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Article as seen in the November edition of Money magazine by Susan Hely.

Questions: What is the smartest way forward financially for us given that Clare will not be working for some time? Should we invest in shares, buy an investment property or focus on paying down the mortgage? What is the best way to buy land, build a house and set up a hobby farm?

Names: Clare and Michael

Status: Married and expecting a baby.

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If you have a small farm and are looking to expand, there are various ways you may be able to achieve that. Business expansion for small or lifestyle farmers can take place in many forms, including: 
1.    purchasing additional land;
2.    agistment;
3.    share farming; or 
4.    leasing additional farmland. 

Leasing land for small farm expansion

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The threat of fire is a year-round risk in Australia. However, for anyone living on – or managing – a small farm, a long hot summer and the onset of the declared fire season is the time to be proactive and to prepare for bushfires. 

Having a fire management plan in place to protect your property, machinery, livestock and especially your loved ones is the best defence against bushfires and grassfires. 

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As with any new business, starting a small farming business can be a daunting task. The fact that there are different taxation rules that apply specifically to small businesses in the agricultural sector can complicate matters even more.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) website contains a plethora of information relating to hobby farm business structures, possible tax deductions and options for claiming losses, but we have condensed the most important information in this article.

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Remaining in touch with the evolving needs of professional landscape contractors, John Deere announces the addition of two new commercial zero-turn radius mowers.
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An important decision for any farm, no matter the size, is tractor selection.  The tractor needs to right for your application and your budget, so there are many things to consider. 
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Resulting from extensive customer feedback, John Deere updates its ultra-reliable 3E Series compact utility tractors by reintroducing a customer favourite as an even more capable and intuitive machine. The redesigned 3038E is more versatile, durable and easier-to-use than ever, offering a consistent styling package across the Compact Utility Tractor portfolio.
 
The John Deere 3038E tractor is powerful and easy to use for customers who maintain their property.
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As a farmer, your success depends upon the health of your livestock. It is important to have a tangible way of weighing and measuring livestock. In order to do so, livestock scales are used to measure the weight of large animals like sheep, cattle, goats, grain, dogs, etc.
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Virtual fencing is a step closer towards becoming a commercial reality, courtesy of a new partnership between Melbourne-based agri-tech startup Agersens and international agricultural innovation powerhouse Gallagher.
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