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Effect of COVID-19 on agriculture in the UK - Jane Craigie (May 2020)

With COVID-19 causing a major health crisis in the United Kingdom, labour and supply chains are being severely disrupted.  The question on everyone's minds is, "how will farmers in the UK cope?"

Using some quite basic laptop communications technology located at both ends of the globe, agricultural communicator Jane Craigie in Scotland speaks with Australian based ABC Television Landline reporter Prue Adams about the situation in the UK.

Click here to view Prue Adams' ABC Landline interview with Jane Craigie


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


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:

2020 Meetings

Friday 11th December 2020
2020 SA & NT Rural Media Awards & RMC SA/NT Christmas Dinner
6.30 pm for 7.00 pm
(Goyder Mezzanine Function Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville)