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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.

Potential ‘game-changers’ chosen for cotton industry’s 2022 emerging leaders program

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Australia’s cotton industry has selected 15 of the country’s most outstanding, up and coming cotton stakeholders for its premier entry-level leadership program.
Eight women and seven men from across NSW, Qld and the ACT will participate in the 2022 Australian Future Cotton Leaders Program (AFCLP), with support from Cotton Australia and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC).

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