The Rural Women’s Network


The Rural Women’s Network is seeking help to uncover female volunteers in our communities to honour them in The 2014 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll.

Volunteers are extremely valuable to communities as they ensure the survival of many important community groups including charities, emergency services, the arts, environment, social justice, education and sporting organisations, which otherwise simply could not

survive. They do not seek the limelight and go about their work quietly and diligently giving so much of their time and energy to help others across these regions.

Last year saw women nominated from Gresford to Lightning Ridge, from Harrington to Tinonee, from Cobar to Byron Bay. The oldest volunteer nominated was 86 and the youngest 17. There are no barriers to volunteering, only rewards.

We encourage you to go to the RWN website and take a moment to read through the inspiring stories of the inspiring women nominated last year and to think about who you could nominate for this year’s honour roll.

One of the inspiring women included in last year’s Honour Roll is Temple Cornish from Orange in the central west of NSW.

Temple Cornish, Orange 

Temple has a long standing commitment to the community of Orange with many years of volunteering with local groups and services. She has been a volunteer with Girl Guides for 60 years, Meals on Wheels for 50 years and UPA Child & Aged Care for 40 years.

Temple was a member of the committee who established the House Keepers Emergency Service in Orange and served 25 years on the Executive. As a part of Orange’s Bicentenary Organising Committee, Temple organised for Tall Ships Cadets to visit Orange. She has

filled many other roles within the community including Elder and Secretary at Fiveways Uniting Church, Treasurer of Women’s Association, Coordinator of volunteers at UC Parish Centre desk and Cashier at the Church’s Mustard Tree Café. Temple was selected to

carry the Olympic torch in 2000 and was awarded Orange Citizen of the Year 2008.

Nominating a rural woman is easy. Simply go to the RWN website: , complete your nomination online or download a nomination form and share with us a few paragraphs about why your nominee is worthy.

For more information contact the Rural Women’s Network on 02 6391 3433 or email .

Nominations close Wednesday 16 July.

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Joke for the Month of June




A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.

They rub it and a Genie comes out.
The Genie says, ‘I’ll give each of you just one wish.’
‘Me first! Me first!’ says the admin clerk. ‘I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.’
Puff! She’s gone.
‘Me next! Me next!’ says the sales rep. ‘I want to be in Hawaii , relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.’
Puff! He’s gone.
‘OK, you’re up,’ the Genie says to the manager.
The manager says, ‘I want those two back in the office after lunch.’

Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.

Articles of Interest


June 2014 Month End News Articles


The Future of Indutrial Hemp on the UP

Wind damage hits WA crops as Paddocks blasted away

Should Farmers forget about climate change

Cotton Agreement opens Markets

Around the Crop Circles

Grain Watch: Farmers welcome winter’s arrival

Grain Comment: Tricky call for grain direction

Grain Wrap: Forward Selling behind last year

Grain Marketing: Quality hit by US rain

High Hopes for Grain Inquiry

Strong start at Narrabri

Graincorp seeking government money

Monthly Market Update


The past month hasn’t given us too much excitement on the pricing front. Wheat prices have fallen during the course of the month, with delivered Downs values falling from $365/mt at the start of the month to around $348/mt today for old crop. Similarly, new crop numbers have also fallen from $330/mt delivered to around $312/mt for 70/10. There’s no denying these are still fantastic numbers to price grain at, but we are still a long way out from harvest and moisture levels aren’t giving much confidence in selling. New crop track values for a multigrade contract have spent the month trading in a $10 range, between $325-335 Brisbane track and around $303-315/mt Newcastle track. For the last part of the month, durum has been on everybody’s lips. We have seen new crop figures around $370/mt Newcastle for DR1. For a lot of growers, there are still too many uncertainties to commit to pricing but those that are willing, this is a good starting point.

Barley remains fairly quiet. There was a little new crop selling interest earlier in the month but as prices dropped away, so did enquiry. Sorghum demand was up and down through June. It was shunned at the start of the month and prices fell $30/mt in the Newcastle zone, almost overnight with the expiry of May contracts and shorts. Consumer demand has been filled very quickly and any openings are filling quickly. For the most part, we have shifted demand now from July/August out to September/October. Prices seem to be in the $250/mt XF range at the moment and up to $260XF for October movement. Harvest is not yet complete on the Liverpool Plains and those still harvesting are quickly running out of storage as they can’t get grain moved off-farm quick enough. There is demand for SSOR in the system. In the past week it has been trading between $335-340/mt site, depending on which site.

Chickpeas have gone to ground, with little demand and minimal selling interest. We believe most growers are waiting on the new Financial Year (and eagerly awaiting s price spike) to price more. Chickpea values haven’t seen a lot of action and ended the month around $435/mt delivered Downs for old crop and $445/mt delivered for new crop. Faba beans have been bid all month at $420/mt delivered Narrabri/Goondi and up to $20/mt better delivered Downs. There is no doubt these are excellent values for faba beans and anyone comfortable with production but holding out for better prices is mad. Sometimes we have short memories but a lot of you will remember that only a few years ago (2008/2009) growers were excited to receive $200XF and in fact we were paying $170XF Narrabri/Gurley for fabas and a portion of the crop remained unharvested and just ploughed back in as green manure.

