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Australia may have to stop producing nuclear medicine if it cannot find a central site to dump all of the radioactive rubbish made in the process in the next decade.
The deaths of six men in a three-year period leads a Tasmanian coroner to call for a number of changes surrounding the use of chainsaws, including banning children aged under 16 from using or owning the tool.
South West farmers accuse Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce of knocking back Wellington Dam desalination funding in favour of cash splashes in the east.
It is the end of an era at the Ekka in Brisbane, with the dairy sheds set to be demolished to make way for redevelopment at the RNA showground.
High land prices are a massive barrier to young people getting into farming, so when the Frost family decided to move back to their home town in South Australia and start farming they had to think outside the square.
Queensland sugar cane growers are fuming over an attempt by a senator to scrap the Sugar Industry Code of Conduct.
Food trends can equate to big money and the latest one — humane food — should be no exception as consumers take an interest in how the animals that provide their food are raised.
Families of Vietnamese heritage show remarkable resilience in building farming and fruit and vegetable businesses in the 40 years since they fled war-torn Vietnam.
Can better mobile photography help bridge the gap between the city and the country? A photographer is empowering people in rural areas to share their stories of life in the bush.
If the rose is the darling of the flower world, then the orchid is its scandalous femme fatale. And native orchids are the wildest and most mysterious of the bunch.
Farming waste company Downes Rice Hulls is forced to repay 16 short-changed workers $94,000 as the Fair Work Ombudsman continues a campaign to uphold minimum entitlements.
The Victorian Government is planning to expand commercial pipi fishing zones along most the state's coastline paving the way for growth in the industry.
Farmers say a Senate inquiry launched in the aftermath of retrospective milk price cuts falls short of expectations.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull signs a 20-year extension of Tasmania's Regional Forest Agreement in Launceston, proclaiming it a "fantastic" outcome for the industry.
Through the methodical and relaxing hobby of leather craft, John Allen makes reins and belts from scratch in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
A rare native night bird once feared extinct in Australia makes a remarkable comeback in the Sunshine Coast hinterland of Queensland.
The Croatian community in Port Lincoln has been integral to the city's achievements, building ties strong enough to bring Croatia's president by for a visit.
The Federal Government admits it kept an investigation into potentially illegal prawn imports secret, months before an outbreak of white spot disease devastated the prawn industry in south-east Queensland.
In a blow to hunters, but a win for mango farmers, magpie geese populations in the Northern Territory are at their lowest since records began in the 1980s.
The Red Meat Advisory Council pushes back against sweeping recommendations designed to improved transparency and accountability in the livestock industry.
A review will examine what is behind a slump in the rate of approvals by national chemical regulator, the APVMA, which has lost senior staff ahead of a move from Canberra to Armidale.
Mining magnate Andrew Forrest wins a High Court bid to keep sand miners off his family pastoral property in the Pilbara region of Western Australia in a case that could throw into doubt the validity of mining leases across WA.
A woman is reunited with her long-lost engagement ring after her daughter-in-law finds it wrapped around a carrot pulled up for dinner at the family farm.
About half of commercially farmed Atlantic salmon are deaf because of the accelerated growth rates in the aquaculture industry, new research shows.
The Northern Territory's Chief Minister pleads with resources companies to end fly-in, fly-out work practices, as the future of the NT's gas industry hangs in the balance.
The West Australian State Government will return $650,000 to potato farmers after a decision to drop a grower-funded legal case against Perth businessman Tony Galati.
The Federal Government finalises contracts with six prawn farm businesses affected by the outbreak of white spot disease, giving the green light for $20 million in financial assistance.
The ABC's chairman hits back at criticism the public broadcaster is harming the fortunes of Australia's media empires, defending the organisation's place in the country's media landscape.
Celebrity chef cooks up the idea of using unpopular cuts of meat with locally-sourced produce.
A French tourist who broke his leg in the middle of the Simpson Desert is driven for eight hours over sand dunes at night, to meet a Royal Flying Doctor Service plane in South Australia.
