Tag: Government

Smart Farms Small Grants funds up to $50,000 available

FARMERS with clever, sustainable agriculture ideas can turn them into reality by applying for grants of up to $50,000 under Round three of the Smart Farms Small Grants program. Source: Sheep Central Smart Farms Small Grants funds up to ,000 available

DFAT investigates senior employee's alleged links to animal activist websites

A senior bureaucrat at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade — who is also the mother of a well-known animal rights activist — has been stood down pending an external investigation into potential links to animal activist websites. Source: ABC Livestock DFAT investigates senior employee’s alleged links to animal activist websites

After just one month on the job, what has sniffer dog Suki found?

The Federal Government sent Suki the sniffer dog to Darwin because of concerns about African swine fever, but in one month she has found more than just pork. Source: ABC Grain After just one month on the job, what has sniffer dog Suki found?

WA rethinks farm trespass laws after ABC investigation into horse racing industry

WA’s Attorney General says he went back to the drawing board on his long awaited draft farm trespass legislation following ABC 7.30’s investigation into the horse racing industry. Source: ABC Livestock WA rethinks farm trespass laws after ABC investigation into horse racing industry

Government's fodder announcement raises questions

The Federal Government’s plan to put 100 gigalitres towards animal feed raises more questions than answers for the fodder industry. Source: ABC Livestock Government’s fodder announcement raises questions

Are drought-stricken farmers really getting 'handouts'?

Australian farmers receive some of the lowest levels of government support in the world — and sceptics will argue this week’s $700 million drought stimulus package does little to change that, write Kath Sullivan and Lucy Barbour. Source: ABC Livestock Are drought-stricken farmers really getting ‘handouts’?

$1 billion drought package for hard-hit farmers and rural communities

Drought-hit farmers, small businesses and rural towns are set for a $1 billion Federal Government cash injection to keep stock fed and watered, businesses open, locals in work and pump funds into local economies, as part of a major drought stimulus package announced earlier today. Source: Beef Central billion drought package for hard-hit farmers… Read more »

Victoria passes legislation to allow mobile meat processing

Legislation has now passed the Victorian Parliament clearing the way for mobile abattoirs to process meat on farms for commercial sale in the State. Source: Beef Central Victoria passes legislation to allow mobile meat processing

Vietnamese man with pork-filled cakes denied entry

A VIETNAMESE man has been denied entry to Australia after nearly four kilograms of pork-fileld cakes were found in his luggage. Source: Sheep Central Vietnamese man with pork-filled cakes denied entry

Second tourist visa cancelled over biosecurity breach

A second international visitor has been refused entry to Australia as international animal health experts warn of the continuing spread of African swine fever through Asia and the world. Source: Beef Central Second tourist visa cancelled over biosecurity breach

Agriculture ministers agree on climate change initiative

AUSTRALIA’S agriculture minister have agreed to endorse a Victorian-led national program that will see governments work together to help farmers meet the challenges of climate change. Source: Sheep Central Agriculture ministers agree on climate change initiative

More flexibility introduced to Qld’s tick line

Landholders can apply to have the Queensland tick line moved in relation to their property’s location under a new system developed in consultation with producers and other livestock industry stakeholders. Source: Beef Central More flexibility introduced to Qld’s tick line

Changes will give more 30,000 farmers access to Farm Household Allowance

The Australian Government has introduced improvements to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) designed to help more than 30,000 farmers gain access to immediate support.  Source: Beef Central Changes will give more 30,000 farmers access to Farm Household Allowance

NT cattlemen welcome rejection of Non-Pastoral Use permit changes

Northern Territory cattle producers have welcomed news the NT Government will not proceed with proposed amendments to Non-Pastoral Use permits. Source: Beef Central NT cattlemen welcome rejection of Non-Pastoral Use permit changes

Funding go-ahead for NSW dams

The Federal and NSW governments have announced a $1 billion water infrastructure package for dam construction and upgrades in drought-affected NSW. Source: Grain Central Funding go-ahead for NSW dams

Independent calls for 'cohesive, dramatic' national climate strategy

An independent MP is leading a crossbench call pushing the Government to do more to help farmers and rural communities face climate change challenges into the future. Source: ABC Livestock Independent calls for ‘cohesive, dramatic’ national climate strategy

NSW anthrax vaccination initiative has federal support

VICTORIA and Queensland are yet to follow New South Wales’ lead in urging statewide vaccinations against anthrax by livestock producers, despite heightened awareness of an increased infection risk nationally. Source: Sheep Central NSW anthrax vaccination initiative has federal support

