Tag: Government

Cattle Council calls for biosecurity funding commitment

Cattle producers are calling for the Fedeeral Government to find a new and fair way to increase biosecurity funding after it shelved plans to introduce new onshore biosecurity levy on importers last week.  Source: Beef Central Cattle Council calls for biosecurity funding commitment

China’s barley tariff explained: diplomacy the way forward

Australia should use a diplomatic approach to defusing the bilateral tensions arising from China’s imposition of a tariff on Australian barley. Source: Grain Central China’s barley tariff explained: diplomacy the way forward

NT proposes starting an 'army' to help fight the war on weeds

The Northern Territory Government has flagged the creation of a ‘gamba army’ to help stimulate the economy and protect the Top End from the invasive weed. Source: ABC Livestock NT proposes starting an ‘army’ to help fight the war on weeds

Livestock producers miss out on bushfire funding

The NSW Farmers Association demands explanation of decision to leave livestock producers out of $140 million bushfire aid program. Source: ABC Livestock Livestock producers miss out on bushfire funding

China and Australia — who really holds the power?

Once the major driving force behind Australian prosperity, China is now using trade as a retaliatory weapon. But Beijing needs us as much as we need them, at least for the next few years, writes Ian Verrender. Source: ABC Livestock China and Australia — who really holds the power?

Sheep meat and wool risk concern with China trade issues

AUSTRALIA’S Federal Government risked escalating its agricultural trade issues with China into wool and sheep meat if they were not handled diplomatically, a wool exporter said today. Source: Sheep Central Sheep meat and wool risk concern with China trade issues

Australian barley growers are the victims of weaponised trade rules

Some deduce China’s recent trade impositions on Australia stem from Australia’s advocacy for an investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is a longer history of simmering tensions between the two nations. Source: Grain Central Australian barley growers are the victims of weaponised trade rules

Feedgrain Focus: Barley firms after China announcement

Grain markets ploughed through the damage of tariffs while drivers, as complex as the poultry sector shrunken by COVID-19 and inconsistent moisture across Australia’s grainbelt, saw domestic new crop markets edge higher. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Barley firms after China announcement

Australia to hold the line on rules-based trade in China dispute: Birmingham

Australia will continue to apply the principles of a rules-based global trading system in response to recent moves by China to impose a tariff on Australian barley imports and suspend four Australian meat processing plants. Source: Grain Central Australia to hold the line on rules-based trade in China dispute: Birmingham

Federal Government abandons biosecurity levy plan

The Federal Government has abandoned plans to introduce an onshore biosecurity levy, which had been a central plank of its strategy to boost resourcing of border security to protect the multi billion dollar agricultural sector. Source: Beef Central Federal Government abandons biosecurity levy plan

Lobbyists thwart Government levy plan designed to tackle pests and diseases

After more than a year of lobbying by cement, minerals and freight industry groups, the Federal Government abandons a promise that would raise millions of dollars to protect Australian farmers from pests and diseases. Source: ABC Livestock Lobbyists thwart Government levy plan designed to tackle pests and diseases

China puts 80pc tariff on Australian barley

China has imposed a five-year tariff on Australian barley which is effective immediately and lifts its price by 80 per cent. Source: Grain Central China puts 80pc tariff on Australian barley

Australian Agriculture Minister told China has no time to talk with him

The Federal Agriculture Minister confirms he’s been unable to speak with his Chinese counterpart on the eve of an expected tariff being formally imposed on Australian barley. Source: ABC Grain Australian Agriculture Minister told China has no time to talk with him

China not returning Trade Minister's calls amid escalating tensions

High-ranking calls to China have gone unanswered amid an escalating trade dispute with Australia that has been fuelled by requests for an investigation into the origins of COVID-19. Source: ABC Grain China not returning Trade Minister’s calls amid escalating tensions

Indonesia trade deal to come into effect July 5

Indonesia has completed the domestic ratification process for the free trade deal with Australia, clearing the way for the bilateral agreement to come into effect on July 5. Source: Beef Central Indonesia trade deal to come into effect July 5

Palaszczuk writes to Morrison over China's blacklisting of Queensland abattoirs

Queensland’s Premier is writing to the Prime Minister in a bid to stop a “full-blown trade war” with China, which she says could threaten thousands of the state’s beef processing jobs. Source: ABC Livestock Palaszczuk writes to Morrison over China’s blacklisting of Queensland abattoirs

