<description /> <item> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-03-17/drought-hit-irrigators-shoulder-cost-of-river-pump-meters/10903290</guid> <link>http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-03-17/drought-hit-irrigators-shoulder-cost-of-river-pump-meters/10903290</link> <category>Irrigation</category> <category>Cotton</category> <category>Water Management</category> <category>Drought</category> <category>Murray-Darling Basin</category> <title>Data technology spend puts irrigators under the pump <p>Irrigation farmer Brett Shearwood says new laws requiring pumps to have meters providing real-time data on river water use will help his industry, but the spend comes at a difficult time during the drought.</p> Sun, 17 Mar 2019 07:00:00 +1100 Sally Bryant Irrigator Brett Shearwood says new pumping equipment will be a good investment, but comes at a difficult time. (Supplied) 2019-03-17 07:00 +11:00 2019-03-17 06:00 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-03-12/crops-wither-dams-dry-out-in-drought-across-queensland/10890044 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-03-12/crops-wither-dams-dry-out-in-drought-across-queensland/10890044 Cotton Grain Agricultural Crops Crop Harvesting Drought Agribusiness Crops wither across Queensland as dams dry out <p>Summer crops are failing and winter crops look increasingly less likely to be planted as dams dry reach record lows across the state of Queensland due to drought. </p> Tue, 12 Mar 2019 12:22:20 +1100 Amy McCosker And Lydia Burton 2019's summer crop will be the second that Brett Prince has been unable to plant due to drought. (ABC Rural: Amy McCosker) 2019-03-12 12:22 +11:00 2019-03-12 11:22 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-02-24/cotton-growers-at-heart-of-water-blame-game/10836762 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-02-24/cotton-growers-at-heart-of-water-blame-game/10836762 Environment Agribusiness Irrigation Agricultural Crops Cotton Cotton growers at heart of water blame game <p>The only flood Murray-Darling northern basin irrigators have been in this year is a swell of negative sentiment, but solutions are not as simple as they might seem.</p> Sun, 24 Feb 2019 09:13:00 +1100 Arlie Felton-Taylor Bales of cotton at Cubbie Station in southern Queensland. (ABC Rural: Arlie Felton-Taylor) 2019-02-24 09:13 +11:00 2019-02-24 08:13 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-02-19/abares-crop-report-eastern-pain-western-gain/10821860 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-02-19/abares-crop-report-eastern-pain-western-gain/10821860 Agricultural Machinery Small Business Wheat Cotton Rice Agricultural Crops Agricultural Prices Irrigation Agribusiness Rural Grain Drought ABARES crop report confirms tale of two seasons with eastern pain, western gain <p>The Australian Government's commodity forecaster has confirmed what eastern seaboard farmers know all too well — that grain production in 2018 was disastrous.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 06:05:40 +1100 Angus Verley This cereal crop in western Victoria withered away, like many others, without rain. (ABC Rural: Angus Verley) 2019-02-19 06:05 +11:00 2019-02-19 05:05 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-14/anthony-barlow-kevin-humphries-water-court-murray-darling-basin/10808384 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-14/anthony-barlow-kevin-humphries-water-court-murray-darling-basin/10808384 Cotton Government and Politics Water Water Management Water Supply Environment Environmental Impact Environmental Management Environmental Policy Rural Agribusiness Agricultural Crops Agricultural Machinery Agricultural Policy The cotton grower, the water minister and the broken meter <p>Facing close to $750,000 in fines for taking 381 megalitres of water during an embargo, irrigator Anthony Barlow pleads guilty to water offences, but maintains the former water minister told him he could pump water "unless told otherwise".</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2019 06:14:14 +1100 Anna Henderson In 2015, the SMH described Menindee Lakes, near Broken Hill, as "big sandpits". (Ginny Stein) 2019-02-14 06:14 +11:00 2019-02-14 05:14 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-05/webster-switches-from-cotton-to-sheep/10780658 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-05/webster-switches-from-cotton-to-sheep/10780658 Drought Cotton Cattle Feedlots Rural Media Cotton out, feedlotting in at Tandou Station <p>One of Australia's biggest agribusiness companies, Webster Limited, is bouncing back from the closure of its cotton venture, using funds from the $78 million sale of its water entitlements to diversify.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:35:23 +1100 Rhys Carman Webster Limited general manager Paul Martin says the feedlot will ensure quality lambs during the drought. (ABC Broken Hill: Rhys Carman) 2019-02-05 12:35 +11:00 2019-02-05 11:35 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-02-04/senator-questions-whether-australia-should-grow-export-cotton/10776964 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-02-04/senator-questions-whether-australia-should-grow-export-cotton/10776964 Cotton Water Management Water Murray-Darling Basin Irrigation Federal Government Environmental Management Senator questions whether 'driest continent on the planet' should grow, export cotton <p>Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick has thrown down the gauntlet to the cotton industry, challenging them to justify its use of water and its right to farm.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2019 15:33:11 +1100 Dominique Schwartz SA Senator Rex Patrick has proposed legislation that would ban cotton exports. (ABC News: Gary-Jon Lysaght) 2019-02-04 15:33 +11:00 2019-02-04 14:33 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-03/the-blame-game:-a-social-media-backlash-targeting/10787030 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-03/the-blame-game:-a-social-media-backlash-targeting/10787030 Irrigation Rural Cotton Water Management Drought The Blame Game: A social media backlash targeting irrigators Mass fish kills in the Lower Darling River system have sparked a backlash against cotton farmers on social media. Sun, 03 Feb 2019 12:30:00 +1100 (Landline) 2019-02-03 12:30 +11:00 2019-02-03 11:30 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-02/are-cotton-growers-to-blame-for-menindee-fish-deaths/10763322 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-02/are-cotton-growers-to-blame-for-menindee-fish-deaths/10763322 Rural Agricultural Crops Cotton Pollution Environment Water Pollution Water Water Management Water Supply Government and Politics Federal Government Rivers Are cotton irrigators to blame for fish kills along the Darling River? <p>As the Murray-Darling Basin dries up or sees mass fish kills, a royal commission finds the Murray-Darling Basin Authority committed gross maladministration but social media is placing the blame on cotton irrigators.</p> Sat, 02 Feb 2019 06:09:44 +1100 Halina Baczkowski And Anna Levy The Darling riverbed at Bourke in north-west New South Wales is bone dry. (ABC News: Halina Baczkowski) 2019-02-02 06:09 +11:00 2019-02-02 05:09 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-01-31/murray-darling-basin-royal-commission-report-says-system-is-sick/10766786 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-01-31/murray-darling-basin-royal-commission-report-says-system-is-sick/10766786 Murray-Darling Basin Irrigation Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Indigenous Policy Cotton Crop Harvesting Agricultural Crops Rural Federal Government Environmental Management Murray-Darling report lays bare that 'the system is sick', say the people it affects <p>The report has accused the body responsible for implementing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan of negligence, so how has rural Australia reacted?</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2019 16:08:43 +1100 Adam Connors, Sally Bryant, Sowaibah Hanifie, Cara Jeffery And Moyra Shields Gavin Dal Broi said the royal commission findings focused on what SA wants and said there should be a national focus. (ABC Rural: Cara Jeffery) 2019-01-31 16:08 +11:00 2019-01-31 15:08 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-01-18/nt-cotton-industry-starts-to-emerge-as-farmers-look-north/10722180 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-01-18/nt-cotton-industry-starts-to-emerge-as-farmers-look-north/10722180 Cotton Rural Agribusiness Agricultural Crops NT cotton industry beginning to bud as debate over crop rages in drought-ridden states <p>Signs of a cotton industry in the Northern Territory are starting to sprout, with interstate and international investors watching on as trials get underway.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:48:38 +1100 Carmen Brown And Daniel Fitzgerald A number of farmers and researchers have planted cotton trials in 2019. (ABC News: Kristy O'Brien) 2019-01-18 06:48 +11:00 2019-01-18 05:48 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-26/cotton-grower-pleads-guilty-to-mdb-illegal-pumping/10553990 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-26/cotton-grower-pleads-guilty-to-mdb-illegal-pumping/10553990 Environmental Management Cotton Agricultural Crops Rural Murray-Darling Basin Irrigation Federal Government Environmental Policy Environment Law, Crime and Justice Cotton grower pleads guilty to illegally pumping Murray-Darling water <p>Cotton farmer Anthony Barlow pleads guilty in Sydney's Land and Environment Court to charges sparked by an ABC Four Corners report earlier this year.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 13:00:42 +1100 Kathleen Ferguson The case is one of two being prosecuted by Water New South Wales. (ABC News) 2018-11-26 13:00 +11:00 2018-11-26 12:00 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-11-21/nt-farmers-600-million-plan-for-territory-agricultural-expansion/10518576 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-11-21/nt-farmers-600-million-plan-for-territory-agricultural-expansion/10518576 Rural Land Clearing Water Management Fruits Cotton NT Farmers release plan to double agricultural value to $600m <p>Can the Northern Territory double the value of its plant industries to $600 million within 10 years? The NT Farmers Association has unveiled its plan to make it happen.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 17:13:18 +1100 Matt Brann The Territory produces a lot of different fruit and veg, and NT Farmers believes there is room for expansion. (ABC Rural: Matt Brann) 2018-11-21 17:13 +11:00 2018-11-21 16:13 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-18/kimberley-cotton-growers-optimistic-despite-prior-failures/10505724 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-18/kimberley-cotton-growers-optimistic-despite-prior-failures/10505724 Cotton Agricultural Crops Kimberley cotton growers optimistic despite previous failures Growers in the Kimberley are optimistic about cotton’s success, despite a failed attempt at the crop in the 1970s. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:09:06 +1100 A cotton field at Ord River in the Kimberley region. (ABC News: Kristy O'Brien) 2018-11-18 07:09 +11:00 2018-11-18 06:09 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-18/ord-cotton-in-the-kimberley/10505254 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-18/ord-cotton-in-the-kimberley/10505254 Rural Agricultural Crops Cotton Agricultural Prices Agribusiness Cotton crop thrives in the Kimberley after past failures <p>It's being described as a possible game changer for farmers and even the pastoral industry in northern Australia — the resurgence of cotton. </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:09:06 +1100 Kristy O'Brien A cotton field at Ord River in the Kimberley region. (ABC News: Kristy O'Brien) 2018-11-18 07:09 +11:00 2018-11-18 06:09 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-17/big-plans:-cotton-returns-to-northern-australia/10508014 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-17/big-plans:-cotton-returns-to-northern-australia/10508014 Cotton Rural Big Plans: Cotton returns to northern Australia Cotton is being described as a possible game changer for farmers in northern Australia –forty years after it originally failed. A genetically modified seed resistant to tropical bugs has been invented, resulting in a roaring crop and renewed hope in an industry brought back to life. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:26:28 +1100 (Landline) 2018-11-17 20:26 +11:00 2018-11-17 19:26 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-08/water-efficient-growing-technology-brings-higher-cotton-yield/10195578 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-08/water-efficient-growing-technology-brings-higher-cotton-yield/10195578 Rural Agricultural Crops Cotton Sustainable and Alternative Farming Biodegradable film brings 'higher cotton yield at less cost to the environment' <p>An innovative technology in the Australian cotton industry — the use of biodegradable film to trap warmth from the sun to help seedlings grow faster — is gaining a foothold overseas.</p> Sat, 08 Sep 2018 06:18:48 +1000 Courtney Wilson After the pink and cream flowers are pollinated, they are replaced by cotton bolls — ready to be harvested, ginned and put into bales. (Landline: Courtney Wilson) 2018-09-08 06:18 +10:00 2018-09-08 06:18 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-07/a-smarter-way:-a-biodegradable-film-changing-the/10217752 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-07/a-smarter-way:-a-biodegradable-film-changing-the/10217752 Cotton Rural Science and Technology Agricultural Crops A Smarter Way: A biodegradable film changing the way thirsty crops are grown A biodegradable film laid over seedlings could change the way thirsty crops like cotton are grown. The innovative technology has been proven to boost yield and maximise water usage and is now being used on farms around the world. Fri, 07 Sep 2018 12:30:00 +1000 (Landline) 2018-09-07 12:30 +10:00 2018-09-07 12:30 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-30/farmers-have-high-hopes-for-indonesia-free-trade-agreement/10174868 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-30/farmers-have-high-hopes-for-indonesia-free-trade-agreement/10174868 Agricultural Policy Federal Government Government and Politics Agribusiness Cotton Sugar Livestock Beef Cattle Agricultural Crops Wheat Pressure mounting on Australia's new leaders to secure Asian trade agreements <p>Farmers are hoping Scott Morrison's first overseas trip as Prime Minister will bring with it a free trade agreement with Indonesia.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 06:40:06 +1000 Brett Worthington Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces his new frontbench on Sunday August 26 after being sworn in on Friday. (ABC News: Marco Catalano) 2018-08-30 06:40 +10:00 2018-08-30 06:40 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-28/cotton-executives-20-million-fraud-allegation-norman-farming/10172736 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-28/cotton-executives-20-million-fraud-allegation-norman-farming/10172736 Cotton Agricultural Crops Rural Fraud and Corporate Crime Law, Crime and Justice Murray-Darling Basin Cotton farm execs face court over $20m federal funding 'fraud' <p>Two senior figures from the massive southern Queensland cotton operation Norman Farming face court in Brisbane accused of defrauding the Commonwealth of $20 million in Murray-Darling water funding.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:18:18 +1000 Lexy Hamilton-Smith Norman Farming CEO John Norman (L) and CFO Steve Evans leaving court in Brisbane. (AAP: Dan Peled) 2018-08-28 14:18 +10:00 2018-08-28 14:18 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-08-24/nsw-grain-growers-told-to-take-risks-to-get-summer-crop-in/10155112 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-08-24/nsw-grain-growers-told-to-take-risks-to-get-summer-crop-in/10155112 Rural Weather Rainfall Cotton Seeds Drought Sustainable and Alternative Farming Agricultural Crops Grain Drought leaves farmer without winter crop for the first time <p>In 62 years of farming, Neil Barwick never thought he would see a time when he would be unable to plant a winter crop. But that is exactly what this drought has meant.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2018 06:10:57 +1000 Lara Webster Neil Barwick (right) with his son Geoff have been unable to plant any grain crops this winter. (ABC Rural: Matilda Hughes) 2018-08-24 06:10 +10:00 2018-08-24 06:10 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-08-16/non-iron-cotton-shirts-csiro-research-underway/10124274 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-08-16/non-iron-cotton-shirts-csiro-research-underway/10124274 Cotton Science and Technology Research Research Organisations Agricultural Crops Rural Fashion Sustainable Living Wrinkle-free cotton shirts a dream becoming a reality for CSIRO researchers <p>Not having to iron a cotton shirt, which also sheds biodegradable fibre in the environment rather than synthetics when washed, could become a reality in the future with a new CSIRO project underway.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:43:44 +1000 Jessica Schremmer The CSIRO research team is hoping to develop a brand new natural fibre that maintains its biodegradability and breaks down in the environment. (Supplied: CSIRO) 2018-08-16 06:43 +10:00 2018-08-16 06:43 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-09/ord-valley-cotton-picking-machine/10088692 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-09/ord-valley-cotton-picking-machine/10088692 Cotton Agribusiness Cotton harvesting in action in Western Australia's Kimberley region Cotton harvesting in action in Western Australia's Kimberley region. Thu, 09 Aug 2018 06:23:04 +1000 Cotton harvesting in action in Western Australia's Kimberley region. (ABC Rural: Courtney Fowler) 2018-08-09 06:23 +10:00 2018-08-09 06:23 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-08-09/cotton-harvest-comeback-in-the-ord/10082328 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-08-09/cotton-harvest-comeback-in-the-ord/10082328 Cotton Agribusiness Water Management Water Supply Cotton makes a comeback as historic harvest begins in WA's Ord <p>History is being made in Western Australia's remote Kimberley as the first commercial wet season cotton crop is picked in the Ord Valley since the collapse of the industry in the 1970s.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2018 06:23:04 +1000 Courtney Fowler And Kristy O'Brien Kimberley Agricultural Investment's Luke McKay and Jim Englke welcome cotton's return. (ABC Rural: Courtney Fowler) 2018-08-09 06:23 +10:00 2018-08-09 06:23 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-07-10/water-trading-makes-farmers-adapt/9945688 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-07-10/water-trading-makes-farmers-adapt/9945688 Murray-Darling Basin Dairy Production Cotton Fruit Fruits Rice Irrigation How water trading is reshaping what foods and fibres farmers are growing <p>Irrigation remains a deeply emotional issue in river communities and some farmers are branching out to keep their heads above water.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2018 06:11:01 +1000 Clint Jasper Farmers in Australia's rice growing heartland, the Riverina, have been ramping up production of cotton over the last few years. (ABC Open contributor James Campbell) 2018-07-10 06:11 +10:00 2018-07-10 06:11 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/nsw-country-hour/2018-06-29/nsw-farmers-accused-of-water-theft-plead-not-guilty/9925384 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/nsw-country-hour/2018-06-29/nsw-farmers-accused-of-water-theft-plead-not-guilty/9925384 Water Water Management Agricultural Crops Cotton Rural Irrigation Environment Murray-Darling Basin Irrigators to fight charges of water theft <p>Two prominent north-west New South Wales irrigator families charged over alleged water theft on the Barwon-Darling will fight the charges in court.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 17:11:52 +1000 Michael Condon Irrigation pumps on the Barwon River near Brewarrina. (AAP: Dean Lewins) 2018-06-29 17:11 +10:00 2018-06-29 17:11 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-06-21/cattle-company-cpc-to-trial-crops-while-in-sale-process/9889302 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-06-21/cattle-company-cpc-to-trial-crops-while-in-sale-process/9889302 Beef Cattle Livestock Cattle Feedlots Pasture Cotton Cattle giant CPC to trial cropping in the Top End <p>Despite being in the middle of a sale process, cattle company CPC says it is investing in a cropping trial in the Top End.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:05:36 +1000 Katrina Beavan CPC is set to plant its first crop of sorghum on Manbulloo Station later this year. 2018-06-21 06:05 +10:00 2018-06-21 06:05 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-06-07/chinese-owners-nt-station-want-to-grow-cotton-export-cattle/9836104 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-06-07/chinese-owners-nt-station-want-to-grow-cotton-export-cattle/9836104 Rural Agribusiness International Aid and Trade Beef Cattle Cotton NT cattle station's Chinese owner wants to grow cotton <p>The Chinese owners of a cattle station in the Top End of the Northern Territory hope to one day grow cotton and export cattle to China.