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Getting hands dirty for better apples and pears

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) has commenced a $800,000 research project to help Australian apple and pear growers stay at the leading-edge by better understanding the connection between healthy soils and productive orchards.

Advancing Organic Agribusiness Grants Program

Eligible Tasmanian businesses are encouraged to apply for grants of between $1,000 and $15,000 for activities that enhances transition to organic production.

Women in Horticulture; Full and Partial Scholarships

​Full and partial funding grants of up to $10,941 per person are currently available to women who work in the horticulture sector to support their participation in a leadership development program.

New management plan for Wild Fallow Deer

​​A deer management plan will be developed to ensure the Government can continue to balance the impacts of wild deer on agricultural production, conservation areas and forestry, while maintaining deer as a traditional recreational hunting resource.

Red Hot Tips launch

Tasmanian landholders will be better able to manage bushfire risk on their property with the launch of the expanded Red Hot Tips program as part of the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to keeping Tasmanians safe.

Bushfire Recovery Grants for Primary Producers

If you are an affected primary producer impacted by the December 2019 - January 2020 bushfires in Tasmania, you may be eligible for a range of assistance, including grant funding and financial counselling.

Avian influenza in poultry

Agriculture Victoria is currently responding to an outbreak of avian influenza (AI) H7N7 at a free-range egg farm near Geelong. AI is a highly contagious, viral disease of birds that can cause high mortalities in chickens.

Dairy cows in Tasmania fed seaweed

Edible seaweed has long been a staple in Asian cuisines, but now its target market is shifting to the four-legged consumer.

Farmers prepare for bushfire season

Six months on from Australia's black summer residents affected by the Keilira bushfire are continuing to rebuild and recover, as thoughts turn to the next fire season.

Rural mental health service hoping 'farm speak' will save men

Mothers, wives and sisters have overwhelmed a suicide prevention service with stories of loss and grief after it featured on ABC Landline.

Tasmanian dairy continues to grow

The dairy industry in Australia has struggled in recent years due to drought but Tasmania has bucked the trend with a record year for milk production.

TAS AgCard launched to streamline worker inductions

Tasmania will be home to the country's first industry-wide benchmark for on-farm safety after the launch of the new AgCard training program.

Ensuring quad bike safety in Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government is committed to ensuring the safety of quad bike users​​ by extending its 12-month rebate scheme for the fitting of an approved operator protection device.

How to look after pet chooks

As owners settle into isolation with their new chook friends, questions of how to care for them are starting to flood social media.

New plan to support crop and seed production industry

The Tasmanian Liberal Government believes the crop and seed production industry represents strong potential for growth as part of the state’s Sustainable Agri-Food Plan.

Bayer pays out $15.9b to settle Roundup cancer claims

Global pharmaceutical giant Bayer will spend up to $US10.9 billion ($15.87b) to settle thousands of lawsuits alleging the company's weedkiller, Roundup, causes cancer.

Delivering deer measures for farmers and hunters

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is getting on with the job, delivering a range of measures to help farmers and land owners better manage wild deer populations.

My worm farm isn't working properly. What am I doing wrong?

Overfeeding worm farms with kitchen scraps is the number one mistake people make especially when they first build their worm farm.

Tasmanian tree change a success

"I came home and said, 'Why are we waiting to win the lotto to live our dream? Let's just do it.'"

Blundstone celebrates 150 years of making boots

The humble Blundstone boot, often warmly referred to as Blunnies, is this year marking 150 years since its leather designs first hit the nation's factory floors.

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