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Australian competition watchdog warns of ‘power imbalance’ in wine grape sector

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has made a series of recommendations to try to increase transparency and certainty of pricing.

Visibility needed as ‘mixed’ sentiment hits east-coast Australian grains

The first wheat imports to Australia in years raise concerns about the sector – but there is still interest in cropping properties.

Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company makes first UK move

SALIC has led a £7m funding round for UK-based agtech firm Hummingbird Technologies and will use the tech on its properties in Australia and Ukraine.

Excess capacity in Australian dairy is the ‘new norm’: Fonterra

Fonterra’s strategic review continues with a Victorian factory closure and possible sales of Brazilian JV and Chinese farms.

Blue Sky enters receivership after Oaktree loan covenant breach

Future is unclear for the Brisbane-based asset manager as receivers are appointed after ‘significant instability and uncertainty’ at Blue Sky.

Western Australia ‘like California 30 years ago’

Alterra MD says he is seeing the ‘best opportunities’ for investment in WA, attracting interest from North American institutional investors.

The Rohatyn Group puts WA sandalwood estate on market

New York-based emerging markets-focused group has put the 6,700-ha estate up for sale after selling down timber assets in New Zealand last year.

Long-Term Asset Partners withdraws GrainCorp takeover bid

Recently formed asset manager said it ‘doesn’t have any plans at present to pursue other acquisitions’.

Australian ag needs better risk-management tools

A new report from the Australian Farm Institute argues that institutional – rather than price or production – risk poses the greatest challenge to the sector today.

Western Sydney International Airport could house agtech cluster: report

Report from the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre proposes a cluster that would enable Australia to increase its exports of fresh fruit and vegetables, and other commodities.
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