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Purebred turkey bloodlines alive and well on King Island all thanks to a prized gobbler
Have you ever considered the humble turkey as your next backyard pal? Lyndsey Sumpton from the Australian Heritage Turkey Society said the fowls were keen to make friends and were just like having an "ugly parrot".
Farming Together: How primary producers are preparing for a challenging future
Innovation, technology and engagement with ethical consumers are the keys to the future of food production, according to the head of a national sustainability program.
Neonicotinoid insecticide causes bees to abandon their young at night: study
Spying on bumblebees as they nest has revealed strange behaviour in those exposed to tiny amounts of a widely used pesticide.
Pastured eggs the new 'free range' for consumers worried about animal welfare
Concern over animal welfare is driving demand for 'pastured' eggs as an alternative to caged and free range production.
Buy a Bale proceeds for drought-affected farmers flow to first South Australian producers
For farmer Karl Zerner, the phone call from the Buy a Bale drought appeal was a lot to take in.
PM's new backpacker changes an immediate relief 'but not a long-term solution'
Changes to Australia's seasonal worker program and backpacker visas have been welcomed by Australia's agricultural industry as something that will provide immediate relief, but the industry will not give up the fight for a dedicated agriculture visa.
High oestrogenic clovers wreak havoc on flock fertility
High oestrogenic clovers may be playing havoc in sheep production systems and some producers may not even know it.
Probiotics of the plant world: Why soil microbes are gaining worldwide interest
Interest in soil microbes seems to be skyrocketing, and not just from organic farmers.
Grain imports on the cards as drought drives up prices and crop forecasts slashed
Australia could be set to import whole grain for the first time in more than a decade as drought drives up prices.
Hard rain vs soft rain: What differentiates drizzle from a downpour?
It is raining again in the south-east and it is seeping into discussion. So if you would like to intrigue your friends, fascinate your family and enthral your co-workers with the science behind "soft" and "hard" rain, read on.
'Man in the mirror' wool chair Wal Merriman resigns, claims AWI responsible for price boom
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chairman Wal Merriman has resigned.
Medicinal cannabis farm begins production vowing a duty of care to Australian patients
Months behind schedule, Queensland's first licensed medicinal cannabis farm has started growing plants with the aim of manufacturing a series of "affordable" medicines from early next year.
Water prices double, makes farmers think twice about profitability of crops
Growers are struggling to keep up with doubling water prices brought on by little rain and high demand.
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Drought and ageing populations dwindle rural fire brigades ahead of bushfire season
Rural New South Wales communities are struggling to attract volunteer firefighters ahead of what is expected to be a serious fire season.
Strawberry needle scare: History shows growers may bounce back stronger than ever
In the aftermath of the needle tampering saga that gripped Australia, life and work for strawberry growers is slowly returning to normal.
Graziers in far-west NSW digging deeper into debt, and dams, to get out of drought
Graziers in far-west New South Wales are using government loans to prepare their properties for the arrival of rain.
Biosecurity Advisory 26/2018 - Biosecurity Tasmania has declared Giant Pine Scale to be an Unwanted Quarantine Pest for Tasmania
Biosecurity Tasmania has declared the sap-sucking coniferous pest, giant pine scale (Marchalina hellenica), to be an ‘Unwanted Quarantine Pest (UQP)’ for Tasmania on 22 October 2018
Sick of foam packaging for your vegies? A national solution is still years away
A council from regional NSW is blaming excess packaging as the reason why it cannot reach its zero waste-to-landfill target.
BOM outlook: Low chance of drought recovery for eastern Australia in coming months
Despite heavy rain lashing parts of the country in recent weeks the big dry is far from over — and according to the Bureau of Meteorology, the hard times are set to continue.
Stock culled as drought drives grain, hay prices to 'scary' highs amid record demand
Farmers are culling animals and failing to cover the cost of production as grain prices skyrocket due to drought.
Chicken nuggets lab-grown from feathers to go on sale by end of year, company says
Imagine if instead of raising a whole chicken for slaughter, it was possible to pop a feather in a machine, and grow a chicken nugget.
High petrol prices may push up the cost of fresh food for consumers
The Master Grocers Association is warning that a rise in petrol and diesel prices could also lead to a rise in the price of fresh foods.
China's expanding middle class targeted by Australian quality food exporters
Whether it be wine, beef or grain, China's rapidly growing middle class is developing a taste for quality Australian produce.
'Renewables capital of Australia'? Port Augusta shows off its green energy credentials
Driving towards Port Augusta, a luminous white light appears on a concrete shaft to the side of the highway. The giant light is a receiver; it sits among a sea of mirrors which beam the sun onto it, producing intense heat that creates steam, turns a turbine, and makes electricity. It's known as concentrating solar thermal, a new breed of energy.
How Australians are helping China become the world's biggest wine maker
For Australian winemakers, the Chinese market is booming.
Dairy farmers' relocation to lush Tasmania from dry Victoria a success for three young families
A southern migration from Victoria to Tasmania has proven a sound choice, helping a trio of dairy farmers flourish.
Country Women's Association in NSW is attracting a new generation of recruits
While unions and service clubs are battling falling membership numbers, there's one group that's bucking the trend.
NAFTA 2.0: What Trump's new US, Mexico and Canada free trade agreement means for Australian farmers
The new US-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement (USMCA) could have ramifications for Australian farmers, a Chicago futures expert says, though to what extent depends on its final terms at ratification.
World record 18.3-kilogram turnip grown by Tasmanian farmer Roger Bignell
Tasmanian farmer Roger Bignell is no stranger to growing extremely large vegetables.