With heatwaves, dry spells and floods affecting many parts of the Australian grainbelt in recent months, gauging subsoil moisture in the lead-up to planting the 2017 winter crop is likely to be trickier than ever.
Irrigated land in southern NSW is in hot demand from investors and family farming operations as the region’s cotton industry expands.
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has welcomed finalising of funding arrangements for the Federal Coalition’s $650,000 commitment to re-examine a visionary project that would divert south-east Queensland’s treated waste water for agricultural and industrial use.
A Hawkesbury landowner has been prosecuted and pleaded guilty for various breaches under the NSW Water Management Act, resulting from including illegal works and piping to unlawfully tap into a neighbour’s water supply.
The development of an extensive centre pivot irrigation system utilising recycled water from the coal seam gas (CSG) industry, and the trimming down of the enterprise mix to a focus on cotton, have transformed a family farming business on Queensland’s western Darling Downs.
Agribusiness giant, Ruralco Holdings Limited, has been granted a trading halt on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) while it adds to its portfolio of irrigation holdings with the acquisition of Irrigation Tasmania, Mildura Irrigation Centre in north-west Victoria and River Rain in South Australia.
The deadline for submissions about proposed amendments to the Murray Darling Basin Plan has been extended by two weeks until Friday, February 24, 2017.
NSW irrigators with eligible entitlements in the Border Rivers and Lower Namoi catchments can now apply for a share in $30 million to upgrade on-farm infrastructure under Round 9 of the NSW DPI’s $111 million Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) program.
A new campaign to highlight the extensive damage the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has on the Macquarie Valley in Central West NSW has been launched today.
Irrigators in northern NSW and Western Australia stand to benefit from a new round of funding for irrigation innovation and infrastructure development.