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Latest Rural Articles

The latest articles from ABC Rural

For years Esperance on Western Australia's south coast has laid claim to being the home of the world's best beaches. Now it is struggling under the weight of tourists drawn by photo-sharing platform Instagram.

Author: Christien de Garis
Posted: January 19, 2018, 10:23 pm

Toni-Maree Shaddock thought she had a job for life but is now looking for a new job after the Ipswich chicken processing plant she worked at closed today.

Author: Jennifer Huxley
Posted: January 19, 2018, 8:08 am

Tasmania's biosecurity authorities say the discovery of fruit fly larvae at Lady Baron on Flinders Island appears to be an isolated incursion.

Posted: January 19, 2018, 7:30 am

Grass-fed cattle producers' efforts to establish a more democratic, directly elected representative body are dealt a major blow by Australia's peak industry council.

Author: Charlie McKillop
Posted: January 19, 2018, 2:18 am

Australia is set to reform how it regulates genetically modified research, with health and agriculture scientists set to benefit.

Author: Marty McCarthy
Posted: January 18, 2018, 8:42 pm

A pub left to decay in an Australian ghost town is preparing to open its doors again. But will a cold stubby and the name recognition offered by the Betoota Advocate be enough to entice people to leave the main drag and pay it a visit?

Author: Aneeta Bhole
Posted: January 18, 2018, 7:46 pm

A band of locals fighting to ensure King Island — known for its pumping surf, golf courses and beautiful scenery — does not become synonymous with fish farms have started boycotting salmon products.

Author: Henry Zwartz
Posted: January 18, 2018, 9:39 am

The Mount Isa operation, which has seen hundreds of children intercepted in three weeks, should be stopped, says Queensland's Civil Liberties Council. But politicians are suggesting the initiative could be expanded to other regional cities such as Cairns.

Author: Casey Briggs
Posted: January 18, 2018, 6:23 am

In a sweet gesture of generosity, a Queensland mango farmer is giving away his entire crop of juicy fruit to charities and people in need.

Posted: January 18, 2018, 3:54 am

A global miner hoping to revive the Kimberley diamond industry makes a significant discovery, only 50km east of an old mine that once produced half the world's rare fancy yellow diamonds.

Author: Courtney Fowler
Posted: January 17, 2018, 7:32 pm

A lack of rain takes its toll on a Hunter Valley brumby sanctuary, with wild horses from the Snowy Mountains struggling to acclimatise in parched conditions.

Author: Giselle Wakatama
Posted: January 17, 2018, 7:17 pm

Years of lobbying pays off for the Winemakers' Federation of Australia as the Federal Government launches action against Canada over alleged protectionist behaviour.

Author: Babs McHugh
Posted: January 17, 2018, 7:17 am

Winds of up to 126 kilometres per hour struck a small Western Australia farming community on Tuesday as ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce moved into the far south.

Author: Andrew Collins
Posted: January 17, 2018, 4:33 am

Two years after a landmark free trade pact was signed, northern Australian cattle are en-route to China from Townsville.

Author: Tom Major
Posted: January 17, 2018, 1:05 am

China continues to block dairy heifer exports from northern Victoria despite authorities declaring it free of bluetongue disease.

Author: Warwick Long
Posted: January 16, 2018, 11:08 pm

The release of thousands of barramundi into the warm water of Hazelwood power station's cooling ponds was supposed to create a tourism boon for Victoria's east. Instead it's costing hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep the tropical fish alive.

Author: Nicole Asher
Posted: January 16, 2018, 7:56 pm

Children have been stopped 500 times in three weeks as part of a new operation to reduce property crime, but police concede it's only about 20 who are committing most of the offences.

Author: Harriet Tatham
Posted: January 16, 2018, 7:44 pm

Animal welfare advocates say the review of Australia’s livestock export standards is long overdue and necessary.

Author: Charlie McKillop
Posted: January 16, 2018, 7:23 am

Antarctic scientists in Hobart are using echo sounding technology to help them identify the 'sound signature' of individual krill and better estimate population sizes.

