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Latest Rural Articles

The latest articles from ABC Rural

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.

Author: Marty McCarthy
Posted: August 18, 2017, 8:02 pm

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.

Author: Edith Bevin
Posted: August 18, 2017, 8:39 am

South West farmers accuse Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce of knocking back Wellington Dam desalination funding in favour of cash splashes in the east.

Author: Gian De Poloni
Posted: August 18, 2017, 8:20 am

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.

Posted: August 18, 2017, 8:10 am

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.

Author: Jess Davis
Posted: August 18, 2017, 3:00 am

Queensland sugar cane growers are fuming over an attempt by a senator to scrap the Sugar Industry Code of Conduct.

Posted: August 18, 2017, 2:56 am

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.

Author: Amy McCosker
Posted: August 18, 2017, 2:34 am

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.

Posted: August 18, 2017, 2:12 am

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.

Posted: August 18, 2017, 1:44 am

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.

Posted: August 18, 2017, 1:03 am

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.

Author: Peter Ryan
Posted: August 18, 2017, 12:49 am

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.

Author: Nicole Asher
Posted: August 18, 2017, 12:25 am

Farmers say a Senate inquiry launched in the aftermath of retrospective milk price cuts falls short of expectations.

Author: Clint Jasper, Lucy Barbour And Anna Vidot
Posted: August 17, 2017, 11:27 pm

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.

Posted: August 17, 2017, 10:51 pm

Through the methodical and relaxing hobby of leather craft, John Allen makes reins and belts from scratch in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Author: Katrina Beavan
Posted: August 17, 2017, 10:06 pm

A rare native night bird once feared extinct in Australia makes a remarkable comeback in the Sunshine Coast hinterland of Queensland.

Posted: August 17, 2017, 9:44 pm

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.

Posted: August 17, 2017, 7:48 am

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.

Posted: August 17, 2017, 6:52 am

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.

Author: Lydia Burton
Posted: August 17, 2017, 4:32 am

The Red Meat Advisory Council pushes back against sweeping recommendations designed to improved transparency and accountability in the livestock industry.

Author: Anna Vidot
Posted: August 17, 2017, 4:06 am

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.

Author: Catherine McAloon
Posted: August 17, 2017, 2:43 am

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.

Author: Andrea Mayes And Joanna Menagh
Posted: August 17, 2017, 2:35 am

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.

Posted: August 17, 2017, 1:09 am

About half of commercially farmed Atlantic salmon are deaf because of the accelerated growth rates in the aquaculture industry, new research shows.

Posted: August 16, 2017, 11:07 pm

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.

Author: Nancy Notzon
Posted: August 16, 2017, 10:25 am

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.

Author: Bridget Fitzgerald And Gian De Poloni
Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:49 am

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.

Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:31 am

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.

Author: Matthew Doran
Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:31 am

Celebrity chef cooks up the idea of using unpopular cuts of meat with locally-sourced produce.

Author: Cherie von Hörchner
Posted: August 16, 2017, 6:50 am

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.

Author: Katrina Beavan
Posted: August 16, 2017, 6:37 am

There are concerns there will not be enough pollination services to sustain growth in the WA avocado industry in the near future.

Posted: August 16, 2017, 5:58 am

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.

Author: Louisa Rebgetz
Posted: August 16, 2017, 5:43 am

A major Commonwealth water purchase in Queensland's Condamine-Balonne is criticised by the Murray-Darling Basin community it was intended to protect.

Author: Jodie Gunders
Posted: August 16, 2017, 5:36 am

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.

Posted: August 16, 2017, 3:42 am

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.

Posted: August 16, 2017, 2:30 am

A couple's daring career change into chemical-free farming pays off.

Posted: August 16, 2017, 12:15 am

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.

Posted: August 15, 2017, 10:36 pm

The WA Government investigates land north of Kununurra where 30,000 hectares could be suited to irrigated agriculture.

Author: Matt Brann
Posted: August 15, 2017, 9:35 pm

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.

Author: Meghna Bali
Posted: August 15, 2017, 8:49 pm

A North Queensland cane grower says automating his irrigation system is giving him more control over his water use and personal time.