There are still crops going in and the last week of June has finally given us some colder weather. This will help to slow crop development down and perhaps increase demand for feed grains in the New England region, providing those with old crop an alternate selling opportunity.

AgVantage Commodities Market Report 26/06/2014


Futures overnight were mixed with soybeans posting gains. The US crop is off to a good start and this is expected to limit upside going forward. Likewise with corn, the crop is  experiencing good growing conditions and finished lower as a result of this pressure. Wheat posted small gains overnight on the back of wet harvest conditions affecting crop quality. This may render a portion of the crop ineligible for export standards.

Locally, sorghum homes for prompt movement off the Plains are difficult to come by as growers have been selling into the June/July delivered markets. Our homes for sorghum off the Plains for August/September are filling very quickly and will soon move into Oct/Nov delivery. We understand most growers are unwilling to sell this far out for cashflow reasons. SSOR in the system is currently being priced around $235-240/mt site on the LPP for June transfer.

For anyone with SOR2 in the system at Willow Tree, please contact us if you are looking to price, we have a pricing option for you.

Talking points and selling activity this week has been sorghum, 70/10 to work north onto the Downs, new crop faba beans, multigrade wheat and new crop durum. New crop durum prices have been around $370/mt Newcastle track for DR1 with discounts to DR2 & DR3.

Multigrade wheat values vary, depending on location. This week we are looking at values ranging from $300-320/mt on a Newcastle track basis.

The chickpea market remains quiet on both the old and new crop front, as do faba beans. Old crop beans are still difficult to place and new crop faba beans are still $415-420/mt delivered NNSW packer.

We may have an opportunity for old crop canola on-farm for anyone with parcels remaining.

2014 cotton values vary significantly at the moment depending on parcel size, location, delivery period and quality. We recommend giving us a call with specific parcels, especially any ginned prior to 4th July as we may have a higher value than posted on our DMR.

Remember, any price we quote you is the price you receive. We do not invoice you for a brokerage fee.


Upcoming Events

  • Upper Namoi Cotton Grower’s Association – Meeting Tuesday, 8th July. Commencing at noon in the Baxter Room at the Gunnedah Services & Bowling Club
  • Gwydir Cotton Grower’s Association – Meeting Tuesday, 8th July 5.30pm at the Royal Hotel, Moree
  • Lower Namoi Cotton Grower’s Association – Meeting Wednesday 9th July in the back room at the CSD Office, Wee Waa. Kick-off at 11.30am


AgVantage Commodities Market Report 24/06/2014


The wheat market reversed last week’s late recovery, with nervousness over corn surviving some torrential rain events in the Midwest being pushed aside by the generally comfortable world wheat production.  The US winter wheat crop has progressed to around 30% harvested, slowed somewhat by the rains affecting the Midwest corn crop.  The drop in international prices saw Saudi Arabia, The UAE and Egypt purchase close to 1Mmt over the last couple of days of multi origin wheat. Corn conditions in the US dropped 2% in the Good to Excellent rating to 74%, and the forecast for further rain look likely to cause some continued flooding and crop destruction. The next important piece of the corn puzzle will be the confirmation of planted area in the 30 June USDA planting and stocks report. The soybean market continues to run its tight nearby stocks race, and the funds helped to push this support to the new crop contract as they begin rolling their positions to the November contract.

Cotton rolled through first notice day with little drama. The local market was mostly unaffected, given most local merchants have already moved the pricing structure to the December contract. Every seems more interested in new crop conditions, which seem to be ever improving in West Texas, while the lack of Indian monsoonal rains have also put planting in the subcontinent behind schedule.

The Aussie dollar found support from the improved Chinese economic data released yesterday, and seems to have found plenty of support in the 0.94 cent range.

The local grains market is still being pressured lower by the continuing improvement in southern crops. New crops prices have stalled their fall, but old crop is feeling the pressure from the liquidation of stocks held as hedges against production. The chickpea market is in a holding pattern, with Ramadan starting on Sunday, no real new demand is expected between now and harvest, and the spread between old crop and new crop reflects the cost of carrying tonnes. Sorghum remains hard to place, and prompt delivery is near non-existent.

Defoliation costs grow after rain

GOOD rain to kick off the winter crop season has caused a few extra challenges for those wrapping up their summer crop in the State’s north.


Calls for sorghum reform

GROWERS through the Liverpool Plains in northern NSW are calling for more definitive standards after an apparent change in the interpretation of staining in sorghum at GrainCorp sites.


Smart Marketing: Global stock’s modest lift

THE fall in wheat futures continued last week, with another $15.07 a tonne being pulled off the Australian dollar value of December futures up to the end of trading on Friday.