Tag: Government

Carbon credits set to boom as Queensland graziers make landmark deal

Central Queensland will host the first carbon credit project under the state government’s Land Restoration Fund, but what’s in it for landholders? Source: ABC Livestock Carbon credits set to boom as Queensland graziers make landmark deal

Live export numbers decline with quietest August since 2012

Live export numbers have continued their decline, with the latest Federal Government figures showing the quietest August since 2012. Source: Beef Central Live export numbers decline with quietest August since 2012

Support for voluntary labelling of plant-based proteins “hotly contested”

Plant-based protein sector claims that meat sector opposition to voluntary labelling of alternative meats amounted to “a significant minority” have been hotly contested at the Senate Inquiry into meat category branding on Friday.  Source: Beef Central Support for voluntary labelling of plant-based proteins “hotly contested”

Meat processors get no joy from Victorian COVID-19 roadmap

VICTORIA’S metropolitan red meat processors have been ignored in Premier Daniel Andrew’s COVID-19 roadmap despite high workforce vaccination rates, according to the sector’s peak body. Source: Sheep Central Meat processors get no joy from Victorian COVID-19 roadmap

WoolQ pressure mounts on AWI and Federal Government

MINISTER for Agriculture David Littleproud has defended the $6.4 million spent on Australian Wool Innovation’s online trading platform WoolQ despite it lacking trade support and transparency, and not addressing market failure or making money. Source: Sheep Central WoolQ pressure mounts on AWI and Federal Government

Federal Govt approves $32M loan for Kimberley gin

The Federal Government has approved a loan of up to $32 million to construct Stage 1 of a cotton gin at Kununurra in Western Australia’s Ord region. Source: Grain Central Federal Govt approves M loan for Kimberley gin

ACCC concerned JBS takeover could push pork prices higher

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is concerned the proposed $175 million JBS piggery takeover could push pork prices higher. Source: ABC Livestock ACCC concerned JBS takeover could push pork prices higher

ACCC raises vertical integration issues over JBS’s Rivalea pork deal

The ACCC has outlined its preliminary competition concerns about JBS Australia’s proposed acquisition of the Rivalea pork supply chain business in a statement of issues published today. Source: Beef Central ACCC raises vertical integration issues over JBS’s Rivalea pork deal

Mandatory rules around meat definitions needed, inquiry told

Multiple examples of consumers being confused by non-meat products labelled with meat descriptors and imagery have been shared with senators conducting an inquiry into labelling this morning. Source: Beef Central Mandatory rules around meat definitions needed, inquiry told

Data exchange for Australian agrifood planned

A consortium of leading agrifood stakeholders has announced the establishment of the Australian AgriFood Data Exchange to enable fluid collaboration up and down the supply chain. Source: Grain Central Data exchange for Australian agrifood planned

10 years of ESCAS underpinning the Australian Live Export Industry

The Australian livestock export industry, in partnership with Australian livestock producers and the Australian Government, have invested significant time and funding into the development of LGAP, and remains committed to its goals writes ALEC CEO Mark Harvey-Sutton. Source: Beef Central 10 years of ESCAS underpinning the Australian Live Export Industry

Interest rates unlikely to rise before 2024, says RBA Governor

Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe has forecast that the national economy will rebound rapidly after COVID lockdowns end, suggesting that interest rates are unlikely to change before 2024. Source: Beef Central Interest rates unlikely to rise before 2024, says RBA Governor

Livestock production tipped to rise 8pc to $33.5b

The Federal Government’s commodities forecaster has tipped the Australian agricultural industry to have another record-breaking year, forecasting gross value of production to reach $73 billion in 2021-22. Source: Beef Central Livestock production tipped to rise 8pc to .5b

Meat definitions inquiry: ‘You can’t call a hang glider a 747’

Northern cattle producers have taken umbrage with the Australian consumer watchdog for failing to take stronger action on what they believe is a straight forward ‘truth in labelling’ issue surrounding the branding of alternative meat products. Source: Beef Central Meat definitions inquiry: ‘You can’t call a hang glider a 747’

