Rabobank Australia Limited has announced the appointment of Sir Henry van der Heyden as its new chairman, succeeding Bill Gurry who will be retiring from the board.
The impact of seasonal conditions on restocker interest has been the major driver of Australian cattle prices over the past 12 months, and is continuing to make forecasts difficult.
The map of Australia’s agriculture shows cotton was the most profitable crop per tonne produced and per hectare sown in 2015-16, while sugar cane was the highest yielding per hectare.
Australia’s growing native food sector has been supported in its push to export more of its produce overseas, with an almost $400,000 investment from the Australian Government.
After more than a year of planning, a new state-based organisation has launched to represent genuine farmers markets in New South Wales and is calling for membership.
"The Australian Industry Group welcomes the decision of a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission to vary the coverage of the Horticulture Award, backdated eight years, to preserve flexible and cost-competitive employment conditions in the horticulture industry. The decision is the outcome of a major case in which the Australian Industry Group strongly opposed a push by the National Union of Workers (NUW) to impose warehousing award conditions on horticulture businesses. The claim would have cost horticultural businesses many millions of dollars a year," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group said.
After having been on the market for many months, Brownes Dairy has been bought from Archer Capital by a Chinese consortium led by dairy giant Shanghai Ground Food Tech.
Increased production levels per farm and higher market prices for produce led to improved income levels for vegetable growers in 2015-16, according to ABARES’ latest vegetable industry survey.