Rollover protection to be made compulsory for quad bikes

New, mandatory safety standards for quad bikes, including the compulsory fitting of rollover protection devices, have been announced by the Federal Government today. Source: Beef Central Rollover protection to be made compulsory for quad bikes

Trade agreements critical to Australia’s regions and red meat jobs 

The Australian red meat industry urged both sides of Government to proceed with ratification of two critical free trade agreements without delay, following today’s release of a Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) report. Source: Beef Central Trade agreements critical to Australia’s regions and red meat jobs 

Victorian Government extends quad bike and side-by-side rebate scheme

VICTORIA’S quad bike rebate has been extended for nine months and to small operators for the first time to help Victorian farmers improve safety on their properties. The Andrews Labor… Source: Sheep Central Victorian Government extends quad bike and side-by-side rebate scheme

Stock route fees must rise to maintain network: AgForce

AgForce says as drought conditions worsen it is clear that more money is need to maintain Queensland’s vital stock route networ Source: Beef Central Stock route fees must rise to maintain network: AgForce

Kimberley experience in using pain relief management for livestock

Kimberley (WA) beef producers the Brockhurst family have used a state-government backed Business Improvement Grant to explore the use of pain relief in cattle in extensive northern grazing conditions.   Source: Beef Central Kimberley experience in using pain relief management for livestock

Concessions for ag employers in new payroll system

Agricultural employers have been granted new options by the Australian Taxation Office to move toward a single touch payroll system. Source: Grain Central Concessions for ag employers in new payroll system

Health officials struggle to digest positive red meat study

A new scientific study has been published casting serious doubt on the scientific methods used to underpin public dietary guidelines that recommend significant reductions in red meat consumption – and the finding isn’t being well received by public health officials. Source: Beef Central Health officials struggle to digest positive red meat study

Scarcity drives water prices, not government water recovery: new research

Water scarcity due to seasonal change or water allocation reductions had far more influence on water prices in the Murray Darling Basin than government water recovery a recent study has found. Source: Grain Central Scarcity drives water prices, not government water recovery: new research

Bloat losses in NSW, Vic – but capsules still not available

While drought across much of eastern Australia has negated the need for bloat capsules in many areas, there are still regions in NSW and Victoria where bloat is causing losses – and capsules are still years away from being available in Australia. Source: Beef Central Bloat losses in NSW, Vic – but capsules still… Read more »

Qld Govt says data shows tick line is holding up

Queensland’s Minister for Agriculture says that despite a number of recently publicised tick incursions in tick-free areas, Queensland’s cattle tick line is proving to be a robust line of defence against cattle ticks. Source: Beef Central Qld Govt says data shows tick line is holding up

$100 million added to Federal drought support funding + VIDEO

Visiting Dalby today Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that nearly $100 million has been added to the Federal Government’s drought support package, on top of more than $7 billion in drought support funding already provided by the Government. But NSW Farmers says more detail is needed. Source: Beef Central 0 million added to… Read more »

Federal loan support for Moranbah abattoir project

The new on farm beef processing facility soon to be constructed near Moranbah by Blair and Josie Angus’ Signature Onfarm Pty Ltd has been approved for a Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility loan of up to $25 million, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan announced today. Source: Beef Central Federal loan support for… Read more »

Australia and China finalise red meat agreement

AUSTRALIA has finalised a new red meat agreement with China to strengthen food safety processes and bilateral exchanges around technical know-how, marketing, and research and development investment. Source: Sheep Central Australia and China finalise red meat agreement

China and Australia finalise red meat MoU

Australia’s Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie has welcomed the finalisation of a new memorandum of understanding between the Australian and Chinese meat industries. Source: Beef Central China and Australia finalise red meat MoU

Victorian Government launches new farm crime unit

A FARM Crime Co-ordination Unit with boosted resources will be created in Victoria, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville announced today. Source: Sheep Central Victorian Government launches new farm crime unit

Ag Minister McKenzie releases RDC discussion paper

MODERNISING Australia’s agricultural research and development corporation structure is the focus of a discussion paper released for comment today. Source: Sheep Central Ag Minister McKenzie releases RDC discussion paper

New independent umpire to oversee live export sector

Federal Parliament has passed new laws to introduce independent oversight of the $1.7 billion live export industry, to boost animal welfare outcomes and further enhance Australia’s position as a “world leader”. Source: Beef Central New independent umpire to oversee live export sector

