Tag: Government

$4m grant round to enhance food chain traceability

The Federal Department of Agriculture is inviting applications for grants worth $4 million to fund projects to enhance traceability in the food supply chain. Source: Grain Central m grant round to enhance food chain traceability

Tag exemption, transport and welfare help for fire-affected stock

AGRICULTURE Victoria has introduced a livestock tagging exemption to help bushfire-affected Victorian producers who move their sheep, goats or cattle for sale, agistment or slaughter. Source: Sheep Central Tag exemption, transport and welfare help for fire-affected stock

$74 million loan locks in first sulphate of potash mine

Australia’s first sulphate of potash operation has secured its financial arrangements with a $74 million Federal Government loan which will see the project ready for commercial production next year. Source: Grain Central million loan locks in first sulphate of potash mine

Local milk company denied major government contract despite promise to 'Buy Queensland'

The Queensland Government is accused of “complete hypocrisy” for choosing two multi-national dairy processors over the family-owned Maleny Dairies to supply fresh milk and dairy products to some of the state’s major hospitals. Source: ABC Livestock Local milk company denied major government contract despite promise to ‘Buy Queensland’

Victoria rolls out first $75,000 bushfire grants

BUSHFIRE Recovery Grants of up to $75,000 have been extended to farmers in 15 local council areas in Victoria following the Federal Government’s announcement earlier this week. Source: Sheep Central Victoria rolls out first ,000 bushfire grants

Time for farmers to be paid for the ecosystems services they provide

The Farmers for Climate Action group is calling for the Federal Government to support farmers to become a greater part of multifaceted climate solutions in 2020, including payments for the ecosystem services they can and do provide. Source: Beef Central Time for farmers to be paid for the ecosystems services they provide

More Rural Financial Counsellors to support bushfire recovery 

The Australian Government has an additional $15 million will be spent over the next two years to create 60 more rural financial counsellors and support worker positions. Source: Beef Central More Rural Financial Counsellors to support bushfire recovery 

Farmer bodies urge authorities to limit bushfire relief red tape

VICTORIAN and New South Wales farmer bodies have urged state government authorities to minimise red tape associated with $75,000 bushfire relief grants and other assistance announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday. Source: Sheep Central Farmer bodies urge authorities to limit bushfire relief red tape

$75,000 recovery grants for fire-affected primary producers

Farming businesses in fire-affected regions will get help to rebuild through an initial $100 million in emergency bushfire funding, which will be made available following agreement with relevant state governments. Source: Beef Central ,000 recovery grants for fire-affected primary producers

Victoria announces bushfire tax relief and support

VICTORIA’S State Government has announced a $14.4 million bushfire recovery support program for fire-affected communities, including immediate tax relief for residents and businesses. Source: Sheep Central Victoria announces bushfire tax relief and support

$2 billion national bushfire recovery fund announced

The Federal Government will establish a new agency with an initial $2 billion for a national bushfire recovery fund to coordinate a national response to rebuild communities and livelihoods after the devastating fire-front has passed. Source: Beef Central billion national bushfire recovery fund announced

Drought-affected farmers urged to apply for pest and weed grants

DROUGHT-AFFECTED Australian farmers can apply to access $10 million in federal pest and weed control grants in the second round of a federal government program. Source: Sheep Central Drought-affected farmers urged to apply for pest and weed grants

Applications open for funding to combat feral animals and weeds

Applications for $10 million dollars in pest and weed funding open today, with 183 councils eligible to apply for project funding in the latest round. Source: Beef Central Applications open for funding to combat feral animals and weeds

Funding for small exporter program extended

An assistance program for small exporters, which can help farmers and small agribusinesses to tap into overseas markets, has been extended for another four years.  Source: Beef Central Funding for small exporter program extended

Farm household boost ahead of Christmas

From today, more than a thousand farming families will start receiving a lump sum entitlement to help them meet household costs, as important improvements to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) take effect. Source: Beef Central Farm household boost ahead of Christmas

$3.9m federal backing to beef up Beef 2021

The Federal Government has delivered on a budget commitment of $3.9m to support the Beef Australia 2021 expo in Rockhampton. Source: Beef Central .9m federal backing to beef up Beef 2021

Red meat processors gain voice on Federal labour advisory committee

The appointment of Gundagai Meat Processors CEO Will Barton to a new government advisory committee will ensure the voice of the supply chain is heard, according to the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC). Source: Beef Central Red meat processors gain voice on Federal labour advisory committee

