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The fly called spotted wing drosophila (SWD, Drosophila suzukii) is emerging as a global plant pest of significance. It attacks a range of soft skinned fruit and reduces crop yield and quality through direct feeding damage and secondary infection of the fruit.
There are many upsides to keeping animals, from domestic and exotic pets through to species traditionally kept as livestock.
For more than a decade, a small group of farmers have been growing coffee bushes in Far North Queensland and northern New South Wales, and in 2011 the first coffee made from commercially grown Australian beans hit the market.
When buying livestock, value for money is the first and foremost concern, as producers want to know that the stock they are purchasing will be productive and profitable.
Across Australia, extreme weather comes and goes with the seasons. Fires, flood, droughts and storms have formed part of the short- and long-term cycles of weather on this continent forever.