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'About bloody time': Moira Shire deemed eligible for drought funding
Posted on Tuesday January 28, 2020

After a three-month "debacle" due to a headline-grabbing technicality, the Moira Shire is at last approved for its much-needed drought-relief grant from the Federal Government.

Biosecurity Queensland rejects charity's claim over feeding starved horses
Posted on Tuesday January 28, 2020

The founder of a Queensland animal welfare charity says Biosecurity Queensland told her to let eight malnourished horses on a Darling Downs property starve, but a spokesperson for the agency describes that claim as "false".

Alleged hay fraud scheme targets drought-affected Queensland farmers
Posted on Tuesday January 28, 2020

A drought-affected Queensland horse stud owner warns landholders to be vigilant after losing $9,000 to an alleged hay fraud scheme.

Roy Hill mine worker dies from serious injuries at Pilbara site
Posted on Tuesday January 28, 2020

A mining services contractor has died from serious injuries after an accident on Monday at the Roy Hill iron ore mine in Western Australia's Pilbara.

Drought-stricken farmers given helping hand with Australia Day hay donation
Posted on Monday January 27, 2020

A convoy of trucks carrying 2,000 bales of hay gives WA pastoralists something to smile about as they battle the crippling drought.

'They deserve a medal': Truck convoy brings hay to fire-ravaged farms
Posted on Monday January 27, 2020

When bushfires hit the Victorian town of Buchan, people and kangaroos jumped in the river to survive. Weeks later, the generosity of Australians is still pouring in to help the small community get back on its feet.

Farm to flat whites: Students learn new skills to find work off the land
Posted on Sunday January 26, 2020

With the drought continuing, young farmers are learning new skills to broaden their work opportunities.

Lobster price plummets from $105 to $0 per kilo as coronavirus triggers export freeze
Posted on Saturday January 25, 2020

The world's largest rock lobster exporter has halted production as the coronavirus shuts down Chinese New Year celebrations.

Tourism operators hit by bushfire get creative during tourist lull
Posted on Saturday January 25, 2020

Without some creative thinking, Victorian cheese producer Melissa Jacka feared her business may have been in serious trouble.

Eat more pineapple: Growers' plea to consumers after drought, then glut
Posted on Friday January 24, 2020

Drought-affected pineapple crops are finally ripe for the picking, but the late timing means growers have missed the high demand of the summer holiday period and the prices that went with it.

Massive livestock toll devastates Kangaroo Island's cherished food-production industry
Posted on Friday January 24, 2020

Kangaroo Island farmers have experienced the worst livestock loss from bushfires in the country, with 52,000 livestock — mostly sheep — being killed in the recent bushfires.

Mud crabs a delicacy for those heralding in Year of the Rat
Posted on Friday January 24, 2020

A fourth-generation professional mud crabber hauls in his bounty on the Macleay River for the Lunar New Year market.

Inside the room as the Murray-Darling's top cop meets irrigators
Posted on Friday January 24, 2020

Mick Keelty arrived in southern NSW with rain still dripping from roofs. But inside his town hall, drought-affected irrigators desperate for more water demanded an overhaul of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, writes national rural reporter Kath Sullivan.

Contaminated South Australian mettwurst recalled
Posted on Friday January 24, 2020

South Australian company Wintulichs recalls six of its products because of "potential microbial contamination".

'Everything's going ballistic': Green explosion a relief for drought-stricken farmers
Posted on Friday January 24, 2020

In the past seven days, the NSW town of Gloucester has received exactly what it needed — a drenching of rain that has turned paddocks green and has its river flowing again.

Police say 'it can only be concluded' missing worker 'died' in gold mine collapse
Posted on Thursday January 23, 2020

Police say a man missing after a collapse at a Tasmanian gold mine has likely died, after 3D technology reveals the extent of earth and rock that fell during the incident.

Hemp is an eco-friendly material, but here's why Australia doesn't grow more of it
Posted on Thursday January 23, 2020

The British Government brought hemp to Australia on the First Fleet, but anti-marijuana campaigns killed the industry off in the 1900s. Now it's making a comeback.

'Take some time out': Victims of 2014 Bangor bushfire give hope and advice
Posted on Thursday January 23, 2020

Farmers who survived South Australia's devastating Bangor blaze in 2014 give messages of hope and good advice for those who've lost everything in recent bushfires.

Wild hops discovery inspires beer that hasn't been brewed for 100 years
Posted on Thursday January 23, 2020

After finding two wild varieties of hops in the Adelaide Hills, grower Stuart Binnion thinks he has discovered why they are growing in the bush.

Worker trapped in 'extremely dark and extremely dangerous' conditions after gold mine collapse
Posted on Wednesday January 22, 2020

Police now say they have "grave fears" for a worker trapped by a collapse at the Henty gold mine on Tasmania's west coast after search teams using thermal imaging fail to detect signs of life.

Wet-season storms drop 'best rain in years' across Territory cattle country
Posted on Wednesday January 22, 2020

Wet-season storms have delivered much-needed rain across Top End cattle country, with drought-affected Barkly producers among those to benefit from the downpour.

Why wine 'smoke taint' concerns could be a thing of the past
Posted on Wednesday January 22, 2020

A wine grower in Tasmania's Huon Valley says he has found a way to remove smoke from tainted grapes and not lose a vintage.

Anti-nuclear campaigners sceptical of plan to reopen mothballed uranium mine
Posted on Wednesday January 22, 2020

The company behind a proposal to restart uranium mining in north-east South Australia says it will be ready to begin production within a year if prices improve, but conservationists aren't so sure.

LNP 'stunt' spreading misinformation, says Health Minister after Maleny Dairies tender criticism
Posted on Wednesday January 22, 2020

Family-owned Maleny Dairies' milk flies off the shelves in an outpouring of community support after the company accused the Queensland Government of hypocrisy for overlooking them in a tender decision.

Breeding program for distinctive cattle dries up due to drought and bushfires
Posted on Tuesday January 21, 2020

Drought then bushfires curtail breeder's attempts to expand distinctive Canadian speckle park breed in Australia and South Africa.

Drought forces cattle producers to feed vegetable waste to their hungry animals
Posted on Monday January 20, 2020

As the drought worsens, cattle producers in Queensland's salad bowl region have started feeding their livestock waste vegetables.

How is the live cattle export market shaping up for 2020?
Posted on Monday January 20, 2020

Australia exported nearly 1.3 million head of cattle last year, which was almost a record for the industry. What's expected in 2020?

Will Queensland's rain make a difference to the drought?
Posted on Monday January 20, 2020

Days of rain bring joyous scenes of celebration as much-needed downpours saturate parts of Queensland, but is it enough to end the drought or save towns from running out of water? Short answer — not yet.

'It's like an atom bomb has gone off': Resilient workers lead charge to get town back on its feet
Posted on Sunday January 19, 2020

Eden's woodchip mill is set to resume operations this week despite losing millions of dollars worth of infrastructure in the massive Border bushfire a fortnight ago.

More than half a million donkeys have been culled in the Kimberley. Was it worth it?
Posted on Sunday January 19, 2020

About 570,000 feral donkeys have been culled in the Kimberley region since 1978. Are these yearly aerial culls still worth doing?

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