Pip Courtney hosts Australia's pre-eminent regional and rural television program, covering farming, weather, food, innovation, mining, fisheries, agribusiness, commodity prices and other issues affecting regional communities.
A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.
A new weapon against food fraud; the war over water in Western Australia's Fitzroy catchment; Tasmania's junior beekeepers; protecting Australian pork; a London teenager embraces life in the outback.
This episode travels to the heart of Australia as the contentious Uluru climb is closed by traditional owners. We speak with traditional owner Sammy Wilson about the significance of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. And, we hear about what the hopes for the national park now that the climb has closed. Hosted from Uluru by Rachael Hocking, John Paul Janke and Ryan Liddle.
Traces the long and ferocious rivalry between Coke and Pepsi, centred on the 'New Coke' debacle of 1985. For almost a hundred years, Coke had been the undisputed leader in the multibillion-dollar global soda industry - stodgy, predictable, but indisputably top dog - while Pepsi had been the upstart No.2, forever poking at its big brother with cutting edge advertising. But in 1985, in a stranger-than-fiction twist, Coca-Cola's executives took a step so daring that no-one in either company could believe it: they changed the formula of the most popular beverage on the planet.
In this episode find out some the mysteries of weather and bush fire season has started early and the outlook for much of the east-coast and parts of Western and South Australia is for above normal fire potential. Farmers’ markets have changed the way fresh produce is bought and sold, bringing customers face-to-face with growers. The idea only started in Australia 20 years and continues to grow in popularity as consumers look to buy fresh, local, sustainable produce with a story.
Sport in regional areas under pressure; The remote cattle property in WA attracting shooters from all over the world; Restoration of an historic property in Tasmania honours acclaimed Australian Colonial artist.
A special on the state of Australia's dairy industry; Prime dairying areas in decline due to high water prices; Diversifying to survive; The Australian Dairy Plan and the road to reform.
Satellites helping to eradicate feral pigs; The implications of swine fever for Australia; Urban farms growing on city outskirts; The healing power of horses; A soulful pilgrimage back to the bush.
The extraordinary old tree feeding Australia's avocado obsession; Life threatening risks behind a lucrative coral export business; The new breed of butter makers; A young prospector with opal fever.
A cropping family has diversified in an unusual way - they’re producing crickets for the pet market.
The most remote league in Aussie rules is back after a year off for bad behaviour. Competitors in the SANFL travel hundreds of kilometres for weekly fixtures and with 80 percent of young men on the APY Lands playing football, being part of a team is more than just sport.
A conservation group has planted over 42,000 trees to help transform a derelict farm on the edge of the Daintree into rainforest.
The battle against wild dogs has taken to the skies with a West Australian pastoralist using military grade hardware to construct a drone to target the pest.
Changes in long range forecasts and weather patterns mean innovating and adapting is the new normal for many farmers. Rethinking current practices could be the key to surviving changing climate behaviour.
There’s an old saying about soil ‘they’re not making any more of it’ - but some farmers are. They’re drawing on the excess carbon that’s warming the atmosphere and putting it in their soil – building fertility and holding precious water.
Future in Cloud
From solar powered ear-tags for remotely managing cattle, to precision weed-spraying drones, technology is helping solve everyday problems in agriculture. But 50% of farmers rely on mobile networks for their internet connectivity, and data access and speed in the bush are not keeping up.
Chicken Free Chicken
A food technology entrepreneur has found success with a chicken substitute and is working on beef and bacon options.
Growing food represents a red-hot opportunity to big investors and corporates have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on agriculture in Australia - from cattle stations to almond groves. It can mean development for farmland, infrastructure for regions and more trade opportunities but does it signal the demise of the family farm?
Ninety-five percent of farms in Australia are run by families. It’s more expensive now to become a farmer, but a new generation is changing conventional farming models and finding other ways to get into the food production business.
Food waste is a problem for the horticulture industry, with up to a third of fruit and vegetables not meeting market standards. But now imperfect produce is supplying a new industry and meeting a growing demand for nutritious vegetable powders and pills.
Pip Courtney speaks to Professor Mark Howden of the Climate Change Institute and asks if changes in climate are making farming unviable.
Rear Guard Action
An inventive vet may have found an alternative to the controversial practice of sheep mulesing. Instead of cutting away skin from around the tail to prevent fly-strike, the area is frozen using liquid nitrogen which stops wool from growing.
Meat from old cows is often dismissed as tough and tasteless, but some Tasmanian farmers are dry-ageing meat from mature cows creating tender, rich, vintage beef.
This program brings together five superstars of business willing to put their own money on the line to invest in new products and ideas.
A row has erupted over state government mapping laws designed to protect endangered plants. Farmers are concerned that ‘trigger maps’ are flawed and could lock up their land.
The U.S. state of California is facing the biggest water reforms in its history after crippling drought exposed major failings in the water management behind the mighty food bowl.
The tiny opal mining town of Mintabie is a frontier paradise for those who call it home, but the state government wants to shut it down. Locals faced with eviction are not prepared to go quietly.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following story may contain images and voices of people who have died.
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From Bathurst to Jabiluka, or gold to uranium, mining has reshaped Australia's landscape, economy and society. Explore the boom times and busts of life when miners move in or move on.