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Red meat producers embrace LPA changes
Thousands of Australian red meat producers have updated their Livestock Production Assurance accreditation as part of the changes that were implemented on 1 October to strengthen the program.
Published: 21/11/2017
Tasmania enters the hemp food industry
The use of hemp seed in food is now legal and the Tasmanian industry is gearing up in anticipation of increased demand.
Published: 21/11/2017
Important reminders about on-farm recycling
National Recycling Week is a timely reminder for all Australians, including farmers, to look at their recycling habits.
Published: 17/11/2017
National Vegetable Industry Leadership Program
'Growing Leaders' is the leadership platform being delivered through funding from Horticulture Innovation.
Published: 17/11/2017
Innovation agenda for growing Tasmanian agriculture
The Tasmanian Government has launched the White Paper: 'Growing Tasmanian Agriculture – Research, Development and Extension for 2050'.
Published: 16/11/2017
Lifetime Ewe Management course to be run in Tasmania
The Lifetime Ewe Management program runs over the 12 month weaning to weaning cycle.
Published: 14/11/2017
Ringarooma named as national Legendairy Capital
Ringarooma named as national Legendairy Capital for 2017.
Published: 13/11/2017
Strong demand and record prices for wool
Australia's wool industry is in a renaissance not seen since the golden era of the 1950s, with record prices and a billion dollars in sales in the last four months.
Published: 13/11/2017
Canadian comany Saputo make a bid for Murray Goulburn dairy processor
A Canadian dairy company has offered $1.3 billion to buy Australian milk processor Murray Goulburn.
Published: 30/10/2017
'Smart Farms' funding through the National Landcare Program
Farmers, fishers, community and industry groups can now apply for grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 to assist them to protect and improve the condition of soil, vegetation and biodiversity and support agricultural systems to adapt to change.
Published: 27/10/2017
Seasonal climate outlook * UPDATED on 16 November 2017
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its updated seasonal climate outlook.
Published: 26/10/2017
Flood recovery efforts continue
The State Government is continuing to work with farmers and communities impacted by the June 2016 floods through the Agricultural Landscape Rehabilitation Scheme.
Published: 26/10/2017
Red meat news and market analysis from MLA
Each week, MLA will provide an insight into what’s driving Australia’s cattle, sheep and goat markets
Published: 24/10/2017
Commercial interest in Edith Creek plant
A company interested in buying the milk processing plant in Edith Creek, south of Smithton, says it will only go ahead if the plant is sold as a working operation.
Published: 23/10/2017
ACCC opens new anonymous fair trading site
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched a new online tool for people in the agriculture sector to anonymously report concerns about competition or fair-trading issues.
Published: 19/10/2017
Red meat producer and processor shares views on new LPA integrity rules
Kitty Sheridan understands the value of Australia’s livestock integrity systems as both a processor and producer.
Published: 18/10/2017
Landcare Tasmania opens applications for on-ground works
Landcare Tasmania has opened applications for on-ground works under Round 21 of the Tasmanian Landcare Fund.
Published: 18/10/2017
A great wine vintage is looming
The local wine industry had a good story to tell about this year’s vintage at Wine Tasmania’s recent 'VIN Diemen 2017' promotions in Sydney and Melbourne.
Published: 18/10/2017
Proxy voting for the Meat and Livestock Australia AGM in November
The Meat and Livestock Australia AGM will be held on Wednesday 22 November in Alice Springs and red meat producers are welcome to attend in person or to vote by proxty.
Published: 18/10/2017
Royal Launceston Show celebrates 144 years of tradition but fears for the future
The Royal Launceston Show has a rich heritage of romance and tradition but organisers fear the event is in its dying days.
Published: 17/10/2017
New free farm safety induction handbook and video
New farm employees will now be provided with a farm safety handbook to raise awareness about on-farm work health and safety.
Published: 16/10/2017
Creating partnerships to drive Tasmania’s primary industries
Supporting growth in agriculture and seafood is a key part of the Government’s long-term plan for building Tasmania’s future.
Published: 11/10/2017
New Dairy Focus Farm announced
DairyTas have announced the new Focus Farm at Montagu, in the intensive dairy region of Circular Head in north-west Tasmania.
