The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-10-20T06:18:04Z Is this the best kept secret in NSW property investment? 2020-10-20T06:18:04Z is-this-the-hottest-real-estate-market-in-nsw Helped by a recovery from the prolonged drought the south west slopes of NSW has become one of the hottest rural real estate markets in NSW, according to Yass based LAWD senior director, Col Medway. With commodity prices, apart from wool, remaining high mixed farming properties in the region had jumped substantially in the last 12 months and were now making $5000 to $6000 an acre ($12,355 to $14,826 a hectare), he said. By contrast similar country on the northern slopes of the Liverpool Plains with the same 600mm annual rainfall was fetching between $2000 to $2500 an acre ($4942 to $6178 a hectare). Mr Medway said the “disconnect” between the two was probably due to the more prolonged drought in the north. With most of NSW now out of drought this provided an opportunity for buyers of northern slopes mixed farming properties. He predicted prices on the northern slopes would soon rise to be more in line with those in the south. “If history is any guide the market is unlikely to retreat,” he said. Mr Medway said there had been an unprecedented rise in land values across the eastern states despite the drought. “We thought there would be a flood of properties come onto the market after the drought broke but despite that the market has continued to rise,” he said. While prices were likely to plateau, Mr Medway believes they were unlikely to fall while commodity prices remained high, a good winter grain harvest was likely and there was continued low interest rates. Family farm businesses, he said, remained the main buyers. It was quite evident that many farmers were looking to expand their holdings to maintain economies of scale with many from the next generation returning to the land. Among the main property listings LAWD has under offer is Cavour, a 500ha almond orchard at Euroley, near Narrandera on the Murrumbidgee River in the NSW Riverina. Owned by Folium Capital, a US hedge fund, the farm, which has good ground and river water security, is expected to fetch about $30 million. Expressions of interest close on October 22. Another major listing under LAWD is a newly constructed goat abattoir at Bourke. Mr Medway said feral goat numbers were now rebuilding after the drought. The herd if not interfered with would double within the next 18 months. Further evidence of the strength of mixed grazing land on the south west slopes has been the sale last week of Moeyan a 625ha property located at Berthong near Young NSW, which was expected to sell for about $5500 per acre ($13,590 a ha).  While the sale price cannot be disclosed at this time, LAWD has advised that contracts were exchanged well above expectations. Risking kids' health to prop up a dying industry 2020-10-18T06:59:55Z risking-kids-health-to-prop-up-a-dying-industry Dear Editor, When I was at school, back in the sixties, we were given little bottles of cows’ milk every day. By the time recess came around, they were warm and probably swarming with bacterial infections, but we were told they were good for us. Good for the dairy industry, more likely. The program was ended in 1973, after the Coombs report stated that it could not be justified on nutritional grounds. Now Dairy Australia and their lobby group Dairy Connect want to bring the program back into schools. Studies have shown that the industry believes they can hook children on their product and make them lifelong consumers, despite being aware that large sections of the population are lactose intolerant, which may involve symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhoea and vomiting. This proposition is the act of a desperate business. Sales of milk are plummeting and dairy farms closing down; of the 22,000 dairy farms in Australia in the 1980s, there are now fewer than 6,000 remaining. People are realising the cruelty involved in repeatedly forcibly impregnating cows, only to rip the calves away from their distraught mother within hours of birth, the boys slaughtered for veal and the girls conscripted to replace their mothers, who are ‘spent’ and butchered for hamburgers, while still barely grown. Do we want to risk our children’s health to prop up a dying industry? What’s next – free cigarettes to support the tobacco industry? Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Regional Innovators Turn Big Ideas into Business Outcomes 2020-10-14T22:29:07Z regional-innovators-turn-big-ideas-into-business-outcomes COVID-19 trading restrictions have not stopped regional businesses from advancing their innovation plans, thanks to Impact Innovation’s online Ideas to Outcomes program. Since March this year, 12 regional business owners across Queensland have completed the practical mentoring and skills development program, which guides businesses through the de-risking process for taking new technologies and ideas to market.    Impact Innovation delivers the Ideas to Outcomes program with TAFE Queensland’s Small Business Solutions team. Graduates qualify for a nationally recognised Certificate IV in Small Business Management awarded by TAFE Queensland. Impact Innovation’s managing director, Brian Ruddle, said taking the course delivery online opened up new opportunities for regional businesses to benefit. “We have been so impressed with the diversity and ingenuity of new ideas that these businesses have worked on throughout the program,” Mr Ruddle said.  “From horses helping troubled teens and alternatives to aged care, from tech that helps growers maximise soil productivity to portable generators providing cheaper power, the Ideas to Outcomes program has helped these regional innovators take the next crucial steps to make their ideas a commercial reality.” The 12 participants were spread as far across the state as Mareeba in the north and Gympie in the south, with a group of nine business owners from the Western Downs being the most recent graduates. Business growth advisor Ariane de Rooy, who encouraged the entrepreneurs from Chinchilla, Dalby and Miles to join the program, said its practical tools and strategies helped them push through to their goals. “Introducing new business ideas can be tougher in regional areas because ready access to specialist help is often not available,” said Ms de Rooy.  “Being able to bring these entrepreneurs together online to learn about commercialisation in a structured way has given the region a capability boost and enabled these business owners to plan for innovation-led growth. “Some valuable collaborations have emerged too, such as the one between Emily Beutel Weddings & Events in Miles and Jubri’s Hideaway, a new boutique functions centre just north of Dalby.” Dalby physiotherapist Annie Cusack said, “The course walked me through the steps I need to consider when establishing my new business, and enabled me to see where the areas I need to focus on are.  “I loved the online format, and the encouragement, support and feedback from the facilitators and other participants.”   Justin Loccisano, founder of Far North Queensland enterprise Paragon Group, described the course as “fantastic for big thinkers”.  “This course highlights the importance of data and creative thinking when exploring new business ideas and the accelerated format keeps active minds engaged,” Mr Loccisano said.  The online program consists of six weekly two-hour live workshops, two one-to-one sessions, and business planning assessment activities completed under 12 weeks at the student’s own pace. Surveys of graduates conducted three months after the program have shown that clarity and confidence to proceed are the key outcomes (100 percent).  A third of participants have reported technical advancements for their ideas and more than 66 percent have revised their business model. The final Ideas to Outcomes course for 2020 has just started, with three more regional innovators enrolled.  The  dates for new intakes in 2021 will be advertised in January.  For more details about the program, visit https://impactinnovation.com/group/ideas-to-outcomes.  Image: Annie Cusack (quoted) available on request Video: https://youtu.be/b8Rp_gGoSjM Webinar Series Unite Producers in Quest for Improved Livestock Productivity 2020-10-13T02:12:40Z webinar-series-unite-producers-in-quest-for-improved-livestock-productivity The Multimin Performance Ready Challengers sharing their experiences will include Tim Reid “Melon Pastoral Company” Roslyn NSW and Emma Patterson, “Bonnydale” Kingaroy QLD. Also, in attendance will be Virbac Australia’s Livestock Category Marketing Manager for Nutrition, Jerry Liu and Technical Services Manager for nutrition, Dr Paula Gonzalez-Rivas. “In this webinar series, I’ll present and highlight the benefits producers can gain from integrating Multimin into their animal husbandry programs, Multimin can boost animal immunity, fertility, and performance, Multimin helps improve vaccine response, which is an aid to prevent disease. Multimin can also improve conception rates, and embryo survival which improves farm profitability,” Dr Paula said. With the first of the Webinar Series proving very successful, a following two dates have been set for the 14th October (Cattle Fertility) and 19th October (Weaner Health) Interested producers can register via au.virbac.com/webinars Multimin challenger Tim Reid will be presenting his results using Multimin and described the webinars as a great opportunity to share the positive gains that can be achieved with the product across a range of animal groups. “Taking part in the challenge has been a fantastic opportunity to learn from other producers but also share our experiences and results, being able to work with Virbac representatives such as Paula and Jerry plus seeing first-hand independent data backing up what we have been seeing visually in our treated animals,” Mr Reid said. “While competing in the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge, we saw a big difference with the overall health of our weaners. Using health scoring, we recorded half as many cases of disease in the weaners given Mutimin, one month after treatment, and an even bigger difference at 2 months after treatment. Going forward we plan to administer Multimin 1 month prior to weaning to ensure the calves experience no set backs after weaning” he said. Multimin also paid off for Emma Patterson of Kingaroy QLD, “Overall, there has been a 6% increase in our conceptions to ET, a 10% increase in the AI conceptions, and a 15% decrease in the empties after our AI program. For us, this means more cattle conceived overall, within the period, therefore more calves on the ground, which equates to more money!” Emma said. Similar benefits can also be achieved in sheep flocks with fellow challenger James Burge commenting, “Using Multimin pre-joining this year versus not using any last year, we had less dry sheep, few singles, more twins and more foetuses scanned overall. As we are targeting more lambs from few ewes, these results are really positive for us”. Registrations for the webinars are now open and can be completed online via au.virbac.com/webinars ABOUT MULTIMIN Multimin is a 4 in 1 trace mineral injection which is scientifically proven to rapidly and accurately top up trace minerals. This can help with increasing fertility, improving immune function and