Rural Succession Planning: how a will can let you down

For intergenerational family business, and particularly primary production business, clients often have the view that assets should be left to the next generation as a bequest in their will. This view often arises for some of the following reasons: No capital gain...
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Solar and Wind Farm Development on Australian farms

Interest in renewable energy projects has increased at a frantic rate since January 2016 Landowners are being approached by solar and/or wind project developers and in some cases, multiple developers are contacting landowners wanting to secure site access. The...
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Australian agriculture: the changing face of farmers

An estimated 70 per cent of the first jobs that young Australians commence will either look very different or be completely obsolete in the next 10 -15 years due to automation, according to a report by the Foundation for Young Australians. And Australian agriculture...
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Suck it up big girl, life’s not fair

Life in the bush can be hard, and with a growing disconnect between the food producers and our urban consumers, we really need to watch how we communicate our message. I was driving my three children home from school one day and refereeing a discussion between the two...
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Why every husband needs to encourage their wife to join a gardening group

When we bought a property in the Blackall district in 2001, one of the first outings I had was to the local gardening club day out. The garden was amazing, the ladies were so welcoming and the atmosphere very upbeat. We had morning tea, toured the garden getting hints...
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Join forces with sporting legends to tackle epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that manifests itself as fits or seizures. Abnormal electrical activity in the brain presents as sudden recurrent episodes, loss of consciousness, sensory disturbances or convulsions.  Quite often a public seizure and the actions...
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A simple way to start succession Planning and decision making for farmers

Every individual involved in a family business should be making a contribution, feel valued and understand where they fit in the future of the operation. Unfortunately, if you surveyed all members of a farming family and asked their opinion, the results would often...
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How to laugh in the face of adversity: it’ll do you good, truly!

Imagine being able to predict the future. With that skill, we could do something tangible to prepare for whatever lay ahead. Alas few are blessed with such a sixth sense. That’s why we need to work on our resilience. The word ‘resilience’ comes from the Latin resilio....
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The impact of biosecurity and JBAS changes for cattle producers in Australia

The 1st October 2017 is an important date for cattle producers in Australia with changes to the LPA  program. Producers must take action to be able to access future NVDs (National Vendor Declaration). Currently, if you use a NVD you are part of the LPA (Livestock...
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Legislative changes Queensland farmers may not know about

Recently we have been running landholder workshops where we have looked at the computer mapping that is available for farmers. What's been really surprising is that people are not aware about how much the government can see in relation to activity at the individual...
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As a modern day bush telegraph, Farmers’ Voice is an online magazine sharing stories, opinions and information of interest and benefit to rural Australia.

Australian Farmers are the experts of their own story and it is important to have a place where their voice can be heard.

When times are tough it is the empathy and understanding of someone who ‘gets’ what you are feeling and experiencing that makes all the difference.

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Suck it up big girl, life’s not fair

Life in the bush can be hard, and with a growing disconnect between the food producers and our urban consumers, we really need to watch how we communicate our message. I was driving my three children home from school one day and refereeing a discussion between the two...

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The City Chicks Guide to Australian Agriculture

Last year we took our children to a Veg Management rally in Brisbane and then to the Ekka. Wearing akubras always sparks interest and a flood of questions about life on the land, so it got me thinking about the important messages we should be sharing. What makes our...

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