Rural Affairs


Q fever battle: the boy we almost lost

9 year old Beau Beissel nearly died after a hospital failed to order a PCR test for Q fever, despite the urging of his rural GP.


NSW State Election: How will the agricultural industry fare?

NSW Farmers talk to the Minister and Shadow Minister of Primary Industries about how they will help farmers and improve agricultural infrastructure.


Drought policies need revising with climate change wreaking havoc

Boggabilla farmer Peter Mailler says that the federal government needs to refocus in order to help farmers suffering through droughts influenced by climate change.


Wool prices are booming, so why is there a shortage of shearers?

Wool prices are strong thanks to the China-fuelled boom, but farmers are finding it increasingly difficult to find good shearers. What is the solution?


Q fever health crisis: time to fight rural discrimination

The federal government refuses to subsidise Q fever vaccinations that will give lifetime protection. As the drought worsens rural communities face an increased risk of Q fever. NSW Farmers is lobbying for change.


Proposed unified freight rail network would slash farmers' costs

NSW Farmers is lobbying for the entire NSW rail network to be upgraded to the same TAL, which would save farmers in excess of $10 per tonne to transport grains to port.


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.


Farmers want a bigger say in weed management

Piney Range farmer and NSW Farmers local branch chair Harvey Matthews questions why farmers feel they have to take responsibility for weeds that aren't on their land.


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.


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.