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Tasmanian Women in Agriculture Gathering in the Tamar Valley

Join the TWiA in the Tamar Valley for the 30th Anniversary Gathering, with farm tours in the Tamar Valley, panel discussions, dinner and great guest speakers.
(16/4/2024)


Regional drought resilience activities commence

Using a community development and partnership approach regional partners are coming together to develop Regional Drought Resilience Plans for the south, north and north west of Tasmania.
(16/4/2024)


Applications for 2025 Nuffield Drought Resilience Scholarships open

Applications are now open for Nuffield Australia’s 2025 Scholarship program which for the second-year running includes scholarships aimed at drought resilience study topics.
(5/3/2024)


Tasmania is fruit fly free, help us keep it that way!

Spring and summer are the peak seasons for fruit fly activity on mainland Australia, meaning it is also a time of increased risk for Tasmania. That's why Biosecurity Tasmania is asking all Tasmanians to be on the lookout for anything unusual they may find in fruit.
(5/2/2024)


Interception highlights strong biosecurity systems

On 24 January 2024, Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Jo Palmer was made aware of the detection of a Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) at a parcel centre in the state’s south.
(29/1/2024)


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.
(12/1/2024)


Biosecurity Direction for European honey bees and associated products

Due to the current situation of varroa mite (Varroa destructor) in NSW, the Tasmanian Chief Plant Protection Officer has put in place an extension to the general biosecurity direction (emergency), to prevent the introduction of this honey bee parasite into Tasmania.
(5/1/2024)


Biosecurity Basics help protect Tasmania

With the arrival of summer, Biosecurity Tasmania is urging visitors, and all Tasmanians to remember the Biosecurity Basics – Come in Clean, Check your Bags, Stay on the Path, and Report anything Unusual!
(20/12/2023)


Australia's goat meat exports to China surge by more than 4,000 per cent in a year.

China's appetite for Australian goat meat is growing rapidly with exports rising more than 4,000 per cent since the beginning of the year.
(7/12/2023)


Australia pledges to cut methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 at COP28

Six of the world’s biggest dairy companies have committed to reducing, and publicly disclosing, their methane emissions as part of a new global alliance launched at COP28.
(7/12/2023)


BeeTAS is coming soon!

​​​Over the coming weeks, Biosecurity Tasmania will be implementing a new online portal to assist beekeepers with managing their registrations.
(13/11/2023)


Western Australia farmers 'caught off guard' by early start to harvest, as hot, dry spring brings fast finish.

The headers are out and harvest has started, with some farmers in Western Australia reporting their earliest start to harvest ever.
(1/11/2023)


New mobile app to record tree pests.

A new mobile application, MyPestGuide® Trees, is now available to industry, government, and citizen scientists, empowering them to mitigate the impact of invasive pests and diseases on our forests.
(31/10/2023)


National Farmers Federation aims to increase female leadership

Women weren't legally considered farmers until 1994 and, while progress has been made, they are still under-represented in leadership roles.
(17/10/2023)


Australian farming sets $90b record after wet weather creates food, fibre bonanza.

Australian farmers have produced their most valuable year yet, growing $90 billion worth of food and fibre, and pushing average yearly farm incomes to between $370,000 and $665,000 depending on the sector.
(17/10/2023)


Australia's first 'virtual fence' for dairy farms launches in Tasmania

New dairy technology allowing farmers to remotely herd cows has become commercially available in Australia after years of waiting — but it is banned in three major states.
(27/9/2023)


Carpenter gives old tables new life and purpose

The old, wooden, wool-sorting table gathering dust in the corner of the shearing shed could be worth thousands of dollars, even if its working life is over — or it's in pieces.
(27/9/2023)


Injured farm dog becomes TikTok sensation

When Ali, one of Paul Diamond's "best workers" was badly injured in a traumatic farm accident six months ago, the idea of giving up on the working dog was too hard to bear.
(7/9/2023)


War on food waste

As the problem of food waste continues to mount in Australia, a food policy researcher has raised concerns about the effect of food trends on farmers.
(7/9/2023)


Carbon in Pastures project positive influence

NRM North's Carbon in Pastures project has positively influenced livestock behaviour.
(3/7/2023)


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