A Senate hearing is told the agency at the centre of Barnaby Joyce's controversial decentralisation scheme has convinced just eight of 170 staff to move from Canberra to Armidale.
Bee corpses are piling up in backyards in the town of Peterborough, prompting dark suspicions from locals and theories from academics. But no one knows what is causing the deaths.
The world's biggest farm chemical company, Bayer, is facing billions of dollars in lawsuits after a US jury found last month the weed killer Roundup caused a school groundsman's cancer, prompting fears among Australian farmers that the chemical will be banned or restricted.
Dozens of local councils across Australia have moved to reduce their reliance on the weedkiller Roundup, or trial alternatives, and the number could grow in the wake of a US court case that ruled the product's manufacturers failed to warn it may cause cancer.