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Minister appoints Ms Cathy McGowan AO as the new Chair for AgriFutures Australia

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Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Mr Murray Watt has today welcomed the appointment of Ms Cathy McGowan AO to the position of Chairperson of the AgriFutures Australia Board.

Ms McGowan is a sixth-generation farmer from northeast Victoria and has held various leadership roles in rural and regional organisations, including as President of Australian Women in Agriculture. Ms McGowan was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia in 2004 and was elected and served in the Australian Parliament as the Federal Member for Indi from 2013 to 2019.

Hancock Ag buys up big at Wee Waa

Published by Grain Central - Emma Alsop, October 31, 2022

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GINA Rinehart’s Hancock Agriculture has recently purchased three irrigated cropping properties in the Wee Waa region of New South Wales, in a transaction reportedly worth circa $150 million.

Industry sources have told Grain Central that Hancock Ag purchased the 6856-hectare aggregation from the Findley family, who have lived in the area for three generations.

The transaction features main property, Cudgewa, alongside Pian Plain and Pindara, which are run by father-and-son team Robin and Lucas Findley.

Sizable, reliable water entitlements is understood to be a key feature of the aggregation, with the properties coming with a combined allocation of 23,000 megalitres plus approximately 7000ML of groundwater.

Of the total land size, about 4300ha is developed to irrigation.

Cotton on: one of Australia’s most lucrative farming industries is in the firing line as climate change worsens

Published by The Conversation 14 October 2022

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Milton SpeerUniversity of Technology SydneyJoshua HartiganUniversity of Technology Sydney, and Lance M LeslieUniversity of Technology Sydney

The northern Murray-Darling Basin produces 93% of Australia’s cotton. Cotton is one of Australia’s biggest agricultural industries – worth about A$2 billion each year – and a steady supply of water is crucial for production.

Megadroughts helped topple ancient empires. We’ve found their traces in Australia’s past, and expect more to come

Published by The Conversation 6 October 2022

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Kathryn AllenUniversity of TasmaniaAlison O'DonnellThe University of Western AustraliaBenjamin I. CookColumbia UniversityJonathan PalmerUNSW Sydney, and Pauline GriersonThe University of Western Australia

Most Australians have known drought in their lifetimes, and have memories of cracked earth and empty streams, paddocks of dust and stories of city reservoirs with only a few weeks’ storage. But our new research finds over the last 1,000 years, Australia has suffered longer, larger and more severe droughts than those recorded over the last century.


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