health, and optimizing growth and development in your sheep or cattle. ABOUT THE MULTIMIN PERFORMANCE READY CHALLENGE The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge is a 12-month competition that sees producers Australia wide use Multimin in their animal health programs and share their story on a dedicated Facebook group that can be found here. All producers will go in the running to win a professional development study tour and a 12-month supply of Multimin. There are limited spots available to join the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge, so apply now if you’re interested! IMAGE CAPTION Dr Paula Gonzalez-Rivas will be one of the presenters at the upcoming Virbac Nutrition Webinars on the 14th and 19th October. Interested producers can register via au.virbac.com/webinars Ends. Media Enquiries: Kyleen Partridge - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kyleen.partridge@c7even.com.au New tech needed to boost rice growing water productivity by 75% 2020-10-09T20:19:39Z new-tech-needed-to-boost-rice-growing-water-productivity-by-75 AgriFutures Rice Program is reaching out to innovators across the country in search of new technologies to boost water productivity in rice growing by 75 percent within five years. With sustained drought and reduced water allocations leading to one of Australia’s smallest annual rice harvests on record, the AgriFutures Rice Program Open Innovation Challenge presents a novel opportunity for creative thinkers to contribute their ideas, wherever they are based and regardless of their industry. The Challenge is hosted on the Brightidea platform, an online system popular with many of the world’s most innovative companies, such as Bayer, Cisco, Dell and MasterCard. Impact Innovation, as the premier partner for Brightidea in the APAC region, has enabled AgriFutures Rice Program to open up the Challenge to anyone with an existing or emerging technologies that will help the rice industry significantly increase its dollar return per megalitre ($/ML) of water. “The Australian rice industry needs transformative yet competitive and sustainable solutions, so the Challenge welcomes input not just from the rice industry but also from other industries, like remote sensing technologies, water management strategies and plant genetics,” said Impact Innovation’s managing director, Brian Ruddle. “Crowdsourcing ideas using Brightidea’s online engagement tools means tapping into the brain power of researchers, R&D practitioners, engineers, environmental entrepreneurs and farmers all over the country and across many different industries,” Mr Ruddle said. Selected technologies or solutions may attract funding through the rice research, development and extension program, with the ultimate objective being industry-wide adoption. The Challenge is open until midnight (AEDT) Tuesday, 13 October 2020, with a shortlist of solutions to be presented to the AgriFutures Rice Program Advisory Panel in November. To register for the Challenge and submit innovative ideas, visit https://agrifutures.brightidea.com/WaterProductivityChallenge. Ends.  Media enquiries: Brian Ruddle, Impact Innovation Group & chair of the AgriFutures Australia Emerging Industries Panel b.ruddle@impactinnovation.com tel. +61 1300 299 505 RICE FACTS & FIGURES - Rice is grown in more than 100 countries and sustains two-thirds of the world’s population. - Australian rice growing regions are concentrated in the Murrumbidgee and Murray valleys of southern New South Wales, with smaller areas in Northern Victoria and Far North Queensland. - 80% of rice produced in Australia is exported to the Middle East, Papua New Guinea, Japan and other Asian and Pacific countries. - Australian-grown rice uses 50% less water than the global average. @AgriFuturesAU, @Impactinnov, @Brightidea, #rice, #innovation, #waterproductivity Meat the next pandemic 2020-10-08T11:30:54Z meat-the-next-pandemic Dear Editor, As COVID-19 restrictions start to ease, part of our "new normal" involves admitting that human exploitation of animals caused the coronavirus pandemic. Global outbreaks of swine flu and bird flu and, more recently, the emergence of new zoonotic coronaviruses – including those that cause SARS, MERS, and COVID-19 – are hard lessons. However, we must acknowledge that even worse outbreaks could happen if we don't learn from our mistakes. Human demand for animal flesh means that animals on factory farms are routinely dosed with vast quantities of antibiotics in order to keep them alive in filthy, output-obsessed, intensive systems that would otherwise kill them. Because of this rampant use of antibiotics, certain bacteria have become resistant to even the most powerful ones, contributing to the emergence of "superbugs" – new, aggressive pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics. The director-general of the World Health Organization has warned that without effective antibiotics, even simple surgery and once-minor infections could be fatal. Other experts predict that by 2050, more people will die of diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria than of cancer – the current trajectory is 10 million deaths per year if no action is taken. We all need to follow health guidelines, but to save even more lives – human and other animal – and prevent future pandemics, we must also #GoVegan. Sincerely, Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Return of Australian flours announcement 2020-10-08T00:20:49Z return-of-australian-flours-announcement YesYouCan, an Australian family-owned company pioneer in manufacturing allergen sensitive and gluten free foods, announces the return of the Artisan Australian flours to their product line. The