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Early Zoom backer, Mike Cannon-Brookes back Soil Carbon Co

 

A start-up that has created a solution that lets plants store more of the carbon they extract from the atmosphere in the ground has scored… 

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The problem with Big Food . . . and iceberg lettuces

 

Food security is a term that was, until recently, used only in developing countries. But COVID-19 has forced a global rethink on how we grow and source it.

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ABARES tips ag values creeping to $61b after rain, but exports slip

 

Thanks to rain Australia’s agricultural production is rising in value again, defying the global economic slowdown caused by coronavirus and an expected surplus of farm products on export markets.

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The Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020

 

Agricultural practices and land management decisions play a key role in the discussion surrounding global greenhouse emissions and climate policy.

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Why is no one talking about agriculture as a solution to climate change?

 

As Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc on health systems and the global economy it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of the problem. Yet, in our collective response to the pandemic, there is also hope.

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Rain threw up challenges for cotton growers this year

 

Higher than average autumn rain was welcomed with open arms by farmers across the state, but for southern NSW cotton growers it has been yet another obstacle thrown at them in what was already a challenging season.

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New 500,000 tonne market on offer as India opens its doors for Aussie malt barley

 

AUSTRALIAN exporters could be sending malt barley to India as soon as April after the Indian government removed a critical phytosanitary requirement that acted as a roadblock to sales to the subcontinental nation.

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Why wool prices are in free fall

 

Wool Producers Australia chief executive Jo Hall said buyers from Italy and India were sidelined by COVID-19 restrictions in those countries, leaving China in an even stronger position to dictate prices.

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Why this fashion designer turned to seaweed farming

 

When clothing designer Sam Elsom dialled into a 15-person call with environmentalist Tim Flannery, organised by the Climate Council, he didn’t really expect it would send him on a new career path.

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Optimism in the air as wheat sowing begins| Grains Wrap

 

With Anzac Day historically being the ‘go to’ date to start the winter sowing program just past, we have seen the majority of growers already well and truly into this season’s sowing program…

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Grain goliaths split on reporting stocks

 

GrainCorp says it has no intention of following the lead of other major storage and handling providers in Australia that…

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Cargill-led fund to pay U.S. farmers for carbon capture, exchange credits

(Reuters) – Global commodities trader Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] starting this spring will pay American farmers for capturing carbon in their field soils and cutting fertilizer runoff, an executive said.

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Sowing the seeds of farming’s big comeback

Australian farmers buoyed by recent rain and strong wheat prices are set to add more than a million hectares to grain production this year.

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Turnbull kicks off investment ambitions with space tech bet

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is among a group of prominent investors to have backed internet of things satellite communications start-up Myriota in a $28 million capital raise.

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Farmers fighting for finance to restock, plant crops

Farmers are banging down the door of a federal government agency tasked with doling out $4 billion in loans amid fears a finance squeeze will limit agricultural production just when Australia needs it most.

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Coronavirus panic bypasses ag – farmers feel upbeat about prospects

In a remarkable show of rural optimism, fresh polling indicates farmers do not fear a widespread economic backlash from the coronavirus pandemic…

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Production system key to dairy’s woes, says analyst

The answer to the Australian dairy industry’s woes lies in changing the production system, according to a leading dairy business analyst.

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Elders battles valiantly through health crisis

As the great stock market slide continues, the farming and agribusiness sector is starting to look slightly less disastrous than others.

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Seachange on how food supply is valued a chance to reframe ag

CORONAVIRUS is changing the way Australians live and that could mean significant and long-lasting benefits for agriculture, forward thinkers are saying.

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Pig sector says `don’t panic’, plenty of pork to go around

The pork industry estimates restaurant and hospitality service sector demand has slumped as much as 90 per cent in the past month, yet pig markets are still fetching good money as retail sales fill the big void.

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As global turmoil continues, are we in ‘grain’ danger?

 

Amazing to think that only a month ago farmers all across NSW and Queensland were rejoicing after continued rains had drenched the east coast.

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SunRice prepares for a tiny harvest as stock flies off supermarket shelves

 

The gap between Australian rice supply and demand has been exacerbated by Coronavirus…

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After the rain, farmers are facing a new challenge

A miraculous turnaround in farming conditions has brought with it a new challenge for those wanting to restock: record cattle prices.

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CSIRO seeks investors for super-seaweed fix to cattle emissions

In a breakthrough in the war on climate change, CSIRO is on the cusp of commercialising a seaweed product, which when sprinkled into feed, makes cattle grow faster and cuts their greenhouse gas emissions to near zero.

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The drought was an opportunity, not a crisis

If Australia is to become a global agricultural superpower, weak farms need to be allowed to fail.

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Why farming’s worst days may be behind it

Average farm business profit on broadacre farms in NSW for this financial year is projected to be the lowest in more than 40 years. Things should get better from here.

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Farming bounces back

The good news is the farm sector will recover quickly. The bad new is the political response to the drought will increase dependence on government for struggling farmers.

