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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
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
Seasonal climate outlook * UPDATED on 29 June 2017
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its seasonal climate outlook for July to September 2017.
Published: 22/06/2017
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
LPA quality assurance system for red meat producers upgrades from 1 October
LPA changes ensure producers can stand by what they sell.
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
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.
Published: 12/05/2017
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.
Published: 11/05/2017
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.
Published: 11/05/2017
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.
Published: 11/05/2017
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.
Published: 11/05/2017
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.
Published: 10/05/2017
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.
Published: 09/05/2017
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.
Published: 08/05/2017
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.
Published: 08/05/2017
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.
Published: 08/05/2017
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.
Published: 08/05/2017
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.
Published: 02/05/2017
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.
Published: 01/05/2017
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.
Published: 01/05/2017
State Government congratulates Greenham scholarship winner
Congratulations to Josh Brown on being awarded the $12,000 Greenham Tasmania Agritas Scholarship for 2017.
Published: 29/04/2017
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.
Published: 29/04/2017
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.
Published: 28/04/2017
Poppy acreage increases this season
Despite an ongoing global oversupply of opiate material, Tasmanian poppy processors plan to increase production this season.
Published: 27/04/2017
Tasmanian walnut harvest underway
In Southern Tasmania, the walnut harvest has begun and will run for the next few weeks.
Published: 27/04/2017
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.
Published: 27/04/2017
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.
Published: 27/04/2017
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.
Published: 27/04/2017
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.
Published: 27/04/2017
New ethical chicken range to boost Brand Tasmania
The new Nichols Poultry ethical free range chicken brand is launched this week.
Published: 27/04/2017
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.
Published: 27/03/2017
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.
Published: 27/03/2017
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.
Published: 27/03/2017
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.
Published: 25/03/2017
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.
Published: 24/03/2017
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.
Published: 21/03/2017
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.
Published: 21/03/2017
New Vegetable Industry Extension Officer for Tasmania
Emma Egan has recently joined the National Vegetable Extension Network Tasmania team.
Published: 15/03/2017
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.
Published: 15/03/2017
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.
Published: 15/03/2017
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.
Published: 08/03/2017
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.
Published: 02/03/2017
Southern Tasmanian wineries gear up for 2017 vintage
Tasmania's Coal River Valley is preparing for the 2017 harvest and vintage.
Published: 02/03/2017
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.
Published: 01/03/2017
Additional funding to assist small exporters
Around $2 million in funding is available through Round 2 of the Package Assisting Small Exporters.
Published: 28/02/2017
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.
Published: 27/02/2017
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.
Published: 27/02/2017
Maize crop tribute unveiled in northern Tasmania
A giant image of the state of Tasmania has been unveiled in a maize crop in Tasmania.
Published: 23/02/2017
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.
Published: 22/02/2017
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.
Published: 22/02/2017
New Dairy Focus Farm for 2017-2019
In 2017, DairyTas will be commencing a new focus farm for Tasmania.
Published: 18/02/2017
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.
Published: 17/02/2017
Ruralco announces water business acquisitions in Tasmania
Ruralco has announced new business additions, including Irrigation Tasmania.
Published: 17/02/2017
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.
Published: 16/02/2017
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.
Published: 16/02/2017
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;amp; Livestock Australia’s research findings and innovations into their businesses.
Published: 15/02/2017
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.
Published: 14/02/2017
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'.
Published: 14/02/2017
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.
Published: 13/02/2017
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.'
Published: 13/02/2017
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