields: USDA

Record yields are on the cards for the US summer crops of corn and soybeans. Corn recently began an earlier-than-usual harvest in the US mid-west. The post US heads for record summer crop yields: USDA appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central US heads for record summer crop yields: USDA

Wheat breeding trial aims to put flavour back in bread

About 120 historic Australian wheat varieties are being studied by plant breeders at the University of Sydney’s Narrabri campus to optimise taste and nutrition. Source: ABC Grain Wheat breeding trial aims to put flavour back in bread

2019 Nuffield scholars announced

A new crop of 17 leading primary producers in Australia yesterday have been awarded Nuffield Farming Scholarships for 2019. The post 2019 Nuffield scholars announced appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central 2019 Nuffield scholars announced

Steel post straightener big hit at Henty Machinery Field Days + VIDEO

Many people would like to re-use steel posts recovered from old fences, but finding a way to successfully and efficiently straighten them has always been a challenge. A newly released machine showcased at Henty allows bent posts to be restraightened and re-used in a matter of seconds. The post Steel post straightener big hit at… Read more »

Hemp milk demand in WA inspires east coast expansion plans

A former celebrity chef turned entrepreneur has seen immediate success in bottling and selling fresh hemp milk, providing inspiration to investigate the pasteurisation of a long-life product. Source: ABC Grain Hemp milk demand in WA inspires east coast expansion plans

Australian grain sector likened to playing a game of snakes and ladders

It is not too often a board game and the grain sector go hand in hand, but as growers wait to plant a summer crop the season is being likened to “snakes and ladders”. Source: ABC Grain Australian grain sector likened to playing a game of snakes and ladders

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 19 Sept 2018

Cold fronts and troughs produced light to moderate falls over southern coastal regions of Australia, while moderate falls were recorded across western Tasmania, due to a series of strong cold fronts and associated low pressure systems. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 19 Sept 2018 appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

“Old man winter” on the prowl

The arrival of spring each year heralds’ new beginnings and new growth. It is the season of transformation, from gloomy dark days to bright sunny days, from cold to warmth, from a landscape dominated by greys, greens and browns to one accentuated by vivid bursts of colour. The post “Old man winter” on the prowl… Read more »

On-farm storage, port developments show bulk-handling shift: Rabobank

A Rabobank report says national on-farm storage capacity of 17-18 million tonnes, and truck-to-bulk vessel loading are but two arms of investment which reach around the traditional bulk-handling network. The post On-farm storage, port developments show bulk-handling shift: Rabobank appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central On-farm storage, port developments show bulk-handling shift:… Read more »

Father of the modern header harvester cast in bronze in Henty

A sculpture of Headlie Taylor, whose early 20th century inventions transformed agricultural machinery worldwide, has been unveiled in Henty. Source: ABC Grain Father of the modern header harvester cast in bronze in Henty

Grain NSW gathers in Sydney + PICS

GRAIN merchants and associates from across New South Wales gathered at NSW Parliament house in Sydney on Friday for the  annual general meeting of Grain NSW. The post Grain NSW gathers in Sydney + PICS appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain NSW gathers in Sydney + PICS

The conversation: Why yet another visa for farm work makes no sense

Rumours have circulated for months that the National Party and National Farmers Federation are pushing for a new so-called agricultural visa for temporary migrants. Now they have gained momentum, and reports indicate an announcement early next week. What does it mean for farmers? The post The conversation: Why yet another visa for farm work makes… Read more »

Seasonal update workshops to provide advice for Victorian farmers

Agriculture Victoria is providing a series of workshops later this week to help with tactical decision making in light of the current dry conditions. The post Seasonal update workshops to provide advice for Victorian farmers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Seasonal update workshops to provide advice for Victorian farmers

Vic Govt drought measures point to worsening season

The Victorian Government has this week announced $5 million in relief measures for farmers and communities affected by drought, which include special provisions for parts of southeastern Victoria’s Gippsland region. The post Vic Govt drought measures point to worsening season appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Vic Govt drought measures point to… Read more »

Recruitment: Keeping your most valuable employees happy and productive

In light of today’s economic landscape, it’s more important than ever for agribusiness companies to have happy and productive employees. When employees are loyal and engaged in the business, productivity, returns and profits tend to be higher. Here’s some hints to keeping staff in the right frame of mind. The post Recruitment: Keeping your most… Read more »

