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Wouldn’t it be great if everyone had access to a seamless flow of information via the internet. Whether you worked in a metropolitan area or a remote farming region, the software or data needed to keep your business running efficiently could be downloaded quickly and affordably. Although this scenario already exists in some parts of the world, it remains wishful thinking for most Australian farmers. In reality, farmers are frequently forced to use their ingenuity to find their closest internet hot spot, whether it is in a particular position at the far end of the farm or in a distant town. (more)

The development of farming machinery and technology that utilises global positioning system (GPS) information – combined with other objective data and digitised imagery to generate objective information about the status of soil, water, crops and pasture – are quickly changing the ways that farm businesses can be managed in Australia. (more)

Australian farmers working with animals have been under increasing scrutiny in recent years. Some sections of the Australian population have developed a very high degree of sensitivity towards animal welfare issues, to the extent that more and more animal welfare decisions are being made hastily, with these decisions having little real impact on farm animal welfare. (more)

Richard Mulcahy, from AUSVEG, and Gary Dawson, from the Australian Food & Grocery Council, give their opinions on the effectiveness of country of origin labelling requirements. (more)

The RSPCA is an organisation with a long history of caring for animals in Australia, and which in the past has been actively engaged with the farm sector in efforts to improve the welfare of farmed livestock. However, in recent times there has been a marked change in the direction of the organisation at the national level, a change that is perhaps best exemplified by the policy position of the RSPCA towards livestock exports from Australia. (more)

In this edition: the glass is half empty for EU milk producers; common herbicide a potential cause of cancer, says WHO; California drought sways rice price; and beef slaughter ban in India. (more)

The Institute released its latest research, Designing balanced and effective farm animal welfare policies for Australia, at a seminar in Canberra on Wednesday 29 April. (more)

AFI's Future Trade Opportunities for Australian Agriculture conference will be held at the Hotel Realm in Canberra, on the 10th & 11th of June, 2015. This two-day conference features some of the most successful Australian agricultural exporters, international experts and senior trade officials from the Australian Government. This is a must-attend conference for anyone involved in exporting Australian agricultural products, or looking at developing an export market. Hear all the latest information about Australia’s new Free Trade Agreements, and what they mean for Australian agricultural exporters.

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