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Latest Rural Articles

The latest articles from ABC Rural

Three racing greyhounds in Darwin die from a rare flesh-eating disease, temporarily shutting down the Darwin greyhound racing industry.

Author: Lucy Marks
Posted: October 21, 2017, 9:55 am

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.

Author: Joanna Prendergast
Posted: October 20, 2017, 11:15 pm

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.

Author: Joanna Prendergast
Posted: October 20, 2017, 11:15 pm

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.

Author: Henry Jones
Posted: October 20, 2017, 10:52 pm

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".

Author: Stephanie Borys
Posted: October 20, 2017, 8:10 pm

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.

Author: Sean Murphy
Posted: October 20, 2017, 7:24 pm

John Scott's house at Maffra in Victoria's Gippsland is a living museum of 20th century electrical appliances.

Posted: October 20, 2017, 4:05 am

Flood damage to small crops in Queensland will see the price of vegies increase until at least Christmas.

Posted: October 20, 2017, 3:19 am

With the Spring Racing Carnival underway, followers of pig racing will yet not rival the crowds at Royal Randwick or Flemington racetracks.

Posted: October 20, 2017, 2:44 am

Firefighting roles that were once the preserve of men, are increasingly being filled by female volunteers.

Author: Catherine McAloon, Babs McHugh And Anthony Pancia
Posted: October 19, 2017, 10:57 pm

It is half way through calving season at Old Man Plains Research Station in Central Australia and the breeder herd is under close watch.

Author: Katrina Beavan
Posted: October 19, 2017, 10:49 pm

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.

Author: Lara Webster
Posted: October 19, 2017, 8:26 pm

CSIRO scientists say a mobile gold processing plant would reduce costs for junior miners and could create a modern gold rush.

Posted: October 19, 2017, 8:12 pm

Queensland commercial fishermen are set to be affected by some major changes, with GPS trackers to be fitted to all boats.

Author: Eric Barker
Posted: October 19, 2017, 7:56 pm

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.

Author: Daniel Keane
Posted: October 19, 2017, 6:44 am

Battery storage for renewable energy may be too expensive under the Federal Government's new energy policy, the industry says.

Author: Babs McHugh
Posted: October 19, 2017, 4:40 am

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.

Author: Jemima Burt And Tom Nancarrow
Posted: October 19, 2017, 4:07 am

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.

Author: Stephanie Coombes
Posted: October 18, 2017, 10:24 pm

A record 429,000 Australian bass fingerlings are bred as part of a large NSW fish restocking program.

Author: Robert Virtue
Posted: October 18, 2017, 8:44 pm

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.

Author: Sarina Locke
Posted: October 18, 2017, 8:06 pm

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.

Author: Isabel Dayman And Khama Reid
Posted: October 18, 2017, 7:24 am

A Western Australian pastoralist is calling for better regulation of prospecting permits due to large numbers of grey nomads impacting on his properties.

Author: Lucinda Jose And Nathan Morris
Posted: October 18, 2017, 7:23 am

Farmers say they've lost millions of dollars worth of crops in the second heavy rainfall event in as many weeks.

Author: Kallee Buchanan
Posted: October 18, 2017, 6:49 am

Fishing groups believe a shark found with its fins illegally chopped off in Darwin is not an isolated incident.

Author: Felicity James
Posted: October 18, 2017, 5:37 am

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.

Posted: October 18, 2017, 5:30 am

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.

Author: Henry Zwartz
Posted: October 18, 2017, 5:14 am

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.

Posted: October 18, 2017, 3:07 am

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.

Posted: October 18, 2017, 2:50 am

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.

Author: David Claughton
Posted: October 18, 2017, 2:46 am

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.

Author: Robert Virtue
Posted: October 18, 2017, 2:33 am

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.

Author: Isabella Pittaway
Posted: October 18, 2017, 1:41 am

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.

Author: Damian McIntyre
Posted: October 17, 2017, 11:22 pm

There could be a ''bonanza of hidden diamonds'' in the Kimberley waiting to be extracted and sold on the world's diamond markets.

Author: Courtney Fowler
Posted: October 17, 2017, 9:27 pm

A Queensland grazier suspects his heifer was slaughtered for its meat, and was likely heaving in calf when it was killed.

Author: Kallee Buchanan
Posted: October 17, 2017, 8:47 pm

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.

