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San Remo shoots goals with netball sponsorship

Pasta brand, San Remo, Macaroni Company has renewed its partnership with Netball Australia for a further three years, supporting the Australian Diamonds team.

San Remo first began sponsoring netball in 2008, throwing its support behind junior netball, the underage National Netball Championships, ANZ Championship and Australia Diamonds for the last five years.

Female food icons receive Hall of Fame honours

The founders of Carman's and Boost Juice are among a range of female food manufacturing representatives who've been welcomed into the Australian Businesswomen's Hall of Fame.

Middle East secretly targets our farms

A QATARI Government-owned company is buying up prime agricultural land in South Australia at well above market rates and is forcing farmers to sign confidentiality agreements.

The company is threatening the farmers with severe consequences if they breach the agreements.

Hassad Australia last year bought a $9 million cattle property near Bordertown and is understood to be negotiating with several farmers on Eyre Peninsula to buy prime cropping and grazing land. It is believed the company is also looking at properties on Yorke Peninsula and in the Mid North.

San Remo shoots goals with netball sponsorship

Pasta brand, San Remo, Macaroni Company has renewed its partnership with Netball Australia for a further three years, supporting the Australian Diamonds team.

San Remo first began sponsoring netball in 2008, throwing its support behind junior netball, the underage National Netball Championships, ANZ Championship and Australia Diamonds for the last five years.

Australian Made urges buy local in the wake of natural disasters

The Australian Made Campaign is appealing to shoppers to look for locally manufactured, made and grown products and produce in the wake of the recent natural disasters across the eastern states.

“The next best thing to providing physical or monetary support is for shoppers to make their upcoming purchases from local growers and Australian manufacturers,” Australian Made Campaign Chief Executive, Ian Harrison, said.

“That puts much-needed reinvestment and money back into the local economy.”

Hungry in the food bowl

AUSTRALIAN farmers could be forgiven for feeling confused.

Every day they turn on the TV, open a newspaper or click on a tweet and are bombarded with politicians, international economists and global food security experts lauding agriculture as the cusp boom industry.

They hear messages exhorting farmers to double or treble their production by 2050 to meet the basic food needs of the world's nine billion hungry people.

The farm sector is told that guaranteed access to food - the ubiquitous hip phrase of food security - will be the key to every nation's future. That future world wars will be waged over sovereign ownership of fertile farms, food and water. And that Australia's continued economic prosperity, after the mining boom is over, will depend on agriculture and its ability to feed Asia's expanding middle class of 2.3 billion by 2030.

At the same time, the Chinese and Qatari governments are buying large Australian farms to produce food - sugar, wheat, sheep and dairy - much of it destined for their own people.

So, too, are Chinese private companies investing in Australian agriculture. Textile giant Shandong Ruyi last week completed its $240 million purchase of Australia's biggest cotton and irrigation property, Cubbie Station, while Shanghai Zhongfu last November was awarded the major government lease to further develop the $300m taxpayer-funded Ord irrigation project.

Have your say on foreign ownership register for land

TIME is fast running out for Australians to have their say on the national foreign ownership register for agricultural land.

The draft paper is seeking views on scope and definitions of ownership interests, compliance issues, access to information included in a register and overlaps with existing regulatory requirements.

The consultation paper was compiled by the foreign ownership register working group, chaired by the Treasury and comprising a range of Federal Government agencies.

A copy of the working group's consultation paper as well as details about how to make a submission can be found by following the links at treasury.gov.au.

The closing date for comments is February 1.

Milk price war worries Qld premier

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman wants the competition watchdog to investigate the milk price wars.

Coles, Woolworths and Aldi supermarket chains last year dropped their home brand milk price to $1 a litre.

Australian Dairy Farmers campaigned against the cuts which they say have caused major reductions to the income of farmers.

Scores had already left the industry in Queensland.

Risk of crying over spilt milk as brands drop off shelves

The milk wars might be working for consumers for now, but the prevalence and marketing of home brands may lead to less competition - and higher prices - in the future, writes James Robertson.

They used to say capitalism overloaded people with options.

''Choice paralysis'' was the name given to a peculiar kind of stress felt by shoppers faced with 50 varieties of mayonnaise.

But the wheel is turning. Choices are disappearing as familiar brands are pushed off shelves to make way for products branded with supermarkets' own labels.

When milk is dirt cheap in supermarkets, dairy farmers go down the gurgler

Almost two years after triggering a price war in grocery stores, Coles has confirmed discount milk will fill fridges for the "foreseeable future".

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