Tomorrow’s sheep industry will be a global affair

WORLD sheep and wool council director Ben Watts says the future of Australia’s wool industry can be enhanced by more international collaboration - especially in global wool marketing. Speaking at a national farm food safety conference in Launceston last week, Mr Watts entered the “wool future” debate by suggesting that although consumers were already seeking ethical products, the Australian wool industry was at risk of losing its opportunity to sell to them if it failed to act collaboratively. The British Retail Consortium last month signalled that ethical consumerism in the United Kingdom had grown by 15 per cent in recent years to reach 35.5 billion pounds in value, of which ethical clothing was the fastest growing category, with sales 71 per cent higher than that in the previous year. “Why is it that when most Australian wool growers are ethical producers their story is not being told?” Mr Watts asked. “For too long wool has been shackled in tradition - we have a product...
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Flax and industrial hemp for fibre

How many of us have the courage to plant new crops? To place together people, financial resources, perseverance and total dedication is not handy to anybody. Plus that it is needed a business-driven man to catalyze permanently in a constructive way the new initiative. What are you going to do when there is not a critical mass of market players, culture (information, disponibility), know-how, real agricultural machines, people/a current to support it. I would like to invite you to get familiar with two new crops: flax and industrial hemp for fibre. Too few people really know about it (hemp being a traditional crops in the early age of Romania). I have been involved in such a project i.e. industrial hemp for fibre (from prospecting markets to cropping and harvesting fibre and seed). The information is availbale through website by courtesy of Romanian Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development: http://www.madr.ro/pages/page.php?self=01&sub=0104&var=010402&art=0408 This information is in Romanian, if you are interested please let me know and I will be...
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