Tag: Government

WA govt pledges $4M to progress Ord cotton gin

The Western Australian Government has pledged almost $4 million to help ensure a power supply to a gin planned for Kununurra to process cotton grown in the Ord region. Source: Grain Central WA govt pledges M to progress Ord cotton gin

Dan Tehan needs a game plan for China

Despite a lot of chest-thumping in government circles about the need to stand up to “Chinese bullying”, new Trade Minister Dan Tehan’s task will be to find a way to restore a constructive trading partnership with China in the national interest. Source: Beef Central Dan Tehan needs a game plan for China

Encouraging uptake of new National Vendor Declaration

Positive uptake of the latest version of the Livestock Production Assurance National Vendor Declaration, the only version now accepted for all species of livestock being transferred, is being reported by MLA’s subsidiary, the Integrity Systems Company.  Source: Beef Central Encouraging uptake of new National Vendor Declaration

New NVDs needed to sell livestock in 2021

Producers are being reminded they cannot sell livestock in 2021 without the most up to date National Vendor Declaration (NVD) forms. Source: Sheep Central New NVDs needed to sell livestock in 2021

China increases tariff-free wool quota under FTA

CHINA has increased its 2021 tariff-free quota for Australian clean wool imports in line with its commitment under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Source: Sheep Central China increases tariff-free wool quota under FTA

New NVDs needed to sell cattle in 2021

Producers are being reminded they cannot sell livestock in 2021 without the most up to date National Vendor Declaration (NVD) forms. Source: Beef Central New NVDs needed to sell cattle in 2021

GPA urges cautious approach to China barley tariff dispute

Grain Producers Australia says Australia’s WTO dispute with China over barley tariffs won’t be a quick fix that will restore trade overnight but will be a process that may take a number of years. Source: Grain Central GPA urges cautious approach to China barley tariff dispute

Australia to take China to WTO over barley tariff

Australian trade minister, Simon Birmingham, has announced that Australia will tonight refer China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over its imposition of an 80.5 per cent tax on Australian barley imports in May. Source: Grain Central Australia to take China to WTO over barley tariff

ACCC wants fair trading law to underpin perishable agricultural goods markets

An ACCC report into the agricultural sector released on Friday has highlighted a range of harmful practices including contract terms that inefficiently allocate risk, harmful use of bargaining power, a lack of transparency and instances of commercial retribution against farmers. Source: Beef Central ACCC wants fair trading law to underpin perishable agricultural goods markets

SA govt draws ire over plans to pilfer Waite assets

The SA Government has found itself at loggerheads with the University of Adelaide over its plans to resume part of the university’s Waite Campus for a road-widening project. Source: Grain Central SA govt draws ire over plans to pilfer Waite assets

SA govt draws ire over plans to trim Waite assets

The SA Government has found itself at loggerheads with the University of Adelaide over its plans to resume part of the university’s Waite Campus for a road-widening project. Source: Grain Central SA govt draws ire over plans to trim Waite assets

ALC, JBS Brooklyn still waiting for China access to re-commence

Australia is seeking the resumption of sheepmeat and beef exports from two Victorian abattoirs to China which earlier made self-imposed suspensions due to COVID sickness among staff, as trade tensions between the two countries continue. Source: Beef Central ALC, JBS Brooklyn still waiting for China access to re-commence

Victoria outlays $9.5 million in livestock biosecurity grants

LIVESTOCK biosecurity grants worth $9.5 million have been granted to 25 projects by the Victorian Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes last week announced the successful projects under the 2020… Source: Sheep Central Victoria outlays .5 million in livestock biosecurity grants

Farmers want Australia-China trade dispute 'kicked off to the WTO'

The National Farmers’ Federation says it will support the Federal Government if it decides to appeal to the World Trade Organization over China’s decision to impose hefty tariffs on barley. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers want Australia-China trade dispute ‘kicked off to the WTO’

