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Maize crop tribute unveiled in northern Tasmania
A giant image of the state of Tasmania has been unveiled in a maize crop in Tasmania.
Published: 23/02/2017
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.
Published: 22/02/2017
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.
Published: 22/02/2017
New Dairy Focus Farm for 2017-2019
In 2017, DairyTas will be commencing a new focus farm for Tasmania.
Published: 18/02/2017
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.
Published: 17/02/2017
Ruralco announces water business acquisitions in Tasmania
Ruralco has announced new business additions, including Irrigation Tasmania.
Published: 17/02/2017
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.
Published: 16/02/2017
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.
Published: 16/02/2017
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;amp; Livestock Australia’s research findings and innovations into their businesses.
Published: 15/02/2017
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.
Published: 14/02/2017
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'.
Published: 14/02/2017
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.
Published: 13/02/2017
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.'
Published: 13/02/2017
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.
Published: 10/02/2017
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.
Published: 09/02/2017
Future Industry Leaders program - May to August 2017
The Tasmanian Farmers and Grazier’s Association has launched an exciting new training initiative for Tasmania’s primary industries - 'Future Industry Leaders – growing people'.
Published: 09/02/2017
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.
Published: 09/02/2017
MLA launches new online services tailored to producers
Meat &amp;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.
Published: 06/02/2017
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.
Published: 03/02/2017
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.
Published: 03/02/2017
Strong growth in the Tasmanian lamb industry
Demand for Tasmanian lamb is strong, with farmers receiving strong prices at the saleyards.
Published: 02/02/2017
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.
Published: 02/02/2017
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.
Published: 02/02/2017
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.
Published: 01/02/2017
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.
Published: 31/01/2017
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;amp; Livestock Australia’s 2017 Cattle Industry projections.
Published: 31/01/2017
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.
Published: 31/01/2017
Scholarships for university agriculture courses
Rural Bank and Greenham are offering scholarships for university study in agriculture in 2017.
Published: 24/01/2017
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.
Published: 23/01/2017
National wool market hitting records
The Australian wool market has its strongest week in five and a half years.
Published: 21/01/2017
Tasmanian Nuffield Scholar's report on small-scale wineries
Tasmanian Nuffield Scholar Matthew Pooley has released his report on small-scale wineries.
Published: 21/01/2017
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.
Published: 21/01/2017
Pasture Principles Program
Macquarie Franklin are currently inviting producers to participate in their Pasture Principles program in 2017.
Published: 20/01/2017
Tree decline monitoring in northern Tasmania
NRM North is looking to set up a broad scale tree decline monitoring program in Northern Tasmania.
Published: 20/01/2017
Seasonal climate outlook * UPDATED 29 January 2017
The Bureau of Meteorology seasonal climate outlook for February and March 2017.
Published: 19/01/2017
Applications now open for RIRDC agriculture scholarship
Applications for the Horizon Scholarship are now open to first-year university students studying agriculture-related degrees.
Published: 19/01/2017
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.
Published: 19/01/2017
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.
Published: 18/01/2017
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.
Published: 18/01/2017
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.
Published: 18/01/2017
Quad Bike Safety Taskforce - release of Issues Paper for public comment
This paper was developed by the Quad Bike Safety Taskforce, to look at innovative statewide strategies to improve safety outcomes for quad bike users in Tasmania.
Published: 17/01/2017
Tasmania exporting cool-climate wine to China
Nocton Vineyard reviewed its strategy to build brand recognition among a growing wine-drinking Chinese market.
Published: 06/01/2017
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.
Published: 05/01/2017
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.
Published: 05/01/2017
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.
Published: 23/12/2016
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.
Published: 21/12/2016
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.
Published: 21/12/2016
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.
Published: 19/12/2016
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.
Published: 19/12/2016
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.
Published: 14/12/2016
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.
Published: 13/12/2016
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.
Published: 13/12/2016
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;amp; Mouth Disease biosecurity defence.
Published: 12/12/2016
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.
Published: 07/12/2016
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'.
Published: 03/12/2016
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.
Published: 30/11/2016
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.
Published: 24/11/2016
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.
Published: 23/11/2016
Tasmanian Agricultural Education Network
A new association for food and fibre production educators and supporters has been formed in Tasmania.
Published: 22/11/2016
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.
