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|New ethical chicken range to boost Brand Tasmania|
The new Nichols Poultry ethical free range chicken brand is launched this week.
|Hemp food products get green light from food regulator FSANZ |
Food Standard Australia and New Zealand has given its approval of hemp products to be sold as food.
|Tasmanian dairy farmers air their concerns with the ACCC|
Tasmanian dairy farmers are still struggling after last year's farm gate price cuts, a national forum has been told.
|China to increase market access for Australian chilled meat products|
Australia's beef industry has been bolstered by China's decision to increase market access for chilled meat products.
|Farm tractor fatalities in 2016|
While quad bikes are largely considered to be the leading cause of on-farm injuries and deaths, it was the tractor that accounted for more fatalities in 2016.
|Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture maintains world ranking|
The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and the University of Tasmania have maintained their strong top 100 world-ranking in the subjects of Agriculture and Forestry.
|Tasmania maintains cheese supremacy at national dairy awards|
For the fourth year running a Heidi Farm cheese produced at Lion's Heritage Cheese operation in Burnie has been declared Grand Champion Cheese at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.
|Tasmanian farming confidence high|
Rabobank says that 73 per cent of Tasmanian dairy farmers expected improved agricultural economic conditions in the year ahead, up 22 per cent on this time last year.
|New Vegetable Industry Extension Officer for Tasmania|
Emma Egan has recently joined the National Vegetable Extension Network Tasmania team.
|Flood Clean Up-Grant Applications closing on 31 March|
Flood-affected individuals and enterprises are encouraged to submit applications for assistance before the 31 March 2017 cut-off date.
|Cherry orchard of the future takes shape in southern Tasmania|
A four-hectare greenhouse is nearing completion in what is believed to be a world-first trial of growing cherries under controlled conditions.
|ACCC calls for more transparency and better reporting on beef markets|
The beef industry is being asked by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to increase its self-regulation.
|Japanese farmers to learn from Tasmanian partnership|
The Tasmanian Government has signed a memorandum of understanding between TasTAFE and Japanese Agriculture Biei in Tokyo during Tasmania's trade delegation to East Asia.
|Southern Tasmanian wineries gear up for 2017 vintage|
Tasmania's Coal River Valley is preparing for the 2017 harvest and vintage.
|Farm safety student video competition - What’s your farm safety story? |
The Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership invites high school, university and agriculture college students (aged between 13 and 21) to create and submit a video about an element of farm safety.
|Additional funding to assist small exporters|
Around $2 million in funding is available through Round 2 of the Package Assisting Small Exporters.
|Shortage of lambs for slaughter pushing up prices and forcing abattoir closures |
Record lamb prices are forcing the closures of country abattoirs, leaving regional communities in strife.
|Dairy processor Murray Goulburn posts big loss as milk production plummets|
Australia's largest dairy processor Murray Goulburn has posted a $31.9 million loss in its half-year results.
|Maize crop tribute unveiled in northern Tasmania|
A giant image of the state of Tasmania has been unveiled in a maize crop in Tasmania.
|Benchmarking opportunity for sheep producers in Tasmania|
There is an opportunity for producers who run businesses with sheep and cropping to get involved in a benchmarking project, which aims to identify what it takes to successfully integrate cropping and livestock enterprises in southern Australia.
|Bumblebee trial could boost agricultural growth|
Feral bumblebees have been established in Tasmania for 25 years and with no feasible opportunity for eradication, it is believed they could offer an advantage in pollination because of their size, social behaviours and tolerance to difficult climatic conditions.
|New Dairy Focus Farm for 2017-2019|
In 2017, DairyTas will be commencing a new focus farm for Tasmania.
|High tech foil for cherry cheats|
Laser-cut gold stickers, plastic liners with logos, water marks and unique, single-use QR codes are making forgery more difficult in Tasmania's booming export cherry markets.
|Ruralco announces water business acquisitions in Tasmania|
Ruralco has announced new business additions, including Irrigation Tasmania.
|Tasmanian researchers help Vietnamese farmers improve beef production|
Through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Tasmanian researchers are hoping to transform the way Vietnamese farmers raise their cattle.
|Horticulture Code of Conduct to be revamped|
The Federal Government will move to change the dispute resolution process in horticulture, after a review found it was inefficient and ignored by both growers and traders.
|Seasonal climate outlook * UPDATED 23 February 2017|
The Bureau of Meteorology seasonal climate outlook for March and April 2017.