China suspends sixth Australian meat processing plant from trade

China yesterday suspended a sixth Australian meat processing plant from export, citing labelling and health certificate issues, as political tensions between the two countries continue to mount. Source: Beef Central China suspends sixth Australian meat processing plant from trade

China trade tensions overshadow grain, cotton outlook: ABARES

Trade tensions with China have created uncertainties for Australian grain and cotton exports, forcing exporters of affected commodities to divert trade to the next highest value markets. Source: Grain Central China trade tensions overshadow grain, cotton outlook: ABARES

Gas-led recovery leaves farmers high and dry: New briefing paper

Australian farmers, and the communities where they live, face negative environmental, economic and social consequences if the Federal Government’s plans for a ‘gas-led recovery’ go ahead, new analysis commissioned by Farmers for Climate Action has found.  Source: Beef Central Gas-led recovery leaves farmers high and dry: New briefing paper

New Victorian animal welfare legislation on the way

VICTORIA’S livestock producers have less than two weeks to give feedback on Victorian Government proposals for a new animal welfare Act. Source: Sheep Central New Victorian animal welfare legislation on the way

Minister Littleproud bows out of Olsson-AWI election dispute

NEW South Wales wool grower Chick Olsson has been told federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud will not get involved in the grower’s dispute with Australian Wool Innovation over his 2019 election nomination. Source: Sheep Central Minister Littleproud bows out of Olsson-AWI election dispute

Should Australia take China to the WTO over barley tariff?

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has given a strong indication Australia will take China to the WTO over its import tariff on Australian barley. The move has prompted a mixed reaction from grain industry leaders. Source: Grain Central Should Australia take China to the WTO over barley tariff?

ICPA calls for offical day to recognise distance education

ICPA Australia is calling on the Federal Government to formally recognise the role that parents play in distance education with the launch of Geographically Isolated Distance Education Day on 1 December. Source: Beef Central ICPA calls for offical day to recognise distance education

Regulator cuts red tape for Class 3 livestock vehicle permits

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is removing the requirement to include registration numbers from Class 3 Livestock Vehicle permits from December 1. Source: Beef Central Regulator cuts red tape for Class 3 livestock vehicle permits

Olsson seeks federal review of AWI election nomination rejection

NEW South Wales wool grower Chick Olsson is seeking a review by the Federal Government of his rejected 2019 nomination for the Australian Wool Innovation board. Source: Sheep Central Olsson seeks federal review of AWI election nomination rejection

Morrison Govt welcomes ‘world’s largest free trade agreement’

The Morrison Government says Australian farmers and businesses are set to benefit from better export opportunities following with the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement between Australia and 14 other Indo-Pacific countries on Sunday. Source: Beef Central Morrison Govt welcomes ‘world’s largest free trade agreement’

Barossa and McLaren Vale winemakers to 'lose millions' from GM decision

The Barossa and McLaren Vale wine regions stand to lose an estimated $44 million in imports, industry representatives say, as their respective councils remain stunned over a decision to allow genetically modified crops in their districts. Source: ABC Grain Barossa and McLaren Vale winemakers to ‘lose millions’ from GM decision

Agriculture Act precedes UK’s departure from EU CAP

Exiting the EU has dealt a fresh hand to UK farmers in new agriculture legislation, replacing Common Agriculture Policy support with payments of public money in exchange for farmers delivering “public goods”. Source: Grain Central Agriculture Act precedes UK’s departure from EU CAP

Dairy exports to China reach new record, set for increased tariffs

Australian dairy exporters achieve record milk powder sales to China this year, but are about to face a doubling in tariffs until the end 2020. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy exports to China reach new record, set for increased tariffs

Shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon quits Labor frontbench 

Opposition agriculture and resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon has quit the frontbench, accusing Labor of talking too much about issues like climate change and not enough about the needs of its traditional base. Source: Beef Central Shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon quits Labor frontbench 

Victoria removes workforce level restrictions on meat processors

Removal of workforce level restrictions on Victorian abattoirs and meat processors has been welcomed by the Australian Meat Industry Council. Source: Beef Central Victoria removes workforce level restrictions on meat processors

