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MILK PRICE CRASH FINE:

Former Murray Goulburn Co-operative managing director Gary Helou has been fined $200000 for being involved in the misleading representations made by the co-op during the 2016 milk price crash. Murray Goulburn was not fined.

NO MORE WATER PAIN:

Water leaders are calling for communities to be protected from future water recovery under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan ahead of a Ministerial Council meeting in Melbourne on Friday.

TAX CHALLENGED:

The future of the Federal Government’s controversial backpacker tax has been thrown into doubt, with the outcome of a Federal Court challenge expected to be known early next year.

SOBERING CRIME STATS:

Almost 90 per cent of property stolen from Victorian farms is never recovered, with a statewide Federation University study revealing widespread under-reporting of farm crimes and a lack of confidence in police.

BENALLA SOLAR FARM:

A small solar farm is being proposed near the Benalla township. The proposal by AECOM Australia on behalf of Hunter & Co, is set to occupy 9.1ha at 35 Gunn Rd.

WINTER CROPS HIT:

The national winter crop production is tipped to be 20 per cent below the 20-year average, as farmers grapple with drought across large parts of Australia’s east. Victoria and NSW crop production is well down due to frost events and dry conditions.