Published: 10/10/2017
The latest Tasmanian Agri-Food ScoreCard shows continued growth in the sector
The latest Tasmanian Agri-Food ScoreCard shows that the gross value of Tasmania’s agriculture and seafood sectors continued to grow, increasing by 5.9 per cent in the 2015-16 financial year.
Published: 09/10/2017
Empowering women leaders in the horticulture industry
Women that are current and emerging leaders in the horticulture industry can now apply for a leadership development scholarship opportunity valued at up to $5,470.
Published: 03/10/2017
Landcare billion-dollar spending details revealed by Australian Government
The Federal Government has revealed more details about how its billion-dollar investment in Landcare will be spent.
Published: 02/10/2017
New DPIPWE dam safety hotline - 1800 316 377
The new Dam Safety Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - 1800 316 377.
Published: 29/09/2017
Unique opportunity emerging at Hagley Farm and Visitor Centre
The iconic Hagley Farm and Visitor Centre in northern Tasmania will soon begin a recruiting process to find its next farmer
Published: 27/09/2017
Applications open for 2018 Masterclass in Horticultural Business
The University of Tasmania, New Zealand’s Lincoln University and the Wageningen Research Academy, have joined forces with Hort Innovation to offer the Masterclass in Horticultural Business.
Published: 26/09/2017
Place of origin branding for Tasmanian fine wool
Tasmanian superfine wool merits place-of-origin branding, but existing supply chains and marketing systems make that difficult to implement.
Published: 25/09/2017
Dry start to winter affects Tasmanian farmer confidence
Tasmanian farmers have significantly revised down expectations for the coming 12 months, with confidence in the sector coming off recent highs to its lowest level since mid-2013.
Published: 12/09/2017
Public consultation on Australia’s agricultural export legislation
As part of a wider initiative to strengthen agricultural exports and market access, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is improving the current agricultural export legislative framework.
Published: 12/09/2017
Pasture data now at producers’ fingertips
For the first time, southern livestock producers will have access to quantitative data about the performance of pasture varieties at their fingertips, with the launch of the Pasture Trial Network (PTN) website.
Published: 11/09/2017
Dry winter affects east coast farmers
The dry winter on Tasmania's east coast is beginning to take its toll on superfine merino sheep farms.
Published: 07/09/2017
Update on the stock underpass program
Crossing cattle across roads is ​a significant issue for many dairy and livestock farmers.
Published: 07/09/2017
A week-long celebration of Landcare
The Australian Government is encouraging Australians to get behind National Landcare Week to thank Landcarers for their valuable work protecting, restoring and sustaining Australia's natural resources.
Published: 07/09/2017
New quad bike helmet design
The all-terrain vehicle industry has come up with a new design to try to convince farmers to wear helmets and reduce fatalities on quad bikes.
Published: 04/09/2017
Bureau of Meteorology website resource updates
The Bureau has added some new resources to its website which will benefit farm users.
Published: 31/08/2017
Dairy Demonstration Shed opens at Hagley Farm School
Currently over 200 schools and over 5,000 school aged students from around Tasmania visit the facility each year.
Published: 31/08/2017
DairyTas seeks two new directors
DairyTas is seeking one dairy farmer position and one industry representative position on the Board, for a maximum of 2 three-year terms commencing from November 2017.
Published: 31/08/2017
Building the beef industry’s leadership capacity
The ‘Building capacity in the Grassfed Beef Industry’ project offers a suite of professional development initiatives for both current and aspiring industry leaders.
Published: 22/08/2017
Bureau of Meteorology moves to twice-monthy climate outlooks
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its first mid-month climate outlook - giving those making climate-sensitive decisions an early look at likely conditions ahead.
Published: 21/08/2017
John Bennett named as Farming Legend of the Year
Mr Bennett has dedicated more than 60 years to advancing the Australian dairy industry in exports, research and premium branding.
Published: 18/08/2017
Sheepmeat producers to be represented by a modernised peak body
Members of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia have voted to adopt a new governance framework whereby the peak industry organisation will transition to a company limited by guarantee with a new name – Sheep Producers Australia Ltd.
Published: 17/08/2017
Countdown for new hemp based foods in Australia
New food regulations allowing hemp products for human consumption come into effect on 11 November 2017.
Published: 16/08/2017
MLA sheep industry projection updates
The rainfall outlook, feed availability and retention of young ewes for breeding have all impacted on MLA’s Sheep Industry Projections mid-year update, released this week.
