Super Oyster Scientists are providing some light at the end of a very bleak period for Tasmania's Pacific oyster industry, developing a super oyster that will hopefully withstand the next outbreak of Pacific oyster mortality syndrome. Space Cows The Northern Australian properties adopting precision satellite farming technologies and software to manage stock and pasture. Mushroom Coffee Two enterprising mates save tonnes of coffee grounds from landfill by turning them into the perfect medium for growing mushrooms. Rural News A wrap of rural and regional issues from around the country this week. Markets Report Prices and analysis with Kerry Lonergan ... and a closer look at the goat market this week.
A special rural news report on what the federal budget means for rural and regional Australia.
True Blue Salmon Australia's wild salmon is fresh, cheap and sustainable, but the bulk of the catch is sold for bait - not human consumption. Fishermen in Western Australia are trying to change that by giving the local fish an image make-over. Horse Heaven Australia's racing industry is responsible for generating billions of dollars in direct spending, and a champion performer is worth far more than its winnings alone. Island Produce With produce as popular as it is pretty, this harvest of edible flowers and edible weeds, finds its way from a small island in Moreton Bay to some of Brisbane's top restaurants. Rural News A look at rural and regional issues making the news this week. Markets Report Kerry discusses a sugar tax this week, and reporter Tim Lee finds out more about the future of printed meat. It's packed with nutrients and reduces food waste, but who will eat it?
The Raw Prawn The outbreak of white spot disease has devastated the farmed prawn industry with several farms in South East Queensland forced to shut down. Farmers say it's a failed border protection system that's to blame for the multimillion-dollar clean up. Flying Solo It can be a hard and sometimes dangerous life working in outback Australia. Three graziers, who each lost their husbands in separate tragedies, have been left to run enormous, remote sheep and cattle stations. Climate And Water Outlook Australia's climate and weather outlook for May to July 2017 from experts at the Bureau of Meteorology. Rural News A wrap of rural and regional issues in the news this week.
Growing Celery A large farming operation on Melbourne's outskirts is moving to make way for housing development, but the family-owned company says the move will enable them to grow the business further. Fred Dagg The late John Clarke first came to fame in New Zealand as the character, farmer Fred Dagg, who amused and entertained with his interesting approach to rural life. War On Weeds A community-based natural resources management group in Queensland is working with the state government and landholders to halt the spread of prickly acacia - by stopping the spread of seeds. Anzac Painters Australian troops suffered heavily in mighty battles in northern France 100 years ago. This year, Australian art will feature in centenary commemorations of the battles for Bullecourt. Rural News A look at rural and regional issues making the news this week. Markets Report The legal action over 2011's live trade suspension continues.
Revisit some of the most popular recent stories. We look at the outback women entrepreneurs battling the drought, plus giant sheds protecting crops, and revolutionising horticulture.
Macadamia Madness It's good news for Australian macadamia growers with demand and prices skyrocketing. Local researchers are breeding new tree varieties to stay ahead of the competition as other countries race to put plants in the ground. Out Of Africa A group of former refugees, along with local volunteers, are helping migrants to ease into their new life in country Victoria. The project involves farming and food, and participants say it's helping to make them feel part of the community. Night Parrot Thought to be extinct, the discovery of the night parrot on a remote Queensland cattle station was thrilling for the science world ... but not so for the grazier. Kathy McLeish went bush to find out what happens when the world's most endangered species turns up on your property. Rural News A look at rural and regional issues making the news this week. Markets Report Ron Storey from Australian Crop Forecasters speaks to Kerry about the "world wheat glut".
First Strike The RHD-K5 virus to eradicate feral rabbits was rolled out at hundreds of sites across the country in early March. Prue Adams visits some of the release zones to find out if the virus is doing its job. Dairy Outlook Twelve months on from the collapse of Australia's dairy industry, the fallout is still continuing. Tim Lee looks back on a year of turmoil. For Peat's Sake The makers of Australia's finest malt whisky credit peat from a bog in WA's south-coast forest region as the secret ingredient behind their champion single malt. Climate and Water Outlook The climate and water outlook for April-June from experts at the Bureau of Meteorology. Markets Report Current market prices and analysis with Kerry Lonergan. Rural News A look at rural and regional issues making the news this week.
Deer Menace Wild deer are proving costly to farmers and the environment and there are calls to declare the animal a feral pest. Creating Coonalpyn The residents of the small South Australian town of Coonalpyn are attempting to reinvigorate their community through art. An ambitious project to change the face of their grain silos is attracting much wanted tourist attention. And artist Guido van Helten's work is already helping to revitalise the town by stimulating business and restoring civic pride. Rural News A look at rural issues making the news this week. Markets Report Cotton picking is underway with growers counting the cost of a record hot summer followed by rain - just as the big machinery is revving up.