Research and development comes under the spotlight

The Federal Government has launched a discussion paper today calling for ideas to modernise Australia’s research and development corporations (RDCs). Source: Grain Central Research and development comes under the spotlight

Beef leaders urge Parliament to ratify Indo-Aus FTA

Leading Australian beef industry figures have urged Federal Parliamentarians to work quickly to ratify Australia’s free trade agreement with Indonesia as soon as possible, stressing that shifting political dynamics mean Australia’s relationship with its near neighbour has never been more important. Source: Beef Central Beef leaders urge Parliament to ratify Indo-Aus FTA

Rising disease risks put biosecurity resourcing in spotlight

AS the Federal Government holds emergency meetings to discuss what more can be done to prevent African Swine Fever from entering Australia, recent trade developments that have increased the potential risk of Foot and Mouth Disease in the region are also raising industry concern. Source: Beef Central Rising disease risks put biosecurity resourcing in… Read more »

Reforms ahead in agriculture’s approach to R&D

Federal agriculture minister Sen Bridget McKenzie yesterday announced the formation of an advisory body to provide options on reform opportunities for agriculture’s research and development system, as part of a drive to ‘modernise innovation.’ Source: Grain Central Reforms ahead in agriculture’s approach to R&D

NSW appoints first dairy advocate in bid to help industry in crisis

Making good on an election promise, the NSW Government has named its first dairy advocate, who is vowing to highlight the pressures faced by farmers at both ends of the supply chain. Source: ABC Livestock NSW appoints first dairy advocate in bid to help industry in crisis

Multi-purpose detector dogs mean no loss in biosecurity protections: Dept

The Department of Agriculture says a reduction in detector dog numbers over the past seven years, as revealed by the Inspector General of Biosecurity report in May, does not equate to a loss in biosecurity protection. Source: Beef Central Multi-purpose detector dogs mean no loss in biosecurity protections: Dept

NT's biggest ever land-clearing bid at Maryfield Station delayed in court

A judge finds “extraordinary” flaws in the environment watchdog’s decision not to require a formal impact assessment on a bid to clear 20,000 hectares of native vegetation on a cattle station south of Darwin, but steers clear of arguments over climate change. Source: ABC Livestock NT’s biggest ever land-clearing bid at Maryfield Station delayed… Read more »

Last chance for Vic farmers to claim $1200 quad bike safety rebate

Farmers have less than a month to claim a $1,200 rebate for two quad bike operator protection devices (OPDs) or a safer alternative farm vehicle before the Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme closes on 30 September 2019. Source: Beef Central Last chance for Vic farmers to claim 00 quad bike safety rebate

55pc drop in detection dogs punctures Federal Govt biosecurity claims – UPDATED

A 55 percent decrease in the number of biosecurity detector dogs working at Australian airports over the past seven years stands in contrast to Federal Government assurances it is doing everything it can to stop disease threats at the border. Source: Beef Central 55pc drop in detection dogs punctures Federal Govt biosecurity claims –… Read more »

Ombudsman SA finds SafeWork SA mishandled saleyards investigation

Livestock handlers are concerned about safety regulators around the country understanding the hazards of handling livestock, after SafeWork SA mishandled an investigation into a saleyard fault. Source: ABC Livestock Ombudsman SA finds SafeWork SA mishandled saleyards investigation

Gracemere stock standstill

The Gracemere saleyards was the scene of a major animal health exercise last week, hosted by Gavin Tickle and his staff at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange (CQLX), with support from Biosecurity Queensland, Animal Health Australia (AHA) and the Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association (ALPA). Source: Beef Central Gracemere stock standstill

Emergency roundtable to address African Swine Fever threat

Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie has convened an emergency roundtable of biosecurity experts in Canberra this Friday to discuss if more can be done to stop the disease entering Australia. Source: Beef Central Emergency roundtable to address African Swine Fever threat

Farm bodies and researchers unite to boost Q Fever vaccine investment

STATE and Federal Governments will be asked to sign up to a national partnership agreement on Q Fever to boost investment in developing a vaccine for the debilitating disease. Source: Sheep Central Farm bodies and researchers unite to boost Q Fever vaccine investment

Government misses second biosecurity levy deadline

Opposition Agriculture Spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon has accused the Morrison Government of dragging the chain on adequately resourcing biosecurity protections, after it missed a second deadline yesterday to introduce a new biosecurity levy. Source: Beef Central Government misses second biosecurity levy deadline

