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|Applications open for 2018 Masterclass in Horticultural Business|
The University of Tasmania, New Zealand’s Lincoln University and the Wageningen Research Academy, have joined forces with Hort Innovation to offer the Masterclass in Horticultural Business.
|Applications open for the 2018 Rural Women's Award|
The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s leading award acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities.
|Place of origin branding for Tasmanian fine wool|
Tasmanian superfine wool merits place-of-origin branding, but existing supply chains and marketing systems make that difficult to implement.
|Dry start to winter affects Tasmanian farmer confidence|
Tasmanian farmers have significantly revised down expectations for the coming 12 months, with confidence in the sector coming off recent highs to its lowest level since mid-2013.
|Public consultation on Australia’s agricultural export legislation|
As part of a wider initiative to strengthen agricultural exports and market access, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is improving the current agricultural export legislative framework.
|Pasture data now at producers’ fingertips|
For the first time, southern livestock producers will have access to quantitative data about the performance of pasture varieties at their fingertips, with the launch of the Pasture Trial Network (PTN) website.
|Dry winter affects east coast farmers |
The dry winter on Tasmania's east coast is beginning to take its toll on superfine merino sheep farms.
|Update on the stock underpass program|
Crossing cattle across roads is a significant issue for many dairy and livestock farmers.
|A week-long celebration of Landcare|
The Australian Government is encouraging Australians to get behind National Landcare Week to thank Landcarers for their valuable work protecting, restoring and sustaining Australia's natural resources.
|Seasonal climate outlook * UPDATED on 19 September 2017|
The Bureau of Meteorology has released the updated seasonal climate outlook.
|New quad bike helmet design |
The all-terrain vehicle industry has come up with a new design to try to convince farmers to wear helmets and reduce fatalities on quad bikes.
|Bureau of Meteorology website resource updates|
The Bureau has added some new resources to its website which will benefit farm users.
|Dairy Demonstration Shed opens at Hagley Farm School|
Currently over 200 schools and over 5,000 school aged students from around Tasmania visit the facility each year.
|DairyTas seeks two new directors|
DairyTas is seeking one dairy farmer position and one industry representative position on the Board, for a maximum of 2 three-year terms commencing from November 2017.
|Building the beef industry’s leadership capacity|
The ‘Building capacity in the Grassfed Beef Industry’ project offers a suite of professional development initiatives for both current and aspiring industry leaders.
|Bureau of Meteorology moves to twice-monthy climate outlooks|
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its first mid-month climate outlook - giving those making climate-sensitive decisions an early look at likely conditions ahead.
|John Bennett named as Farming Legend of the Year|
Mr Bennett has dedicated more than 60 years to advancing the Australian dairy industry in exports, research and premium branding.
|Sheepmeat producers to be represented by a modernised peak body|
Members of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia have voted to adopt a new governance framework whereby the peak industry organisation will transition to a company limited by guarantee with a new name – Sheep Producers Australia Ltd.
|Countdown for new hemp based foods in Australia|
New food regulations allowing hemp products for human consumption come into effect on 11 November 2017.
|MLA sheep industry projection updates|
The rainfall outlook, feed availability and retention of young ewes for breeding have all impacted on MLA’s Sheep Industry Projections mid-year update, released this week.
|Dairy farmers say plant juices are not milk|
What is milk? Is it soy, almond or rice — or does it only come from cows?
|Australian Rural Leadership Program applications for 2018 open until 30 September|
The Australian Rural Leadership Program for 2018-19 is now open for applications.
|Three categories of concessional loans for Tasmanian farm businesses|
The 2017–18 Farm Business Concessional Loans Scheme is open to support eligible farm businesses in Tasmania
|Ashgrove Cheese doubles butter production capability|
Ashgrove Cheese is one of Tasmania’s iconic food manufacturers and the doubling of its butter production capacity reflects enormous confidence in Tasmania’s growing economy.