Trace mineral warning with first green pasture

A PASTURE flush expected after recent rain has prompted Agriculture Victoria to remind sheep producers of the potential for trace mineral deficiency diseases to affect lambs this year. Source: Sheep Central Trace mineral warning with first green pasture

Federal grants to fund ag show sheep, wool and shearing upgrades

SEVERAL agricultural shows across Australia will upgrade sheep, wool and shearing facilities as part of $20 million in grants announced by Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud last week. Source: Sheep Central Federal grants to fund ag show sheep, wool and shearing upgrades

Livestock transporters welcome heavy vehicle charge freeze

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Australia (ALRTA) has applauded the Federal Government’s decision to freeze the heavy vehicle Road User Charge (RUC). Source: Beef Central Livestock transporters welcome heavy vehicle charge freeze

Littleproud calls for co-operation to limit abattoir COVID-19 spread

CO-OPERATION and collaboration was the best way to ensure more COVID-19 outbreaks did not occur in Australia’s meat processing sector, Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said today. Source: Sheep Central Littleproud calls for co-operation to limit abattoir COVID-19 spread

Signature Beef processing project closes $24m Govt loan

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility this week announced it had reached the ‘contractual close’ stage for a $24 million loan to Signature Onfarm Pty Ltd to develop a specialsied beef processing facility on Queensland’s Central Highlands. Source: Beef Central Signature Beef processing project closes m Govt loan

Victorian Government expands drought assistance for farmers

VICTORIA’S drought-affected farmers have been offered expanded government grant support to give greater access to the technology and expertise needed to prepare for future seasons. Source: Sheep Central Victorian Government expands drought assistance for farmers

Victorian Agriculture Minister sees merit in onshore wool processing

VICTORIA’S Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes has come out in support of expanding onshore wool processing in Australia as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts global manufacturing and supply chains. Source: Sheep Central Victorian Agriculture Minister sees merit in onshore wool processing

Livestock transporters applaud road use charge freeze

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Australia (ALRTA) has applauded the Federal Government’s decision to freeze the heavy vehicle Road User Charge (RUC). Source: Beef Central Livestock transporters applaud road use charge freeze

Victorian Minister for Agriculture to outline regional vision

VICTORIAN Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes will outline her vision for regional Victoria post COVID-19 during a special Rural Press Club of Victoria webinar this week. Source: Sheep Central Victorian Minister for Agriculture to outline regional vision

Basing fuel reserve in US “a strategic error”: Trucking association

The Australian Government’s decision to establish its fuel reserve in the United States is a serious strategic error, chair of the Australian Trucking Association, Geoff Crouch, said this week.  Source: Beef Central Basing fuel reserve in US “a strategic error”: Trucking association

Study reveals true cost of trade barriers, subsidies to Australian ag

A new AgriFutures Australia-funded study shows that farm subsidies and import barriers abroad lowered Australia’s net farm incomes by 15 per cent and reduced its farm exports by 29 per cent.  Source: Beef Central Study reveals true cost of trade barriers, subsidies to Australian ag

Australia does not have a food security problem: government report

Plenty of healthy, safe food to go round in time of COVID-19, as government analysts confirm Australia as one of most food secure nations in the world. Source: ABC Grain Australia does not have a food security problem: government report

Australia has world leading food security, ABARES assures consumers

ABARES has released a new report this morning reassuring Australians that recent concerns about food security following COVID-19 generated panic shopping in supermarkets are understandable, but misplaced. Source: Beef Central Australia has world leading food security, ABARES assures consumers

NSW DPI offers biosecurity tips to limit spread of pasture dieback

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has urged producers and contractors to adopt thorough biosecurity practices to help limit the spread of pasture dieback, which has been identified for the first time in NSW on the North Coast. Source: Beef Central NSW DPI offers biosecurity tips to limit spread of pasture dieback

MLA and government invest $5.4 million for pasture dieback research

MEAT & Livestock Australia and the Federal Goverment will invest $5.4 million in new research projects investigating pasture dieback after it re-emerged following widespread rain across parts of Queensland and was confirmed on New South Wales’ north coast. Source: Sheep Central MLA and government invest .4 million for pasture dieback research

$5.4m investment in R&D projects to tackle pasture dieback

A $5.4 million industry/government investment is being made in new research projects investigating pasture dieback amid concerns over its re-emergence following widespread rain across parts of Queensland. Source: Beef Central .4m investment in R&D projects to tackle pasture dieback

