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Foreigners can no longer buy big farms: Abbott slashes screening threshold to $15 million

Foreigners can no longer buy up endless $250 million parcels of Australian agricultural land after Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday slashed the screening threshold from $252 million to $15 million.

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Zanda McDonald's legacy in the Outback

Zanda McDonald's legacy in the Outback

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Update from Federal Member Kelly O'Dwyer

Earlier this year the Treasurer, the Hon Joe Hockey MP, invited the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics to conduct an inquiry into Australia's foreign investment framework as it applies to residential real estate.

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ENSO Wrap-Up

Tropical Pacific Ocean moves closer to El Nino. The Pacific Ocean has shown some renewed signs of El Nino development in recent weeks.

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WIAA News

We are pleased to announce our first round of speakers and panellists for the #WIAA2014 national forum being hosted by Emerald Grain and Fairfax Agricultural Media in Melbourne on Tuesday 7 October 2014.

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Zanda McDonald Award - CLOSING DATE REMINDER

A short reminder that the closing date for nominations for the Zanda McDonald Award is fast approaching. Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word.

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China's sovereign wealth fund shifts focus to agriculture

China's sovereign wealth fund is shifting its focus to invest in agriculture and global food supplies in a significant strategic move that reflects the priorities of the country's new leadership.

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El Nino likely in 2014

The tropical Pacific Ocean continues a general trend toward El Nino, with just over half of the climate models surveyed by the Bureau suggesting El Nino thresholds will be exceeded by August.

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El Nino looms in the Pacific

AUSTRALIA remains on course for its first El Nino in more than four years, a weather event that typically brings a drier- than-average winter and spring to much of southern Australia and active bushfire seasons by summer. Warm sub-sea water temperatures - in places as much as six degrees above normal - continue to spread eastwards in the tropical Pacific, a key precursor to an El Nino forming, the Bureau of Meteorology said...

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Zanda McDonald's legacy

THROUGH his public endorsements and use of topical anaesthetic on cattle being de-horned, castrated and branded on his family's properties across northern Australia, Zanda McDonald was out to prove that a little extra trouble in the yards could reap a lot of extra benefit...

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Elders Reference

To whom it may concern. Elders Rural Services Australia Pty Ltd Is a rural services and farm supplies business celebrating our 175th anniversary in 2014. Our business has an annual turnover of around $5 billion Au dollars. We offer the farming industry in Australia a wide range of products and services, including but not limited to: Livestock, Trading, Wool Trading, Real Estate, Financial services...

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'Open for business': Robb's Asia push

TRADE and Investment Minister Andrew Robb will visit Japan and Hong Kong over the coming week to "strengthen economic ties with key Asian trading partners and highlight the attractiveness of Australia to international investors". Mr Robb will travel to Tokyo on March 25-26 for discussions on an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Japan. He will be holding meetings with key Japanese ministers on the EPA...

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Increased chance of El Nino from winter

While the tropical Pacific Ocean remains El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) neutral, the chance of an El Nino occurring in 2014 has increased further. The latest climate model survey by the Bureau shows that the tropical Pacific is very likely to warm in the coming months, with most models showing sea surface temperatures reaching El Nino thresholds during the southern hemisphere winter...

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Rainfall outlook mixed

WESTERN Australia looks set for a wetter than normal run into winter, but the rainfall outlook isn't so bright for the rest of Australia. The Bureau of Meteorology's May to July rainfall outlook released today shows the southern two-thirds of WA and the far southeast of Australia could be in for some good rain over the next three months...

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Winter is coming, but not rain

A HOT spell this week will do little to disguise what every drought-stricken cattleman in Queensland knows to be true. Winter is coming. Options are running out. For Ken Scott, the answer is simple yet no less heart-breaking. When a recent change failed to deliver rain at Mr Scott's property, Piba, 50km north-east of Roma, he and wife Meridy made the drastic decision to offer their entire herd for sale...

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