Under coronavirus, the foreign workers who would normally fill the gap are not there, exposing a serious weak link in our food and fibre supply chains.
Among the top criticisms have been a lack of answers on salt waste treatment and an an admission by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment that the project was unlikely to force "downward pressure" on Australian gas prices.
Concerns have been raised around the relevance of sustainability measures to farm returns based on a lack of clarity around whether people are willing to pay more for those sustainability value-adds at the check-out.
There remains a limit to the tolerance among rural voters for political point scoring and infighting - traits that have become prevalent among the Nationals in the past decade.
Would it be wise to allow more flexibility in the NSW Water Resource Plans, which have a deadline of June 30?
How does rural Australia build on the things that already make it an attractive place to live, such as affordable housing and the option to walk to work or school?
Whenever you see a loaf of bread, or a great piece of steak, you can not only thank an Australian farmer, but also consider the link to an Australian scientist who has provided expertise along the way.