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Barnaby Joyce issues a call to defend Australia's live sheep export trade to a rally of about 1,000 farmers, but WA's Agriculture Minister hits back.

Farmers in WA have welcomed news of a possible lifeline for the in-limbo live sheep export industry.

Artisan bakers are disrupting the flour market as they seek out local wheat for specialised bread, so what does it take to create a new food product?

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A bounty on wild dogs, feral cats and foxes should be offered to professional shooters in SA, says the kangaroo industry.

The mining union says 116 jobs are being axed from a major Hunter Valley coal mine, with fears the workforce will be casualised.

They're an important predator of agricultural pests but ladybirds drastically change their behaviour when subjected to noise pollution.

A durable, low-cost robot called Digital Farmhand that can be controlled with a phone is being tested in the Pacific Islands.

Animal rights groups have told an inquiry practices like live baiting would never have been exposed without secret recordings.

NSW renews part of the coal exploration licence for the controversial Shenhua Watermark project on the Liverpool Plains.

Beekeepers are pushing for more access to 'rejuvenate' bees on public land as demand for crop pollinators grows.

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Todays Synoptic weather chart
A front is sending brisk winds and showers across western and southern WA. The front and a trough are causing wind to strengthen and patchy rain to develop in SA, TAS and VIC. A weak trough in the northeast is helping causing showers in the northeast tropics.

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Cloud over SA, TAS, VIC and southwest NSW with a trough and series of cold fronts is bringing rain and the odd storm. Cloud over western and southern WA in the wake of the fronts is bringing showers. Patchy cloud over the northeast tropics in moist winds is causing a few showers.

Rural Life

A farming family north of on the Sunshine Coast is winning over new fans with an old-fashioned favourite.

Residents of a small West Australian mining town are steeling themselves for the loss of essential services, with their bank, doctor's surgery and petrol station all set to close.

Popular 'outback survival guru' Russell Coight is set to return to commercial television next month after filming a new series in the Northern Territory.

When the ancient Cooper Creek in Central Australia flows it attracts tourists and wildlife from across the country to a changing desert landscape.

Cattle and sheep at saleyards are noticeably skinnier this year as southern Australia deals with an incredibly dry winter and rising feed prices.

A Bourke Shire councillor and mother-of-two was reminded of the town's predicament recently when she had to fill out a form to enrol one of her daughters into childcare.

Indigenous man Damien Bond spent half of his life behind bars but painting and working on the land have changed his life.