</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 06:41:32 +1000 Daniel Fitzgerald Florina Station co-owner Youyi Hu recently hired Anthony Grant to manage the property. (ABC Rural: Daniel Fitzgerald) 2018-06-07 06:41 +10:00 2018-06-07 06:41 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-06-04/cotton-goes-pink-for-breast-cancer/9692642 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-06-04/cotton-goes-pink-for-breast-cancer/9692642 Breast Cancer Rural Community and Society Agricultural Crops Cotton Health Doctors and Medical Professionals Charities Supporting breast care nurses with pink in the paddock <p>Cotton growers are baling up their crops in pink wrap to help get more breast cancer care nurses to rural and regional Australia.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2018 15:31:29 +1000 Cara Jeffery And Rosie King Rodney Minato is wrapping his cotton bale in pink on his property near Carrathool in southern New South Wales. (ABC Rural: Cara Jeffery) 2018-06-04 15:31 +10:00 2018-06-04 15:31 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-06-01/cotton-commands-big-money-in-sydney-markets/9692448 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-06-01/cotton-commands-big-money-in-sydney-markets/9692448 Cotton Agricultural Crops Rural Women Agricultural Prices Flowers Flower Foliage Fashion Gardening Flower Gardens Hipsters are paying $50 for cotton floral arrangements <p>Hipsters in trendy Sydney suburbs are forking out big dollars to display bunches of cotton in their homes and offices because it "stands out" against traditional blooms, does not need water, and can last up to five years.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2018 06:19:11 +1000 Cara Jeffery Bunches of cotton for sale at Eveleigh Markets at Sydney. (ABC Rural: Chloe Mackenzie) 2018-06-01 06:19 +10:00 2018-06-01 06:19 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-30/bayer-monsanto-merger-gets-green-light-from-us-regulator/9814702 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-30/bayer-monsanto-merger-gets-green-light-from-us-regulator/9814702 Agribusiness Agricultural Chemicals Cotton Oilseeds Biotechnology Biotechnology Industry Oil and Gas Agribusiness giants Bayer and Monsanto get US approval for $US66b mega merger <p>Agribusiness giants Bayer AG and Monsanto get approval to merge as US farm groups and environmentalists slam the deal as 'toxic'.</p> Wed, 30 May 2018 10:05:06 +1000 Clint Jasper Glyphosate, sold as Roundup, is one of Australia's most common weedkillers. (Rose Grant: ABC Rural) 2018-05-30 10:05 +10:00 2018-05-30 10:05 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-20/menindee-last-cotton-harvest/9779014 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-20/menindee-last-cotton-harvest/9779014 Cotton Agricultural Crops Water Saving Watering Water Water Supply Tourism Rural Tourism Federal Government Water Management Murray-Darling Basin Last cotton harvest at Menindee as water dries up <p>Cotton has been farmed in far west NSW for almost 30 years, but now it is barely viable due to water shortages.</p> Sun, 20 May 2018 09:42:14 +1000 Declan Gooch Cotton blooming at Tandou. (ABC News: Laurissa Smith) 2018-05-20 09:42 +10:00 2018-05-20 09:42 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-05-01/coleambally-demo-farm-picking-cotton/9702908 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-05-01/coleambally-demo-farm-picking-cotton/9702908 Rural Cotton Community Organisations All hands on deck for cotton picking at community farm <p>The people of Coleambally in southern New South Wales work hard growing crops to raise much needed funds to keep their tiny town afloat.</p> Tue, 01 May 2018 08:09:22 +1000 Cara Jeffery Coleambally farmer Larry Walsh and his family donated two of their cotton pickers to strip the cotton crops. (ABC Rural: Cara Jeffery) 2018-05-01 08:09 +10:00 2018-05-01 08:09 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-04-03/fashion-environmental-impact-of-your-favourite-textiles/9382382 http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-04-03/fashion-environmental-impact-of-your-favourite-textiles/9382382 Science and Technology Wool Cotton Sustainable Living Fashion Textiles Environmental Impact Environment The environmental impact of putting that shirt on your back <p>What goes into manufacturing the various textiles we wear and how do the environmental impacts of each compare? </p> Tue, 03 Apr 2018 10:09:55 +1000 Tegan Taylor Look for information about the manufacturing practices of your favourite brands. (Unsplash: Amy Humphries) 2018-04-03 10:09 +10:00 2018-04-03 10:09 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-02-28/ord-cotton-makes-a-comeback-with-historic-planting/9486986 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-02-28/ord-cotton-makes-a-comeback-with-historic-planting/9486986 Cotton Agribusiness Momentum builds to resurrect a cotton industry in WA's Ord Irrigation Scheme <p>History is made in Western Australia's remote Kimberley, as the first commercial wet season cotton crop is planted in the Ord Irrigation Scheme since the collapse of the industry in the 1970s.</p> Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:15:11 +1100 Courtney Fowler Cotton researcher Stephen Yeates inspecting a trial cotton crop growing in the Kimberley's Ord Valley. (Supplied: Penny Goldsmith) 2018-02-28 09:15 +11:00 2018-02-28 08:15 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-13/murray-darling-authority-powerless-against-floodwater-harvesting/9426138 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-13/murray-darling-authority-powerless-against-floodwater-harvesting/9426138 Environmental Management Murray-Darling Basin Rivers Water Water Management Programs and Initiatives Agribusiness Cotton Irrigation Basin Authority powerless to act against farmers harvesting floodwaters <p>The head of the Murray Darling Basin Authority admits the authority is powerless to prevent upstream farmers harvesting rainwater desperately needed to flow through the river system for the benefit of all users.</p> Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:16:56 +1100 Chris Lamey lost his 2016 crop when levee banks prevented flood waters from receding. (ABC News) 2018-02-13 21:16 +11:00 2018-02-13 20:16 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-01-23/cotton-harvest-early-and-ord-gears-up-for-historic-first-crop/9352742 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-01-23/cotton-harvest-early-and-ord-gears-up-for-historic-first-crop/9352742 Cotton Research Australia's earliest cotton harvested in Queensland <p>Picking has begun in central Queensland in what is thought to be the earliest harvest in recent decades as WA's Ord looks to bounce back.</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:31:49 +1100 Amy McCosker And Courtney Fowler Queensland cotton farmer Hamish Millar said his latest crop is the earliest crop he has ever harvested. (Supplied: Greg Kauter) 2018-01-23 15:31 +11:00 2018-01-23 14:31 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-01-04/spray-drift-damages-6,000-hectares-of-cotton-northern-nsw/9303354 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-01-04/spray-drift-damages-6,000-hectares-of-cotton-northern-nsw/9303354 Cotton Agricultural Crops Agricultural Chemicals Spray drift an unwelcome Christmas present for cotton growers <p>Six thousand hectares of cotton in Walgett, New South Wales, is potentially worthless after being affected by poisonous spray drift.</p> Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:55:08 +1100 Cotton farmers stand to lose tens of millions of dollars worth of cotton in northern NSW. (ABC Rural: Laurissa Smith) 2018-01-04 13:55 +11:00 2018-01-04 12:55 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-12-04/gulf-cotton-crop-goes-large-scale-queensland/9212602 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-12-04/gulf-cotton-crop-goes-large-scale-queensland/9212602 Cotton Agricultural Crops Rural Commercial cotton crop in Queensland's Gulf Country goes large-scale <p>Trials of dryland cotton at Strathmore Station in Queensland's Gulf Country pave the way for the first large-scale commercial crop.</p> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 06:29:11 +1100 The first commercial trial of Gulf cotton was harvested earlier this year. (Supplied: Ron Greentree) 2017-12-04 06:29 +11:00 2017-12-04 05:29 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-22/parents-blame-government-for-toxic-river-making-kids-sick/9181886 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-22/parents-blame-government-for-toxic-river-making-kids-sick/9181886 Murray-Darling Basin Water Management Rural Cotton Parents blame Government for 'toxic river' in Murray-Darling Basin making kids sick <p>Outback parents are forced to drive their children hundreds of kilometres to bathe after they're exposed to toxic river water which doctors suspect is giving them reoccurring and antibiotic-resistant skin infections.</p> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:00:00 +1100 Hayden Healy's mother said his skin infection 'got out of control'. (Supplied) 2017-11-22 23:00 +11:00 2017-11-22 22:00 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-11-14/sa-parliament-takes-on-prime-minister-over-cabinet-water/9149402 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-11-14/sa-parliament-takes-on-prime-minister-over-cabinet-water/9149402 Water Environment Water Supply Water Management Cotton Agricultural Crops Joyce, Barnaby Person Turnbull, Malcolm Liberals Liberal National Party Greens Sustainable and Alternative Farming SA Parliament attempts to pressure Prime Minister to split water and agriculture portfolios <p>The SA Parliament will unite to try to force the Prime Minister to split the federal agriculture and water portfolios.</p> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:43:35 +1100 Marty McCarthy The South Australian Parliament is putting pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to separate the water and agriculture portfolios. (Audience Supplied) 2017-11-14 15:43 +11:00 2017-11-14 14:43 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-12/young-boss-takes-the-helm-of-farming-empire-after-family-tragedy/9138330 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-12/young-boss-takes-the-helm-of-farming-empire-after-family-tragedy/9138330 Beef Cattle Livestock Rural Cotton Agricultural Crops Young boss takes the helm of farming empire after family tragedy <p>College graduate James Paterson took a big step when he finished studying agribusiness five years ago — straight to the top of his family's farming empire.</p> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:14:30 +1100 Kerry Staight James Paterson took over the family's farming empire after the loss of his father. (Landline: Kerry Staight) 2017-11-12 08:14 +11:00 2017-11-12 07:14 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-11/to-hell-and-back:-a-young-man-takes-the-reigns-of/9141594 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-11/to-hell-and-back:-a-young-man-takes-the-reigns-of/9141594 Rural Youth Rural Livestock Beef Cattle Agricultural Crops Cotton Family To Hell and Back: A young man takes the reigns of the family cattle business James Paterson was destined to take over the family business one day. But when his father died prematurely, James – straight out of college – stepped up to take over the reins. He talks to Kerry Staight about his role in the family empire and his partnership with his 81 year old grandfather. Sat, 11 Nov 2017 19:52:36 +1100 (Landline) 2017-11-11 19:52 +11:00 2017-11-11 18:52 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-24/murray-darling-basin-alleged-fraud-goondiwindi-cotton-farm/9080280 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-24/murray-darling-basin-alleged-fraud-goondiwindi-cotton-farm/9080280 Cotton Murray-Darling Basin Environmental Management Rural Fraud and Corporate Crime Police Police raid cotton farm over alleged Murray-Darling Basin fraud <p>Police raid a large cotton farm operated by former Cotton Grower of the Year John Norman as part of a major criminal investigation into possible fraudulent use of Commonwealth Murray-Darling Basin funds.</p> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:01:38 +1100 John Norman operates Norman Farming. (Supplied: Arlie Douglas) 2017-10-24 14:01 +11:00 2017-10-24 13:01 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-09-29/mdba-responds-to-criticism-over-murray-darling-basin/9002072 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-09-29/mdba-responds-to-criticism-over-murray-darling-basin/9002072 Water Water Supply Water Management Environment Murray-Darling Basin Rivers Cotton Agricultural Crops Rural Not enough power? Perhaps, says Murray-Darling Basin Authority chairman <p>The chairman of the Murray Darling Basin Authority rejects reports that it failed to act on allegations of water theft in New South Wales.</p> Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:41:08 +1000 Marty McCarthy And Sally Bryant The bed of the Darling River is exposed downstream from block banks in New South Wales. (Emma Brown) 2017-09-29 16:41 +10:00 2017-09-29 16:41 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-08-21/dry-and-warm-winter-continues-to-cause-farmers-pain/8827614 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-08-21/dry-and-warm-winter-continues-to-cause-farmers-pain/8827614 Agricultural Prices Agricultural Crops Agricultural Policy Wheat Cotton Oilseeds Record dry July causes further pain for NSW farmers <p>A record dry July on top of a dry June has put pressure on struggling winter crops and pastures.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:19:07 +1000 Michael Condon Crops like this one at Garah in north-west New South Wales are struggling from lack of rain. (Supplied: DPI) 2017-08-21 15:19 +10:00 2017-08-21 15:19 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-29/people-within-the-murray-darling-catchment-give-their-views/8750322 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-29/people-within-the-murray-darling-catchment-give-their-views/8750322 Murray-Darling Basin Water Water Management Water Supply Cotton Agricultural Crops Rivers Environment What people on the river think of the Murray-Darling revelations <p>A lot has been made of the Four Corners report on the NSW Government's failings in ensuring environmental water flows continue across the Murray-Darling catchment. But what do people within the catchment actually think?</p> Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:09:55 +1000 Edwina Farley And Adam Connors Walgett irrigator James Moore stands before a creek on his property. July 2017 (ABC Central West: Melanie Pearce) 2017-07-29 11:09 +10:00 2017-07-29 11:09 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-27/rewriting-murray-darling-basin-plan-would-be-devastating/8746532 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-27/rewriting-murray-darling-basin-plan-would-be-devastating/8746532 Irrigation Murray-Darling Basin Cotton Starting again would be devastating for farmers like me <p>We've had three years of record-breaking heat, we don't have time to start the Murray Darling Basin Plan from scratch, writes Jim McDonald.</p> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:39:38 +1000 Farmer Jim McDonald says water management is the lifeblood of rural communities. (Supplied) 2017-07-27 08:39 +10:00 2017-07-27 08:39 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-07-25/murray-darling-basin-plan-how-much-water-to-grow-cotton/8742234 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-07-25/murray-darling-basin-plan-how-much-water-to-grow-cotton/8742234 Rural Agricultural Crops Cotton How much water is needed to produce cotton? <p>Around 90 per cent of Australia's cotton is grown in the Murray-Darling Basin, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).</p> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:26:32 +1000 Kristy Reading Just how much water is used to grow a crop of cotton? (ABC Rural) 2017-07-25 17:26 +10:00 2017-07-25 17:26 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-07-25/darling-river-communities-respond-to-four-corners/8740130 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-07-25/darling-river-communities-respond-to-four-corners/8740130 Murray-Darling Basin Agribusiness Irrigation Cotton Drought Angry community leaders call for inquiry after Murray-Darling revelations <p>Community leaders seek inquiry into Murray-Darling Basin Plan after ABC's Four Corners pumping revelations.</p> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:56:52 +1000 (News Video) 2017-07-25 08:56 +10:00 2017-07-25 08:56 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-07-20/wet-season-cotton-yields-promising-for-kimberleys-ord-valley/8715830 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-07-20/wet-season-cotton-yields-promising-for-kimberleys-ord-valley/8715830 Rural Cotton Crop Harvesting Genetically Modified Organisms Wet season cotton harvest in the Ord Valley <p>A wet season cotton trial may pave the way for a cotton industry to re-emerge in the Kimberley's Ord Valley.</p> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:25:28 +1000 Matt Brann Harvesting cotton in the Kimberley's Ord Valley (Supplied: Penny Goldsmith) 2017-07-20 15:25 +10:00 2017-07-20 15:25 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-07-07/crop-insurance-viable-without-government-subsidies/8688946 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-07-07/crop-insurance-viable-without-government-subsidies/8688946 Agricultural Insurance Agricultural Crops Sugar Cotton Government and Politics Tax Federal Government Queensland farmers hunting for new crop insurance products <p>An international insurance broker says government subsidies are not needed to develop crop insurance products suited to Australian conditions</p> Fri, 07 Jul 2017 17:38:27 +1000 Robin McConchie Cyclone Debbie smashed mango crops in Bowen as farmers look for affordable crop insurance (Supplied) 2017-07-07 17:38 +10:00 2017-07-07 17:38 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-06-28/farming-in-the-riverina-life-under-the-basin-plan/8650288 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-06-28/farming-in-the-riverina-life-under-the-basin-plan/8650288 Murray-Darling Basin Water Management Water Water Supply Federal - State Issues Drought Federal Government Agribusiness Agricultural Prices Agricultural Subsidies Cotton Fruit Rice Viticulture Agricultural Machinery Agricultural Policy Irrigation Farming under the Basin Plan in the Riverina <p>It's 10 years since the Water Act started Australia down a path towards major reform in the Murray-Darling. How are farmers in the NSW Riverina adjusting?</p> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:36:16 +1000 Anna Vidot Some Riverina irrigators are feeling positive about their future, but are eager to see an end to a challenging period of change under the Basin Plan. (ABC: Anna Vidot) 2017-06-28 07:36 +10:00 2017-06-28 07:36 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-21/cotton-grower-tandou-to-sell-water-entitlements-convert-farm/8639968 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-21/cotton-grower-tandou-to-sell-water-entitlements-convert-farm/8639968 Rural Cotton Sheep Production Livestock Cotton grower Tandou to sell water entitlements in switch to lamb business <p>Far west cotton grower Tandou will decommission its irrigation system at Menindee and convert the property into a dorper lamb business, its owner Webster Limited announces.</p> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:37:58 +1000 Declan Gooch And Nikolai Beilharz Land levelling near Tandou Farm in far west New South Wales. (ABC News: Philippa McDonald) 2017-06-21 18:37 +10:00 2017-06-21 18:37 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-06-20/abares-commodity-report-june/8631768 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-06-20/abares-commodity-report-june/8631768 Agribusiness Agricultural Prices Cotton Grain Wheat Beef Cattle Dairy Production Australian farmers' record breaking season confirmed at $62.8 billion <p>The value of Australian farm produce is expected to dip slightly for the coming season, but is still tipped to be 9 per cent higher than the five-year average to 2015-16.</p> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:21:06 +1000 Clint Jasper Export prices of barley, wool, wine, lamb, cheese and mutton are expected to increase in 2017-18. (ABC Rural: Rose Grant) 2017-06-20 09:21 +10:00 2017-06-20 09:21 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-10/cottons-credentials:-selling-the-environmental/8609956 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-10/cottons-credentials:-selling-the-environmental/8609956 Cotton Fashion Rural Agricultural Crops Cotton's Credentials: Selling the environmental credentials of Australian cotton Cotton farmers able to prove the green credential's of their cotton could have an advantage in today's fabric market where consumers are demanding transparency and traceability. Sat, 10 Jun 2017 17:01:00 +1000 Cotton's Credentials: Selling the environmental credentials of Australian cotton (Landline) 2017-06-10 17:01 +10:00 2017-06-10 17:01 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-05-18/chinese-investors-told-to-win-a-social-licence-with-goodwill/8537664 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-05-18/chinese-investors-told-to-win-a-social-licence-with-goodwill/8537664 Agricultural Prices Cotton Beef Cattle Dairy Production Chinese investors in agribusiness told to win a social licence through goodwill <p>Chinese investors are told there is no office that awards a social licence to buy Australian farms, but they need to win over rural communities.