Govt pushes $66m towards strengthening biosecurity defences over exotic disease

The Federal Government has committed $66.6 million to help arrest the threat posed to Australia by the global advance of African Swine Fever, with the extra funding putting more officers, detector dogs and state-of-the-art x-ray machines on the front line at airports and other access points for people and imported goods. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Kazakhstan live export order in limbo

Victorian cattle breeders could miss out on access to a live export contract for thousands of cattle to be sent to Kazakhstan because of government red tape. Source: ABC Livestock Kazakhstan live export order in limbo

Farm Household Allowance asset test simplified by government

CHANGES to the Farm Household Allowance that simplify the asset test for farming families have passed Federal Parliament. Source: Sheep Central Farm Household Allowance asset test simplified by government

Agriculture, Environment Departments to merge in Federal shake up

A major restructure of the Australian public service was today announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that will see the number of Federal Departments reduce from 18 to 14. Source: Beef Central Agriculture, Environment Departments to merge in Federal shake up

AWI reviewer to lead new Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment

AUSTRALIA’S new Agriculture, Water and Environment Department will be led by Andrew Metcalfe AO – the man who lead last year’s Ernst Young review into Australian Wool Innovation’s performance and governance. Source: Sheep Central AWI reviewer to lead new Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment

McCormack firm on RSPCA call to drop sheep vessel exemptions

DEPUTY Prime Minister Michael McCormack has indicated he won’t reconsider a government decision to consider exemptions for twin-tiered live sheep export vessels. Source: Sheep Central McCormack firm on RSPCA call to drop sheep vessel exemptions

Red Meat signatories meet to discuss MoU review

The Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) has released a summary of discussions held during a meeting of industry and Government signatories to the Red Meat Memorandum of Understanding in Canberra on November 27. Source: Beef Central Red Meat signatories meet to discuss MoU review

Two-tiered sheep vessel exemptions divide exporters

LIVE sheep exporters are divided over the Federal Government’s plans to grant exemptions for two-tiered vessels to operate past a January deadline. Source: Sheep Central Two-tiered sheep vessel exemptions divide exporters

Lay preg testers get green light in Queensland

Queensland has joined other mainland Australian states with government approval announced yesterday for suitably trained and certified laymen to join veterinarians in providing pregnancy testing services to the cattle and live export industry. Source: Beef Central Lay preg testers get green light in Queensland

Biosecurity measures allow interstate lupins to move into NSW

BIOSECURITY protocols and processes allowing interstate lupins to move into and through drought-affected New South Wales have been finalised by industry and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Source: Sheep Central Biosecurity measures allow interstate lupins to move into NSW

NSW clears lupins to feed livestock

New biosecurity permits have opened lupin supply lines to feed livestock in drought-affected New South Wales. Source: Grain Central NSW clears lupins to feed livestock

ALRTA urges ministers to reject 11.8pc charge hike

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has called on Australian Transport Ministers to reject a proposal to increase heavy vehicle charges by 11.8pc. Source: Beef Central ALRTA urges ministers to reject 11.8pc charge hike

NSW Farmers welcomes bushfire recovery grants

NSW Farmers will ask the Federal Government for further assistance despite welcoming joint federal and state government bush fire recovery grants of up to $15,000 for farmers and small businesses. Source: Sheep Central NSW Farmers welcomes bushfire recovery grants

Smart Farms Small Grants funds up to $50,000 available

FARMERS with clever, sustainable agriculture ideas can turn them into reality by applying for grants of up to $50,000 under Round three of the Smart Farms Small Grants program. Source: Sheep Central Smart Farms Small Grants funds up to ,000 available

DFAT investigates senior employee's alleged links to animal activist websites

A senior bureaucrat at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade — who is also the mother of a well-known animal rights activist — has been stood down pending an external investigation into potential links to animal activist websites. Source: ABC Livestock DFAT investigates senior employee’s alleged links to animal activist websites

After just one month on the job, what has sniffer dog Suki found?

The Federal Government sent Suki the sniffer dog to Darwin because of concerns about African swine fever, but in one month she has found more than just pork. Source: ABC Grain After just one month on the job, what has sniffer dog Suki found?

WA rethinks farm trespass laws after ABC investigation into horse racing industry

WA’s Attorney General says he went back to the drawing board on his long awaited draft farm trespass legislation following ABC 7.30’s investigation into the horse racing industry. Source: ABC Livestock WA rethinks farm trespass laws after ABC investigation into horse racing industry

Government's fodder announcement raises questions

The Federal Government’s plan to put 100 gigalitres towards animal feed raises more questions than answers for the fodder industry. Source: ABC Livestock Government’s fodder announcement raises questions

Are drought-stricken farmers really getting 'handouts'?

