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AMCO Matting rallies to help protect Australia from foot-and-mouth disease

A key tool in Australia’s biosecurity arsenal against foot-and-mouth disease came from a town in western New South Wales.  Key points: Lake Cargelligo business chosen to design sanitation mats to prevent foot-and-mouth disease 120 mats have been distributed to airports around Australia  Their special design dislodges dirt from soles and then sanitises It was a Friday when a … Read more

Employers headed to jobs summit urged to consider people with a disability to solve farm worker shortage

As Australian farmers cried out for workers, Daniel Stewart was rejected time and time again. Key points: One in six Australians has a disability and they are twice as likely to be unemployed Some employers worry they will have to make expensive modifications to accommodate workers with a disability, but that is often not the case Representatives … Read more

Farmers concerned at potential foot-and-mouth spread as Australia and Indonesia tackle outbreak

Nathaniel Rose kept his shoes and sandals separate from his main baggage as he travelled home from Bali to Melbourne last week.  During his 10-day holiday on the Indonesian island, Mr Rose said he was aware of concerns that tourists visiting Bali might bring foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) back to Australia, including via contaminated soil on footwear. “I did one trip … Read more

Mandarin sales in east coast markets helps South Australian Riverland growers

Mandarins are providing a much-needed source of income for citrus growers in South Australia amid a tough season.  Key points: A Riverland citrus company says they can’t keep up with demand for mandarins  Flooding on the east coast and cold weather has affected citrus supply Domestic demand has fueled sales for fruit unable to be shipped overseas  With … Read more

Raw milk cheese deal with UK set to please foodies, but not all local producers

A dozen raw milk cheeses from the United Kingdom have been approved for export to Australia in a deal likely to please cheese lovers, but not necessarily local cheesemakers.     Key points: Consumers will be able to choose from a dozen raw milk cheese varieties from the UK following a new deal Only two cheesemakers in Australia … Read more

Pacific farm workers who breached visas by working for wrong employers fight to get them back

A group of Pacific workers who breached their visa conditions are fighting to get them back, although advocates say it should never have reached this point. Key points: Under the PALM scheme, workers can only take jobs with approved employers Officials are attempting to reinstate some of the 24 Pacific workers who are still eligible to work … Read more

Lower fuel prices push by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro hurts Aussie farmers

Brazilian politics might be half a world away but that hasn’t stopped a president’s populist push from putting pressure on Aussie farmers. Key points: Jair Bolsonaro has intervened in Brazil’s fuel market, artificially lowering retail prices As a result more Brazilian sugar will hit the world market, creating volatility It puts the profitability of Aussie cane … Read more

Out and About at WRAL.com

By Jessica Patrick, WRAL senior multiplatform producer Raleigh, N.C. — Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Chris Stapleton and Sheryl Crow will perform at the Farm Aid Festival on Sept. 24 in Raleigh. The all-day event at Coastal Credit Union Music Park celebrates North Carolina agriculture and farmers’ efforts to slow climate change. Food sold at the … Read more