</p> Thu, 18 May 2017 16:26:39 +1000 Sarina Locke New Hope Group, China's biggest private agribusiness has successfully co-invested with two large Australian dairy farms. (ABC News: Pip Courtney) 2017-05-18 16:26 +10:00 2017-05-18 16:26 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2017-05-11/crop-report-pegs-cut-to-wheat-production/8516324 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2017-05-11/crop-report-pegs-cut-to-wheat-production/8516324 Wheat Cotton Grain Sugar Agricultural Prices Futures Crop report pegs cut in global wheat production next year <p>A turnaround in wheat prices is only a few bad weather events away, according to traders.</p> Thu, 11 May 2017 16:49:52 +1000 Clint Jasper The United States Department of Agriculture is forecasting a slight cut to global wheat stocks. (ABC Rural: Sally Bryant) 2017-05-11 16:49 +10:00 2017-05-11 16:49 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-04-11/central-queensland-flooding-icrop-losses-realised/8434206 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-04-11/central-queensland-flooding-icrop-losses-realised/8434206 Cotton Grain Crop Harvesting Floods Cyclone Farmers devastated as million dollar crops washed away <p>Farmers in central Queensland are left shocked after extensive flooding in the region destroyed millions of dollars worth of crops.</p> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:10:34 +1000 Amy McCosker Colin Dunne stands in what remains of his corn crop. (ABC Rural: Amy McCosker) 2017-04-11 14:10 +10:00 2017-04-11 14:10 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-04-05/bollgard3-opportunity-for-northern-australia-cotton-dreams/8397396 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-04-05/bollgard3-opportunity-for-northern-australia-cotton-dreams/8397396 Rural Genetically Modified Organisms Cotton Pest Management New GM technology paves the way for cotton in Australia's far north <p>A new variety of genetically modified cotton is shaping up to be a game-changer for those looking to grow cotton in northern Australia.</p> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 07:53:08 +1000 Matt Brann The new Bollgard 3 cotton variety is showing some obvious benefits in the Ord Valley trial. (ABC Rural: Matt Brann) 2017-04-05 07:53 +10:00 2017-04-05 07:53 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-04-04/cotton-seed-distributors-celebrates-50-years/8413164 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-04-04/cotton-seed-distributors-celebrates-50-years/8413164 Community and Society History Rural Agricultural Crops Cotton Cotton seed supplier celebrates half a century <p>It is 50 years since the national supplier of cotton seed, Cotton Seed Distributors, was born in the small town of Wee Waa.</p> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:52:35 +1000 Frank Hadley in front of the hall where Cotton Seed Distributors started operations 50 years ago. (ABC Rural: Kristy Reading) 2017-04-04 17:52 +10:00 2017-04-04 17:52 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-03-15/momentum-builds-for-resurrecting-ord-valley-cotton-industry/8352444 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-03-15/momentum-builds-for-resurrecting-ord-valley-cotton-industry/8352444 Rural Genetically Modified Organisms Irrigation Cotton Momentum builds for resurrecting Ord cotton industry <p>There are big plans to resurrect the cotton industry in the Kimberley's Ord Irrigation Scheme. </p> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:50:57 +1100 Matt Brann The last time cotton was grown commercially in the Ord was 2011. (ABC News: Steve Schubert) 2017-03-15 08:50 +11:00 2017-03-15 07:50 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-03-14/rabobank-survey-shows-confidence-down-queensland/8352268 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-03-14/rabobank-survey-shows-confidence-down-queensland/8352268 Rural Drought Cotton Grain Wheat Sugar Queensland farmers lose confidence as tough season and easing prices bite <p>Poor seasonal conditions and easing commodity prices are credited with causing a sharp decline in the confidence of Queensland farmers.</p> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:17:15 +1100 Kallee Buchanan And Marty McCarthy Farmers in south-east Queensland are dealing with the aftermath of a dry summer. (ABC Wide Bay: Brad Marsellos) 2017-03-14 15:17 +11:00 2017-03-14 14:17 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-02-13/farmers-push-to-rein-in-power-prices/8266022 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-02-13/farmers-push-to-rein-in-power-prices/8266022 Electricity Energy and Utilities Agribusiness Agricultural Subsidies Agricultural Prices Agricultural Crops Cotton Fruit Vegetables Viticulture Agricultural Policy Farmers call for energy strategy as power prices rise <p>Farmers want to rein in electricity prices, saying their supply has become more unreliable as it has become more expensive.</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:38:35 +1100 Anna Vidot Some irrigators have switched to diesel-powered generators as power prices rise. (ABC Rural: Mary Goode) 2017-02-13 15:38 +11:00 2017-02-13 14:38 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-02-06/off-target-weed-herbicide-spray-damages-cotton-crops/8244030 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-02-06/off-target-weed-herbicide-spray-damages-cotton-crops/8244030 Cotton Agricultural Chemicals Air Pollution Off-target weed herbicide spray drift damages cotton crops <p>More than half the cotton crops planted across southern NSW have been damaged by off-target weed herbicide spray drift, Cotton Australia says.</p> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:39:12 +1100 Cara Jeffery Murrumbidgee grower Ben Dal Broi inspecting his cotton affected by the spray drift. (ABC Rural: Cara Jeffery) 2017-02-06 12:39 +11:00 2017-02-06 11:39 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-01-09/cotton-forecast-second-biggest-crop-on-record/8169908 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-01-09/cotton-forecast-second-biggest-crop-on-record/8169908 Cotton National cotton crop second-largest on record as new growers join industry <p>The cotton industry forecasts the 2017 crop will be the second-largest on record, with favourable conditions, solid prices and a wider planting window even attracting new growers to the fibre. </p> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:59:28 +1100 Amy McCosker The price for cotton is attracting new growers to the industry. (ABC Capricornia: Alice Roberts) 2017-01-09 12:59 +11:00 2017-01-09 11:59 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2016-12-21/strong-market-outlook-for-australias-cotton-growers/8137518 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2016-12-21/strong-market-outlook-for-australias-cotton-growers/8137518 Cotton Agricultural Prices Trade Textiles Strong market outlook for Australia's cotton growers <p>Cotton growers have doubled their output in a season where consumption will outstrip production.</p> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:55:09 +1100 Clint Jasper And Amy McCosker Chinese officials are cutting cotton imports, but Australian growers have been moving away from the market for some time now. (ABC Rural: Clint Jasper) 2016-12-21 17:55 +11:00 2016-12-21 16:55 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-12-14/abares-december-report-australian-agricultural-production-rise/8117782 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-12-14/abares-december-report-australian-agricultural-production-rise/8117782 Grain Trade Wheat Agricultural Prices Agricultural Crops Sugar Cotton Dairy Production Sheep Production Beef Cattle Unexpectedly high grain yields brings Australian ag production forecast above $60bn <p>ABARES is forecasting a 6.1 per cent increase in Australia's agricultural production for 2016-17, driven by unexpectedly high grain yields.</p> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:57:38 +1100 Michelle Stanley The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), has increased Australia's 2016-17 agricultural production forecast to over $60 billion. (Anna Vidot) 2016-12-14 07:57 +11:00 2016-12-14 06:57 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2016-10-13/wasde-oct-12-report/7928188 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2016-10-13/wasde-oct-12-report/7928188 Grain Wheat Oilseeds Cotton Agricultural Prices Food and Beverage US commodity report sends cotton prices higher while other ag commodities slump <p>A surprise cut to cotton stocks send futures prices higher, while grains prices sink.</p> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:39:57 +1100 Clint Jasper United States agriculture officials say canola yields in Australia and Canada will be near record levels this season. (Clint Jasper) 2016-10-13 11:39 +11:00 2016-10-13 10:39 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-09-29/kimberley-gm-cotton-crop-destroyed-under-instruction-from-bayer/7886110 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-09-29/kimberley-gm-cotton-crop-destroyed-under-instruction-from-bayer/7886110 Rural Genetically Modified Organisms Cotton Cotton research in the Kimberley destroyed <p>A GM cotton trial in the Kimberley's Ord Irrigation Scheme has been destroyed just prior to harvest, under instructions from the company Bayer.</p> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:27:23 +1000 Matt Brann And Craig Zonca This cotton trial in the Ord was destroyed prior to harvest under instruction from Bayer Australia. (ABC Rural: Matt Brann) 2016-09-29 07:27 +10:00 2016-09-29 07:27 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-09-22/cotton-forecast-grows-with-rain/7869474 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-09-22/cotton-forecast-grows-with-rain/7869474 Cotton Weather Rainfall Cotton forecast double last year and growing as rain falls <p>The 2016 cotton crop is forecast to continue expanding as rainfalls tempt irrigators and dryland farmers to plant more of the fibre.</p> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:31:23 +1000 Amy McCosker Wet weather in growing regions has seen many farmers plan to plant the fibre. (Alice Roberts) 2016-09-22 17:31 +10:00 2016-09-22 17:31 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-09-20/higher-returns-expected-for-australian-agriculture-in-2016-17/7861774 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-09-20/higher-returns-expected-for-australian-agriculture-in-2016-17/7861774 Trade Agribusiness Agricultural Prices Cotton Grain Oilseeds Sugar Wool Crop Harvesting Beef Cattle Cattle Feedlots Dairy Production Sheep Production Livestock Value of Australian agriculture tipped to hit $58.4B in 2016-17 <p>There are great expectations for sugar and cotton exporters, while beef faces increasing competition: ABARES' latest farm forecast for 2016-17.</p> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:30:17 +1000 Anna Vidot National commodity forecaster ABARES releases its latest predictions for Australian agriculture in 2016-17. (ABC Rural: Anna Vidot) 2016-09-20 14:30 +10:00 2016-09-20 14:30 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-09-15/irrigated-agriculture-now-worth-more-than-$15-billion/7844714 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-09-15/irrigated-agriculture-now-worth-more-than-$15-billion/7844714 Rural Sheep Production Goat Production Dairy Production Beef Cattle Crop Harvesting Wool Wheat Viticulture Vegetables Sugar Rice Oilseeds Herbs Grain Fruits Fruit Flowers Cotton Agricultural Prices Irrigated agriculture now worth more than $15 billion <p>The value of irrigated agricultural production in Australia has hit more than $15 billion.</p> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:30:36 +1000 Kallee Buchanan Fruit and nuts, dairy production, and vegetables account for 56 percent of the total value of irrigated agriculture. (Stephen Stockwell) 2016-09-15 11:30 +10:00 2016-09-15 11:30 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-08-24/multi-million-dollar-expansion-of-cotton-seed-processor-approved/7781730 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-08-24/multi-million-dollar-expansion-of-cotton-seed-processor-approved/7781730 Cotton Agricultural Crops Multi-million dollar expansion of cotton seed processor <p>A $41 million redevelopment of Australia's only cotton seed provider's processing plant is due to start early next year, after the project gained State Government approval.</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:49:17 +1000 An artists impression of the redeveloped Cotton Seed Distributors site. (Supplied: Hill Lockart Architects) 2016-08-24 15:49 +10:00 2016-08-24 15:49 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-06-21/donald-trump-has-commodity-traders-nervous-says-analyst/7529076 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-06-21/donald-trump-has-commodity-traders-nervous-says-analyst/7529076 US Elections Federal Elections Agricultural Marketing Agricultural Prices Grain Oilseeds Cotton Beef Cattle Trump uncertainty could impact ag commodity prices <p>The controversial rhetoric of presumptive republican nominee Donald Trump has commodity traders nervous, according to one analyst. </p> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:11:25 +1000 Amy McCosker Trump uncertainty may devalue Aussie commodities says one market analyst. (Getty Images: Jan Kruger) 2016-06-21 15:11 +10:00 2016-06-21 15:11 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2016-06-21/cubbie-ownership-changes/7517058 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2016-06-21/cubbie-ownership-changes/7517058 Agribusiness Cotton Irrigation Textiles Company News Federal Treasurer doubles time for Cubbie's Chinese owners to sell down their stake <p>Scott Morrison has granted Shandong Ruyi an extra three years to comply with an original condition of the sale, to sell down its stake from 80 per cent to 51 per cent. The Chinese company was unable to meet the October 2015 deadline. </p> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:31:41 +1000 Clint Jasper Cubbie's Chinese owners have not sold down their ownership stake, despite undertaking to do so by 2015. (Sarina Locke) 2016-06-21 06:31 +10:00 2016-06-21 06:31 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-14/wine-and-cotton-industries-receive-3m-boost-for-research/7509156 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-14/wine-and-cotton-industries-receive-3m-boost-for-research/7509156 Viticulture Federal Elections Cotton Wine and cotton research receives $3m boost for monitoring systems <p>There are hopes the Commonwealth's plans to boost research and development in the wine and cotton industries will help make producers more competitive.</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:37:11 +1000 Melanie Pearce Barnaby Joyce (L) and Andrew Gee make the announcement at Cargo Road Wines. (ABC Central West: Gavin Coote) 2016-06-14 14:37 +10:00 2016-06-14 14:37 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-06-06/monsanto-marks-20-years-gm-crops-australia-as-debate-continues/7473978 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-06-06/monsanto-marks-20-years-gm-crops-australia-as-debate-continues/7473978 Genetically Modified Organisms Grain Cotton Debate rages as chemical giant Monsanto marks 20 years of GM crops in Australia <p>Growers debate the merits of GM as Monsanto claims genetically modified cotton and canola have generated an extra $1.4 billion for farmers.</p> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:48:47 +1000 Sarina Locke It's 20 years since Australia's first GM crop, cotton, entered commercial production in Australia. (Emma Brown) 2016-06-06 07:48 +10:00 2016-06-06 07:48 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-06-01/power-price-hike-for-qld-farmers/7467834 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-06-01/power-price-hike-for-qld-farmers/7467834 Electricity Energy and Utilities Regional Development Cotton Sugar Unemployment Small Business Queensland irrigators hit by power price hike <p>Queensland rural lobby groups say electricity price hikes of more than 10 per cent this year will spell doom for the agriculture sector.</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 17:02:12 +1000 Canegrowers has slammed an electricity price hike set to hit irrigators from July 1. (Charlie McKillop) 2016-06-01 17:02 +10:00 2016-06-01 17:02 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-25/vote-compass-foreign-investment/7432598 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-25/vote-compass-foreign-investment/7432598 Agribusiness Food Processing Banking Livestock Dairy Production Agricultural Crops Government and Politics Cotton Food and Beverage Trade Vote Compass: Australians want closer eye on farm sales to foreigners <p>Vote Compass data shows three in four Australians want more control over foreign ownership of farm lands.</p> Wed, 25 May 2016 06:02:37 +1000 Clint Jasper, Arlie Felton-Taylor And Anna Vidot More than any other demographic, rural Australians want tighter controls on foreign ownership of agricultural land. (ABC News: Arlie Felton-Taylor) 2016-05-25 06:02 +10:00 2016-05-25 06:02 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-19/expansionfor-cotton-seed-distributors-wee-waa-nsw/7427630 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-19/expansionfor-cotton-seed-distributors-wee-waa-nsw/7427630 Cotton Regional Development Community and Society Regional Expansion on the cards for Cotton Seed Distributors <p>The nation's only provider of cotton seeds is planning a $41.2 million redevelopment of its seed processing plant at Wee Waa, in northern New South Wales.</p> Thu, 19 May 2016 10:05:37 +1000 The stages of cotton seed processing undertaken by CSD. (Supplied) 2016-05-19 10:05 +10:00 2016-05-19 10:05 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-05-13/election-2016-kicks-off-in-regional-australia/7412776 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-05-13/election-2016-kicks-off-in-regional-australia/7412776 Food and Beverage Regional Development Regional Federal Election Elections Federal Elections Federal Government Alp Liberal National Party Nationals Agribusiness Beef Cattle Cotton Agricultural Prices Dairy Production Food Processing Agricultural Policy Regional Australia takes centre stage as Election 2016 kicks off <p>While Australian elections are often fought in the suburban marginals, the 2016 campaign kicked off in the regions.</p> Fri, 13 May 2016 16:00:32 +1000 Anna Vidot Barnaby Joyce on the campaign trail in regional Queensland, May 11, 2016. (ABC News: Matt Roberts) 2016-05-13 16:00 +10:00 2016-05-13 16:00 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-05-12/farmers-want-clarity-on-backpacker-tax-future/7406006 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-05-12/farmers-want-clarity-on-backpacker-tax-future/7406006 Rural Agribusiness Vegetable Fruit Nuts Fruit Vegetables Cotton Agricultural Crops Farmers want clarity on backpacker tax future <p>Queensland farmers frustrated the National Party hasn't outlined a clear stance on the proposed backpacker tax slated to be introduced in July.</p> Thu, 12 May 2016 09:24:58 +1000 In the first week of the election farmers frustrations were evident that the National Party has still not been clear about its stance on the proposed backpacker tax slated to be introduced on the 1st of July. (Arlie Felton-Taylor) 2016-05-12 09:24 +10:00 2016-05-12 09:24 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-05-11/barnaby-joyce-cotton-funding/7404514 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-05-11/barnaby-joyce-cotton-funding/7404514 Cotton Research Agricultural Crops Agricultural Policy Agricultural Prices Federal Government commit $5.9 million to Cotton R&D Corporation <p>Queensland farmers welcome Federal Government's $5.9 million for research and development to boot cotton crop yields.</p> Wed, 11 May 2016 13:02:03 +1000 Arlie Felton-Taylor QFF President Stuart Armitage has welcomed the Coalition's funding announcement. (ABC Rural: Arlie Felton-Taylor) 2016-05-11 13:02 +10:00 2016-05-11 13:02 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-05-03/qld-irrigators-welcome-groundwater-buybacks/7378894 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-05-03/qld-irrigators-welcome-groundwater-buybacks/7378894 Agribusiness Murray-Darling Basin Water Supply Water Management Water Agricultural Crops Cotton Grain Queensland irrigators welcome groundwater buybacks <p>A fifth tender worth $10 million is announced for groundwater licence holders in the Upper Condamine Alluvium, to recover water for the environment as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.</p> Tue, 03 May 2016 11:41:16 +1000 The Federal Government is hoping to purchase more groundwater from the upper Condamine Alluvium. (ABC Rural: Arlie Felton-Taylor) 2016-05-03 11:41 +10:00 2016-05-03 11:41 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-04-13/crop-trial-in-north-west-victoria-rotating-tomatoes-and-cotton/7322954 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-04-13/crop-trial-in-north-west-victoria-rotating-tomatoes-and-cotton/7322954 Cotton Irrigation Vegetables Fruit Growing tomatoes and cotton in the same paddock <p>Cotton and tomatoes might seem like an odd couple but one cropping group is succeeding in using both in a crop rotation. </p> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:32:55 +1000 Emma Brown One of the most southern cotton crops in Australia near Lake Boga in north west Victoria. (Emma Brown) 2016-04-13 13:32 +10:00 2016-04-13 13:32 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-04-12/firb-chairman-defends-national-interest-test/7319992 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-04-12/firb-chairman-defends-national-interest-test/7319992 Federal Government Agricultural Subsidies Agribusiness Agricultural Policy Irrigation Beef Cattle Dairy Production Cotton Regulation Business, Economics and Finance FIRB chairman backs farmland register, defends national interest test <p>The chairman of Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board says his role is a little like walking on a barbed-wire tightrope.