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CANOLA TO HAY:

Some northern Victoria farmers are turning their canola crops into fodder, because of the poor seasonal weather prospects and the rising price for hay.

WATER CONVERSATION CONTINUES:

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has renewed calls to divert environmental water to drought-affected farmers, but some irrigators and environmentalists have said they are not supportive of the idea because of what it could mean for water entitlements.

RATE SHOCK FOR FARMERS:

A group of farmers are unhappy with their current council rates which have risen dramatically as a result of higher property valuations.

Meeting with Liberal candidate for Shepparton Cheryl Hammer and Shadow Local Government Minister David Morris in Dookie last week, the farmers say they don’t believe current rate structures are equitable.

DAIRY CODE SUPPORT:

The dairy industry looks set for a mandatory code of conduct after Australian Dairy Farmers announced support for the idea. Discussions regarding the code’s content are set to continue with Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud.

NUMURKAH GRAIN FIRE:

It’s business as usual at GrainCorp’s Numurkah processing plant, despite a small fire in one of the plant’s silos last Wednesday.

The company said it did not expect the fire to impact its operations.