Posted: August 15, 2017, 6:08 am

Electric vehicles, renewable energy targets, and pollution reduction all point to a rosy future for copper.

Author: Babs McHugh
Posted: August 15, 2017, 4:22 am

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.

Author: Sophie Meixner
Posted: August 14, 2017, 11:34 pm

Regarded by many as a weed, work is underway to develop a sterile leucaena plant for the cattle industry.

Author: Matt Brann
Posted: August 14, 2017, 4:26 am

The demand for cheaper supermarket beef in China prompts a new Australian joint-venture to directly source and process cattle for export.

Author: Carl Curtain
Posted: August 13, 2017, 10:03 pm

Mango trees are in full flower in far north Queensland, promising an earlier harvest.

Posted: August 13, 2017, 9:47 pm

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.

Author: Pip Courtney
Posted: August 12, 2017, 8:11 pm

A dainty tree frog from Queensland leaps across Bass Strait to Tasmania inside a packet of bananas, raising serious biosecurity concerns.

Author: Rhiannon Shine
Posted: August 12, 2017, 5:00 am

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.

Posted: August 11, 2017, 8:06 pm

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.

Author: Ruby Jones
Posted: August 11, 2017, 10:42 am

A West Australian marketing cooperative secures a deal to send apples to Hong Kong as growers face a price slump due to oversupply.

Author: Bridget Fitzgerald
Posted: August 11, 2017, 7:41 am

Running tractors on oilseeds and powering mines with straw are two innovative agribusiness inventions helping South Australian farmers contribute to sustainable energy alternatives.

Author: Courtney Fowler
Posted: August 11, 2017, 7:21 am

A written technical manual on the buffalo farming industry in Australia is released for the first time.

Author: Lydia Burton
Posted: August 11, 2017, 6:31 am

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.

Author: Kallee Buchanan
Posted: August 11, 2017, 6:03 am

Feather and bone butcher Grant Hilliard has a lot to say about the ethics of eating animals.

Author: Cherie von Hörchner
Posted: August 11, 2017, 5:49 am

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.

Author: Marty McCarthy
Posted: August 11, 2017, 5:41 am

In the centre ring at the Royal Queensland Show, the next generation is working hard to conserve the future of agriculture.

Posted: August 11, 2017, 4:17 am

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.

Author: Katrina Beavan
Posted: August 11, 2017, 3:28 am

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.

Author: Melanie Vujkovic
Posted: August 11, 2017, 3:17 am

A farmer is awarded $7 million in damages for losses caused by a neighbour's negligent spraying.

Author: Clint Jasper
Posted: August 11, 2017, 2:05 am

Demand for buffalo is the strongest it has been for years, according to a Top End buffalo catcher.

Author: Daniel Fitzgerald
Posted: August 11, 2017, 12:53 am

Farmers in Victoria and South Australia are taking part in an innovative carbon-credit scheme for their soil.

Author: Jess Davis
Posted: August 10, 2017, 11:16 pm

Erasing the stigma attached to being diagnosed with dementia is something that can be avoided by creating dementia-friendly communities, a leading consultant says.

Author: Damien Peck
Posted: August 10, 2017, 11:05 pm

Drivers who steal produce from roadside stalls in south-west Victoria are being caught on camera.

Posted: August 10, 2017, 9:54 pm

A hemp farm in southern Tasmania plans to launch a range of food products after regulations change in November.

Author: Sally Dakis
Posted: August 10, 2017, 9:45 pm

A trial of a specially developed slow release fertiliser is impressing pineapple farmers on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Posted: August 10, 2017, 9:44 pm

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.

Author: Elise Fantin
Posted: August 10, 2017, 8:27 pm

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.

Author: Jenny Woodward
Posted: August 10, 2017, 8:23 pm

Two of Glencore and Anglo's underground coal mines in central Queensland risk closure after allegedly failing to meet dust-monitoring obligations.

Author: Chris O'Brien
Posted: August 10, 2017, 7:39 pm

Just one woman presented at this year's Diggers and Dealers Mining Forum, highlighting the lack of women in high-profile mining positions.

Author: Laura Meachim And Andrew Collins
Posted: August 10, 2017, 7:13 am

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.