|MLA and Ruralco to deliver aerial drone innovation |
Meat &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Livestock Australia and Ruralco Holdings Ltd have launched an innovation partnership that will refine new approaches to monitoring and maintaining pasture and herds through aerial drones.
|Police highlight poppy theft risks|
Chief executive of Poppy Growers Tasmania Keith Rice said Tasmanian poppies were highly toxic if ingested and could even kill.
|Secure pollination to boost farm productivity|
The ‘Securing Pollination for More Productive Agriculture: Guidelines for effective pollinator management and stakeholder adoption’ project is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
|Fonterra announces milk price rise|
Fonterra Australia has raised its forecast average milk price and revealed it will end its agreement with the Bonlac Supply Company.
|New Regional Manager appointed by DairyTas|
With the retirement of Mark Smith, the Board of DairyTas has appointed Jonathan Price to take up the Regional Manager role.
|Overcoming the agriculture sector skills shortage|
Mick Hay, Managing Director of Rimfire Resources, a specialist agribusiness recruitment company, is passionate about raising the profile of the sector as exciting, global, diverse, geographically spread and on the cutting edge of technology.
|Beef prices dropping from record levels|
The cattle market is starting to wane after 56 weeks at record breaking levels.
|Safety is everyone’s business at Ashgrove |
Ashgrove Farms was recognised as an industry leader in farm safety when they took out the Dairy Safety Award at the annual Tasmanian Dairy Awards.
|Medicinal cannabis in Tasmania|
The island state of Tasmania is considered a good place to grow medicinal cannabis.
|VDL expansion not affected by financial woes |
The new owners of Van Diemen's Land Farms dairy company say financial difficulty plaguing a Chinese company it has strong links to is not hampering bold expansion plans.
|Tasmanian family-owned cherry dynasty for sale |
Australia's biggest cherry exporter, Reid Fruits, is up for sale
|Changes to the LPA quality assurance system for red meat producers from 1 October 2017|
LPA changes ensure producers can stand by what they sell.
|Costa family to sell $300 million fruit farm portfolio|
Agricultural corporate advisory firm Kidder Williams has confirmed berry and citrus farms owned by the Costa family are up for sale.
|Tasmanian wines win London trophies|
Tasmanian wines have again been winning trophies and awards in prestigious global competitions
|Tasmanian farmers continuing to grow their industries|
Agriculture continues to be a pillar industry for Tasmania with the latest ABS agricultural census information showing the value of agricultural production has grown to almost $1.5 billion.
|Dry June breaks winter records in Tasmania |
Parts of Tasmania have recorded their driest June on record, with no strong signs of above average rain for the coming months, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
|Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture listed in the 'Top 50'|
The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and the University of Tasmania are listed in the Top 50 global rankings for Agricultural Sciences.
|TFGA list of primary industry grants and funding|
The TFGA has published a list of grants and funding available for primary industry.
|Code of Practice an important first step for dairy industry|
The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association Dairy Council has welcomed the launch of the Code of Practice for Contractual Arrangements as an important first step for the dairy industry.
|Australian Wool Exchange - current market information|
AWEX Market Information Services provides a range of industry market reports based on daily, weekly, monthly, and annual cycles.
|Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards - 2017 Agriculture Award |
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards, including the Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award.
|Farmers at high risk of premature hearing loss|
More than one in two farmers will suffer premature hearing loss according to research published by the National Rural Health Alliance.
|Keeping Tasmania free from fruit fly|
The State Government has released a long-term fruit fly strategy to protect Tasmania’s brand and export markets.
|Two rural banks forecasting better returns for dairy farmers |
Two major rural banks are forecasting better returns for dairy farmers due to seasonal conditions and higher milk prices.
|Tasmania's first Cat Management Plan|
The State’s first comprehensive Cat Management Plan addressing domestic, stray and feral cats in Tasmania has been released by the Government.
|Dairy exporters encouraged to look at new markets|
Exporters should look to South East Asia, according to a Chinese-based dairy analyst.
