Tag: Government

New measures aimed at modernising meat export regulatory system

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

SA gets applications from 10 council areas to stay GM free

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

SE Asia Report: Indo importers struggling with Govt fixed pricing

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

Central Victorian health authority rolls out saliva COVID-19 testing

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

Federal Court hands down latest ruling on cattle genetics patent claim

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

Further delays in livex class action compensation

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

Farmers for Climate Action slam Federal Budget

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

Young rural Australians and water to benefit from budget

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

AMIC welcomes help for red meat sector in Federal Budget

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

Federal Budget 2020: What it means for agriculture

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

Industry calls for recovery fund to buffer China tariff impact

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

Churchill fellows to study livestock ID and regenerative ag

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

NZ environmental and carbon reforms feed low farmer confidence

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

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

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

Bushfire recovery program expands to help more Victorian farmers

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

VIC meat processor restrictions eased, but full capacity needed

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

Restrictions eased for VIC meat processors

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

No confirmation yet on easing for VIC meat processing restrictions

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

Ag worker code opens up southern borders

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

VIC Premier can’t confirm easing of meat processor restrictions

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

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

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

Processors looking on, as COVID restrictions ease in regional VIC

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

NFF welcomes Government’s fuel security plan

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

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

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

Trade deals have boosted Aus ag, and its competitors too

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

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

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

Lamb industry seeks clarity on meat processor roadmap

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

Breedcow & Dynama herd management tool goes online

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

DAWE releases draft export control rules for public consultation

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

Nationals leader calls for roadmap to open up meat processing

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

Victorian red meat processor COVID-19 restrictions stay in force

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

Victorian red meat processor COVID-19 restrictions stay in force

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

Government ditches Murray Darling water buyback strategy

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

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

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

Drought hubs and digital strategy funded by $86m investment

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

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

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

Ag worker code urgently needed: NSW Farmers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Restrictions to ease on NSW-Vic, Vic-SA borders

The strict COVID-19 travel restrictions along the NSW-Victoria and Victoria-SA borders will be eased slightly in coming days, allowing freer movement over a wider area for farmers and agricultural service providers.   Source: Beef Central Restrictions to ease on NSW-Vic, Vic-SA borders

Restrictions to ease on NSW-Vic, Vic-SA borders

The strict COVID-19 travel restrictions along the NSW-Victoria and Victoria-SA borders will be eased slightly in coming days, allowing freer movement over a wider area for farmers and agricultural service providers. Source: Grain Central Restrictions to ease on NSW-Vic, Vic-SA borders

$600m dairy deal with Chinese company ditched amid trade tensions

A $600 million deal to sell an Australia-based dairy business to a Chinese company is terminated, after failing to secure the approval of the Foreign Investment Review Board. Source: ABC Livestock 0m dairy deal with Chinese company ditched amid trade tensions

Victoria gives $1.5m boost to online ag product marketing

VICTORIAN Minister for Agriculture has announced $1.5 million in funding to help the state’s farmers and producers to expand into online marketing. Source: Sheep Central Victoria gives .5m boost to online ag product marketing

Qld-NSW border opens to agricultural workers, NSW launches ‘help harvest’ website

An exemption allowing farmers and agribusiness workers to cross the Queensland-New South Wales border was confirmed on Saturday, which should end three weeks of disruption and uncertainty for agricultural enterprises and service providers with business operations in both states. Source: Beef Central Qld-NSW border opens to agricultural workers, NSW launches ‘help harvest’ website

Queensland eases border restrictions for ‘essential’ agriculture

The Queensland Government will open the way for farmers and rural service providers to more easily cross between Queensland and NSW, declaring agriculture an essential service under the COVID-19 border restrictions. Source: Grain Central Queensland eases border restrictions for ‘essential’ agriculture

‘Help Harvest NSW’ to help secure ag workers for bumper harvest

NSW has today launched a new one-stop resource which will help agriculture overcome a COVID-induced labour shortage and get unemployed Australians into critical work. Source: Grain Central ‘Help Harvest NSW’ to help secure ag workers for bumper harvest

Exporter self-reports ESCAS non-compliance in Indonesia

An Australian livestock exporter has this week self-reported instances of Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System non-compliance in Indonesia to the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment. Source: Beef Central Exporter self-reports ESCAS non-compliance in Indonesia

Dept considering calls for real-time monitoring of CCTV in foreign abattoirs

The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment says it is considering calls by animal rights groups to introduce real-time Departmental monitoring of CCTV in foreign abattoirs processing Australian livestock, following the latest alleged breaches of Australian live export regulations in Jordan and Indonesia. Source: Beef Central Dept considering calls for real-time monitoring of CCTV… Read more »

Call for national ag permit to ease cross-border constraints

GrainGrowers has called for a national code that will enable the safe movement of agricultural workers for the forthcoming harvest in an era of COVID-19 border restrictions. Source: Grain Central Call for national ag permit to ease cross-border constraints

Permits for farmers and ag workers outside NSW-Vic border zone

Farmers and critical agricultural workers who reside outside the Border Region Zone in Victoria will now have a new pathway to enter NSW and move outside the ‘border bubble’ for work. NSW Farmers has welcomed the news but added the system needs to be extended to Qld. Source: Beef Central Permits for farmers and… Read more »

Victorian agriculture workers can now cross into NSW without quarantining

Farmers, contractors and those employed in the agriculture sector can now cross from Victoria into New South Wales without quarantining in Sydney for two weeks. Source: ABC Livestock Victorian agriculture workers can now cross into NSW without quarantining

NSW continues statewide surveillance for Parthenium weed

NEW South Wales’ Department of Primary Industries is continuing to co-ordinate statewide surveillance of known high-risk Parthenium areas in collaboration with local councils, weed control authorities and LLS regional weed coordinators. Source: Sheep Central NSW continues statewide surveillance for Parthenium weed

Questions surround soil carbon as an emissions reduction strategy

The Morrison government’s Technology Investment Roadmap, now open for public comment, identifies soil carbon as a potential way to reduce emissions from agriculture and to offset other emissions. But the plan contains misconceptions about the general effectiveness of soil carbon as an emissions reduction strategy, write two University of Melbourne academics. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Call for permit system to ease border closure constraints

NSW Farmers is backing calls for an agriculture permit system to address disruptions to routine farm management activities due to COVID-19 border closures. Source: Beef Central Call for permit system to ease border closure constraints

Call for permit system to ease border closure constraints on agriculture

NSW Farmers is backing calls for an agriculture permit system to address disruptions to routine farm management activities due to COVID-19 border closures. Source: Grain Central Call for permit system to ease border closure constraints on agriculture

SA Government approves new Port Spencer deepwater project

The SA Government has given the green light to Peninsula Ports to build a deepwater grain-only export facility, prompting a mixed reaction from locals and even some grain growers. Source: ABC Grain SA Government approves new Port Spencer deepwater project

'Supply chains will be let down': Pressure ramps up to resolve cross-border issues

The Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud is urging states to resolve major issues for residents and workers in rural and regional communities caused by recent border closures. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Supply chains will be let down’: Pressure ramps up to resolve cross-border issues

COVID border crisis unfairly impacting farmers, says Sen McKenzie

State government border closures due to COVID were impacting livestock and other food production and needed to be addressed urgently, Nationals Senate Leader Bridget McKenzie said this afternoon. Source: Beef Central COVID border crisis unfairly impacting farmers, says Sen McKenzie

Need help in making cents$ of carbon and emissions on farm?

PRACTICAL options for lowering on-farm carbon emission are outlined in Agriculture Victoria’s updated ‘Making cent$ of carbon and emissions’ booklet. Source: Sheep Central Need help in making cents$ of carbon and emissions on farm?