Farmers claim damages after using the herbicide Overwatch

Debate over a new farm chemical appears headed for the law courts, with a Sydney law firm this week asking grain growers to join a class action against the herbicide’s manufacturer. Source: ABC Grain Farmers claim damages after using the herbicide Overwatch

5G comes to sheep counting, food safety and firefighting

AUTOMATED sheep counting, artificial intelligence-enabled meat analysis and a remote controlled fire tanker have received funding from the federal 5G Innovation Initiative. Source: Sheep Central 5G comes to sheep counting, food safety and firefighting

Inland Rail inks Qld agreement, Gladstone eyed

Ahead of final approvals being granted, ARTC has signed an agreement to get Inland Rail’s bridges and culverts built between Whetstone and Gowrie, and the Federal Government has announced it is looking into extending the project to Gladstone. Source: Grain Central Inland Rail inks Qld agreement, Gladstone eyed

Industrial manslaughter charges brought against western Qld abattoir

Charges of industrial manslaughter have been brought against a western Queensland abattoir and its sole director in relation to a workplace fatality in July 2019. Source: Beef Central Industrial manslaughter charges brought against western Qld abattoir

Guilty plea for misleading information on export cattle NVD form

A Victorian cattle has received a two year good behaviour bond and been ordered to pay costs of $135 after pleading guilty to providing incorrect tags and misleading National Vendor Declaration information on a consignment of dairy heifers that was halted from export at Portland by the Department of Agriculture in 2019. Source: Beef… Read more »

Webinar series to explore northern supplementation options

QLD Department of Agriculture extension leaders Mick Sullivan and Kylie Hopkins will host an upcoming three-part webinar series discussing the management and practicalities of sensible supplementation in northern Australia, covering considerations, planning and actions. The webinar is part of the ongoing Beef Connect series, representing a collaboration between FutureBeef and Beef Central. Source: Beef… Read more »

Airfreight exports get Federal government subsidy extension

The Federal Government today announced a further $260.9 million in funding to extend the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) to mid-2022, giving Australian exporting businesses reliant on airfreight extra time to adapt to the new international trade environment. Source: Beef Central Airfreight exports get Federal government subsidy extension

Early guilty plea to reckless conduct charges for 2019 Avgas drum explosion

A Northern Territory cattle mustering contractor has been convicted and handed a penalty of $20,000, after pleading guilty to two charges of reckless conduct over the serious injury of a young worker at Montejinni Station, 320km south west of Katherine. Source: Beef Central Early guilty plea to reckless conduct charges for 2019 Avgas drum… Read more »

Former CEO settles court action against NT Cattlemen's Association

Ashley Manicaros had sued the NTCA and its former president, alleging he was sacked last year because of his “political opinions”. Source: ABC Livestock Former CEO settles court action against NT Cattlemen’s Association

AWI engagement found lacking by minister and industry

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has been told it could improve its stakeholder engagement and consultation as Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud expresses disappointment over his recent dealings with the levy and taxpayer funded body. Source: Sheep Central AWI engagement found lacking by minister and industry

Quad bikes are meeting new national safety standards – ACCC

MORE than 80 percent of quad bikes assessed under a new national safety standard were compliant, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said today. Source: Sheep Central Quad bikes are meeting new national safety standards – ACCC

New agriculture visa provides options for labour relief

IN what’s being hailed as the biggest structural change to agricultural labour in Australia’s history, a long-awaited agricultural visa will be introduced in coming months to boost the workforce in the nation’s meat processing horticultural, fisheries and forestry sectors. Source: Sheep Central New agriculture visa provides options for labour relief

Regulators ramp up quad bike safety checks

Eighty-four per cent of quad bikes assessed by Australia’s consumer law regulators were compliant with the first stage of a new national safety standard that came into force in October last year. Source: Beef Central Regulators ramp up quad bike safety checks

New agriculture visa to boost farm workforce

The Federal Government has announced the establishment of the Australian Agriculture visa as a means of addressing workforce shortages in the agriculture and primary industry sectors. Source: Grain Central New agriculture visa to boost farm workforce