Australian farmers receive some of the lowest levels of government support in the world — and sceptics will argue this week’s $700 million drought stimulus package does little to change that, write Kath Sullivan and Lucy Barbour. Source: ABC Livestock Are drought-stricken farmers really getting ‘handouts’?

$1 billion drought package for hard-hit farmers and rural communities

Drought-hit farmers, small businesses and rural towns are set for a $1 billion Federal Government cash injection to keep stock fed and watered, businesses open, locals in work and pump funds into local economies, as part of a major drought stimulus package announced earlier today. Source: Beef Central billion drought package for hard-hit farmers… Read more »

Victoria passes legislation to allow mobile meat processing

Legislation has now passed the Victorian Parliament clearing the way for mobile abattoirs to process meat on farms for commercial sale in the State. Source: Beef Central Victoria passes legislation to allow mobile meat processing

Vietnamese man with pork-filled cakes denied entry

A VIETNAMESE man has been denied entry to Australia after nearly four kilograms of pork-fileld cakes were found in his luggage. Source: Sheep Central Vietnamese man with pork-filled cakes denied entry

Second tourist visa cancelled over biosecurity breach

A second international visitor has been refused entry to Australia as international animal health experts warn of the continuing spread of African swine fever through Asia and the world. Source: Beef Central Second tourist visa cancelled over biosecurity breach

Agriculture ministers agree on climate change initiative

AUSTRALIA’S agriculture minister have agreed to endorse a Victorian-led national program that will see governments work together to help farmers meet the challenges of climate change. Source: Sheep Central Agriculture ministers agree on climate change initiative

More flexibility introduced to Qld’s tick line

Landholders can apply to have the Queensland tick line moved in relation to their property’s location under a new system developed in consultation with producers and other livestock industry stakeholders. Source: Beef Central More flexibility introduced to Qld’s tick line

Changes will give more 30,000 farmers access to Farm Household Allowance

The Australian Government has introduced improvements to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) designed to help more than 30,000 farmers gain access to immediate support.  Source: Beef Central Changes will give more 30,000 farmers access to Farm Household Allowance

NT cattlemen welcome rejection of Non-Pastoral Use permit changes

Northern Territory cattle producers have welcomed news the NT Government will not proceed with proposed amendments to Non-Pastoral Use permits. Source: Beef Central NT cattlemen welcome rejection of Non-Pastoral Use permit changes

Funding go-ahead for NSW dams

The Federal and NSW governments have announced a $1 billion water infrastructure package for dam construction and upgrades in drought-affected NSW. Source: Grain Central Funding go-ahead for NSW dams

Independent calls for 'cohesive, dramatic' national climate strategy

An independent MP is leading a crossbench call pushing the Government to do more to help farmers and rural communities face climate change challenges into the future. Source: ABC Livestock Independent calls for ‘cohesive, dramatic’ national climate strategy

NSW anthrax vaccination initiative has federal support

VICTORIA and Queensland are yet to follow New South Wales’ lead in urging statewide vaccinations against anthrax by livestock producers, despite heightened awareness of an increased infection risk nationally. Source: Sheep Central NSW anthrax vaccination initiative has federal support

Rollover protection to be made compulsory for quad bikes

New, mandatory safety standards for quad bikes, including the compulsory fitting of rollover protection devices, have been announced by the Federal Government today. Source: Beef Central Rollover protection to be made compulsory for quad bikes

Trade agreements critical to Australia’s regions and red meat jobs 

The Australian red meat industry urged both sides of Government to proceed with ratification of two critical free trade agreements without delay, following today’s release of a Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) report. Source: Beef Central Trade agreements critical to Australia’s regions and red meat jobs 

Victorian Government extends quad bike and side-by-side rebate scheme

VICTORIA’S quad bike rebate has been extended for nine months and to small operators for the first time to help Victorian farmers improve safety on their properties. The Andrews Labor… Source: Sheep Central Victorian Government extends quad bike and side-by-side rebate scheme

Stock route fees must rise to maintain network: AgForce

AgForce says as drought conditions worsen it is clear that more money is need to maintain Queensland’s vital stock route networ Source: Beef Central Stock route fees must rise to maintain network: AgForce

