Thursday, May 30, 2024



Biochar plan a world-first

Patricia Gill. A biochar project of over three and a half years at the Shire Waste Transfer Station has the potential to develop a world-first industry for Denmark. Through a pyrolysis unit, which heats waste in low oxygen, green waste, silage wrap and food organics would potentially be converted into a carbon-rich product capable of improving soils and animal health.

Major funding to help reduce ag emissions

At the Sustainable Agriculture Summit held in Toowoomba last Thursday, the Federal Government announced details of $63.8 million allocated in the 2024-25 Budget. The funding will go towards supporting the reduction of emissions in the agriculture industry and contribute to the whole-of-economy transition to net zero.

Kununurra Show, 12-13 July 2024

Kununurra Agricultural Society

62nd Muttaburra Stock Show, 1 June 2024

The Muttaburra Stock Show is having their 62nd show June 1st! Showcasing the districts best sheep, cattle and wool fleeces. The show is renowned for getting the crowd, young and old, involved in their infamous Marsh Rural Dinosaur Dash, the Sproutag Sheep Races and the Ringrose Button Sheep Dog trials.

Pig problem escalates: NSW Farmers

Farmers are reporting a fresh surge in feral pig numbers, prompting a call to escalate funding to fight the state’s feral pig problem ... “There’s reports of feral pigs weighing well over 100 kilograms charging through the paddocks, trashing food crops and killing calves and lambs at the drop of a hat”: NSW Farmers President Xavier Martin.

Growers to lead change to hyper profitable crops: GRDC

Field Applied Research Australia (FAR Australia) and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) have launched a new project to transform on-farm profitability for wheat and barley growers in the high-rainfall zones of Australia. The project aims to close the gap between actual crop yields and the profitability possibilities in these zones.

Mamma Mia!: TAFE NSW Moss Vale helps Abba tribute band artist play new career tune

TAFE NSW Moss Vale is empowering a career musician and Abba tribute band bass player to call the tune on the next chapter in his career: as a farmer. Simon Tonks, 64, has enjoyed a long and illustrious music career, including stints as house engineer/producer at recording giant Sony Music, making records, mixing live shows, and writing television music.

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) opportunities on horizon for Australian agriculture: Rabobank

Growing global and local demand for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) could spell good news for Australian agriculture, with the country’s farmers well placed to provide low- emissions feedstock to be used in future production, according to new industry research ... the largest contribution to cutting aviation emissions over the next decade will come from transitioning to the use of sustainable aviation fuel, which is commonly produced from agricultural products and by-products.

Farm rates pain

Rachel Hagan. Primary producers and other residents have packed the Yorke Peninsula Council gallery to witness an impassioned debate about whether farmers should be asked to pay an increased rate across the next financial year. The special council meeting, held at Minlaton on Wednesday, May 22, became heated at times as councillors argued about whether to charge farmers higher rates than they currently pay to help cover the costs of services such as road maintenance.

To inform decision-making for Southern growers – New farming systems project

A new farming systems project is set to shed light on how farm management decisions affect profitability and sustainability to help southern region grain growers understand the upside and downside of their decisions. The five-year project involves nine field sites … covering different soil types and rainfall zones in South Australia and Victoria, as well as biophysical modelling and economic evaluation.

Winton Show, 8 June 2024

Winton Show Society

Wheat prices drive up Rural Commodities Index: NAB

An increase in wheat prices helped lift the NAB Rural Commodities Index* by 3.2 per cent month-on-month in April, after the Index slipped 5.7 per cent month-on-month in March. NAB’s May Rural Commodities Wrap released today reports the Index is now around levels seen in April 2023. 

Special update – Avian influenza identified in Victoria: Animal Health Australia

We wanted to ensure you had the most accurate and up to date information as it comes to hand on the avian influenza incident in Victoria: On 22 May 2024, Agriculture Victoria confirmed a detection of high pathogenicity avian influenza (HPAI) H7N3 in poultry on a caged, barn, and free-range production egg farm in Meredith, Victoria.

CCS in the GAB – Agriculture, rural communities and conservationists say no and now the science does too: QFF

The Queensland Government has rejected the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Glencore's carbon capture and storage (CCS) project confirming the grave concerns raised by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF), industry and other representatives. The EIS assessment process has found that the science behind this project is inadequate, and the risk to the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) too great, meaning the precautionary principle must apply.

The Moorlort Plains chicken wars continue

Remember the protracted battle regarding the plans to build broiler farms on the Moolort Plains, west of Baringhup, in the Shire of Mount Alexander? After court hearings and the extraordinary step of building two houses out near the proposed site for the proposed broiler sheds, that battle was won by local residents.

The dry continues

The furrowed brows of farmers continue to search the sky rain, but the season is on track for the driest May on record. Since last August most of the region’s farming land has experienced less than 10 per cent of normal rainfall since 1900, and less than five per cent in some areas.

Budget 2024: What does it mean for you?

When Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers handed down the Albanese government’s 2024 budget last week it was touted as a ‘cost-of-living budget’, aimed at relieving the pressure of everyday costs. Member for Farrer and Opposition Party Deputy Leader, Sussan Ley is concerned at the lack of money for the bush. “My key concern is the $315 billion in new spending by Labor risks adding further to inflation and keeping interest rates higher for longer,” Ms Ley told The Riverine Grazier. 

Open letter to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese: NFF

Last week, for the first time in 39 years, farmers from across Australia determined that they no longer have confidence in your government to represent their interests. This vote followed an unprecedented walk-out by farmers on your Agriculture Minister’s budget address. This is not how we usually operate at the National Farmers’ Federation ... But decision by decision, your government is pushing farmers away and eroding their trust. Frankly they’ve had enough.

AgZero – The Power Shift: WA Farmers

Tickets are officially on sale for The Power Shift: Transitioning Farm Communities to Renewables ... Supported by Western Power and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, AgZero 2030 is bringing together a range of quality speakers to cover all topics of the energy transition and how it impacts farms, agriculture and our communities.

A win for farmers and families

Farmers and families have been spared Labor’s Fresh Food Tax after the Senate crossbench resolved to block the Government’s biosecurity levy cash grab, Member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster says ... Dr Webster said Agriculture Minister Murray Watt was out of touch and had failed to consult before introducing the levy last year.

AI-powered weather forecasting accuracy set to help local growers: Hort Innovation

Growers could soon have tailored local weather forecasts directly at their fingertips through a ground-breaking program that leverages the cutting-edge capabilities of artificial intelligence and machine learning combined with traditional weather forecasting techniques … the $1.3M initiative … is tailored to meet the specific needs of individual growers, considering their farming block, unique terrain and operational requirements.

Caboolture Show, 7-9 June 2024

The 97th Caboolture Show officially kicks off on Friday 7th June 2024! Fun for all the family guaranteed with wild Rides, Side Show Alley, Show Bags, Great Food, Entertainment and so much more! Don’t miss the amazing Fireworks on each night and the show-stopping Rodeo show on Saturday and Sunday.

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