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When backpackers went home, these Australians gave farm jobs a go…

Posted on: January 19th, 2021 by Mike Barrow No Comments

As soon as it became clear COVID-19 was going to wreak havoc, most backpackers hastily left Australia and made their way back home. Fearing the nation’s fresh produce would be [...] read more...

Farm labour incentives failing and the result could be crops left unharvested

Posted on: December 7th, 2020 by Mike Barrow No Comments

Attempts to encourage Australians who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic to take up farm work appear to be failing, despite cash incentives to help cover accommodation and [...] read more...

Growers plead for fresh ideas after $150,000 worth of unpicked food ploughed back into paddocks

Posted on: October 29th, 2020 by Mike Barrow No Comments

A North Queensland vegetable grower says she may not plant next year after making the “soul-destroying” decision to plough the last of her 2020 crop back into the ground. Key [...] read more...

NFF appeals to Federal Government to bring back backpackers, Working Holiday Maker program

Posted on: October 29th, 2020 by Mike Barrow No Comments

Farmers and tourism operators have written to the Federal Government pleading for backpackers to be allowed into Australia to harvest crops, care for children and travel. Key points: A report [...] read more...

Backpacker employer Bradford Clark Rosten fined $65,000 over farm death linked to heat stress

Posted on: October 28th, 2020 by Mike Barrow No Comments

A North Queensland businessman has been fined $65,000 over the death of an international backpacker who collapsed with heat stress while picking fruit in the Burdekin region. Key points: A [...] read more...