Rural Affairs


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?


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.


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.


Farm safety made a priority in NSW

A new farm safety guide, produced by SafeWork NSW and NSW Farmers has been launched, ensuring farmers and their families stay safe when working on the land.


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.


The trailblazers of The Farmer one year on

As The Farmer celebrates its first birthday, see how our previously featured farmers are coping with drought, hear of their lessons and see where future markets may lead.


Is a national horse traceability register a viable option?

With over 900,000 horses in Australia, a national register would improve biosecurity and rider safety. But is it a cost-effective solution?


Should stock route reserves return to farmers?

Western Division farmer Greg Rogers maintains Crown land previously reserved for stock route watering should be secured by farmers.


Woodburn farmers head to Calgary Stampede

SPONSORED: Ever dreamt of going to the world’s most famous rodeo? Meet Om and Savita Jhorar, who will travel to Calgary Stampede courtesy of NSW Farmers and WFI.


The day the city woke up to the drought

Farmers have been living it for years, but in mid-2018 the reality of the weather crisis finally hit the headlines. But could this media coverage hurt market prospects?