Agriculture Minister slams Food Ministers Forum for abandoning Aussie fruit growers

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud is hopping mad as the majority of State and Territory Food Ministers rejected the Commonwealth and farm industry proposal to lock in a minimum 4-star rating for pure fruit and veggie juices. Minister Littleproud said that pure Australian fruit juices with no added sugar will now be classified as less healthy […]

The severe heatwave warning follows driest year on record

When a severe heatwave warning was declared for large parts of the country over the last weekend of November 2020, contributing to dangerous fire conditions, it was the catalyst that revealed just how hot our weather has become. As climate change continues to drive extreme temperatures, “2019 was the hottest and driest year on record […]

$5 million up for grabs to find ways to make farmland drought resilient

The Future Drought Fund will pay out $5 million for schemes to build drought resilience into agricultural landscapes Project proposals are being awarded a share of $5 million under the Future Drought Fund’s NRM Drought Resilience Program – Landscapes program. The projects are expected to put into place natural resource management practices, systems and approaches […]

Summer and wet season resource hubs now online

Producers can now access regionally-relevant resources to support seasonal on-farm decision making this summer with the launch of both a Summer Hub for southern producers and Northern Wet Season Hub on Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) website. The Summer Hub provides a suite of resources for southern beef, sheep and goat producers, while the Wet Season Hub features resources […]

$3 million on offer under round two of Traceability to boost our premium exports

Applications will be taken until 21 January 2021 for Round Two of the Traceability Grants Program. This program has the task of ensuring we can show chain traceability to reinforce Australia’s status as a trusted source of clean, safe, and premium produce. The Australian Government is encouraging applications from farming groups, research organisations and other […]

Australia to NZ Export Plan claimed as a win by Ag Minister

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the signing of the Australia-New Zealand Export Plan represented a significant market access win for Australia’s fruit and vegetable export industries. Littleproud said Australia’s $170 million horticultural export industry to New Zealand had been put into place with the aim to reduce what he called red tape and regulatory burden. […]

ALRTA opposes expansion of primary producer registration

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has written to Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, the Hon. Mark Bailey MP, opposing a proposal to extend the primary producer concession scheme for heavy vehicles. ALRTA understands that the Department of Transport and Main Roads is currently investigating options for sharing of concessionally registered vehicles […]

ATA slams $3.6 billion tax on freight and jobs

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has slammed the Australian Logistics Council’s proposed operator licensing system, which it says would be a $3.6 billion tax on freight and jobs.   In its response to the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law, the ALC proposed a National Operator Standard, which would impose massive costs on trucking operators.  […]