Victoria launches Livestock Biosecurity Grants Program

VICTORIA’S Livestock Biosecurity Funds Grant Program has been launched with priority investment areas for projects that prevent, monitor and control diseases. Source: Sheep Central Victoria launches Livestock Biosecurity Grants Program

RPC webinar with David Littleproud: ‘Australia awakening to importance of ag’

Australia has awoken to the importance of agriculture which is underpinning the nation’s security by providing food assurity during the current COVID-19 crisis, according to Federal Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud. Source: Beef Central RPC webinar with David Littleproud: ‘Australia awakening to importance of ag’

Nation beholden to agriculture in testing times: Littleproud

Australia has awoken to the importance of agriculture which is underpinning the nation’s security by providing food assurity during the COVID-19 crisis. Source: Grain Central Nation beholden to agriculture in testing times: Littleproud

Visa changes to secure farm workforce during COVID-19 crisis

The Federal Government is making temporary changes to visa arrangements to help farmers access the workforce they need during the COVID-19 crisis. Source: Grain Central Visa changes to secure farm workforce during COVID-19 crisis

$110m Govt package to underpin ag airfreight export operations

THE Federal Government has launched a $110 million package designed to get air freight exports of red meat, seafood and other perishable food commodities moving again. Beef Central first wrote… Source: Sheep Central 0m Govt package to underpin ag airfreight export operations

Govt urged to ‘urgently expand’ biosecurity dog numbers

The Department of Agriculture has been urged to urgently expand the number of biosecurity detector dogs being used at incoming passenger and mail centres. Source: Beef Central Govt urged to ‘urgently expand’ biosecurity dog numbers

Agriculture Victoria support continuing, but bounty centres closing

VICTORIAN farms and agribusinesses continuing to keep Victorian supermarkets stocked and food on the nation’s tables during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with have the help of Agriculture Victoria. Source: Sheep Central Agriculture Victoria support continuing, but bounty centres closing

FIRB extends overseas buyer scrutiny, in the wake of COVID-19

The Federal Government last night announced deeper levels of scrutiny of foreign investments in Australia, in the wake of any economic impact brought on by COVID-19. It stressed, however, that the move was not a ‘foreign investment freeze.’ Source: Beef Central FIRB extends overseas buyer scrutiny, in the wake of COVID-19

Rice industry seeks water allocation to counter drought, COVID-19 impacts

SunRice has commenced discussions with the Commonwealth Government for an allocation of water to rice growers ahead of the 2020 planting to ensure the continued supply of rice for domestic consumption. Source: Grain Central Rice industry seeks water allocation to counter drought, COVID-19 impacts

NSW sets up COVID-19 team to assist primary industries

The NSW DPI has activated a new specialist Primary Industries Liaison Team and launched an online resource to help the primary industries sector navigate the challenges and impacts of COVID-19. Source: Grain Central NSW sets up COVID-19 team to assist primary industries

Governments reserve recognition of agriculture as an essential service

AUSTRALIAN farmer bodies federally and at the state level seem yet to have formal recognition for agriculture and agribusinesses as essential services as the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis deepens. Source: Sheep Central Governments reserve recognition of agriculture as an essential service

Cattle trucks to roll on despite State lockdowns

Cattle movements across state borders and through export ports should continue to flow smoothly despite new transport restrictions designed to stem the spread of COVID-19. Source: Beef Central Cattle trucks to roll on despite State lockdowns

Live exporters write to Minister over coronavirus issues

Livestock export industry leaders say they are working with ports and federal and State Governments to find ways to ensure the trade can continue to operate through the new restrictions introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus. Source: Beef Central Live exporters write to Minister over coronavirus issues

Heavy vehicle regulator launches review into livestock transport safety

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator says livestock transport represents only four percent of the national freight task but accounts for more than 10 per cent of accidents, including a significant number of rollovers. Source: Beef Central Heavy vehicle regulator launches review into livestock transport safety

Meat processors, retailers support Govt’s coronavirus stimulus package

Meat processors and retailers have welcomed the Federal Government’s coronavirus stimulus package announced yesterday, emphasising the impact that it will have on the already struggling post farm-gate meat industry. Source: Beef Central Meat processors, retailers support Govt’s coronavirus stimulus package

Targeted bushfire recovery support for Vic red meat producers

Victorian red meat producers affected by recent bushfires can now access free one-on-one support from a local farm management consultant through a partnership between the Victorian Government and Meat & Livestock Australia. Source: Beef Central Targeted bushfire recovery support for Vic red meat producers