Published: 21/11/2016
Flood Clean-up Grants for eligible primary producers extended to 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.
Published: 20/11/2016
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.
Published: 14/11/2016
Grants for Women's Leadership Development
Women &amp;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.
Published: 12/11/2016
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.
Published: 11/11/2016
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.
Published: 11/11/2016
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.
Published: 11/11/2016
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.
Published: 10/11/2016
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.
Published: 10/11/2016
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.
Published: 03/11/2016
Hemp food decision deferred until March 2017
Hemp food decision delayed as food ministers consider use of low THC cannabis in food.
Published: 03/11/2016
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.
Published: 02/11/2016
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.
Published: 02/11/2016
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.
Published: 02/11/2016
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.
Published: 02/11/2016
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.
Published: 01/11/2016
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.
Published: 01/11/2016
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.
Published: 31/10/2016
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.
Published: 31/10/2016
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.
Published: 27/10/2016
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.
Published: 24/10/2016
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.
Published: 22/10/2016
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.
Published: 21/10/2016
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;amp; Livestock Australia’s quarterly cattle industry update.
Published: 20/10/2016
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.
Published: 19/10/2016
MLA Annual Report for 2015-16
The Annual Report 2015-16 presents MLA’s programs, outcomes and financial performance during the past financial year.
Published: 18/10/2016
$2 million announced for National Landcare Network
The Australian Government will invest $2 million in the National Landcare Network over the next two years to continue its support for volunteer operations.
Published: 17/10/2016
Nominations for the 2017 Australian Biosecurity Awards now open
Australian Biosecurity Awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations that show a commitment to support and promote Australia's biosecurity and the systems that uphold it.
Published: 13/10/2016
Additional funding for rural R&D corporations
Rural Research and Development Corporations across the country are encouraged to apply for up to $30 million in new funding for cutting edge research to boost productivity and returns across the agricultural, fishery and forestry industries.
Published: 12/10/2016
MLA and AWI wool and sheepmeat survey open until 31 October
The Meat &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation wool and sheepmeat survey is open until 31 October 2016.
Published: 11/10/2016
Tasmanian Upper House to inquire into the state's dairy industry
A Select Committee of four Tasmanian Upper House members will carry out an inquiry into the Tasmanian dairy industry.
Published: 11/10/2016
Extra help for farmers affected by recent floods
Primary producers who have been hit for a second time by flooding in recent months could be eligible for further Tasmanian and Australian government disaster assistance.
Published: 10/10/2016
Bureau of Meteorology launches weather app for mobile phones
The Bureau of Meteorology has released a new weather app for smartphones.
Published: 10/10/2016
Funding secured for Powranna Truck Wash
The State Government welcomes the announcement that the Federal Government will match its funding for the construction of a truck wash at the Rural Services Centre at Powranna.
Published: 08/10/2016
Tasmanian mushroom farm finds success in zero-waste business model
A speciality mushroom farm in Tasmania's Huon Valley is finding success in a zero-waste business model that ignores the usual mushroom aesthetic standards.
Published: 08/10/2016
Vegetable Productivity Partnership to deliver for farmers
The Partnership is part of the Government’s Agri-Food Plan and will provide data about the effects of using bio-fumigation crops under Tasmanian conditions.
Published: 07/10/2016
Growing 'Paddock to Plate' tourism in Tasmania
Growing the value of the agri-tourism sector is the subject of the Draft Agri-tourism Position Paper 2016, released this week.
Published: 07/10/2016
Locals targeted in Tasmanian backpacker campaign
An online campaign aimed at attracting more workers to seasonal picking work in Tasmania will look to locals to help fill a predicted shortfall in the workforce.
Published: 07/10/2016
Funding available for on-farm producer demonstration sites
Sheep and goat producer groups are invited to apply for funding through Meat &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Livestock Australia’s Producer Demonstration Sites program to validate the on-farm benefits of adopting research findings and technologies.
Published: 03/10/2016
State Government launches Tasmania's Agri-Food Plan for 2016-2018
The State Government has launched Tasmania’s Agri-Food Plan 2016-2018, a system for sustainably growing Tasmanian primary industries.
Published: 30/09/2016
Federal Government changes backpacker tax rules
The Federal Government has responded to backbench and industry pressure and dumped the plan to impose a 32.5 per cent tax on backpacker workers.
Published: 28/09/2016
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