QFF says Queensland Government unfairly picking irrigation water winners

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has serious concerns the Qld state government is unfairly picking winners within the agriculture sector by further restricting the number of farmers who can access an election commitment to provide a 50% price reduction for horticulture irrigation water users. While QFF welcomed the Qld government’s announcement to reduce water prices […]

Vietnam approval of new Australian biosecurity facility bears fruit for growers

Local horticultural exporters to Vietnam now have access to two onshore irradiation facilities which will increase speed to market and decrease export freight costs for farmers in southern growing regions. In some cases, Australian fruit will be arriving in Vietnam just 72hrs after picking. Vietnam has provided interim approval to receive produce from Australia’s newly […]

Livestock exports expected to increase backed by high industry confidence

Research showing that a large section of the Australian community knows very little about livestock exports highlights the importance of participants in the industry being willing to have conversations with people interested in finding out more. Recent research shows that people working in the livestock supply chain are proud of their role in the industry […]

Juice star ratings worse than soft drink is a sour turn for farmers

NSW Farmers says it is alarmed by the  decision to downgrade the Health Star Rating of 100% fruit and vegetable juice, ranking it lower than some soda beverages. The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation has endorsed a rating system that will  halve the Health Star Rating (HSR) of freshly squeezed orange […]

WA Farmers say the Vasse Zone Boyanup Saleyards need urgent attention

Mike Norton, WAFarmers Vasse Zone President says livestock producers in his region say they are extremely concerned by the lack of long-term planning by the McGowan Government regarding the future of livestock saleyards in the south west of WA. The decision by Minster MacTiernan to take control of Boyanup saleyards when the facility lease ends […]

Norco leads the way in farmgate price step-up.

This takes Norco’s average farmgate price for the 2020-21 financial year to slightly above 70 cents for its suppliers based mainly in northeast NSW and southeast Queensland. Norco will now pay a similar price to what they paid in 2019-20 are now clearly paying above what Lactalis and Bega are paying in Queensland. This is […]

A Farmer group believes EU carbon tax decision puts our ag exports on notice

Farmers for Climate Action are warning agricultural exports are likely to be hit without decisive action on climate change, amid news that the EU is endorsing a carbon tax on its imports. The European Union last week voted in favour of a carbon border adjustment mechanism, which would place a carbon price on imports from […]