News and Media - Agriculture


Bourke Processing Plant Set to Start

The $61M small stock processing plant north of Bourke is ready to begin production in October. Operated by Darling River Meats, the development has provided a large boost to the local economy by employing a range of sub-contractors during construction. Once operational, there will be 200 new jobs for the meat processing facility, with a focus on employing local people.…



Applications are now open in the 2019 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Those aged 18 to 35 can apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund a project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. There are 13 industry award categories available: cotton, dairy, eggs…


NSW Drought Survey

The Western NSW Business Chamber has launched a business survey to gauge the impact of drought on businesses in the community in order to advocate support for farmers and their towns. The information gathered will provide an important snapshot into the issue and how it can be approached. To take the survey, visit

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More than $584 million to help drought-affected farmers

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health and the National Association for Loss and Grief are just two of the vital services that will receive a boost thanks to an additional $284 million in drought relief funding announced in the 2018 NSW Budget, bringing the total to more than half a billion dollars.   Almost the entire state is now in…

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Demographer says think globally, act locally

“Communities love talking about the big picture.” That’s the opinion of demographer Bernard Salt who crisscrosses the Australian countryside talking to townspeople about making the most of their assets and opportunities. “I am an optimist,” he said. “And I am optimistic about the future of Australia and the interior west of the Great Divide.” The future lies in utilising resources…

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Drought Assistance available

DroughtHub provides a one-stop online destination for information on a vast range of services and support available to primary producers, their families and communities to prepare for and manage drought conditions. The NSW Government is committed to working closely with farmers, industry and stakeholders and has delivered a $300 million drought package to ensure NSW is better prepared for future…

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Regional Platters program

Primary producers within the areas of Dubbo Regional, Gilgandra, Mid-Western Regional, Narromine, Warren and Warrumbungles Regional Councils are invited to participate in the Regional Platters program. With strategic marketing to travel agencies, visitors, resellers, new residents and the media, the program is designed to increase the reach of businesses to expand their customer base. Participants will also be able to…

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Profile: NDF Ag Design

Founded in 2001 by Dale Foster, NDF is an innovative agricultural business known for the manufacturing of high quality zero till disc planters. The disc planters are designed unique to the consumer, promising the preservation of ground moisture, no disturbance to the top soil and improved germination. The Narromine-based business started as a small-scale operation and years later now employs…