</p> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:46:03 +1000 Anna Vidot Foreign investment in farms like the iconic Cubbie Station in southern Queensland has kept the issue high on the political agenda for the past three years. (Cassie Hough) 2016-04-12 14:46 +10:00 2016-04-12 14:46 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-03-21/cotton-mungbean-harvest-north-west-nsw/7262440 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-03-21/cotton-mungbean-harvest-north-west-nsw/7262440 Rural Crop Harvesting Cotton Hot, dry end to cotton growing season reduces yield potential in north west NSW <p>High temperatures and a lack of water have prevented a strong summer cropping finish in north west NSW.</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 09:18:16 +1100 Lisa Herbert A crop-duster sprays defoliant over a cotton crop on Morcott, west of Moree ahead of harvest 2016. (ABC Rural: Lisa Herbert) 2016-03-21 09:18 +11:00 2016-03-21 08:18 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-03-15/qld-irrigators-have-high-hopes-for-northern-basin-review/7248404 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-03-15/qld-irrigators-have-high-hopes-for-northern-basin-review/7248404 Rural Murray-Darling Basin Environment Water Management Cotton Agribusiness Agricultural Crops Qld irrigators have high hopes for northern basin review <p>Queensland irrigators are hoping the Murray Darling Basin Authority's northern basin review will find they can achieve balance for the river system, even with a reduced amount of water returned. </p> Tue, 15 Mar 2016 16:31:53 +1100 Arlie Felton-Taylor Queensland irrigators have high hopes for Murray Darling Basin Authority's northern basin review especially as they feel the lower Balonne has seen most of the water buybacks and the community is suffering as a consequence. (Arlie Felton-Taylor) 2016-03-15 16:31 +11:00 2016-03-15 15:31 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-02-23/genetically-modified-cotton-gets-extra-gene/7190622 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-02-23/genetically-modified-cotton-gets-extra-gene/7190622 Rural Genetics Cotton GM cotton gets an extra gene to keep bugs at bay <p>It's all in the genes as the latest weapon in the arsenal to keep Australia's cotton crops free of insect pests is launched.</p> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 07:59:38 +1100 Lisa Herbert A Bollgard 3 cotton crop being trialled at Willow Tree NSW. (ABC Rural: Lisa Herbert) 2016-02-23 07:59 +11:00 2016-02-23 06:59 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-02-19/central-queensland-farmers-reflect-cyclone-marcia/7180986 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-02-19/central-queensland-farmers-reflect-cyclone-marcia/7180986 Agricultural Insurance Agricultural Prices Cotton Fruit Grain Oilseeds Cyclone Cyclones Getting on with it: Farmers reflect on Cyclone Marcia <p>Recovery from Cyclone Marcia is mixed, with some central Queensland farmers believing they have come back stronger and others still trying to find their feet. </p> Fri, 19 Feb 2016 13:11:05 +1100 Amy McCosker Macadamia farmer Errol Vass fears it may be some time before he can rely on his trees for an income again. (ABC Open: Lisa Clarke) 2016-02-19 13:11 +11:00 2016-02-19 12:11 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-02-16/new-app-to-identify-birds-on-australian-cotton-farms/7174556 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-02-16/new-app-to-identify-birds-on-australian-cotton-farms/7174556 Rural Agribusiness Birds Environment Education Environment Internet Technology Cotton New app to identify birds on Australian cotton farms <p>A new smartphone application to help cotton farmers identify and protect bird populations on their properties has been launched in the Southern Queensland town of Goondiwindi.</p> Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:54:03 +1100 Ecologist Greg Ford says he hopes the new app will help build a record of the different species and distributions of bird on Australian cotton farms. (Arlie Felton-Taylor) 2016-02-16 18:54 +11:00 2016-02-16 17:54 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-02-10/cotton-trial-willow-tree/7157034 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-02-10/cotton-trial-willow-tree/7157034 Rural Cotton Will it or won't it? Cotton trials continue at Willow Tree, NSW <p>Cotton continues to fare well in the more traditional NSW sorghum growing region of Willow Tree.</p> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:24:53 +1100 Lisa Herbert A range of row spacings and plant populations are being trialled in cotton crops at Willow Tree, NSW (ABC Rural: Lisa Herbert) 2016-02-10 17:24 +11:00 2016-02-10 16:24 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-02-10/cotton-growers-urged-to-get-crop-nutrition-right/7156700 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-02-10/cotton-growers-urged-to-get-crop-nutrition-right/7156700 Rural Fertilisers Cotton Cotton growers urged to get fertiliser right before government steps in <p>Cotton growers are told they need to self-regulate their fertiliser use before the government has reason to step in and do it for them.</p> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:28:03 +1100 Lisa Herbert Cotton growers and agronomists look over a cotton crop trialling nitrogen application rates near Gunnedah NSW. (ABC Rural: Lisa Herbert) 2016-02-10 16:28 +11:00 2016-02-10 15:28 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-02-03/cotton-spray-drift-research-text/7136232 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-02-03/cotton-spray-drift-research-text/7136232 Rural Agricultural Chemicals Pest Management Cotton Text message alerts may minimise herbicide spray drift <p>A text message warning farmers that weather conditions are not suitable for chemical spraying is just one idea being flagged to minimise costly spray drift. </p> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:13:29 +1100 Lisa Herbert A spray drift-affected cotton plant. Phenoxy herbicide promotes rapid growth before killing the plant. (Supplied: Cotton Australia) 2016-02-03 14:13 +11:00 2016-02-03 13:13 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-02-01/nsw-cotton-crops-damaged-by-super-cell/7128716 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-02-01/nsw-cotton-crops-damaged-by-super-cell/7128716 Rural Cotton Storm Event NSW cotton crops badly damaged by super cell <p>Damage to dryland cotton crops is expected to be extensive after a super cell storm tore through a small area of north west NSW.</p> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:31:09 +1100 Lisa Herbert Hail from, a super cell storm at Millie in NW NSW shredded dryland cotton crops on January 29 (Supplied: Lockhart Advisory Services) 2016-02-01 09:31 +11:00 2016-02-01 08:31 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-01-12/forbes-cotton-firing-along/7084162 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-01-12/forbes-cotton-firing-along/7084162 Cotton Agricultural Crops Cotton crops firing along at Forbes <p>Cotton is being grown for the first time commercially in the NSW Central West.</p> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:44:36 +1100 Cassandra Hough IMAG agronomist Cameron Corke and Forbes mixed farmer Tony Hamilton from Merriment Pastoral Company in one of the first Forbes cotton crops. (Supplied by Tony Hamilton) 2016-01-12 16:44 +11:00 2016-01-12 15:44 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-01-12/irrigators-welcome-another-round-of-healthy-headwaters-funding/7083224 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-01-12/irrigators-welcome-another-round-of-healthy-headwaters-funding/7083224 Agribusiness Agricultural Crops Water Supply Water Water Management Cotton Grain Queensland irrigators welcome another round of Healthy Headwaters funding <p>Irrigators in the Queensland catchments of the Balonne, Condamine and Border Rivers welcome $53 million in Federal Government funds for the Healthy Headwaters program.</p> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:14:41 +1100 Round 10 of the Healthy Headwaters program invites Queensland irrigators in catchments like the Balonne as well as the Condamine and Border Rivers to apply for funding to save water as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. (ABC: Arlie Felton-Taylor) 2016-01-12 12:14 +11:00 2016-01-12 11:14 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-01-06/growcom-spearheads-attack-on-federal-backpacker-tax-hike/7071258 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-01-06/growcom-spearheads-attack-on-federal-backpacker-tax-hike/7071258 Agricultural Crops Bananas Cotton Beef Cattle Food producers fear backpacker tax backlash <p>Queensland's peak horticulture group is spearheading a campaign to torpedo tax increases for working holiday makers.</p> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:00:18 +1100 Charlie McKillop Growers in the far north Queensland food bowl of the Atherton Tableland fear an exodus of workers if the Government proceeds with backpacker tax increases. (ABC Rural: Justyna Polanska) 2016-01-06 16:00 +11:00 2016-01-06 15:00 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-01-05/st-george-cotton-damage/7069404 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-01-05/st-george-cotton-damage/7069404 Cotton Agricultural Crops Agricultural Insurance Agricultural Prices Agricultural Policy Storm Event Hail damages $6 million worth of cotton in southern Queensland <p>Estimates suggest a hail storm on Christmas Eve damaged $6 million worth of cotton in southern Queensland.</p> Tue, 05 Jan 2016 19:16:51 +1100 Arlie Felton-Taylor St George agronomist John Mulholland says this crop will not survive after it was hit with hail on Christmas Eve. (Supplied: John Mulholland) 2016-01-05 19:16 +11:00 2016-01-05 18:16 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-12-31/darling-downs-storm-damage-becomes-clearer/7061966 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-12-31/darling-downs-storm-damage-becomes-clearer/7061966 Rural Cotton Rainfall Storm Event Storm Disaster One week after storm, damage up to $50 million <p>The powerful storm that hit the Darling Downs last week has caused up to $50 million of damage to crops and farm infrastructure.</p> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 14:40:15 +1100 David Sparkes A machinery shed east of Dalby collapsed as a storm swept through the region on Wednesday afternoon. (Supplied) 2015-12-31 14:40 +11:00 2015-12-31 13:40 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-28/carrathool-compost-proposal-to-use-cotton-trash/7056198 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-28/carrathool-compost-proposal-to-use-cotton-trash/7056198 Regional Development Rural Agricultural Crops Cotton Community Development A composting facility proposed for Carrathool would use a cotton by-product that's currently left to rot on the ground <p>A development application has been submitted to Murrumbidgee Shire Council for a composting facility to take waste from a nearby cotton gin and the horticulture and food processing sectors.</p> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 08:43:33 +1100 2015-12-28 08:43 +11:00 2015-12-28 07:43 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-12-23/central-queensland-cotton-growers-dig-into-research/7051562 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-12-23/central-queensland-cotton-growers-dig-into-research/7051562 Cotton Genetically Modified Organisms Research Central Queensland cotton growers dig into research <p>Cotton growers and agronomists in central Queensland aren't just growing commercial crops but also participating in a number of scientific trials to increase the yield and quality of their fibre. </p> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 18:46:49 +1100 Agronomist Jamie Iker says research helps to improve cotton production methods in areas where climactic conditions can be challenging like in central Queensland. (Amy McCosker) 2015-12-23 18:46 +11:00 2015-12-23 17:46 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2015-12-10/wadse-report-dec15/7016690 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2015-12-10/wadse-report-dec15/7016690 Wheat Oilseeds Grain Cotton Agricultural Prices US report lifts world wheat stocks, maintains forecast for Australian harvest <p>World grain markets have held steady after the release of official US estimates of world agricultural production.</p><p> </p> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 12:32:10 +1100 Clint Jasper US officials say world wheat production in the 2015/16 season is at a record high. (Clint Jasper) 2015-12-10 12:32 +11:00 2015-12-10 11:32 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-12-01/rural-confidence-slumps/6989644 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-12-01/rural-confidence-slumps/6989644 Rural Drought Sheep Production Beef Cattle Crop Harvesting Agricultural Policy Wheat Sugar Grain Cotton Agricultural Prices Grain growers lead slump in rural confidence <p>Rural confidence has slumped to a 12 month low as farmers brace for a hot dry summer, according to Rabobank's latest survey.</p> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:30:22 +1100 Kallee Buchanan And Lydia Burton A wheat field with clouds rolling in near Western Australia's Mid West town of Beacon. October, 2014. (Andrew Dunne.) 2015-12-01 13:30 +11:00 2015-12-01 12:30 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-01/cotton-grower-unable-to-plant-nsw-crop-due-to-low-water-supply/6903398 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-01/cotton-grower-unable-to-plant-nsw-crop-due-to-low-water-supply/6903398 Cotton Drought Water Supply Cotton grower unable to plant crop due to NSW water shortage <p>One of the nation's biggest cotton growers is without water and unable to plant a summer crop at its farm near Menindee, in far west New South Wales, for the first time in five years.</p> Sun, 01 Nov 2015 16:15:37 +1100 Tandou Farm won't produce a crop this year because of crippling water shortages. (ABC News: Philippa McDonald) 2015-11-01 16:15 +11:00 2015-11-01 15:15 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2015-10-22/southern-nsw-cotton-planting-2210/6875384 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2015-10-22/southern-nsw-cotton-planting-2210/6875384 Cotton Warm temperatures help Riverina cotton plants emerge <p>Australia's most southern cotton crops are off to a flying start this season.</p> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 09:24:34 +1100 Laurissa Smith Recent hot weather has helped cotton crops in southern New South Wales. (Laurissa Smith) 2015-10-22 09:24 +11:00 2015-10-22 08:24 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-10-16/new-qff-president/6860358 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-10-16/new-qff-president/6860358 Agricultural Subsidies Agricultural Prices Agricultural Marketing Cotton Fruit Grain Oilseeds Sugar Vegetables Viticulture Agricultural Policy Beef Cattle Queensland Farmers Federation elects new president <p>Darling Downs cotton farmer Stuart Armitage has been elected as the new president of peak farming body Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF).</p> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:24:44 +1100 Amy McCosker Cecil Plains cotton farmer Stuart Armitage has been elected president of the Queensland Farmers Federation. (Supplied) 2015-10-16 13:24 +11:00 2015-10-16 12:24 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-10-12/number-factors-mean-falls-wool-cotton-prices/6847690 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-10-12/number-factors-mean-falls-wool-cotton-prices/6847690 Rural Agribusiness Wool Trade Cotton Agricultural Crops Number of factors mean falls for wool and cotton prices <p>It is a testing time for wool growers and cotton farmers with the price of both commodities sliding in the past month, and there are a number of factors playing into the decline.</p> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:56:41 +1100 China is the major market for Australian wool. (Will Ockenden) 2015-10-12 16:56 +11:00 2015-10-12 15:56 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-09-29/mdb-senate-inquiry-begins-in-st-george/6813564 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-09-29/mdb-senate-inquiry-begins-in-st-george/6813564 Agricultural Prices Agricultural Subsidies Cotton Agricultural Policy Community Development Irrigation Murray-Darling Basin Emotions run high at Senate Inquiry's first hearing into Murray Darling Basin Plan <p>The first regional public hearing of the Senate Inquiry into the Murray Darling Basin Plan has heard emotional evidence.</p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:20:46 +1000 Morning on the Balonne River at St George Queensland, local business leaders say the Murray Darling Basin Plan has affected the viability of their businesses. (Arlie Felton-Taylor) 2015-09-29 15:20 +10:00 2015-09-29 15:20 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-09-11/flood-cotton-barley/6765090 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-09-11/flood-cotton-barley/6765090 Agricultural Prices Cotton Grain Cyclone Cyclones Floods Flooded cotton grower uses barley to repair soil <p>A cotton grower in central Queensland whose property was damaged in the deluge which followed Tropical Cyclone Marcia is turning to grain to repair his paddocks. </p> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:19:38 +1000 Amy McCosker Mr Wilkie's cotton paddocks were badly washed out in the floods which followed Tropical Cyclone Marcia. He hopes the barley he planted during the winter will help this seasons cotton thrive. Read more here. (Lisa Clarke) 2015-09-11 07:19 +10:00 2015-09-11 07:19 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/nsw-country-hour/2015-07-24/big-data-f4f/6643992 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/nsw-country-hour/2015-07-24/big-data-f4f/6643992 Cotton Dairy Production Agricultural Crops Agricultural Machinery Agricultural Chemicals Agricultural Prices Agribusiness Computers and Technology E-commerce company working with large corporations and now working with farmers towards yield gains and quality improvement in agriculture <p>Data company F4F says the information that is starting to stream of tractors, livestock identification tags, tags on cotton bales, and scanner in processing plants around the country, will lead to massive yield gains in agriculture.</p> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:16:39 +1000 Cotton and tractor in field at Cubbie Station in far south-west Queensland (ABC TV - file image) 2015-07-24 07:16 +10:00 2015-07-24 07:16 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-08/alternative-water-supply-options-for-broken-hill-deserve-27fai/6603088 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-08/alternative-water-supply-options-for-broken-hill-deserve-27fai/6603088 Water Management Water Supply Cotton Agricultural Crops Alternative water supply options for Broken Hill deserve 'fair hearing': Cotton Australia <p>The cotton industry says a 'sensible strategy' is needed to address Broken Hill's water security issues and says the Greens' stance on the issue as 'anti-agriculture'.</p> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 08:44:37 +1000 Lake Menindee in far west NSW has been bone-dry since mid-2014. (Jacqueline Breen) 2015-07-08 08:44 +10:00 2015-07-08 08:44 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-07-06/stanbroke-wants-to-add-cotton-to-its-cattle-portfolio/6598520 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-07-06/stanbroke-wants-to-add-cotton-to-its-cattle-portfolio/6598520 Cotton Beef Cattle Agricultural Policy Agricultural Marketing Agricultural Prices Stanbroke's $200m plan to grow cotton in the Gulf <p>One of Australia's largest beef companies, Stanbroke, is betting on a $200 million play into the cotton trade.</p> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:16:55 +1000 Craig Zonca Stanbroke has plans to develop a $200m cotton farm and gin at Glenore Station, near Normanton in Queensland's Gulf Country. (Steve Schubert: ABC Rural) 2015-07-06 16:16 +10:00 2015-07-06 16:16 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-27/picking-up/6578804 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-27/picking-up/6578804 Rural Cotton Picking up Good yields for this year's cotton harvest. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:11:00 +1000 Picking up (Landline) 2015-06-27 16:11 +10:00 2015-06-27 16:11 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-06-16/abares-agriculture-exports-forecast/6550418 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-06-16/abares-agriculture-exports-forecast/6550418 Agricultural Prices Wheat Wool Viticulture Sugar Grain Cotton Beef Cattle Dairy Production Sheep Production ABARES tips mixed outlook for agricultural commodities during 2015-16 financial year <p>Australia's commodity forecaster has a mixed outlook for farm earnings in the next 12 months, with a rebuilding phase in livestock likely to lower export earnings.