company, committed to delivering quality and trusted products to its consumers, made a decision to bring back their highly sought after Australian flours. The Artisan flours were first launched in 2016 but were put on hold in 2019 due to the drought that caused difficulty in sourcing. A year later, it’s back by popular demand with updated packaging. The flours come in unique variants: Besan, Buckwheat, and Sorghum. They are all Australian grown and sourced direct from local farmers. Not only gluten free, they are also non-GMO with clean label, single ingredients with premium quality you can absolutely trust as they are made from fine flour grades. You should have no worries as Australia has the strictest gluten free testing in the world with a rigid standard of only 2.5 parts per million (ppm) compared to other countries with a 20 ppm limit. The Buckwheat flour is an excellent source of fibre, good source of protein, and rich in vitamins and minerals. It is a versatile ingredient that can either be used on its own or combined with other flours. Use it in pancakes, waffles, crepes, pasta, and so much more. Sorghum flour is made from an ancient grain that has been grown for thousands of years. It has a smooth texture that is slow to digest with a low GI. It can be used in any recipe that uses flour such as cakes, breads, and muffins. And of course, Besan flour. It is milled from ground chickpeas and is an excellent source of fibre and a good source of protein with low GI. It is popular in Indian cooking specifically for flat breads and sweet pastries. These Artisan Australian flours are currently on sale on YesYouCan’s website at 20% off for a limited time only. For more information, please contact YesYouCan at info@yesyoucan.net.au or +61 02 8084 4314 or visit their website www.yesyoucan.net.au. $9.4M Water quality project stopping 26,000 tonnes of sediment polluting our Reef annually 2020-10-06T02:55:04Z 9-4m-water-quality-project-stopping-26-000-tonnes-of-sediment-polluting-our-reef-annually The Great Barrier Reef Foundation has announced $9.4M of funding for a program of work to stop 26,000 tonnes of sediment at its source every year in the Wide Bay area. The Mary River Recovery Consortium led by Burnett Mary Regional Group is using this funding to deliver on the Mary regional water quality improvement program over the next four years. The MRRC consortium is a formal delivery group partnership between Burnett Mary Regional Group, Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee and Alluvium Consulting. The Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s irreplaceable ecosystem, but poorer water quality from runoff is one of a growing combination of threats to its health. This project will build on the high calibre of work already being undertaken by Queensland's farmers and agricultural community to help reach the targets set out by the Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan. The main aim is to stabilise and revegetate badly eroding sections of the Mary River by working directly with cooperative landholders. BMRG CEO Sheila Charlesworth says: The catchment modelling states that around 70 per cent of the fine sediment from the Mary River that enters the Great Sandy Strait comes from streambank erosion. BMRG are thrilled to have received funding from the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to formulate the Mary River Recovery Consortium and work with MRCCC, Alluvium Consulting on addressing this. MRCCC Brad Wedlock says “We have a very well developed and engaged network of landholders who understand these issues and are ready to work with us on their properties to restore their riverbanks.” Great Barrier Reef Foundation Managing Director Anna Marsden said, “This program builds on the high calibre of work Queensland’s farmers and agricultural community are already undertaking to safeguard the future of our Reef.” “By working with farmers and scientists we’re not only improving conditions for the Reef’s precious corals, we’re also saving endangered turtles and dugongs that feed on the region’s seagrass beds that need clean water to thrive,” Ms Marsden said. “We need less sediment running into the Reef’s waters in large plumes which smother the corals and seagrass, preventing them from receiving the natural light they need to survive. “These projects are an important part of our ambitious plan to prevent 500,000 tonnes of fine sediment from polluting the Great Barrier Reef each year by 2030.” The Mary River Recovery Project is funded by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s partnership with the Australian Government’s Reef Trust. New Plant Taxonomy Course 2020-10-01T00:45:41Z new-plant-taxonomy-course Media Release- For Immediate Release   1 October 2020 New Plant Taxonomy Course- Understand the essentials of plant naming and classifying We are excited to announce that we have released a brand-new Plant Taxonomy course. This 100- hour course extends our popular 20-hour Plant Taxonomy short course.  Plant taxonomy is the science and practice of naming and classifying plants. It relies on accurate descriptions and rules of nomenclature to facilitate plant identification. Knowledge of plant taxonomy is important for anyone working with plants, especially in horticulture. It is more than just a means of avoiding poisonous plants. Plant taxonomy skills are required to correctly select, grow, and use plants in any context. In commercial horticulture, plant taxonomy skills are also economically important, e.g. in the development of new plant cultivars.  