Definitons of meat inquiry: How each side is putting its case

For those without the time or inclination to read through the 125 submissions now published, we have distilled down some of the  key arguments commonly appearing in submissions on either side of the debate.  Source: Beef Central Definitons of meat inquiry: How each side is putting its case

Livestock producers included as essential workers for Qld-NSW border crossing permits

Despite not appearing on an online list of exempted groups yesterday livestock producers have been assured they are included as essential workers and will be permitted to cross the Qld/NSW border to tend to stock. Source: Beef Central Livestock producers included as essential workers for Qld-NSW border crossing permits

Fears tough new border rules will compromise supply chain

A New South Wales peak transport body says the conditions of entry to Queensland that will come into place on Friday could cause serious problems for truck drivers and interstate supply chains. Source: ABC Livestock Fears tough new border rules will compromise supply chain

NSW Govt approves exemption for on-farm bull sales during statewide COVID lockdown

With the New South Wales Government extending COVID lockdowns statewide on the weekend, the NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall and Health Minister, Brad Hazzard have this morning approved an exemption to the public health orders that will allow on-farm bull sales to go ahead across the state in coming days. Source: Beef Central NSW… Read more »

Whole of government approach needed to manage skills and labour shortage

A whole-of-government approach to address skills and labour shortages was one of the key recommendations in the final report released this week from the Joint Standing Committee on Migration, following its inquiry into Australia’s skilled migration program. Source: Beef Central Whole of government approach needed to manage skills and labour shortage

Tenders open for market access panel

A request for tender to join the Scientific and Technical Market Access Panel has been published by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment on AusTender. Source: Beef Central Tenders open for market access panel

Senators agree to AWI briefing on unreleased WoolQ report

SENATORS have agreed to a private briefing on Australian Wool Innovation’s WoolQ trading platform after the research and development body refused to release a key report. When Senate Rural and… Source: Sheep Central Senators agree to AWI briefing on unreleased WoolQ report

NSW calls for input into animal welfare laws

NSW Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall has released the NSW Animal Welfare Reform – Discussion Paper as the next step of the NSW Government’s moves to modernise animal welfare legislation. Source: Beef Central NSW calls for input into animal welfare laws

Contrasting views as ACCC, FSANZ weigh into ‘definitions of meat’ inquiry

Two Government bodies have weighed in with submissions to the “Definitions of Meat” Senate inquiry, putting forward positions that contrast with meat industry views that non-meat protein products should not be able to be sold under meat labels in Australia. Source: Sheep Central Contrasting views as ACCC, FSANZ weigh into ‘definitions of meat’ inquiry

NSW farmers can now apply for mouse bait rebates

Farmers in New South Wales can now apply for mouse bait rebates of up to $10,000 per farm business through the Rural Assistance Authority website. Source: Grain Central NSW farmers can now apply for mouse bait rebates

Biosecurity = food security = national security

$66 billion reasons to radically shift our perspective on biosecurity and the systems that protect our prosperity and security. Source: Beef Central Biosecurity = food security = national security

Mapping changes a relief for emergency services, residents

The removal of impassable, non-existent roads from official maps will make life easier for road users and emergency services thanks to a partnership between an agricultural lobby group and the state government. Source: ABC Livestock Mapping changes a relief for emergency services, residents

ACCC appeal lifts hopes for Newcastle container port

A Federal Court ruling which affects the economics of a proposed container terminal in Newcastle has been appealed by the ACCC. Source: Grain Central ACCC appeal lifts hopes for Newcastle container port

Young farmer challenge resources get funding boost

YOUNG farmer challenge resources for agricultural shows will be boosted across Australia with a $75,000-plus grant announced this week. Source: Sheep Central Young farmer challenge resources get funding boost

$1.5m grant for MLA to explore new meat export channels

The Australian government has invested $72.7 million through its AgriBusiness Expansion Initiative to help Australia’s agricultural, forestry and fisheries industries diversify and expand export markets.  Source: Beef Central .5m grant for MLA to explore new meat export channels

