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Three racing greyhounds in Darwin die from a rare flesh-eating disease, temporarily shutting down the Darwin greyhound racing industry.
After a 22-year legal ordeal, a Federal Court determination formally recognises the relationship between the Wajarri Yamatji people and 68,743 square kilometres of land in Western Australia.
After a 22 year legal ordeal, a Federal Court determination has formally recognised the relationship between the Wajarri Yamatji people and 68,743square kilometres of land in Western Australia.
The Top End's fishing community is up in arms about whether future alcohol restrictions would stop skippers from being able to drink while anchored on the water.
The Federal Government appoints Professor Paul Worley to be the National Rural Health Commissioner to lead the push to improve rural health services with a return to the "old-fashioned general practitioner".
Former fashion model Vanessa Bell is riding a new wave of potential for on-farm businesses in Australia taking their products direct to the world online, producing hand-knitted baby blankets from super fine merino wool.
John Scott's house at Maffra in Victoria's Gippsland is a living museum of 20th century electrical appliances.
Flood damage to small crops in Queensland will see the price of vegies increase until at least Christmas.
With the Spring Racing Carnival underway, followers of pig racing will yet not rival the crowds at Royal Randwick or Flemington racetracks.
Firefighting roles that were once the preserve of men, are increasingly being filled by female volunteers.
It is half way through calving season at Old Man Plains Research Station in Central Australia and the breeder herd is under close watch.
To be an elite athlete you need to train and have a good diet, and that is no different for a bucking bull preparing for its next rodeo.
CSIRO scientists say a mobile gold processing plant would reduce costs for junior miners and could create a modern gold rush.
Queensland commercial fishermen are set to be affected by some major changes, with GPS trackers to be fitted to all boats.
A popular sculpture of a serpent in the small town of Lochiel in South Australia's mid north is decapitated by vandals, prompting shock and outrage in the community.
Battery storage for renewable energy may be too expensive under the Federal Government's new energy policy, the industry says.
Export figures show strong growth in the volume and value of Australian wine exports, with the lucrative Chinese market growing more than 40 per cent in value within 12 months.
Animal cremation in remote Western Australia is on the rise, with some pet owners spending more than $1,000 to have their deceased companions sent to Perth facilities.
A record 429,000 Australian bass fingerlings are bred as part of a large NSW fish restocking program.
Horticulture is ripe for indebted labour akin to slavery, a Parliamentary Inquiry hears, where people are lured to Australia on false pretences for farm work.
The historically significant Beltana Station in the Flinders Ranges sells at auction for $8.4 million, and will remain in local hands after failing to attract Chinese interest.
A Western Australian pastoralist is calling for better regulation of prospecting permits due to large numbers of grey nomads impacting on his properties.
Farmers say they've lost millions of dollars worth of crops in the second heavy rainfall event in as many weeks.
Fishing groups believe a shark found with its fins illegally chopped off in Darwin is not an isolated incident.
Backpackers working at a blueberry farm north of Coffs Harbour are swapping their outdoor gear for a pair of bathers as part of a new surf awareness program to teach them about ocean safety.
Tas Asia Dairy says it wants to buy the Edith Creek milk plant in Tasmania's north-west and provide local jobs, but only if Murray Goulburn does not strip the business of its assets.
A palliative care expert and advocate has expressed shock and despair at the status and availability of palliative care services in the north of New South Wales.
Agriculture has underpinned the economy of the regions for more than a century, but land-use tensions are rising in parts of New South Wales.
After the driest September on record, recent rainfall across New South Wales is a game changer for many graziers, but comes too late for crops.
Hunter Valley dairy farmers expect power bills of up to $200,000 after weeks of intense irrigation due to dry conditions, prompting some to race towards renewable energy.
Commercial fishermen have yet to be consulted by the Department of Defence about PFAS contamination in a Victorian wetland which has led to a fishing ban.
It's been held for 108 years but this year's Devonport Show has been scrapped, as uncertainty continues around other agricultural shows in Tasmania.
There could be a ''bonanza of hidden diamonds'' in the Kimberley waiting to be extracted and sold on the world's diamond markets.