</p> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:09:39 +1000 Brett Worthington Commodity forecaster ABARES is predicting a mixed outlook for farmers during 2015/16. (Anna Vidot) 2015-06-16 17:09 +10:00 2015-06-16 17:09 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-06-16/tandou-takeover/6548922 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-06-16/tandou-takeover/6548922 Agribusiness Agricultural Crops Water Water Management Cotton Webster's to wind up Tandou in takeover <p>The takeover of the Mildura-based agribusiness Tandou is almost complete.</p> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:13:33 +1000 Tandou's business operation is expected to continue under Webster's takeover. (Image: ABC Open Jenia Ratcliffe) 2015-06-16 10:13 +10:00 2015-06-16 10:13 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-06-09/murray-darling-basin-chair-neil-andrew-national-asset/6531466 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-06-09/murray-darling-basin-chair-neil-andrew-national-asset/6531466 Rice Cotton Agricultural Policy Irrigation Murray-Darling Basin MDBA chair calls for more cooperation along river <p>The Murray-Darling Basin Authority is calling on basin water users to acknowledge the river system as a national asset. </p> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 11:50:05 +1000 Emma Brown The Murray River outside of Loxton, SA. 2015-06-09 11:50 +10:00 2015-06-09 11:50 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-06-08/agricultural-industries-tapping-into-china-free-trade-agreement/6525018 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-06-08/agricultural-industries-tapping-into-china-free-trade-agreement/6525018 Wool Cotton Viticulture Agricultural Crops Tourism Rural Tourism Travel and Tourism Coal Agribusiness Agricultural Policy Tapping into China and its future as a global super power <p>ABC Rural explores the changing face of modern China before a free trade agreement comes into force.</p> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 11:47:33 +1000 Brett Worthington Chinese officials herald Ningxia, in northern China, as one of the leading provinces offering harmony between faith groups. A third of Ningxia's population is Muslim. (Brett Worthington) 2015-06-08 11:47 +10:00 2015-06-08 11:47 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-06-05/china-urbanisation-farming-agriculture/6523566 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-06-05/china-urbanisation-farming-agriculture/6523566 Cotton Agricultural Crops Agricultural Policy Agribusiness Trade Urban Development and Planning China's workforce move from farms to cities <p>The Chinese workforce is leaving farming behind and moving into higher paid city jobs.</p> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 13:23:02 +1000 Brett Worthington Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia in northern China, is undergoing growth and development above the national average. (Brett Worthington) 2015-06-05 13:23 +10:00 2015-06-05 13:23 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-06-04/china-environment-australian-exports/6521306 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-06-04/china-environment-australian-exports/6521306 Agricultural Policy Agribusiness Solar Energy Wind Energy Coal Cotton Climate Change Regional China fears reducing coal consumption will restrict growth <p>China's central government has a clear goal.</p> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 14:50:24 +1000 Brett Worthington A stack from a coal-fuelled electricity plant in Ningxia, China. (Brett Worthington) 2015-06-04 14:50 +10:00 2015-06-04 14:50 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-05-27/water-agencies-unconcerned-about-future-funding/6500930 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-05-27/water-agencies-unconcerned-about-future-funding/6500930 Environmental Impact Cattle Feedlots Vegetables Cotton Water Supply Fruit Sheep Production Environmental Policy Beef Cattle Agricultural Policy Water Water Management Irrigation Water Pollution Environmental Management Agricultural Crops Environmentally Sustainable Business Murray-Darling Basin Rice Water agencies not worried about future funding <p>Commonwealth water agencies tell Estimates they are not concerned about their future government funding, despite a looming budget hole.</p> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:17:21 +1000 Anna Vidot The government says it remains committed to funding the Basin Plan reforms into the future. (Melinda Hayter) 2015-05-27 14:17 +10:00 2015-05-27 14:17 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-05-25/webster-shareholder-support-for-takeover-bid-2505/6496000 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-05-25/webster-shareholder-support-for-takeover-bid-2505/6496000 Takeovers Cotton Irrigation Shareholder support for Webster takeover of agribusiness Tandou <p>Webster shareholders have given their final approval for Australia's largest walnut company to pursue a takeover bid worth a combined $238 million.</p> Mon, 25 May 2015 18:37:08 +1000 Laurissa Smith Webster shareholders have given final support for their company to takeover land and water company Tandou (Image: ABC Open Jenia Ratcliffe) 2015-05-25 18:37 +10:00 2015-05-25 18:37 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-05-21/vanuatu-cotton-tarps/6487618 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-05-21/vanuatu-cotton-tarps/6487618 Cotton Rural Relief and Aid Organisations Community Development Cotton growers happy to see donated tarps in use <p>Australian cotton growers are happy to see the tarpaulins they donated in the wake of Cyclone Pam being put to good use in Vanuatu. </p> Thu, 21 May 2015 17:48:05 +1000 Australian cotton tarpaulins are being used to provide shelter for Vanuatu families in the wake of Cyclone Pam. (Julia Loersch, Act for Peace) 2015-05-21 17:48 +10:00 2015-05-21 17:48 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-05-18/record-yields-north-west-cotton-harvest/6478664 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-05-18/record-yields-north-west-cotton-harvest/6478664 Cotton Agricultural Crops Record yields for northern NSW cotton crop <p>Despite a dry start to the season, good growing conditions have produced record yields across several cotton growing valleys in Australia. </p> Mon, 18 May 2015 17:20:00 +1000 (Photo: ABC TV Landline) 2015-05-18 17:20 +10:00 2015-05-18 17:20 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-16/cottoned-on/6476306 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-16/cottoned-on/6476306 Cotton Rural Agricultural Crops Cottoned On New genetically modified varieties and cheaper more reliable water have led to a southern cotton boom. Sat, 16 May 2015 20:20:00 +1000 Cottoned On (Landline) 2015-05-16 20:20 +10:00 2015-05-16 20:20 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-05-07/auscott-cotton-gin-at-hay-0705/6451932 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-05-07/auscott-cotton-gin-at-hay-0705/6451932 Cotton Riverina's new cotton gin to ease processing bottlenecks <p>Cotton grower and processor Auscott has opened its 11th gin in southern New South Wales this week.</p> Thu, 07 May 2015 13:18:08 +1000 Laurissa Smith Auscott officially opened its eleventh gin at Hay in the western Riverina this week (Laurissa Smith) 2015-05-07 13:18 +10:00 2015-05-07 13:18 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-04-29/cotton-fashion/6431216 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-04-29/cotton-fashion/6431216 Cotton Agricultural Crops Fashion industry meets Australian cotton farmers <p>Australia's cotton industry peak body is showing fashion designers how cotton is produced.</p> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:18:23 +1000 Darnell Collection's owner and curator Charlotte Smith and former Vogue editor Kirsty Clements learn about cotton on a farm near Narrabri (Cassie Hough) 2015-04-29 16:18 +10:00 2015-04-29 16:18 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-29/tandou-shareholders-weighing-up-take-over-offer-from-tasmanian-/6429468 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-29/tandou-shareholders-weighing-up-take-over-offer-from-tasmanian-/6429468 Cotton Agribusiness Water Management Rural Tandou shareholders weighing up take-over offer <p>Tandou shareholders are weighing up the take-over offer from Tasmanian-based walnut producer Webster Limited.</p> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:27:05 +1000 Tandou has said without Darling River inflows, its next cotton crop is in doubt. (Laurissa Smith) 2015-04-29 07:27 +10:00 2015-04-29 07:27 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-04-22/a-new-cenotaph-for-the-anzac-centenary-in-thallon/6409292 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-04-22/a-new-cenotaph-for-the-anzac-centenary-in-thallon/6409292 Rural Media ANZAC Day Grain Cotton Livestock Wool Beef Cattle New cenotaph for the ANZAC centenary in Thallon <p>ANZAC centenary commemorations in the tiny town of Thallon will be different this year after a new cenotaph was erected.</p> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:12:39 +1000 Thallon locals were heavily involved in choosing the type of monument they wanted to honour the sacrifices made by soldiers from the area. (Supplied: Ray Stahlhut) 2015-04-22 07:12 +10:00 2015-04-22 07:12 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-04-18/darling-downs-cottont-the-best-season-in-70-years/6401510 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-04-18/darling-downs-cottont-the-best-season-in-70-years/6401510 Cotton Agribusiness Darling Downs cotton the best season in 70 years <p>Cotton farmers on Queensland's Darling Downs have very wide smiles and it is all because of a freak season, timely rain and maybe some good luck.</p> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:16:06 +1000 Excellent weather has meant a fantastic crop for Stuart Armitage. (Laurissa Smith) 2015-04-18 10:16 +10:00 2015-04-18 10:16 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-04-17/southern-cotton-season-whitton-gin/6400142 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-04-17/southern-cotton-season-whitton-gin/6400142 Cotton Season's first cotton delivered to Murrumbidgee gin <p>Cotton from the country's most southern region is starting to arrive at gins this week.</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:06:39 +1000 Laurissa Smith The first cotton bales from Coleambally delivered to the Southern Cotton gin at Whitton this week (Laurissa Smith) 2015-04-17 11:06 +10:00 2015-04-17 11:06 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-16/water-shortage-in-darling-river-holds-cotton-farmer-off-cropping/6396264 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-16/water-shortage-in-darling-river-holds-cotton-farmer-off-cropping/6396264 Water Management Water Supply Cotton Agricultural Crops Agricultural Policy Water shortage in Darling River holds cotton farmer off cropping <p>Agronomists at Tandou say without inflows down the Darling River the next season's cotton crop is in doubt.</p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:33:01 +1000 Cherie von Hörchner Harvesting cotton at Tandou Farm in Menindee, far west New South Wales. (Image: ABC Open Jenia Ratcliffe) 2015-04-16 07:33 +10:00 2015-04-16 07:33 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-04-09/cat-d-announcement/6381136 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-04-09/cat-d-announcement/6381136 Cotton Fruit Vegetables Wheat Agricultural Policy Beef Cattle Cyclones Cyclone PM wants more information on cyclone recovery <p>The Prime Minister wants more information before approving extra support for those affected by Cyclone Marcia.</p> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:40:21 +1000 Amy McCosker A CareFlight helicopter provides an aerial view of Gympie after Cyclone Marcia, February 22 2015. (Twitter: CareFlight QLD) 2015-04-09 15:40 +10:00 2015-04-09 15:40 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-04-06/welcome-rain-falls-in-northern-nsw/6373062 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-04-06/welcome-rain-falls-in-northern-nsw/6373062 Agricultural Crops Wheat Cotton Rain helps set up northern winter planting <p>Soaking rain is a welcome Easter present for northern NSW and southern Queensland farmers.</p> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:44:28 +1000 Dryland cotton crops near Gurley, NSW, enjoyed the Easter rainfall. (Penny Blatchford) 2015-04-06 15:44 +10:00 2015-04-06 15:44 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-04-06/blazeaid-easter-cyclone-marcia-volunteers/6372754 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-04-06/blazeaid-easter-cyclone-marcia-volunteers/6372754 Agricultural Insurance Cotton Fruits Grain Oilseeds Vegetables Community Development Farm Labour Beef Cattle Cyclones Cyclone Cyclone recovery volunteers work through Easter <p>While most people relax with family over Easter, the Cyclone Marcia recovery continues in central Queensland. </p> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 11:12:13 +1000 Amy McCosker Volunteers Colin Stephenson and Spud Murphy are working hard to get cyclone damaged boundary fences back up around properties in Byfield to prevent stock from wandering further. (Lisa Clarke) 2015-04-06 11:12 +10:00 2015-04-06 11:12 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-03-26/flooding-changes-grain-to-beef/6349966 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-03-26/flooding-changes-grain-to-beef/6349966 Cyclones Cyclone Floods Cotton Grain Beef Cattle Pasture Flooded farmers consider changing from crops to cattle <p>Some central Queensland cotton and grain growers, faced with their second flood in three years, are considering converting paddocks to pasture. </p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:55:14 +1100 Amy McCosker Mr Wilkie says there was a large amount of debris washed through his paddock that had to be cleared before picking could begin. (Amy McCosker) 2015-03-26 14:55 +11:00 2015-03-26 13:55 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-03-23/severe-storms-ravage-cotton-crops-in-northern-new-south-wales/6339726 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-03-23/severe-storms-ravage-cotton-crops-in-northern-new-south-wales/6339726 Weather Storm Event Cotton Agricultural Insurance Community Development Equine Production Cotton crops pummelled and horses killed in super cell storm <p>Just weeks before picking, severe storms have wreaked havoc on north-western New South Wales cotton crops. </p> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:27:46 +1100 Emma Brown This cotton crop has been decimated by huge hail stones, heavy rain and strong winds. (Facebook) 2015-03-23 10:27 +11:00 2015-03-23 09:27 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-03-20/cotton-tarps-for-cyclone-pam-survivors/6336516 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-03-20/cotton-tarps-for-cyclone-pam-survivors/6336516 Cotton Community Development Cyclones Qld cotton growers working to provide shelter to cyclone Pam survivors <p>Queensland cotton growers are pitching in to help the survivors of Tropical Cyclone Pam, which devastated the island nation of Vanuatu.</p> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:16:29 +1100 Craig Zonca Growers are donating tarps they would have previously used to cover rectangular cotton modules (Lisa Herbert) 2015-03-20 17:16 +11:00 2015-03-20 16:16 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-03-12/queensland-cyclone-damage-bill-agriculture/6309198 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-03-12/queensland-cyclone-damage-bill-agriculture/6309198 Cotton Fruit Grain Herbs Oilseeds Wheat Agricultural Policy Beef Cattle Pasture Cyclone Cyclones Qld Ag Minister forecasts cyclone damage bill $200m for farms <p>The Queensland Government has put a price on the agricultural damage caused by Cyclone Marcia. </p> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:35:24 +1100 Amy McCosker Farmer Errol Vass inspects cyclone damage to his orchard. (Lisa Clarke) 2015-03-12 17:35 +11:00 2015-03-12 16:35 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-11/mudgee-dam/6300710 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-11/mudgee-dam/6300710 Water Supply Water Management Cotton Government decides against sending water west from Mudgee's Windamere Dam <p>The State Government has avoided sparking anger in the Mudgee area by opting not to transfer water from Windamere Dam to cotton-growing areas in the state's west - at least for now.</p> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:57:59 +1100 2015-03-11 08:57 +11:00 2015-03-11 07:57 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-03-05/cotton-outlook-good/6282892 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-03-05/cotton-outlook-good/6282892 Cotton Crop Harvesting Agricultural Prices High yields for cotton harvest <p>Cotton yields are expected to be high in New South Wales this year, with picking set to begin in just over a month.</p> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:34:40 +1100 High yields are expected for Australian cotton crops this year. (Laurissa Smith) 2015-03-05 14:34 +11:00 2015-03-05 13:34 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-03/tandou-profit-down-96-per-cent-following-reduced-flows/6276094 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-03/tandou-profit-down-96-per-cent-following-reduced-flows/6276094 Cotton Irrigation Agribusiness Rural Water Management Tandou profit down 96 per cent off Darling River flows <p>Reduced water availability in the Menindee Lakes has hit the irrigator's cotton crop.</p> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:22:21 +1100 Cherie von Hörchner Tandou said reduced flows in the Darling River and availability in the Menindee Lakes system impacted its 2015 cotton crop. (Laurissa Smith) 2015-03-03 09:22 +11:00 2015-03-03 08:22 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-03-02/webster-limited-tandou-takeover-bid/6272952 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-03-02/webster-limited-tandou-takeover-bid/6272952 Cotton Water Supply Webster offers to buy agribusiness Tandou <p>Australia's biggest walnut grower Webster Limited, has announced plans to snap up more water assets and broadacre farms in New South Wales.</p> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:22:16 +1100 Cherie von Hörchner And Laurissa Smith Tasmania's Webster Limited is expanding its foothold in broadacre cropping in NSW. (John Hosken) 2015-03-02 09:22 +11:00 2015-03-02 08:22 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-02-27/monsanto-genetically-modified-cotton-variety/6269632 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-02-27/monsanto-genetically-modified-cotton-variety/6269632 Cotton Monsanto hopes to release new GM cotton variety <p>Australian cotton growers could be the first in the world to commercially grow a genetically modified cotton variety called Bollgard III.</p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:15:33 +1100 Monsanto hopes the APVMA will approve a new cotton variety called Bollgard III for commercial release. (Lisa Herbert: ABC Rural) 2015-02-27 17:15 +11:00 2015-02-27 16:15 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-02-18/nsw-irrigators-facing-a-tough-next-year/6139400 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-02-18/nsw-irrigators-facing-a-tough-next-year/6139400 Agribusiness Agricultural Prices Agricultural Crops Agricultural Policy Murray-Darling Basin Irrigation Cotton Rice Irrigators doing it tough <p>A severe lack of summer rain in northern New South Wales and Queensland is really starting to impact on irrigators.</p> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:25:30 +1100 Michael Condon NSW Irrigators Council says many farmers face a tough year with reduced water allocations. (Laurissa Smith) 2015-02-18 14:25 +11:00 2015-02-18 13:25 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-02-17/liverpool-plains-youth-against-shenhua-watermark/6088612 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-02-17/liverpool-plains-youth-against-shenhua-watermark/6088612 Rural Cotton Grain Oilseeds Agricultural Policy Community Development Beef Cattle Wool Wheat Women In Agriculture Rural Youth Mining (Rural) Coal Young farmers turn to social media to spread their anti coal message <p>Fifty farmers, one camera, one message. </p> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:16:56 +1100 Emma Brown Young farmers on the Liverpool Plains each hold up small signs spelling out '#WrongMineWrongPlace' and other farmers in the community stand further back in the crop. 2015-02-17 11:16 +11:00 2015-02-17 10:16 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-02-10/abares-crop-update-sorghum/6082258 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-02-10/abares-crop-update-sorghum/6082258 Agricultural Crops Wheat Cotton Rice Rainfall boosts summer cropping prospects <p>Widespread rainfall has improved the prospects for the 2014/15 summer cropping regions in NSW and Queensland. </p> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:25:33 +1100 Sorghum crops power ahead with recent rainfall (Ian O'Hara) 2015-02-10 12:25 +11:00 2015-02-10 11:25 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-02-04/stockfeed-demand-back-to-normal/6069278 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-02-04/stockfeed-demand-back-to-normal/6069278 Rural Livestock Agricultural Crops Cotton Sugar Beef Cattle Drought Cattle Feedlots Sheep Production Agricultural Prices Stockfeed demand back to normal <p>Demand for stock feed is starting to return to normal after two years of 'unprecedented' demand.