Kimberley experience in using pain relief management for livestock

Kimberley (WA) beef producers the Brockhurst family have used a state-government backed Business Improvement Grant to explore the use of pain relief in cattle in extensive northern grazing conditions.   Source: Beef Central Kimberley experience in using pain relief management for livestock

Concessions for ag employers in new payroll system

Agricultural employers have been granted new options by the Australian Taxation Office to move toward a single touch payroll system. Source: Grain Central Concessions for ag employers in new payroll system

Health officials struggle to digest positive red meat study

A new scientific study has been published casting serious doubt on the scientific methods used to underpin public dietary guidelines that recommend significant reductions in red meat consumption – and the finding isn’t being well received by public health officials. Source: Beef Central Health officials struggle to digest positive red meat study

Scarcity drives water prices, not government water recovery: new research

Water scarcity due to seasonal change or water allocation reductions had far more influence on water prices in the Murray Darling Basin than government water recovery a recent study has found. Source: Grain Central Scarcity drives water prices, not government water recovery: new research

Bloat losses in NSW, Vic – but capsules still not available

While drought across much of eastern Australia has negated the need for bloat capsules in many areas, there are still regions in NSW and Victoria where bloat is causing losses – and capsules are still years away from being available in Australia. Source: Beef Central Bloat losses in NSW, Vic – but capsules still… Read more »

Qld Govt says data shows tick line is holding up

Queensland’s Minister for Agriculture says that despite a number of recently publicised tick incursions in tick-free areas, Queensland’s cattle tick line is proving to be a robust line of defence against cattle ticks. Source: Beef Central Qld Govt says data shows tick line is holding up

$100 million added to Federal drought support funding + VIDEO

Visiting Dalby today Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that nearly $100 million has been added to the Federal Government’s drought support package, on top of more than $7 billion in drought support funding already provided by the Government. But NSW Farmers says more detail is needed. Source: Beef Central 0 million added to… Read more »

Federal loan support for Moranbah abattoir project

The new on farm beef processing facility soon to be constructed near Moranbah by Blair and Josie Angus’ Signature Onfarm Pty Ltd has been approved for a Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility loan of up to $25 million, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan announced today. Source: Beef Central Federal loan support for… Read more »

Australia and China finalise red meat agreement

AUSTRALIA has finalised a new red meat agreement with China to strengthen food safety processes and bilateral exchanges around technical know-how, marketing, and research and development investment. Source: Sheep Central Australia and China finalise red meat agreement

China and Australia finalise red meat MoU

Australia’s Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie has welcomed the finalisation of a new memorandum of understanding between the Australian and Chinese meat industries. Source: Beef Central China and Australia finalise red meat MoU

Victorian Government launches new farm crime unit

A FARM Crime Co-ordination Unit with boosted resources will be created in Victoria, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville announced today. Source: Sheep Central Victorian Government launches new farm crime unit

Ag Minister McKenzie releases RDC discussion paper

MODERNISING Australia’s agricultural research and development corporation structure is the focus of a discussion paper released for comment today. Source: Sheep Central Ag Minister McKenzie releases RDC discussion paper

New independent umpire to oversee live export sector

Federal Parliament has passed new laws to introduce independent oversight of the $1.7 billion live export industry, to boost animal welfare outcomes and further enhance Australia’s position as a “world leader”. Source: Beef Central New independent umpire to oversee live export sector

Research and development comes under the spotlight

The Federal Government has launched a discussion paper today calling for ideas to modernise Australia’s research and development corporations (RDCs). Source: Grain Central Research and development comes under the spotlight

Beef leaders urge Parliament to ratify Indo-Aus FTA

Leading Australian beef industry figures have urged Federal Parliamentarians to work quickly to ratify Australia’s free trade agreement with Indonesia as soon as possible, stressing that shifting political dynamics mean Australia’s relationship with its near neighbour has never been more important. Source: Beef Central Beef leaders urge Parliament to ratify Indo-Aus FTA

Rising disease risks put biosecurity resourcing in spotlight

AS the Federal Government holds emergency meetings to discuss what more can be done to prevent African Swine Fever from entering Australia, recent trade developments that have increased the potential risk of Foot and Mouth Disease in the region are also raising industry concern. Source: Beef Central Rising disease risks put biosecurity resourcing in… Read more »

Reforms ahead in agriculture’s approach to R&D

Federal agriculture minister Sen Bridget McKenzie yesterday announced the formation of an advisory body to provide options on reform opportunities for agriculture’s research and development system, as part of a drive to ‘modernise innovation.’ Source: Grain Central Reforms ahead in agriculture’s approach to R&D