|Tasmanian farmer juggles livestock and cropping on two large properties|
Julian von Bibra farms almost 20,000ha across two locations at Ross and Gladstone in Tasmania.
|Murray Goulburn lifts opening farm gate milk prices |
Milk processor Murray Goulburn has lifted its opening farm gate milk price for the coming milk season to $5.20 per kilogram of milk solids.
|Export opportunities in the vegetable industry|
Nuffield scholar's report into export opportunities in the vegetable industry.
|Small businesses encouraged to claim instant asset write-off|
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has encouraged small business operators to take advantage of the Government’s instant asset write-off extension.
|Senate report on the use of bumblebees for commercial pollination in Tasmania|
The Senate has released its report on the risks and opportunities associated with the use of the bumblebee population in Tasmania for commercial pollination purposes.
|Further funding for tree planting projects|
Community groups, organisations or individuals can now apply for grants between $20,000 and $100,000 for tree planting projects that will put back threatened bushland and support threatened species.
|Applications open for sheepmeat leadership scholarships|
Applications are open for the Sheepmeat Industry Governance Scholarship– an opportunity for sheepmeat producers to receive formal training in industry leadership and corporate governance.
|TFGA seeks clarity on ownership of electricity poles and wires|
The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association has called for urgent action from the Government on the ownership of power poles and wires on rural properties.
|Dairy Stock Underpass Pilot Program |
On 28 April 2017 the Tasmanian Government announced a Dairy Stock Underpass Pilot Program to help dairy farmers increase efficiencies and improve road and farm safety at the same time.
|Fonterra announces opening milk price of $5.30 kgms|
New Zealand dairy company Fonterra has announced an opening season price of an average of $5.30 per kilogram of milk solids for the 2017-18 season.
|Wool exports increase as Chinese demand continues|
Wool exports are continuing to grow, with new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing exports were 22 per cent higher in April compared to this time last year.
|Seeking agricultural industry innovators|
The 2017 Innovative Tasmania Awards are looking for agricultural industry innovators and innovations.
|Quad bike innovations give farmers better safety choices |
New innovations designed to help reduce Australia’s quad bike injury and death toll are an important step towards giving farmers a choice in how they protect themselves.
|Introduced rainbow lorikeets a potential threat to Tasmanian fruit growers|
In Tasmania and Western Australia, the rainbow lorikeet is an introduced species and could pose some serious problems to farmers and fruit growers.
|National farm salary survey results released|
At the end of 2016, farm businesses from South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia provided data on the wages paid, hours worked, additional benefits received and types of roles undertaken within their businesses.
|Tasmanian farmer puts blackcurrant skins to a good use |
Richard Clark farms blackcurrants in Tasmania's Derwent Valley and has found a use for several tonnes of blackcurrant skins.
|Fine Merino fleece prices continue upward trend|
Surging demand from China and Europe, particularly for the finer Merino fleece, continues to push prices upward.
|State Budget confirms $44 million investment in the Tasmanian AgriFood Plan|
Tasmania’s expanding fruit industry is an important beneficiary of the State Budget.
|Integrity Systems Company - new era for red meat QA|
Australia’s world leading red meat and livestock quality assurance programs will move to a single management structure, the newly created Integrity Systems Company.
|Tasmanian wins 2017 National Student Award|
Ashlea Schott, representing Tasmania, has been announced as the winner of the Ag Institute Australia National Student Award for 2017.
| Getting the principles of pasture management right|
When Tasmanian farmer Jock Hughes went looking for ways to use more pasture while maintaining small stud mobs, he wanted management practices that were both time and cost effective.
|New R&D levy for the thoroughbred horse breeding industry |
A new levy will provide the thoroughbred horse breeding industry with greater certainty about future R&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;D funding.
|American beef set to compete with Australian exports to China|
Australian beef will compete with American exports as the Chinese market opens up to the US, for the first time in 13 years.
