The pair — who buy a truckload of biochar a year — believe more farmers should give it a go, saying it is not an expensive or laborious process.
From improving soil and pasture health and reducing nutrient run-off into waterways, to preventing flystrike, the benefits of dung beetles to agriculture are estimated to be worth millions of dollars.
South West project co-ordinator Kathy Dawson spoke about the role of the beetles in farming systems, and the group — shovels in hand — checked cow pats for beetles.
Backpackers who have helped WA growers through “really tough times” are facing a nervous wait over their future as their emergency COVID-19 visas come up for renewal heading into summer.
EXCLUSIVE, Shannon Verhagen
“At the time, he’d been away from his family for two weeks.”
EXCLUSIVE Shannon Verhagen
Australia's growing feral deer population, which is becoming an increasing problem across the country, is being targeted by new thermal imaging technology.
Northern Wheatbelt and Gascoyne-Murchison residents can learn how to become “drought resilience leaders” at a series of free workshops.
CBH heavyweight Mick Daw has opened up about the “myriad” reasons the co-operative increased freight rates so much this year.
Farmers delivering grain to CBH’s three most expensive receival sites say they are disappointed but willing to fork out the “astronomical” fees to keep the bins open.
A deep dive into CBH Group’s flagged freight rates has revealed the cost of delivering grain to some sites has increased 71 per cent. Here’s how much each bin will cost to deliver to this harvest.
Orchardists in the Perth Hills are calling for a plan to avoid “disaster” and protect growers if a pest outbreak occurs in the food producing regions on the fringe of the city.
Eliminating fruit and vegetable packaging would do more harm than good for the environment and cost WA growers thousands in food waste, according to an industry expert.
Sunny skies and warm days have Mid West farmers steamrolling through their harvest programs, with many now crossing the halfway point and yields exceeding expectations.
Cally Dupe & Shannon Verhagen
Biosecurity, innovation, safety, packaging and social media were discussed at the WA Horticulture Update 2021 on November 4.
Tammin farmer Tony York has been reappointed to the National Farmers Federation board, saying he was motivated to “go again” to give WA farmers a voice on the national stage.
Busselton dairy farmer Robin Lammie and Denmark dairy farmer Andrew Jenkins have been elected as the new chair and vice chair of Western Dairy.
Australians are eating more New Zealand beef as domestic cattle and wholesale beef prices continue to hover in record territory.
Australia is no longer the king of live cattle exports, slipping to second on the list of the world’s biggest exporters as the industry endures its “toughest trading conditions in history”.
Bencubbin youngster Jack Waters has been ranked highest in Australia across various farming events at the WorldSkills National Championships, while his team won gold for WA.
An agri-food expert and a nutrition and health research scientist have joined MLA’s board of directors.
Lake Grace Shire president Len Armstrong has slammed proposed reforms to WA’s Local Government Act that would see four positions on his council axed.
Pastoralists say “the devil will be in the detail” of the State Government’s land tenure reform, which plans to unlock millions of hectares of the WA outback for economic diversification.
Jenne Brammer and Adam Poulsen
Australian wool and red meat exporters are demanding reform of the stevedoring sector as frustrations mount over ongoing global shipping delays.
The National Farmers Federation has applauded the decision to appoint decorated agriculture executive Sue McCluskey as the the nation’s first Special Representative for Australian Agriculture.
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