A Queensland grazier suspects his heifer was slaughtered for its meat, and was likely heaving in calf when it was killed.
The Northern Territory Parliament passes legislation that makes it an offence to navigate a boat dangerously, bringing the law in line with the rest of Australia.
A five-month trial of a mental health app to assist companies develop workplace wellbeing programs shows some unexpected results for FIFO workers.
Maningrida fishermen and Northern Territory seafood industry bodies fail to reach a compromise over an ongoing dispute over fishing rights in remote Arnhem Land.
Farmers' peak body says early details of the Government's new energy plan, the National Energy Guarantee, addresses its key concerned about soaring power bills.
Scientists say the discovery of a group of hormones in plants could revolutionise food production by improving yields.
Stewed, dried or raw the quandong is one of Australia's most versatile bush foods — so versatile in fact that it can also be used to aid with foot massages or cure toothache.
Central Australia's only mango farm plants several hundred trees of the Keitt variety, hoping to extend the harvest to April each year.
And for the last 40 years Mr Willoughby has been fortunate enough to combine his two great loves, by travelling with his horses from his farm in South Australia, to film productions across the country.
Fourth-generation Eden fisherman Roger Fourter carries on the family tradition of beach seine fishing using a rowboat and one modern twist — the drone he flies to spot fish.
Farmers Bruno and Trish Gabbana are walking advertisements for the benefits of hard work and a healthy life.
Embattled Indian sandalwood producer Quintis controls the largest volume of licenced water in the NT, significantly more than any other agricultural, industrial or government entity, ABC Rural can reveal.
Amid fears that rising energy prices will send jobs offshore, the food and grocery sector wants a code of conduct to give customers fairer, flexible energy contracts.
For low volume livestock producers trying to make a living, one of the biggest barriers to success is finding an abattoir willing to handle small numbers. For one farmer in NSW, there was only one solution: build your own.
A decade since it was pioneered, the genre cheekily referred to as "RuRo" shows no sign of slowing down. Tales of love and fortunes lost and found in rural regions and the outback continue to strike a chord amongst Aussie readers.
A postcode can seem like a little thing, but in some parts of southern Queensland it is forcing farmers to turn desperately needed backpacker workers away.
Potentially harmful chemicals from firefighting foam entering the environment hits the beef industry, with cattle farmers near the Oakey and Williamtown Defence bases worried they might be selling contaminated beef.
The cricket legend's grandson Tom Bradman is making his mark with an award-winning "regenerative" poultry farm, setting up a series of pens he moves each morning rather than raising chickens in big sheds.
Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman lashes out at the ABC at an industry event north of Adelaide.
A report on the welfare of caged hens finds more bone fractures than in other systems, but the report is disputed by industry.
A new book that includes stories from 55 Gulf of Carpentaria women offers a contemporary snapshot of rural Australia.
A new exhibition at Melbourne Museum is recognising the work of generations of Australia's female farmers.
A vessel contracted to clean the fish nets at Tassal's contentious new farm at Okehampton Bay sinks with about 850 litres of diesel onboard.
A feral pig becomes a pet on a Northern Territory cattle station after it was caught and tamed by the manager's son.
Broadacre farm profits fell in Western Australia last year as severe frosts and low prices wiped the sheen off a bumper harvest.
Supermarket demands for unblemished fruit leads to a high level of waste in the tomato industry, researchers say.
Police in Western Australia appeal to the public to find a criminal who "knows what they're doing with a knife" after 10 lambs are shot and butchered on a farmer's property over the course of a month.
As the banana industry battles its biggest biosecurity threat, now even the electricity meter reader will not go past the farm gate.
The Royal Launceston Show has a rich heritage of romance and tradition but organisers fear the 144-year-old event is in its dying days.
Veterinarians are in need of greater mental health support to curb alarming suicide rate statistics.
Farmers and processors are increasing production to meet the Christmas ham demand.
Northern Territory mangoes are sent direct from Darwin to Singapore by air this week for the first time in around a decade.
Koala song meters show populations are 'stable', Forestry says, despite environmental groups claiming koala habitats are being decimated.