</p> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:45:09 +1100 Cattle eating molasses, which gives them energy during the drought when there's no grass. December 7, 2014. (ABC News: Chrissy Arthur) 2015-02-04 16:45 +11:00 2015-02-04 15:45 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-04/agricultural-commodities-surge-on-oil-price-recovery/6069268 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-04/agricultural-commodities-surge-on-oil-price-recovery/6069268 Business, Economics and Finance Markets Oil and Gas Iron Ore Agricultural Crops Cotton Agribusiness Grain Wheat Sugar Agricultural commodities surge on oil price recovery, falling greenback <p>A surge in oil prices and the prospect of a weaker US dollar have driven a broad based surge in commodities markets.</p> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:55:21 +1100 Stephen Letts Dairy farmers would have been pleased to see a 9 per cent price jump in the most recent auction. (ABC TV) 2015-02-04 12:55 +11:00 2015-02-04 11:55 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-01-27/central-queensland-wet-cotton-diseases/6048698 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-01-27/central-queensland-wet-cotton-diseases/6048698 Cotton Crop Harvesting Irrigation Rainfall Central Queensland cotton growers affected by heavy rains <p>Central Queensland cotton growers are anxiously watching their crops for signs of disease following extensive heavy rainfall in the region. </p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:14:36 +1100 Amy McCosker Wet, humid weather can lead to boll rot and other fibre downgrades which can in turn lessen the price. (Laurissa Smith) 2015-01-27 12:14 +11:00 2015-01-27 11:14 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-01-20/australian-cotton-values-2001/6026884 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-01-20/australian-cotton-values-2001/6026884 Cotton Agricultural Prices Cotton production down but prices up <p>A lift in Australian cotton prices is helping to ease the industry's disappointment at producing half of last year's national crop.</p> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:09:51 +1100 Laurissa Smith Cotton crops at Benerembah near Griffith in south-west New South Wales. (Robert Campbell) 2015-01-20 10:09 +11:00 2015-01-20 09:09 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-01-14/water-saves-cotton-crops/6015680 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-01-14/water-saves-cotton-crops/6015680 Cotton Agricultural Crops Water Irrigation Rainfall Crop Harvesting NSW cotton crops saved by the rain <p>Rain in recent weeks has saved cotton crops along the Lachlan River in central west New South Wales. </p> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:25:41 +1100 Cotton crops in central west New South Wales will yield better this year after significant rainfall (ABC TV - file image) 2015-01-14 08:25 +11:00 2015-01-14 07:25 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-01-05/beardmore-dam-fills/6001042 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-01-05/beardmore-dam-fills/6001042 Water Drought Cotton Agricultural Crops Rainfall fills Queensland's low water storages <p>Queensland's water storages have been boosted by rain across much of the state.</p> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:20:03 +1100 Water in Beardmore Dam at St George. (ABC News: Giulio Saggin, file photo) 2015-01-05 17:20 +11:00 2015-01-05 16:20 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-12-30/the-year-that-was-for-queenslands-cotton-industry/5991810 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-12-30/the-year-that-was-for-queenslands-cotton-industry/5991810 Cotton Irrigation Agricultural Prices The year that was for Queensland's cotton industry <p>Cotton growers have battled dry conditions and watched the world price for cotton continue to slide this year.</p> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:47:27 +1100 Zara Margolis The 2014-15 cotton crop is set to be well below average, according to Cotton Australia. (ABC Rural) 2014-12-30 12:47 +11:00 2014-12-30 11:47 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-12-18/cotton-rally/5975110 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-12-18/cotton-rally/5975110 Cotton Agricultural Crops Australian dollar drop see cotton price rally <p>A big rally in cotton prices and a bit of rain have come too late to increase the smaller cotton crop planted this year.</p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:14:38 +1100 Cotton prices improve 20 per cent in four months. (Kathleen Calderwood) 2014-12-18 11:14 +11:00 2014-12-18 10:14 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/archived/bushtelegraph/cotton/5960354 http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/archived/bushtelegraph/cotton/5960354 Agribusiness Rural Agricultural Crops Cotton Cotton crop likely to be down 50 per cent Production is expected to halve this year, but the eco-movements of Ikea and Nike is good news for local growers Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:12:39 +1100 This year's national cotton crop is expected to be down 50 per cent on last year's 4,000,000 bales. (Laurissa Smith) 2014-12-11 13:12 +11:00 2014-12-11 12:12 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-26/whitton-gin-fire/5918436 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-26/whitton-gin-fire/5918436 Industrial Fires Cotton Regional $1m damage after fire at Whitton cotton gin <p>It is estimated the damage bill from a fire at Whitton's cotton gin this week will be more than $1m.</p> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:59:40 +1100 Fire in a seed shed at Southern Cotton's Whitton gin facility. (Southern Cotton) 2014-11-26 08:59 +11:00 2014-11-26 07:59 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-11-24/dry-weather-leads-to-seasonal-worker-drought-in-north-west-nsw/5913420 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-11-24/dry-weather-leads-to-seasonal-worker-drought-in-north-west-nsw/5913420 Drought Community Development Crop Harvesting Farm Labour Cotton Rural Seasonal work dries up in northern NSW <p>The lack of rainfall in the north west of New South Wales hasn't just caused the water to dry up; work for seasonal employees has also disappeared. </p> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:34:20 +1100 Emma Brown Stubble in a paddock outside of Moree. The prolonged dry period is being felt across the north west of New South Wales. 2014-11-24 15:34 +11:00 2014-11-24 14:34 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-11-20/cotton-sustainability-report/5907236 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-11-20/cotton-sustainability-report/5907236 Cotton Environmental Management Water Management Cotton industry releases sustainability report <p>A new report suggests Australia's cotton industry is a world-leader in improving the sector's environmental credentials.</p> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:06:38 +1100 A new cotton sustainability report identifies that more water efficiencies need to be made. (ABC Rural) 2014-11-20 17:06 +11:00 2014-11-20 16:06 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-11-18/barnaby-joyce-disappointed-with-fta-rice-sugar-cotton/5899394 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-11-18/barnaby-joyce-disappointed-with-fta-rice-sugar-cotton/5899394 Rural Agribusiness Rice Agricultural Crops Sugar Cotton Wheat Trade Business, Economics and Finance Federal Government Government and Politics Federal Parliament Parliament Joyce disappointed about sugar, rice, cotton <p>The Federal Agriculture Minister admits he's disappointed with the lack of results for rice, sugar and cotton in the free trade agreement struck with China.</p> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:16:29 +1100 Lucy Barbour Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has declined to say whether the next major free deal will be with India or Indonesia. (AAP: Alan Porritt) 2014-11-18 12:16 +11:00 2014-11-18 11:16 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-11-13/qld-rural-property-values-mixed-bag/5888324 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-11-13/qld-rural-property-values-mixed-bag/5888324 Agricultural Prices Agricultural Crops Beef Cattle Sugar Cotton Queensland rural property values a mixed bag <p>The Queensland rural property market is a story of mixed fortunes.</p> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:19:49 +1100 Cane harvester working the Queensland sugar cane fields. (Supplied: Josh Galletly) 2014-11-13 15:19 +11:00 2014-11-13 14:19 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-10/wrapped-up/5880242 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-10/wrapped-up/5880242 Cotton Rural Wrapped Up Some savvy scientists think they might have worked out a way for cotton growers in Central Queensland to stay one step ahead of Mother Nature, using the most unlikely of materials. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:43:00 +1100 Wrapped Up (Landline) 2014-11-10 15:43 +11:00 2014-11-10 14:43 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-08/wrapped-up/5877692 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-08/wrapped-up/5877692 Cotton Rural Wrapped Up Some savvy scientists think they might have worked out a way for cotton growers in Central Queensland to stay one step ahead of Mother Nature, using the most unlikely of materials. Sat, 08 Nov 2014 19:59:00 +1100 Wrapped Up (Landline) 2014-11-08 19:59 +11:00 2014-11-08 18:59 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-10-29/farm-terrorist-chemicals/5849728 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-10-29/farm-terrorist-chemicals/5849728 Rural Agricultural Chemicals Terrorism Unrest, Conflict and War Defence and National Security Fruits Fruit Agricultural Crops Vegetables Cotton Grain Govt considers new ag chemical controls to reduce terrorism threat <p>The Federal Government is worried about more farm chemicals falling into the hands of terrorists.</p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:56:49 +1100 Marty McCarthy Queensland's peak horticulture lobby group has made submissions to a Federal Government review of agriculture chemicals that could potentially be used by terrorists (Supplied Flickr: jetsandzeppelins) 2014-10-29 09:56 +11:00 2014-10-29 08:56 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-10-13/qch-cotton-trials/5809756 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-10-13/qch-cotton-trials/5809756 Cotton Research Cotton trials to bring planting window forward on Central Highlands enter second year <p>A trial to bring the cotton planting window forward in Emerald Queensland, is underway for a second year, on a much larger scale. </p> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:31:42 +1100 Kathleen Calderwood The rows on the left were planted on September 15 without film, the normal practice on the Central Highlands, while those on the right were planted on August 13 with film. (Kathleen Calderwood) 2014-10-13 16:31 +11:00 2014-10-13 15:31 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-10-13/qch-cotton/5787564 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-10-13/qch-cotton/5787564 Cotton Central Queensland cotton growers optimistic despite reduced planting area <p>Cotton planting on the Central Highlands is well underway, but the area being planted is significantly reduced from last year. </p> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:47:40 +1100 Kathleen Calderwood Cotton planting on the Central Highlands in central Queensland is 70 per cent completed. (ABC TV) 2014-10-13 15:47 +11:00 2014-10-13 14:47 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-10-13/big-irrigation-cotton-company-sells-at-bourke2c-and-remains-in/5808388 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-10-13/big-irrigation-cotton-company-sells-at-bourke2c-and-remains-in/5808388 Irrigation Cotton Agribusiness Agricultural Marketing Agricultural Prices Regional Development Community Development Moree-based company buys Bourke's Darling Farms <p>An Australian farming company with its roots at Moree has spent big money on irrigation farms and a cotton gin at Bourke.</p> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:58:42 +1100 Sally Bryant Darling Farms will pass out of local hands, being bought by a Moree farming concern (Gavin Dal Broi) 2014-10-13 09:58 +11:00 2014-10-13 08:58 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-10-08/cotton-migration-0810/5798242 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-10-08/cotton-migration-0810/5798242 Cotton Water Northern cotton growers migrate south as dry saps work <p>Queensland cotton growers are migrating south in search of work and water.</p> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:23:59 +1100 Laurissa Smith Robert Campbell planting cotton on Warrawidgee Station near Griffith in the Riverina (Laurissa Smith) 2014-10-08 11:23 +11:00 2014-10-08 10:23 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-09-24/southern-cotton-gin-capacity-2409/5765046 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-09-24/southern-cotton-gin-capacity-2409/5765046 Cotton Questions raised about viability of cotton gins in Riverina <p>From next year hefty freight costs and ginning bottlenecks should become a distant memory for the country's southern cotton growers. </p> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:34:30 +1000 Laurissa Smith The Rivcott gin at Carathool on the Sturt Highway in the western Riverina taking shape 2014-09-24 09:34 +10:00 2014-09-24 09:34 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-09-17/drought-hits-cotton-production/5750942 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-09-17/drought-hits-cotton-production/5750942 Agribusiness Pig Production Drought Cotton Rural Drought sees cotton growers plant 80 per cent less crop <p>Farmers in Queensland are planting 80 per cent less cotton than last year as drought hits hard.</p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:46:12 +1000 Jeremy Story Carter And Craig Zonca Cotton and tractor in field at Cubbie Station in far south-west Queensland (ABC TV - file image) 2014-09-17 16:46 +10:00 2014-09-17 16:46 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-09-15/nrn-power-prices/5744752 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-09-15/nrn-power-prices/5744752 Irrigation Agricultural Crops Electricity Energy and Utilities Crop Harvesting Cotton Irrigators want power price relief <p>Irrigators from around the country have met to discuss how they can cope with rising electricity prices.</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:41:14 +1000 Catherine McAloon Australia's irrigators are struggling to pay the bills for electricity to run their pumps. (7pm TV News SA) 2014-09-15 14:41 +10:00 2014-09-15 14:41 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-09-10/nrn-water-commission/5733254 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-09-10/nrn-water-commission/5733254 Water Water Management Water Supply Irrigation Agricultural Crops Cotton Fruits Call to save the National Water Commission <p>A conservation group is calling for the National Water Commission to be continued, but irrigators say it's not necessary.</p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:16:07 +1000 Catherine McAloon A rice crop in Deniliquin, NSW, sits by an irrigation channel, Februray 2007. (Robert Cianflone: Getty Images) 2014-09-10 11:16 +10:00 2014-09-10 11:16 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-26/tandou-profit-slides-2508/5695336 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-26/tandou-profit-slides-2508/5695336 Irrigation Cotton Profits slide for water and agribusiness player Tandou <p>Recent investments and poor cotton yields have sapped the profits of agribusiness Tandou.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:21:13 +1000 Laurissa Smith Tandou's cotton yields in south-west and western NSW were much lower this year because of fluctuating weather conditions. (Laurissa Smith) 2014-08-26 07:21 +10:00 2014-08-26 07:21 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-23/cotton-growers-awarded-brownhill-cup/5691438 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-23/cotton-growers-awarded-brownhill-cup/5691438 Agricultural Marketing Cotton Sustainable and Alternative Farming Gm Technology Boggabri cotton farmers win Brownhill Cup <p>A farming family from Boggabri in north-west New South Wales has been recognised for their sustainable and innovative practices.</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:10:53 +1000 Boggabri cotton farmer Andrew Watson is presented with the 2014 Brownhill Cup at AgQuip. (Kim Honan) 2014-08-23 08:10 +10:00 2014-08-23 08:10 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-21/gm-pioneer-pr-montague-says-its-needed-to-feed-world/5687304 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-21/gm-pioneer-pr-montague-says-its-needed-to-feed-world/5687304 Genetically Modified Food Agricultural Crops Cotton Rural Professor van Montagu, the father of GM technology, says it's needed to help feed the world <p>Cotton farmers world wide owe a huge debt to the Belgian scientist, Emeritus Professor Marc Van Montagu.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:19:23 +1000 Professor an Montague revolutionised plant technology (contributed) 2014-08-21 16:19 +10:00 2014-08-21 16:19 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/nsw-country-hour/2014-08-21/gwydir-wetland/5618620 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/nsw-country-hour/2014-08-21/gwydir-wetland/5618620 Water Management Agricultural Policy Agricultural Crops Environmental Management Environmentally Sustainable Business Cotton Murray-Darling Basin Irrigation Irrigators worried about plans to water Gwydir wetland <p>Irrigators in the Gwydir Valley say they are victims of water "theft", the wetland is as healthy as it every was, and that environmental water should be sold back to industry. </p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:40:21 +1000 Magpie Geese at Gwydir Wetlands, north west New South Wales. The area is protected by a RAMSAR agreement and the Australian Government is spending billions to water the wetlands, part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Read more. (Daryl Albertson NSW Office of Environment and Heritage) 2014-08-21 12:40 +10:00 2014-08-21 12:40 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-19/qch-theodore-nematodes/5678274 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-19/qch-theodore-nematodes/5678274 Cotton Floods Pest Management Pests Central Queensland cotton growers battling nematodes with wheat and corn <p>Cotton growers at Theodore in Central Queensland are branching out into other crops, to address a nematode problem in the area, brought on by severe flooding three years ago. </p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:31:04 +1000 Kathleen Calderwood Theodore cotton grower Greg Austin is planting corn to address a nematode problem in the area, that reared its head following severe flooding in 2010 and 2011. (Kathleen Calderwood) 2014-08-19 08:31 +10:00 2014-08-19 08:31 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-08/nrn-cotton-awards/5657416 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-08/nrn-cotton-awards/5657416 Cotton Cotton Grower of the Year comes from NSW <p>New South Wales farmers have taken out a clean sweep of the Cotton Industry Awards at last night's gala dinner.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:33:19 +1000 Tim (pictured, in foreground) and Sally Watson from Hillston in New South Wales were named Cotton Grower of the Year. (Cassie Hough) 2014-08-08 12:33 +10:00 2014-08-08 12:33 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-07/cotton-conference/5656258 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-07/cotton-conference/5656258 Cotton Synthetic fibres a ‘serious threat’ to cotton industry <p>Cotton researchers say synthetic fibres are a ‘serious threat’ to the industry, as producers ‘exploit their greatest weakness, and replicate their greatest strength.’</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:23:14 +1000 FaCraig Zonca with the Peterson Farm Brothers from Kansas, USA who make YouTube videos to promote agriculture. Their most well-known parody video is 'I'm Farming and I Grow It'. 2014-08-07 17:23 +10:00 2014-08-07 17:23 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-06/condamine-alluvium-water-buybacks-failing/5652306 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-06/condamine-alluvium-water-buybacks-failing/5652306 Water Irrigation Cotton Condamine ground water buy back stalls <p>The Federal Government's yet to buy back any licences under a program to reduce water allocations in the Central Condamine catchment.</p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:12:11 +1000 Cotton crop irrigation in the Murray Darling Basin. (ABC Rural) 2014-08-06 13:12 +10:00 2014-08-06 13:12 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-04/nrn-cotton-price-falls-on-supply-issues-4-8-14/5646864 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-08-04/nrn-cotton-price-falls-on-supply-issues-4-8-14/5646864 Agricultural Prices Agricultural Crops Cotton Cotton price fall will see a grower rethink <p>A softer market is forcing cotton growers to rethink planting programs this season.</p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:36:52 +1000 Cotton plant from Cubbie Station in far south-west Qld (ABC TV - file image) 2014-08-04 15:36 +10:00 2014-08-04 15:36 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-07-28/pilbara-ag-vision/5621778 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-07-28/pilbara-ag-vision/5621778 Livestock Dairy Production Beef Cattle Water Management Water Supply Fruits Vegetables Community Development Mining (Rural) Cotton Dairy cows in the desert: possibilities for the Pilbara <p>The WA Agriculture and Food Department has a vision for the Pilbara and it could include dairy, horticulture and grains.