Viterra’s Port Lincoln, Thevenard denied code exemption

Viterra has failed in its bid to gain exemptions about disclosing information as required under the ACCC’s Bulk Wheat Code for its Port Lincoln and Thevenard terminals. Source: Grain Central Viterra’s Port Lincoln, Thevenard denied code exemption

Strategic diesel storage to be expanded at Newcastle

Diesel fuel storage capacity at the Port of Newcastle is set to be dramatically expanded under the Federal Government’s push to secure Australia’s long-term fuel supplies by increasing domestic reserves. Source: Grain Central Strategic diesel storage to be expanded at Newcastle

Darling Downs beef producer’s global push supported with Qld Govt grant

Darling Downs boutique beef producer Clayton’s Organic Beef is aiming to extend its online reach into Dubai and Vietnam and boost its American sales, a goal that will be supported with a  $10,000 Queensland Government grant.  Source: Beef Central Darling Downs beef producer’s global push supported with Qld Govt grant

DAWE investigating new allegations of cattle mistreatment in Indonesia

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is investigating new claims of animal cruelty allegedly involving Australian cattle in Indonesia, in what is understood to be the first such complaint lodged by animal rights group the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Source: Beef Central DAWE investigating new allegations of cattle… Read more »

NSW Farmers urges govt to heed US chicken stance

A US presidential order prohibiting unfair practices against poultry processors should be heeded by the Australian Government, according to NSW Farmers. Source: Grain Central NSW Farmers urges govt to heed US chicken stance

RMAC asks ACCC to investigate bank’s refusal to lend to red meat sector businesses

The Red Meat Advisory Council has asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to investigate if the refusal of Bank Australia to lend to law-abiding businesses operating in the red meat sector amounts to contraventions of secondary boycott provisions under Australian consumer and competition law. Source: Beef Central RMAC asks ACCC to investigate bank’s… Read more »

$150k boost for live export animal welfare reporting

The Australian Livestock Export Corporation (LiveCorp) has received a $150,000 Australian Government grant to enhance health and welfare reporting for livestock exports. Source: Beef Central 0k boost for live export animal welfare reporting

Food safety regulator’s role set to expand to sustainability, prompting “over-reach” concerns

The role of Australian Government’s food safety regulator could soon be broadened to enable it to consider sustainability and cultural issues when developing food regulatory measures, triggering concern among red meat sector bodies which see the broadened role as an over-reach of powers beyond its intended remit. Source: Beef Central Food safety regulator’s role… Read more »

Barnaby Joyce is back, and so are tensions in his rural seat over climate policy

A New England farmer fears he’ll “cop a flogging” from a 2050 net-zero target. Another says it’s time to embrace the goal. These are the policy lines that divide Mr Joyce’s constituents. Source: ABC Livestock Barnaby Joyce is back, and so are tensions in his rural seat over climate policy

Animal welfare standards still an issue despite UK FTA

AUSTRALIA’S ongoing use of animal welfare practices banned in other countries will continue to cause difficulties in trading relationships despite the proposed free trade agreement with the United Kingdom, according to Humane Society International. Source: Sheep Central Animal welfare standards still an issue despite UK FTA

ACCC rejects “Certified Humane” trademark application in Australia

An application by United States-based organisation Humane Farm Animal Care to trademark its “Certified Humane” brand in Australia has been rejected by the Australian Competition and Consumer commission. Source: Sheep Central ACCC rejects “Certified Humane” trademark application in Australia

ACCC rejects “Certified Humane” trademark application in Australia

An application by United States-based organisation Humane Farm Animal Care to trademark its “Certified Humane” brand in Australia has been rejected by the Australian Competition and Consumer commission. Source: Beef Central ACCC rejects “Certified Humane” trademark application in Australia

AgForce and Growcom unite to slam backpacker visa changes

QUEENSLAND’S AgForce and the peak horticulture group Growcom have today slammed changes to the Working Holiday Maker visa conditions that allow backpackers to extend their stay by also working in the tourism and hospitality. Source: Sheep Central AgForce and Growcom unite to slam backpacker visa changes

No animal welfare barriers expected in UK free trade deal

AUSTRALIA’S peak sheep meat and wool bodies believe the nation’s producers will not be subject to regulatory barriers on animal welfare grounds under the proposed Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement. Source: Sheep Central No animal welfare barriers expected in UK free trade deal