Webinar: How to reliably establish leucaena

join Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Senior Agronomist Stuart Buck in this upcoming webinar, who will discuss the climate and soil requirements of leucaena together with the recommended practices to prepare, plant and establish the browse legume. Source: Beef Central Webinar: How to reliably establish leucaena

Bill cracking down on unlawful activism goes before Qld Parliament

Animal activists who conduct protests unfairly targeting Queensland producers could face longer jail terms and bigger fines for creating a biosecurity risk under legislation introduced into State Parliament last week. Source: Beef Central Bill cracking down on unlawful activism goes before Qld Parliament

Mandatory sheep and goat EID boosts NLIS compliance

MANDATORY Victorian electronic sheep and goat ear tag use and online workshops have boosted overall National Livestock Identification System compliance, Meat & Livestock Australia has reported. Source: Sheep Central Mandatory sheep and goat EID boosts NLIS compliance

Former deputy PM, Tim Fischer, dies at 73

Former deputy prime minister and leader of the Nationals, Tim Fischer, has died, aged 73. Source: Grain Central Former deputy PM, Tim Fischer, dies at 73

Nationalised animal welfare standards would underpin farm trespass laws

MEAT processors have called for harmonised national standards for animal welfare as new federal legislation is introduced to increase jail sentences for farm invasion and harassment. Source: Sheep Central Nationalised animal welfare standards would underpin farm trespass laws

Comment: Red meat reform process needs solutions, not just criticisms

While there has been lots of talk so far from a relatively small number of people, where the ‘silent majority’ of levy payers stand on the red meat sector reform proposal put forward in early July remains a critically important, but as yet unanswered, question.  Source: Beef Central Comment: Red meat reform process needs… Read more »

Time for national animal welfare standards, says AMIC

As new legislation to introduce jail sentences for people who incite farm invasion and harassment makes its way through parliament, processors have called on state and federal governments to work together on harmonised national standards for animal welfare across the supply chain. Source: Beef Central Time for national animal welfare standards, says AMIC

National farm debt mediation scheme a priority

A national farm debt mediation scheme remains a priority, as outlined in the Government’s Banking Royal Commission Implementation Roadmap, rural finance minister David Littleproud says Source: Beef Central National farm debt mediation scheme a priority

‘Some improvement’ in cattle and beef industry transparency, says ACCC

The cattle and beef industry has taken some steps towards improving transparency in dealings between processers and livestock producers, but more work is needed, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has noted. Source: Beef Central ‘Some improvement’ in cattle and beef industry transparency, says ACCC

SA lifts GM moratorium

The South Australian Government has today announced farmers on mainland SA will be given the choice to plant GM food crops next season. Source: Grain Central SA lifts GM moratorium

Red meat white paper: Where does Government stand?

A big unknown surrounding the red meat MoU review process currently underway is where the Federal Government stands. Source: Beef Central Red meat white paper: Where does Government stand?

Eight messages from Senate grilling of new farm protection laws

New legislation which would introduce jail sentences for people who incite farm invasion and harassment was put under the microscrope by Senators in a public hearing in Canberra this week. Source: Beef Central Eight messages from Senate grilling of new farm protection laws

Quad bike $1200 rebate period running out in Victoria

VICTORIAN farmers have reminded they have only six weeks to apply for a $1200 rebate under the Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme. Source: Sheep Central Quad bike 00 rebate period running out in Victoria

Australia urgently needs real sustainable agriculture policy

Australia urgently needs a contemporary definition of sustainable agriculture, including agreed on-farm metrics, according to UNE senior research fellow and lecturer, Jacqueline Williams. Source: Beef Central Australia urgently needs real sustainable agriculture policy

Miners back stronger deterrents against trespass

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) supports the strong action the Federal Government is taking on anti-farming activists and is urging the Government to extend the laws to cover mining-related businesses and infrastructure. Source: Beef Central Miners back stronger deterrents against trespass

Australia urgently needs real sustainable agriculture policy

Australia urgently needs a contemporary definition of sustainable agriculture, including agreed on-farm metrics, according to UNE senior research fellow and lecturer, Jacqueline Williams. Source: Grain Central Australia urgently needs real sustainable agriculture policy

Emergency fuel reserve must be held in Aus, truckies warn

Australia’s emergency fuel reserves must be held in Australia, chair of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Geoff Crouch said today, following reports the Australian Government is seeking access to the United States’ strategic petroleum reserve.  Source: Beef Central Emergency fuel reserve must be held in Aus, truckies warn