This is such a unique opportunity to study plants and get a thorough understanding of scientific systems of classifications and learn how to identify plants yourself using your own observations. There are few courses offered around the world that go into so much depth. This course is a great way to learn and understand plant taxonomy.  Anyone who works with plants should understand how critical it is to have an understanding of plant taxonomy and plant identification. Those who work in the horticultural, environmental or agricultural sectors, should be able to identify parts of a plant or have the ability to place plants into higher level scientific classifications such as a family or class. Taxonomy trains people to observe the finer details that separate one plant cultivar from another. It provides a framework that makes the process of identifying plants systematic.   Our 100-hour Plant Taxonomy course covers the following lessons:  1.       Introduction to Taxonomy   2.       Describing Plant Parts   3.       Recording & Analysing Plant Descriptions   4.       Taxonomic Techniques   5.       Primitive Plants   6.       Seed Plants   7.       Phylogeny of Land Plants   8.       Monocotyledons   9.       Dicotyledons (Part I)   10.   Dicotyledons (Part 2)  More details on this course are located here: https://www.acs.edu.au/courses/plant-taxonomy-833.aspx  With ACS, you are guided through the course with the assistance of your tutor and get the opportunity to practice what you are learning in a number of different ways. More information on how our courses work is https://www.acs.edu.au/about-us/faqs.aspx    If you are interested in offering this course to your own students, we also offer course content licencing, for more information, https://www.acs.edu.au/about-us/course-content-licence.aspx   Australia’s agricultural future: growing with technology 2020-09-28T20:09:47Z australias-agricultural-future-growing-with-technology Drought, climate variability, biosecurity, global competition and consumer preferences are some of the greatest challenges facing Australian farmers, their impacts threatening our position amongthe most efficient primary producers in the world. However, Australia’s primary producers have a long history of embracing innovation and adopting technology to improve productivity and adapt to harsh conditions.The Future of Agricultural Technologies report released today by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) identifies and discusses the technologies that could address these challenges and bring about both incremental and transformational changes to increase the profitability, sustainability and productivity of our agriculture industry.The report was commissioned by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council, with support from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. It is the fifth report in ACOLA’s Horizon Scanning series, which draws on the expertise of Australia’s Learned Academies and the Royal Society of Te Apārangi.“Australia’s diverse agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector is a $69 billion industry, delivering significant benefits for our nation—particularly at a time where our economy is facing unprecedented challenges. However, reaching the Government’s goal of $100 billion by 2030 will likely require more than just incremental technological advancements,” Dr Finkel said.“Historically, Australian producers have been rapid adopters of innovation, and these emerging technologies will help our agriculture sector to transform and tackle current and future challenges.”Professor Stewart Lockie, one of the Chairs for the ACOLA Expert Working Group, said, “Innovation in our agriculture sector is critical for our economy, our food security and so much more. With a supportive policy environment, workforce and investment, we are confident that the future of agriculture in Australia will be one in which data analytics and artificial intelligence are as at-home on the farm as they are in any other high-tech industry”.The digitisation of farms through the ‘Internet of Things’ and data gathering and use will likely play a central role in future farm management strategies, allowing farms to track resources, monitor animal and plant health, support farm labour activities and enable precision agriculture.Other technologies could help us develop new products to meet climatic conditions and respond to consumer preferences, such as authenticating a product’s origins and quality assurance.ACOLA Chair, Professor Joy Damousi said that increasing technology uptake in our agriculture sector can also help Australia to maximise opportunities for regional employment, business development and Indigenous landholders. She also noted that there are clear roles for all stakeholders in supporting the sector to realise the potential of these new technologies, including to stimulate the agricultural technology and innovation ecosystemand build consumer confidence.The report examines the opportunities presented by nine technologies to improve the efficiency and profitability of agricultural production, develop novel agricultural industries and markets, and to contribute to a range of social and environmental values. The report explores technologies such as sensors, the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, machine learning, large scale optimisation and data fusion, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and distributed ledger technology. Importantly, the report highlightsthe range of challenges and considerations for governments, industry and the wider sector to further develop and enable the adoption of these technologies. A copy of the report and summary paper is attached (and will be available at https://acola.org/hs6-future-agricultural-technologies/)The Horizon Scanning Series is commissioned