The town of Narrabri lies in one of the richest agricultural regions in Australia.
The 13,000 square kilometer Narrabri Shire, in the heart of the Namoi Valley, is home to a divers range of agricultural enterprises. The fertile country north, west and south-east of Narrabri produces cotton, wheat , barley, oilseeds, and a variety of other crops, ranging from grapes to peanuts. Livestock production includes sheep, cattle and pigs.

The annual value of agricultural production is in excess of $330 million per year. This figure includes more than $200 million from cotton and about $60 million from wheat.

Irrigation farming, utilizing both surface water from the Namoi River (provided via a regulated flow from Keepit Dam) and groundwater, is a very important component of the Shir’s success. The success of the agricultural industries have resulted in the development of big storage and transport centres in the Shire.

The high volumes of agricultural commodities have led to the extablishement of big secondary processing industries such as the huge Cargill Oilseeds plant at Narrabri which processes about 250,000 tonnes of cottonseed each year.

The moder Canzac Pulse Processors Pty Ltd plant in Narrabri brings state of the art technology to the task of producing high quality pulse seeds for export. Other plants include seed grading, mixing and packaging operations.

The huge agricultural industries are in turn supported by a host of specialist supply, engineering, chemicals, and consulting firms.

Two world-rank research establishments are located in the Narrabri district; the I.A Watson Grains Research Centre (operated by the University of Sydney), and the big Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI) a shared venture between the CSIRO and the NSW Department of Agriculture.

Late 2005 saw the launch of the new Cotton Catchment Communities Cooperative Research Centre – based at ACRI. This new CRC will provide a multi-faceted approach to cotton industry research.

Narrabri is also home for the important Cotton Research and Development Corporation. The CRDC is a $15 million body funded by the Federal Government and industry to select and fund suitable research projects.

It was from humble beginnings in Narrabri that the Prime Wheat Growers’ Association was born.  This local wheat grower organization went on to encompass wheat growers across NSW before acquiring GrainCorp which now operates grain handling and other businesses in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Narrabri Shire’s growth and development is strongly tied to the success of its agricultural industries. Fortunately, district farmers are acutely aware of the need for the wise use of resources and sustainable farming methods. It is this knowledge and expertise which is driving the town and district forward to a bright, prosperous future.
Two Wilgunya Merino rams make $2400

Two Wilgunya Merino rams make $2400

By Andrea Crothers Oct. 8, 2015, 5:13 p.m.

TOP PRICE: Jim Hunt, Elmore Spring Plains, Wee Waa, bought the equal top-priced ram for $2400 at Wilgunya Merino sale, pictured with stud principals Heather and Max Wilson. Picture: ANDREA CROTHERS.

WHEN Wilgunya Merino Stud principal Max Wilson saw the first hammer fall at $2400 for their annual ram sale today, he thought “you bloody beauty!”

The winning bidder was Walgett’s David Harthog.

His purchase of the auction opener toppled last year’s highest price by $250 to plant a firm smile on the Dirranbandi stud principal’s face for the remaining 79 single-pen auction rams as they all cleared.

“She starts strong and you’ll finish strong,” Mr Wilson later commented.

He was right.

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Celebrate international Rural Women's Day at the Festival for Rural Women

Celebrate international Rural Women's Day at the Festival for Rural Women

15th October,

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It's completely FREE, 100% online and is LIVE - so you can interact, ask questions and engage with all of our presenters.

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If you are worried about #datadrought or internet usage, please get in touch as we have teleconferencing facilities available too.

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Drought continues in the west

Drought continues in the west

Wee Waa and western regions are still in need of drought breaking rain, with the dry conditions persisting as the weather warms up.

Crops are struggling with the warm change and more rain is needed to ensure plants mature properly.

Gary Wooldridge from the Pilliga Community Links Centre said conditions have not improved.

“It’s still pretty shocking out here, wheat crops are going back into the ground and it’s not looking good,” he said.

“There have been a few little cloud bursts here and there, but there has been no decent rain events yet.

“We’re hoping for storms for the wheat crops, but it does seem to have dried up.

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Variable results expected for north west harvest

Variable results expected for north west harvest

Harvest time is near, but local agronomists and farmers are expecting highly variable results across the region.

ABOVE: Narrabri’s George Scilley, Shaun Thomson and Richard Scilley and a row of headers ready for hopefully a busy harvest.

For some grain growers this year’s crop will be the best they have had for many years, but for others, crops won’t be worth stripping.

Pursehouse Rural Agronomist James Fleming is currently seeing growers at both ends of the spectrum.

“There is patches that will go quite well and other patches that are fast running out of moisture,” he said.

“Some of my clients are having a really good season, while others aren’t having such luck.

“Rain is probably too late for most crops but some that were planted late would benefit.”

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Rural Support Service Network for Narrabri

Rural Support Service Network for Narrabri

Rural support services in the local area have resolved to set up a network to improve the delivery and effectiveness of support for the rural sector.

ABOVE: Cattle on the road near Pilliga.

The newly formed Rural Support Services Network (RSSNs) held its first meeting in Narrabri recently, with financial counsellors, Centacare representatives, landholders, government representatives and other organisations in attendance.

RSSNs are usually made up of local rural service providers including agribusiness and government, but also include interested landholders and representatives from community groups.

The network meets quarterly to discuss the needs of the local rural community with a view to working towards servicing these needs.

The meetings also allow for the sharing of information between service providers and the identification of any gaps in service delivery.

Narrabri Rural Financial Counsellor Fiona Mead said the first meeting of the Narrabri RSSN was an overwhelming success.

“We had 17 people at the meeting which was a great turn out, we plan on meeting every three months at this stage with the next meeting to be held in February,” she said.

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