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CBH director ousted on 51% vote

Trevor Badger has been voted off the CBH Group board by the slimmest of margins at a special general meeting today, with the vote exposing a divide between members and the farm co-operative's board.

Minderoo Group becomes Tattarang

Andrew and Nicola Forrest have rebranded their private company as Tattarang, with the change of name coming soon after several board and executive changes.

Farmers in China trade crosshairs

Barley growers in WA’s south are most exposed by growing trade tensions between Australia and China.

Alterra sells part of Dandaragan farm

ASX-listed agribusiness Alterra has sold 913 hectares of its Dambadgee Springs property for $3.1 million to a local farmer, and will use the funds to support its avocado development projects and pay debts.

China baulks at meeting on beef and barley

China has ignored Australia's attempts to discuss trade tensions over beef and barley imports, and state governments fear they could become the meat in the sandwich as the trade tangle heats up.

Safety summit on the way

UPDATED: The state government has called an “urgent” summit of farm leaders to discuss workplace safety, at a time when a broad coalition of industry groups have been pushing to halt controversial changes planned to its Work Health and Safety legislation.

WA researchers breed rare oyster species

Western Australian researchers have bred a rare and emerging species of rock oyster, which the state government believes could help grow WA's nascent oyster industry.

Flight support boosts agrifood exports

Agricultural exporters from Western Australia, including beef and pork producers, have received further assistance, with the state government joining the federal government in subsidising international flights to carry their goods.

Farm sector goes against the grain

Consumer driven demand for grain-based products is good news for the farm sector.

Agriculture emerges as safe haven

SPECIAL REPORT: Institutional investor interest is continuing to grow in WA’s agricultural sector, unaffected by the global uncertainty of the novel coronavirus crisis.

Casting a line in the COVID crisis

SPECIAL REPORT: The state’s premium fishing operations are scrambling to adapt in an industry that no longer has a clear path to market.

Food producers’ labour squeeze

SPECIAL REPORT: Securing workers has become a major concern for food producers across Western Australia, with restrictions on movement and border closures affecting their ability to find temporary staff.

Lifelong pursuit of productivity

SPECIAL REPORT: Improving the potential of WA’s nutrient-depleted soils has been a career-defining passion for John Howieson.

Patricia Kailis passes away

Medical doctor, researcher, philanthropist and business leader Patricia Kailis, who jointly established MG Kailis Group with her late husband, has passed away.

Lifeline for lobsters with federal freight deal

Western Australia’s rock lobster fishers have been given a temporary lifeline after the federal government brokered a deal to ship 500 tonnes of the local catch to China.

CBH meeting to determine director's future

CBH Group district four member director Trevor Badger has refused to resign after allegations he materially breached board confidentiality, forcing CBH Group to hold a special general meeting for growers to vote on whether to remove him.

Alterra, Casotti Group partner on 300ha orchard

ASX-listed agribusiness Alterra will develop a 300-hectare avocado orchard in Pemberton, which is set to become one of the largest avocado projects in the country.

Surprise election of new CBH chair

Simon Stead has been elected chair of CBH Group, replacing longstanding director Wally Newman, who is stepping down from the board immediately.

Seafarms raises $12.5m

Aquaculture company Seafarms Group has completed a $12.5 million capital raising ahead of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation to keep its operations afloat over the next 12 months.

Leadership changes at Wesfarmers

Wesfarmers has undergone a restructure of its industrial division, with David Baxby to step down as managing director.

Reprieve for lobster industry

Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley has unveiled a range of measures to support Western Australia’s rock lobster industry as a result of the worsening COVID-19 outbreak, including an extended fishing season and measures to increase local sales opportunities.

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