The Farmer

What's making news in the world of farming across NSW.
NSW Farmer of the Year 2018



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Western NSW preschool filling a gap in rural education

Regional kids of Western NSW have gone without access to preschool education for far too long. The opening of the Weilmoringle community preschool marks the horizon for better days to come.

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NSW farmers want their right to farm enshrined in law

Right-to-farm issues are causing concern for many farmers. NSW Farmers is lobbying for new legislation to protect them.

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Reaping the rewards of biodynamic farming

Bob Hawke Landcare Award winner Charlie Arnott sees his stock as tools to manage his pasture, and despite the drought, his paddocks are thriving.

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Port Macquarie winemaking family finds export markets fruitful

Cassegrain Wines' decision to forgo chain supermarkets has led to a stronger cellar door and direct sales and has boosted its exports to 40% of production.

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Virtual fences to improve labour efficiency for farmers

Fencing has long been a time-consuming task for farmers, but a research project headed by the CSIRO using solar-powered cattle collars and virtual barriers offers a solution.

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Hot debate: was the NSW government right to cancel drought declarations?

The drought declaration policy was scrapped by the NSW government in 2013 but not everyone is convinced. Two Central West farmers weigh in but not everyone thinks this was the right decision.

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NSW farmers meet the government over Inland Rail concerns

Landholders met Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, MP Mark Coulton and Inland Rail leaders in Gilgandra. Find out what's next.

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What makes a truly innovative farmer?

The Andreazza family invested in creative solutions for their farm and now they are reaping the rewards with premium rice and wheat crops.

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Oyster growers thrive despite environmental crisis

North Coast oyster farmers have integrated clever practices to remain sustainable since the introduction of Pacific oysters.

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Floating solar panels on farm dams set to cut energy costs

Future water security and energy use is front of mind for farmers. Find out how this innovative renewable technology could transform the simple farm dam.