|Applications open for on-farm producer demonstration sites|
Livestock producer groups seeking to lift productivity and profitability are invited to apply for funding to run local projects aimed at validating the on-farm benefits of integrating Meat &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Livestock Australia’s research findings and innovations into their businesses.
|Improving access to Farm Household Allowance|
The Australian Government has introduced amendments to the Farm Household Support Act 2014 to more precisely define the farm assets used in the running of their business, such as water assets and shares in a farming cooperatives, when assessing eligibility.
|Call for Future Leaders of the grape and wine sector|
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Anne Ruston is encouraging the rising stars of Australian grape and wine to apply for the grape and wine sector's professional leadership and development program - 'Future Leaders'.
|Work commencing on Tasmania’s new Duck Irrigation Scheme|
Work has commenced on a $30 million irrigation project in Circular Head, to deliver greater water security to irrigators in the region and support agricultural productivity, investment and growth.
|Modernising Tasmania's agricultural research|
During 2017, the State Government will be working closely with farmers, researchers and agribusiness to develop a white paper - 'Growing Tasmanian Agriculture – Research, Development and Extension for 2050.'
|Italian textile firm seeking more Australian wool|
Australian woolgrowers will be the main beneficiaries when high-end Italian fabric and clothing manufacturer Reda doubles the amount of wool it buys in the next six years.
|New director for Tasmanian Irrigation|
The State Government has announced Mr Guy Kingwill's appointment as a new Director on the Board of Tasmanian Irrigation.
|International uncertainties in the 2017 beef market|
Australia is navigating global uncertainties in the beef market including Brexit, President Trump threatening partner Mexico with tariffs, and bigger US beef production.
|MLA launches new online services tailored to producers|
Meat &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Livestock Australia has launched a package of new online services for producers to access information through a single online platform.
|Superfine wool industry under pressure from grain and meat|
Superfine wool is back returning a premium on the market after five years of low prices.
|Agriculture to benefit from new aquaculture feed mill at Westbury|
The State Government is backing the Ridley Corporation Limited’s development of an aquaculture feed mill with a $2 million grant.
|Strong growth in the Tasmanian lamb industry|
Demand for Tasmanian lamb is strong, with farmers receiving strong prices at the saleyards.
|Tasmania launches Fruit Industry Strategic Plan |
The 'Tasmanian Fruit Industry Strategic Plan 2016-2020' is a significant milestone in efforts to further expand the State's $180 million fruit sector.
|Analysts forecast farmer milk prices will increase next season|
Despite a stalling world market, analysts are forecasting milk prices for Australian dairy farmers will improve in the next financial year.
|Scholarships for Women's Leadership Development in Horticulture|
All women currently employed in the Australian horticulture sector are invited to apply for scholarship funding for participation in a range of leadership development courses.
|Tasmanian cherries ripe for Lunar New Year celebrations|
Tasmanian cherry growers are on the harvest home stretch as they prepare export consignments for Lunar New Year celebrations.
|Slow rebuild of Australia’s cattle herd underway in 2017|
The Australian cattle herd is expected to increase in 2017 for the first time in three years, according to Meat &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Livestock Australia’s 2017 Cattle Industry projections.
|ACCC hosting forums nationally to hear from dairy farmers|
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is inviting dairy farmers to share any concerns they may have about competition and fair trading at a series of public forums around the country.
|Scholarships for university agriculture courses|
Rural Bank and Greenham are offering scholarships for university study in agriculture in 2017.
|Beehives airlifted to Tasmania's leatherwood trees |
A Tasmanian beekeeper is going to extreme lengths to ensure his bees can collect pollen from leatherwood trees found in remote parts of the state's rainforest.
|National wool market hitting records|
The Australian wool market has its strongest week in five and a half years.
|Tasmanian Nuffield Scholar's report on small-scale wineries|
Tasmanian Nuffield Scholar Matthew Pooley has released his report on small-scale wineries.
|Student farm safety video competition|
The Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership invites high school and university or agriculture college students aged between 13 and 21 to create and submit a video about an element of farm safety.
|Pasture Principles Program|
Macquarie Franklin are currently inviting producers to participate in their Pasture Principles program in 2017.
|Tree decline monitoring in northern Tasmania |
NRM North is looking to set up a broad scale tree decline monitoring program in Northern Tasmania.