Author: Linda Hunt
Posted: January 16, 2018, 4:55 am

The mining upturn sees the ASX slug it out with the Toronto Stock Exchange for investment as traditional rivals go head to head.

Author: Babs McHugh
Posted: January 16, 2018, 4:34 am

A Tasmanian research project looks at why potatoes turn green and how that greening can be minimised.

Posted: January 16, 2018, 2:50 am

Macadamia orchards in the Mackay region are starting to bear financial fruit after initial scepticism.

Author: Lara Webster
Posted: January 16, 2018, 1:23 am

How would you go trying to fit a livestock growing enterprise with more than 100,000 head on a small semi-suburban acreage block?

Posted: January 16, 2018, 1:13 am

Farmers across Western Australia are celebrating as ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce dumps unprecedented rainfall across the usually dry landscape.

Author: David Weber
Posted: January 15, 2018, 9:07 pm

Many cattle stations in Northern WA are celebrating a wet start to 2018 following ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce.

Author: Courtney Fowler, Michelle Stanley And Belinda Varischetti
Posted: January 15, 2018, 8:51 pm

A New South Wales beef stud operator who was attacked on Facebook by "militant vegans" says it is time to push back.

Posted: January 15, 2018, 7:30 pm

Seizures at Australia's strictest internal border crossing jumped by more than 5,000kg in 2017, a year in which inspectors dealt with with circus animals and a travelling giraffe.

Author: Sam Tomlin
Posted: January 15, 2018, 7:26 pm

A major player in the global cannabis market says Australia is not likely to become a major producer of cannabis, but could compete in the pharmacy sector.

Author: David Claughton
Posted: January 15, 2018, 4:45 am

Bruny Island cheesemaker Nick Haddow takes the next step of establishing his own dairy farm with heritage cows forming the herd.

Posted: January 15, 2018, 3:35 am

Cattle processors are predicted to make good money in beef in 2018.

Author: Warwick Long
Posted: January 15, 2018, 12:44 am

French dairy company Lactalis pledges to compensate "every family" caught up in a salmonella contamination as it recalls 12 million tins of its powdered baby milk.

Posted: January 15, 2018, 12:13 am

Two men described as "hardworking, generous, great blokes" are found dead inside a tank after being overcome by fumes, in an incident that has shocked a central Queensland community.

Author: Melissa Maddison
Posted: January 14, 2018, 11:20 pm

Australia's first quinoa whiskey joins a number of spirits with special, local ingredients driving the craft brewing and distilling industry.

Author: Tyne Logan
Posted: January 14, 2018, 10:37 pm

A gold prospector in outback Australia says one Donald Trumpet — his pet rooster — is enough for him.

Author: Karen Michelmore
Posted: January 14, 2018, 8:30 pm

Two-time world surfing champion Tom Carroll joins the call for Tasmania's King Island to be excluded from salmon farming plans, with concerns an iconic surf beach would be affected.

Author: James Dunlevie And Angela Ross
Posted: January 14, 2018, 7:29 pm

With about a megalitre of sewage flowing from the toilets of Cloncurry every day, the local council has built a new trial site for biofuel plants.

Author: Eric Barker
Posted: January 14, 2018, 7:27 pm

A bush horse race celebrating the history and culture of Australia's mountain cattlemen works to attract more women to the male-dominated event.

Author: Nicole Asher
Posted: January 14, 2018, 3:05 am

Communities in south-east Queensland are restoring oyster beds, 100 years after entire reefs were dredged up to supply oyster saloons interstate.

Author: Jacqui Street
Posted: January 13, 2018, 2:22 am

Parents must get tough about social media use after the tragic death of 14-year-old Amy 'Dolly' Everett, a leading Australian child psychologist says.

Author: Lexy Hamilton-Smith
Posted: January 12, 2018, 10:33 pm

The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia is pushing for more towns to offer low-cost camping areas for RVs, as the popularity of self-contained units grows.