by Australia’s Chief Scientist, on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council. Previous reports have focused on artificial intelligence, precision medicine, synthetic biology and the role of energy storage in Australia. Reports can be accessed at https://acola.org/programs/horizon-scanning-series/ Expert Working GroupProfessor Stewart Lockie FASSA (Chair: from Sept 2019)Dr Kate Fairley-Grenot FAICD FTSE (Chair: Dec 2018 – Sept 2019)Professor Rachel AnkenyProfessor Linda Botterill FASSAProfessor Barbara Howlett FAAProfessor Alex McBratney FAAProfessor Elspeth Probyn FAHA FASSAProfessor Tania Sorrell AM FAHMSProfessor Salah Sukkarieh FTSEProfessor Ian Woodhead Media contactFor more information or to arrange interviews, contact: Ryan WinnChief Executive, ACOLA0484 814 040 About ACOLAACOLA is the forum whereby Australia’s Learned Academies and our Associate members come together to contribute expert advice to inform national policy; and to develop innovative solutions to complex global problems and emerging national needs. Through the learned academies, ACOLA has access to more than 3,000 of Australia’s greatest minds to bring together critical thinking and evidence to inform robust policy decisions. Rural property defies COVID 2020-09-22T21:41:22Z rural-property-defies-covid Rural property is one sector in the Australian economy that is showing appreciable promise despite the current economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A combination of improved seasonal conditions across the eastern states and generally good grain and livestock prices is prompting strong investor interest. It is also spurring a desire among young people to return to the land and city dwellers to flee to the regions as rural property enters the typically busy spring marketing season, This is the belief of directors of new, national Melbourne-based agribusiness and land transaction and development agency LAWD (Land, Agribusiness, Water, Development). The agency, with its strong line-up of some of the most experienced people in the industry is well positioned and sufficiently differentiated from its competitors to capture market share and make the most of current market conditions. LAWD which began operations in June already boasts a team of eight agents. The team is likely to grow to 25 by year’s end at which time an office will be opened in Brisbane. Included in the lineup are agribusiness experts as well as agents and advisors who specialise in peri-urban development land surrounding capital cities and regional centres and specialist valuers. All have expertise dealing with a spectrum of transactions, valuations and advisory from top end corporate entities and individuals at a portfolio level to medium sized family farms and smaller rural lifestyle blocks. One of the main point of differences with the LAWD model compared to other land transaction agencies is the agents all collaborate on listings rather than work independently. LAWD’s team consists of executive chairman John McKillop, who has been at the forefront of Australian agribusiness for more than 25 years. As chief executive of major corporate agribusinesses Hassad Australia, Clyde Agriculture and general manager of Australia’s largest cattle company Stanbroke Pastoral Company he presided over their divestment. In the last 12 months to April Mr McKillop has been chair of CBRE Agribusiness. Other senior directors include Colin Medway, who for the past four years was the national transaction leader for CBRE Agribusiness. Mr Medway, who is based in Yass, NSW has been at the forefront in establishing LAWD, which he believes offers more flexibility and opportunities for its agents.  His faith in the new agency is based on the wide breadth of experience its agents have “over a wide range of geographies” and who have been responsible for some of the country’s biggest individual rural land transactions in the last decade. Added to that, he says, is the personal relationships LAWD agents have established with all the major agribusiness players both vendors and purchasers, domestically and internationally. On top of strong local demand for property Mr Medway is also buoyed by interest from overseas investors seeking a safe investment haven in Australia. But, he says, it is family farm businesses that remain the engine room in the market with a new generation of young people returning to the farm and looking to expand. “I think there is a new wave of young people seeing agriculture as a viable long-term career and certainly there is a run of them coming back to the land. “And those family businesses often need to expand to accommodate this growing workforce.” Mr Medway says the rural property market is as strong as he has ever seen it. “We’re encouraged by the pipeline (of demand) we have for the spring and the assets we have to take to market.” In particular, the south west slopes of NSW was probably the hottest market at the moment. As for the impact of the Covid-19 virus, Mr Medway said LAWD was advising clients it was having no impact apart from the inconvenience of being able to cross borders to inspect properties. Generally, he was finding even overseas investors who were unable to travel to Australia had trusted local representatives to carry out inspections and advise them. Also, fuelling interest in agriculture as an alternative investment was low interest rates of around three percent, which could be covered by operating returns leaving any capital gain made when divesting the property as profit. On average, Australian farmland has delivered compound annual growth of 7.5pc over the last 20 years, according to Rural Bank. According to another LAWD director Tim Corcoran, who also