Dartbrook coal mine approved to recommence operations

A controversial plan to reopen a ‘mothballed’ coal mine in the New South Wales Upper Hunter Valley is approved, but a five-year extension on the mine’s life is denied. Source: ABC Livestock Dartbrook coal mine approved to recommence operations

Outback cattle station unveils major hemp plans

The NT Government gives the green light for famers to grow industrial hemp, with an outback cattle station expected to be the first one to start planting. Source: ABC Livestock Outback cattle station unveils major hemp plans

CQUni agtech tested for Argentinean farming systems

CQUniversity researchers are investigating Argentinean beef production systems with a view to opening markets for emerging agtech company, DataMuster. Source: Beef Central CQUni agtech tested for Argentinean farming systems

Sheep breeder seeks government commitment on AWI governance

AUSTRALIA’S Federal Government was sent a strong message to commit to full implementation of governance changes within Australian Wool Innovation, during an ANZ Agribusiness lunch panel session at Hamilton’s Sheepvention rural expo this week. Source: Sheep Central Sheep breeder seeks government commitment on AWI governance

Tasmania extends ban on GMOs

The Tasmanian Government has extended its ban on the introduction of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) into the island state until 2029. Source: Grain Central Tasmania extends ban on GMOs

ACCC to investigate Murray Darling water market

The terms of reference for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) inquiry into the Murray Darling Basin water market have been released today. Source: Grain Central ACCC to investigate Murray Darling water market

Courses to boost Australia’s biosecurity response capacity

Australia’s government biosecurity personnel now have greater access to professional development and training through two qualifications developed as part of the Biosecurity Emergency Response Training Australia (BERTA) training and assessment materials project. Source: Beef Central Courses to boost Australia’s biosecurity response capacity

Inspector-General to police Murray Darling water use

Former Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Mick Keelty, is to be appointed Interim Inspector-General of the Murray Darling Basin to ensure all water users follow the rules. Source: Grain Central Inspector-General to police Murray Darling water use

Meat processors condemn illegal abattoir operation

The operators of an alleged illegal slaughterhouse outside Melbourne should face the harshest available penalties, the Australian Meat Industry Council says…Read More Source: Beef Central Meat processors condemn illegal abattoir operation

Ag Dept concludes probe into livex “cash for cruelty” claims

The Department of Agriculture says its investigation into allegations that live export workers had been offered money by animal rights groups to obtain and leak footage of animal cruelty on export vessels has found no evidence to support the claims. ..Read More Source: Beef Central Ag Dept concludes probe into livex “cash for cruelty” claims

Spotlight on large scale solar developments on farmland

NSW Farmers has called for a more stringent oversight of planning approvals, and better compliance and enforcement with respect to the development of large-scale solar on agricultural lands…Read More Source: Grain Central Spotlight on large scale solar developments on farmland

Sediment is causing the Great Barrier Reef significant harm, but a fix is contentious

New laws are before Queensland Parliament to protect the Great Barrier Reef from harmful nutrient and sediment run-off, with a voluntary scheme not working fast enough according to the Environment Minister. Source: ABC Livestock Sediment is causing the Great Barrier Reef significant harm, but a fix is contentious

ANZ Terminals’ planned buy of GrainCorp arm sparks ACCC concerns

ANZ Terminals divestment of its Osborne storage in South Australia has not allayed Australia’s consumer watchdog’s concerns about a reduction in competition resulting from the company’s proposed buy of GrainCorp’s oil storage arm. ..Read More Source: Grain Central ANZ Terminals’ planned buy of GrainCorp arm sparks ACCC concerns

Future Drought Fund legislation gets bi-partisan support

AUSTRALIA’S National Farmers Federation has welcomed the bi-partisan support for the $100 million a year Future Drought Fund in the House of Representatives on Monday…Read More Source: Sheep Central Future Drought Fund legislation gets bi-partisan support

Mulesing law bill to follow NSW support for mandatory pain relief

NSW Farmers has supported the industry-led mandating of local anaesthetic or analgesia when mulesing sheep, potentially increasing the likelihood of state government support. In a move aimed at retaining sheep..Read More Source: Sheep Central Mulesing law bill to follow NSW support for mandatory pain relief

Rural communications coalition charges on Canberra

A broad coalition of regional organisations is converging on Canberra today to press upon politicians the urgent need to ensure regional Australians have access to more reliable and affordable telecommunications services. The post Rural communications coalition charges on Canberra appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Rural communications coalition charges on Canberra