Three-year research project to shine a light on the ‘Invisible Farmer’

Australia’s largest ever study of the role women play on farms wants to challenge the stereotype of who and what a farmer is. The three-year Invisible Farmer project, funded by an Australian Research Council grant, officially launched this week on International Women’s Day. Spearheaded by Museums Victoria, the project hopes …

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Farmers plant paddocks in smart houses to safeguard against climate change

Farmers are predicting a Canadian super house will be a game changer for Australian horticulture, giving growers control over the weather on a scale and at a cost they have never had before. The house has climate-controlled retractable roof panels and walls which shield vulnerable crops from volatile and destructive …

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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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