There are concerns there will not be enough pollination services to sustain growth in the WA avocado industry in the near future.
A decision to reject two controversial mining applications on a far north Queensland cattle station owned by the Government is good news for the Great Barrier Reef, the state's Environment Minister says.
A major Commonwealth water purchase in Queensland's Condamine-Balonne is criticised by the Murray-Darling Basin community it was intended to protect.
A Far North Queensland health service will re-tender its milk supply contract, following a backlash over its decision to award the deal to a non-local processor.
The Australian Farmer of the Year did not initially want to be a farmer, but has now transformed his family's vegetable farm in eastern Victoria.
A couple's daring career change into chemical-free farming pays off.
Farmers and experts say it will take years for some landholders to get back on their feet, six months into the Sir Ivan Fire recovery in central western NSW.
The WA Government investigates land north of Kununurra where 30,000 hectares could be suited to irrigated agriculture.
From wearing your Sunday best to stuffing your face full of sweets and treats, generations of women share the memories behind their family Ekka photographs.
A North Queensland cane grower says automating his irrigation system is giving him more control over his water use and personal time.
Electric vehicles, renewable energy targets, and pollution reduction all point to a rosy future for copper.
A determination to prevent antique farming machinery going to scrap leads a 92-year-old North Queensland retired farmer to amass one of the largest tractor collections in the state.
Regarded by many as a weed, work is underway to develop a sterile leucaena plant for the cattle industry.
The demand for cheaper supermarket beef in China prompts a new Australian joint-venture to directly source and process cattle for export.
Mango trees are in full flower in far north Queensland, promising an earlier harvest.
Could underground water turn the Western Australian wheatbelt town of Moora into a horticulture hotspot? West Australian farming couple Sue Middleton and Michael Brennan believe they are proof it can.
A dainty tree frog from Queensland leaps across Bass Strait to Tasmania inside a packet of bananas, raising serious biosecurity concerns.
Dozens of top Australian-bred alpacas, worth well over $1 million, are stuck in quarantine in New Zealand after the Ministry of Primary Industries refused to sign off on EU import regulations.
Workers at a major tomato producer are not being given a fair deal by their employer, with many still on precarious casual contracts, a national union and the Greens say.
A West Australian marketing cooperative secures a deal to send apples to Hong Kong as growers face a price slump due to oversupply.
Running tractors on oilseeds and powering mines with straw are two innovative agribusiness inventions helping South Australian farmers contribute to sustainable energy alternatives.
A written technical manual on the buffalo farming industry in Australia is released for the first time.
A US biotechnology company is on a quest to make the world more renewable, and it wants to use Australia's sugar to do it.
Feather and bone butcher Grant Hilliard has a lot to say about the ethics of eating animals.
South Australian farmers will get more lobbying power in the debate over how the Murray-Darling Basin is managed after joining the National Farmers Federation.
In the centre ring at the Royal Queensland Show, the next generation is working hard to conserve the future of agriculture.
From now on, if a gas producer and an unregulated pipeline operator cannot come to an agreement on price to transport gas, an arbitrator will make the decision, based on a set of strict guidelines.
People diagnosed with black lung lash out at global miners Glencore and Anglo American after the Government threatened to close four underground coal mines in central Queensland for failing to meet dust-monitoring obligations.
A farmer is awarded $7 million in damages for losses caused by a neighbour's negligent spraying.
Demand for buffalo is the strongest it has been for years, according to a Top End buffalo catcher.
Farmers in Victoria and South Australia are taking part in an innovative carbon-credit scheme for their soil.
Erasing the stigma attached to being diagnosed with dementia is something that can be avoided by creating dementia-friendly communities, a leading consultant says.
Drivers who steal produce from roadside stalls in south-west Victoria are being caught on camera.
A hemp farm in southern Tasmania plans to launch a range of food products after regulations change in November.
A trial of a specially developed slow release fertiliser is impressing pineapple farmers on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
The Tasmanian Government reveals its draft plan for the "most environmentally sustainable salmon industry in the world" — but the 19 page document is blasted as "a total joke" by the Greens.