Author: Dominic Cansdale
Posted: January 12, 2018, 9:14 pm

US-based processor Kraft Heinz defends its Golden Circle brand after its cannery was blamed for hundreds of tonnes of fresh pineapples going to waste in north Queensland.

Posted: January 12, 2018, 4:46 am

It can be tough out there on the land, but a social media platform that emphasises the positives has been embraced by thousands of farmers across the country.

Posted: January 12, 2018, 2:16 am

Fruit growers have noticed a significant drop-off in the numbers of people seeking casual work as pickers, with many worried that they won't be able to harvest all their crops.

Posted: January 11, 2018, 11:46 pm

Local parks authorities hope the new strain of calicivirus will eventually help curb escalating pest rabbit populations once summer temperatures start to fall.

Author: Hannah Walmsley
Posted: January 11, 2018, 4:19 am

The rollout of HARPS — a scheme for selling fruit and vegetables to supermarkets — is proving anything but harmonious for growers.

Author: Charlie McKillop
Posted: January 10, 2018, 8:01 pm

Farmers are being forced to leave hundreds of tonnes of pineapples to rot due to a glut of the fruit and a major food manufacturer's decision not to open its cannery.

Author: David Chen
Posted: January 10, 2018, 7:44 pm

Tasmanian beekeepers say they have the proof "manuka honey" was established on the island state years before New Zealand — and the Kiwis can buzz off if they think they can claim ownership of the name.

Author: Laura Beavis
Posted: January 10, 2018, 7:16 pm

A transformation is underway within Australia's alpaca industry as it attempts to double the size of the nation's herd within the next few years.

Posted: January 10, 2018, 7:14 pm

South Australia's Jason Stephenson says his destiny was to be a pig farmer. That's why he swapped life on the building site for his free-range paddocks on the Eyre Peninsula.

Author: Brooke Neindorf
Posted: January 10, 2018, 4:33 am

David Littleproud will travel to India for urgent talks aimed at saving Australia's pulse market from whopping Indian tariffs.

Author: Catherine McAloon And Brett Worthington
Posted: January 10, 2018, 2:13 am

An Australian live cattle export company says it has lost money on shipments in order to maintain customers in Asian markets, as it grapples with continuing high beef prices.

Author: Lydia Burton
Posted: January 10, 2018, 1:29 am

Micro machinery are becoming increasingly popular for taking out the back-breaking work on small, intensive properties and hobby farms.

Posted: January 9, 2018, 10:28 pm

Authorities confirm nearly 2,000 animals were killed and 41 farms damaged during a blaze in the South Australia's south east on Saturday.

Author: Jemima Burt
Posted: January 9, 2018, 5:44 am

Secrecy surrounds a media visit to Australia's first licensed cannabis farm, which is nearing completion on the Sunshine Coast.

Posted: January 9, 2018, 2:37 am

Tasmania's biggest salmon producer is offering tours of its new fish farm sites, hosted by the company CEO, announced on the same day it hosed down concerns over the 2016 death of 30,000 fish at an east coast farm.

Posted: January 9, 2018, 1:22 am

A distillery at Birchs Bay in Tasmania pioneers the use of sheep whey to make gin and vodka.

Posted: January 9, 2018, 12:27 am

A North Queensland farmer has cleared a section of land without approval required under Federal Law, the Commonwealth Environment Department confirms.

Author: George Roberts
Posted: January 8, 2018, 8:15 am

A prominent Kununurra farmer is among a group of shareholders seeking to remove three directors from the embattled Indian sandalwood producer Quintis.

Author: Courtney Fowler
Posted: January 8, 2018, 7:17 am

The Port Kembla Coal Terminal, south of Wollongong, locks out about 60 of its workers as part of an intensifying dispute about its future.

Author: Gavin Coote And Nick McLaren
Posted: January 8, 2018, 4:15 am

Young South Sudanese people living in country Victoria want people to understand that not all African youth are involved in the gang violence Melbourne has seen.

