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Country Hour for Thursday 17 August 2017

8/16/2017
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Strong export demand and tight supply are being credited for pushing WA sheep and lamb prices above east coast markets. Western Australia's Potato Growers Association believes the State Government is trying to stop is taking legal action against it regarding the Galati case. The company looking to start up a potash mine in the Pilbara has taken a major step forward with the commissioning of its evaporation ponds. From 2019, Curtin University will return to the Muresk campus and offer a two...

Duration: 00:54:57


Country Hour for Wednesday 16 August, 2017

8/15/2017
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Special broadcast from Parliament House for the ABC Rural and Kondinin Group Farmer of the Year Awards where Victorian salad leaf grower Andrew Bulmer has been names as the Farmer of the Year A bee shortage could stifle Western Australia's evolving avocado industry, which is on the verge of catching up to Queensland as the largest avocado growing state, because there are not enough bee keepers working as commercial pollinators to sustain industry growth In remote bushland to the north of...

Duration: 00:54:59


Country Hour for Tuesday 15 August, 2017

8/14/2017
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Woodie Woodie Manganese Mine in the Pilbara will re-open just 18 months after it was mothballed after there was a dramatic improvement in the metal price Meat and Livestock Australia have described the live cattle trade to Vietnam as a roller-coaster; Australia barely shipped any cattle in 2012, then there were 360,000 head sent in 2015, but this year Australia is likely to send around 150,000 Parliament House is consumed with questions of citizenship and the legitimacy of the Deputy Prime...

Duration: 00:54:59


Country Hour for Monday 14 August, 2017

8/13/2017
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The New Zealand government confirmed Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is a citizen of New Zealand just hours after the Minister addressed Parliament to say he had referred the question of his citizenship to the High Court The latest report conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture has found there will be a surprisingly large volume of wheat in the world market this year, which consultant Mae Connolly says has seen prices drop But analyst Brett Stevenson says although the...

Duration: 00:54:44


Country Hour for Friday 11 August, 2017

8/10/2017
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International buyers and traders have attended the Gascoyne Food Festival for the first time this year, creating opportunities for local farmers in the region Alex Chung from Good View Fruits, Hong Kong's largest fresh produce supplier says he is conducting a trial with Carnarvon banana growers to see if the produce will be able to be sent from Perth to Asia A consignment of 90,000 granny smith apples from two farms in Manjimup will be shipped from Fremantle tonight headed for Hong Kong,...

Duration: 00:54:44


Country Hour for Thursday 10 August, 2017

8/9/2017
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Embattled West Australian potato growers have received a $60,000 State Government grant to go towards building trade relations with Egypt, which could be a significant potential new market for seed potatoes Carnarvon tomato grower Duc Nguyen says he is still dealing with the damaging effects that a trade halt had on his business after the discovery of the tomato potato psyllid in Western Australia in February Milling company Interflour, which is part-owned by West Australian grains handler...

Duration: 00:54:44


Country Hour for Tuesday 8 August, 2017

8/7/2017
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Senators investigating collusion and anti-competitive behaviour in livestock saleyards say they seen no sign the red meat industry is willing to regulate itself. The long-running inquiry grilled the ACCC on progress made since the competition watchdog handed down wide-ranging findings on the red meat industry in March. A group of farmers in NSW have set up their own local beef co-operative. The group from around Bega is, like many others around the country, considering building a small...

Duration: 00:54:42


Country Hour for Monday 7 August, 2017

8/6/2017
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Western Australian scientists are trialling what they believe is a world-first method to reduce wild horse numbers in the Pilbara. Called the Judas program, its hoped the method will preserve one of Australia's most significant wetlands - the Fortescue Marsh. Strong coal and steel prices over the last twelve months has helped the value of WA listed companies rise by over thirteen per cent this past financial year. That's according to business services firm Deloitte who each year collates a...

Duration: 00:54:43


Country Hour for Friday 4 August, 2017

8/3/2017
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The program is being broadcast from Kununurra so Matt Brann popped into the nearby Legune Station to see how things are shaping up for the big rodeo and campdraft on this weekend. Leonie Noble and Brad Adams amongst those honoured in the 2017 WA Seafood Industry awards. The Isolated Childrens Parents Association uses its annual federal conference (held in Alice Springs this year) to renew calls for financial assistance for governesses. Knackeries around Australia may be under increased...

Duration: 00:54:42


Country Hour for Thursday 3 August, 2017

8/2/2017
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Small abattoirs in Western Australia claim they're being squeezed out of business, by meat processors in the eastern states dumping large volumes of meat into WA. Australia is facing an increasingly competitive grains market. The challenges associated with that have dominated discussion at one of the industry's biggest annual events - the annual Australian Grains Industry Conference. The CBH Group is dipping its toe into the world of blockchain technology by selling a few loads of oats out...

