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Effect of COVID-19 on agriculture in Canada - Justin Williams (May 2020)

With COVID-19 drastically impacting agricultural production and marketing around the world, Canada has not been exempt from the negative effects of the pandemic.

The production of maple syrup may appear to be an unusual agricultural enterprise to many, however in Canada it can be a core enterprise on some farms.  Ontario dairy farmer Justin Williams relies on a second enterprise, maple syrup production to sustain his farm business.

However Mr Williams now finds that COVID-19 has made it hard to sell this iconic Canadian staple.

As part of an insightful series of snapshots examining how COVID-19 is affecting agriculture around the world, Landline reporter Prue Adams talks with Justin Williams about the situation in Canada.

Click here to view Prue Adams' ABC Landline interview with Justin Williams



Effect of COVID-19 on agriculture in the USA - Steve Werblow (May 2020)

COVID-19 has disrupted agriculture around the world.  One of the major international rural powerhouses is the USA and this country is finding the pandemic-influenced broken agricultural product supply chain is not easy to fix.

Oregon based agricultural journalist, Steve Werblow says the USA is currently experiencing an unusual combination of consumers having to pay high prices for agricultural products, while at the same time farmers are placed in a situation of receiving low prices.

As part of a series of snapshots of agriculture around the globe, Steve Werblow explains the upsetting situation in the USA to ABC Landline's Prue Adams. 

Click here to view Prue Adams' ABC Landline interview with Steve Werblow



Effect of COVID-19 on agriculture in Austria - Markus Habisch (May 2020)

How is COVID-19 affecting agricultural industries in Austria?

Austria's a small country, but it produces so much!  So how has it handled the pandemic that has crippled much of Europe?

Observing the ultimate in social distancing protocol during the COVID-19 lockdown period, ABC Landline reporter Prue Adams speaks to Austrian agricultural consultant, Markus Habisch.

Click here to view Prue Adams' ABC Landline interview with Markus Habisch


RMSA's 21 May Fiona Simson Breakfast CANCELLED (April 2020)

Due to the current international health crisis, RMSA has not surprisingly had to cancel our planned function with the President of the National Farmers Federation on May 21st.  We will endeavour to secure a new date for Fiona Simson to address us, once things have returned to normal.


In the meantime, the RMSA committee wishes you, your families and businesses all the very best during these very challenging of times.  We’re looking forward to seeing you on the other side of the recovery.


Leigh Radford OAM
President RMSA


NFF President, Fiona Simson


Matt Turner’s photograph named best Australian rural photograph of 2019 (March 2020)

Advertiser photographer, Matt Turner’s iconic group photograph of winemakers has been named the best Australian rural photograph for 2019.

Aptly-titled ‘Pick of the Bunch’, Matt Turners winning photo was originally published in the Advertiser’s SA Weekend supplement last April.  It subsequently featured in a winning portfolio of photos that saw Matt named RMSA’s SA & NT Rural Photographer of the Year for 2019.

‘Pick of the Bunch’ was selected as the best-of-the-best from this portfolio and entered in the prestigious national Star Prize Awards convened by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists earlier this month.

Matt’s winning photo brings him $1,000 in prizemoney and will now compete in the World Star Prize competition, a highlight of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Annual Congress to be held in Denmark this June.

                                             "Pick of the bunch"


Upcoming meetings

Rural Media & Communicators SA/NT aims to provide a genuine focus for rural issues, combined with a forum for networking between the highest levels of agribusiness, government, media and rural producers.

Members and guests are encouraged to note the following date in their diaries:

2021 Meetings

Thursday 10th June

Special General Meeting
Adoption of new RMC constitution, logo & website
6.00 pm Boardroom, Secretary's Office, Adelaide Showground - Wayville

Friday 6th August

RMC Annual General Meeting
& induction of two people to the honoured status of "Rural Media Icon"

6.00 pm Boardroom, Secretary's Office, Adelaide Showground - Wayville

Thursday 9th September

RMC Show Breakfast
7.00 am for 7.30 am, Members' Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground - Wayville

Friday 10th December

SA & NT Rural Media Awards
6.30 pm for 7.00 pm Adelaide Showground - Wayville