Environment

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Why solar stacks up for farmers

Making the switch to a solar-diesel hybrid pumping system has slashed this Central West NSW farmer’s fuel bills – and cut greenhouse emissions to boot.

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The drought hay crisis

The drought has wiped out hay reserves and hay prices have skyrocketed, leading some to argue hay exports should be redirected to drought-stricken farmers.

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Donated hay survey: where drought-affected farmers found relief

NSW Farmers members accessed donated hay from across the nation. Find out about their experiences and where it all came from.

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26-year-old silage offers drought relief for Tamworth farmer

Hay silage buried 26 years ago is helping a North West NSW cattle farmer sustain his livestock through drought.

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Danger in the drought - bushfire risks put farmers on the frontline

With drought comes potentially catastrophic bushfire conditions. Farmers are on the frontline - should the Rural Fire Service act earlier?

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Native vegetation: taming African lovegrass

How satellite mapping led to a native vegetation showdown in the Monaro region in NSW’s South East.

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Tough lessons learnt: building resilience to drought

Yeoval farming family experience their first drought and are surviving thanks to active planning measures.

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Drought stories of success, not charity

Support for farmers battling drought is heart-warming – but Monaro sheep and cattle producer Richard Taylor warns it’s vital to keep the message positive.

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Industrious beekeepers nurture thriving family business

The beekeeping and honey production industry offers farmers a surprisingly diverse number of ways to make money. But behind the profits is a lot of hard work and uniquely Australian challenges.

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Native vegetation laws - the good, the bad and the farmers making it work

The native vegetation biodiversity reforms are just a year old – but are still among the most divisive topics in agriculture. 
The Farmer searches for common ground.