Author: Tom Maddocks
Posted: October 17, 2017, 10:02 am

A five-month trial of a mental health app to assist companies develop workplace wellbeing programs shows some unexpected results for FIFO workers.

Author: Babs McHugh
Posted: October 17, 2017, 6:49 am

Maningrida fishermen and Northern Territory seafood industry bodies fail to reach a compromise over an ongoing dispute over fishing rights in remote Arnhem Land.

Author: Daniel Fitzgerald
Posted: October 17, 2017, 4:33 am

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.

Author: Clint Jasper
Posted: October 16, 2017, 7:48 pm

Scientists say the discovery of a group of hormones in plants could revolutionise food production by improving yields.

Author: Kallee Buchanan
Posted: October 16, 2017, 6:54 am

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.

Author: Aimee Volkofsky
Posted: October 16, 2017, 4:20 am

Central Australia's only mango farm plants several hundred trees of the Keitt variety, hoping to extend the harvest to April each year.

Author: Katrina Beavan
Posted: October 16, 2017, 2:32 am

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.

Author: Courtney Fowler
Posted: October 16, 2017, 2:23 am

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.

Posted: October 16, 2017, 1:37 am

Farmers Bruno and Trish Gabbana are walking advertisements for the benefits of hard work and a healthy life.

Posted: October 15, 2017, 8:05 pm

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.

Author: Daniel Fitzgerald
Posted: October 15, 2017, 7:28 pm

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.

Author: Lucy Barbour And Brett Worthington
Posted: October 15, 2017, 7:12 pm

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.

Author: Sean Murphy
Posted: October 14, 2017, 9:21 pm

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.

Posted: October 14, 2017, 3:00 am

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.

Author: Lucy Barbour
Posted: October 14, 2017, 12:58 am

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.

Posted: October 14, 2017, 12:11 am

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.

Author: Kerry Staight
Posted: October 13, 2017, 7:01 pm

Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman lashes out at the ABC at an industry event north of Adelaide.

Author: Marty McCarthy And Warwick Long
Posted: October 13, 2017, 6:43 am

A report on the welfare of caged hens finds more bone fractures than in other systems, but the report is disputed by industry.

Author: Sarina Locke
Posted: October 13, 2017, 6:06 am

A new book that includes stories from 55 Gulf of Carpentaria women offers a contemporary snapshot of rural Australia.

Author: Harriet Tatham
Posted: October 13, 2017, 4:55 am

A new exhibition at Melbourne Museum is recognising the work of generations of Australia's female farmers.

Author: Clint Jasper
Posted: October 13, 2017, 3:59 am

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.

Author: Harriet Aird
Posted: October 13, 2017, 1:39 am

A feral pig becomes a pet on a Northern Territory cattle station after it was caught and tamed by the manager's son.

Author: Daniel Fitzgerald
Posted: October 12, 2017, 11:50 pm

Broadacre farm profits fell in Western Australia last year as severe frosts and low prices wiped the sheen off a bumper harvest.

Author: Bridget Fitzgerald
Posted: October 12, 2017, 11:20 pm

Supermarket demands for unblemished fruit leads to a high level of waste in the tomato industry, researchers say.

Author: Kallee Buchanan
Posted: October 12, 2017, 7:31 pm

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.

Author: Kit Mochan
Posted: October 12, 2017, 8:58 am

As the banana industry battles its biggest biosecurity threat, now even the electricity meter reader will not go past the farm gate.

Author: Charlie McKillop
Posted: October 12, 2017, 7:02 am

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.

Author: Laura Beavis
Posted: October 12, 2017, 4:45 am

Veterinarians are in need of greater mental health support to curb alarming suicide rate statistics.

Author: Justin Huntsdale
Posted: October 12, 2017, 4:43 am

Farmers and processors are increasing production to meet the Christmas ham demand.

Author: Amy McCosker
Posted: October 12, 2017, 3:47 am

Northern Territory mangoes are sent direct from Darwin to Singapore by air this week for the first time in around a decade.

Author: Daniel Fitzgerald
Posted: October 12, 2017, 3:04 am

Koala song meters show populations are 'stable', Forestry says, despite environmental groups claiming koala habitats are being decimated.

Author: Dom Vukovic
Posted: October 12, 2017, 1:10 am

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.

Author: Katrina Beavan
Posted: October 12, 2017, 1:07 am

Suicide rates in rural areas still a major concern, despite an overall drop.