Comprehensive drought info kit now available for grain farmers

A comprehensive Drought Information Kit for grain farmers enduring drought in many parts of Australia has been prepared by national representative body, GrainGrowers, and is now available on GrainGrowers’ website. The post Comprehensive drought info kit now available for grain farmers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Comprehensive drought info kit now… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 12 Sept 2018

Onshore flow brought moderate falls to the east coast between central Queensland and northeastern New South Wales at the start of the week, while a low and a cold front produced moderate falls over southeastern Australia mid-week. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 12 Sept 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

ABARES cuts winter-crop estimate by 12pc in latest crop report

Australia’s total winter-crop production is forecast to drop 12 per cent nationally to 33.2 million tonnes (Mt), with production declines forecast in all eastern states, according to its latest periodic Australian crop report. The post ABARES cuts winter-crop estimate by 12pc in latest crop report appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central ABARES… Read more »

WA crop outlook good, but drought bites hard in the east

A new report has laid out a grim forecast for east coast crop production, but rains have saved the day in Western Australia. Source: ABC Grain WA crop outlook good, but drought bites hard in the east

Warmer temps will bring new weed threats, US professor warns Aus farmers

It’s highly likely Australian farmers, like their counterparts overseas, will be dealing with weed issues in future they’re not aware of yet. The post Warmer temps will bring new weed threats, US professor warns Aus farmers appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Warmer temps will bring new weed threats, US professor warns… Read more »

Train brings wheat from SA to NSW for feedlots, flour

Feedlots close to the New South Wales-Queensland border, as well as the flour-milling sector in Sydney, will absorb most of the 6000 tonnes of wheat now making its way to end users by rail from South Australia. The post Train brings wheat from SA to NSW for feedlots, flour appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Tips to maximise moisture-stressed wheat and canola crops

As the big dry continues, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) scientists have some tips for producers to explore how to best maximise opportunities from moisture-stressed wheat and canola crops. The post Tips to maximise moisture-stressed wheat and canola crops appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Tips to maximise moisture-stressed wheat and… Read more »

Research community mourns passing of USQ’s Steven Raine

University of Southern Queensland’s executive, Professor Steven Raine, is being remembered by colleagues and affiliates as a driving force in agriculture, with particular impact in grains and cotton. The post Research community mourns passing of USQ’s Steven Raine appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Research community mourns passing of USQ’s Steven Raine

GrainKing raises $55,000 for Royal Flying Doctor Service

Farm machinery manufacturer GrainKing will donate $55,000 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service following the successful auction of a specially built, 40,000 litre Nyrex chaser bin. The post GrainKing raises $55,000 for Royal Flying Doctor Service appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainKing raises ,000 for Royal Flying Doctor Service

Pacific Seeds, UQ and DAF project to boost sorghum heat tolerance

A $605,000 grant from the Australian Research Council will fund a project to look into identifying sorghum genes with improved heat tolerance, and incorporating them into new varieties. The post Pacific Seeds, UQ and DAF project to boost sorghum heat tolerance appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Pacific Seeds, UQ and DAF… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Grain expensive but ‘gettable’

Anyone prepared to write a big cheque for grain can get supply into the most heavily traded grain market in Australia; with Darling Downs region wheat and barley expensive but gettable in the $450s now, in the $420s after harvest and sorghum in April is pegged in the $360s. The post Feedgrain Focus: Grain expensive… Read more »

Supermarkets hold biggest slice of Australia’s $2.9bn fresh bread market

Australia’s $2.9 billion fresh bread market is dominated by the two supermarket giants Woolworths Group and Coles Group who represent a combined 51.9 percent of the fresh bread market, according to the latest Roy Morgan results in the year to June 2018. The post Supermarkets hold biggest slice of Australia’s $2.9bn fresh bread market appeared… Read more »

Recruitment: How to make sure your next hire is right for the role

Recruiting for a new role on a team anywhere in the meat and livestock supply chain can be an arduous process, so making sure it is the right person for the team dynamic and the business is extremely important. While it is impossible to hire the right employee every time, there is a greater chance… Read more »

GrainCorp lifts FY18 earnings + seasonal update

GRAINCORP lifted its earnings guidance for the year ending 30 September 2018 to $255-$270 million, the company said in a statement to the ASX released this week. The post GrainCorp lifts FY18 earnings + seasonal update appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central GrainCorp lifts FY18 earnings + seasonal update