Published: 16/08/2017
Dairy farmers say plant juices are not milk
What is milk? Is it soy, almond or rice — or does it only come from cows?
Published: 15/08/2017
Three categories of concessional loans for Tasmanian farm businesses
The 2017–18 Farm Business Concessional Loans Scheme is open to support eligible farm businesses in Tasmania
Published: 11/08/2017
Ashgrove Cheese doubles butter production capability
Ashgrove Cheese is one of Tasmania’s iconic food manufacturers and the doubling of its butter production capacity reflects enormous confidence in Tasmania’s growing economy.
Published: 10/08/2017
MLA and Ruralco to deliver aerial drone innovation
Meat &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Livestock Australia and Ruralco Holdings Ltd have launched an innovation partnership that will refine new approaches to monitoring and maintaining pasture and herds through aerial drones.
Published: 10/08/2017
Police highlight poppy theft risks
Chief executive of Poppy Growers Tasmania Keith Rice said Tasmanian poppies were highly toxic if ingested and could even kill.
Published: 03/08/2017
Secure pollination to boost farm productivity
The ‘Securing Pollination for More Productive Agriculture: Guidelines for effective pollinator management and stakeholder adoption’ project is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
Published: 03/08/2017
Fonterra announces milk price rise
Fonterra Australia has raised its forecast average milk price and revealed it will end its agreement with the Bonlac Supply Company.
Published: 31/07/2017
New Regional Manager appointed by DairyTas
With the retirement of Mark Smith, the Board of DairyTas has appointed Jonathan Price to take up the Regional Manager role.
Published: 27/07/2017
Overcoming the agriculture sector skills shortage
Mick Hay, Managing Director of Rimfire Resources, a specialist agribusiness recruitment company, is passionate about raising the profile of the sector as exciting, global, diverse, geographically spread and on the cutting edge of technology.
Published: 25/07/2017
Beef prices dropping from record levels
The cattle market is starting to wane after 56 weeks at record breaking levels.
Published: 21/07/2017
Safety is everyone’s business at Ashgrove
Ashgrove Farms was recognised as an industry leader in farm safety when they took out the Dairy Safety Award at the annual Tasmanian Dairy Awards.
Published: 20/07/2017
Medicinal cannabis in Tasmania
The island state of Tasmania is considered a good place to grow medicinal cannabis.
Published: 17/07/2017
VDL expansion not affected by financial woes
The new owners of Van Diemen's Land Farms dairy company say financial difficulty plaguing a Chinese company it has strong links to is not hampering bold expansion plans.
Published: 17/07/2017
Tasmanian family-owned cherry dynasty for sale
Australia's biggest cherry exporter, Reid Fruits, is up for sale
Published: 14/07/2017
Changes to the LPA quality assurance system for red meat producers from 1 October 2017
LPA changes ensure producers can stand by what they sell.
Published: 14/07/2017
Costa family to sell $300 million fruit farm portfolio
Agricultural corporate advisory firm Kidder Williams has confirmed berry and citrus farms owned by the Costa family are up for sale.
Published: 14/07/2017
Tasmanian wines win London trophies
Tasmanian wines have again been winning trophies and awards in prestigious global competitions
Published: 13/07/2017
Tasmanian farmers continuing to grow their industries
Agriculture continues to be a pillar industry for Tasmania with the latest ABS agricultural census information showing the value of agricultural production has grown to almost $1.5 billion.
Published: 10/07/2017
Dry June breaks winter records in Tasmania
Parts of Tasmania have recorded their driest June on record, with no strong signs of above average rain for the coming months, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
Published: 06/07/2017
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture listed in the 'Top 50'
The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and the University of Tasmania are listed in the Top 50 global rankings for Agricultural Sciences.
Published: 06/07/2017
TFGA list of primary industry grants and funding
The TFGA has published a list of grants and funding available for primary industry.
Published: 05/07/2017
Code of Practice an important first step for dairy industry
The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association Dairy Council has welcomed the launch of the Code of Practice for Contractual Arrangements as an important first step for the dairy industry.
Published: 05/07/2017
Australian Wool Exchange - current market information
AWEX Market Information Services provides a range of industry market reports based on daily, weekly, monthly, and annual cycles.
Published: 04/07/2017
Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards - 2017 Agriculture Award
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards, including the Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award.
