Rural Affairs

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Stop misrepresenting irrigation farmers

It’s time for farmers to send a strong message about their responsible water use to the media and environmentalists, says Riverina irrigation farmer Andrew Hawkins.

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Dry conditions and pests are causing challenges out west

The Western Division is celebrating rate waiver wins and wild dog fence developments – but issues around the drought and local plant pests are still a challenge.

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Hope on the horizon for new native vegetation reforms

NSW farmers have long fought against native vegetation legislation that has impacted their right-to-farm. Will recent reforms help to build trust between farmers and government?

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What it takes to win the NSW Farmer of the Year Awards

While the drought continues to make conditions tough, it’s still important to celebrate Australian farmers who excel. Find out about the most recent winners and details of how to enter.

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Menindee locals share their stories on the water crisis

With hardship very often comes resilience and Menindee, with its summer fish kills and depleted lakes, has had its fair share. Discover life on the Darling River.

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Western NSW farmers in for the long haul despite drought

Seasoned graziers Terry and Jane Smith have been slowly de-stocking for two years, but recent rain eases the pressure off feeding and water security.

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Horticulture growers at wits' end with drought

Fruit and vegetable growers feel they are being ignored in the current agricultural crisis. Without sufficient water, permanent plantings will die. What's the way forward?

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Drought-affected crop growers face tough decisions

The crops of many farmers across NSW are failing or are not yet sown due to drought – so do you plant or not? Liverpool Plains farmer, Hugh Pursehouse is one of many hopeful for rain.

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How we can preserve our Great Artesian Basin

The Great Artesian Basin is the lifeblood for many farmers and regional communities, especially during drought. The capping and piping of free-flowing bores in NSW is saving huge amounts of water but needs to carry on.

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Drought survey: Farmers tell us how they are faring

The results of NSW Farmers' survey are in. Farmers across NSW have shared their experiences of drought, government funding and support and what could be done better.