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Rural Bank: ‘Bittersweet’ year for Australian ag exports

Rural Bank warns that the outlook for 2019-20 is ‘mixed’ and impressive growth in cattle exports this year was largely driven by an increase in production due to drought-induced destocking.
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Australia farmer sentiment ‘split along drought lines’ – Rabobank survey

Confidence in dairy is now higher than it is for other commodities, but farmers in drought-stricken areas are seeing potential profits from higher milk prices being eroded by the costs of water and feed imports.

Short-seller Bonitas resumes attack on Rural Funds Management

US-based short-seller argued that EY report was ‘not a clean bill of health’ and had ‘backfired’ on Rural Funds Management, as the ASX-listed firm begins legal action.

PwC research to target agri investment in northern Australia

A government-backed research project aims to examine the risks associated with agricultural development in the region and help ‘outline a clear path’ for investors.

Premium foods and meat substitutes ‘could be worth A$25bn’ – Australia’s national science agency

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation finds that shifting consumer preferences will lead to increased demand for health foods and alternative proteins, offering opportunities for growth.

Why Australian agri is vulnerable to short-seller attacks

With high-profile ag investment management firms like Blue Sky Alternative Investments and Rural Funds Group attacked by American short-sellers in recent months, to varying degrees of success, what is making these firms an attractive target?

NSW explores ‘A$1bn’ privatization of softwood forest

NSW treasurer Dominic Perrottet has launched a study into the long-term lease of its commercial softwood plantation business, which sources say could raise as much as A$1bn.
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Rural Funds Management: short-sellers ‘play by different rules’ to ASX-listed firms

MD David Bryant tells Agri Investor that a new report by EY confirms that allegations made by Bonitas Research were ‘completely without foundation’.
Weather conditions in eastern Australia remain challenging, but farmland has continued to deliver strong capital growth for investors

Western Australian farms achieved 12.3% returns in 2018

Broadacre farmers in WA have ‘a lot of confidence’ after one of the highest-returning years recorded by Planfarm in its annual Benchmarks report.

Quintis-grown Indian sandalwood sells on open market

Interest from around 2,200 separate parties into the six lots on offer shows that the market for sandalwood grown in Australia is maturing, agent David Smith said.
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