Author: Michael Condon
Posted: October 12, 2017, 12:54 am

The technology associated with videogaming is being turned to use in the war against weeds.

Author: Jodie Gunders
Posted: October 11, 2017, 10:57 pm

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.

Author: Avani Dias
Posted: October 11, 2017, 8:31 pm

The Australian defendant in a legal fight over the brand name Ugg hopes to expand his business, if he wins.

Author: Khama Reid
Posted: October 11, 2017, 7:30 pm

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.

Posted: October 11, 2017, 7:20 pm

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.

Author: Dominique Schwartz
Posted: October 11, 2017, 10:26 am

A national lobby group calls for a new farm worker visa after an incentive program to get unemployed people onto farms attracts lacklustre participation.

Author: Brett Worthington
Posted: October 11, 2017, 4:07 am

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.

Author: Katrina Beavan
Posted: October 11, 2017, 3:40 am

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.

Author: Sarina Locke
Posted: October 11, 2017, 2:04 am

Women are few and far between in the cattle buying industry, but one young woman aims to change that.

Posted: October 11, 2017, 1:21 am

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.

Author: Gabrielle Lyons
Posted: October 10, 2017, 10:59 pm

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.

Author: Jonathan Hair
Posted: October 10, 2017, 7:14 pm

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.

Author: Dominique Schwartz
Posted: October 10, 2017, 9:15 am

More than 70 sculptures made from 100,000 oranges are drawing thousands of visitors to one Riverina city.

Author: Rosie King
Posted: October 10, 2017, 6:44 am

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.

Author: Emma Wynne
Posted: October 10, 2017, 5:16 am

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.

Author: Lara Webster
Posted: October 10, 2017, 2:15 am

A looming shortage of oysters is set to peak at Christmas this year with restaurants and retailers reporting demand already far outstripping supply.

Posted: October 10, 2017, 1:56 am

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.

Author: Kit Mochan
Posted: October 10, 2017, 1:47 am

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.

Author: Nancy Notzon
Posted: October 9, 2017, 9:06 pm

An Indian sandalwood oil producer in Western Australia's remote Kimberley celebrates the resounding success of its Indigenous employment program.

Author: Courtney Fowler
Posted: October 9, 2017, 8:14 pm

Singaporean businessman Bruce Cheung believes wagyu production can be a billon-dollar-a-year industry for the Pilbara region in north-west Western Australia.

Author: Richard Hudson And Bridget Fitzgerald
Posted: October 9, 2017, 8:12 am

The way in which the National Farmers' Federation interprets workplace laws could expose people to exploitation, the Federal Court in Brisbane is told.

Author: Dominique Schwartz
Posted: October 9, 2017, 7:17 am

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.

Author: Marty McCarthy
Posted: October 9, 2017, 5:27 am

Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting adds another NT cattle station to its growing beef portfolio, with the purchase of the Indonesian-owned Willeroo Station.

Author: Daniel Fitzgerald
Posted: October 9, 2017, 3:31 am

Australia's cashmere industry would be almost worthless without the determination of one couple to start a processing factory.

Author: Jess Davis
Posted: October 9, 2017, 3:04 am

Farmers celebrate 36 years of marriage with a 'romantic' weekend away selling purple garlic.

Posted: October 9, 2017, 1:24 am

Australia's agricultural shows may appear to be dwindling in popularity, but many are undergoing a revival and bridging the urban-rural divide.

Author: Gavin Coote
Posted: October 8, 2017, 8:25 pm

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.

Author: Rhiana Whitson
Posted: October 7, 2017, 7:44 pm

A national day of action to oppose the proposed Carmichael coal mine sees thousands of protesters turn out in dozens of locations across Australia.

Posted: October 7, 2017, 4:07 am

A far north Queensland prison is gaining a reputation for something other than its inmates: freakishly quiet cattle.

Author: Kristy Sexton-McGrath
Posted: October 7, 2017, 12:11 am

A North Queensland woman who found a hive of live bees behind her walls slept next to them for months without knowing.

Author: Sophie Meixner
Posted: October 6, 2017, 10:02 pm

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.

Author: Ann Jones
Posted: October 6, 2017, 10:00 pm

With their animal instinct, they knew something was coming, as vets emerged with needles to jab dogs, cats and civets in their backsides.

Author: Samantha Hawley
Posted: October 6, 2017, 9:45 pm

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