17 tips: Lessons from the land about isolation

For many of my city friends, this forced isolation has been incredibly challenging. People who thrive on routines, no longer have that safety blanket. Extroverts who look forward to their daily interactions with others are missing their mates and introverts can’t wait...

EvokeAG 2020: A producer’s and parent’s perspective

As a mother of a 16 year old, whose identity is very much aligned with our family grazing business, I look for opportunities to broaden his knowledge about agriculture.  This year EvokeAG 2020 was chosen as the excursion away from the farm for my son, Rob, to step out...

Farming Wife: It’s Hard to be a Woman

Late last night, as I crawling into bed after a particularly gruelling day, the words of an old country song reverberated in my head.  Just a single phrase, over and over in a way I knew would keep me awake for hours, despite my fatigue.  You may remember it too,...

Rural Succession Planning: take action but mind the ‘f’ word

Wayne Dwyer said "if you change the way you at things, the things you look at change". Albert Einstein discussed the need to decide if we want to live in a friendly universe or a hostile universe. So is it time to change the way we look at succession planning for...

Producer Perspective: AFI’s 2019 ‘Farming in a risky climate’ conference

The importance of collaborative relationships and open communication between all stakeholders involved in Australian agriculture was evident at the 2019 Australian Farm Institute conference. Scientists, industry representatives, agribusiness specialists, lawyers,...

Farming Wife: A Fairy Tale For Our Times

Once upon a time there was a young man who loved to garden. He searched for a long time until finally he found the perfect spot.  It had fertile soil, the grass was sweet and the water that ran through it was crystal clear. Using all his skills he tilled and nourished...

Australian Farmers: it’s time to get social

Before customers want to buy from you they must first know, like and trust you. As the connection between city and bush erodes the challenge to address reduced levels of trust in agricultural practices increases. In recent times, political policy has been influenced...

Farming Wife: Conversation with a Vegan

I took the unusual step ( for me) of messaging an animal activist recently on Facebook. If truth be told, I didn’t do it knowingly. I made a comment and somehow was sent as a personal message! I will be more careful in future because I can only summarise the...

What really happens when the Farmer finds a wife

In recent years there has been an increase in reality television shows. Currently 'Married at First Sight" is the ratings winner.  One of the first shows I remember was 'The Farmer Wants a Wife'. This city girl had been with her farmer (grazier) for about 10 years...

Info Sheet: What to do when your land is trespassed upon

Rural Resources info sheets are produced to provide Primary Producers with a quick go to  resource. Australian Farmers have always managed risks.  Resilience  is a great character trait. But when good people going about their business are targeted then the line has...

As a modern day bush telegraph Farmer’s Voice is an online magazine sharing stories, opinions and information of interest and benefit to rural Australia.

Australian Farmers are the experts of their own story and it is important to have a place where their voice can be heard. By sharing challenges and celebrations we aim to showcase the greatest assets in Agriculture – the people.

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Back in the day – farm life insights

Back in the day – farm life insights

Back in the day, ha ha, isn’t that something your grandparents said?  Well back in the day, which was only around 30 years ago, my married life started in a long rectangular building. Verandahs down either side, 6 bedrooms and a dining room which ran the width of the...

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2018 NFF Congress and AFI Roundtable

2018 NFF Congress and AFI Roundtable

Attending the National Farmers Federation Diversity Congress and the Australian Farm Institute 2018 Roundtable provided an interesting opportunity to observe Australia's agricultural policy makers and thought leaders in action. From little things big things grow My...

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Bush Kids are Grit Personified

Bush Kids are Grit Personified

I see many old souls when I talk to kids off the land. In their short life, they have more life experience than people decades older. For many, the images of drought are confronting. There is an emotional reaction to seeing animals and land not in prime condition. If...

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Mulga – the feed in the trees

Mulga – the feed in the trees

I find myself talking a lot about Mulga these days.  To neighbours who howl in despair while cattle starve and trees remain a protected species.  To town friends who ask ‘why can’t you just feed them and be dammed with the consequences?’ To farmers without Mulga I...

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Are you ready to defend Australian farmers?

Are you ready to defend Australian farmers?

Last week I managed a short visit with my daughter and grandkids. I guiltily left my husband on the farm to fend for himself and I believe he lived on oven baked chips and sausages while the laundry piled up beside the washing machine. A bit of time away from the farm...

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Can you spot your pit crew?

Can you spot your pit crew?

In car racing, drivers need to stop at various intervals to refuel, change tyres, or have engine checks performed. The pit crew are the people who perform these duties.  They wait for the time they have to leap into action.  They get the driver back on the track fast...

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Are you and your business protected?

Are you and your business protected?

Working in insurance has made me sit back and evaluate my own working life and look at where I have gone wrong. This thought process has lit a fire under me. It never occurred to me in my 20’s when I was working on the land that I could have been sued for damages to...

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5 Simple Ideas to Help Organise a Farm Office

5 Simple Ideas to Help Organise a Farm Office

Ultimately, an organised office is one where the systems put in place make the process of finding something simple - whether it is a receipt, invoice, stock records or the contact details of a supplier. I need systems in place to feel organised. I say ‘feel’ because...

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Do you have an interest in fostering a positive narrative for Australian Agriculture and farming families?  Please get in touch with Brigid Price @ info@ruralresources.com.aunfo@ri