Want to get some perspective on the size of the Chinese beer industry? Put it this way, they drink 18,280 Olympic pools of the stuff a year.
National Grains Industry Reporter
Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.
Bayer will be required to divest its seeds business, including a canola breeding centre in Horsham, as part of its purchase of Monsanto.
It sounds fanciful, but could hay from WA's remote Ord River region be road freighted to Katherine and then railed to southern centres?
Novel genetic material from a Japanese barley variety is providing breeders with genes resistant to problem fungal diseases.
Mungbeans have not suffered the same fall in price as other pulses due to less reliance on the Indian market.
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