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Department waters down animal welfare conditions to allow live exports to resume in May

Department waters down animal welfare conditions to allow live exports to resume in May

The controversial summer trade is set to resume within weeks at one of the hottest times of the year.

  • by Latika Bourke

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Fresh water trucked in, crops destroyed as floodwaters swamp US midwest
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Fresh water trucked in, crops destroyed as floodwaters swamp US midwest

In all, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson estimated $565 million of crop losses from fields left unplanted or planted late and up to $706 million in livestock losses due to the flooding.

  • by Margery Beck
Seaweed beer just a taste of potential Australian industry
Marine life

Seaweed beer just a taste of potential Australian industry

Researchers hope a new seaweed beer from Brisbane's Newstead Brewing Co will spark interest in a commercial seaweed farming industry in Queensland.

  • by Stuart Layt
Win for Nationals as farm workers added to regional skills shortage list
Farming

Win for Nationals as farm workers added to regional skills shortage list

The move is designed to address chronic labour shortages on farms, but stops short of a standalone agricultural visa.

  • by Michael Koziol
'Credibility gap': Reliance on carbon farming puts onus on regulators
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'Credibility gap': Reliance on carbon farming puts onus on regulators

Carbon farming, the centrepiece of the Morrison government's climate policy, remains at risk of being undermined by rising land-clearing rates, analysis by the Wilderness Society indicates.

  • by Peter Hannam
Drought-hit Victorian farmers receive federal government assistance

Drought-hit Victorian farmers receive federal government assistance

Farmers in Victoria's Gippsland region have received a boost with the federal government spending $31 million on an irrigation project.

  • by Matilda Boseley
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Harv the robot vs pickers in fight for the future of soft fruit farms
Robots

Harv the robot vs pickers in fight for the future of soft fruit farms

One February afternoon, they face off: dozens of pickers against a robot that engineers say could replace most of them as soon as next year.

  • by Danielle Paquette
WA farmers slam peak red meat body as industry reputation trashed
Farming

WA farmers slam peak red meat body as industry reputation trashed

While millions of dollars are spent on marketing red meat WA farmers believe Meat and Livestock Australia isn’t doing enough to rebuild trust in the industry.

  • by Hamish Hastie
Sex work meets dinosaur farm: Australia's last ostrich farm
Soft commodities

Sex work meets dinosaur farm: Australia's last ostrich farm

Often confused with emu, ostrich meat is sustainable, delicious and nutritious. But Michael Hastings is the country's last standing ostrich farmer and is struggling to keep up with demand.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
'Like a tsunami': Murrumbateman farmers devastated by recent rains
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'Like a tsunami': Murrumbateman farmers devastated by recent rains

"One minute we're hand feeding cattle with hay in drought conditions, the next minute they're getting washed down the road."

  • by Finbar O'Mallon
Braidwood farmer pioneers a modern use for moats

Braidwood farmer pioneers a modern use for moats

Throughout history they've been used to protect castles from attack, but a Braidwood farmer is using moats for a new purpose.

  • by Blake Foden