Published: 04/07/2017
Farmers at high risk of premature hearing loss
More than one in two farmers will suffer premature hearing loss according to research published by the National Rural Health Alliance.
Published: 03/07/2017
Keeping Tasmania free from fruit fly
The State Government has released a long-term fruit fly strategy to protect Tasmania’s brand and export markets.
Published: 03/07/2017
Two rural banks forecasting better returns for dairy farmers
Two major rural banks are forecasting better returns for dairy farmers due to seasonal conditions and higher milk prices.
Published: 03/07/2017
Tasmania's first Cat Management Plan
The State’s first comprehensive Cat Management Plan addressing domestic, stray and feral cats in Tasmania has been released by the Government.
Published: 29/06/2017
Dairy exporters encouraged to look at new markets
Exporters should look to South East Asia, according to a Chinese-based dairy analyst.
Published: 29/06/2017
Tasmanian farmer juggles livestock and cropping on two large properties
Julian von Bibra farms almost 20,000ha across two locations at Ross and Gladstone in Tasmania.
Published: 27/06/2017
Murray Goulburn lifts opening farm gate milk prices
Milk processor Murray Goulburn has lifted its opening farm gate milk price for the coming milk season to $5.20 per kilogram of milk solids.
Published: 26/06/2017
Export opportunities in the vegetable industry
Nuffield scholar's report into export opportunities in the vegetable industry.
Published: 24/06/2017
Small businesses encouraged to claim instant asset write-off
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has encouraged small business operators to take advantage of the Government’s instant asset write-off extension.
Published: 23/06/2017
Senate report on the use of bumblebees for commercial pollination in Tasmania
The Senate has released its report on the risks and opportunities associated with the use of the bumblebee population in Tasmania for commercial pollination purposes.
Published: 23/06/2017
Further funding for tree planting projects
Community groups, organisations or individuals can now apply for grants between $20,000 and $100,000 for tree planting projects that will put back threatened bushland and support threatened species.
Published: 22/06/2017
Applications open for sheepmeat leadership scholarships
Applications are open for the Sheepmeat Industry Governance Scholarship– an opportunity for sheepmeat producers to receive formal training in industry leadership and corporate governance.
Published: 19/06/2017
TFGA seeks clarity on ownership of electricity poles and wires
The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association has called for urgent action from the Government on the ownership of power poles and wires on rural properties.
Published: 16/06/2017
Dairy Stock Underpass Pilot Program
On 28 April 2017 the Tasmanian Government announced a Dairy Stock Underpass Pilot Program to help dairy farmers increase efficiencies and improve road and farm safety at the same time.
Published: 16/06/2017
Fonterra announces opening milk price of $5.30 kgms
New Zealand dairy company Fonterra has announced an opening season price of an average of $5.30 per kilogram of milk solids for the 2017-18 season.
Published: 15/06/2017
Wool exports increase as Chinese demand continues
Wool exports are continuing to grow, with new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing exports were 22 per cent higher in April compared to this time last year.
Published: 15/06/2017
Seeking agricultural industry innovators
The 2017 Innovative Tasmania Awards are looking for agricultural industry innovators and innovations.
Published: 05/06/2017
Quad bike innovations give farmers better safety choices
New innovations designed to help reduce Australia’s quad bike injury and death toll are an important step towards giving farmers a choice in how they protect themselves.
Published: 05/06/2017
Introduced rainbow lorikeets a potential threat to Tasmanian fruit growers
In Tasmania and Western Australia, the rainbow lorikeet is an introduced species and could pose some serious problems to farmers and fruit growers.
Published: 01/06/2017
National farm salary survey results released
At the end of 2016, farm businesses from South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia provided data on the wages paid, hours worked, additional benefits received and types of roles undertaken within their businesses.
Published: 01/06/2017
Tasmanian farmer puts blackcurrant skins to a good use
Richard Clark farms blackcurrants in Tasmania's Derwent Valley and has found a use for several tonnes of blackcurrant skins.
Published: 30/05/2017
Fine Merino fleece prices continue upward trend
Surging demand from China and Europe, particularly for the finer Merino fleece, continues to push prices upward.
Published: 29/05/2017
State Budget confirms $44 million investment in the Tasmanian AgriFood Plan
Tasmania’s expanding fruit industry is an important beneficiary of the State Budget.
Published: 29/05/2017
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
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
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