This Week: Victoria’s Rural Woman of the Year, farming the sun’s rays, the need for nature‐based water solutions and the origins of agriculture.
Australia is a huge landmass with an incredible amount of sunshine, so should our farmers be able to farm the sun’s rays?
Victoria’s Rural Woman of the Year named as Melissa Connors
The Weekly Times
Melissa Connors, Victorian winner of the 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, founded “This farm needs a farmer” program, which links experienced, retired farmers with tree-changers in a bid to share knowledge and connect communities.
The government offered an Indigenous group $10m in water entitlements as it tried to get its plan to reduce water for environmental flows in the Murray-Darling basin through the Senate, a senior Indigenous leader has said.
Australia’s peak professional ecological body, the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA), are calling for a bolder, science-based vision for nature conservation in Australia.
A new agricultural bill is mandating, for the first time, measures and targets to preserve and improve the health of the UK’s soils.
The Agriculture Department has withdrawn regulations that would have required higher production standards for organic livestock and poultry triggering a backlash from farmers, animal rights groups and the organic community.
Small-scale agricultural farming was first initiated by indigenous communities living on Turkey’s Anatolian plateau, and not introduced by migrant farmers as previously thought, according to new research.
Bayer AG’s plan to win antitrust approval for its takeover of Monsanto Co. hasn’t satisfied U.S. officials who are worried the merger could hurt competition.
The United Nations World Water Development Report, Nature-based Solutions for Water, demonstrates how nature‐based solutions offer a vital means of moving beyond business‐as‐usual to address many of the world’s water challenges.
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