Rural Affairs


Menindee locals share their stories on the water crisis

With hardship very often comes resilience and Menindee, with its summer fish kills and depleted lakes, has had its fair share. Discover life on the Darling River.


Western NSW farmers in for the long haul despite drought

Seasoned graziers Terry and Jane Smith have been slowly de-stocking for two years, but recent rain eases the pressure off feeding and water security.


Horticulture growers at wits' end with drought

Fruit and vegetable growers feel they are being ignored in the current agricultural crisis. Without sufficient water, permanent plantings will die. What's the way forward?


Drought-affected crop growers face tough decisions

The crops of many farmers across NSW are failing or are not yet sown due to drought – so do you plant or not? Liverpool Plains farmer, Hugh Pursehouse is one of many hopeful for rain.


How we can preserve our Great Artesian Basin

The Great Artesian Basin is the lifeblood for many farmers and regional communities, especially during drought. The capping and piping of free-flowing bores in NSW is saving huge amounts of water but needs to carry on.


Farm safety made a priority in NSW

A new farm safety guide, produced by SafeWork NSW and NSW Farmers has been launched, ensuring farmers and their families stay safe when working on the land.


Drought survey: Farmers tell us how they are faring

The results of NSW Farmers' survey are in. Farmers across NSW have shared their experiences of drought, government funding and support and what could be done better.


The trailblazers of The Farmer one year on

As The Farmer celebrates its first birthday, see how our previously featured farmers are coping with drought, hear of their lessons and see where future markets may lead.


Is a national horse traceability register a viable option?

With over 900,000 horses in Australia, a national register would improve biosecurity and rider safety. But is it a cost-effective solution?


Should stock route reserves return to farmers?

Western Division farmer Greg Rogers maintains Crown land previously reserved for stock route watering should be secured by farmers.