Posted: January 8, 2018, 1:59 am

Human error is to blame for the death of 30,000 salmon at Tassal's new fish farm at Okehampton Bay, a number well within expected mortality forecasts, the company says.

Author: Natalie Whiting
Posted: January 8, 2018, 12:11 am

After so many men were killed in the frontier wars, a burgeoning Australian pastoral industry turned to Aboriginal stockwomen.

Author: Nathan Morris
Posted: January 7, 2018, 7:32 pm

Figs could be the new potatoes for Spudshed owner Tony Galati with his first trial crop to come online this year.

Author: Tyne Logan
Posted: January 7, 2018, 7:24 pm

Bakers across the country are losing out on dough with high prices of flour and butter causing concern for business owners.

Author: Melanie Groves
Posted: January 7, 2018, 7:17 pm

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is accused of allowing the drafting of new welfare standards for poultry to be "stage-managed" by industry in a process lacking "transparency", "governance" and "independence".

Author: James Thomas
Posted: January 7, 2018, 7:03 pm

The state's lavender industry is expanding due to growing demand from tourists and the essential oils industry, but high local production costs remain a hurdle.

Author: Natalie Whiting
Posted: January 6, 2018, 11:55 pm

Drive safe, pack a first aid kit, download some apps, list your medications and you should be ready for medical emergencies during holiday travel.

Author: Babs McHugh
Posted: January 6, 2018, 12:28 am

Farmers team up with a freeze-drying business to turn camel milk into a new chocolatey treat.

Author: Jacqui Street
Posted: January 5, 2018, 10:24 pm

The project at Aileron, 135 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs, would mine rare earth materials such as neodymium and praseodymium, used to manufacture strong magnets for wind turbines and electric vehicles.

Author: Ben Millington
Posted: January 5, 2018, 8:46 am

Producers of Tasmania's highly sought-after export cherries are turning to technology and social media to combat low-grade fakes being sold in Asian markets.

Author: Emily Street
Posted: January 5, 2018, 6:11 am

While the Federal Government pushes for Australia to become a worldwide medicinal cannabis supplier, patients in regional towns are struggling to get access to the drugs.

Author: Rosie King
Posted: January 5, 2018, 3:03 am

As a responsible chicken owner, it is up to you to look after your chickens when the weather is extreme.

Author: Sarah Moss
Posted: January 4, 2018, 8:29 pm

The Australian wine industry is confident cask wine will remain a fixture of the local wine industry, despite sales continuing to plummet.

Author: Tom Nancarrow
Posted: January 4, 2018, 6:25 am

The first Australian company to be licensed to cultivate and manufacture medicinal marijuana praises the Federal Government's plan to allow exports of cannabis-based medicines.

Author: Joanne Shoebridge
Posted: January 4, 2018, 6:03 am

The huge blaze at Murray Bridge, south-east of Adelaide, was sparked by a maintenance worker who was welding a bin, fire authorities reveal.

Author: Marty McCarthy
Posted: January 4, 2018, 5:17 am

Six thousand hectares of cotton in Walgett, New South Wales, is potentially worthless after being affected by poisonous spray drift.

Posted: January 4, 2018, 2:55 am

Becoming roadkill is a major threat to the survival of Tasmanian devils as a species, so do your bit and slow down this summer.

Author: Carol Rääbus
Posted: January 4, 2018, 2:16 am

The killing of a record blue marlin by two anglers off WA to claim a game fishing record sparks online outrage, but this seems excessive when you consider the legacy this single fish will leave.

Posted: January 4, 2018, 1:27 am

There are hopes an ambitious native title plan aimed at creating jobs and tourism opportunities will improve the lives of the Gunaikurnai people of in Victoria's Gippsland region.

Author: James Hancock
Posted: January 3, 2018, 6:21 am

From camp cook to a wild young ringer chasing scrub bulls, a wide variety of people keep the northern cattle industry ticking. Meet some of the people who have decided life in the outback is for them.

