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Western Australia Country Hour

12/13/2018
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The future demand for electric vehicles is driving confidence in the WA nickel industry. After a tough couple of years, things are turning a corner. Rising commodity prices have seen optimism around a number of projects…including Panoramic Resources' Savannah mine, which recently re-opened near Halls Creek in the East Kimberley.

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Western Australia Country Hour

12/12/2018
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Western Australia's primary producers will be keen to see what happens with a significant freight logistics report released yesterday by the state government. It outlines eight options for how WA's trade can be handled over the next 50 to 100 years. Key considerations include building an outer harbour at Kwinana or upgrading the ports of Fremantle and Bunbury.

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Western Australia Country Hour

12/11/2018
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SPECIAL FEATURE: Why cooperatives like the one in Gnowangerup, in Western Australia's Great Southern, are key to saving business in the bush.

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Western Australia Country Hour

12/10/2018
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The peak body representing the West Australian lobster fishing industry said it was forced by the state government to sign off on a package which it says risks the future of the lobster industry. The new policy for the lobster industry, involves taking the total allowable catch to 8, 000 tonnes, with the state government owning 1385 tonnes of that new quota. CEO of Western Rock Lobster Matt Taylor spent five weeks negotiating with government on the package and during that time he was bound...

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Western Australia Country Hour

12/9/2018
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One of the key players in the West Australian lobster fishing industry is furious at the state government's planned changes to the sector, saying they're reckless, dangerous and made with incompetence. Fisheries minister Dave Kelly unveiled a plan for the lobster industry which he said would create 500 jobs and double the value of the industry. Under the plan, the total allowable catch will increase to 8,000 tonnes, and the state government is going to own 1,385 of those tonnes.

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Western Australia Country Hour

12/6/2018
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The Federal Court has fined Landmark a million dollars for making false claims about the barley variety Compass. Landmark admits that certain statements were misleading and has agreed to pay the penalty. It has also agreed to enhance its existing compliance program.

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Western Australia Country Hour

12/5/2018
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The WA man who recently sold his big 400 hectare avocado farm, Jasper Farms, for close to $180 million, said the future of Australian agriculture is destined to become increasingly corporate. He is also convinced if Australian agriculture is to thrive there needs to be a big shake-up in how research and development is done in this country.

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Western Australia Country Hour

12/4/2018
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One hundred and four boxes of Western Australian avocados have arrived in Japan. The market is a first for Australia, with WA produce getting the green light because it is the only state to not have the Queensland fruit fly.

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Western Australia Country Hour

12/3/2018
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The Australian Livestock Exporters Council is about to announce a three month moratorium on sheep exports from Australia to the Middle East. No shipments of Australian sheep will depart any Australian port for the Middle East during the highest heat stress risk period of the northern summer.

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Western Australia Country Hour

11/29/2018
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Diabolical. That's the word Bruce Rock Shire president Stephen Strange has used to describe the road network in the wheatbelt. Steven Strange said his shire, Bruce Rock, has had the perfect storm, a wet winter, a good harvest and it's been just over five years since 500 kilometres of tier three railway line was closed. All of this means there is a lot of grain traffic on the roads in the Central Wheatbelt.

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Western Australia Country Hour

11/28/2018
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Not all of WA's farmers are having a bumper season this year. For farmers between Albany and Hopetoun, along the state's south coast, 2018 has been one of the driest years they have faced. It is a situation some farmers feel has been lost in between the overall positive outlook for the state's harvest and the harrowing stories of drought in the east.

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Western Australia Country Hour

11/27/2018
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WA dairy farmers are concerned about the current poor seasonal conditions, but they are also worried about the long term viability of their industry. The big problem is prices remain stagnant while costs keep rising. Ross Woodhouse is the state's largest dairy farmer. He runs six dairies in the Scott River region, between Margaret River and Augusta. He remains optimistic about the dairy industry, but he wants some support from processors, government and the community.

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Western Australian Country Hour

11/26/2018
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A 17-year-old boy has been killed in a quad bike accident on his family farm near Tenterden, about 300 kilometres south east of Perth. The accident happened at about twenty to seven last night as the teenager was riding home from a paddock after work. St John Ambulance officers treated the boy, but tragically he died at the scene from his injuries.

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Western Australia Country Hour

11/25/2018
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The state's main grain handler the CBH Group is included in the list of organisations that don't pay rates. Despite turning a $91.3 million profit after tax and rebates last year, CBH claims a rates exemption. It's a registered charity. But CBH's rates exemption may soon be over because the WA Local Government Association plans to lobby the state government to change the WA Local Government Act, and allow councils to begin charging rates of organisations that turn a profit.

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Western Australia Country Hour

11/22/2018
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WA based livestock exporter Wellard has cut ties with the sheep industry, announcing it has sold its Beaufort River Meats abattoir and plans to focus its future on cattle exporters and chartering ships.

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Western Australia Country Hour

11/21/2018
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A major inquiry into the horticulture industry has found that over half of the growers and labour hire contractors investigated were breaking the law.

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Western Australia Country Hour

11/20/2018
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Amendments to the Animal Welfare Act 2002 have passed both houses of state parliament. The changes bring WA in line with the rest of Australia. Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan said once the standards are regulated, the government will pursue a credible compliance regime to ensure long-term public support for industry. The minister said the Government will make this a priority in 2019.

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Western Australia Country Hour

11/19/2018
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Animal rights group PETA has released new footage showing what it calls 'cruelty to sheep'. PETA is targeting the lack of pain relief being used for practices such as castration and mulesing. This latest video shows shearing operations in NSW and Victoria, including some violent animal handling practices.

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Western Australia Country Hour

11/18/2018
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The second largest lithium mine in Australia has officially opened. Pilbara Minerals' Pilgangoora lithium tantalum mine south of Port Hedland opened on Friday and when it reaches full production, it will become the second biggest lithium mine in Australia, second to Greenbushes, in the state's south-west.

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WA Country Hour

11/15/2018
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More than 3000 hectares of unharvested crop has been burnt in WA's midwest region after lightning started fifteen fires near Dalwallinu last night. (If it was all wheat, yielding approximately 3.5 tonnes, the crops would be worth over $3.6 million) Australian woolgrowers have voted for 1.5 per cent wool levy in the 2018 Wool Poll. AWI CEO Stuart McCullough says this result was due to financial pressures on growers rather than a reflection of AWI's poor performance. But director of the...

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