COVID-19 progress ends worker caps on Victorian meat processors

REMOVAL of workforce level restrictions on Victorian abattoirs and meat processors has been welcomed by the Australian Meat Industry Council. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 progress ends worker caps on Victorian meat processors

Time running out to press charges over death of 1,000 cattle

Western Australia’s Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan flags an overhaul of animal welfare legislation as time runs out to lay charges over the deaths of more than 1,000 cattle from thirst. Source: ABC Livestock Time running out to press charges over death of 1,000 cattle

Government issues 'please explain' to China over trade blockages

China is told it must clear up speculation about the latest round of trade blockages that threaten to disrupt billions of dollars of trade with Australia. Source: ABC Grain Government issues ‘please explain’ to China over trade blockages

SA rejects GM-free council applications, opens way for GM crops

The SA Government has rejected applications from 11 councils that were seeking to maintain GM crop bans in their areas, opening the way for GM crops to be grown throughout mainland SA. Source: Grain Central SA rejects GM-free council applications, opens way for GM crops

SA Government rejects councils' applications to remain GM-free

The South Australia Government has rejected 11 council applications to maintain a genetically-modified crop ban in their area. Source: ABC Grain SA Government rejects councils’ applications to remain GM-free

Farmers for Climate Action backs ANZ bank on carbon

FARMERS For Climate Action has backed the ANZ bank’s support for a low carbon economy, despite opposition from Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and Western Australian graziers. Source: Sheep Central Farmers for Climate Action backs ANZ bank on carbon

Livestock exporters welcome last minute ship stocking rate change

Livestock exporters have welcomed amendments by Agriculture Minister David Littleproud to soon-to-be-introduced industry regulations which will link stocking density allocations on vessels to individual exporter welfare performance.  Source: Beef Central Livestock exporters welcome last minute ship stocking rate change

Cattle ship stocking density rates to remain unchanged from November 1

The Federal Minister for Agriculture has this afternoon confirmed  to industry leaders that amendments to ASEL 3.0 will mean that current stocking densities will now remain in place from November 1. Source: Beef Central Cattle ship stocking density rates to remain unchanged from November 1

ASEL 3.0 changes coming to live export industry

The live export industry is bracing for some big regulatory changes next week, but the biggest change of all has been deferred. Source: ABC Beef Cattle ASEL 3.0 changes coming to live export industry

Long-term NQ flood recovery strategy released

A long-term recovery strategy for communities affected by the 2019 North Queensland flood has been finalised and released this week by the National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency. Source: Beef Central Long-term NQ flood recovery strategy released

Senators told options are being sought to update livestock tag technology

EARLY background research is being conducted into possible alternatives to ‘1990s-era’ animal traceability technology currently in use across the red meat industry, Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Jason Strong told a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra last week. Source: Sheep Central Senators told options are being sought to update livestock tag technology

Screen Australia bias against Aussie beef industry slammed during Senate Estimates

Screen Australia has been condemned by Nationals Senate Leader Bridget McKenzie for funding $625,000 of taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars to “bring down the Australian beef industry.”  Fight for Planet A: Our Climate Challenge is listed as a documentary on both Screen Australia and the ABC’s websites, even though it was factually incorrect and imbalanced in its reporting,… Read more »

NZ Govt introduces new requirements for livestock exports

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has introduced new requirements for the safe transport of livestock by sea, following an independent review launched after the tragic loss of Gulf Livestock 1 in early September. Source: Beef Central NZ Govt introduces new requirements for livestock exports

Alternatives being sought for ‘1990s era’ NLIS technology, Senate Estimates told

Early background research is being conducted into possible alternatives to ‘1990s era’ animal traceability technology currently in use across the red meat industry, MLA managing director Jason Strong told a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra yesterday. Mr Strong was quizzed at length over diverse topics including industry investment in seeking alternate markets in the wake… Read more »