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Drought-impacted farmers make last roll of the dice as rain sees rush on planting crops

As Will Nash looks out on a dry and baron paddock on his central-west New South Wales property, he has a glimmer of hope in his eyes.

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Space mirrors, fake volcanoes: the radical plans to fix the climate

The world’s top scientists are now scoping drastic measures to halt the climate crisis…

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Drone operator granted licence to spray weeds in Tasmanian first

At Cethana Dam in Tasmania, a job traditionally handled by an abseiler has been replaced by new drone technology.
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Elon Musk’s SpaceX takes important step on path to providing internet to Australia with Starlink satellites

Elon Musk’s plan to provide high-speed broadband internet in Australia is one step closer to becoming a reality after receiving regulatory approval.
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Greening Australia to lead $5M native seed and restoration program as part of bushfire recovery

The Federal Treasurer and Minister for the Environment have today announced an initial $50 million investment in an emergency response to the devastating bushfires for wildlife and habitat recovery.
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Bilberry to come factory fitted on Goldacres’ booms

While a range of optical weed spray systems have hit the market recently, Australian sprayer manufacturer Goldacres has picked its winner, backing the French technology company Bilberry in a landmark deal.
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How a farm in remote Queensland became a high tech AI hub

Andrew and Jocie Bate are changing the way the world farms, using robots developed and built on their property near Emerald.
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Decade of Agtech – reflections & hot tips for the 2020’s

The last decade has certainly been action packed in the agriculture sector with many challenges. Several simmering industry issues came to the surface.
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300,000 tonnes of beef to China

A MONTH ago, this column highlighted the record November beef shipment to China from Australia of 34,000 tonnes and the trajectory of China becoming Australia’s biggest beef export customer by year end.
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Livestock losses from Vic fires climb

EARLY estimates of stock losses from bushfires in Victoria indicate more than 13,000 head of beef and dairy cattle and sheep have been killed or euthanised.
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Drastically changing rainfall patterns are reshaping WA’s vast wheatbelt

Changing rainfall patterns are reshaping Western Australia’s wheatbelt and pushing it toward the coast.
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Testing times for cattle game

WITH or without rain, the first half of 2020 will serve up some of the most challenging circumstances Australia’s cattle producers have had to deal with, industry and agribusiness leaders say.
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Agribusiness Australia plans summit on ag’s 2020 challenges

Droughts, floods and bushfires; international trade tensions; battles over water and animal welfare; fluctuating prices and fickle consumers. Welcome to business as usual for Australian agriculture, where the new reality is dealing with all these issues simultaneously, every day.
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Grains industry news in brief – Christmas edition

ARGENTINA’S famously volatile politics have seen a spike in world grain values after the Argentine government announced extra grain export taxes on soy, corn and wheat.
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Landholders to benefit from energy demand

Farmers in the New South Wales central west are being urged to consider hosting renewable energy sources on their properties as part of a pilot program in the region.
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Take a look inside confinement feeding

Wellington’s Geoff and Carla Taylor received just half their average annual rainfall last year but it didn’t stop them from achieving one of their best lambing percentages thanks largely to genetics and management tactics.
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New technology could make fences an historical

Rotational farming will become a lot easier in 2020 with the launch of a virtual fencing system called eShepherd.
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Australian Agriculture $61b Forecast 2018

The value of farm production is forecast to rise to $61 billion in 2018–19, well above the 10-year average of $55b (in real terms).
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Farmers prefer ex-farm sales, but grain still hitting the system

AMONG the plethora of marketing options available to growers, a study has found the favourite method of selling grain among
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Gaps in technology knowledge remain

TECHNOLOGY has helped evolve the grains industry over the past decade, but the results of a survey suggest both farmers and agronomists have more homework to do in regards to tech solutions.
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P2D Project: Accelerating Precision Agriculture

The Accelerating Precision Agriculture to Decision Agriculture (P2D) research program involved a series of discrete projects,
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The Potential Benefits of Satellite-Provided Soil

Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) is an observatory orbiting Earth and mapping its soil moisture content and freeze/thaw state.
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Hunter Valley dairy farmers race towards

In the New South Wales Hunter Valley, third-generation dairy farmer David Williams’ Vacy property is a green oasis in
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Next-Gen Agriculture & Food

The 2018 Cleantech Forum San Francisco successfully wrapped up two weeks ago, which highlighted next generation
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West Australian wheat growers twice as

West Australian farmers are twice as likely to pool their grain as farmers in the eastern states.
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Ted Pretty’s next big bet is farm data

Former RP Data chairman Ted Pretty wants to create a rural version of the residential and commercial property data tracker
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Australia now dominates beef meat exports!

In a report by Meat & Livestock Australia (“State of the Industry Report: The Australian Red Meat and Livestock Industry”),
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Farming Ap news

THERE are hundreds upon hundreds of apps in the marketplace designed to help farmers save time, energy and money.
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Big Data farming news

Angeli Mehta reports on how technology is revolutionising agriculture as Silicon Valley comes to the farm gate
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