"It's Dire!" - Aussie Farmers Face Worst Drought In 100 Years
20 July, 2018
“It’s a pretty tough old time,” says Coonabarabran farmer Ambrose Doolan. “But if you’re working with your family and everyone is looking out for each other, you count your blessings.”
Farmers in this part of NSW are importing almost all food for their livestock from as far away as South Australia as prices rise with demand. The continued cost of buying feed is causing many to question their future on the land. The NSW government recently approved an emergency drought relief package of $600m, at least $250m of which will cover low-interest loans to assist eligible farm businesses to recover. The package has been welcomed but, in the words of a local farmer, “it barely touches the sides”. With the prospect of a dry El Niño weather pattern hitting the state in spring, the longer-term outlook is dire. –The Guardian
Dust storm causing havoc for drought-stricken farmers in northern NSW
20 July, 2018
A dust storm in northern New South Wales is making already-tough farming conditions even worse for farmers.
PHOTO Sue Currey in Walgett, NSW, is enduring a dusty day at her place
Dust from Mildura storm lingers
"For a dusty situation, the key ingredients are dry soil and strong winds, and those conditions currently exist in many parts of regional New South Wales.