Fuel security boost weclomed by trucking industry

The passage of fuel security bills in Federal Parliament this week will improve Australia’s fuel security and keep the trucking industry moving in times of emergency, according to the Australian Trucking Association. Source: Beef Central Fuel security boost weclomed by trucking industry

Argentina returns to beef export trade, but under self-imposed restrictions

Argentina has this week returned to the global beef export trade after its earlier self-imposed 30-day suspension – but only under significant limitations, some of which are likely to last until the end of the year. Source: Beef Central Argentina returns to beef export trade, but under self-imposed restrictions

AWEX e-Bale trial wins $180,000 in federal funding

A TRIAL of the Australian Wool Exchange’s e-Bale system has been funded by $180,000 from the Federal Government’s Traceability Grants Program. Source: Sheep Central AWEX e-Bale trial wins 0,000 in federal funding

Ag visa fails to deliver on grains industry needs: GPA

Grain Producers Australia (GPA) is urging the Federal Government to address chronic labour shortages which carry the potential to cause market failure in the WA grains industry. Source: Grain Central Ag visa fails to deliver on grains industry needs: GPA

Meanwhile, Nationals preselection ends John Anderson return

Former deputy prime minister John Anderson’s planned return to Federal Parliament ended on Friday last week when he lost a National senate preselection contest to former NSW Nationals director Ross Cadell. Source: Beef Central Meanwhile, Nationals preselection ends John Anderson return

Barnaby Joyce ousts Michael McCormack to regain Nationals leadership

A spill in the Nationals partyroom this morning has returned Barnaby Joyce to the leadership of the Federal Nationals parliamentary party and to the office of deputy prime minister.  Source: Beef Central Barnaby Joyce ousts Michael McCormack to regain Nationals leadership

WA to move to optional earmarking and branding by 2022

Earmarking of sheep and earmarking and branding of cattle are set to become optional in Western Australia in 2022 following consultation with WA producers and industry stakeholders. Source: Sheep Central WA to move to optional earmarking and branding by 2022

WA to move to optional earmarking and branding by 2022

Earmarking and branding of cattle, and earmarking of sheep, are set to become optional in Western Australia in 2022 following consultation with WA producers and industry stakeholders. Source: Beef Central WA to move to optional earmarking and branding by 2022

Arrests, secrets, and crop failures: What's going on with China?

China’s decisions around its agricultural policy are becoming increasingly murky with news of arrests, secrecy, and inconsistencies around its exports. Source: ABC Grain Arrests, secrets, and crop failures: What’s going on with China?

Meat and alternative protein goups respond to senate inquiry into definitions of meat

Councils representing the Australian meat industry and manufacturers of alternative protein products say they are looking forward to the launch on the Senate Inquiry into Definitions of Meat and Other Animal Products announced this week. Source: Beef Central Meat and alternative protein goups respond to senate inquiry into definitions of meat

Ag visa issue heats up with farmers and the AWU

EASTERN states farmer bodies have welcomed an expansion of the working holiday visa for British backpackers under the proposed Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement, including new ag visa developments. Source: Sheep Central Ag visa issue heats up with farmers and the AWU

Australia finalises historic Free Trade Agreement with UK

The Australian red meat industry has welcomed the announcement in London overnight of agreement in-principle regarding the parameters of the Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement. Source: Beef Central Australia finalises historic Free Trade Agreement with UK

Australian rice a big winner in UK trade agreement

The Australian Government has secured a landmark market access outcome for Australian rice growers in the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United Kingdom announced yesterday evening. Source: Grain Central Australian rice a big winner in UK trade agreement

Senate inquiry launched into food labelling laws

In response to complaints from the Australian red meat industry, Queensland Senator, Susan McDonald, McDonald has launched a Senate Inquiry into food labelling laws that will investigate if terms such as “meat-free mince”, “sausage made with plants” and “vegan bacon” pass muster. Source: Beef Central Senate inquiry launched into food labelling laws

UK free trade deal outcome expected ‘within hours’

