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Archive for October, 2017

World’s smallest wine vintage since 1961 may spell good news for Aussie producers

The world may produce the least wine this year in half a century after small grape harvests in Italy, France and Spain, a global wine organisation said, forecasting higher prices for bulk and entry-level wine. That could spell good news for Australian producers, which had a solid year. The global 2017 vintage is estimated to slump 8.2 […]

October 25th, 2017
Topic: Grape vines, STATISTICS, WORLD SUPPLIES Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Brazil-based meat and poultry company JBS has shut down seven plants in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Su

Brazil-based meat and poultry company JBS has shut down seven plants in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul as a result of a court-ordered asset freeze. The action is related to a tax matter in the state. The company, in a statement emailed to Reuters, stated that the plants will remain closed until […]

October 19th, 2017
Topic: Pigs, Poultry, SLAUGHTER BUTCHER Tags: , , , ,

Australian government offering AU$60m in grants to encourage smart farming

Between AU$250,000 and AU$4 million will be provided to organisations and individuals looking to trial and implement innovative farming solutions that will help improve the condition of soils and vegetation. The Australian federal government has announced it is offering AU$60 million in grants to support “smart farming partnerships” under the AU$1 billion National Landcare Program. […]

October 18th, 2017
Topic: COMPUTERS IT, GOVERNMENT, GRANTS SUBSIDIES, LOANS & GRANTS, SMART FARMING Tags: , , ,

No food. No money. No hope without these unsung heroes

THEY’RE the unsung heroes with a hunger to feed millions of Aussies down on their luck. Bundaberg’s Trevor and Wendy Cross, Charleville’s Brian and Nerida Egan and Sydney’s Paula Zrilic are strangers united in a common goal – reducing a disturbing trend that’s eating into the lives of 3.6 million Australians every day. A Foodbank […]

October 15th, 2017
Topic: CHARITIES CAUSES, FOOD DRINK, FREE STUFF, FRUIT VEG SMALL CROPS, HARVESTING, HELP ASSISTANCE, NATIONAL INTEREST, PENSIONS BENEFITS WELFARE, PEOPLE Tags: , , , , ,

Deaths ignites change to WA abalone season

The WA government has changed the abalone season to run over summer after four people lost their lives in rough weather conditions in the past five years. Abalone fishing used to be open to licensed fishers for just five hours every year, from 7am to 8am on the first Sunday of every month from November […]

October 15th, 2017
Topic: ABALONE, SEALIFE FISHING, Western Australia Tags: , , , , ,

Latest Incentive in Queensland aims to attract 3,000 new mining jobs

Bowen Basin targeted The Queensland Government is getting behind a pilot program that, together with an industry group, is hoping to bring thousands of mining equipment and services positions to the Bowen Basin within the next decade. The METS Ignited Bowen Basin Cluster Program is a joint initiative between the state government and METS Ignited, an […]

October 10th, 2017
Topic: EMPLOYMENT, JOB WORK OPPORTUNITIES, MINING OIL GAS, Queensland Tags: , , ,

Chinese ownership of Australian farmland on the increase as American ownership drops

The area of farmland under partial or full Chinese ownership has dramatically increased over the past year as the level of American and British interests has fallen. Official figures released on Friday showed that 50.5 million hectares of Australian farmland was foreign owned or part foreign owned at the end of June. The area of farmland […]

October 1st, 2017
Topic: AGRICULTURE, COUNTRIES, LISTS WORDS, PROPERTIES Tags: , , ,

Mice strike farms: ‘We’re not quite getting on top of the problem.’

Farmers in southern Australia are counting the cost of mouse control and damage this season, with baiting costs soaring up to $100,000 on one property and some farmers forced to resow crops three times. Some farmers have been forced to bait repeatedly in a bid to protect their crops, while crops in some paddocks have […]

October 1st, 2017
Topic: AGRICULTURE, Canola, Canola, FARMING, PASTURES, PLANTS CROPS WEEDS, Rodents, South Australia Tags: , , ,