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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
Growers need to consider a portfolio approach to their grain marketing including a combination of passive and active management coupled with some on farm storage if the market is telling you to store grain... Demand will create its own supply (something that many farmers will emphasise with over the past 2 years as supply has expanded rapidly in response to high grain prices, leading to prices to fall) and as argued by Malcolm (2009) "food supply will meet food demand in the future, provided farmers receive the correct market signals and are not thwarted by poor government policies that create perverse incentives.".. Since there "is no reliable way to identify the fund managers who will outperform the market, investors do best to buy a broad spectrum of stocks at the lowest cost" (Damato, 2001)...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Profarmer grains marketing consultant Ron Storey says growers should be ready for increasingly competitive pricing this year as farmers abroad look to deliver larger crops... There's been a big response by farmers around the world to last year's higher prices, so a lot more acres have gone in the ground," Mr Storey said when addressing a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Farm Business Update at Bendigo, Victoria... Mr Storey said there are various issues that growers will need to be mindful of when bringing their harvests to market, and a number of ways they can manage those risks...
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The travel and associated study undertaken as a result of the scholarship had two core themes and the findings, conclusions and recommendations from this study are presented in this report... Australian farmers have been very innovative over the last 30 years and are amongst the most efficient in the world but I now believe this can-not continue as it has as we are losing too much human capital from food production... There is great interest among growers and merchants that I met about the market demand for true organic hops as compared to Northern Hemisphere organic hops which still get a lot of "organic "chemical applications such as copper...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Eyes on the market as season unfolds.. We sowed our canola, oats and barley deep - 18 centimetres, with around 8cm of soil over the seed in the furrow - to chase moisture... As a first-time dry sower, we decided to sow barley, wheat and brown manure vetch, as we considered these to be lower risk in a false-break scenario, and they can still be managed with a staggered germination...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Develop a pulse plan to meet customer demand.. While planning for the 2015 cropping program is in full swing, Pulse Australia is urging growers to consider their pulse marketing plan at the start of the season, rather than the end, for the best decision-making and results... Most importantly Ms Raynes said that pule marketing is extremely unpredictable and growers should perform due diligence to ensure they're selecting an appropriate marketing company; know whether the marketing company is a member of Grain Trade Australia (GTA), who is backing the company, and confirm they are financially secure...
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Why Weeds are necessary for Regeneration The main difference between "sustainability" and "regeneration" I believe is that most country is in dire need of vast improvement and having a mentality that sustainability or "protection" is good enough throws up two unfortunate blockages, particularly in the rangelands... If we can progress past this blockage than the alternative is for us to have "an abundance mentality" and create a positive situation where we produce far more than we could before by using different principles and attitude"... Outcomes: By using innovative principles of land and animal management and by continuing to learn and develop synergistic enterprises I am buoyed by the opportunity and potential we have to focus on improvements in all facets of our management from ecology, economy and social / community development in rural areas...
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The report demonstrates a number of ways that regional Governments and producers can utilise regional identity to enhance markets for regional produce... The study examines how regions of the world utilise regionality to market and sell food and understand what drives consumer purchasing in this area... Tourism Within our own retail shop we have implemented a number of simple changes to increase the understanding of our brand and what makes our products special, including; Producing a new film of the business focusing on the people, product and place of our business from farm to finished product that runs continuously in the tourism facilities...
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Decision making within a category is often price driven and disjointed there is a need for a value chain that is transparent and collaborative between three parties - the retailer, supplier and consumer... The overall viability of such programs may only be short lived for several reasons: economics, changing consumer buying behaviours and consumer lifestyles, or competition... European suppliers are in touch with the needs of both consumers and retailers...
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The Barossa is classed as a cool climate grape growing area; it is at the warmer end of this classification (I believe it could quite happily grow warm climate type fruit with the right management, and so rightfully be classified as a dual climate area, if producers had enough suitable irrigation water available to them)... While I believe that temperature increases will not have any significant impact on our ability to grow grapes (we could have to change some varieties and wine styles produced ), I believe our biggest challenge in this area will be sourcing suitable water for irrigation... Our vineyard has 13 different grape varieties, and we sell most of the grapes we produce to other wine companies in the Barossa, including Yalumba, Peter Lehmann and Barossa Valley Estate...
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