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|Tinder for cows is online dating for cattle breeders to find their stock's perfect match |
It is not just humans seeking love on Valentine's Day; a new matchmaking app is bringing cows together.
|Bushfires devastate Tasmanian leatherwood honey production, prices set to rise|
The price of Tasmanian honey is expected to soar this year after dry conditions and fires across the state have conspired to deliver the industry's worst season in 35 years.
|Transport subsidies available to assist primary producers affected by Tasmanian bushfires 2018/19|
This fire season is a testing time for all Tasmanians, and the Tasmanian Government is working to provide practical help to those families and businesses directly affected by fires.
|What does it take to make a four-week-old kelpie puppy into an effective working dog? |
What does it take to train a kelpie from puppy to professional in one year?
|How does a gated dam work?|
The unprecedented rain event in Townsville caused the north Queensland city's Ross River Dam to reach more than 200% capacity, prompting authorities to open the spillway gates to their full capacity.
Global trends indicate significant population growth, rising incomes in emerging economies and increasingly informed and choosy customers.
|New collaborative approach to rural health and safety|
AgriFutures Australia is part of a new partnership to improve our rural industry’s health and safety record and will focus on incorporating innovative research and extension.
|Detachable work shirt sleeves claims the ‘Winning Pitch’ title at the Brilliant Business Kids Festival|
Students, teachers and parents from across Australia united at The University of Sydney Business School for a national pitch competition – all with a focus on ideas which addressed agricultural issues.
|International demand for Australia's fine wine continues to grow|
The world can barely get enough of Australian wine with 94 million cases of Aussie wine sold around the world last year.
|Almond growers prepare for record harvest but more bees needed to keep industry buzzing|
Australia's almond growers are set for a record crop this season but as the industry keeps growing, more pollination services are needed to sustain the rapid production increase.
|Dairy farmers welcome draft mandatory dairy code of conduct released this week|
Farmers are embracing plans for a mandatory code of conduct for the dairy industry, while also highlighting fundamental problems facing the sector they say are being ignored.
|Robots may take on shearing as Australia's resurgent wool industry deals with a labour shortage|
Robots shearing sheep. The idea is enough to have 19th-century bush poet Henry Lawson turn in his grave, but Australia's resurgent $3 billion wool industry is working to make it a reality.
|Grain harvest on east coast eclipsed by Victorian town of Nhill as it bucks the trend caused by drought|
The western Victorian town of Nhill has supplied more grain to one of the country's largest handlers than all of Queensland combined.
|Organic tomatoes get a taste of what super investment can grow|
In an unassuming paddock near Lake Boga in the Victoria's north west, Australia's first-ever crop of organic processing tomatoes is booming.
|What causes the spectacular bolts of crawler lightning to flash across the sky?|
Tentacles of light flashed across the night sky over the weekend but what causes the spectacular crawler lightning?
|Fruit fly restrictions lifted in Tasmania but markets yet to recognise status|
Tasmania has officially clocked over into fruit fly-free status but Australia's trading partners will not automatically recognise the change
|Giant avocados five times the size of a standard variety set to smash the market|
Avocado lovers rejoice. Giant avos weighing up to 1.8 kilograms are now available in Australia.
|One million hazelnut trees planted on farm in southern NSW to be used in Nutella and Ferrero Rocher|
One million hazelnut trees have been planted on a farm in southern New South Wales.
It is hoped the trees will bear 5,000 tonnes of hazelnuts (in shell) by 2020 for use in crowd favourites including Nutella and Ferrero Rocher.
|Applications now open for the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship|
AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship applications open for university students looking forward to a career in rural industries
|Bees and not honey are what natural beekeepers focus on|
Beekeeping is usually about making honey but there is another way of operating with a different goal in mind.
|Your best rural and outback photos from 2018|
A selection of photos sent in to the ABC.
|Half-brown, half-white lamb produced from genetic quirk in crossbreeding|
When hobby farmer Linda Gleeson saw the unusual colourings of her ewe's new lamb, she simply thought it was "cute".
|Egg farmers face tough times as drought leads to spike in production costs|
Egg farmers are being hit hard as feed grain prices nearly doubled in the last six months due to the widespread drought, slashing producers farmgate returns by more than 20 per cent.
|Small Farms Small Grants round 2 Now Open|
Grants valued between $5,000 and $200,000 are offered to organisations and individuals
|Rain, hail and humidity destroy cherry crops just a week from Christmas|
Cherry regions across Australia have been hit with heavy rain, hail and humidity, ruining large amounts of fruit just a week out from Christmas.
|State of the Climate 2018|
The Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO play an important role in monitoring, analysing and communicating observed changes in Australia's climate.
|Single male Queensland fruit fly detected on Flinders Island during ongoing surveillance|
A single adult male Queensland fruit fly has been detected on Flinders Island during the ongoing surveillance program undertaken by Biosecurity Tasmania.