Harvesters hope to clear Queensland COVID hurdle

Contract harvesters in NSW and Victoria are hoping to gain exemptions from the Qld Government which will allow them to harvest crops in Qld in the face of new restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. Source: Grain Central Harvesters hope to clear Queensland COVID hurdle

Investigation launched into Aceh cattle slaughter footage

The Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has launched a new investigation into Australian livestock export supply chains in Indonesia  in response to new footage from Animals Australia. Source: Beef Central Investigation launched into Aceh cattle slaughter footage

Live export probe triggered by new 'distressing' inhumane slaughter footage from Indonesia

New “distressing” images have not been made public, but allegedly show Australian cattle restrained with ropes and having their throats cut without prior stunning in export-approved Indonesian abattoirs. Source: ABC Livestock Live export probe triggered by new ‘distressing’ inhumane slaughter footage from Indonesia

Vic Govt clarifies COVID processing limitations

Small Victorian meat processors will be exempted from workforce cuts being enforced as part of Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions coming into force across the state after midnight Friday, as Premier Daniel Andrews provides further detail around tighter processor operating conditions across the state. Source: Beef Central Vic Govt clarifies COVID processing limitations

Small Victorian meat processors exempt from COVID-19 cuts

SMALL Victorian meat processors will be exempted from workforce cuts being enforced as part of Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions coming into force across the state after midnight Friday. Source: Sheep Central Small Victorian meat processors exempt from COVID-19 cuts

Allenden Seeds upgrade to respond to Qld grower demand

A Queensland Government grant will enable Allenden Seeds at Goovigen to expand and better service demand from growers in Central and North Queensland. Source: Grain Central Allenden Seeds upgrade to respond to Qld grower demand

Vic Premier proposes ‘tailored approach’ to COVID processor restrictions

VICTORIAN Premier Daniel Andrews today indicated the State Government was working on tailoring its required workforce cuts to different meat processing sectors under the state’s new Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions, which come into effect at midnight on Friday. Source: Beef Central Vic Premier proposes ‘tailored approach’ to COVID processor restrictions

Hutt River Province to rejoin Commonwealth after 50-year stand-off

Australia’s most infamous micronation, the Principality of Hutt River, is set to rejoin the Commonwealth of Australia after going it alone for half a century. Source: ABC Grain Hutt River Province to rejoin Commonwealth after 50-year stand-off

Victorian meat processors to cut output under new COVID-19 rules

VICTORIAN meat processors will have to cut back production by a third and implement significant workplace safety measures after midnight Friday this week under new Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions announced today. Source: Sheep Central Victorian meat processors to cut output under new COVID-19 rules

Victorian processors limited to two-thirds of capacity, under tight new Govt rules

VICTORIAN meat processors will have to cut back production by one third and implement significant workplace safety measures after midnight Wednesday this week under new Stage Four COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Premier Daniel Andrews this afternoon. Source: Beef Central Victorian processors limited to two-thirds of capacity, under tight new Govt rules

Wool growers want a government director on the AWI board

WOOL growers want the Federal Government to have a seat on the board of the industry’s research, development and marketing body – Australian Wool Innovation — to assist with ongoing governance issues. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers want a government director on the AWI board

Are JobKeeper payments creating an unlevel playing field in the cattle market?

Suggestions have been raised this week that Government JobKeeper payments being received by some processing industry personnel are helping to distort competition for livestock – in what is already an incredibly competitive slaughter cattle supply environment this year. Source: Beef Central Are JobKeeper payments creating an unlevel playing field in the cattle market?

RDC shakedown on cards

A rationalisation of Australia’s research and development corporations (RDCs) and a framework in which Australian producers can be rewarded with premium pricing if they use exemplary stewardship are in the pipeline, according to Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud. Source: Beef Central RDC shakedown on cards

AGIC hears stewardship reward, RDC shakedown on cards

A rationalisation of Australia’s research and development corporations (RDCs) and a framework in which producers can be rewarded with premium pricing are in the pipeline, according to Ag Minister David Littleproud. Source: Grain Central AGIC hears stewardship reward, RDC shakedown on cards

Murray-Darling Basin water markets need major changes: ACCC

Water markets in the Murray-Darling Basin need major changes to allow for open, fair and efficient water trading that benefits water users, communities and the economy, the ACCC has found. Source: Grain Central Murray-Darling Basin water markets need major changes: ACCC

Call for government to back grain industry through COVID uncertainty

The Federal Government needs to get behind Australian farmers and help them through the challenges of the COVID pandemic by addressing trade, market and regulation issues, according to GrainGrowers Ltd. Source: Grain Central Call for government to back grain industry through COVID uncertainty

