Innovation

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A cracking good idea pays off for Australian pecan producers

Fifty years ago, Australians had hardly heard of pecans, a North American staple. Now a farm near Moree is the biggest producer in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Emu oil finally takes flight in the Australian market

Emu farming should be highly profitable, with a diverse range of markets and a sought-after oil. So why has this business opportunity proved so difficult to get off the ground?

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Ripe beginning for the Australian persimmon market

Brett Guthrey is set on transforming persimmons, an exotic sweet fruit, into an Australian favourite. It’s no easy feat but a Spanish variety could be the key to becoming mainstream.

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Clever beef farmers create innovative market for bone broth

Greg and Lauren Newell’s beef and bone broth business, Linga Longa, is booming and now stocked in Harris Farm. But they’re concerned about the authenticity of farmers' markets.

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When will agriculture's robotic revolution arrive?

Three years ago, researchers predicted there would be a tsunami of robots in the farming industry. So what's the hold up with autonomous farming machinery?

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The dairy farm breaking ground with cow pregnancy sensors

The Cleary family runs an innovative dairy farm near Wauchope using automatic drafting and pregnancy sensors that are helping lift in-calf rates.

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The buffalo farmers bucking tradition with cheese

A mid North Coast buffalo dairy is charging ahead of the herd with niche products, like buffalo mozzarella, meat and milk that's fetching $8 a litre.

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Organic broccoli farmers innovating with powders

Forget broccoli lattes, vegetable powders have many different uses and nutritional benefits – and Kurrawong Organics is banking on the new superfood.

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Could Wagga Wagga become the next Silicon Valley?

The country town may not be as glamorous as California but it's becoming an agri-tech hub for young minds, with venture capitalists keen to invest.

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Raising the profile of agriculture: 'We are not just farmers'

Young farmers are leading the pack to overcome age-old stereotypes to help lift the image of the industry.