Wheat rust outbreak could cost Australia up to $1.4 billion

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) estimates a nation-wide outbreak of the wheat rust strain Ug99 could cost Australia up to $1.4 billion over 10 years. The post Wheat rust outbreak could cost Australia up to $1.4 billion appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Wheat rust outbreak… Read more »

2018/19 Wheat variety master list released

As part of Wheat Quality Australia’s ongoing work to improve the competitiveness of Australia’s wheat industry, 12 newly classified wheat varieties and three feed varieties have been announced in the 2018 WQA Wheat Variety Master List – along with the removal of 38 old wheat varieties first flagged for removal in 2016. The post 2018/19… Read more »

Australasian Grain Science Association Conference set for Wagga next week

Scientific research in the breeding, processing and consumption of grain will be discussed at an international conference in Wagga Wagga next week. The post Australasian Grain Science Association Conference set for Wagga next week appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Australasian Grain Science Association Conference set for Wagga next week

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 5 Sept 2018

At the start of the week, a strong cold front followed by a complex low pressure system tracked over southwestern parts of WA, with the associated cloudband and embedded thunderstorms generating moderate falls in the South West Land Division and Goldfields District in WA. The cold front and a weak low moved through SA, and… Read more »

Brazilian court drops suspension of glyphosate

A Brazilian court has this week overturned an earlier controversial injunction suspending products containing the popular weed-killer glyphosate. The post Brazilian court drops suspension of glyphosate appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Brazilian court drops suspension of glyphosate

Crop wrap: Praying for rain in the east, mixed blessings in west

Many central and northern NSW paddocks won’t see a header this year, potential is fading fast in the south of the state and into Victoria, while in the west some crops have had too much. The post Crop wrap: Praying for rain in the east, mixed blessings in west appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Growers warned dry conditions slow herbicide breakdown

Grain growers in Queensland and New South Wales are being encouraged to consider the potential impact of residual herbicides as they weigh up their summer crop planting options. The post Growers warned dry conditions slow herbicide breakdown appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Growers warned dry conditions slow herbicide breakdown

Mungbean roadshow ready to roll amid bright market prospects

The Australian Mungbean Association (AMA) is kicking off its 2018-19 Pre-Season Roadshow this week to bring the latest information on breeding, agronomy and marketing to growers and consultants in Queensland and northern New South Wales. The post Mungbean roadshow ready to roll amid bright market prospects appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central … Read more »

Grain Central’s August 2018 grain and cropping news quiz

Keep up to date with Australian cropping industry news developments with Grain Central’s monthly quiz. The post Grain Central’s August 2018 grain and cropping news quiz appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain Central’s August 2018 grain and cropping news quiz

Rice-growing bodies support proposed ASX listing of SunRice

The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia and the Rice Marketing Board (RMB) of NSW have voiced their support for the proposed listing of Australia’s single-desk rice market, SunRice, on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), ahead of SunRice’s AGM next month. The post Rice-growing bodies support proposed ASX listing of SunRice appeared first on Grain Central. … Read more »

Six new dam sites identified for northern Australia

Six new dam sites in northern Australia have been identified with the potential to collectively open up 370,000 hectares of land for new agricultural cropping developments, and twice that area for aquaculture ponds. The post Six new dam sites identified for northern Australia appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Six new dam… Read more »

Seasonal climate outlook Sep-Nov 2018

Spring is more likely to be drier than average for southwest WA, most of SA, the southern NT, inland NSW (west of the divide), Victoria, Tasmania, and northern Queensland, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s three-month climate outlook statement released this morning. The post Seasonal climate outlook Sep-Nov 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Small businesses need fairer contracts, stronger codes: ACCC

Unfair contract terms, misleading conduct and scams are some of the biggest issues affecting small businesses in Australia, according to the ACCC’s latest Small Business in Focus report. The post Small businesses need fairer contracts, stronger codes: ACCC appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Small businesses need fairer contracts, stronger codes: ACCC

Energy price rises have outstripped farm energy efficiency gains: AFI

Australian industry – including agriculture – is rapidly becoming uncompetitive against countries with cheaper and more reliable power, warns AFI report released this week. The post Energy price rises have outstripped farm energy efficiency gains: AFI appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Energy price rises have outstripped farm energy efficiency gains: AFI

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 29 August 2018

A cold front and associated low pressure system produced moderate falls in southern Western Australia and southwest South Australia early in the week, while a low pressure system and trough produced moderate falls in parts of southern Queensland and eastern New South Wales. The post Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 29 August 2018… Read more »

