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Cotton latest casualty in China-Australia spat

Australian barley, cotton and wine producers are now all under the gun

In the latest round of a China-Australia spat side-swiping agricultural trade, China has ordered cotton mills to stop buying Australian supplies. That word came Oct. 16 from an Australian government source and two China-based cotton traders briefed on the matter. Relations soured after Canberra accused China of meddling in domestic affairs, and worsened when Prime Minister Scott

Australia lowers barley export forecast after China tariff

Reuters – Australia has lowered its forecast for barley exports during the 2020-21 season by around six per cent after China imposed a tariff that effectively ended the billion-dollar trade between them. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) said barley exports during the 2020-21 season will total 6.155 million tonnes,


China ban turns Australian barley growers toward domestic market

Growers may shift to alternative crops next season

Sydney | Reuters — Australian farmers will be forced to sell their barley supplies to the domestic livestock industry or cheaper international markets after China effectively banned imports from Australia, farmers said on Wednesday. China late on Tuesday said it would ban barley imports from Australia’s largest grain exporter, just weeks after it slapped a

Australia to subsidize air freight

Aim it to unfreeze agri-exports shut down by virus

Australia’s government will spend A$110 million (C$95 million) to subsidize air freight for exports of agricultural products after flights were severely disrupted due to the global coronavirus pandemic. About 90 per cent of Australian air freight is usually transported in planes carrying tourists. But with scores of countries closing their borders to stop the spread

China hits Australia with barley tariff

Duty to last for five years; China may turn to Canada, other exporters

Beijing/Sydney | Reuters — China added to tensions with Australia on Monday by announcing anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties totalling 80.5 per cent on Australian barley imports from Tuesday (May 19), which is expected to all but halt a billion-dollar trade between them. China’s ministry of commerce said it had confirmed dumping by Australia and significant


A field is sprinkled with the remnants of cotton after a harvest in Trangie, Australia, September 4, 2019. Drought is weighing on economic growth, and the dire conditions have prompted Australia, a major wheat exporter, to import the grain for the first time in 12 years.

Australia offers drought-ravaged farmers cheap loans

Farm businesses will have access of up to $500,000, interest free for the first two years

Australia will offer farmers hurt by drought up to A$1 billion in cheap loans, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Nov. 6, as the government seeks to curb rising discontent from rural voters. Farmers across Australia’s east coast have been battling drought conditions for more than three years, wilting agricultural production and leaving some towns on




Australian lawmaker pushes to end live sheep exports

Sydney | Reuters — An Australian backbencher on Monday introduced legislation to parliament to ban the export of live sheep after the death of 2,400 animals led to widespread criticism of the A$250 million (C$241.96 million) industry. The bill threatens to expose fractures within the ruling coalition government, which last week introduced tougher oversight of

Sheep shearers are a hot commodity in Australia right now as producers try to capitalize on higher wool prices after a generations-long slump.

Falling off the sheep’s back: Why Australia can’t capitalize on record wool prices

A long-awaited surge in wool prices has met a shortage in key personnel and a low sheep count

Sheep farmers in rural Australia waited more than half a century for wool prices to come roaring back, only to find there aren’t enough shearers to trim their golden fleeces. “Once upon a time you could go down to the local pub and arrange for some fellas to come in and start almost immediately —