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Scientists prepare to farm puffy pink seaweed that stops cows burping methane

Researchers want to mass-farm a native Queensland seaweed, which stops cows burping methane, in a bid to help cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

Demand for native foods pushes foraging trend to greenhouse cultivation

The trend of chefs foraging for wild bush foods is shifting towards cultivation

How much has Tasmania's climate changed in the 100 years to now?

Just how much has Tasmania's climate changed over the past 100 years?

Healthy Soil Discussion Group

Funding courtesy of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) will enable Tamar NRM to participate in a national pilot project looking at creating and maintaining healthy soils. The Tamar Valley is to be one of eleven soils discussion groups supported through MLA funding, across New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

New definition of lamb

Lamb producers say they are very happy about changes to the way young sheep are classified as 'lambs' or the older and cheaper 'hogget' — they say it simplifies the system and makes everyone's life easier.

Apples ain't always apples when it comes to cider: Heritage varieties boost boutique producers

Cider sales across the nation have dropped by a whopping $22 million over the past two years, but boutique cider makers are fighting against the trend, using historic apple varieties to bring the sexy back into cider.

Farm tourism boom keeps Tasmania's heritage tradies on their toes

The rise of home renovation shows has helped glamorise DIY but take the cameras and personalities away and the situation is quite different — especially when it comes to tackling heritage buildings.

Biosecurity Advisory 13/2019 – Applications for Small Grants under the Weeds Action Fund are now open

The Tasmanian Government Weeds Action Fund (WAF) is a ground-breaking fund with a total budget of $5 million over five years to tackle weeds that are impacting on valuable agricultural and environmental assets.

Biosecurity Advisory 12/2019 – Amendments to Import Requirement (IR)10: Grape Phylloxera – Hosts and Vectors, & IR46: Tomat

On 28 May 2019, Biosecurity Tasmania declared by public notice changes to Import Requirements 10 and 46 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania however; those regulatory changes do not come into effect until 27 July 2019. The changes have been brought into regulation to align with similar changes in regulation for these pests by all other States and Territories.

Independent Review of the Queensland Fruit Fly Reponse

An Independent Review into the Tasmanian QFF incursion and response is currently underway. The aim of the Review is to consider the lessons learnt to ensure that Tasmania is best placed to manage the risk which QFF poses to our horticultural industries.

The Tasmanian Export Awards 2019 are now open for applications.

Acknowledged as one of the State’s most prestigious industry awards, the Tasmanian Export Awards recognises Tasmanian enterprises for their export achievements.

Biosecurity Advisory 10/2019 - Amendment to Import Requirement 11: Onion Smut and Iris Yellow Spot Tospovirus (IYSV)

Amendments to Import Requirement (IR) 11 have come into immediate effect from midnight on Tuesday 28 May 2019, removing import conditions specific to onion smut (whilst still retaining import conditions for Iris Yellow Spot Tospovirus (IYSV).

Freight costs drive global performance for Australia's agricultural commodities

Freight costs continue to dampen Australia’s competitiveness on the international commodities market with a new report out today showing that logistics are the largest single cost item in the production of many agricultural products.

Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme

The Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme is available to Tasmanian farmers to improve safety on quad bikes.

Cannabis plants budding success for medicinal market in top-secret Tasmanian greenhouse

It's the greenhouse that will make you green with envy but only a select few will be able to visit the Tasmanian Botanics processing facility — for security reasons.

Climate Mapping Variables now available on LIST

If you are interested in starting or changing to a new agricultural venture, then you should access the Climate Mapping Variables layers.

Succession was never discussed on the Marwood farm. It ended in a years-long family rift

When the only son of a farming family decided to leave his parents' dairy business it triggered a feud between father and son that lasted years. It was not until the family farmhouse caught fire that the men had cause to reunite and make amends.

Regenerative agriculture for students launched in Australian-first curriculum to maintain healthy soils

A Tamworth teacher has developed the first curriculum in Australia that explores regenerative agricultural principles and practices.

Joel Salatin in Australia to champion holistic approach to food production

Joel Salatin's ideas aren't appreciated by everyone. But the man dubbed by Time magazine as "America's best farmer" takes any criticism in his stride.

Milk breakthrough that can keep it fresh in the fridge for 60 days offers lifeline to dairy farmers

A Queensland food technology company has patented a process it claims can keep 100 per cent natural milk fresh in the fridge for at least 60 days without additives or preservatives.

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