In the Media

Nov 29

Vic Producers urged to make use of energy assessments

2018-11-29T10:03:47+00:00

The Weekly Times – Johanna Leggatt 

Make use of the State Government’s free on-farm energy assessment and grants program that subsidises cheaper energy technology for farmers with sky-high bills.

Until March 2020 (or until the funds are expended), eligible primary producers can apply for Agriculture Victoria’s ‘Agriculture Energy Investment Plan’ grants to invest in technology to reduce the costs of energy use on their farms.

The Weekly Times spoke with Jigsaw Farms Principal, Mark Wootton’s experience with the scheme

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Vic Producers urged to make use of energy assessments 2018-11-29T10:03:47+00:00
Oct 1

Expanded Farm Household Allowance

2018-10-01T11:26:01+00:00

The Coalition Government passed legislation to amend the Farm Household Allowance to help farmers in drought.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the changes will deliver unto $12,000 FHA supplement from 1 September for couples and $7,200 for singles.

The changes will also lift the FHA net asset threshold cap from $2.6 million to $5 million from 1 September.

“We’re working full tilt get this support out the door as soon as possible,” Mr Littleproud said.

Read Minister Press Release

Expanded Farm Household Allowance 2018-10-01T11:26:01+00:00
Jul 17

Saputo throws support behind mandatory code of conduct

2018-12-06T12:46:06+00:00

Australia’s largest dairy processor, Saputo, has come out in support of a mandatory code of conduct for the industry and called for milk price step-downs to be illegal.

Earlier this year the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recommended a mandatory code to address a large imbalance in bargaining power between farmers and processors. Read more…

By Isabella PittawayKim Honan – ABC Rural

Saputo throws support behind mandatory code of conduct 2018-12-06T12:46:06+00:00
Jul 16

2018 National Farm Safety Week – 16-22 July

2018-07-16T12:28:06+00:00

Farmers are being warned that a simple choice can have tragic consequences and that they must plan ahead and prioritise safety in each and every task.

The warning from WorkSafe follows twelve workplace deaths from incidents on Victorian farms since July 2017, an average of one a month.

Six people have died as a result of on-farm workplace incidents since January 1, which is half of the workplace deaths that have occurred in Victoria so far in 2018.

The plea to put safety first comes as National Farm Safety Week highlights the many simple things that farmers can do to make their workplaces safer for themselves, workers and family members…read more

2018 National Farm Safety Week – 16-22 July 2018-07-16T12:28:06+00:00
May 24

Seeking Farming Women to participate in study

2018-12-06T12:48:13+00:00

The Invisible Farmer Project is the largest ever study of Australian women on the land.

This three year project (2017-2020) is funded by the Australian Research Council and involves a nation-wide partnership between rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations.

It aims to lean about the diverse, innovative and vital roles women play in Australian agriculture.

Find our more & participate

Seeking Farming Women to participate in study 2018-12-06T12:48:13+00:00
Apr 24

Drought in Eastern Victoria forcing farmers to sell off half their herds as dams run dry

2018-04-24T13:26:56+00:00

ABC News article highlighting the dire conditions facing East Gippsland farmers.

Region is currently expericing 1 in 20 year rainfall deficiency.

Rural Financial Counsellors expecting the number of Drought Concessional Loans to significantly increase.

Read article by Isabella Pittaway
photo Peter Honey

Drought in Eastern Victoria forcing farmers to sell off half their herds as dams run dry 2018-04-24T13:26:56+00:00
Apr 13

Status of Murray Goulburn Sale

2018-04-13T12:46:06+00:00

Murray Goulburn Co-operative is awaiting the decision by the Foreign Investment Review Board regarding the $1.31 billion sale to Canadian dairy giant Saputo due on April 18.

Until then, MG cannot finalise the record date for the return on shares and on the units held in Trust.

Status of Murray Goulburn Sale 2018-04-13T12:46:06+00:00
Apr 13

Farmers’ Fund Milk not passed on

2018-04-13T12:33:23+00:00

Dairy farmers have not received the last 6 months of funds collected from .40c per 2 litre bottle of farmers fund milk paid by customers and collected by Coles.

Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) are contracted to distribute the funds quarterly to south east Australia’s dairy farmers to invest in productivity and business skill improvements.

VFF President announced these 2 quarters would now be merged into one round, opened to farmers from 1 May 2018.

Read article The Weekly Times

Editor Peter Hunt

Farmers’ Fund Milk not passed on 2018-04-13T12:33:23+00:00