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Warning about snakes on the plains Farmers are reporting increased snake sightings as floodwaters force the reptiles onto higher ground. Sarah Thompson from the NSW Farmers Rural Affairs Committee said many members were reporting an increased number of snake sightings as a result of the flooding, ...
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State’s chance to fulfill Christmas wish The state government is being asked to give farmers some Christmas cheer by fast-tracking work around the Port of Newcastle. Earlier this month a bill that would enable the development of a container terminal at the Port of Newcastle passed the NSW Parliament, ...
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Extra road repairs welcomed

Extra road repairs welcomed NSW Farmers has welcomed additional manpower to repair ruined rural roads, but says flood-proofing for the future must be on the agenda. On Tuesday NSW Regional Roads Minister Sam Farraway announced the NSW Government would deploy 200 people and heavy machinery from ...
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Women helping drive Farmers success Australia’s largest farm advocacy body is celebrating six years of consecutive membership growth, driven in large part by women taking on leadership roles. Bucking the downsizing trend among member-driven organisations, NSW Farmers branches are growing and an ...
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NSW Farmers statement on flood funding NSW Farmers President Xavier Martin has thanked the state and federal governments for rolling out the next stage of natural disaster response funding. On Friday recovery grants to help begin immediate clean-up and recovery costs, and to repair extensive damage, ...
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Call for urgent increase to flood support NSW Farmers says there needs to be an urgent increase in emergency payments to flood-affected communities with more than half of the state's local government areas enduring a flood disaster. The federal government's $25,000 emergency payments for primary ...
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Farmer survey reveals extent of flood impact A survey of the state’s flood-affected farmers has found significant losses across many regions, leading to massive costs as most of the damage is uninsurable. More than two-thirds of respondents to the NSW Farmers Flood Impacts survey were experiencing ...
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Secret water buyback deal slammed The state’s peak farming group has slammed secret water buyback plans that will hurt rural communities in NSW. On Friday afternoon The Land revealed state water ministers had agreed to almost 50 gigalitres of water buybacks at last month’s Ministerial Council ...
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Councils should back cuts to red tape NSW Farmers CEO Pete Arkle has criticised environmental politics holding up rebuilding efforts across the state, saying we need less talk, more action. At present, landholders seeking to harvest timber on their properties need to go through a duplicated approvals ...
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Farmers welcome Port of Newcastle outcome A bill that will reduce damage to country roads and help the state’s farmers save money has passed the NSW lower house. NSW Farmers President Xavier Martin said farmers were poised to save up to $2.8 billion over the next 30 years thanks to a bill introduced ...
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Strong biosecurity requires clear targets Farmers have welcomed the federal government’s move towards a sustainably-funded biosecurity system, but say the days of passing the buck need to end. Federal Agriculture Minister Murray Watt announced a public discussion paper seeking ideas on a long-term ...
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Wild weather prompts milk dumping Dairy farmers across the Central West are dumping milk after torrential rain this week worsened an already serious flood situation. Road access across the region has been reduced and trucks can’t access farms to collect milk, NSW Farmers Dairy Committee chair Colin ...
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Tackling the growing food security issue Food security is a growing problem for Australian families, according to a new parliamentary report, with remote communities the worst affected. The Food production and supply in NSW report, from the NSW Legislative Assembly’s Committee on Environment and ...
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Farmers slam supermarket giant over prices Flood-affected farmers have rejected supermarket calls to cut their prices, saying they have nowhere left to go. Skyrocketing costs of energy, fuel and fertiliser, rising inflation and interest rates and successive natural disasters have left many farmers ...
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Avoid fatal mistakes in wet conditions The state’s peak farming body is warning people about the dangers of bogged machinery, with three fatalities so far this year. High input prices and a wet season has made this season’s crop one of the most expensive ever, and with flooding likely to reduce the ...
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‘Reckless’ freeze on pest control a threat to biosecurity NSW Farmers has called on the state government to resume pest animal control on public land by the end of the week, or face major biosecurity risks. After learning that shooting had been halted by the state government, NSW Farmers ...
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Budget fails to tackle key issues NSW Farmers President Xavier Martin says while the first Labor Budget contains promising announcements, rural communities will be “bitterly disappointed”. The Treasury papers reveal the cost of living is set to increase with gas and power prices to skyrocket over ...
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Online traceability forum for farming community The state’s farming community will get a chance to hear directly from NSW Agriculture Minister Dugald Saunders and Dougal Gordon from the NSW Department of Primary Industries about traceability reforms in the sheep and goat industries. Prompted ...
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Payments for power lines recognise impact on farmers The state’s peak agricultural body says power line payments are an important step towards recognising the losses of rural landowners. The NSW Government has announced rural landowners would be paid $10,000 a year for 20 years for every ...
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‘Wet drought’ to cost hundreds of millions There are fresh calls for urgent financial support for farmers impacted by flooding, with the damage bill to wheat alone expected to exceed $150 million in the Moree area. According to NSW Farmers, several agronomists were predicting ‘conservative’ ...
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