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Tax attack

THE National Farmers Federation has called on senators to follow the lead of the House of Representatives and pass the carbon tax repeal bill. NFF sustainability committee chair, Gerald Leach, said the NFF did not support the carbon tax because of the "unnecessary costs" it added to Australian farm businesses, agricultural input suppliers, and food processors. "With coverage for fuel set to commence on July 1, 2014, the carbon tax will continue to impact on farmer profitability as all inputs come via road transport, fuel is needed for production, and all harvested commodities leave the farm by road," Mr Leach said.

E-learning

A NEW e-learning training platform is available for agribusiness and farmers. The EverTrain website offers five accredited and non-accredited courses. The five EverTrain courses are: Managing Carbon on Agricultural Land; Managing Climate Risk in Agriculture; Salinity Concepts NSW; Salinity Management NSW; and Soil Biology. Visit http://www.evertrain.edu.au for more information.

Going nutty

A NEW agricultural industry is emerging in Australia with more than 200,000 hazelnut trees now imported from Chile. Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, said a consignment of hazelnut trees cleared quarantine on November 27, after years of planning to ensure biosecurity risks associated with the introduction of new stock were managed.

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