Freak storm destroys horticulture and cereal crops, leaving farmers with no income.

More than 12 months’ production and the livelihoods of some producers across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales has been lost after a freak storm and a ‘mini tornado’ struck on Friday night. Huge hail stones and winds up to 100 kilometres per hour ravaged the region, damaging fruit, …

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What does a farmer look like? Changing the perception of Aussie farmers.

Two women from Eugowra in central-west New South Wales are receiving a lot of interest on social media for their project: What does a farmer look like? They’ve started a year-long campaign to recreate Australians’ perceptions of farmers and agriculture. Project founder Kim Storey said she was spurred into action …

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Agriculture worth half a billion dollars to Tablelands

Agriculture contributed more than half a billion dollars to the economy of the Tablelands in far north Queensland in 2015, a new agriculture profile has revealed. The profile puts the combined value of the region’s 42 large agricultural industries at $552 million. Agriculture has posted a 30 per cent increase …

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Poppy project set to bloom and boom for NSW agriculture?

POPPY processor TPI Enterprises says planting in NSW could begin as early as April if legislation passes parliament as expected. But farmer representatives say the company’s five-year, 5000-hectare poppy vision for NSW will be a slow burn – rather than an immediate boost – for the state’s $12 billion agriculture …

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RDF to create more than $900m in economic activity this year

The State Government’s Regional Development Fund will result in a $933 million contribution to the South Australian economy this year and create 416 ongoing jobs, a report released yesterday says. The government, commissioned from Ernst & Young by the Government, says the $33 million in contestable grants awarded in rounds …

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Synergies for regional development and agriculture

Newly appointed Regional Development, Health and Communications Minister Fiona Nash says she won’t forget her agricultural roots after a major promotion in last week’s ministry reshuffle and is excited about the opportunity to work not only in rural health but also in regional development. In a recent interview Minister Fiona …

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