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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.
Published: 25/05/2017
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.
Published: 25/05/2017
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.
Published: 23/05/2017
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;amp;D funding.
Published: 22/05/2017
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.
Published: 22/05/2017
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.
Published: 16/05/2017
Seasonal climate outlook * UPDATED on 25 May 2017
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its seasonal climate outlook for June to August 2017.
Published: 15/05/2017
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.
Published: 15/05/2017
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.
Published: 12/05/2017
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.
Published: 11/05/2017
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.
Published: 11/05/2017
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.
Published: 11/05/2017
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.
Published: 11/05/2017
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.
Published: 10/05/2017
2017 Landcare Awards open for nominations
This year there are nine categories in the state and territory Landcare awards including sustainable farming, indigenous land management, young landcarers, coast care and innovation.
Published: 09/05/2017
Nuffield Australia farming scholarships for 2018 now open
Nuffield Australia provides a $30,000 bursary to embark on a 16-week study program over a two-year period.
Published: 09/05/2017
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.
Published: 08/05/2017
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.
Published: 08/05/2017
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.
Published: 08/05/2017
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.
Published: 08/05/2017
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.
Published: 02/05/2017
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.
Published: 01/05/2017
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.
Published: 01/05/2017
State Government congratulates Greenham scholarship winner
Congratulations to Josh Brown on being awarded the $12,000 Greenham Tasmania Agritas Scholarship for 2017.
Published: 29/04/2017
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.
Published: 29/04/2017
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.
Published: 28/04/2017
Poppy acreage increases this season
Despite an ongoing global oversupply of opiate material, Tasmanian poppy processors plan to increase production this season.
Published: 27/04/2017
Tasmanian walnut harvest underway
In Southern Tasmania, the walnut harvest has begun and will run for the next few weeks.
Published: 27/04/2017
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.
Published: 27/04/2017
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.
Published: 27/04/2017
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.
Published: 27/04/2017
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.
Published: 27/04/2017
New ethical chicken range to boost Brand Tasmania
The new Nichols Poultry ethical free range chicken brand is launched this week.
Published: 27/04/2017
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.
Published: 27/03/2017
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.
Published: 27/03/2017
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.
Published: 27/03/2017
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.
Published: 25/03/2017
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.
Published: 24/03/2017
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.
Published: 21/03/2017
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.
Published: 21/03/2017
New Vegetable Industry Extension Officer for Tasmania
Emma Egan has recently joined the National Vegetable Extension Network Tasmania team.
Published: 15/03/2017
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.
Published: 15/03/2017
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.
Published: 15/03/2017
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.
Published: 08/03/2017
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.
Published: 02/03/2017
Southern Tasmanian wineries gear up for 2017 vintage
Tasmania's Coal River Valley is preparing for the 2017 harvest and vintage.
Published: 02/03/2017
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.
Published: 01/03/2017
Additional funding to assist small exporters
Around $2 million in funding is available through Round 2 of the Package Assisting Small Exporters.
Published: 28/02/2017
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.
Published: 27/02/2017
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.
Published: 27/02/2017
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
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
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
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
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