While a day at Brisbane's Ekka could leave your wallet a quite a bit lighter, ABC Queensland weather presenter Jenny Woodward has tips for the free fun on offer.
Two of Glencore and Anglo's underground coal mines in central Queensland risk closure after allegedly failing to meet dust-monitoring obligations.
Just one woman presented at this year's Diggers and Dealers Mining Forum, highlighting the lack of women in high-profile mining positions.
After witnessing widespread poverty in Malawi on a trip to the Central African country last year, grain farmers Gary and Kerry Butcher returned to Australia determined to do something to help.
The tomato potato psyllid has not been found in Carnarvon, but its presence in WA is causing local growers problems.
Pineapple growers on the Sunshine Coast are taking part in a series of trials that could change the way fertiliser run-off is managed on farmland.
The mango and cream bar has been their best seller in Australia for six decades and now Weis is expanding its global reach after being bought out by international consumer goods giant Unilever.
Seed potato exports to Egypt are being flagged as a new opportunity for West Australian potato producers hit by tomato potato psyllid trade restrictions.
The big wet that has hit the south of the state has some farmers lamenting it is too little, too late, while others are rejoicing in the rain. But in the South West, cows have few options to stay dry.
A group of Australian dairy farmers push to tighten the definition of milk on food labelling in Australia, saying plant-based alternatives such as soy and almond are "juices".
Canadian mining giant First Quantum Minerals will mothball its Ravensthorpe nickel operations in WA's south-east from early next month because of low nickel prices.
Details emerge that outline the situation in which thousands of sheep died on board a live export vessel, prompting calls from the WA Agriculture Minister to enforce stricter penalties.
Two sightings of feral pigs in South Australia's mid-north put farmers on edge.
Pigs carrying infected soil could ruin the banana industry, farmers claim.
Diggers and Dealers know the 'digital mine' has arrived as they work with associated sectors, technology developers and academia to up-skill the workforce and make the work place safer.
Police seize more than 6 million cigarettes and charge five men over an alleged multi-million dollar tobacco smuggling syndicate in Sydney's south-west.
A commonly used chemical is being blamed for the deaths of native birds in Victoria.
Farmers in the Ord Valley are harvesting mung beans for the first time in decades and believe the pulse crop has a big role to play in the Ord's future.
The South Australian Government has been accused of not bidding for enough telephone towers for remote parts of the state.
A Victorian wildflower grower loses 80 per cent of his crop to frost, potentially forcing him to close his business.
A federal MP, who is farmer, claims Coles will not buy his sheep because of his criticism of the supermarket chain.
The Italian textile industry warns Australian superfine woolgrowers they are losing international clients because of animal welfare concerns with mulesing.
Tassal is not found in contempt of a 2015 inquiry into aquaculture after a senate committee review of allegations by a mussel farmer.
Researchers are investigating how dairy cows respond to GPS collars as virtual fencing moves closer to fruition.
Senators investigating collusion and anti-competitive behaviour in livestock saleyards say they see no sign the red meat industry is willing to regulate itself.
A regional airline says prices could rise if regional airports are forced to boost security checks.
Thirty-five regional communities across Australia receive grants to address the big issues facing rural youth.
Copper Mines of Tasmania has an ambitious plan to make Mount Lyell on Tasmania's West Coast Australia's first zero emissions mine when it reopens.
A western Riverina community is left scrambling for cash after a mobile phone outage, which lasted three days.
Small business owners in a remote part of the Northern Territory consider the potential effects of fracking on their livelihood and the environment.
For 60 years, Yeoval's community newsletter Satellite Weekly has hit the streets bringing all the local news.
With more than a decade of experience in interior design, one Adelaide Hills resident finds a growing market in edible arrangements using everyday fruit and vegetables.
South Australian farmers hope heavy rain over the weekend may be enough to turn their failing seasons around.
It cannot be determined if one of two missing fishermen was still alive when his arm was bitten by sharks off Coral Bay in WA's north, an inquest hears.