Tag: Government

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

'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

UK farmers concerned about tariff-free access for Australian meat

AUSTRALIA’S peak farmer body has weighed into the United Kingdom trade debate as negotiations with Australia and New Zealand reach an advanced stage. Source: Beef Central UK farmers concerned about tariff-free access for Australian meat

China-Australia Free Trade Agreement unaffected by dialogue decision

SUSPENSION of the strategic economic dialogue between Australia and China is not expected to affect the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, according to the Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment. Source: Sheep Central China-Australia Free Trade Agreement unaffected by dialogue decision

UK farmers concerned about tariff-free access for Australian meat

AUSTRALIA’S peak farmer body has weighed into the United Kingdom trade debate as negotiations with Australia and New Zealand reach an advanced stage. Source: Sheep Central UK farmers concerned about tariff-free access for Australian meat

Argentina puts snap ban on beef exports and China is going to feel it

Argentina is one of the world’s biggest beef exporters, but with an election looming and domestic prices on the rise, it’s shutting down trade for 30 days in a move that is likely to have a significant global impact. Source: ABC Livestock Argentina puts snap ban on beef exports and China is going to… Read more »

Argentina’s surprise beef export ban leaves huge void in China market

Argentina, one of the largest beef exporters to China, has imposed a surprise 30-day ban on all beef exports out of the South American nation, in an effort to contain domestic Argentinean meat prices. The move has big implications for China, where Argentine directs 70pc of its beef exports. Source: Beef Central Argentina’s surprise… Read more »

Expert plugs smart tag spend in national biosecurity budget

A LEADING agriculture expert from CQUniversity Australia has urged government not to ignore digital technologies in their budget commitment to national biosecurity initiatives. Source: Sheep Central Expert plugs smart tag spend in national biosecurity budget

Feedback on review of Qld animal welfare laws closing soon

Queenslanders are reminded to have their say on a major review of the State’s animal welfare laws before consultation closes on May 21. Source: Beef Central Feedback on review of Qld animal welfare laws closing soon

Pay dirt: $200 million plan for Australia’s degraded soil is a crucial turning point

Until now, we’ve lacked an integrated national approach to managing soil health. That changed in this week’s federal budget, when Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced almost A$200 million for a National Soils Strategy. Source: Beef Central Pay dirt: 0 million plan for Australia’s degraded soil is a crucial turning point

VFF calls on State Government to follow federal budget lead

VICTORIA’S peak farming body has called on its State Government to match the welcomed Federal Budget with commitments to support the state’s farmers. Source: Sheep Central VFF calls on State Government to follow federal budget lead

International border closure and worker access not addressed in budget

AUSTRALIA’S prolonged international border closure and decreased access to workers has not been addressed in the Federal Budget, according to the nation’s peak meat processor body. Source: Sheep Central International border closure and worker access not addressed in budget

Federal Budget: Soils, asset write-offs big winners for ag

Farming bodies have reacted favourably to the Federal Government’s 2021-22 Budget handed down last night, which includes big spends for soils and biosecurity, and an extension to the instant asset write-offs introduced last year. Source: Grain Central Federal Budget: Soils, asset write-offs big winners for ag

Texas approves bill banning ‘meat’ and ‘beef’ from labels of plant-based foods

Lawmakers in America’s biggest cattle producing State approved a bill overnight that will ban plant-based food products and foods that do not contain meat from animals from using the terms “meat” or “beef” to describe the food on labels. Source: Beef Central Texas approves bill banning ‘meat’ and ‘beef’ from labels of plant-based foods

Federal Budget “shot in the arm” for ag

The 2021 Federal Budget has been described by the National Farmers Federation as “a shot in the arm for agriculture and regional Australia”, with welcomed investment in biosecurity, infrastructure, trade, telecommunications, climate change adaptation and health services. Source: Beef Central Federal Budget “shot in the arm” for ag

NSW Local Land Services seeks feedback on local strategic plans

NEW South Wales landholders can now have their say on local strategic plans developed by Local Land Services, with all 11 regional plans on exhibition until early June. Source: Sheep Central NSW Local Land Services seeks feedback on local strategic plans

Sheep Producers Australia welcomes $371m biosecurity boost

SHEEP Producers Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s pledge of $370 million for biosecurity funding, in the lead up to the Federal Budget. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia welcomes 1m biosecurity boost

Beef 2021: Cattle Council welcomes biosecurity boost

Cattle Council of Australia has welcomed a $371 million boost to the Australian biosecurity system, which was announced by the Morrison Government today. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021: Cattle Council welcomes biosecurity boost

PM announces $370m biosecurity boost at Beef Australia

Prime Minister Scott Morrison uses a trip to Beef Australia 2021 to announce biosecurity funding ahead of the Budget. Source: ABC Livestock PM announces 0m biosecurity boost at Beef Australia

ABARES calculates cost of agricultural trade protection

PROTECTIONIST agricultural trade measures have the potential to cost the Australian economy $1 trillion over 30 years, according to an ABARES research paper released today. Source: Sheep Central ABARES calculates cost of agricultural trade protection

Applications open for Biodiversity Stewardship Scheme

Cattle producers can now apply to take part in the Federal Government’s Agriculture Stewardship Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot Program. Source: Beef Central Applications open for Biodiversity Stewardship Scheme

NT cattle producers welcome drought hub announcement

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) has welcomed today’s announcement of $8m in funding to support the development of a northern NT/WA drought hub in Darwin. Source: Beef Central NT cattle producers welcome drought hub announcement

Australia backs livestock exports despite NZ sea shipment ban plan

AUSTRALIA’S Government and exporters have backed continuing live sheep and cattle exports despite a New Zealand plan to end all livestock shipments by sea by 2023 being applauded by the RSPCA. Source: Sheep Central Australia backs livestock exports despite NZ sea shipment ban plan

NZ announces ban on live cattle exports, with two-year phase out

The New Zealand Government has this morning announced a ban on live cattle exports by sea, with a two-year period to phase out the trade. Source: Beef Central NZ announces ban on live cattle exports, with two-year phase out

Govt must rule out massive truck rego hike: Trucking Association

Registration charges for about half of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet would increase significantly under a proposal developed by Austroads to lower emissions. Source: Beef Central Govt must rule out massive truck rego hike: Trucking Association

Grants available to assist farmers with flood recovery

Flood recovery grants of up to $75,000 jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales Governments are available to assist farmers revive local food and fibre production in flood affected regions. Source: Grain Central Grants available to assist farmers with flood recovery

Australian Wool Innovation defends evidence to senators

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has declared it has not misled a Senate Estimates committee despite several discrepancies in its evidence to a hearing in Canberra this week. Source: Sheep Central Australian Wool Innovation defends evidence to senators

Live exports being 'regulated into oblivion', says outgoing Cattlemen's president

The NT Cattlemen’s Association’s outgoing president says Canberra’s cost recovery program for regulating the live export industry would cut profits for the entire industry.  Source: ABC Livestock Live exports being ‘regulated into oblivion’, says outgoing Cattlemen’s president

ACCC calls for independent agency to oversee Murray-Darling water markets

The ACCC has called for the establishment of a new independent agency to oversee trading and ensure water markets in the Murray-Darling Basin operate fairly and with integrity. Source: Grain Central ACCC calls for independent agency to oversee Murray-Darling water markets

AWI grilled on 2019 election and agri-political activity claim

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has been grilled over its 2019 board election nomination process and a claim of agri-political activity, at a Senate Estimates hearing yesterday. Source: Sheep Central AWI grilled on 2019 election and agri-political activity claim

Agriculture Victoria boosts biosecurity and animal welfare staff

AGRICULTURE Victoria has boosted the number of authorised officers able to act on biosecurity and animal welfare threats, including the mulesing of sheep without pain relief in the state. Source: Sheep Central Agriculture Victoria boosts biosecurity and animal welfare staff

