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Australia | 8 January 2018
Murray-Darling basin: agriculture booming for major river system irrigators

Irrigated agriculture in the Murray and Murrumbidgee food bowl of southern Australia is quietly booming, despite political debate and interstate bickering about water loss, river health and the $13 bi...


Australia | 22 December 2017
Australia's digital agriculture dream stymied as gov scrimps on broadband

Gooda Creek Farm, located just outside Australia’s capital city of Canberra, exemplifies the country’s agricultural ambitions - a boutique producer that sells more than 2,000 kilograms a week of highl...


Australia | 21 December 2017
Queensland farmer fined and ordered to restore cleared native vegetation

A Queensland farmer has been fined and ordered to restore native vegetation he cleared on his property, despite a significant media campaign from the farmer, lobby groups and conservative politicians,...


Australia | 14 December 2017
Keeping farmers cut off is costing Aussie agriculture billions

The study revealed that by unlocking the full potential of ‘digital agriculture’ the value of agricultural production could conservatively increase by $20.3 billion and help achieve the industry’s goa...


Australia | 12 December 2017
Dry conditions, then frosts hit Australia farm production and exports

Dry conditions in winter and spring, followed by severe frosts in cropping districts in south-eastern Australia, have combined to slash crops, farm incomes and agricultural export earnings in fiscal 2...


Australia | 4 December 2017
Australia: 200h solar farm to be built on prime agricultural land

Locals in the NSW Central West are desperately appealing for help to stop a massive solar farm being built on prime agricultural land near Bathurst. Photon Energy has leased a 203 hectare site, pla...


Australia | 30 November 2017
Why Australian agriculture can't draw investment

With Asia’s expanding middle class hungry for its produce, you’d think Australia’s agricultural sector would have institutional investors lining up to plough money into future growth – but they’re not...


Australia | 28 November 2017
Record Australian agriculture production in 2016-2017

A new map of Australian agricultural production reveals record agricultural yield in the years 2016 and 2017. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ map of Australia’s agriculture shows...


Australia | 24 November 2017
Australia's agriculture map reveals record production in 2016-17

The map of Australia’s agriculture released this week by ABARES shows cotton was the most profitable crop per tonne produced and per hectare sown in 2015-16, while sugar cane was the highest yielding ...


Australia | 22 November 2017
Australia holds first ever National Agriculture Day

Australia has celebrated its inaugural National Agriculture Day, to celebrate the contribution farmers make to society and the economy. To mark the occasion, the National Farmers Federation has rel...


Australia | 20 November 2017
National Agriculture Day, a day to reconnect Australians with the agriculture industry

For Allison Harker, agriculture is in her blood. Mrs Harker and her brother are fifth-generation farmers at Vale View in Yass, a property established in 1850 that predominantly runs sheep, but als...


Australia | 16 November 2017
Blockchain to "revolutionise" Australian agriculture's fight against food fraud

Farmers in the Australian state of Queensland have taken to using blockchain technology to counteract food fraud. A blockchain is a database of transaction details of a product which can be accesse...


Australia | 9 November 2017
Queensland farmer raises $25,000 to run ad opposing Adani water licence

A Queensland farmer has raised enough money to air an advertisement during prime-time television in the state’s regional areas calling on the government to cancel the free and unlimited water licence ...


Australia | 8 November 2017
Australian women in Agriculture & Business celebrate 100 years

WAB returned to Riverton where the very first women’s branch of the Agricultural Bureau started on 30th October, 1917. Nearly 100 members, past and present attended, many with their husbands, incl...


Australia | 24 October 2017
Pest animals ‘cost Australian agriculture $797 million a year’

The cost of pest animals on Australian agriculture has soared according to a recent economic analysis. A report by the NSW Natural Resource Commission released yesterday found pest animals includin...


Australia | 19 October 2017
Blueberry farming divides NSW communities as tensions rise over land use

A clash of cultures is occurring on the New South Wales Mid North and North Coast as lifestyle and urban sprawl collide with farming. Agriculture has underpinned the economy of the region for more ...


Australia | 18 October 2017
Researchers in Australia have taken farming automation to a whole new level

The University of Sydney's Australian Centre for Field Robotics are pioneers when it comes to robotic farming. Having developed a series of driverless tractors, they give us a sneak peek of how future...


Australia | 25 September 2017
Plan to save Great Barrier Reef from encroaching farm pollution

The sky above is grey and drizzly, but the wetlands are still beautiful to behold. Flocks of magpie geese settle on the glassy water, honking and nibbling at bright green tufts of sedge. I’m at Mun...


Australia | 25 September 2017
Corrupt Agriculture Department official made $190,000 in secret sideline business

A corrupt biosecurity officer made almost $190,000 after establishing a secret sideline business to exploit his inside knowledge of the Agriculture Department. The official also falsified complianc...


Australia | 25 September 2017
Unfair GM laws a “catastrophe" for Australian agriculture

Onerous and expensive regulations have denied farmers’ access to new and existing Genetically Modified (GM) crop varieties and reduced their profitability while stifling the industry’s capacity to inn...


Australia | 19 September 2017
Farmer fears justice system ‘stacked against’ victims after guns confiscated

A farmer who armed himself with an unloaded gun to protect his family from a knife-wielding thug says he fears the justice system is “stacked against” victims. Father-of-three David Dunstan, 52, wa...


Australia | 13 September 2017
Delegates prepare for Australian Women in Agriculture Conference

Delegates from across the nation are preparing for next week’s annual Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA) conference. The conference, Securing Australian Agriculture – sustaining families, farm...


Australia | 8 September 2017
Oz rural suicide: How one family's loss helps other farming communities

n 2012, with no prior signs of depression or mental ill-health, Glen Browning took his own life and life for his family would never be the same again. Hi son, Bill Browning, remembers the day his f...


Australia | 24 August 2017
Poor digital services in Oz holding back 'state-of-the-art' farming techniques

Poor services for mobile technology beyond the towns and off the highways are holding back the nation's best farmers, according to advocates of precision agriculture practices. Precision agricultur...


Australia | 23 August 2017
Agricultural Bureau of South Australia opens 2017 Excellence in Agriculture Awards

The Agricultural Bureau of South Australia has opened its 2017 Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards, which offer young farmers and rural youth the opportunity to pursue personal and professional...


Australia | 21 August 2017
Beef plants suspended from China play the waiting game

Audits on the six Australian beef processing plants dealing with China’s recent suspension over labelling issues are now complete. Exporters are “waiting patiently” for news on whether Chinese offi...


Australia | 18 August 2017
Farmers disappointed with Senate report on dairy industry

A long-awaited government review of how to fix the dairy industry's woes has left farmers feeling disappointed and dubious. Following last year's dairy crisis, the Senate Economics References Commi...


Australia | 15 August 2017
Asian dairy boom herds New Zealand tourism against agriculture

New Zealand markets itself to international tourists as “100 per cent pure,” but a rapid expansion of its dairy industry is endangering its clean, green image. The shift threatens to pit the nation...


Australia | 11 August 2017
Beef producer AACo's CEO resigns

After four years in charge Australian Agricultural Company (AACo), Jason Strong has resigned as chief executive as the company continues its transformation from a cattle producer into a provider of lu...


Australia | 10 August 2017
Dairy farmers seek public support over push to stop plant-based alternatives

What is milk? Is it soy, almond or rice — or does it only come from cows? "When you think of milk you think of a white liquid that's come from an animal," Victorian dairy farmer Raelene Hanratty sa...