NSW appoints first dairy advocate in bid to help industry in crisis

Making good on an election promise, the NSW Government has named its first dairy advocate, who is vowing to highlight the pressures faced by farmers at both ends of the supply chain. Source: ABC Livestock NSW appoints first dairy advocate in bid to help industry in crisis

Multi-purpose detector dogs mean no loss in biosecurity protections: Dept

The Department of Agriculture says a reduction in detector dog numbers over the past seven years, as revealed by the Inspector General of Biosecurity report in May, does not equate to a loss in biosecurity protection. Source: Beef Central Multi-purpose detector dogs mean no loss in biosecurity protections: Dept

NT's biggest ever land-clearing bid at Maryfield Station delayed in court

A judge finds “extraordinary” flaws in the environment watchdog’s decision not to require a formal impact assessment on a bid to clear 20,000 hectares of native vegetation on a cattle station south of Darwin, but steers clear of arguments over climate change. Source: ABC Livestock NT’s biggest ever land-clearing bid at Maryfield Station delayed… Read more »

Last chance for Vic farmers to claim $1200 quad bike safety rebate

Farmers have less than a month to claim a $1,200 rebate for two quad bike operator protection devices (OPDs) or a safer alternative farm vehicle before the Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme closes on 30 September 2019. Source: Beef Central Last chance for Vic farmers to claim 00 quad bike safety rebate

55pc drop in detection dogs punctures Federal Govt biosecurity claims – UPDATED

A 55 percent decrease in the number of biosecurity detector dogs working at Australian airports over the past seven years stands in contrast to Federal Government assurances it is doing everything it can to stop disease threats at the border. Source: Beef Central 55pc drop in detection dogs punctures Federal Govt biosecurity claims –… Read more »

Ombudsman SA finds SafeWork SA mishandled saleyards investigation

Livestock handlers are concerned about safety regulators around the country understanding the hazards of handling livestock, after SafeWork SA mishandled an investigation into a saleyard fault. Source: ABC Livestock Ombudsman SA finds SafeWork SA mishandled saleyards investigation

Gracemere stock standstill

The Gracemere saleyards was the scene of a major animal health exercise last week, hosted by Gavin Tickle and his staff at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange (CQLX), with support from Biosecurity Queensland, Animal Health Australia (AHA) and the Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association (ALPA). Source: Beef Central Gracemere stock standstill

Emergency roundtable to address African Swine Fever threat

Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie has convened an emergency roundtable of biosecurity experts in Canberra this Friday to discuss if more can be done to stop the disease entering Australia. Source: Beef Central Emergency roundtable to address African Swine Fever threat

Farm bodies and researchers unite to boost Q Fever vaccine investment

STATE and Federal Governments will be asked to sign up to a national partnership agreement on Q Fever to boost investment in developing a vaccine for the debilitating disease. Source: Sheep Central Farm bodies and researchers unite to boost Q Fever vaccine investment

Government misses second biosecurity levy deadline

Opposition Agriculture Spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon has accused the Morrison Government of dragging the chain on adequately resourcing biosecurity protections, after it missed a second deadline yesterday to introduce a new biosecurity levy. Source: Beef Central Government misses second biosecurity levy deadline

Webinar: How to reliably establish leucaena

join Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Senior Agronomist Stuart Buck in this upcoming webinar, who will discuss the climate and soil requirements of leucaena together with the recommended practices to prepare, plant and establish the browse legume. Source: Beef Central Webinar: How to reliably establish leucaena

Bill cracking down on unlawful activism goes before Qld Parliament

Animal activists who conduct protests unfairly targeting Queensland producers could face longer jail terms and bigger fines for creating a biosecurity risk under legislation introduced into State Parliament last week. Source: Beef Central Bill cracking down on unlawful activism goes before Qld Parliament

Mandatory sheep and goat EID boosts NLIS compliance

MANDATORY Victorian electronic sheep and goat ear tag use and online workshops have boosted overall National Livestock Identification System compliance, Meat & Livestock Australia has reported. Source: Sheep Central Mandatory sheep and goat EID boosts NLIS compliance

Former deputy PM, Tim Fischer, dies at 73

Former deputy prime minister and leader of the Nationals, Tim Fischer, has died, aged 73. Source: Grain Central Former deputy PM, Tim Fischer, dies at 73