While sugar industry celebrates yesteryear, price pressures sour upcoming crush – ABC Rural

While sugar industry celebrates yesteryear, price pressures sour upcoming crush – ABC Rural

Burdekin sugarcane industry members have shown their skills at hand cutting cane in their annual competition as they prepare for season when sugar prices have plummeted. For over 100 years cutting sugarcane by hand was one of the toughest farm jobs in Australia. But 50 years since mechanised harvesting took …

Cotton-crazed hipsters shock croppers by paying up to $50 for fluffy floral bunches – ABC Rural

Cotton-crazed hipsters shock croppers by paying up to $50 for fluffy floral bunches – ABC Rural

Fields of fluffy, white cotton are being harvested by farmers in Australia’s eastern states and fetching prices of nearly $600 per bale, but it is cotton’s street value that has farmers talking. In urban Sydney suburbs hipsters are paying up to $35 for a single branch of cotton, and $50 …

Murray-Darling Basin: Meet the NSW water regulator saying he’ll cut off supply to rogue irrigators – ABC Rural

Murray-Darling Basin: Meet the NSW water regulator saying he’ll cut off supply to rogue irrigators – ABC Rural

Grant Barnes is a New Zealander who says he has a bit of mongrel in him, and says he would not hesitate in taking on any New South Wales irrigator who is found to be flouting the law. It will be his job to ensure that irrigators across NSW comply …

Salinity crisis destroying Australia’s farmland, but farmers hope to stop it – ABC Rural

Salinity crisis destroying Australia’s farmland, but farmers hope to stop it – ABC Rural

Australia has a silent crisis on its hands and the threat is looming just beneath the ground of the country’s most fertile food bowls. Dryland salinity, which occurs when vast underground salt deposits rise to the surface with groundwater tables, could leave the productive farm lands that inhabit more than …

Coalition complains to ABC about Laura Tingle, Barrie Cassidy and Andrew Probyn | Media

The Coalition has once again complained to the ABC managing director about ABC news, accusing political journalists Laura Tingle, Barrie Cassidy and Andrew Probyn of repeating “false” claims by the Labor party. The federal communications minister, Mitch Fifield, wrote to Michelle Guthrie to make a formal complaint about the ABC’s …

Australians should not be fooled by attacks on the ABC

Australians should not be fooled by attacks on the ABC

By Justin Milne Updated May 30, 2018 14:50:47 Photo: The ABC is restructuring away from traditional “platform-based” divisions, such as TV and radio. (AAP: Tracey Nearmy) The ABC is an organisation known intimately to every Australian and about which every one of us has an opinion. The letters pages of …

Beeswax global demand surge has beards in a frizz and leaves beekeepers stung by shortage of Australian product – ABC Rural

Beeswax global demand surge has beards in a frizz and leaves beekeepers stung by shortage of Australian product – ABC Rural

An increase in global demand has seen the price of Australian beeswax skyrocket in recent years, with local beards and beekeepers among the victims. Australia’s honey bee industry remains the only one worldwide that does not have the destructive varroa mite, which has caused extensive colony losses in the US …

Roseanne cancelled by American network ABC after TV star’s ‘abhorrent, repugnant’ racist tweets

Roseanne cancelled by American network ABC after TV star’s ‘abhorrent, repugnant’ racist tweets

Posted May 30, 2018 04:58:57 Photo: Roseanne Barr has since apologised “for making a bad joke”. (AP: Jordan Strauss/Invision, file) Walt Disney Co’s ABC network has cancelled the popular US television comedy Roseanne after star Roseanne Barr compared a former Obama administration official to an ape in remarks on Twitter. …

Flowers and ‘sours’ among the hipster ideas brewing in the beer business – ABC Rural

Flowers and ‘sours’ among the hipster ideas brewing in the beer business – ABC Rural

Move over malted barley — craft brewers are on the hunt for ingredients that most beer makers try to avoid. In modern brewing it is easier to work with a single strain of yeast to control the flavour, but some craft brewers are literally going wild. They are using yeasts …