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Dairy cows near fireweed

Farmers fight fireweed

Fireweed lives up to its name, as it ignites the passions of NSW landholders spending thousands of dollars a year to control the exotic weed that can kill livestock.

Artist Andrew Baines

Bovines bathe at Busselton beach

From the paddock to the beach - Western Australian dairy cows take a dip in the salty south-west sea.

African lovegrass weed in seed

Help control african lovegrass

African lovegrass is spreading through Canberra's suburbs. Your help is needed in controlling the weed.

Richard Luck with daughter Nerida on their property Junee, north of Dingo

Long wait for pasture regrowth

While fencing remains one of the biggest concerns around central Queensland, graziers say in the long term pasture regrowth could take years.

Photo entry at Bega show 2011 of children and chooks

Rural Art

Chickens, cows and gardens are just some of the diverse subjects for budding rural artists. Join the crowds at the annual show in Bega to see the talents and humour of photographers and painters of all ages.

Copper dynamo on energy producer

Super minerals of the next decade: Is copper the new gold?

Base metal copper is catching up to its precious metal cousins gold and silver as a currency hedge as prices hit all time highs.

Former NSW Planning Minister Craig Knowles

Basin chief treads carefully

Incoming chairman of the Murray Darling Basin Authority Craig Knowles says he has been very busy in recent weeks, meeting with ministers, environmental groups, irrigators and other stakeholders, to get a thorough understanding of the current situation.

Dryland lucerne seed crop

Lucerne seed harvest concerns

Lucerne seed crops in the south east of SA could yield as low as half what they did last year.

Monaro farms in drought 2010

Cash drought, green drought

Money stops a drought, not just rain. Green paddocks and rainy skies aren't the usual images of drought, but that is the reality in a cash drought and a green drought. Ironically farmers in south-east NSW are dealing with empty bank accounts and empty paddocks as their dams fill after a decade of drought.

The Stimpson's Python sunning itself on the car of four German tourists

Territory snake lost in backpackers' car

Four German tourists got a bit closer to some Australian wildlife than they would have like when they found and then lost a snake in their car.

Hundreds of year old trees were uprooted at Yammanie during Tropical Cyclone Yasi.

Yasi graziers fight for recognition

North Queensland graziers who have missed out on new cyclone relief measures say they're feeling more confident assistance may be extended to them.

RAFS girls enjoy some time together before a big year delivering childcare services to bush kids

Remote childcare workers hit the dusty track

Four-wheel-drives are being filled with toys, lots and lots of toys. These toys have a very special job: they belong to a group of remote childcare workers who visit kids on far away properties all across Australia.

Backtrack boys, back of truck, Tenterfield floods

Learning from the flood disaster

The floodwaters that inundated so much of Queensland have also affected farmers further south in New South Wales. One inspiring program shows that there are many lessons that can be learned from natural disasters.

Shearing sheep

Shearers' travel bonus - farmers gear up for fight

Farm lobby groups are gathering ammunition to fight the new travel allowance for shearers. Up to $100 a day extra before the shearer's picked up the handpiece?

Candidates in the Monaro electorate, NSW Election 2011, Paul Cockram - Greens, Steve Whan - Labor, J

A torrid ride for NSW Labor to election day in March

Monaro is one of the more interesting seats in what could be an ugly election result for Labor in NSW. Meet the candidates.

Petition against NSW Livestock Health and Pest Authority, February 2011

NSW hobby farmer fights LHPA

Debt collectors and court action have been too much for some rural ratepayers. One hobby farmer has drawn up a petition against the Livestock Health and Pest Authority. Will it become an election issue in NSW?

Red Cliffs growers at their meeting with Peter Ryan

Sunraysia growers wearily face the future

Growers in the Sunraysia region have made a desperate plea for the state government to help them through what many say is the worst disaster they have faced.