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Old 21-12-2010, 07:12 AM
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Default Queensland farmers see a year of good and bad another day another dollar

Another day another dollar. A year of tears for the crop, sugar and mango farmers of the region. But in direct contrast, cheers for most of the cattle graziers, who welcomed the drought busting rains that provided for some, the wettest year on record.

A year of dramatic change on the political arena saw our own 'Lord of the Bush' Bob Katter back in Canberra with considerable clout, more than ever, and using it unashamedly for his beloved and ever faithful constituents of Kennedy.

The banana farmers had their battles, seriously contesting government overtures to allow imports from the Philippines.

And from New Zealand there was a stew over the right to import possibly zebra contaminated potatoes.

And then it was their apples and pears that the Aussies objected to in the most strenuous terms.

The poor dairy farmers in the north copped it again when Woolworths lost the home brand contract to international company Parmalat that resulted in more farmers simply walking off what was once Australia's best dairy producing country.

In 30 years, the number of farms has fallen from 268 to just 69.

Sugar farmers claim they "lost everything" with the unseasonal heavy rains late in the year, and the mango producers relying on the Christmas selling season were left with little else but unsaleable marked fruit withering on the branches.

Then there was the ogre of coal seam gas that is set to be a major topic in the coming year after reports from the US of the damage its exploration has caused to farmlands and domestic water supplies.

Queensland farmers have already indicated they are becoming less tolerant of the mining sector poaching their grazing land.

There is also a row looming with the transport of cattle that many say is destined or doomed for the highways following the sale of QR, which one time handled a huge volume of livestock.

There is a lot of promise in the looming year but no guarantees, and for cattlemen that applies particularly to the Indonesian live export industry that is still governed by weight and quota.

But in the end much will be governed by the weather. As it always was...
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