Farmers appear to have no qualms about attacking the government, but the raised fist turns into a cat's paw when the time comes to criticise their largest customers, the retail giants.
After a turbulent year, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority today released the draft of the $10 billion Murray-Darling Basin Plan which is aimed at restoring the health of Australia's most important river system. And it seems neither irrigators nor scientists are happy with the latest inclination of the Plan.
Vanessa Drendel, a farmer (primary producer of broadacre cereals, legumes and oil seeds) in the Wimmera writes: Recently I went through an old external hard drive and stumbled over a folder I’d called ‘Totally Screwed’. It contained images of my farm life from 2004-2009, nothing out of the ordinary really, except that most of them […]
Land devoted to farming continues to decline, with 52% of Australia's total land area now devoted to agriculture, a 4% decrease in the two years since 2007-08, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
They might be more familiar with harvesters than hashtags, but a growing community of Australian farmers are embracing Twitter as a tool to communicate, particularly in light to the recent floods.
So why is the Murray-Darling Basin Plan likely to result in increased suicides and adverse mental health? To answer this question we need to look at the factors contributing to the high incidents of completed suicides in rural and regional areas; particularly amongst the male population.
Agmate’s Glenn & Natalie Williams [pictured] are Cattle producers and from North Queensland. Natalie writes: I have to wonder if ordinary Australians get away from the computer long enough to get outside and actually make a difference to the world … and sequester some carbon. Farmers and graziers are sequestering more carbon in a week […]