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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.
|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.
|Seasonal climate outlook * UPDATED on 25 May 2017|
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its seasonal climate outlook for June to August 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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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