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Country Hour for Tuesday 21 November, 2017

11/21/2017
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An abundance of global grain stocks at the moment is fuelling a reluctance within Asia to commit to buying Australian grain and created a standoff between buyers and producers over the price of wheat There is significant confusion over whether changes to heavy vehicle regulation in Western Australia affect the transport of agricultural machinery; WAFarmers says it is unclear, but Main Roads says the status quo remains Farmers are worried their national lobby groups have 'sold out' by...

Duration: 00:54:44


Country Hour for Monday 20 November, 2017

11/20/2017
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Hail storms have damaged crops in West Australian grain growing regions for the fourth time this harvest season and Salmon Gums farmer Sam Guest says he has lost 100 per cent of his crop in one paddock and there is varying amounts of damage The Ord Irrigation Scheme in the East Kimberley region could soon start growing a new gluten replacement "superfood" after an international health food company picked the Ord as a potential world leading producer of a plant called plantago The board of...

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Country Hour for Friday 17 November, 2017

11/19/2017
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The Australian Wool Innovation had one of its more eventful AGM's in light of recent controversy with chairman Wal Merriman sticking with the ship and new board members were elected The head of Emanuel Exports explains why there was so much confusion over the number of sheep deaths on board a voyage to the Middle East last year, after he was inducted into the Australian Livestock Exporters Council hall of fame Growers have contributed $3 billion to the state economy in the past 25 years...

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Country Hour for Thursday 16 November, 2017

11/16/2017
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Darkan farmer Ray Harrington, who invented the Harrington Seed Destructor to try and solve the problem of herbicide resistance, has been nominated for the WA Senior Australian of the Year award Representatives from the peak industry body Sheep Producers Australia say a recent trip to countries like Bahrain and Oman have proven to them that facilities that process Australian livestock are of a very high standard in the Middle East After a busy year in the spotlight speaking out about the...

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Country Hour for Wednesday 15 November, 2017

11/15/2017
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Australia's sheep sector has a new team of leaders after the inaugural board of Sheep Producers Australia was elected overnight to replace the Sheepmeat Council of Australia An Animal Protection Bill that would require people to hand over footage of animal cruelty immediately after it has been recorded is due to be debated in the Senate this week with the support of WA Liberal Senator Slade Brockman The Australian Farm Institute has thrown it support behind a UK style form of workforce...

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Country Hour for Tuesday 14 November, 2017

11/14/2017
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While a strong interest in lithium has seen the total value of WA's top listed companies increase by 3.4 per cent in October, Altura Mining company says it plans to double the output of its Pilgangoora lithium mine

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Country Hour for Monday 13 November, 2017

11/13/2017
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Quad bike users and owners are being invited to have their say on how to improve quad safety as the ACCC investigates the merit in putting an official standard in place under Australian Consumer Law Mining magnate Andrew Forrest will face a heavy compensation lawsuit if a group of traditional owners in the Pilbara go ahead with plans to sue FMG after the organisation was formally awarded the exclusive native title rights of their land today Thanks to favourable spring conditions, Western...

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Country Hour for Friday 10 November, 2017Perth, Western Australia

11/10/2017
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West Australian Wheatbelt farmers Jane Keune and Perry St Quintin have seen a dramatic turnaround in their fortunes this year, in July they were facing one of their worst ever seasons and thought they might have to sell the farm, now their harvesting crops they did not think would grow at all The European Union Commission has failed to reach a consensus on re-licencing glyphosate, and on the streets of Brussels, there the Commission is based, lobbyists on both sides have turned the...

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Country Hour for Thursday 9 November, 2017

11/9/2017
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The West Australian State Government has released its reviewed funding plan for wild dog control, which includes $6.9 million for the Esperance fence extension project, $4.8 million on state barrier fence repairs and more than half a million dollars to be spent on research and development into control methods for wild dogs The additional funding for the extension of the state barrier fence has been welcomed by the Esperance Biosecurity Association, but chairman Scott Pickering says he is...

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Country Hour for Wednesday 8 November, 2017

11/8/2017
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Scientists from Western Australia have developed a way to triple the shelf life of fruits and vegetables by slowing down the ripening process, which is dictated by the hormone ethylene; they have developed a blocker known as an "ethylene antagonist" Planfarm grain marketing director Jerome Critch says he is expecting a shortage of malt grade barley this season, which could push up prices for malt barley and force feed prices down People who live in remote areas of Australia and have to...

