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Country Hour for Friday 28 July, 2017

Country Hour for Friday 28 July, 2017



Australia's first heavy rare earths mine was officially opened yesterday, at a remote site near Halls Creek and just six kilometres from the Western Australia/Northern Territory border.

Australia's Trade Minister has announced a small breakthrough with China on the suspension of meat trade with six processors.

Japan's Ministry of Agriculture is poised to announce it will significantly increase tariffs on US frozen beef. Chairman of the Australian Meat Industry Council Lachie Hart says an increased tariff on frozen US beef into Japan would be great news for Australia.

The economic viability of the Ord River irrigation scheme has been called into question in a new report conducted by The Australia Institute.

Mingenew farmer James Dempster has just returned from his overseas Nuffield scholarship research trip which focused on finding examples of innovative ways people are expanding family farms without buying more land.

Experienced agricultural consultant Ken Sevenson offers his advi