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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".
Published: 16/11/2018
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.
Published: 16/11/2018
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.
Published: 15/11/2018
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.
Published: 14/11/2018
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.
Published: 14/11/2018
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.
Published: 13/11/2018
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.
Published: 12/11/2018
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.
Published: 12/11/2018
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.
Published: 12/11/2018
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.
Published: 12/11/2018
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.
Published: 12/11/2018
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.
Published: 12/11/2018
'Man in the mirror' wool chair Wal Merriman resigns, claims AWI responsible for price boom
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chairman Wal Merriman has resigned.
Published: 12/11/2018
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.
Published: 28/10/2018
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.
Published: 28/10/2018
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.
Published: 27/10/2018
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.
Published: 26/10/2018
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.
Published: 26/10/2018
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.
Published: 26/10/2018
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.
Published: 26/10/2018
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.
Published: 26/10/2018
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.
Published: 26/10/2018
'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.
Published: 23/10/2018
How Australians are helping China become the world's biggest wine maker
For Australian winemakers, the Chinese market is booming.
Published: 22/10/2018
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.
Published: 21/10/2018
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.
Published: 21/10/2018
World record 18.3-kilogram turnip grown by Tasmanian farmer Roger Bignell
Tasmanian farmer Roger Bignell is no stranger to growing extremely large vegetables.
Published: 20/10/2018
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.
Published: 20/10/2018
Whisky and vodka flow as Tasmanian farmers embrace spirit of sustainability
When it comes to farming, change ensures long-term survival.
Published: 19/10/2018
Start-up seeks to guarantee meat eating quality using science
Guaranteeing the eating quality of a steak or lamb chop is the aim of Adelaide start-up MEQ Probe.
Published: 19/10/2018
Bread made from lentil flour could become the next health food craze
The health benefits of lentils are well known, but new research into lentil flour has shown those benefits are enhanced when it is baked in bread.
Published: 19/10/2018
Federal Government pushes to stop plant-based products labelled as 'meat' or 'milk'
Plant-based products labelled "meat" or "milk" will have to be rebranded if the Federal Government is successful in lobbying for a change of food standards.
Published: 19/10/2018
Push for women to consider career in dairy despite ongoing drought, milk price pressures
Women are being encouraged to consider a career on the land despite the industry being in crisis as it continues to struggle through the worst drought in living memory.
Published: 29/09/2018
Tasmanian Government launches hotline 1800 RAPTOR
A new hotline to report sick and injured birds of prey in Tasmania was launched on Friday.
Published: 28/09/2018
Drought conditions in Australia spread north as Indonesia feels the bite of the big dry
The drought in Australia is having an impact on its neighbours, with 5 million people in Indonesia suffering from an extended dry season.
Published: 23/09/2018
Wheat breeding trial aims to put flavour back in bread
A new wheat breeding trial in New South Wales is putting flavour first.
Published: 22/09/2018
Strawberry needle contamination: Industry to get $1m Federal Government assistance package
Strawberry farmers are set to receive a $1 million relief package as the industry buckles under the strawberry contamination crisis.
Published: 22/09/2018
Coca-Cola looks at cannabis as possible ingredient in health drinks
The Coca-Cola Company says it is "closely watching" the expanding use of a cannabis element in drinks, another sign the controversial product is getting more acceptance in mainstream culture.
Published: 22/09/2018
Biosecurity Advisory 24/2018 - Public comment invited on proposal to import White-cheeked gibbon into Tasmania
Public comments are invited for the White Cheeked Gibbon Nomascus leucogenys by 01 October 2018
Published: 21/09/2018
Intensive barley grass-growing system could have the answer to drought-proofing farms covered
A New South Wales farmer has built an intensive indoor fodder system he says can be built cheaply and provide a lifeline to farmers to drought-proof their property.
Published: 16/09/2018
Harvest contractors face dismal season with drought having a knock-on effect across eastern Australia
What is expected to be a dismal grain harvest for large parts of eastern Australia is not just bad news for farmers — it will also hurt contractors who rely on good seasons to stay in business.
Published: 15/09/2018
NSW hit with shocker drought crop
The NSW grain crop this year has been one of the worst in living memory.
Published: 14/09/2018
Drought bites in the east as ABARES forecasts 12pc cut to grain production
A rough winter for grain growers on the east coast has led the Australian government commodity forecaster, ABARES, to predict a 12 per cent drop in winter grain production from last year's total.