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Country Hour for Tuesday 7 November, 2017

11/7/2017
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Half hour program due to national Melbourne Cup coverage Australia's largest hay exporter says up to 80 per cent of hay grown in Western Australia this season is likely to be weather damaged due to late finishing rains that saved the season for some wheatbelt growers, but ruined quality for others Kondinin Group research manager Ben White says that more than half of header fires start due to dust and rubbish build up and overheated bearings, which is why his advice is to monitor bearings...

Duration: 00:29:51


Country Hour for Monday 6 November, 2017

11/6/2017
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Protestors confronted West Australian Premier Mark McGowan and his cabinet ministers in Bunbury yesterday over controversial plans to explore for gas in the south west, with farmers fearful exploration could devalue their property, the Premier says he will not ban all mining, but fracking has been banned in the region The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has hit back at a proposal by mining giant BHP to introduce "smart caps" that monitor brain waves and fatigue; it says BHP...

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Country Hour for Friday 3 November, 2017

11/3/2017
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A $7 million processing facility for citrus was officially opened at Bindoon today, West Australian stone fruit set for a good season, a seven million dollar research and training glass-house has been built by the University of Western Sydney, Water run-off from irrigated farms in Kununurra is being blamed for the death of around 30 fish in the Ord catchment creeks, prawns a plenty in 2017 but size will be smaller, the wool market hits a record high, young West Australian agricultural...

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Country Hour for Thursday 2 November, 2017

11/2/2017
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A vet consultant based in Indonesia describes the situation for live cattle importers and feedlotters as 'diabolical' due to current high prices for Australian cattle and the availability of much cheaper Indian buffalo Cattle exporter Patrick Underwood from the North Australian Cattle Company sends stock to Indonesia and does not think the outlook is as bleak as the picture Dr Ainsworth has just painted, but he admits the Indonesian feedlotters are struggling Long-standing Australian Wool...

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Country Hour for Wednesday 1 November, 2017

11/1/2017
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Long standing Perth-based Australian Wool Innovation director David Webster has rejected outright the claims that AWI has a "toxic culture" and says the inroads the organisations marketing campaign in China has resulted in steady pricing and demand for growers One of Western Australia's largest wool producers is fuming after being sent a letter by the Australian Wool Exchange asking to provide proof he has used pain relief when mulesing lambs, but a spokesman from AWEX says the check up is...

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Country Hour for Tuesday 31 October, 2017

10/31/2017
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About 250 sheep died in a truck accident this morning near Dandaragan in Western Australia's Mid West region; it is understood the driver is okay, but almost half of the 660 stock the B Double was carrying were badly injured and had to be put down A new caesium mine, 30 km north of Norseman will become only the third project of its kind once it is up and running in the next six months; the rare metal is used to lubricate oil and gas drilling equipment and is often found in the same deposit...

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Country Hour for Monday 30 October, 2017

10/30/2017
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This year the wool market has exceeded all expectations, with record high prices and many in the industry are hoping this could be the start of another golden era Queensland Nationals senator Matt Canavan was sworn back in on Friday to resume control of the Resources and Northern Australia portfolios, and has rejected suggestions his party is at war with their Coalition partners, the Liberals A leader in the Tongan Australian community has wept as she described the atrocious conditions of...

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Country Hour for Friday 27 October, 2017

10/27/2017
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Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Nationals Barnaby Joyce has been disqualified from Parliament after the High Court delivered its decisions on the fate of Mr Joyce and six senators today due to questions over their eligibility to sit in Parliament due to their citizenship status Europe is on the cusp of deciding whether to extend the licence for the herbicide glyphosate, or whether to phase it out over a period of five years, but University of Western Australia professor Stephen...

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Country Hour for Thursday 26 October, 2017

10/26/2017
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Europe has delayed a decision on whether or not to ban the use of the herbicide glyphosate just a day after members of the EU Parliament voted for a phase out over five years It has been a slow start to harvest for the Kwinana Zone and things are yet to pick up in the Geraldton Zone, but they certainly got busy in Esperance towards the end of last week and at the weekend The Federal Department of Agriculture has no way of knowing how many sheep died on an Emanuel Export livestock ship on a...

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Country Hour for Wednesday 25 October, 2017

10/25/2017
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A seventh broadleaf weed has been confirmed glyphosate resistant, after tests in Carnarvon vegetable crops; willow-leaved lettuce collected in the Gascoyne was found to be twice as resistance to glyphosate as the same weed collected in non-cropping areas In world news today, the European Parliament has voted to ban glyphosate by 2022 because of fears it causes cancer; the resolution is not binding but EU states are voting on Wednesday on whether or not to extend the licence for glyphosate...

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