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Government Senate inquiry response removes distraction slowing farm organisation reform

- Thursday, July 16, 2015

The much anticipated Government response to the Senate report on the future of levies and organisations in the beef industry has provided some clarity on the respective roles of industry organisations, and should provide greater certainty for all sectors of agriculture about how industry structures should operate in the future.  View the rest of the post here

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Australian Wagyu cattle labelled as Japanese and sell for $30,000

- Sunday, March 15, 2015

Australia Wagyu beef is selling in Japan at up to $30,000 a carcass, and consumers don’t even know it’s Australian. This could lead to the conclusion that there is little value in an ‘Australian’ brand, but there is a bit more to the story. View the rest of the post here

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Time for a few home truths in current agriculture levy debate

- Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The current debate about the future of compulsory agricultural levies for R&D and marketing in Australia seems to be in danger of 'throwing the baby out with the bathwater' in relation to rural research and development corporations in Australia, resulting in changes that would reduce R&D investment effectiveness and efficiency, all in the name of giving greater 'control' to levy payers. View the rest of the post here

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China's trade outlook for agricultural products

- Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) announced Monday 17 November 2014 will benefit Australian agricultural trade for some commodities more than others. The big winners are undoubtedly the dairy and beef cattle industries with import tariffs imposed by China being phased out over the next four to 11 years. Sugar and cotton appear to be the commodities that have missed out, although an analysis of China's trade performance in these commodities suggests that these commodities are also likely to face lower Chinese import barriers in the future. View the rest of the post here

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Beef industry structure proposals deliver more questions than answers

- Thursday, November 06, 2014

The issue of farmer representation is one that has gained considerable discussion recently in Australia, and has been the subject of a research report by the Australian Farm Institute. The discussion and the research have highlighted that the current structures of farmer representation in Australia are not sustainable in the longer term, and significant reform is needed. Hence it is not surprising that the beef industry is discussing different arrangements for industry representation, but the proposal that has been canvassed over recent days raises more questions than it answers, and does not seem like a viable long-term model. View the rest of the post here

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What will Russian sanctions mean for Australian agriculture?

- Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Russian ban on imports for fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy products from some countries including Australia will have varying adverse impacts on world agricultural trade. The impact on Australian farmers will depend on whether other current markets can take extra volumes, or new markets can be found. Fortunately, there is relatively strong global demand for most agricultural products at the moment (with some question marks around dairy) so the immediate market impact should only be slight. View the rest of the post here

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Is Richard Branson a knave or a fool on beef greenhouse emissions?

- Saturday, July 19, 2014

In recent weeks, the owner of Virgin Airlines, Richard Branson, has announced that he has decided to give up eating beef. He has listed a range of reasons for making this decision, with the principal one being the impact of beef production on the environment and in particular greenhouse emissions. If Branson is truly concerned about this issue (and not just seeking publicity or trying to divert attention) then he should look at his own business, rather than pointing a finger at beef. View the rest of the post here

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Meat-free advocates preaching a misleading message

- Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Apparently, next week has been declared meat-free week, and all Australians are invited to participate. Exactly why is not clear, because all the claimed benefits of going meat free for a week are not based on science or logic, and the main motivation seems to be a thinly disguised campaign to end livestock farming. View the rest of the post here

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