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:46:02 +1000 Lucie Bell This hay was grown using excess water at a Pilbara mine site. (Lucie Bell) 2014-07-28 11:46 +10:00 2014-07-28 11:46 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/nsw-country-hour/2014-07-24/port-botany-container-terminal/5621722 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/nsw-country-hour/2014-07-24/port-botany-container-terminal/5621722 Rail Transport Sea Transport Cotton Grain Agribusiness eyes new container terminal at Port Botany <p>NSW Ports is exploring ways of increasing agricultural exports now that a third container terminal has been opened in Sydney.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:27:40 +1000 Jason McGregor from NSW Ports inspects the new container loader opened by the Premier Mike Baird at Port Botany. (David Claughton) 2014-07-24 16:27 +10:00 2014-07-24 16:27 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-07-18/cotton-gains/5606434 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-07-18/cotton-gains/5606434 Agricultural Crops Cotton Rural Research shows cotton industry more sustainable and productive <p>Things are looking bright for the cotton industry after the release of research highlighting the gains the industry has made. </p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:48:34 +1000 Cotton ready to be ginned in a cotton field. (Lisa Herbert) 2014-07-18 09:48 +10:00 2014-07-18 09:48 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-06-23/the-future-of-industrial-hemp-as-part-of-a-cropping-rotation/5542990 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-06-23/the-future-of-industrial-hemp-as-part-of-a-cropping-rotation/5542990 Agricultural Crops Cotton Crop Harvesting Fitting industrial hemp in your cropping rotation? <p>Manufacturers of a mobile hemp decorticator say their machine could revolutionise the modern crop, making it financially viable.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:08:38 +1000 Sally Bryant Managing Director of Textile and Composite Industries, Adrian Clarke tells Macquarie irrigators they might get better bang for their water buck from industrial hemp. (submitted) 2014-06-23 11:08 +10:00 2014-06-23 11:08 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-19/warren-rail-bridge-unlikely-to-reopen/5534628 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-19/warren-rail-bridge-unlikely-to-reopen/5534628 Government and Politics Cotton Rail Transport Rural Warren rail bridge unlikely to reopen <p>The member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, says the rail bridge at Gunningba Creek near Warren will be repaired if it is needed.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:04:27 +1000 Cotton bales on fire at Warren in New South Wales. (Fire and Rescue NSW: J. Cantrell) 2014-06-19 08:04 +10:00 2014-06-19 08:04 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-11/hay-gin-starts/5514466 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-11/hay-gin-starts/5514466 Cotton Regional Construction starts on $30m cotton gin at Hay <p>Up to 60 new jobs are expected to be created in Hay within the next year, as work on building a multimillion dollar cotton gin gets underway.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:00:11 +1000 Cotton is expected to be processed at the new Hay gin by next year's harvest. (ABC TV) 2014-06-11 08:00 +10:00 2014-06-11 08:00 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-05/truck-fire-closes-great-western-highway/5501838 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-05/truck-fire-closes-great-western-highway/5501838 Road Transport Fires Disasters and Accidents Cotton Great Western Highway reopens in the Blue Mountains after fire takes hold in cotton truck <p>Emergency authorities have cleared a truck fire on the Great Western Highway in the NSW Blue Mountains.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:05:41 +1000 The cabin of the truck caught alight after it hit a concrete road barrier between Mount Victoria and Blackheath, June 5, 2014 (Fire & Rescue NSW) 2014-06-05 09:05 +10:00 2014-06-05 09:05 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-05/agriculture-college/5501608 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-05/agriculture-college/5501608 Education Collaborative Projects University and Further Education Regional Rice Irrigation Cotton Murrumbidgee Ag College, CSU partnership touted <p>The group behind a push to reopen the Murrumbidgee College of Agriculture says it plans to attract more foreign students and develop strong ties with Charles Sturt University. </p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 07:42:14 +1000 The reference group pushing for the Murrumbidgee College of Agriculture to be opened believes its ties could be strengthened with Charles Sturt University. (Laurissa Smith) 2014-06-05 07:42 +10:00 2014-06-05 07:42 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-05-30/cotton-trial-willow-tree/5488470 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-05-30/cotton-trial-willow-tree/5488470 Cotton Shedding new light on cotton <p>Early yield estimates from a trial cotton crop at Willow Tree, an area long considered unsuitable for the crop, are encouraging. </p> Fri, 30 May 2014 09:08:19 +1000 Lisa Herbert Dryland cotton after picking at Willow Tree, NSW. (Lisa Herbert) 2014-05-30 09:08 +10:00 2014-05-30 09:08 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-05-28/water-efficiencies/5482868 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-05-28/water-efficiencies/5482868 Irrigation Cotton Wheat Thinking laterally: farm water efficiencies yield results in cereals and cotton <p>A New South Wales farmer estimates he's made water savings of up to 25 per cent after installing a couple of lateral move irrigators and constructing new supply channels.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 09:29:46 +1000 Lisa Herbert The use of a lateral move irrigator has increased productivity on Andrew Watson's farm at Boggabri in northern NSW. (Lisa Herbert) 2014-05-28 09:29 +10:00 2014-05-28 09:29 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-05-23/qch-cq-cotton/5472436 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-05-23/qch-cq-cotton/5472436 Floods Rainfall Cotton CQ cotton growers relieved after good harvest <p>Central Queensland cotton growers are breathing a sigh of relief following a good harvest. </p> Fri, 23 May 2014 08:47:16 +1000 Kathleen Calderwood Theodore Queensland cotton grower Trevor Brownlie says it's a pleasure to harvest a good crop this season after several devastating floods hit the area four years ago. (Alice Roberts) 2014-05-23 08:47 +10:00 2014-05-23 08:47 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-05-06/cotton-harvest-pigs/5432268 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-05-06/cotton-harvest-pigs/5432268 Cotton Pest Management Feral pigs choose cotton bedding <p>Feral pigs are encroaching on cotton crops in northern New South Wales.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 00:37:19 +1000 Lisa Herbert Warwick Chandler at the controls of a round bale cotton harvester near Boggabri in northern NSW 2014-05-06 00:37 +10:00 2014-05-06 00:37 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-05-05/southern-cotton-harvest-0505/5429846 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-05-05/southern-cotton-harvest-0505/5429846 Cotton Agricultural Prices Cotton picking underway in southern NSW <p>Cotton harvest has kicked into gear in Australia's southern growing regions.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 09:23:19 +1000 Laurissa Smith While it hasn't been a bumper season for growing cotton, Murrumbidgee Valley grower Peter Booth is happy prices for the fibre have bounced back. (Laurissa Smith) 2014-05-05 09:23 +10:00 2014-05-05 09:23 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-04-10/balonne-river/5381762 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-04-10/balonne-river/5381762 Agricultural Crops Cotton Floods Balonne River flows again after widespread rainfall <p>The Balonne River is the life blood of irrigation in St George and it is flowing once again after good falls across southern Queensland.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:35:24 +1000 The Balonne River flows again through St George after running dry earlier this year. Jack Taylor weir in April (left) and 200 metres upstream from the weir in January 2014 (right) (Cassie Hough) 2014-04-10 16:35 +10:00 2014-04-10 16:35 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-04-07/australia-japan-fta/5373632 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-04-07/australia-japan-fta/5373632 International Aid and Trade Trade Agreements and Treaties Rural Agribusiness Fishing, Aquaculture Cotton Fruit Grain Oilseeds Vegetables Wool Beef Cattle Dairy Production Sheep Production Agriculture sees tariffs cut under Japan deal <p>Japan will increase access for Australian beef and dairy imports, under an historic free trade deal <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2014/s3980347.htm" target="_blank" title="">agreed</a> between the two countries on Monday night.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:50:29 +1000 Anna Vidot Buyers check beef at the Tokyo markets. Australian beef producers will get an 8 per cent tariff cut for exports in the first year of the Japan free trade agreement. (Koichi Kamoshida: Getty Images) 2014-04-07 21:50 +10:00 2014-04-07 21:50 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-03-27/riverina-cotton-gin/5348572 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-03-27/riverina-cotton-gin/5348572 Cotton Riverina cotton growers in high spirits for new cotton gin <p>A co-operative of 59 cotton growers plans to build yet another cotton gin in south-west NSW.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:27:42 +1100 Laurissa Smith Cotton growers in the Riverina have formed a co-operative to build a new cotton gin at Carrathool. (Gavin Dal Broi) 2014-03-27 10:27 +11:00 2014-03-27 09:27 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-03-25/nrn-grain-rain/5343736 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-03-25/nrn-grain-rain/5343736 Weather Rainfall Drought Cotton Wheat Crop Harvesting Agricultural Crops Rainfall boosts prospects for planting winter grain <p>Rainfall forecast for drought-affected areas of New South Wales and Queensland has improved the prospects of winter crop plantings.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:17:58 +1100 Catherine McAloon Rain on the way - the rainfall outlook for Thursday, March 27, 2014. (Bureau of Meteorology) 2014-03-25 13:17 +11:00 2014-03-25 12:17 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-03-17/central-highlands-cotton-harvest/5325806 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-03-17/central-highlands-cotton-harvest/5325806 Cotton Research Agricultural Crops Research leads to promising results for Highlands cotton <p>Encouraging results are coming from a trial in Queensland's Central Highlands that aims to bring forward the cotton planting window. </p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:39:43 +1100 Kathleen Calderwood Cotton yields are averaging about 10 bales/hectare in the Central Highlands. (Steve Schubert) 2014-03-17 14:39 +11:00 2014-03-17 13:39 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-03-13/cotton-at-willow-tree/5318476 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-03-13/cotton-at-willow-tree/5318476 Cotton Dryland cotton creeps south <p>As the end of the cotton growing season draws closer, the industry is looking to expand into areas where dryland cotton hasn't been grown before.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:34:02 +1100 Lisa Herbert A trial dryland cotton crop at Willow Tree in northern NSW is creating a lot of interest (Lisa Herbert) 2014-03-13 14:34 +11:00 2014-03-13 13:34 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-03-12/cewh-second-water-trade/5314730 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-03-12/cewh-second-water-trade/5314730 Environmental Impact Environmental Management Environmental Policy Water Water Management Water Supply Murray-Darling Basin Rural Agribusiness Cotton Agricultural Policy Irrigation Livestock Commonwealth to open tender for more NSW water <p>Irrigators in the northern NSW Peel Valley will have a chance to bid for water this week, as the Commonwealth puts some more of its allocation on the temporary market.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:26:16 +1100 Anna Vidot The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder is looking to trade up to 400 megalitres of water on the temporary market in the Peel Valley in northern NSW. (Kim Honan) 2014-03-12 12:26 +11:00 2014-03-12 11:26 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-03-12/victoria-cottons-on-to-crop-potential/5314986 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-03-12/victoria-cottons-on-to-crop-potential/5314986 Cotton Victoria cottons on to crop potential <p>Agronomists are quietly confident a cotton crop near Swan Hill will yield promising results. </p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:50:53 +1100 Agronomist Stuart Rendell stands in a cotton crop planted at Swan Hill, just over the Victorian border. (Sophie Malcolm) 2014-03-12 11:50 +11:00 2014-03-12 10:50 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-03-04/abares-fibre/5283032 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-03-04/abares-fibre/5283032 Agribusiness Wool Cotton Wool to continue rise, cotton steady <p>ABARES: Forecast for fibre mixed across cotton and wool</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:46:04 +1100 Wool on display at Pelati stud as part of the New England merino field days, NSW. (Lisa Herbert) 2014-03-04 13:46 +11:00 2014-03-04 12:46 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-02-19/cotton-grower-of-the-year-field-day/5269684 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-02-19/cotton-grower-of-the-year-field-day/5269684 Cotton Simple, regimented system key to success <p>Cotton success on display</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:02:27 +1100 Cotton Grower of the Year in a dryland cotton crop (Cassie Hough) 2014-02-19 15:02 +11:00 2014-02-19 14:02 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-02-05/cotton-enjoys-heat-0502/5239918 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-02-05/cotton-enjoys-heat-0502/5239918 Cotton Weather Heat provides relief to struggling cotton crops <p>Thanks to the heat, cotton crops in south-west NSW are back on track.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:25:25 +1100 Laurissa Smith Cotton in the Murrumbidgee Valley now thriving in the heat after a slow start to the season. (Laurissa Smith) 2014-02-05 12:25 +11:00 2014-02-05 11:25 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-02-05/bourke-farewells-jack-buster/5239060 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-02-05/bourke-farewells-jack-buster/5239060 Cotton Agricultural Crops Irrigation People Cotton pioneer honoured in Bourke <p>Jack Buster was a pioneer of the cotton industry in Bourke</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:59:17 +1100 Sally Bryant Bourke is pausing this week to mark the passing of a favourite adopted son, cotton grower Jack Buster pictured here with his wife Harriet on their wedding day (submitted) 2014-02-05 11:59 +11:00 2014-02-05 10:59 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-01-29/gywdir-water-trade/5225932 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-01-29/gywdir-water-trade/5225932 Murray-Darling Basin Environmental Policy Cotton Irrigation Commonwealth raises $3.2 million in northern NSW water trade <p>Thirty-five bidders have missed out on water allocated for sale in northern New South Wales by the Federal Government.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:40:41 +1100 Lisa Herbert Ten gigalitres of environmental water has been allocated to 16 successful bidders in the Gwydir Valley in northern NSW. (Lisa Herbert) 2014-01-29 17:40 +11:00 2014-01-29 16:40 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/nsw-country-hour/2014-01-22/nsw-namoi-water-matt-norrie/5213044 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/nsw-country-hour/2014-01-22/nsw-namoi-water-matt-norrie/5213044 Cotton Water Water Supply Water Management Irrigation Agricultural Crops Agricultural Policy Minister rejects Namoi Water call for relaxation of water rules <p>Namoi cotton growers are frustrated by a State Government decision not to relax the water sharing plan in their area.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:47:16 +1100 (Photo: ABC TV Landline) 2014-01-22 14:47 +11:00 2014-01-22 13:47 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-01-20/emerald-cotton-trials/5208396 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-01-20/emerald-cotton-trials/5208396 Cotton Agricultural Crops Crop Harvesting Earth Sciences Central Highlands cotton trials produce good results <p>A cotton trial in the Central Highlands is looking at ways to bring forward the planting window. </p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:54:04 +1100 Kathleen Calderwood A cotton trial in Emerald is looking at ways of planting the crop in August instead of September. (Laurissa Smith) 2014-01-20 13:54 +11:00 2014-01-20 12:54 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-01-20/commonwealth-first-water-trade/5208644 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-01-20/commonwealth-first-water-trade/5208644 Environmental Impact Environmental Policy Murray-Darling Basin Water Management Water Supply Federal Government Rural Agribusiness Cotton Agricultural Policy Irrigation Commonwealth enters temporary water trade market <p>The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder has announced the details of his first foray into temporary water trading in the Murray-Darling Basin.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:42:18 +1100 Anna Vidot It's expected cotton farmers in the Gwydir valley, northern NSW, will be in the market for extra water to finish crops. The region has become increasingly drought-affected in recent months. (Lisa Herbert) 2014-01-20 13:42 +11:00 2014-01-20 12:42 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-01-16/cotton-problems/5203580 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2014-01-16/cotton-problems/5203580 Agricultural Crops Crop Harvesting Cotton Pests Pest Management Poor cotton strike on Darling Downs <p>A perfect storm of problems has led to a poor cotton strike on the Darling Downs this summer.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:58:57 +1100 Cotton farmers on the Darling Downs are dealing with problems caused by dry weather and soil pests. (ABC TV) 2014-01-16 15:58 +11:00 2014-01-16 14:58 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/nsw-country-hour/2014-01-10/cotton-industry-pushing-best-practices-10-01-14/5194344 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/nsw-country-hour/2014-01-10/cotton-industry-pushing-best-practices-10-01-14/5194344 Cotton Agricultural Crops Rural Gm Technology Pest Management Pests Invertebrates - Insects and Arachnids Agricultural Prices Agribusiness Cotton industry pushing best practice <p>The Cotton industry is pushing best practice in US and Australia as an example to other countries. </p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:26:26 +1100 Michael Condon Tandou's cotton yields in south-west and western NSW were much lower this year because of fluctuating weather conditions. (Laurissa Smith) 2014-01-10 14:26 +11:00 2014-01-10 13:26 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-12-18/cotton-technology-efficiency/5163834 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-12-18/cotton-technology-efficiency/5163834 Science and Technology Engineering Cotton Irrigation Technology targets cotton efficiencies <p>A water use efficiency trial at a cotton farm in north west NSW is proving to be about energy use as well as water.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:37:01 +1100 Lisa Herbert Four irrigation systems are being trialled on Keytah, Moree, NSW. (Lisa Herbert) 2013-12-18 12:37 +11:00 2013-12-18 11:37 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-12-12/tandou-buys-half-ravensworth/5151538 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-12-12/tandou-buys-half-ravensworth/5151538 Cotton Irrigation Agribusiness Water Supply Tandou splurges on water and land in Riverina <p>Agribusiness Tandou has snapped up $33 million worth of land and water in southern NSW as part of its cotton expansion plans.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:16:14 +1100 Laurissa Smith Tandou expects the purchase of land and water at Ravensworth near Hay will lift its annual cotton production by 22,000 bales. (Laurissa Smith) 2013-12-12 09:16 +11:00 2013-12-12 08:16 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-12-10/cotton-plantings/5147046 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-12-10/cotton-plantings/5147046 Cotton Reduced dryland cotton area planted in Queensland <p>Despite a dry start to the cotton season most regions have still planted an average amount of cotton.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:40:54 +1100 Kathleen Calderwood 178,000 hectares of irrigated and about 14,000 of dryland cotton planted in Queensland this year (Laurissa Smith) 2013-12-10 14:40 +11:00 2013-12-10 13:40 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-12-10/nrn-abares-report/5146610 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-12-10/nrn-abares-report/5146610 Dairy Production Beef Cattle Sheep Production Wool Cotton Drought Agricultural Crops Crop Harvesting Dairy and meat exports to boost farm earnings <p>High global dairy prices and demand for Australian beef and lamb are expected to lead farm export earnings to record levels this financial year.