Ag Dept pressed on ASEL 3.0 implementation readiness

Senior Agriculture Department officials have assured livestock exporters that new Australian Standards for Export of Livestock 3.0 (ASEL 3.0) will be in place by November 1, amid concerns the Government is still not yet fully prepared to implement the new rules 18 months after their initially planned introduction. Source: Beef Central Ag Dept pressed… Read more »

Authorities work behind the scenes to mitigate China trade stoush

While Chinese Government ministers are still refusing to take calls from their Australian counterparts, department-to-department-level communication is continuing as normal, according to Australian ag trade officials. Source: Grain Central Authorities work behind the scenes to mitigate China trade stoush

New measures aimed at modernising meat export regulatory system

Government and industry action to modernise the Australian export meat inspection and regulatory system is underway following the $328 million ‘Busting Congestion for Agricultural Exporters’ measure announced in the 2020/21 Federal Budget.  Source: Beef Central New measures aimed at modernising meat export regulatory system

SA gets applications from 10 council areas to stay GM free

The SA Government has received applications from 10 local government areas to remain GM free following the passing of legislation earlier this year which will allow the state’s farmers to crop GM crops including canola. Source: Grain Central SA gets applications from 10 council areas to stay GM free

SE Asia Report: Indo importers struggling with Govt fixed pricing

China slaughter cattle prices skyrocketing, while Indonesia struggles with pricing fixed by the government, as Dr Ross Ainsworth writes in this month’s South East Asian market report. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Indo importers struggling with Govt fixed pricing

Central Victorian health authority rolls out saliva COVID-19 testing

Workers at Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm in Lockwood will start having saliva tests for COVID-19 from next week as health authorities attempt to quash the virus from regional Victoria. Source: ABC Livestock Central Victorian health authority rolls out saliva COVID-19 testing

Federal Court hands down latest ruling on cattle genetics patent claim

Australia’s livestock industry is still absorbing the implications of a Federal Court judgement handed down yesterday on a long-running livestock genetics patent case. Source: Beef Central Federal Court hands down latest ruling on cattle genetics patent claim

Further delays in livex class action compensation

Four months after the Federal Court’s judgement declaring the 2011 live cattle export suspension to Indonesia illegal, stakeholders affected by the market closure are no closer to receiving damages. Source: Beef Central Further delays in livex class action compensation

Farmers for Climate Action slam Federal Budget

Farmers for Climate Action believes the Federal Government’s 2020 Federal Budget is a missed opportunity and has chosen fossil fuels over rural job creation. Source: Sheep Central Farmers for Climate Action slam Federal Budget

Young rural Australians and water to benefit from budget

VICTORIAN farmers have welcomed the 2020 Federal Budget, stating it will better equip agriculture to help lead Australia’s economic recovery. Source: Sheep Central Young rural Australians and water to benefit from budget

AMIC welcomes help for red meat sector in Federal Budget

AUSTRALIA’S red meat processors believe the 2020 Federal Budget will turbo-boost exports while also helping domestic manufacturers. Source: Sheep Central AMIC welcomes help for red meat sector in Federal Budget

Federal Budget 2020: What it means for agriculture

The Federal Budget brought down overnight had a mix of incentives for agriculture, including a substantial expansion of the instant asset write-off scheme and more support for infrastructure, manufacturing and exports. Source: Grain Central Federal Budget 2020: What it means for agriculture

Industry calls for recovery fund to buffer China tariff impact

Australia’s representative grains bodies are jointly calling on the Federal Government for a $20 million Industry Recovery Fund to soften the impact of China’s tariffs on Australian barley. Source: Grain Central Industry calls for recovery fund to buffer China tariff impact

Churchill fellows to study livestock ID and regenerative ag

WESTERN Australian government officers will investigate livestock identification and regenerative agriculture practices overseas to fulfil their 2020 Churchill Fellowship obligations. Source: Sheep Central Churchill fellows to study livestock ID and regenerative ag