Managing an outback cattle station isn't easy, but Billy Fennell and Erika Syvertsen welcome the challenge — even though they are only in their early 20s.
Suicide rates in rural areas still a major concern, despite an overall drop.
The technology associated with videogaming is being turned to use in the war against weeds.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service has backed out of a contract with an Israeli defence company, indefinitely delaying the construction of an Australia-first flight simulator.
The Australian defendant in a legal fight over the brand name Ugg hopes to expand his business, if he wins.
A far north Queensland chef, fed up with being unable to source high-quality, fresh ingredients, manages to grow a potentially lucrative wasabi crop in a tropical rainforest.
Australia's peak farming body and the Fair Work Ombudsman are set to clash in the Federal Court over the alleged short-changing of horticultural workers.
A national lobby group calls for a new farm worker visa after an incentive program to get unemployed people onto farms attracts lacklustre participation.
A grape farm in Ti Tree, about 190 kilometres north of Alice Springs, plants 8,000 new vines that could produce crop as soon as next year's harvest.
Bellamy's infant milk maker's woes continue as it pays a $66,000 fine for allegations it failed to disclose falling revenue to the stock market.
Women are few and far between in the cattle buying industry, but one young woman aims to change that.
When AGL pulled out of Gloucester, they left a legacy fund of $2 million for the community. The business sector is celebrating, yet the town remains divided.
If you have ever thought about quitting your job to become a professional wine taster, you might need to practise spitting and find yourself a good dentist.
Horticulture workers who were allegedly short-changed $646,000 were not paid for picking mushrooms deemed to be bad quality, the Federal Court has heard.
More than 70 sculptures made from 100,000 oranges are drawing thousands of visitors to one Riverina city.
Concentrated spring rain hurts attendance and profits at the Perth Royal Show for a second straight year, but the Royal Agriculture Society is confident the 186-year-old event will endure.
Rows of huge orange Halloween pumpkins are ripe for the picking at Stackelroth Farms in north Queensland, with farmers hoping the crop will help recoup losses incurred because of Cyclone Debbie.
A looming shortage of oysters is set to peak at Christmas this year with restaurants and retailers reporting demand already far outstripping supply.
With the global population set to hit 9.7 billion by 2050, amaranth is being trialled as an alternative to stock feed, such as wheat, oats and corn, which should be saved for humans.
An NT mango farmer is one of hundreds of Australians seeking compensation from the Defence Department after learning chemical contamination in his water supply was dozens of times over the deemed safe limit for drinking water.
An Indian sandalwood oil producer in Western Australia's remote Kimberley celebrates the resounding success of its Indigenous employment program.
Singaporean businessman Bruce Cheung believes wagyu production can be a billon-dollar-a-year industry for the Pilbara region in north-west Western Australia.
The way in which the National Farmers' Federation interprets workplace laws could expose people to exploitation, the Federal Court in Brisbane is told.
South Australia's water minister Ian Hunter has accused New South Wales of trying to cover up alleged "criminal water theft" in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting adds another NT cattle station to its growing beef portfolio, with the purchase of the Indonesian-owned Willeroo Station.
Australia's cashmere industry would be almost worthless without the determination of one couple to start a processing factory.
Farmers celebrate 36 years of marriage with a 'romantic' weekend away selling purple garlic.
Australia's agricultural shows may appear to be dwindling in popularity, but many are undergoing a revival and bridging the urban-rural divide.
The pressure is on for Australia's biggest dairy processor Murray Goulburn to find a buyer for its Edith Creek milk processing plant before it closes down next month.
A national day of action to oppose the proposed Carmichael coal mine sees thousands of protesters turn out in dozens of locations across Australia.
A far north Queensland prison is gaining a reputation for something other than its inmates: freakishly quiet cattle.
A North Queensland woman who found a hive of live bees behind her walls slept next to them for months without knowing.
Lurking within the Kosciuszko National Park is a weed that could do serious damage to this stunning environment. Luckily, spaniels Sally and Connor are on the case.
With their animal instinct, they knew something was coming, as vets emerged with needles to jab dogs, cats and civets in their backsides.