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Landline: August 18, 2019
August 18, 2019
ABC  |  August 18, 2019

Frauke Bolton-Boshammer emigrated to Australia to pursue a farming dream but instead became a successful businesswoman and pioneered a diamond empire.
Once the backbone of every pastoral station, most blacksmith shops today have been relegated to history. But the owners of a drought ravaged property in South Australia have found that stoking up the fire again has provided an unexpected lifeline in tough times.
Sorcery or science? How can a concoction made from manure buried in cow horns in the dead of winter under a new moon bring new life to soil? Not even the man who founded what's known as biodynamic farming knew the answer. Fifty years on farmers who follow Alex Podolinsky’s methods get top dollar for their produce. Tim Lee looks at the legacy of the divisive biodynamic pioneer.
Costs and regulations have forced thousands of professional fishers out of the game but for Danny, it's all about the thrill of the catch.

Frauke Bolton-Boshammer emigrated to Australia to pursue a farming dream but instead became a successful businesswoman and pioneered a diamond empire.
Once the backbone of every pastoral station, most blacksmith shops today have been relegated to history. But the owners of a drought ravaged property in South Australia have found that stoking up the fire again has provided an unexpected lifeline in tough times.
Sorcery or science? How can a concoction made from manure buried in cow horns in the dead of winter under a new moon bring new life to soil? Not even the man who founded what's known as biodynamic farming knew the answer. Fifty years on farmers who follow Alex Podolinsky’s methods get top dollar for their produce. Tim Lee looks at the legacy of the divisive biodynamic pioneer.
Costs and regulations have forced thousands of professional fishers out of the game but for Danny, it's all about the thrill of the catch.

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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. 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. 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 per-cent 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.

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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. 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. 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 per-cent 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.

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