Two men charged for $20m fraud offences

Two men have today been charged by the Toowoomba Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) for their alleged involvement in fraud offences totalling a financial gain of over $20 million. The post Two men charged for $20m fraud offences appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Two men charged for m fraud offences

Ridley’s FY18 operating profit at $43.3m down $2.5m on year

Ridley has recorded an operating product of $43.3 million, down on its FY17 result largely because of costs incurred through the demise of Red Lea, a key supplier to its Maroota rendering plant. The post Ridley’s FY18 operating profit at $43.3m down $2.5m on year appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Ridley’s… Read more »

Victorian grains roadshow coming in September

Chain of responsibility and truck road-worthiness will be some of the big issues on the agenda at this year’s Victorian Farmers Federation Grains Pre-Harvest Roadshow from 3 to 12 September 2018. The post Victorian grains roadshow coming in September appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Victorian grains roadshow coming in September

Grain industry advocate leaves legacy of achievement

It has sometimes been a “bumpy journey”, but Darling Downs farmer, Wayne Newton, will have few regrets when he steps down from the position of Queensland AgForce’s Grains president in November. The post Grain industry advocate leaves legacy of achievement appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Grain industry advocate leaves legacy of… Read more »

Gladigau and Farmers Mutual Ltd address grower-insurance disconnect

Northern Mallee grower John Gladigau is well-known advocate of collaborative farming, and last year was part of a grower collective which launched a mutual fund to offer insurance options to members. In this article originally published on LinkedIn, he offers insights on evolving risk management solutions for farmers. The post Gladigau and Farmers Mutual Ltd… Read more »

Feedgrain Focus: Values flatten on boat news, rain hopes

Prices for feedgrain have steadied in the past week as rain forecast for New South Wales and southern Queensland, and news of domestic grain shipments to Newcastle and Port Kembla, temper demand for wheat, barley and pulses. The post Feedgrain Focus: Values flatten on boat news, rain hopes appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Drought leaves farmer without winter crop for the first time

In 62 years of farming, Neil Barwick never thought he would see a time when he would be unable to plant a winter crop. But that is exactly what this drought has meant. Source: ABC Grain Drought leaves farmer without winter crop for the first time

Drought forces Queensland to import grain as stock runs out

A shipment of grain worth more than $15 million arrives in Queensland, destined for drought-stricken farmers struggling to feed their stock as the drought takes its toll on local crops. Source: ABC Grain Drought forces Queensland to import grain as stock runs out

Recruitment: 9 Tips for building a top team for your business

Running a wool or lamb operation, or a production team in a meat processing business is a lot like running a television show. A business owner is just like the TV show’s executive producer – responsible for the look, feel and overall direction of the production. But how do you achieve it? The post Recruitment:… Read more »

Changes to Farm Household Allowance passed by Parliament

The Coalition Government yesterday passed legislation to amend the Farm Household Allowance to deliver the $12,000 FHA supplement from 1 September for couples and $7,200 for singles. The post Changes to Farm Household Allowance passed by Parliament appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central Changes to Farm Household Allowance passed by Parliament

Property: No ceiling in sight for climbing ag land prices

Agricultural land prices in Australia are set to continue to climb over the next two years with no peak in sight, according to a new report issued by Rabobank. This is driven in the most part, the report says, by projected continuing high demand for ag properties, which in most regions will continue to far… Read more »

ACCC considering collective bargaining exemption for agribusinesses

The ACCC is seeking feedback about a potential ‘class exemption’ to allow small businesses, agribusinesses and franchisees to negotiate collectively with their customers or suppliers, including franchisors. The post ACCC considering collective bargaining exemption for agribusinesses appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central ACCC considering collective bargaining exemption for agribusinesses

Weather will determine if WA harvest records are broken

On the back of nine-year-high prices, grain farmers in Western Australia are expected to have one of their biggest and most profitable harvests in the state’s history. Source: ABC Grain Weather will determine if WA harvest records are broken

Cottonseed demand falters as prices continue to climb

It is becoming increasingly likely that high prices will cause the premature shutdown of Australia’s biggest cottonseed crush at Narrabri as the seasonal disaster escalates the price of the crush facility’s commodity input, whole fuzzy white cottonseed. The post Cottonseed demand falters as prices continue to climb appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »