Tag: Government

Live export permit system lacks efficiency, review tells Dept of Ag

A review of the Federal Department of Agriculture’s system for issuing livestock export permits and health certificates has identified several concerns with its processes, including its reliance on outdated IT systems. Source: Beef Central Live export permit system lacks efficiency, review tells Dept of Ag

Prominent animal activist takes a bid at federal Senate

Chris Delforce, former director of animal activist group Aussie Farms, has put his hat in the ring for the upcoming federal election, angering the farming community. Source: ABC Livestock Prominent animal activist takes a bid at federal Senate

Create your own category, Littleproud urges plant protein manufacturers

Australia’s federal agriculture minister has urged manufacturers of plant protein products to focus on creating their own category rather than trying to copy meat. Source: Beef Central Create your own category, Littleproud urges plant protein manufacturers

Biodiversity rewards program for farmers planned

THE Federal Government will shortly begin consultation on legislation to support new income streams for farmers who improve biodiversity outcomes on their land. Source: Sheep Central Biodiversity rewards program for farmers planned

Will farmers lose access to diesel under net zero commitments?

In the wake of the Federal Government’s recent commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, Federal Agricultural Minister David Littleproud has been quizzed on the implications of the target for farm diesel use in Kerry Lonergan’s latest The Weekly Grill interview. Source: Beef Central Will farmers lose access to diesel under net zero… Read more »

Episode 39: Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud

Marking National Agriculture Day today, this week’s episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series sees host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat again on Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud  Source: Beef Central Episode 39: Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud

Voluntary biodiversity stewardship market to reward farmers for environmental outcomes

The Federal Government will shortly begin consultation on legislation to support new income streams for farmers who improve biodiversity outcomes on their land. The legislation would underpin a national voluntary biodiversity stewardship market, providing a consistent and credible way to describe and measure biodiversity outcomes, ag minister David Littleproud told a Brisbane audience this morning. … Read more »

Vic Nationals take up farm trespass fine fight

VICTORIAN farmers have backed a State Government Opposition call for more action on farm trespass fines after the Andrews Labor Government was challenged on the issue in parliament yesterday. Source: Sheep Central Vic Nationals take up farm trespass fine fight

National traceability for all horses

The Australian Government is providing a $1.1 million towards establishing national traceability arrangements for all horses. Source: Beef Central National traceability for all horses

Victorian farmers want a seat on pandemic committee

VICTORIAN farmers are calling for food supply chain representation on the State Government’s proposed Independent Pandemic Management Advisory Committee. Source: Sheep Central Victorian farmers want a seat on pandemic committee

Federal funds used to spur on horse tracing recommendations

The government has committed $1.1 million to help establish a horse traceability framework, following concerns a working group was failing to meet targets. Source: ABC Livestock Federal funds used to spur on horse tracing recommendations

AgForce calls for halt to Longreach Pastoral College sale

AgForce is calling on the State Government to hold off the sale of Longreach Pastoral College so it can be restored to its former glory as an agricultural teaching centre. Source: Beef Central AgForce calls for halt to Longreach Pastoral College sale

Funding to train abattoir workers to spot biosecurity problems

More than $450,000 in Federal Government funding has been allocated to improving animal disease capability at domestic abattoirs. Source: Beef Central Funding to train abattoir workers to spot biosecurity problems

Meat definitions inquiry turns to pub tests and zero sum games

It was another big day of hearings for the Senate Inquiry into the definitions of meat yesterday, as Senators Susan McDonald (Nationals) and Lloyd Whish-Wilson (Australian Greens) put in a marathon shift with questions to 18 industry groups and businesses across a full-day zoom session. Source: Beef Central Meat definitions inquiry turns to pub… Read more »

Putin your orders for Russian fertiliser

The Russian government’s more to place a quota on fertilizer exports for the next six months to keep prices lower for the domestic market will further exacerbate the scarcity of fertilizer into the market. Source: Grain Central Putin your orders for Russian fertiliser

Backpacker tax put down by High Court decision

AUSTRALIA’S sheep and wool industry has welcomed today’s High Court ruling that the ‘backpacker tax’ introduced in 2017 cannot be levied in Australia on citizens from some foreign countries. Source: Sheep Central Backpacker tax put down by High Court decision

NSW Government buys Avenel/Mount Westwood

THE New South Wales Government has bought Avenel/Mount Westwood near Broken Hill in the state’s far west to add to its national park area. Source: Beef Central NSW Government buys Avenel/Mount Westwood

Avenel/Mt Westwood and Koonaburra stations sell

THE New South Wales Government has added the Avenel/Mount Westwood Station aggregation near Broken Hill and Koonaburra Station near Ivanhoe to its national park area. Source: Sheep Central Avenel/Mt Westwood and Koonaburra stations sell

Agriculture groups react to Nationals’ net zero resolution

The National Party has come to a resolution on the debate over a net zero emissions by 2050 target and it has drawn a mixed reaction from politicians and lobby groups. Source: Beef Central Agriculture groups react to Nationals’ net zero resolution

Farmers welcome Nationals in-principle net zero agreement

The National Party’s in-principle agreement to net zero by 2050 is a welcome first step towards a stronger climate policy, according to Farmers for Climate Action. Source: Sheep Central Farmers welcome Nationals in-principle net zero agreement

Shearing contractors plan for visa worker relief

SHEARING contractors and wool producers are hoping the Federal Government will work to fast-track improved visa access for United Kingdom shearers and shed staff under new free trade and visa arrangements. Source: Sheep Central Shearing contractors plan for visa worker relief

Applications for Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot close Oct 27

Applications for the Federal Government’s $22.3 million Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot have opened and are being received through until October 27. Source: Beef Central Applications for Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot close Oct 27

Long-term biosecurity funding model needed

NSW Farmers is calling on state and federal governments to commit to a long-term funding model for biosecurity, suggesting a container levy as one option. Source: Sheep Central Long-term biosecurity funding model needed

Border blue casts doubt over harvest

The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison’s decision to overrule a planned removal of quarantine arrangements has sparked fresh fears harvest will be spoiled, according to NSW Farmers. Source: Grain Central Border blue casts doubt over harvest

New overseas shearer entry exemptions confirmed

PACIFIC island workers can be trained to shear sheep in Australia and shearers from other countries will be granted entry under regulatory changes confirmed by the Federal Government. Source: Sheep Central New overseas shearer entry exemptions confirmed

NSW parliamentary report questions models used to justify kangaroo culls

A state parliamentary inquiry has raised serious questions about the kangaroo harvest industry in New South Wales and highlighted welfare failings in how joeys are killed. Source: ABC Livestock NSW parliamentary report questions models used to justify kangaroo culls

Federal Govt releases $25m for ag shows in post-COVID recovery

The Federal Government has announced a $25 million package to help agricultural shows and field days bounce back from COVID 19, with estimates 700 events have been cancelled since the start of the pandemic. Source: Beef Central Federal Govt releases m for ag shows in post-COVID recovery

Major sheep shows welcome $25m federal funding boost

MAJOR sheep shows have welcomed $25 million in federal government funding for events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year. Source: Sheep Central Major sheep shows welcome m federal funding boost

Federal funds lift abattoir exotic disease awareness

AUSTRALIAN domestic abattoir workers have undergone training to identify biosecurity problems and improve their emergency animal disease preparedness with the help of Federal Government funding. Source: Sheep Central Federal funds lift abattoir exotic disease awareness

Minister Littleproud talks tough on wool culture – again

WOOL growers have been warned to address cultural issues in their levy-funded body Australian Wool Innovation this year, in a roundtable called by Agriculture minister David Littleproud. Source: Sheep Central Minister Littleproud talks tough on wool culture – again

Op-ed: No further loss of rural property rights for inner-city emissions

Imagine then a situation where you buy a fully roadworthy new car, only to be told a month later by the government that the car model is now illegal to drive. That is exactly what happened to thousands of farming families who bought agricultural land for grazing and were then told by the government that… Read more »

What would a net zero emissions policy mean for agriculture?

As the Coalition debates the idea of a zero carbon emissions policy, what would it mean for a sector that feels let down by the climate debate? Source: ABC Livestock What would a net zero emissions policy mean for agriculture?

NFF welcomes Ag Minister’s remarks to UN Food Systems Summit

National Farmers Federation Chief Executive Tony Mahar has welcomed remarks by Minister David Littleproud at the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) in a session devoted to leader’s statements. Source: Beef Central NFF welcomes Ag Minister’s remarks to UN Food Systems Summit

Four major northern ag developments gain momentum

Developing the north has been on the agenda for decades as governments and industries look to stimulate economies and take advantage of untapped potential. Source: Grain Central Four major northern ag developments gain momentum

Here’s four major northern ag developments that have gained momentum recently

While developing the north has been on the agenda for decades, recent years have seen some significant advance. Beef Central has compiled a list of the significant developments in recent years. Source: Beef Central Here’s four major northern ag developments that have gained momentum recently

Senator Susan McDonald to address Qld Rural Press Club lunch

Meat labelling will be in focus on Rural Women’s Day when Senator Susan McDonald addresses a lunch of the Rural Press Club of Queensland in Brisbane. Source: Beef Central Senator Susan McDonald to address Qld Rural Press Club lunch

AMIC seeks direct talks on metro processor workforce cuts

AUSTRALIA’S peak red meat processor body has called on Premier Daniel Andrews and health department leaders to consult directly on COVID-19 workforce caps on metropolitan plants. Source: Sheep Central AMIC seeks direct talks on metro processor workforce cuts

Meat industry still without answers about Melbourne processing workforce caps

The Australian Meat Industry Council has again called on the Office of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Victorian Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton and DHHS to consult directly with the industry on the current workforce caps in place for meat processing and manufacturing in Melbourne. Source: Beef Central Meat industry still without answers about… Read more »

Sun sets on WA attempts to eradicate Johne’s disease

The regulatory status of Johne’s disease will be reduced in Western Australia, after cattle industry representatives agreed that eradication of the chronic wasting disease is now unfeasible following a recent detection of the cattle strain on a cattle property in the State’s south, the WA Government has confirmed.  Source: Beef Central Sun sets on… Read more »

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 »