Published: 14/09/2018
On-farm Energy Audit and Capital Grant Program
The On-farm Energy Audit and Capital Grant Program provides subsidies to assist farmers to reduce their energy charges.
Published: 14/09/2018
Fossil record points to 'major transformation' of Australian ecosystems in next 100 years
If the world continues on a "business-as-usual" trajectory on climate change, global ecosystems including Australia's will undergo a "major transformation" over the next century.
Published: 01/09/2018
Better food policy in Asia
The transformation from a principally poor and agrarian economy into a rich industrial based economy is arguably the only sustainable path out of poverty.
Published: 31/08/2018
Diversifying into vegetables is working well for one north west dairy farmer
A north west farming family is responding to increased interstate demand for their vegetables thanks to grant money offered after the closure of the Edith Creek milk factory last year.
Published: 25/08/2018
Cheesemaker enjoys working with smaller dairy to make Tilsit cheese
It's taken a few years to be certified organic, but a North West dairy farming family says the hard work is paying off.
Published: 24/08/2018
Renewable energy could add hundreds of thousands of dollars to a commercial farm's value
While communities may object to renewable energy projects such as wind farms, the projects can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to farmers.
Published: 23/08/2018
Ancient grain millet has potential to tackle drought, obesity and malnutrition, researcher says
It is the ancient grain that researchers hope could help farmers battling dry conditions, while also helping to tackle global obesity and malnourishment.
Published: 23/08/2018
Australian university turns tonnes of food waste into potent bio-fertiliser exported to Asian farms
An Australian university is turning tonnes of kitchen scraps into high-value fertiliser that is being sold to farmers in Asia. James Cook University has become the first university in Australia to pioneer an innovative food waste disposal system known as the Bio-Regen.
Published: 23/08/2018
Push on to break down stinky stigma of human waste as council offers free biosolids to growers
Farmers are being urged to put aside their prejudices and consider an alternative to animal manure and other fertilisers — biosolids, also known as human waste.
Published: 20/08/2018
Why does Australia waste its recycled water when it could be used to irrigate food crops?
Australia wastes the majority of its recycled water that could be used on food crops — and farmers and local councils say it is a disgrace and want it made available for agriculture.
Published: 20/08/2018
How planting trees and grasses can help stabilise farmland in a changing climate
As parts of the country face the toughest drought in people's lifetimes, tree species that can assist in water and soil management have a renewed purpose.
Published: 19/08/2018
Laguna Bay Pastoral Company buys eight Tasmanian dairy farms with overseas investment funds
The head of a Queensland agricultural company which is investing in the Tasmanian dairy industry says he despairs about the lack of finance from Australian investors.
Published: 18/08/2018
Apiary industry launches new code to fight potential billion-dollar biosecurity threats
A major biosecurity incident in the bee industry could cost Australian agriculture billions, which is why beekeepers must get on board with a new code of practice, according to the Apiary Alliance.
Published: 17/08/2018
Cats blamed for spread of native wildlife-killing toxoplasmosis, as calls for urgent action grow
Toxoplasmosis is a disease spread in the urine and faeces of cats. All mammals, including humans, are susceptible. As feral cat populations in Tasmania have grown, toxo as it's known, has taken a massive toll on local wildlife.
Published: 17/08/2018
A dream of growing mushrooms comes to a reality in the Huon Valley
William Borowski runs the family farm Forest Fungi and when he's not busy producing various types of mushrooms, he finds time to teach people how to grow them.
Published: 17/08/2018
Devastating drought set to impact Illawarra's last remaining commercial apple and stone fruit orchard
As the drought tightens its grip on farmers across New South Wales, dormant apple and stone fruit trees in the Illawarra are about to wake up — and they will be thirsty for water.
Published: 17/08/2018
Tasmanian farmers on the east coast are struggling due to lack of good rainfall
Farmers on Tasmania's east coast say they're having to diversify to stay on farm, and are accepting the area is now a dryland farming area.
Published: 17/08/2018
Lambs Alive - 29th August 2018
Macquarie Franklin and Sheep Connect are partnering to deliver one of the very popular Lambs Alive workshops in the 2018 lambing season. There is a great opportunity for the sheep industry to improve both animal welfare and productivity by lifting the survival of lambs and ewes at lambing time.
Published: 16/08/2018
'Country of origin' labels on pork products unclear, butchers say
The "Australian ingredients" in your packaged pork might just be smoke and water, Tasmanian butchers have warned amid concerns new labelling laws are not clear enough.
Published: 11/08/2018
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