The detection does not affect northern Tasmania. The target date for reinstatement for the Northern Tasmanian Control Area remains 9 January 2019, subject to not detecting any fruit fly in this area.
|A buzzy year for honey bee and pollination research|
The AgriFutures™ Honey Bee &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Pollination Program continues to support leading research that ensures a productive and sustainable Australian beekeeping industry, and secures the pollination of our agricultural sector.
|Citizen scientists called on to map extent of drought killing native trees|
While rain has arrived in some drought-affected areas, it has been too late for many native trees.
|Drought-affected Australian regions welcome first Vietnamese molasses shipment to sustain livestock|
Drought-affected graziers desperate to feed their livestock have taken the unprecedented step of importing molasses all the way from Vietnam.
|What you need to know about droughts: Why they happen and how they are defined|
Drought. Most Australians will be familiar with the concept, some very familiar of late.
|After a record dry, 2018 may be the year of the Indian Ocean Dipole|
The droughts of past decades have burnt the term El Nino into the Australian vocabulary, but after the drought of 2018, perhaps the IOD — short for Indian Ocean Dipole — might also become a household name.
|Australian wine sales to China are booming but we may be drinking Chinese wine before too long|
The wine industry in China is growing rapidly built on the back of massive state run developments and expertise borrowed from some of the best wine makers from around the world.
|Farmers, waste industry in limbo following suspension of NSW rubbish re-use scheme|
Farmers and waste operators in New South Wales are calling for the resumption of a scheme that allowed them to use treated household waste to improve soil quality.
|Farmers and police build trust to deter rural crime, with many offences going under-reported|
Many farmers are not reporting crimes on their properties because they believe the perpetrators will not be caught, a study shows.
|African Swine Fever spreading across China: What does it mean for Australia?|
Authorities in Australia have been told that since August, around 500,000 pigs have been culled in China, and perhaps even more have died directly from the ongoing spread of African Swine Fever.
|South Australia's emerging hemp industry forecast to be worth millions|
South Australia's fledgling hemp industry could be worth $3 million annually within five years, government data shows.
|Purebred turkey bloodlines alive and well on King Island all thanks to a prized gobbler|
Have you ever considered the humble turkey as your next backyard pal?
Lyndsey Sumpton from the Australian Heritage Turkey Society said the fowls were keen to make friends and were just like having an "ugly parrot".
|Farming Together: How primary producers are preparing for a challenging future|
Innovation, technology and engagement with ethical consumers are the keys to the future of food production, according to the head of a national sustainability program.
|Neonicotinoid insecticide causes bees to abandon their young at night: study|
Spying on bumblebees as they nest has revealed strange behaviour in those exposed to tiny amounts of a widely used pesticide.
|Pastured eggs the new 'free range' for consumers worried about animal welfare|
Concern over animal welfare is driving demand for 'pastured' eggs as an alternative to caged and free range production.
|Buy a Bale proceeds for drought-affected farmers flow to first South Australian producers|
For farmer Karl Zerner, the phone call from the Buy a Bale drought appeal was a lot to take in.
|PM's new backpacker changes an immediate relief 'but not a long-term solution' |
Changes to Australia's seasonal worker program and backpacker visas have been welcomed by Australia's agricultural industry as something that will provide immediate relief, but the industry will not give up the fight for a dedicated agriculture visa.
|Hard rain vs soft rain: What differentiates drizzle from a downpour?|
It is raining again in the south-east and it is seeping into discussion. So if you would like to intrigue your friends, fascinate your family and enthral your co-workers with the science behind "soft" and "hard" rain, read on.
|High oestrogenic clovers wreak havoc on flock fertility |
High oestrogenic clovers may be playing havoc in sheep production systems and some producers may not even know it.