Australia is likely to have a freshly-minted Free Trade Agreement with the United Kingdom within hours, trade and media sources have suggested this morning. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his UK equivalent, Boris Johnson met in London overnight to thrash out an in principle agreement, before an expected announcement later today, Australian time. … Read more »

NSW Farmers set to debate new sheep traceability evidence

NSW Farmers’ opposition to mandatory electronic sheep identification is set for review next month, following evidence the state’s current visual tag mob-based system might not be meeting national traceability performance standards. Source: Sheep Central NSW Farmers set to debate new sheep traceability evidence

Auditor issues damning report on Govt biosecurity shortfalls

Australia’s national audit office has handed down a damning assessment of the Federal Government’s processes for responding to non-compliance of biosecruity requirements. Source: Beef Central Auditor issues damning report on Govt biosecurity shortfalls

Mouse bait rebate to assist NSW farmers

Farmers in New South Wales will now be eligible for a 50 per cent rebate, of up to $10,000, for zinc phosphide bait under the NSW Government’s extension of its mouse plague assistance package. Source: Grain Central Mouse bait rebate to assist NSW farmers

Reef regs disaster highlights need for Office of Science Quality Assurance

As agriculture industry representatives prepare to give witness statements at a public hearing in support of a Reef Regulation Reversal Bill, AgForce is stepping up calls for a national Office of Science Quality Assurance to guarantee there isn’t a repeat of the Reef debacle that has hit farmers hard.  Source: Beef Central Reef regs disaster highlights… Read more »

Livex shutdown 10 years on: the calamity of knee-jerk decisions

For just about every person working in Australia’s northern cattle industry at the time it still stands as one of those “I can still remember where I was” moments. Source: Beef Central Livex shutdown 10 years on: the calamity of knee-jerk decisions

How the 2011 live export ban led to the birth of ESCAS

A behind the scenes look at the live export ban in 2011, which led to the creation of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS). Source: ABC Beef Cattle How the 2011 live export ban led to the birth of ESCAS

'Abysmal' biosecurity failures put $100 billion of assets at risk, auditor finds

Australian farmers call for a “complete overhaul” of biosecurity protocols after an Auditor-General’s report finds the nation’s environment, farming and tourism assets are at risk.  Source: ABC Livestock ‘Abysmal’ biosecurity failures put 0 billion of assets at risk, auditor finds

Farm tractor scam features in ACCC Scamwatch report

FARMERS were among the thousands of Australians fleeced of millions of dollars by sophisticated scams last year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has reported. Source: Sheep Central Farm tractor scam features in ACCC Scamwatch report

Farmers able to access new collective bargaining exemption

FARMERS, small businesses and franchisees can more easily collectively bargain with suppliers and processors with a class exemption announced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today. Source: Sheep Central Farmers able to access new collective bargaining exemption

Collective bargaining by small business facilitated by class exemption

From today, small businesses, franchisees and fuel retailers can use the ACCC’s class exemption for collective bargaining. This class exemption, which is the first made by the ACCC, will allow collective negotiation without first having to seek ACCC approval. Source: Beef Central Collective bargaining by small business facilitated by class exemption

NFF backs government to find sustainable biosecurity funding model

AUSTRALIA’S peak farmer body has said it will support the Federal Government in determining a sustainable biosecurity funding model after the release of a crucial roadmap document today. Source: Sheep Central NFF backs government to find sustainable biosecurity funding model

State-Federal cooperation on Farm Resilience Program welcomed: NFF

The National Farmers Federation has welcomed recent announcements on the roll-out of the Future Drought Fund’s (FDF) Farm Business Resilience Program, a program that will provide practical training for farms on strategic business management, natural resource management, and personal and social resilience. Source: Beef Central State-Federal cooperation on Farm Resilience Program welcomed: NFF

Producers welcome Minister’s comments on livex cost recovery

Northern cattle producers have welcomed comments from Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud assuring industry stakeholders that cost recovery charges for livestock exporters will fall well short of rumoured levels of $16 to $20 per head. Source: Beef Central Producers welcome Minister’s comments on livex cost recovery