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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.
|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.
|NSW hit with shocker drought crop|
The NSW grain crop this year has been one of the worst in living memory.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|'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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Small and New Landholders |
People become small landholders for various reasons. Some purchase their property for a hobby, recreation or sporting activities.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Growers turn vegies into powder|
Growers turn vegies to powder to reduce waste and meet demand for superfood craze
|Milk Price Index launched|
The Milk Price Index is a source of information for dairy farmers to inform their business decisions.
|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
|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.
|New director for Tasmanian Irrigation|
Mr Chris Thompson announced as a new Tasmanian Irrigation Director.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Varroa mite detected at Port of Melbourne|
Varroa mite a pest of bees has been detected at the Port of Melbourne
|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.
|Abattoir cleared of animal cruelty allegations|
The abattoir at centre of animal cruelty allegations in the clear after 20-month investigation.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Seasonal climate outlook * UPDATED on 27 September 2018|
The Bureau of Meteorology has released an updated seasonal climate outlook for the next three months.
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