|New wine industry intiatives from the Australian Government|
The Wine Equalisation Tax rebate will be gradually reduced, integrity measures strengthened and eligibility criteria tightened to ensure benefits go to small and medium-sized producers—who were always the intended recipients.
|Updates on bovine Johne's disease management|
The new, national approach to bovine Johne’s disease in cattle – the BJD Framework – offers a fresh approach to the management of the endemic disease.
|Future of $1 billion National Landcare Program secure|
The Australian Government has underlined the importance of Landcare by investing more than $1 billion in the National Landcare Program.
|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.
|Student resources to learn about the red meat processing industry|
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, has launched 'Meat Matters. We All Have a Steak in this!' — a suite of school educational resources designed to expand awareness about Australia's red meat processing industry.
|Jobseekers encouraged to keep picking fruit in new trial |
Jobseekers will be able to earn up to $5,000 picking fruit without losing their welfare entitlements, in a new trial to be launched on 1 July 2017 by the Australian Government.
|Weather shrinks 2017 wine vintage|
Tasmania's 2017 wine vintage will take a significant hit following unkind weather in the lead-up to the picking season.
|Australian organic market report for 2017 published|
The Australian Organic Market Report aims to assist industry, governments, media, researchers, representative organisations and others to assess market status and to identify potential growth areas for the organic industry.
|Farm safety a high priority for State funding|
The State Government is investing $600,000 in the upcoming state Budget to make safety culture a permanent fixture on Tasmanian farms.
|Biosecurity funding boost to tackle weeds and pests |
The State Government will invest an extra $2 million in biosecurity in the upcoming State Budget to tackle weeds and pests head-on.
|Government announces $5 million to support the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture|
The upcoming State Budget will include a $5 million investment in the internationally ranked Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture for 2018/19 to continue its vital work in growing Tasmania’s productivity.
|Edith Creek Working Group announced|
The State Government is acting quickly to support the Circular Head community following the announcement that Murray Goulburn will close their Edith Creek facility by the end of 2017.
|Competition watchdog takes legal action over misleading milk price guidance|
The competition watchdog is taking milk processor Murray Goulburn to court, alleging it behaved unconscionably and misled farmers on the milk prices they could expect to receive.
|Hemp food products approved for human consumption in Australia and New Zealand|
It will soon be legal to consume hemp food products in Australia and New Zealand.
|2017 State Budget to fund a pilot dairy stock underpass scheme|
The State Government has allocated $750,000 in the upcoming budget for a pilot dairy stock underpass scheme.
|State Government congratulates Greenham scholarship winner|
Congratulations to Josh Brown on being awarded the $12,000 Greenham Tasmania Agritas Scholarship for 2017.
|Sheep and lamb markets set to be strongest on record|
Australia’s sheep and lamb markets are predicted to strengthen further with near record prices, as production and slaughter forecasts are revised lower for 2017.
|Tasmanian meat processor takes major financial hit|
A Tasmanian meat processor fears the continued exodus of live lambs off the island state will put it out of business.
|Poppy acreage increases this season|
Despite an ongoing global oversupply of opiate material, Tasmanian poppy processors plan to increase production this season.
|Tasmanian walnut harvest underway|
In Southern Tasmania, the walnut harvest has begun and will run for the next few weeks.
|Wine industry backs final draft of industry taxation changes|
The Federal Government is unlikely to face any resistance to the final version of reforms to the wine industry's taxation scheme, the Wine Equalisation Tax rebate.
|Tasmania to host International Farm Management Congress in 2019|
Tasmanian agriculture will be under the international spotlight when it hosts the International Farm Management Association world congress in Launceston in March 2019.
|Beef producer Rebecca Lynd named as 2017 Tasmanian Rural Woman of the Year|
Congratulations to beef producer Rebecca Lynd, named the 2017 Tasmanian Rural Woman of the Year.
|Lamb prices expected to rise as farmers keep sheep to re-stock|
Retail lamb prices are expected to rise this year, with farmers telling Meat and Livestock Australia they will be keeping more sheep on the farm to build up their herd this season.
|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.
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