In the Media

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 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
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
Nov 20

Project assistance and funding up to $15k

2017-11-20T16:10:39+00:00

Core 4 is coming to the MIA.

Through the Core 4 program you may be eligible for assistance and funding of up to $15k for projects aimed at keeping nutrients and sediments on farm.  To be eligible you must attend one of the information sessions.

To find out more about the program, contact Donna Gibson at GippsDairy on 5624 3900 or 0409 178 624

email  donna@gippsdairy.com.au

 

Project assistance and funding up to $15k 2017-11-20T16:10:39+00:00
Nov 16

Lack of Abattoirs Concern for Small Scale Producers

2017-11-27T09:56:32+00:00

SMALL-SCALE poultry farmers have been scrambling to find a processor after one of Victoria’s few abattoirs made the business decision to stop killing small lots.

 

Korumburra poultry farmer Simon van der Craats will have to take his chickens to Keysborough for processing, after the abattoir he was regularly using in Sunshine permanently closed the door to small-scale producers. kg154617 or kg164617

View Full Article – SGST

Lack of Abattoirs Concern for Small Scale Producers 2017-11-27T09:56:32+00:00
Nov 16

Murray Goulburn settles with ASIC

2017-11-20T13:46:56+00:00

Embattled dairy processor Murray Goulburn has admitted breaching its continuous disclosure obligations as part of a court settlement with the corporate watchdog.

On Thursday Murray Goulburn said it had agreed to pay a $650,000 penalty under a deal with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) over its behaviour in the lead-up to last year’s profit downgrade and cut in milk prices paid to farmers

See full article – SMH

Murray Goulburn settles with ASIC 2017-11-20T13:46:56+00:00