Telling the agricultural story is one of the most important things primary producers can do to improve the connection with consumers. After all there’s a lot that goes on behind that capsicum sitting in the market stall or the beef in the refrigerator. Encouragingly, there are numerous blogs sharing personal stories, inspiring perspectives and an insight into the daily jobs on farm, in the office, in the lab or even in the world of politics. Here is a sample of some blogs we’ve come across so far.
Australian Farmers – the National Farmers Federation home for all insights into current technical issues, solutions and the future of agriculture
Rayner Reckons – a new blog each week by the Rayner Ag consultancy group sharing technical understanding focusing on cattle production but with posts on social media, marketing, connecting with consumers and technology.
Farm Machinery Locator – a UK-based blog with frequent coverage of all things relating to farm machinery. Examines issues and developments from around the world.
Life on the Farm
Central Station – showcasing different stories from Northern cattle stations each week.
Milk Maid Marian – the life of a dairy farming family in Gippsland Victoria by Marian Macdonald.
The Cattle Producer – Jo Bloomfield and family telling stories from their cattle station in the Northern Territory.
Ricardo Farms – a mixed cropping (cotton, chickpeas, wheat, faba beans, barley…) blog by zero-till farmers David and Peter Ricardo.
The Nerd Farmer – returning to the farm from a background in IT, Jonathon Dyer gives a unique insight into farm life and decisions backed by data and technology.
My Open Kitchen – Sophie Hansen from a farm out near Orange, NSW gives plenty of insight into food, cooking and telling the farming story.
Miss Chardy – stories from a life on a cattle station in the Northern Territory. Always worth a read.
Commentary (Industry, Policy, General)
Clover Hill Dairies – insights from Lynne Strong, founder of Art 4 Agriculture, from her dairy farm in Jamberoo, NSW.
Art 4 Agriculture by the Art4Ag team showcasing youth in agriculture through their young farming champions.
Tuck Into Agriculture – A youth perspective on all things agriculture
Little Brick Pastoral – by Aimee Snowden of the Riverina using fantastic photos to portray farming life on a mixed sheep and cropping enterprise.
Out of the Shadow – Farm Weekly column by Shadow Minister for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon
Farmer Has a Wife – by Alice Gorman, an exceptional journalist married to a vegetable farmer up in Kalbar, QLD.
Leading Questions – Farm Weekly column by Matt Linnegar
Get Muddy Farm Weekly column by Sam Trethewey
The Iceberg Letters Farm Weekly column by Ashley Walmsley
The Global Farmer by Roger Crook discussing the need for change in Australian agriculture and from where it will most effectively occur.
Other Commentary Blogs
Nuffield Australia Scholar Blog Sites – Nuffield scholars share their experience and learnings throughout the year.
Australian Farm Institute Ag Forum – blog about important issues affecting Australian Agriculture
The Conscious Farmer – technical blog on regenerative grazing by Kerrily Blomfield, a farmer in Liverpool Plains, NSW.
Flourish – by Victoria Taylor delving into the dearth of opportunities and issues surrounding agricultural branding, media and strategic planning.
Milkwood Blog – run by Kirsten, Nick and Ashar to share techniques and hacks on permaculture living.
This is just a small capture of the wonderful world of agricultural blogging around Australia and the Globe! Keep an eye out as we look to continually update this list and check out The Farm Table too for another portal into all agricultural blogs.
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