NZ environmental and carbon reforms feed low farmer confidence

GOVERNMENT-LED environmental and carbon reforms are underpinning the biggest surveyed drop in New Zealand farmer confidence in three years. Source: Sheep Central NZ environmental and carbon reforms feed low farmer confidence

Union accused of 'holding country to ransom' over wharves pay dispute

The Federal Government weighs into a dispute that is delaying 10 freight carriers at the Port of Botany, saying it will back a bid by stevedore Patricks to halt industrial action. Source: ABC Livestock Union accused of ‘holding country to ransom’ over wharves pay dispute

Bushfire recovery program expands to help more Victorian farmers

MORE Victorian farmers are expected to be eligible for bushfire recovery assistance with the expansion of the Emergency Bushfire Response in Primary Industries Grant Program. Source: Sheep Central Bushfire recovery program expands to help more Victorian farmers

VIC meat processor restrictions eased, but full capacity needed

COMPETITION for livestock, especially lambs and sheep, is expected to increase at eastern state saleyards with the easing of workforce capacity restrictions on Victorian red meat processors. Victorian Premier Daniel… Source: Sheep Central VIC meat processor restrictions eased, but full capacity needed

Restrictions eased for VIC meat processors

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday announced an easing of the 67pc peak workforce limit on red meat processing businesses to 90pc in regional areas and to 80pc in metropolitan Melbourne from today. Source: Beef Central Restrictions eased for VIC meat processors

No confirmation yet on easing for VIC meat processing restrictions

VICTORIAN Premier Daniel Andrews today said he couldn’t confirm any announcements on the easing of COVID-19 workforce restrictions on meat processors this Sunday.   Source: Beef Central No confirmation yet on easing for VIC meat processing restrictions

Ag worker code opens up southern borders

A new agricultural worker code that comes into effect tomorrow will provide a single permit system for the movement of agricultural workers, contractors and farmers crossing the NSW, Victorian and SA borders. Source: Grain Central Ag worker code opens up southern borders

VIC Premier can’t confirm easing of meat processor restrictions

VICTORIAN Premier Daniel today said he couldn’t confirm any announcements would be made this Sunday on the easing of COVID-19 workforce restrictions on meat processors. Source: Sheep Central VIC Premier can’t confirm easing of meat processor restrictions

Federal technology plan puts fossil fuel companies ahead of farmers: FCA

THE Federal Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap puts the interests of big fossil fuel companies ahead of Australian farmers, Farmers for Climate Action CEO Wendy Cohen says. Source: Beef Central Federal technology plan puts fossil fuel companies ahead of farmers: FCA

Processors looking on, as COVID restrictions ease in regional VIC

Victoria’s regional meat processors are no closer to knowing if or when workforce restrictions will be further eased, as the state government yesterday announced that regional Victoria will move to step three of its coronavirus reopening plan from midnight tonight. Source: Beef Central Processors looking on, as COVID restrictions ease in regional VIC

NFF welcomes Government’s fuel security plan

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has praised an announcement by the Federal Government on the implementation of a comprehensive liquid fuel security plan for Australia. Source: Beef Central NFF welcomes Government’s fuel security plan

Debate in beef sector over JobKeeper's influence on meatworker job cuts

Claims that JobKeeper led to hundreds of a jobs cut at an abattoir in Queensland have been challenged by the labour hire company at the centre of the criticism. Source: ABC Livestock Debate in beef sector over JobKeeper’s influence on meatworker job cuts

Trade deals have boosted Aus ag, and its competitors too

Free Trade Agreements have significantly assisted the growth of Australian agricultural exports including red meat in the past 20 years, but a global proliferation of similar deals has also helped competitors erode some of the benefits Australia has gained, a new ABARES report released today shows. Source: Beef Central Trade deals have boosted Aus… Read more »

JobKeeper blamed as Australia's biggest meat processor axes 600 workers

Hundreds of jobs are set to go as JBS scales back operations at its Dinmore plant. Critics say JobKeeper has “tilted the playing field” and forced the company’s hand. Source: ABC Livestock JobKeeper blamed as Australia’s biggest meat processor axes 600 workers

