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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
Drought puts heat in wheat
SIGNIFICANTLY-reduced prospects for Australian wheat export volumes in 2018-19 are now joined by declining production and export prospects for the Black Sea region and Europe. And global prices have moved higher as production concerns grow.
Published: 10/08/2018
Organic, grass fed and hormone-free: does this make red meat any healthier?
Red meat is an excellent source of protein and essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fats, which are linked to heart and brain health. But while a small quantity of lean meat may be good for us, too much red or processed meat can increase our risk of some cancers.
Published: 10/08/2018
Pastures and Livestock Productivity Project – have your say.
If you are a red meat producer, advisor or livestock buyer, it is time to have your say on pasture management in Tasmania.
Published: 08/08/2018
NSW farmers desperately seeking feed from all over Australia as the drought deepens
Many farmers in Australia are desperately searching for feed to keep precious livestock alive as the drought deepens.
Published: 02/08/2018
Aussie wine sets sights on US market resurgence as global export growth continues
Australia's international wine exports continue to surge, with the latest export figures hitting the highest growth in 15 years.
Published: 02/08/2018
A household pet becoming our next pest is 'just a matter of time'
Across Australia, legal and illegal pet owners are housing exotic animals like ferrets, venomous pit vipers, Indian ringneck parrots, and Burmese pythons.
Published: 01/08/2018
US food regulator FDA signals intent to crack down on plant products using term 'milk'
Manufacturers of plant-based milk alternatives sold in the United States may soon have to stop using the term 'milk' to describe their products.
Published: 01/08/2018
Tasmania's business outlook 'remarkably good', but 'structural' problems ahead
Tasmania's business outlook is "remarkably good" for the next few years, according to the latest Deloitte Access Economics report.
Published: 31/07/2018
Innovative farmers come up with ways to phase out single-use plastic packaging
Innovative farmers and producers are coming up with their own solutions to phase out single-use plastic, but hope the market will drive demand for plastic-free options.
Published: 31/07/2018
Small and New Landholders
People become small landholders for various reasons. Some purchase their property for a hobby, recreation or sporting activities.
Published: 31/07/2018
Tasmanian cheese: Using a raw milk traditional method in the modern age
When does a cheese maker become a dairy farmer? When they want to push the boundaries of cheese making in Australia and make raw milk cheese. "When the cheesery is on the farm it means you can use milk that is hours old, literally minutes old, milked that morning and that is a critical step to guarantee the quality of that milk," Tasmanian cheese maker Nick Haddow said.
Published: 29/07/2018
Europe's heatwave has brought a savage summer as climate change slashes the odds of more like it
In Australia we know about sweltering summer heat. We all remember the images of burned koala paws, collapsing tennis players and, far more seriously, the tragic events of Black Saturday. Aussies may scoff at Britain's idea of a heatwave, but this time it's the real deal and it's no laughing matter.
Published: 28/07/2018
Australian lamb prices continue to sizzle as overseas demand soars
In the middle of winter, there is nothing more comforting than a traditional lamb roast. The thing is, you might end up paying through the nose for the privilege if prices continue to head north like they have been.
Published: 28/07/2018
Hydrogen power plant pilot, a first for Queensland, highlights resurgence of humble chemical element
General interest - It is often associated with nuclear bombs and overzealous hype in the 1970s, but now the idea of hydrogen as a clean energy source is making a comeback in Australia.
Published: 21/07/2018
Minister Littleproud is visiting the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud will be the first Australian Agriculture Minister to visit the United States since 2009.
Published: 20/07/2018
Wool prices give growers the cash to upgrade farms
In 2016/2017 wool grown and sold in Australia returned $2.7 billion, and just one year later that figure has risen to $3.4 billion.
Published: 18/07/2018
Australia's largest dairy processor Saputo throws support behind mandatory code of conduct
Australia's largest dairy processor Murray Goulburn/Saputo, has come out in support of a mandatory code of conduct for the industry and called for milk price step-downs to be illegal.
Published: 17/07/2018
The National Centre for Farmer Health
Farmer Health is the website for the National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH). The Centre provides national leadership to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of farm men and women, farm workers, their families and communities across Australia.
Published: 17/07/2018
Growers turn vegies into powder
Growers turn vegies to powder to reduce waste and meet demand for superfood craze
Published: 16/07/2018
Milk Price Index launched
The Milk Price Index is a source of information for dairy farmers to inform their business decisions.
Published: 12/07/2018
Head of the dairy giant Saputo visits Australia to talk to dairy farmers about the price of milk
Chief executive Lino Saputo Jr. talks to Tas County Hour
Published: 12/07/2018
Frozen vegetables recalled from Woolworths, Aldi, IGA supermarkets over possible listeria concerns
Popular brands of frozen vegetables are being recalled from supermarkets across Australia over fears of potential contamination by listeria bacteria.
Published: 11/07/2018
New director for Tasmanian Irrigation
Mr Chris Thompson announced as a new Tasmanian Irrigation Director.
Published: 11/07/2018
Independent review calls for an overhaul of the wool body AWI
The independent review into the performance and governance of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has been released, making 82 recommendations to reform and modernise the organisation.
Published: 09/07/2018
Lifting Lamb Survival – Potential into Product - Workshops for Tasmania producers
'Lifting Lamb Survival' is an on-farm training program focused on learning and applying management practices to improve lamb and ewe survival.
Published: 05/07/2018
Farm Household Allowance extended to four years
The Australian Governmet's Farm Household Support package has now been extended to a period of four years.
Published: 03/07/2018
Varroa mite detected at Port of Melbourne
Varroa mite a pest of bees has been detected at the Port of Melbourne
Published: 03/07/2018
Australian Government Smart Farming Partnerships announced
Soil health, innovation, digital farming and next generation weather forecasting will be improved thanks to $27 million in funding through round one of the Smart Farming Partnership grants.
Published: 29/06/2018
Abattoir cleared of animal cruelty allegations
The abattoir at centre of animal cruelty allegations in the clear after 20-month investigation.
Published: 28/06/2018
Poppy industry issues causing difficulties for Tasmanian farmers
Farmers who have grown opium poppies for decades in Tasmania are walking away from the crop, which they no longer consider lucrative.
Published: 27/06/2018
State Government extends Agrigrowth Loan Scheme
The State Government's AgriGrowth Loan Scheme has been extended to provide additional benefits, in particular, to those young farmers that are entering farming in their own right.
Published: 26/06/2018
Tasmanian dairy farmer appointed to the new national Agricultural Industry Advisory Council
Michele Lawrence, joint owner and manager of Janefield Dairy in northern Tasmania has been appointed to the national Agricultural Industry Advisory Council.
Published: 22/06/2018
Cattle Council - rising beef champions initiative
Cattle Council aims to inspire, empower and support young people, who are passionate about the Australian beef industry and to provide them with an opportunity to be directly involved. It is vital that the cattle producers and stakeholders of tomorrow are involved in the planning that occurs today.
Published: 21/06/2018
The future of 'Sheep Connect Tasmania'
Feedback is critical to securing future investment in 'Sheep Connect Tasmania' and the provision of valuable, relevant and timely events and information products.
Published: 21/06/2018
Seasonal climate outlook * UPDATED on 27 September 2018
The Bureau of Meteorology has released an updated seasonal climate outlook for the next three months.
Published: 20/06/2018
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