Pineapple Pigs An oral drench to protect piglets from gut infection could soon be available to pig farmers. It's been developed by scientists and is made from pineapples - taking antibiotics out of the food chain. Growing Controversy Our recent story on a suburban neighbourhood growing food along its footpaths has received a lot of attention this week and communities across the country have been inspired to do the same thing. But the future of our food street farmers is limbo amid fears of public liability insurance and council regulations. Antarctic Farmers We meet the Northern Territory cattle producer swapping life on an outback cattle station for life on an ice station. He's just one of many multi-skilled people making the expedition from rural Australia to work on the coldest, windiest, driest continent on earth. Rural News A look at rural issues making the news this week. Markets Report For the seventh consecutive week, the key wool indicators have established record highs.
China Butchers A young Chinese businessman who lived in Brisbane for several years is behind a string of Australian-style mini butcher shops popping up in Chengdu. Having secured rights to sell Coles-branded beef the company is importing 100 tonnes of Aussie-grown beef a month. Flinders Island The Wombat Lady of Flinders Island has been caring for orphaned wombats for over 20 years. Fiona Breen meets with the lady herself and other locals on this slice-of-life island visit. Food Street A suburban neighbourhood on Queensland's Sunshine Coast has transformed the traditional backyard vegie patch by planting it on the front verge. The Urban Food Street neighbourhood now spans 11 streets and over 200 households. Rural News A look at rural issues making the news this week. Markets Report There's a lot of smart money going into agriculture at present and getting more than its share is the chicken-meat business.
Got You Covered: Super-sheds Protecting High-value Horticultural Crops Massive structures with retractable walls and roof panels are being used to provide permanent protection for high-value crops. The Canadian-designed sheds are a game changer for fruit and vegetable growers with crop protection now being measured in hectares, not square metres. Heywire! Bringing Youth From Regional Australia Together In Canberra Heywire is five days of high-energy youthful enthusiasm. For two decades, the ABC Rural initiative has seen youth from across Australia collaborating on ideas to help drive social and economic development in regional communities. Access to education, the internet, drug addiction, mental health and juvenile justice were just some of the subjects tackled at this year's summit in Canberra. Bush Ingenuity: The Women Running Unusual Businesses From Remote Western Queensland A couple of big-thinking women from remote western Queensland have not let isolation get in the way of their success. Amidst one of the worst droughts on record, these rural entrepreneurs sowed the seeds of their business ideas, and with hard work and modern telecommunications are proving they can take on the world. Rural News A look at rural issues making the news this week. Markets Report Tim Lane from Herron Todd White speaks to Kerry about the rise in rural property values.
Extra Bite: Green Ants Native green ants are adding extra bite to food and beverages. Rabbit Virus Release: Greg Mutze Greg Mutze from the Invasive Animals CRC speaks about the release of a new biological control for rabbits. Covenant Farms: Conservation Agreement Conservation paying its way on one of Australia's oldest pastoral stations. Rural News A look at rural issues making the news this week. Climate and Water Outlook The latest climate and weather outlook from experts at the Bureau of Meteorology. Markets Report Where is the Aussie dollar headed? Commonwealth Bank ag-commodities strategist, Tobin Gorey, speaks with Kerry.
Bee Deaths What is the future of cotton pesticides and bees in the Riverina food bowl? Pangkarra Pasta Value adding with pulses keeps a family farm viable. Mussel Up Ensuring a future for Tasmania's biggest mussel farmer. Markets Report An unlikely price hero this year could be cotton. Rural News A look at rural issues making the news this week.
China Wine China has become the Australian wine industry's most important market. Rural News A look at rural issues making the news this week. Lentil Beer Australia has its first lentil beer. Markets Report What's ahead this year for Australia's biggest rural export?
West Meets East A delegation of Australian farmers and food manufacturers travel to China to learn just how to do business with our biggest trading partner. The Long Road Understanding differences in taste and lifestyle could be the key to cracking the Chinese market. Premium Beef Beef producers are excited about new opportunities at the premium end of the Chinese market. China Dreams How does China feed it's population of almost 1.4 billion? Golden Fleece China is the Australian wool industry's most important international partner, buying around 75 percent of the national clip. Chairman Liu Australia will play an important role supplying clean, green protein to China's growing middle class.
Rising Up/Rural News/Living The Dream/BOM: Climate And Water Outlook/Markets Report Rising Up Rising from the ashes of South Australia's Pinery Fires. Rural News A wrap of rural issues from around the country this week. Living The Dream The 91-year-old patriarch of Tasmanian island farming. BOM: Climate And Water Outlook A look at Australia's weather prospects from experts at the Bureau of Meteorology. Markets Report The year in review. Kerry speaks with outgoing National Farmers' Federation President, Brent Finlay.
Fishing For Votes An investigative feature into the struggle between commercial and recreational fishing near our major cities. Rural News A wrap of rural issues from around the country this week. Markets Report Market prices and analysis with Kerry Lonergan.
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