Rural news briefs

Milk price up

DAIRY producers can expect a better year in 2013-14 thanks to increased prices and better seasonal conditions in dairy- producing regions, according to the latest National Australia Bank Agribusiness Rural Commodities Wrap. The NAB's Neil Findlay said improved sentiment followed a challenging 2012-13. "Encouragingly, this season's opening prices for liquid milk and milk solids at the farm gate have lifted by an average of 20-25% for southern exporters," he said.

Beating weeds

MORE than 120 growers and advisors tuned in to view last week's WeedSmart webinar, which addressed weed seed bank management, as well as general strategies to help promote the long-term sustainability of herbicides. The webinar featured a video discussion with leading weed researchers, farmers and agronomists who responded to questions sent from growers and advisors. To see the video, visit

Stock water

THE Newman Government will inject $468,000 into infrastructure to boost water availability on Queensland's 2.6 million hectare stock route network. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps said the funding would be used for stock route capital works projects to help in upgrading and replacing water facilities along the most frequently used roads and reserves.

Topics:  dairy drought drought assistance environment livestock rural confidence weeds

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