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:32:45 +1100 Australian beef exports are forecast to rise by 7 per cent in 2013 - 2014, with higher volumes being sold in the United States, China and the Middle East. (Lee Jae-Won: Reuters) 2013-12-10 12:32 +11:00 2013-12-10 11:32 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-12-05/world-soil-day/5136228 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-12-05/world-soil-day/5136228 Fruit Grain Wheat Agribusiness Cotton Wool Dairy Production Livestock Environmental Management Environmentally Sustainable Business Environmental Health Looking after our precious soil <p>Any farmer knows that good soil is the foundation on which to build a productive business and farmers are increasingly teaming up with scientists to improve the profile of their soils.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:04:20 +1100 Margot Foster Donna Lucas examines her rich pasture on her Sandfly farm in southern Tasmania. (Margot Foster) 2013-12-05 15:04 +11:00 2013-12-05 14:04 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-12-05/nw-nsw-cotton-season/5136054 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-12-05/nw-nsw-cotton-season/5136054 Cotton Pest Management Drought Shaky start to cotton season in north-west New South Wales <p>Cotton growers in the NSW north-west say they’ve faced the toughest starts to a season in many years.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 09:21:57 +1100 Lisa Herbert Cold spring nights resulted in little growth of cotton seedlings in the NSW Gwydir Valley. Thrips didn't help either. Thankfully the season is getting back on track now (Lisa Herbert) 2013-12-05 09:21 +11:00 2013-12-05 08:21 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/nsw-country-hour/2013-12-03/nsw-climate-model-for-farmers-2013/5137936 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/programs/nsw-country-hour/2013-12-03/nsw-climate-model-for-farmers-2013/5137936 Agricultural Prices Cotton Wheat Sheep Production Beef Cattle Livestock Agricultural Crops Climate Change Climate prediction before farmers buy land <p>A new tool has been launched that will allow farmers to assess the productive potential of agricultural land quickly over the internet.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10:28:54 +1100 Michael Condon Wheat crops may struggle in certain areas due to climate change (ABC TV) 2013-12-03 10:28 +11:00 2013-12-03 09:28 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-12-02/qch-farm-robots/5128380 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-12-02/qch-farm-robots/5128380 Agricultural Chemicals Cotton Fruit Grain Oilseeds Wheat Agricultural Machinery Crop Harvesting Fertilisers Pest Management Pasture Weeds Breakthroughs Engineering Research Robots and Artificial Intelligence Farm robots roll onto paddocks <p>World leaders will have the chance to see the latest in agricultural robotics when they head to Australia next year for the G20 summit.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:27:58 +1100 Amy McCosker 2013-12-02 11:27 +11:00 2013-12-02 10:27 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-11-12/qch-rain-cotton-wheat/5086070 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-11-12/qch-rain-cotton-wheat/5086070 Cotton Grain Oilseeds Wheat Crop Harvesting Rainfall Drought Patchy rain has drought farmers hopeful <p>Eyes are on the skies across Queensland at the moment with many cropping farmers cutting it fine to get summer crops in. </p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:49:32 +1100 Amy McCosker Farmers and graziers look to the sky for a reprieve from drought as storms move through Queensland. 2013-11-12 13:49 +11:00 2013-11-12 12:49 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-11-05/dirranbandi-needs-more-gin-capacity/5070082 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-11-05/dirranbandi-needs-more-gin-capacity/5070082 Cotton Agricultural Crops Agribusiness Missed opportunity for Dirranbandi cotton processing <p>Cubbie Ag has assured Dirranbandi cotton producers they will still be able to process their cotton at the Dirranbandi cotton gin, despite Cubbie now owning the plant.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:15:22 +1100 At Dirranbandi, cotton stocks wait for shipment to China. (Sarina Locke) 2013-11-05 12:15 +11:00 2013-11-05 11:15 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-11-04/cubbie-gin-sale/5067876 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-11-04/cubbie-gin-sale/5067876 Cotton Agricultural Crops Agribusiness Cubbie Ag buys Dirranbandi cotton gin <p>Cotton giant Cubbie Ag has expanded its reach in the Australian cotton industry buying the Dirranbandi cotton gin from Singaporean trading house Olam International.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:24:08 +1100 Cotton bales at the Dirranbandi cotton gin Cubbie Ag has just bought from Singaporean trading house Olam International. (Cassie Hough) 2013-11-04 13:24 +11:00 2013-11-04 12:24 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-31/nrn-spray-drift/5060372 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-31/nrn-spray-drift/5060372 Agricultural Chemicals Cotton Spray drift warnings issued for cotton growers <p>Farmers are being encouraged to be extra careful about spray drift this season, with recent court precedents strengthening potential consequences for those found to have been negligent in the application of chemicals like phenoxy herbicide 2,4-D. </p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:55:00 +1100 Amy McCosker Chemical drift from crop spraying cost the Australian cotton industry $9 million in 2012. (Laurissa Smith) 2013-10-31 11:55 +11:00 2013-10-31 10:55 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-24/regional-plans-released/5043880 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-24/regional-plans-released/5043880 Mining (Rural) Agricultural Crops Cotton Agricultural Policy Regional plans released but co-existence still undefined <p>Landholders says they want more detail on the Darling Downs and Central Queensland regional plans before they will have confidence in the protection it will offer.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:01:28 +1100 Cotton Australia says over the years growers have invested in more energy intensive equipment to reduce their water use, but that's now become cost prohibitive (Laurissa Smith) 2013-10-24 17:01 +11:00 2013-10-24 16:01 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-18/hay-cotton-gin/5030690 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-18/hay-cotton-gin/5030690 Cotton Hay the right tonic for new gin <p>The growth of cotton in the Murrumbidgee Valley in southern NSW has lured processor Auscott to build a new gin at Hay.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:18:22 +1100 Laurissa Smith For the last 12 months the Hay Shire Council has been encouraging developers to consider its community to build the Riverina's next cotton gin (Gavin Dal Broi) 2013-10-18 10:18 +11:00 2013-10-18 09:18 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-17/cubbie-foreign-investment/5028296 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-17/cubbie-foreign-investment/5028296 Agricultural Prices Trade Cotton Irrigation Foreign Affairs Business, Economics and Finance Murray-Darling Basin Foreign investment success at Cubbie Station <p>It's been 12 months since the Australian Government approved the sale of Australia's largest cotton farm to foreign investors. </p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:50:24 +1100 Sarina Locke At Dirranbandi, cotton stocks wait for shipment to China. (Sarina Locke) 2013-10-17 12:50 +11:00 2013-10-17 11:50 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-17/nw-nsw-crop-update/5028404 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-17/nw-nsw-crop-update/5028404 Agricultural Crops Cotton Wheat Average canola crop expected for north west NSW <p>Agronomists are expecting average canola yields in north-western New South Wales this season.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:17:26 +1100 Lisa Herbert There are differing fortunes for wheat growers on the Liverpool Plains in northern NSW with limited rainfall threatening yields. (Photo: Jennifer Ingall, ABC Local Radio.) 2013-10-17 12:17 +11:00 2013-10-17 11:17 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-09/riverina-rice-scale-back/5011526 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-09/riverina-rice-scale-back/5011526 Rice Irrigation Water Supply Cotton Riverina rice growers scale back <p>Traditional rice growers in southern NSW are considering not growing the crop this season because water has become too expensive.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:25:00 +1100 Rice grower Murray Shaw will be growing cotton for the first time on his farm at Darlington Point because of the spike in temporary water prices. (Laurissa Smith) 2013-10-09 12:25 +11:00 2013-10-09 11:25 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-08/southern-cotton-planting/5008894 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-08/southern-cotton-planting/5008894 Cotton Cotton switch working for former vegie grower <p>Cotton planting in the rapidly expanding southern region of NSW is now in full swing.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:20:33 +1100 Paddocks are being prepared on John Mirabelli's farm at Hay in the western Riverina to plant 300 hectares of cotton this week. (Laurissa Smith) 2013-10-08 12:20 +11:00 2013-10-08 11:20 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-06/cotton-farmers-worry-chinese-market-drying-up/5001714 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-06/cotton-farmers-worry-chinese-market-drying-up/5001714 Cotton Rural Agricultural Policy Cotton farmers worry Chinese market drying up Australian cotton growers are concerned its exports to China are about to be cut with the country to establish its own industry. Sun, 06 Oct 2013 20:58:28 +1100 (7pm TV News QLD) 2013-10-06 20:58 +11:00 2013-10-06 19:58 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-05/hemp-vs-marijuana/4989566 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-10-05/hemp-vs-marijuana/4989566 Agricultural Crops Agricultural Policy Oilseeds Agricultural Machinery Cotton Drug Offences Industrial hemp spoils the marijuana party <p>An industrial hemp producer says marijuana growers aren't happy about his ongoing trials across eastern Australia.</p> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 12:36:25 +1000 Lisa Herbert Mowing an industrial hemp fibre crop at Jerrys Plains, NSW. (Philip Warner) 2013-10-05 12:36 +10:00 2013-10-05 12:36 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-27/hay-supplies/4983854 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-27/hay-supplies/4983854 Livestock Beef Cattle Cotton Agricultural Crops Failed crops help boost feed supplies <p>Several thousand tonnes of hay cut from failed cereal crops in Queensland is helping to provide some short term relief for farmers in drought struggling to source feed for stock.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:29:36 +1000 Hay bales after harvesting (ABC News: Prue Adams) 2013-09-27 13:29 +10:00 2013-09-27 13:29 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-20/rural-sach-tandou-cotton-gin-2009/4971174 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-20/rural-sach-tandou-cotton-gin-2009/4971174 Cotton Agricultural Crops Rural Trade Business, Economics and Finance Manufacturing Water Management Outback cotton collected for China <p>Large bales of cotton sit wrapped in yellow plastic on a farm in Menindee, waiting to be processed.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:55:01 +1000 Tandou cotton gin manager Steve Jessett is happy with the quality of cotton harvested this season, saying the fibre is top notch and super white. 2013-09-20 13:55 +10:00 2013-09-20 13:55 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-17/nrn-cooper-creek/4963362 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-17/nrn-cooper-creek/4963362 Mining (Rural) Cotton Rivers Rising concern over Cooper Creek land use <p>Community groups along the Cooper Creek in Western Queensland have raised concerns about changes to the management of the river system.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:47:15 +1000 Cooper Creek spreads towards Innamincka in South Australia. (John Bean) 2013-09-17 14:47 +10:00 2013-09-17 14:47 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-17/nrn-abares-outlook/4962880 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-17/nrn-abares-outlook/4962880 Agribusiness Livestock Dairy Production Cotton Grain Farm earnings tipped to remain strong <p>Australian farm earnings are expected to remain strong for the rest of the 2013-2014 financial year.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:50:31 +1000 Canola export earnings are expected to fall by a third this financial year, after a huge crop last season. (Jo Prendergast) 2013-09-17 12:50 +10:00 2013-09-17 12:50 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-17/nsw-rainfall-wrap/4962700 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-17/nsw-rainfall-wrap/4962700 Rainfall Drought Agricultural Crops Cotton Sheep Production Livestock Beef Cattle Livestock Welfare Farmers in NSW are thankful for recent rain <p>It's been one of those years in NSW, with a very slow start to the winter cropping season - many farmers missed the opportunity to sow on time due to a lack of moisture. </p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:06:52 +1000 Rain in NSW has topped up dams across the state 2013-09-17 12:06 +10:00 2013-09-17 12:06 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-16/qch-soil-nematodes/4960018 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-16/qch-soil-nematodes/4960018 Cotton Irrigation Quarantine Pest Management Entomology Research QLD cotton growers battle new pest <p>Cotton growers in central Queensland's Dawson Valley are racing against the clock to find a treatment for a new pest threatening the regions yields. </p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:00:24 +1000 Amy McCosker The recent discovery of soil nematodes in cotton crops affected yields last season. 2013-09-16 11:00 +10:00 2013-09-16 11:00 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-13/young-farmer-of-year/4955968 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-13/young-farmer-of-year/4955968 Rural Youth Rural Media Cotton Queenslander wins Young Farmer of the Year <p>Goondiwindi cotton farmer Nigel Corish has been named Young Farmer of the Year.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:09:01 +1000 2013 Young Farmer of the Year Nigel Corish, "Yambocully", Goondiwindi (Cassie Hough) 2013-09-13 11:09 +10:00 2013-09-13 11:09 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-11/nrn-springsure-creek-approval/4951252 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-11/nrn-springsure-creek-approval/4951252 Cotton Grain Agricultural Policy Mining Environmental Issues Mining (Rural) Company, farmers await landmark mine approval <p>The Queensland Government will be announcing within the month if it will conditionally approve the first mine requested to be built underneath Strategic Cropping Land in central Queensland, 47 kilometres south-east of Emerald. </p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:17:40 +1000 Amy McCosker Andrew Bate says there's not enough science behind mining companies' claims that underground mining won't harm the crops above. (Caitlyn Gribbin) 2013-09-11 13:17 +10:00 2013-09-11 13:17 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-09/nrn-cotton-start/4945680 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-09/nrn-cotton-start/4945680 Cotton Agricultural Policy Pest Management Cotton planting starts early <p>Cotton prices of up to $510 a bale a few weeks ago had growers hopeful they might be seeing an end to the dismal prices of the last few seasons. </p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:00:47 +1000 Amy McCosker Cotton plant from Cubbie Station in far south-west Qld (ABC TV - file image) 2013-09-09 13:00 +10:00 2013-09-09 13:00 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-09/david-krause-bdo-farm-investment-analysis/4941642 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-09-09/david-krause-bdo-farm-investment-analysis/4941642 Agribusiness Business, Economics and Finance Beef Cattle Sugar Fruit Cotton Analysis: demonstrating value the key to securing growth <p>The growing global demand for food presents both an enormous challenge and significant opportunities for the agriculture sector. </p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:46:39 +1000 David Krause Irrigation water being sprayed onto crops in northern Victoria. 2013-09-09 12:46 +10:00 2013-09-09 12:46 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-08-30/cubbie-gin/4925216 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-08-30/cubbie-gin/4925216 Cotton Agricultural Policy Agribusiness Cubbie to build $30 million cotton gin <p>Cotton giant Cubbie Station has received approval to build a $30 million cotton gin on the Dirranbandi property in south-west Queensland.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:45:09 +1000 Cubbie Ag approved to build $30 million cotton gin (Cassie Hough) 2013-08-30 13:45 +10:00 2013-08-30 13:45 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-28/epa-fines-namoi-cotton-241002c000-plus-costs/4918396 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-28/epa-fines-namoi-cotton-241002c000-plus-costs/4918396 Water Pollution Cotton Land Pollution Environmental Impact EPA fines Namoi Cotton $100,000 plus costs <p>The Environment Protection Authority has ordered Namoi Cotton to pay $100,000 after it polluted the Namoi River near Wee Waa.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:04:13 +1000 NSW Environment Protection Authority (Supplied: NSW EPA) 2013-08-28 21:04 +10:00 2013-08-28 21:04 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-08-13/coal-gas-tour/4884172 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-08-13/coal-gas-tour/4884172 Oil and Gas Cotton Getting the facts on gas <p>Cotton Australia says having mineral rights to their land has certainly helped some American farmers co-exist with the coal seam gas industry.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:51:35 +1000 Lisa Herbert Ron Campbell (3rd from right) was one of several Narrabri businessmen to tour Queensland's coal seam gas regions (Sam Crafter (far left) (Santos)) 2013-08-13 16:51 +10:00 2013-08-13 16:51 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-08-13/greens-senate-blatchford/4883024 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-08-13/greens-senate-blatchford/4883024 Greens Coal Cotton Mining Environmental Issues Environmental Policy Farmer and anti-CSG campaigner joins Greens <p>An anti-coal seam gas activist and cotton and grain farmer, who's thrown her hat in the election ring, admits she won't agree with her new party on everything.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:38:40 +1000 Penny Blatchford, cotton farmer from Gurley in northern NSW and Greens' candidate for the Senate in the September 7 Federal Election. (Photo: Courtesy www.flickr.com) 2013-08-13 10:38 +10:00 2013-08-13 10:38 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-08-08/cotton-classing-hvi/4872456 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-08-08/cotton-classing-hvi/4872456 Cotton Science and Technology Agricultural Marketing Removing the human from cotton classing <p>The way cotton is classed in Australia could soon be in for a revamp, with research into a new system set to begin next year.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 00:53:49 +1000 Lisa Herbert Cotton bales in north west New South Wales. (Lisa Herbert) 2013-08-08 00:53 +10:00 2013-08-08 00:53 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-08-06/rain-destroys-summer-crops/4867378 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-08-06/rain-destroys-summer-crops/4867378 Fruit Fruits Agricultural Crops Agricultural Prices Cotton Wheat Vegetables Fertilisers Pest Management Weeds Weather Crop Harvesting Too wet for crops in the United States <p>A year after one of the worst droughts in the United States, wet weather has wiped out summer crops.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:15:55 +1000 Brett Worthington United States farmers have used planes to apply fertiliser and fungicide to their crops after wet weather has made it impossible to use ground machinery. (Jenni Jones: Wikipedia Commons) 2013-08-06 11:15 +10:00 2013-08-06 11:15 +10:00 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-07-30/irrigation-power-hike/4852966 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2013-07-30/irrigation-power-hike/4852966 Irrigation Cotton Viticulture Electricity Energy and Utilities Irrigators switch watering systems to save power <p>Rising power costs have forced some irrigators in southern NSW to revert to less efficient ways of watering crops.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:20:03 +1000 Cotton Australia says over the years growers have invested in more energy intensive equipment to reduce their water use, but that's now become cost prohibitive (Laurissa Smith) 2013-07-30 12:20 +10:00 2013-07-30 12:20 +10:00