|Applications now open for RIRDC agriculture scholarship |
Applications for the Horizon Scholarship are now open to first-year university students studying agriculture-related degrees.
|AWI call for farm research proposals|
Australian Wool Innovation Limited has announced its annual Call for Proposals for On-farm and Off-farm research and development projects.
|Flood assistance information workshops in January|
The Landscape Rehabilitation Scheme will assist flood-affected landowners and communities to fund projects and services aimed at the rehabilitation of land and stream systems damaged as result of the floods in June 2016.
|New signage spells out biosecurity message to visitors to Tasmania|
Biosecurity Tasmania's signage and messaging at Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Burnie, King Island and Flinders Island airports, as well at the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminals at Devonport and Station Pier in Melbourne, has been significantly upgraded over the past year.
|Manufacturing support for Botanical Resources Australia|
BRA has received a grant from the Advanced Manufacturing Transition Fund towards a $500,000 capital upgrade to re-tool part of its refining process to help access new markets, grow the industry and support additional jobs.
|Tasmania exporting cool-climate wine to China|
Nocton Vineyard reviewed its strategy to build brand recognition among a growing wine-drinking Chinese market.
|Government Flood Review - 2017 Progress Report|
The Review called for public and private submissions and was advertised in each regional newspaper in Tasmania in October 2016. Over 50 submissions have been received to date from affected home owners, farmers, Government Agencies and various Non-Government Organisations.
|Farmers urged to register for new backpacker tax rate |
Farmers and labour contractors that employ backpackers are being urged to register with the Australian Tax Office to take advantage of the new tax rate.
|Flood assistance extended to eligible farmers in the Launceston area|
Eligible primary producers in the Launceston local government area can now access additional flood recovery funding.
|Agricultural landscape support for flood affected landowners|
A new Agricultural Landscape Rehabilitation Scheme will assist landowners and communities to fund projects and services aimed at the rehabilitation of land and stream systems damaged as a result of the floods in 2016.
|Victorian community group sends assistance to Tasmanian dairy farmers|
The Pakenham Lions Club of Victoria has provided $7,500 worth of IGA food gift cards to Rural Business Tasmania for distribution to Northern Tasmanian dairy farmers affected by the double whammy of floods and milk price reductions.
|New guidelines for operating farm machinery on fire risk days|
The TFGA and other industry stakeholders have joined the Tasmanian Fire Service to launch the Machinery Operations Guideline – a basis for safe work in dry vegetation.
|Seasonal harvesting positions on Tasmanian agricultural jobs website|
Seasonal harvesting jobs are a vital part of Tasmanian agriculture and a new Fruit Growers Tasmania website will assist with the recruiting process.
|Positive news for the honey bee industry|
Beekeeping business cash income averaged $70,400, and was significantly higher in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales, according to the Australian honey bee industry report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences.
|MLA sees positive outlook for Australian sheep producers in 2017|
The New Year should see the Australian lamb and sheep market benefit from reduced supplies and positive demand from domestic consumers.
|Enrolments open for TAFE Certificate in Wool Classing|
This course suits people with prior experience in wool sheds or wool growing properties, and those who want to enter the industry.
|Boost to Australia’s Foot & Mouth Disease biosecurity defence|
The Australian Government has announced a $500,000 boost to Australia’s Foot &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Mouth Disease biosecurity defence.
|Wine Industry Tasmania welcomes tax changes|
Tasmania's peak wine industry body says changes to the WET tax announced by the Federal Government on Friday are a vast improvement.
|TFGA welcomes backpacker tax resolution|
Tasmania’s peak farming organisation has welcomed the news that Federal politicians have finally reached an agreement on the 'backpacker tax'.
|Tasmanian honey a winner at the 54th Australian Export Awards|
Tasmanian company Australian Honey Products won a national award at the 54th Australian Export Awards.
|Soil nutrient status on Tasmanian dairy farms|
Less than 4 per cent of Tasmanian dairy paddocks are in ideal health, according to recent soil tests.
|AWI endorses a new online wool selling system|
Australian Wool Innovation has given the greenlight for a new, online wool selling platform, giving sellers and buyers access to information 24/7.
|Tasmanian Agricultural Education Network |
A new association for food and fibre production educators and supporters has been formed in Tasmania.
|A framework for Agricultural Education in Tasmanian schools|
The 'Grow, Make, Protect' framework is an important step towards improved opportunities for the teaching and learning about food and fibre production in Tasmanian schools.