Qld Govt commits $1m to Beef Australia 2021 event

The Queensland Government has announced a $1 million funding package  backing one of the world’s great beef cattle events, Beef Australia 2021, to be held in Australia’s beef capital Rockhampton in May next year. Source: Beef Central Qld Govt commits m to Beef Australia 2021 event

Govt rejects PC call to axe regional tax concessions

The Productivity Commission has recommended abolishing three longstanding tax concessions and payments for remote areas, but the Morrison Government has moved quickly to reject the proposal. Source: Beef Central Govt rejects PC call to axe regional tax concessions

Energy policy shake-up flagged as Government looks to dump solar, wind investment

New technologies will be prioritised in a bid to reduce Australia’s greenhouse emissions, the Energy Minister says, but environmentalists say the move is simply delaying real action. Source: ABC Livestock Energy policy shake-up flagged as Government looks to dump solar, wind investment

Recruitment & HR: Labor appointees dominate Fair Work Commission ranks

Coalition Government appointees to the Fair Work Commission have been overwhelmingly frozen out of significant Full Bench determinations over the past three years, according to new analysis. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment & HR: Labor appointees dominate Fair Work Commission ranks

Indonesia-Australia free trade deal passes final hurdle

After years of negotiation, the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) has passed its final hurdle, after the agreement was ratified by the Indonesian Parliament last Thursday. Source: Beef Central Indonesia-Australia free trade deal passes final hurdle

Littleproud returns to agriculture ministry, as McKenzie falls to sports grants pressure

Newly-elected Nationals deputy leader David Littleproud has returned to the federal agriculture portfolio, as prime minister Scott Morrison announced a reshuffled ministry this morning following the departure of two senior frontbenchers this week. Source: Beef Central Littleproud returns to agriculture ministry, as McKenzie falls to sports grants pressure

EU Parliament considers meat tax proposal

THE European Parliament will tonight (Australian time) debate the case for introducing a “sustainability charge” on meat, proposed by the Tapp Coalition of health, environment and animal welfare organisations. Source: Beef Central EU Parliament considers meat tax proposal

Australia’s ambitious goals in EU and UK trade negotiations

With the next round of trade negotiations with the European Union set to kick off in Canberra next week, the Australian red meat industry is maintaining high ambitions for trade reform in both the EU, and the soon-to-be separated United Kingdom. Source: Beef Central Australia’s ambitious goals in EU and UK trade negotiations

'We're totally opposed': Call for protection of mighty Fitzroy River, after Murray-Darling woes

Thirteen months out from the next WA election, there’s pressure on the Government to deliver on a water plan for the Fitzroy River — a 2017 election promise to stimulate economic development in the Kimberley region. Source: ABC Livestock ‘We’re totally opposed’: Call for protection of mighty Fitzroy River, after Murray-Darling woes

China: Fallout continues for beef, in wake of coronavirus outbreak

The Chinese government has offered financial protection for food importers and other Chinese businesses in the latest fallout from the country’s coronavirus disease outbreak. Source: Beef Central China: Fallout continues for beef, in wake of coronavirus outbreak

Farming and construction cited at WorkSafe ad blitz launch

VICTORIA’S Labor Government has highlighted the farming and construction sectors as it portends increased inspections to enforce new laws that can jail employers responsible for a workplace death for up to 20 years. Source: Sheep Central Farming and construction cited at WorkSafe ad blitz launch

Senators told floodplain warnings not heeded on Inland Rail

ARTC’s route and engineering proposals for Inland Rail as it crosses the Condamine and Macintyre floodplains pose unacceptable risks, a Federal Government committee hearing on Wednesday in Millmerran was told. Source: Beef Central Senators told floodplain warnings not heeded on Inland Rail

Senators told floodplain warnings not heeded on Inland Rail

ARTC’s route and engineering proposals for Inland Rail as it crosses the Condamine and Macintyre floodplains pose unacceptable risks, a Federal Government committee hearing on Wednesday in Millmerran was told. Source: Grain Central Senators told floodplain warnings not heeded on Inland Rail

Losing McKenzie would be blow for red meat reform

Australia’s red meat industry reform process would suffer a serious setback if under pressure Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie is forced to leave the porfolio, industry representatives fear. Source: Beef Central Losing McKenzie would be blow for red meat reform

Vic Govt funds fencing upgrades following fires

The Victorian Government has today announced assistance for landholders in bushfire-affected communities to repair damaged or destroyed fences between private land and National Parks, State Parks and State forests. The… Source: Beef Central Vic Govt funds fencing upgrades following fires

$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