Named in honour of William James Farrer, 1845–1906. Farrer was a noted wheat breeder and experimentalist.
126 590 sq km
Farrer covers an area in southern New South Wales stretching along the Murray River from the Shire Councils of Greater Hume and Narrandera in the east to the South Australian border in the west and the Shire Councils of Wentworth, Balranald, Hay and Carrathool in the north. Farrer is made up of the Shires of Albury, Balranald, Berrigan, Carrathool, Conargo, Corowa, Deniliquin, Greater Hume, Griffith, Hay, Jerilderie, Leeton, Murray, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Urana, Wakool and Wentworth. This description reflects local government areas in existence in 2015.
Products/industries of the area:
Large-scale irrigation areas, around Deniliquin, Griffith and Wentworth, produce dairy products, fat sheep and cattle, orchard and vine crops, apples and rice. Other major agricultural products include wool, cotton, wheat and cereals. Many industries are based on the processing of agricultural products, such as the Norske Skog Newsprint Mill at Albury and the largest rice mill in the southern hemisphere at Deniliquin. Other industries include mineral sand mining, tourism and agricultural service industries.
Rural – outside capital cities and without majority of enrolment in major provincial cities.