|Flood Clean-up Grants for eligible primary producers closing on 31 March 2017|
The Tasmanian and Australian Governments are providing grants of up to $10,000 to help eligible primary producers affected in the 2016 floods.
|Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Grants Program|
The Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Grants Program is a competitive grants program that aims to support the implementation of the National Bushfire Mitigation Programme (NBMP) in this State.
|Grants for Women's Leadership Development|
Women &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the farming and agriculture industry.
|Livestock agents respond to ACCC review|
The peak body for livestock agents is not too concerned by sweeping changes flagged by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to stamp out anti-competitive behaviour in the red meat industry.
|TFGA director wins national award|
The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association has welcomed the news that its Board Director Mike Badcock has received the inaugural Rural Community Leader of the Year Award.
|Vanuatu offers workers for Tasmanian horticulture|
The government of Vanuatu has stepped in to offer agricultural workers to Tasmania as the uncertainty of the backpacker tax continues.
|Potential for Tasmanian grain in fish feed|
For Tasmanian grain crops to be used as an ingredient in fish feed, there would need to be a consistent supply of 10,000 tonnes of high protein wheat a year.
|Research into data use and digital technology by farmers|
A researcher at the University of New England is running a nationwide online survey to determine farmer opinion of Big Data and related technologies in primary production.
|Natural Resource Management Strategies for Tasmania for 2015 to 2020|
NRM South, NRM North and Cradle Coast NRM have announced the release of the Natural Resource Management Strategies for Tasmania for 2015 to 2020.
|Hemp food decision deferred until March 2017|
Hemp food decision delayed as food ministers consider use of low THC cannabis in food.
|Drought Recovery and Dairy Recovery Concessional Loans now available at 2.47 per cent interest|
Drought Recovery and Dairy Recovery Concessional Loans are now available at 2.47 per cent, for 10 year loan terms with interest-only repayments available for the first five years.
|Cattle Council welcomes ACCC beef industry report|
The Cattle Council of Australia has backed recommendations to overhaul its industry but called for additional efforts to improve price transparency.
|TFGA presents at 'Backpacker Tax' inquiry|
Representatives from the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association will present a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker Reform package on 3 November.
|Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program|
The 'Farming Together' initiative is a national, two-year campaign for primary producers and processors to collaborate and claim marketplace power.
|New weapon in the war on wild rabbits|
A new virus known as RHDV1 K5 will be trialled next year at more than 600 sites across Australia in an effort to significantly reduce wild rabbit populations and their negative impact on agricultural production and native ecosystems.
|ACCC identifies competition and fair trading issues in horticulture and viticulture |
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report into trading issues facing the horticulture and viticulture industries has identified a number of areas of concern, particularly about the Horticulture Code of Conduct.
|Tasmanian Irrigation doubles water delivery for farmers in 2015-16|
The Tasmanian Irrigation Annual Report for 2015-16 shows all 10 of the schemes in Tranche 1 in full operation.
|Murray Goulburn and Fonterra lift milk prices |
Dairy processor Murray Goulburn has advised it will defer its controversial claw back loan program and lift milk prices.
|Fresh milk exports from Tasmania to China in 2017 |
Fresh milk will be shipped directly from Tasmania to China on weekly flights, under a new plan unveiled by Australia's biggest and oldest dairy farm.
|Changes for the LPA Scheme in 2017|
From January 2017, producers will need to successfully complete a compulsory online assessment in order to renew their Livestock Production Assurance accreditation.
|Vegetable deal a good outcome for growers|
Tasmania’s peak farming organisation has welcomed the news that vegetable processor Simplot will provide an extra six million kilos of Australian vegetables annually to Coles under an 8-year deal.
|Murray Goulburn suspends clawback but cuts forecast milk price|
Dairy company Murray Goulburn has suspended farmer repayments on its $183 million clawback, until at least June 30 next year, in the wake of massive 20 per cent slump in this season’s milk production.
|Meat & Livestock Australia’s quarterly cattle industry update|
Australian cattle supplies are at their lowest level in 20 years and likely to remain tight throughout 2017 before slowly increasing from 2018 onwards, according to Meat &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Livestock Australia’s quarterly cattle industry update.
|Tamar Clean Rivers funding open to 31 October|
Clean Rivers funding opportunity for farms in catchments draining to the Tamar River - Meander, Macquarie, North and South Esk.
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