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Federal Budget items for farmers across Australia

A big spend on inland rail and a funding boost for the National Landcare Program are the 2017 budget highlights for Australia's farming sector.

Key points:

  • $8.4 billion for inland freight rail between Melbourne and Brisbane
  • $1 billion in Landcare funding locked in for five years
  • New food safety requirements for importers, and new powers to hold product at the border
  • Farm Household Allowance still capped at three years, but maxed out farmers can apply for loans
  • Live export industry gets $8.3 million to develop new welfare assurance program 

(From ABC Rural - 10 May 2017)