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Robots may take on shearing as Australia's resurgent wool industry deals with a labour shortage
Robots shearing sheep. The idea is enough to have 19th-century bush poet Henry Lawson turn in his grave, but Australia's resurgent $3 billion wool industry is working to make it a reality.
Grain harvest on east coast eclipsed by Victorian town of Nhill as it bucks the trend caused by drought
The western Victorian town of Nhill has supplied more grain to one of the country's largest handlers than all of Queensland combined.
Dairy farmers welcome draft mandatory dairy code of conduct released this week
Farmers are embracing plans for a mandatory code of conduct for the dairy industry, while also highlighting fundamental problems facing the sector they say are being ignored.
Last week
Organic tomatoes get a taste of what super investment can grow
In an unassuming paddock near Lake Boga in the Victoria's north west, Australia's first-ever crop of organic processing tomatoes is booming.
Fruit fly restrictions lifted in Tasmania but markets yet to recognise status
Tasmania has officially clocked over into fruit fly-free status but Australia's trading partners will not automatically recognise the change
What causes the spectacular bolts of crawler lightning to flash across the sky?
Tentacles of light flashed across the night sky over the weekend but what causes the spectacular crawler lightning?
Biosecurity Advisory 3/2019 - Queensland fruit fly Control Area and Infected Area restrictions in northern Tasmania have been lifted
The Queensland fruit fly (QFF) Control Area and Infected Area restrictions in northern Tasmania have been lifted. The restrictions were put in place in early 2018 following the discovery of QFF in Tasmania.
Biosecurity Advisory 2/2019 – Removal from sale of cultivars of Asparagus aethiopicus
Biosecurity Tasmania advises Tasmanian importers and distributors of nursery plants that cultivars of (Plant Biosecurity Manual List A plant species) Asparagus aethiopicus have been detected in outlets, and removed from sale.
Giant avocados five times the size of a standard variety set to smash the market
Avocado lovers rejoice. Giant avos weighing up to 1.8 kilograms are now available in Australia.
One million hazelnut trees planted on farm in southern NSW to be used in Nutella and Ferrero Rocher
One million hazelnut trees have been planted on a farm in southern New South Wales. It is hoped the trees will bear 5,000 tonnes of hazelnuts (in shell) by 2020 for use in crowd favourites including Nutella and Ferrero Rocher.
Bees and not honey are what natural beekeepers focus on
Beekeeping is usually about making honey but there is another way of operating with a different goal in mind.
Applications now open for the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship
AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship applications open for university students looking forward to a career in rural industries
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Biosecurity Advisory 1/2019 - Public comment invited on proposal to import Rose-crowned conure into Tasmania
The Wildlife Management Branch of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment have received a submission for the Rose-crowned conure Pyrrhura rhodocephala species profile for consideration to import into Tasmania.
2019 edition of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania
The 2019 edition of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (PBMTas) was published on the Biosecurity Tasmania website on 19 December 2018. The manual will only be published online, and will not be available in hard copy format.
Your best rural and outback photos from 2018
A selection of photos sent in to the ABC.