moved from CBRE Agribusiness, the new agency offered him the chance to embrace teamwork even more and work closer together. Mr Corcoran, who operates from Wagga Wagga, says a lack of supply and access to cheap funds is driving strong demand for property in his area and driving up values leading to a positive outcome for vendors. “It’s a seller’s market,” he says. Another LAWD director Ian Robertson, who is based at Cowra in NSW’s Central West, said it was a perfect time to to establish the new business. “It’s a great team and a great opportunity,” he said. With the LAWD model two to three agents could be all working on the same listing together. “It provides a bit of extra grunt to the vendors”, he said. We all work together on jobs. This is the only business where multiple agents work on jobs. “We’re certainly getting our share of listings. It proves it doesn’t matter what colour shirt you wear; it’s the individual that’s in it that counts.” Two other directors who have joined LAWD, Peter Sagar and Paul Callanan from Cushman and Wakefield, a global real estate services firm, will oversee land development opportunities in the growth corridors of capital cities and regional centres and towns. According to Mr Sagar, the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a shift away from city centres and apartment living to suburban fringes and rural residential locations as more people embrace working from home.  He sees his experience as a land developer with major corporates, and an agent and valuer overlapping with LAWD farmer clients, seeking advice on subdivision in or near a town or regional centre to further add value and achieve the best outcome. ZOLEO DEVICE WINS ACOMM 2020 INNOVATION - SME AWARD 2020-09-15T04:31:53Z zoleo-device-wins-acomm-2020-innovation-sme-award Melbourne, Australia, September 15, 2020 - Beam Communications Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Beam Communications Holdings Limited (ASX: BCC) is pleased to announce that the ZOLEO global messaging solution has just won the ACOMM 2020 award in the Innovation – SME category. The award is organised by the Communications Alliance, which is the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia. The 14th Annual Communications Alliance ACOMM Awards was held virtually on 10 September, featuring keynote addresses from the Federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, The Hon. Paul Fletcher MP and the Shadow Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland MP. This is the second industry award bestowed upon the Beam-designed and engineered device. In March this year, ZOLEO took out the 2020 Top Mobility User Experience Innovation Award granted by the Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA). In 2018, Beam formed a joint-venture with Canada-based Roadpost Inc. to launch a global low-cost pocket-sized messaging device that automatically switches between satellite, mobile and Wi-Fi networks. “It is very pleasing to see that the ZOLEO solution is garnering strong recognition from world-leading industry bodies around the world,” said Beam’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Capocchi. “This supports the positive feedback we have received from users and from expert reviewers since we officially launched the device in January this year, with ZOLEO now being sold through major retailers in both North America and Australia. We plan to start selling ZOLEO in more countries over the next 12-months.” McLaren Vale’s first organic producer, Bosworth Wines, celebrates 25 years of organic vineyards 2020-09-14T22:28:28Z mclaren-vale-s-first-organic-producer-bosworth-wines-celebrates-25-years-of-organic-vineyards Organic wine sales in Australia have soared in recent years, making it hard to imagine that back in 1995 organic wine was rarely heard of. This year, 2020, marks 25 years since Bosworth Wines began converting their McLaren Vale vineyards to become certified organic, the first growers in the region to do so. That decision sparked a movement that now sees McLaren Vale boasting the highest number of certified organic vineyards of any wine region in Australia.  From those early days in the mid-1990’s Bosworth Wines now produce more than twenty wines from their certified organic, family-owned estates under two labels – Battle of Bosworth and the Spring Seed Wine Co. They also export to over 10 countries, including the USA, Korea, Russia, Sweden and Japan.  As there was no existing methodology for modern McLaren Vale vineyards wanting to convert to organic, viticulturist Joch Bosworth (who is also the co-founder and co-owner of Bosworth Wines, together with his partner Louise Hemsley-Smith), had to largely invent his own. This included pioneering the use of the local yellow soursob under the vines for weed control, and the modification of a rotary hoe to cultivate only the soil under the vines in order to remove weeds. Twenty-five years later, many of McLaren Vale’s organic growers use Joch’s cleverly adapted rotary hoe technique in their own vineyards. And the humble soursob has proudly become the Bosworth Wines logo.  Born and raised in McLaren Vale, Joch’s decision to convert to organic was made when he returned home after a stint working as a viticulturist in the USA and Victoria. “I realised that McLaren Vale’s Mediterranean climate was well suited to organic viticulture”, said Joch. “Personally, I’d never been too keen on using chemicals, so I took what I knew and made a start, devising the process as I went using some ideas and advice from a few old growers in the district.”  