Duration: 00:54:42


Country Hour for Tuesday 1 August, 2017

7/31/2017
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There have been recent complaints that the strength of mobile phone towers has been turned down and after visiting a recent telecommunications event, Nigel Metz from grower group SEPWA wants to know why signal strength had dropped Power prices are soaring and it is pushing power hungry farming operations to look to solutions other than buying their power from the grid, one of which is the construction of small local generators that feed power into the grid A 19 year old woman has died in...

Duration: 00:54:44


Country Hour for Monday 31 July, 2017

7/31/2017
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Farmers and regional business owners in Western Australia's Great Southern region say they were left feeling frustrated at a recent forum into telecommunications because it is being left up to them to prove to government how desperately they need internet connectivity to be able to operate software technology vital for their businesses A New South Wales farmer has questioned the rhetoric about the grains market being "awash" with stock and says global supply needs to be better estimated,...

Duration: 00:54:44


Country Hour for Friday 28 July, 2017

7/27/2017
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Australia's first heavy rare earths mine was officially opened yesterday, at a remote site near Halls Creek and just six kilometres from the Western Australia/Northern Territory border. Australia's Trade Minister has announced a small breakthrough with China on the suspension of meat trade with six processors. Japan's Ministry of Agriculture is poised to announce it will significantly increase tariffs on US frozen beef. Chairman of the Australian Meat Industry Council Lachie Hart says an...

Duration: 00:54:44


Country Hour for Thursday 27 July, 2017

7/26/2017
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The Country Hour special on aspiring and retiring farmers continues with a look at young people trying to own their own farms China has slapped a suspension on Australian beef processors, in a move that puts at stake hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of beef exports and urgent diplomatic meetings will get underway Beijing on Thursday with the Australian ambassador to resolve the issue Scientists are worried that a destructive pest the Macao Paper Wasp, that has made its way to the...

Duration: 00:54:44


Country Hour for Wednesday 26 July, 2017

7/25/2017
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Special program looking at succession planning for farmers and passing the property down to young families outside the family A new matchmaking service, Cultivate Farms, co-founded by Albury-based Sam Marwood and NSW farmers Tim and Tegan Hicks aims to match retiring farmers with 'aspiring' farmers to help young people who aren't going to inherit farms to get into agriculture Alan and Mary Jones farm at Mukinbudin in Western Australia's north eastern Wheatbelt and with Alan now at 74, they...

Duration: 00:54:44


Country Hour for Tuesday 25 July, 2017

7/24/2017
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A lucrative contract with China has prompted a cattle producer to significantly expand its plans for a feedlot in the shire of Coorow, about half way between Geraldton and Perth A station in the Pilbara is looking to hire a full-time employee to work as a sort of 'security guard' in an attempt to try and stop people stealing cattle The nickel price rallied overnight, meaning its currently sitting at a near three year high, it is good news for local miners who have struggled since the...

Duration: 00:54:44


Country Hour for Monday 24 July, 2017

7/23/2017
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Telecommunications specialist Jim Wyatt was called in to be a part of a West Australian State Government forum last week on digital infrastructure in agriculture, he says it is clear the rollout of the NBN has not kept pace with the needs of rural communities A clause that sought to penalise farmers for low milk supply has been removed from Brownes contracts after revision by the West Australian dairy processor Some cattle were killed in a crash on the Derby Highway at the weekend, the...

Duration: 00:54:44


Country Hour for Friday 21 July, 2017

7/21/2017
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New Brownes Dairy contracts that penalise farmers for low milk supply will be scrutinised by the consumer watchdog as part of its national inquiry into the dairy industry National Centre for Farmer Health is looking at why workplace deaths in agriculture, fishing and forestry have increased by more than 10 per cent in the past decade, while mining deaths plummeted by 64 per cent A draft report into Australian marine zones has recommended a targeted management approach for ecological...

Duration: 00:54:44


Country Hour for Thursday 20 July, 2017

7/20/2017
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Red grapefruit from the Kimberley's Ord Valley are enjoying strong demand in markets like Perth and Sydney, despite being on sale in the middle of winter, which is about two months later than normal The CSIRO's director of agriculture and food John Manners says the key to incorporating good ideas into farming is to start small and grow big The Federal Government has committed to spending funds on innovation, but it's up to copanies and individuals to take advantage of the opportunities...

Duration: 00:54:44


Country Hour for Wednesday 19 July, 2017

7/18/2017
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As Northern Cattle Producers begin a class action against the Federal Government today over the 2011 live export ban, the lead claimant Colin Brett from The Brett Cattle Company says it's not about money, it's about bad policy The pork price crashed at Christmas, but West Australian producers were cushioned from the worst of it, which Australian Pork Limited CEO Andrew Spencer says is due to the strong relationship between farmers and suppliers The Mid West scallop season has far exceeded...

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