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Ugly fruit is beautiful

Tom grows bananas on his farm in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. By his own admission, Tom’s bananas aren’t pretty. In fact, they might even be considered ugly. They’re unevenly sized, and many are too small. They are randomly bent, some distorted into the letter C. They are speckled with brown and …

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Share farming ‘inya pocket’ reshaping agriculture

IN A modest office round the corner from Mansfield’s High Street, one man’s dream to revolutionise farming is gathering momentum. It was three years ago that Nathan MacPhee’s aspirations to become a farmer were thwarted by the realisation that his recently purchased country lifestyle was not large enough to run cattle in numbers that would …

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Cutting water with a laser

As our agricultural regions experience hotter and drier weather, farmers are turning to an unexpected tool to help them adapt – lasers. Here’s what happens when farmers use lasers: Water consumption and runoff, energy consumption and irrigation time, all reduce. The area of land available for planting increases, as does farm productivity. So, how does …

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3 agtech startups bringing financial inclusion to farmers in Asia Pacific

It may come as a surprise to you that the world’s agriculture industry – the multi-trillion dollar industry that feeds us – operates on a very informal basis in most of the world. From large-scale growers in the Global North to smallholder subsistence farmers in the Global South, a huge amount of business is done …

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Sustainability is hot right now

Sustainable farming in Australia is a hot topic among farmers and environmental stewards alike. Our climate is changing. The way we farm must change to meet the new challenges of our hotter and drier continent. However, there are barriers. Some farmers are reluctant to move away from the practices of old if that means sacrificing …

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The Rise and Revolution of Farm-to-Table in Australia

Farm-to-table has become an increasingly popular movement globally. Consumers are choosing fresh, local produce. They’re choosing to support sustainability. Farmers are looking beyond the old models of selling produce through centralised marketing organisations. As Australian farmers embrace the trend, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of the farm-to-table movement in Australia. How are farmers selling direct …

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