Another grain trader is in trouble, with Dalgrains being placed into voluntary administration
National Grains Industry Reporter
Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.
Two more wheat import permits have been granted by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
Manildra Group has said imported Canadian wheat is needed to safeguard the immediate future of its Nowra starch and gluten plant.
The livestock sector is conducting a research project into grain devitalisation with a view to being able to bring grain imports upcountry.
The lack of visible grain stocks information means no one can get a clear idea of whether Australia really requires imported wheat.
UPDATED: Despite rumours swirling around, DAWR has confirmed there have been no recent changes to wheat import requirements.
The decision to allow Manildra a permit to import wheat from Canada has met with overwhelming disapproval from Aussie grain growers.
The ongoing trade tension between the US and China is unlikely to be good news for Australian agricultural exporters.
The African Swine Fever outbreak in China will impact Australian grain exports to the Middle Kingdom, but does it throw up opportunities?
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