Joch’s vision and commitment to organic viticulture has underpinned the success of the Bosworth Wines business, capitalising on the rising consumer interest in organics over the last two decades. Some reports indicate demand for organic wine in Australia is growing at more than 50 per year as consumers become more conscious of their purchasing decisions and aware of issues like sustainability. Organic wine – which is wine produced from grapes grown without the use of synthetic or artificial chemicals, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides – must also be subject to restricted levels of sulphur dioxide that can be added to the wine, as well as the chemical fining agents used.  Despite the surge in demand, the area is still considered a niche market, with organic wine making up only 1.3 per cent of all still wine consumption in Australia (Wine Australia, 2019). *** ENDS *** For further information on Bosworth Wines visit www.BosworthWines.com.au  Interview opportunities with Bosworth Wines co-founders, Joch Bosworth and Louise Hemsley-Smith, are available.  Hi-res imagery is available here. Slaughtering Jobseeker 2020-09-09T21:43:55Z slaughtering-jobseeker Dear Editor, One of Australia's biggest meat corporations says JobSeeker is too generous! Some of us might imagine that paying the rent or mortgage and feeding the family on $550 a week (soon to be reduced to $400) would not be a bed of roses. But the corporate and industry affairs manager of Teys says this is making people “a little bit too comfortable”. In his mind, the rate should be slashed further, so people will be forced to work in their hellish slaughterhouses, where COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly. There they will spend their days killing terrified animals, at processing speeds that guarantee suffering for both the workers and the animal victims. Here’s a better plan – instead of forcing people into poverty so they can keep the conveyor belts moving, cut the meat from your shopping list, and let’s close down these grim death factories. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Farm Machinery Manufacturer McIntosh Selects SYSPRO to Help it Expand its Highly Personalised Product Range 2020-09-03T22:54:19Z farm-machinery-manufacturer-mcintosh-selects-syspro-to-help-it-expand-its-highly-personalised-product-range McIntosh Farm Machinery has selected Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) specialist, SYSPRO, to help the company expand its highly customisable range of agricultural machines that it supplies in New Zealand and Australia. The company specialises in supplying quality forage and feed out wagons, tip trailers, manure spreaders and bale feeders to farms and vineyards and wanted to replace its existing ERP system to significantly improve its production and scheduling capabilities.   McIntosh Farm Machinery has been designing and manufacturing reliable farm and agricultural machinery for over 60 years from its Palmerston North production facility on New Zealand's North Island, after being established by the McIntosh brothers as a farm equipment maintenance business. The company provides its farming equipment through over 200 trusted dealers across New Zealand, Australia and Chile. The firm had concerns over its ability to plan for future customer orders, ensuring it had the right stock on hand to meet production needs. The management team also felt that as a family run business with a loyal longstanding workforce, much of the knowledge and expertise is in people’s heads. Many processes are paper based, and the company has over 6000 production drawings featuring around 20,000 parts. “We found our former system to be incredibly inflexible and the technology was too complex for our current workforce to grasp. What we really needed was a more flexible ERP system that was built around simplifying the manufacturing process and would improve our ability to plan ahead. We selected SYSPRO ERP for its ease of use and strong scheduling and planning capabilities,” said Brett McIntosh, Managing Director, McIntosh Farm Machinery. McIntosh has fully embraced automation at its high-tech manufacturing plant, with a Yaskawa robot welder and Hypotherm plasma cutter being some of its smart factory investments to date. The next part of the company’s Industry 4.0 strategy was to replace its existing ERP system. Implementing SYSPRO will enable the equipment manufacturer to manage its end-to-end supply chain, from inventory management, production and bill of materials (BOM), part traceability, quality control and financials, which is being implemented first and will go live in November.  Additionally, the company requires the new ERP system to integrate with CADTalk and other software such as payroll. “We are excited to be working with SYSPRO and its channel partner, MNM Business Solutions to implement our new ERP system. The SYSPRO platform will help us to continue developing innovative new products and will enable us to maintain our reputation as a quality provider of robust farm machinery that is delivered on schedule,” Brett continued. The rolling implementation will be completed during 2021 and its workforce will receive practical training as each major phase goes live. “Implementing SYSPRO will enable McIntosh Farm Machinery to improve its production scheduling, streamline and simplify its manufacturing operations and automate its new equipment design processes, whilst providing end to end supply chain management and part traceability. Together with our partner MNM Business Solutions, we are excited to be working with this highly innovative and trusted farm equipment developer that is positively impacting the production of food and wine across New Zealand and Australia to ensure it remains competitive in the future,” said Rob Stummer, Asia Pacific CEO at SYSPRO.