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Pig farmers urged to ramp up biosecurity measures as illegal importation of pork increases

The pork industry is calling on pig owners to boost their biosecurity measures after African swine fever (ASF) and foot and mouth disease (FMD) virus fragments were again detected in pork products seized at Australia’s international mail centres.Key points:Almost a quarter of pork products detected at airports and mailing centres tested positive for ASF virus fragments,  and 1 per cent…

Why are farmers and gardeners ‘soiling’ their undies?

Pairs of tighty whities are being buried in backyards and farms across the nation to check how healthy soil is. Key points:The more degraded the cotton underpants are after eight weeks underground, the better the soil qualityThe experiment has since been launched as a citizen science programFarmers across the country have been getting on board to learn more…

From precision mapping to geofencing, Kimberley industries expect to benefit from GPS upgrade

The construction of three new satellite positioning ground stations in the Kimberley is hoped to provide a technological boost to major sectors in the region such as mining, agriculture and Indigenous land management.Key points:Three new GPS ground stations are to be built in KimberleyProject hopes to provide more accurate location measurements Mining, agriculture and indigenous land…

High shark numbers biting into WA’s $2.4-billion recreational fishery

Recreational and commercial fishing interests in Western Australia want a rethink on a shark fishing ban in the state’s north-west, 12 years after commercial shark fisheries were closed due to overfishing.Key points:Shark populations are booming off the north-west coast of WA after the area was closed to commercial fishing 12 years agoWA’s new Fisheries Minister Don Punch met…

Sourdough bread and organic grains rise in popularity during COVID

It wasn’t just toilet paper and pasta stripped from supermarket shelves when COVID-19 took hold.Key points:Australian organic grain growers were forced to adapt to meet the needs of consumers when COVID-19 struckOrganic products have been particularly popular among consumersProducers say the pandemic has made consumers think more about where they source their foodFarmers also became caught in the frenzy…