Lamb industry seeks clarity on meat processor roadmap

VICTORIA’S Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes has offered no insight into how the state’s red meat processors might progress to lower COVID-19 workforce restrictions as the spring lamb turn-off begins. Source: Sheep Central Lamb industry seeks clarity on meat processor roadmap

Breedcow & Dynama herd management tool goes online

Ag economists at Queensland’s Department of Agriculture have transformed the legendary Breedcow and Dynama herd budgeting software into a new online tool to help northern beef producers understand the potential economic impacts of ways of managing their cattle enterprise. Source: Beef Central Breedcow & Dynama herd management tool goes online

DAWE releases draft export control rules for public consultation

Draft new rules which will set out the operational requirements that must be met to export goods from Australia, including red meat, have been released for public consultation today. Source: Beef Central DAWE releases draft export control rules for public consultation

Nationals leader calls for roadmap to open up meat processing

VICTORIAN red meat processors in communities with no COVID-19 cases should not have their workforce levels restricted, according to Nationals leader Peter Walsh. Source: Sheep Central Nationals leader calls for roadmap to open up meat processing

Victorian red meat processor COVID-19 restrictions stay in force

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the state’s red meat processors will stay under current COVID-19 workforce restrictions for “the foreseeable future”, despite conceding they are operating “probably at their lowest risk rating ever.” Source: Beef Central Victorian red meat processor COVID-19 restrictions stay in force

Victorian red meat processor COVID-19 restrictions stay in force

VICTORIAN Premier Daniel Andrews has said the state’s red meat processors will stay under current COVID-19 workforce restrictions for “the foreseeable future” despite conceding they are operating “probably at their lowest risk rating ever”. Source: Sheep Central Victorian red meat processor COVID-19 restrictions stay in force

Government ditches Murray Darling water buyback strategy

The Federal Government announced today it will not buy any further water entitlements from farmers to meet water-saving targets under the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Source: Grain Central Government ditches Murray Darling water buyback strategy

Growers call for easing of cross-border restrictions on ag workers

Growers have called on tomorrow’s national cabinet meeting to approve a National Agriculture Worker code to allow cross-border access for rural operators. Source: Grain Central Growers call for easing of cross-border restrictions on ag workers

Drought hubs and digital strategy funded by $86m investment

DROUGHT resilience adoption and innovation hubs will be established across Australia with an $86 million investment by the Federal Government. Source: Sheep Central Drought hubs and digital strategy funded by m investment

The great divide: Are smaller meat processors being unfairly advantaged by JobKeeper?

Claims continue to fly around this week about distortions in livestock competition brought on by COVID JobKeeper subsidies. So which processors are currently benefiting from Jobkeeper wages support, and which are not? Source: Beef Central The great divide: Are smaller meat processors being unfairly advantaged by JobKeeper?

Ag worker code urgently needed: NSW Farmers

NSW Farmers is calling for an urgent agreement by all Agriculture Ministers to ensure a national agricultural worker movement code can be endorsed by the National Cabinet on Friday.  Source: Beef Central Ag worker code urgently needed: NSW Farmers

New guide released for ag sectors seeking to establish or change levies

A new industry-focused guide will provide practical, step-by-step guidance to support the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors in establishing or changing levies, according to the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment. Source: Beef Central New guide released for ag sectors seeking to establish or change levies

Inquiry a chance to get a better deal for farmers: NFF

The National Farmers’ Federation says there continues to be systemic power imbalances across Australia’s food supply chain and a Government-sanctioned inquiry into these markets announced this week is a prudent step. Source: Beef Central Inquiry a chance to get a better deal for farmers: NFF

ACCC announces new inquiry into power imbalances in perishable ag supply chains

Australia’s competition watchdog has today launched a new inquiry into supply chains for perishable agricultural products, specifically investigating whether bargaining power imbalances exist in relationships between farmers, processors and retailers, including supermarkets. Source: Beef Central ACCC announces new inquiry into power imbalances in perishable ag supply chains