|Water prices double, makes farmers think twice about profitability of crops|
Growers are struggling to keep up with doubling water prices brought on by little rain and high demand.
|Medicinal cannabis farm begins production vowing a duty of care to Australian patients|
Months behind schedule, Queensland's first licensed medicinal cannabis farm has started growing plants with the aim of manufacturing a series of "affordable" medicines from early next year.
|Probiotics of the plant world: Why soil microbes are gaining worldwide interest|
Interest in soil microbes seems to be skyrocketing, and not just from organic farmers.
|Grain imports on the cards as drought drives up prices and crop forecasts slashed|
Australia could be set to import whole grain for the first time in more than a decade as drought drives up prices.
|'Man in the mirror' wool chair Wal Merriman resigns, claims AWI responsible for price boom|
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chairman Wal Merriman has resigned.
|Drought and ageing populations dwindle rural fire brigades ahead of bushfire season|
Rural New South Wales communities are struggling to attract volunteer firefighters ahead of what is expected to be a serious fire season.
|Strawberry needle scare: History shows growers may bounce back stronger than ever|
In the aftermath of the needle tampering saga that gripped Australia, life and work for strawberry growers is slowly returning to normal.
|Graziers in far-west NSW digging deeper into debt, and dams, to get out of drought|
Graziers in far-west New South Wales are using government loans to prepare their properties for the arrival of rain.
|China's expanding middle class targeted by Australian quality food exporters|
Whether it be wine, beef or grain, China's rapidly growing middle class is developing a taste for quality Australian produce.
|High petrol prices may push up the cost of fresh food for consumers|
The Master Grocers Association is warning that a rise in petrol and diesel prices could also lead to a rise in the price of fresh foods.
|BOM outlook: Low chance of drought recovery for eastern Australia in coming months|
Despite heavy rain lashing parts of the country in recent weeks the big dry is far from over — and according to the Bureau of Meteorology, the hard times are set to continue.
|Stock culled as drought drives grain, hay prices to 'scary' highs amid record demand|
Farmers are culling animals and failing to cover the cost of production as grain prices skyrocket due to drought.
|Chicken nuggets lab-grown from feathers to go on sale by end of year, company says|
Imagine if instead of raising a whole chicken for slaughter, it was possible to pop a feather in a machine, and grow a chicken nugget.
|Sick of foam packaging for your vegies? A national solution is still years away|
A council from regional NSW is blaming excess packaging as the reason why it cannot reach its zero waste-to-landfill target.
|'Renewables capital of Australia'? Port Augusta shows off its green energy credentials|
Driving towards Port Augusta, a luminous white light appears on a concrete shaft to the side of the highway.
The giant light is a receiver; it sits among a sea of mirrors which beam the sun onto it, producing intense heat that creates steam, turns a turbine, and makes electricity. It's known as concentrating solar thermal, a new breed of energy.
|How Australians are helping China become the world's biggest wine maker|
For Australian winemakers, the Chinese market is booming.
|Country Women's Association in NSW is attracting a new generation of recruits|
While unions and service clubs are battling falling membership numbers, there's one group that's bucking the trend.
|Dairy farmers' relocation to lush Tasmania from dry Victoria a success for three young families|
A southern migration from Victoria to Tasmania has proven a sound choice, helping a trio of dairy farmers flourish.
|World record 18.3-kilogram turnip grown by Tasmanian farmer Roger Bignell|
Tasmanian farmer Roger Bignell is no stranger to growing extremely large vegetables.
|NAFTA 2.0: What Trump's new US, Mexico and Canada free trade agreement means for Australian farmers|
The new US-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement (USMCA) could have ramifications for Australian farmers, a Chicago futures expert says, though to what extent depends on its final terms at ratification.
|Whisky and vodka flow as Tasmanian farmers embrace spirit of sustainability|
When it comes to farming, change ensures long-term survival.
|Start-up seeks to guarantee meat eating quality using science|
Guaranteeing the eating quality of a steak or lamb chop is the aim of Adelaide start-up MEQ Probe.
|Bread made from lentil flour could become the next health food craze|
The health benefits of lentils are well known, but new research into lentil flour has shown those benefits are enhanced when it is baked in bread.
|Federal Government pushes to stop plant-based products labelled as 'meat' or 'milk'|
Plant-based products labelled "meat" or "milk" will have to be rebranded if the Federal Government is successful in lobbying for a change of food standards.
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