Farmers call for emergency measures to combat mice outbreak

NSW Farmers has called for urgent action from the NSW Government to support farmers and rural communities in combatting an escalating mice plague. Source: Grain Central Farmers call for emergency measures to combat mice outbreak

End of COVID JobKeeper could further pressure meat processing and retail trade

Smaller red meat processors currently operating under COVID JobKeeper protection could come under additional pressure next month, as the Federal Government’s $90 billion jobs support package comes to an end. Domestic retail and food service demand may come under pressure for the same reason, trade sources suggest. Source: Beef Central End of COVID JobKeeper… Read more »

WTO called on to help settle Australia-China barley dispute

The Australian Government will ask the WTO to establish a dispute-settlement panel in the next phase of the process to resolve anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed on Australian barley by China. Source: Grain Central WTO called on to help settle Australia-China barley dispute

Farm tax deferral drought measure under review

A $380-million-a-year government incentive that allows farmers to pay less tax is to undergo a federal review. Source: ABC Livestock Farm tax deferral drought measure under review

Processors welcome Govt decision to extend airfreight export initiative

The Federal government’s decision today to extend the COVID airfreight assistance mechanism until the end of September this year has been welcomed by red meat processors and exporters.    Source: Beef Central Processors welcome Govt decision to extend airfreight export initiative

China’s pork herd recovery still a long way off – despite Govt rhetoric

Independent meat industry analyst Simon Quilty has written-off recent optimistic Chinese rhetoric around its pig herd recovery, suggesting the country’s pork production will remain heavily impacted by African Swine Fever for years to come. He suggests 7-8 million more sows have been wiped-out in China in the past two months, in the latest recurrence of… Read more »

Live exporters: $15 million cost hike calls into question Ag Dept’s efficiency claims

Further scrutiny of proposed cost hikes the Federal Department of Agriculture is planning to impose on livestock exporters has raised new questions about the justification for the scale of the charge increases. Source: Beef Central Live exporters: million cost hike calls into question Ag Dept’s efficiency claims

NSW to lift ban on use of GM crops from July

New South Wales is to lift its moratorium on GM crops in July. The news has drawn mixed but mostly positive responses from voices in industry, research and lobby groups. Source: Grain Central NSW to lift ban on use of GM crops from July

Victorian scheme offers $5000 farm safety equipment rebates

REBATES of up to $5000 for infrastructure and equipment addressing health and safety risks will be available from the Victorian Government until 31 December this year. Source: Sheep Central Victorian scheme offers 00 farm safety equipment rebates

Live exporters facing huge cost surges under Federal cost-recovery plan

The cost of an annual livestock export license in Australia will soar from $25,000 to over $100,000 under the latest round of cost recovery increases planned by the Federal Government. Source: Beef Central Live exporters facing huge cost surges under Federal cost-recovery plan

'Why aren't we cooking them right now?': Risks of importing raw prawns under review

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud responds to warnings that Australia is being left wide open to aquatic disease outbreaks by announcing an independent advisory group to review his own department’s work. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Why aren’t we cooking them right now?’: Risks of importing raw prawns under review

NSW, Vic farmers invited to trial Wi-Fi calling under Federal trial

Australian wireless networking company Zetifi has issued a call out for farmers in New South Wales and northern Victoria to express their interest in trialling Wi-Fi calling as part of a Federal Government-backed program to provide improved phone services for rural and remote areas. Source: Beef Central NSW, Vic farmers invited to trial Wi-Fi… Read more »

NSW Farmers welcomes crackdown on biosecurity breaches

NSW Farmers has welcomed a crackdown on biosecurity breaches, as the Australian Government acts to further bolster protection from growing pest and disease threats. Source: Sheep Central NSW Farmers welcomes crackdown on biosecurity breaches

Government rules out Murray Basin rail gauge standardisation

The Victorian government says standardisation of the Sea Lake and Manangatang rail lines will not happen under the Murray Basin Rail Project, in a blow to farmers and freight operators. Source: ABC Grain Government rules out Murray Basin rail gauge standardisation

New Bill aims for tougher penalties for biosecurity breaches

The Australian Government is cracking down further on those who flout our biosecurity laws, with legislation introduced today giving courts access to higher penalties that reflect the true seriousness of non-compliance.  Source: Beef Central New Bill aims for tougher penalties for biosecurity breaches

Methane-reducing seaweed project scores $1m Govt grant for commercial roll-out

Sydney-based company Sea Forest has received a $1 million Federal Government grant to drive its expansion into the commercial production of the methane-inhibiting aspargopsis seaweed, for use as a livestock feed additive. Source: Beef Central Methane-reducing seaweed project scores m Govt grant for commercial roll-out

Ag emissions targets ‘incoherent’ says Nats senator

With ag industry bodies on one side and the Nationals on the other, net zero emission targets have become a central dividing line among groups representing rural Australia. Source: Beef Central Ag emissions targets ‘incoherent’ says Nats senator

'Ridiculous state of affairs': 15-month wait to get drought assistance

A NSW cattle farmer, who applied for a drought loan more than a year ago, says she’s relieved the funds have finally reached her bank account. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Ridiculous state of affairs’: 15-month wait to get drought assistance

No commitment on dingo introduction from Victorian Government

VICTORIAN farmers will continue to oppose the proposed trial introduction of dingoes into the state’s south-west until they get a government commitment to abandon the plan. Source: Sheep Central No commitment on dingo introduction from Victorian Government

COVID-19 inquiry outlines DHHS delays in abattoir contact tracing

A REPORT into the Victorian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the significant delays in its contact tracing response to an outbreak at Melbourne meat processor Cedar Meats last year. Source: Sheep Central COVID-19 inquiry outlines DHHS delays in abattoir contact tracing

Ag bosses say lowering carbon 'ethically right', Nationals call for farm exemptions

Australian agriculture industry bosses vow to continue efforts to lower carbon emissions from farming, despite an opposing push by the Federal Nationals to have agriculture excluded from any net zero emissions target. Source: ABC Livestock Ag bosses say lowering carbon ‘ethically right’, Nationals call for farm exemptions

New CQ meat processing project starts to access $24m govt loan

Central Queensland beef producers Blair and Josie Angus’s ambitious new beef processing project has received a financial close of a $24 million Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility loan that will secure the project. Source: Beef Central New CQ meat processing project starts to access m govt loan

Millions in flood recovery grants for Queensland farmers still on offer

The deadline for North Queensland farmers to claim a share of $300 million in a flood assistance scheme is extended after a “disappointing” take up. Source: ABC Livestock Millions in flood recovery grants for Queensland farmers still on offer

Why Indian farmers are so angry about the Modi government’s agricultural reforms

India’s farmers have been protesting since the autumn, with a growing intensity that culminated in a violent breaching of barriers in the Red Fort in Delhi during India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26. Source: Grain Central Why Indian farmers are so angry about the Modi government’s agricultural reforms

Govt grants aim to build national fuel security

Applications have opened for the Boosting Australia’s Diesel Storage program, a project that will contribute to the Federal Government’s long-term fuel security goal to increase domestic fuel storage to meet industry and community needs during an emergency, and into the future. Source: Beef Central Govt grants aim to build national fuel security

Govt grants aim to build national fuel security

Applications have opened for the Boosting Australia’s Diesel Storage program, a project that will contribute to the Federal Government’s long-term fuel security goal to increase domestic fuel storage to meet industry and community needs during an emergency, and into the future. Source: Grain Central Govt grants aim to build national fuel security

Denmark offers mink farmers up to $4 billion compensation after nationwide cull

Denmark’s mink farmers are to be compensated after the country’s entire herd of about 17 million mink were slaughtered in November amid fears the animals were passing a mutated strain of the coronavirus back to people. Source: ABC Livestock Denmark offers mink farmers up to billion compensation after nationwide cull

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