Author: Joanna Prendergast
Posted: August 10, 2017, 5:40 am

The tomato potato psyllid has not been found in Carnarvon, but its presence in WA is causing local growers problems.

Author: Michelle Stanley
Posted: August 10, 2017, 5:04 am

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.

Posted: August 10, 2017, 4:11 am

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.

Author: Elly Bradfield
Posted: August 10, 2017, 3:51 am

Seed potato exports to Egypt are being flagged as a new opportunity for West Australian potato producers hit by tomato potato psyllid trade restrictions.

Author: Tyne Logan
Posted: August 10, 2017, 1:53 am

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.

Author: Gian De Poloni
Posted: August 9, 2017, 10:08 pm

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".

Author: Clint Jasper
Posted: August 9, 2017, 8:07 pm

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.

Author: Jarrod Lucas And Jacob Kagi
Posted: August 9, 2017, 11:26 am

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.

Author: Tyne Logan
Posted: August 9, 2017, 8:56 am

Two sightings of feral pigs in South Australia's mid-north put farmers on edge.

Author: Courtney Fowler
Posted: August 9, 2017, 7:54 am

Pigs carrying infected soil could ruin the banana industry, farmers claim.

Posted: August 9, 2017, 5:34 am

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.

Author: Babs McHugh
Posted: August 9, 2017, 5:34 am

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.

Author: Antonette Collins
Posted: August 9, 2017, 3:40 am

A commonly used chemical is being blamed for the deaths of native birds in Victoria.

Author: Jess Davis
Posted: August 8, 2017, 11:40 pm

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.

Author: Matt Brann
Posted: August 8, 2017, 11:18 pm

The South Australian Government has been accused of not bidding for enough telephone towers for remote parts of the state.

Author: Tom Nancarrow And Marty McCarthy
Posted: August 8, 2017, 11:11 pm

A Victorian wildflower grower loses 80 per cent of his crop to frost, potentially forcing him to close his business.

Author: Isabella Pittaway
Posted: August 8, 2017, 11:10 pm

A federal MP, who is farmer, claims Coles will not buy his sheep because of his criticism of the supermarket chain.

Author: Warwick Long
Posted: August 8, 2017, 10:00 pm

The Italian textile industry warns Australian superfine woolgrowers they are losing international clients because of animal welfare concerns with mulesing.

Author: Sarina Locke
Posted: August 8, 2017, 9:58 pm

Tassal is not found in contempt of a 2015 inquiry into aquaculture after a senate committee review of allegations by a mussel farmer.

Author: Harriet Aird
Posted: August 8, 2017, 9:58 pm

Researchers are investigating how dairy cows respond to GPS collars as virtual fencing moves closer to fruition.

Author: Kim Honan
Posted: August 8, 2017, 6:47 am

Senators investigating collusion and anti-competitive behaviour in livestock saleyards say they see no sign the red meat industry is willing to regulate itself.

Author: Anna Vidot And Joshua Becker
Posted: August 8, 2017, 6:42 am

A regional airline says prices could rise if regional airports are forced to boost security checks.

Author: Marty McCarthy
Posted: August 8, 2017, 6:15 am

Thirty-five regional communities across Australia receive grants to address the big issues facing rural youth.

Posted: August 8, 2017, 5:19 am

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.

Author: Sally Dakis
Posted: August 8, 2017, 4:22 am

A western Riverina community is left scrambling for cash after a mobile phone outage, which lasted three days.

Posted: August 8, 2017, 3:49 am

Small business owners in a remote part of the Northern Territory consider the potential effects of fracking on their livelihood and the environment.

Author: Daniel Fitzgerald
Posted: August 8, 2017, 3:00 am

For 60 years, Yeoval's community newsletter Satellite Weekly has hit the streets bringing all the local news.

Posted: August 8, 2017, 1:39 am

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.

Author: Tom Nancarrow
Posted: August 7, 2017, 7:38 am

South Australian farmers hope heavy rain over the weekend may be enough to turn their failing seasons around.

Author: Courtney Fowler, Brooke Neindorf, Marty McCarthy And Jemima Burt
Posted: August 7, 2017, 7:05 am

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.

Author: Joanna Menagh
Posted: August 7, 2017, 5:56 am

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