Farmer working to make teff the next big thing in ancient grains

Ancient grains have found a place as part of the modern diet, with options like quinoa becoming common on supermarket shelves and cafe menus. But a southern New South Wales farmer is hoping Australian consumers will develop a taste for another ancient grain: teff. Wakool farmer Fraser McNaul is growing …

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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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CBH Group wipes 2 million tonnes off WA’s expected grain harvest

Frost damage is continuing to wipe millions of tonnes off Western Australia’s expected grain harvest. The state’s main grain handler and marketer the CBH Group has revised its harvest estimate from 15–17 million tonnes down to 13–14 million tonnes. CBH Group general manager of operations David Capper said feedback from …

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Fenceless farming tech to collar pasture, profit.

Momentum is building for the Aussie company driving commercialisation of CSIRO’s virtual boundary technology. AgTech startup Agersens has an initial strategic investor for its GPS-controlled cattle collar, dubbed eShepherd, and secured a spot at the National Farmers Federation’s SproutEx development accelerator in Melbourne, while a range of company and industry …

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SA Aboriginal community turns to saltbush farming to create remote jobs

The Aboriginal community of Scotdesco on South Australia’s west coast, has pinned its hopes on farming to overcome shockingly high levels of unemployment. Robert Larking’s office spans 25,000 acres on the edge of the Nullarbor, where he manages the tiny Aboriginal community. He, and the community’s residents are embarking on …

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