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Co-ops a ‘muster-have’ for Australian farmers

17 May 2018: The national Farming Together program has fostered 180 co-operatives in less than a year, with NSW proving the most-ready to adopt the business model. The two-year program is helping establish ‘baby’ co-ops as well as strengthen existing groups among...

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Rare berry for trans-Pacific exports

8 May 2018: Victorian berry growers have launched export sales of a niche product, with help from the national Farming Together program. Y.V. Fresh has exported Red Bayberries to discerning diners on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. Rarely grown outside of Asia,...

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Alpaca breeders flock for market growth

1 May 2018: Alpaca breeders from across NSW are combining efforts to build a marketplace for their premium fibre products, assisted by Farming Together. The Australian Government-backed program has been helping the 16-member Alpaca Breeders Collection since it was...

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Dairy farmer co-op brings back the milkman

27 April 2018: Mackay and  Rockhampton residents will soon receive home-delivered milk, as Queensland’s new farmer-owned co-operative extends its operations. Fresh local milk is already sold by independent supermarkets and retail outlets from Bowen to Biggenden under...

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Farming Together online toolkit delivers more co-op smarts

13 April 2018: An expanded toolkit for forming and running a co-op is available for no-cost through the highly popular Farming Together program. The online DIY resources range from business plan templates and tips to share-transfer forms. There are samples of meeting...

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Channel your inner chippy

6 April 2018: Channel your inner chippy at the inaugural Woodfest – a showcase of sustainable native timber in NSW and Queensland – on Sunday, April 15. The event, run by the by Quality Timber Traders (QTT), a Farming Together-backed project, will be held at Federal...

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New co-op sweetens honey hopes

26 March 2018: Exports to the Middle East and beyond are the focus of the latest co-operative formed under the Farming Together program. Australian Beekeepers Co-operative is sourcing all types of premium table honey, including jellybush manuka honey, from private and...

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Farmers learn money can grow on trees

20 March 2018: A capacity crowd saw tree growers and timber experts from the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane attending a two-day workshop in the Northern Rivers region of NSW earlier this month. The course was presented by Quality Timber Traders, a joint venture of two...

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Free forums for collaborative farming know-how

16 March 2018: The national Farmer Exchange online platform will be blitzing rural and regional Australia from late March.  Organiser Airlie Trescowthick (pictured) and her team will be travelling the country, meeting farmers, introducing them to the Farmer Exchange...

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