Tensions rise over WA Government's Fitzroy River election commitments

With less than eight months until the upcoming WA election, tensions are rising between a farm lobby group and traditional owners in the Fitzroy Valley over the future of the Fitzroy River. Source: ABC Livestock Tensions rise over WA Government’s Fitzroy River election commitments

‘Reckless’ UN blasted for meat misinformation campaign

Cattle Council of Australia is calling out the United Nations for its over-simplified claims regarding the impact the meat industry has on climate change. Source: Beef Central ‘Reckless’ UN blasted for meat misinformation campaign

Greater quality assurance needed in reef science, Dr Peter Ridd tells inquiry

Former James Cook University scientist Dr Peter Ridd tells a Federal Senate inquiry that higher levels of quality assurance are needed to check the science used to underpin new water quality controls on agriculture in the Great Barrier Reef catchment. Source: Beef Central Greater quality assurance needed in reef science, Dr Peter Ridd tells… Read more »

AgForce urges action on Q Fever vaccine access

QUEENSLAND’S AgForce has called on its State Government to invest in and improve access to the vaccine for Q fever, a little-known infectious disease that causes significant lifelong health issues for farm workers. Source: Sheep Central AgForce urges action on Q Fever vaccine access

Red meat sector supports Premier Andrews’ ‘stay at home’ message

AUSTRALIA’S red meat industry has supported Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ message for workers to stay at home if they develop COVID-19 symptoms, but urged against any industry shutdowns. Source: Sheep Central Red meat sector supports Premier Andrews’ ‘stay at home’ message

New 15-year Great Artesian Basin strategic management plan released

The next 15-year strategic management plan for Great Artesian Basin water has been released today, focusing on improving alignment of Basin management with nationally agreed strategies and frameworks. Source: Grain Central New 15-year Great Artesian Basin strategic management plan released

New 15-year Great Artesian Basin strategic management plan released

The next 15-year strategic management plan for Great Artesian Basin water has been released today, focusing on improving alignment of Basin management with nationally agreed strategies and frameworks. Source: Beef Central New 15-year Great Artesian Basin strategic management plan released

New Victorian farm safety officers to lead industry change on-farm

VICTORIAN farmers will get two farm safety officers and increased online resources to improve on-farm health and safety after a $3million State Government grant. Source: Sheep Central New Victorian farm safety officers to lead industry change on-farm

ACCC considers proposal to increase fuel security

The Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP) and major oil refineries will be allowed to continue to cooperate on measures to ensure the security of fuel supplies in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic, under a proposed authorisation from the ACCC.  Source: Grain Central ACCC considers proposal to increase fuel security

Additional $2 billion approved for RIC drought loans

The Federal Government has approved an additional $2 billion this financial year to meet demand for the Regional Investment Corporation’s drought-related loans, with an additional $50 million in operational funding for the RIC over four years. Source: Beef Central Additional billion approved for RIC drought loans

Federal Government decision on live cattle export appeal

THE Federal Government on Wednesday night announced it will not appeal the Federal Court decision declaring the live cattle export ban illegal. Source: Beef Central Federal Government decision on live cattle export appeal

Unprecedented demand for concessional loans: Littleproud

Demand for concessional loans through the Regional Investment Corporation has reached unprecedented levels, according to Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud, as an additional $2 billion in loan funding to the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) for 2020-21 is announced. Source: Grain Central Unprecedented demand for concessional loans: Littleproud

Interest-free period to end for popular drought loan

Huge interest in a interest-free drought loan prompts Federal Government to extend deadline, top up program by $2 billion and employ more people to help farmers fill out applications. Source: ABC Livestock Interest-free period to end for popular drought loan

Preparing Australia to manage fall armyworm

The Australian Government has provided a grant of $600,000 to Plant Health Australia (PHA) to coordinate research to address gaps in management of fall armyworm. Source: Beef Central Preparing Australia to manage fall armyworm

McLachlan, Robb and McGauchie call on Morrison not to appeal livex ruling

Three Liberal Party heavyweights and foundation members of the Australian Farmers Fighting Fund have publicly urged the Morrison Government to accept the Federal Court’s decision last month declaring the Gillard government’s ban on live exports illegal. Source: Beef Central McLachlan, Robb and McGauchie call on Morrison not to appeal livex ruling