Hostile fungus found to protect against cereal diseases

Sept. 7, 2020 | 2 min read
A fungus that devastates many crops can act as a powerful biocontrol agent against fungal diseases in cereal plants when modified by mycovirus infection, according to research by The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture and Huazhong Agricultural University in China.

Esperance region to be focus of Panel tour

July 13, 2020 | 2 min read
Conversations that drill down into the details of local grain production constraints and opportunities will occur when key Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) personnel embark on a tour of the Esperance port zone in late July.

Fall armyworm ‘not the end of the world’

May 22, 2020 | 3 min read
A North Queensland agronomist, on the frontline of fall armyworm’s incursion in Australia, is reassuring growers and advisers not to panic, with early indications the invasive moth could be managed this season through regular monitoring and selective use of insecticides.

Science finally prevails with GM cropping getting the green light in South Australia

May 14, 2020 | 2 min read
The South Australian Parliament has finally granted the state’s farmers access to GM crop innovations after passing the government’s Bill to enable commercial GM crop cultivation on mainland South Australia.

Emergency permit to combat fall armyworm

April 22, 2020 | 2 min read
Biosecurity Queensland says the latest discovery of fall armyworm to the west of Cairns is a blow to agriculture.

Nation’s farm confidence rebounds to highest level in almost five years

March 26, 2020 | 2 min read
Results at a glance: ■ Significant rain prompts major turnaround in farmer sentiment across Australia, despite ongoing effects of drought and bushfire ■ Farmers are confident of return to better seasons and improved farm incomes ■ Strong commodity prices are fuelling farmer optimism ■ Confidence up in all states, with most notable swings in NSW and Queensland ■ Survey finds nearly 70% of farmers expect climate change will impact their business in the next decade, with 20% expecting that impact to be major

Emerging market for alternative proteins an opportunity for Australian agriculture

Feb. 10, 2020 | 2 min read
Research into the changing landscape of protein production in Australia estimates that there will be an additional opportunity of $19.9 billion for the sector by 2030, of which $3.1 billion is attributed to alternative protein categories.


Aug. 23, 2019 | 2 min read
The latest independent report published by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) confirms that plant biotechnology continues to have significant benefits for farmers, communities, consumers, economies and the environment.

ACCC gives green light to Landmark acquisition of rival RuralCo

Aug. 22, 2019 | 2 min read
Two of Australia's largest rural retailers, Landmark and RuralCo, are a step closer to becoming one after the competition watchdog gave its blessing to a merger proposal.

UPL unviels global identity and vision

July 18, 2019 | 5 min read
UPL has unveiled its “living” brand, revealing a bold new company identity. The new brand brings its OpenAg purpose to life, with the objective of having the world’s first open agriculture network.

Elders flags $187m AIRR takeover tilt

July 16, 2019 | 2 min read
Elders has made a $10.85-per-share, half-scrip, half-cash bid for Australian Independent Rural Retailers in a deal that values the enterprise at $187 million.

2019 first half financial results

May 22, 2019 | 4 min read
Elders Limited (ASX:ELD) today released its half year results for the six months to 31 March 2019, continuing to deliver on its Eight Point Plan initiatives despite the reduced activity in agriculture due to the hot and dry conditions across Australia. Elders also announced a fully franked interim dividend of 9 cents per share.

Ruralco diversification drives half-yearly growth, profit and dividend

May 22, 2019 | 4 min read
AGRIBUSINESS leader Ruralco has attributed its three per cent growth and after tax of $16.6 million for the half year ended 31 March 2019 to its diversification strategy.