GrainGrowers CEO Dr Michael Southan and Trade & Economics Manager Luke Mathews met the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources' incoming Indonesian Counsellor, George Hughes, and DAWR Assistant Director Trade and Market Access Division, Dianna Ni today in Sydney.
The meeting discussed the importance of the Indonesian market for the Australian grain industry, current Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) negotiations, the importance of developing a strategic partnership with the Indonesian industry and of improving market access for Australian feed grains into the Indonesian market.
Grain Growers Limited held its 59th Annual General Meeting this month in Perth, Western Australia. This year, elections were held for the two Board director positions representing the western region (South Australia and Western Australia). Three members contested the election. A vote of GrainGrowers' members across Australia resulted in the election of Rodney Birch, Coorow, WA (left) and Rhys Turton, York, WA. The GrainGrowers Board consists of two grower directors from each region (north, south and west) and two non-grower directors.
With agriculture now the largest contributor to national GDP growth and the fastest growing economic sector - what is the view about the future from National Farmers' Federation? Fiona Simson, NFF President, will talk about the work NFF is doing to ensure sustainable growth in the Australian agricultural industry when she addresses the NSW Farm Writers' Association on Friday 27 October in Sydney.
In particular Fiona will touch on:
• sustaining investment in the sector from both domestic and foreign sources
• rising energy prices
• how the NFF is leading the push for greater diversity within Australian agribusinesses.
With the start of summer, please take snakes seriously. According to a new study from the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the brown snake (a pair seen here in Dubbo NSW) is the most common biter in those attacks where the snake has been positively identified (41%), followed by the tiger snake (17%) and red-bellied black snake (16%). However, recent advances in medication mean any snakebite can be treated with a generic polyvalent anti-venom, so identification is no longer necessary.