Author: Eric Barker And Courtney Fowler
Posted: January 2, 2018, 9:49 pm

NASA experiments to grow wheat in space inspire Australian scientists to develop a world-first speed-breeding program that cuts a decade off the time it takes to deliver new varieties.

Author: Kallee Buchanan
Posted: January 2, 2018, 3:50 am

The chance discovery of a new late-fruiting variety of pink-skinned custard apple leads to a booming demand that currently can't be met.

Posted: January 2, 2018, 1:13 am

Japan is ending 40 years of state-controlled rice growing with its farmers expected to concentrate on producing wheat for noodles, and Australian farmers see an opportunity.

Author: Babs McHugh
Posted: January 2, 2018, 1:09 am

A versatile tropical fruit that can be made to look and taste like pulled pork and other meat dishes is winning favour with vegetarians.

Author: Catherine McAloon
Posted: January 1, 2018, 9:48 pm

While you might think hunting is a macho, male-dominated hobby, there has been a surge in interest from female hunters in the Northern Territory.

Author: Dijana Damjanovic
Posted: January 1, 2018, 8:14 pm

Farmers are being encouraged to get out of their tractors and exercise with their mates to improve their physical and mental health.

Author: Rhiannon Shine
Posted: January 1, 2018, 3:17 am

A community effort from seaside volunteers in the small South Australian town of Robe is helping veterans find their feet in civilian life.

Author: Karen Michelmore
Posted: December 31, 2017, 10:22 pm

In the not too distant future, we may turn to AI for all our information about the natural world. But what could we lose when robots mediate our interaction with nature?

Posted: December 30, 2017, 7:20 pm

An "overweight boozer and smoker" — turned fitness model — brings vegan bowls and protein balls to her cattle and sheep-farming home town.

Author: Nicole Bond
Posted: December 29, 2017, 8:10 pm

A farmer in western Victoria says a fire started by his new ute, a model recently recalled by the manufacturers, could have cost him millions of dollars in damage.

Author: Jess Davis And Adam Connors
Posted: December 29, 2017, 3:43 am

In a move described as "gut-wrenching" India has imposed a new 30 per cent tariff on Australian chickpeas and lentils which will have immediate financial consequences for growers.

Posted: December 29, 2017, 2:14 am

A grand plan to grow commercial crops of alkaloid poppies, used to extract opiates for pain relief medications such as morphine and codeine, has so far not lived up to expectations.

Author: Jess Davis
Posted: December 28, 2017, 9:48 pm

Young entrepreneurs developing some of the first commercial hemp crops bred for a Queensland climate are looking for farmers who would consider growing the alternative crop.

Author: Melanie Vujkovic
Posted: December 28, 2017, 7:12 pm

A specialised stock squad is needed in South Australia as documents reveal only 14 people have been charged with livestock theft in seven years.

Author: Marty McCarthy
Posted: December 28, 2017, 4:08 am

If you're heading to Falls Festival at Marion Bay this year, this is what your waste will be turned into.

Author: Carol Rääbus
Posted: December 28, 2017, 12:58 am

After four or five years in the doldrums, 2017 was by most definitions a good year for Australia's mining sector and its race to perfect its future in the digital mine.

Author: Babs McHugh
Posted: December 27, 2017, 9:59 pm

About one-third of South Australia's commercial long-line and net fishing licences are to be bought back in an effort to bolster snapper, whiting and garfish stocks.

Author: Leah MacLennan
Posted: December 27, 2017, 5:24 am

Western rock lobster fishermen are building bigger boats to fish for the popular delicacy and are driving up employment in a regional town in Western Australia.

Author: Joanna Prendergast
Posted: December 27, 2017, 5:11 am

First-time young authors write stories that bring attention to environmental issues and farming life for students of the future.

Author: Cherie von Hörchner
Posted: December 26, 2017, 11:54 pm

Australian invention the Flow Hive is being credited with bringing more people to beekeeping, but there is a sting in the tail, with fears inexperienced keepers won't know how to keep their hives healthy.

Author: Thomas Forbes
Posted: December 26, 2017, 11:09 pm

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