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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.
|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.
|Important reminders about on-farm recycling|
National Recycling Week is a timely reminder for all Australians, including farmers, to look at their recycling habits.
|National Vegetable Industry Leadership Program|
'Growing Leaders' is the leadership platform being delivered through funding from Horticulture Innovation.
|Innovation agenda for growing Tasmanian agriculture |
The Tasmanian Government has launched the White Paper: 'Growing Tasmanian Agriculture – Research, Development and Extension for 2050'.
|Lifetime Ewe Management course to be run in Tasmania|
The Lifetime Ewe Management program runs over the 12 month weaning to weaning cycle.
|Ringarooma named as national Legendairy Capital |
Ringarooma named as national Legendairy Capital for 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.
|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.
|'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.
|Seasonal climate outlook * UPDATED on 16 November 2017|
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its updated seasonal climate outlook.
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Update on the stock underpass program|
Crossing cattle across roads is a significant issue for many dairy and livestock farmers.
|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.
|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.
|Bureau of Meteorology website resource updates|
The Bureau has added some new resources to its website which will benefit farm users.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Countdown for new hemp based foods in Australia|
New food regulations allowing hemp products for human consumption come into effect on 11 November 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.
|Dairy farmers say plant juices are not milk|
What is milk? Is it soy, almond or rice — or does it only come from cows?
|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
|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.
|MLA and Ruralco to deliver aerial drone innovation |
Meat &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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Beef prices dropping from record levels|
The cattle market is starting to wane after 56 weeks at record breaking levels.
|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.
|Medicinal cannabis in Tasmania|
The island state of Tasmania is considered a good place to grow medicinal cannabis.
|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.
|Tasmanian family-owned cherry dynasty for sale |
Australia's biggest cherry exporter, Reid Fruits, is up for sale
|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.
|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.
|Tasmanian wines win London trophies|
Tasmanian wines have again been winning trophies and awards in prestigious global competitions
|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.
|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.
|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.
|TFGA list of primary industry grants and funding|
The TFGA has published a list of grants and funding available for primary industry.
|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.
|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.
|Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards - 2017 Agriculture Award |
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards, including the Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Dairy exporters encouraged to look at new markets|
Exporters should look to South East Asia, according to a Chinese-based dairy analyst.
|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.
|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.
|Export opportunities in the vegetable industry|
Nuffield scholar's report into export opportunities in the vegetable industry.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Seeking agricultural industry innovators|
The 2017 Innovative Tasmania Awards are looking for agricultural industry innovators and innovations.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Fine Merino fleece prices continue upward trend|
Surging demand from China and Europe, particularly for the finer Merino fleece, continues to push prices upward.
|State Budget confirms $44 million investment in the Tasmanian AgriFood Plan|
Tasmania’s expanding fruit industry is an important beneficiary of the State Budget.
|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.
|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.
| 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.
|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;D funding.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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