In the Media

Jan 16

New CEO for Yarra Ranges Shire Council

2019-01-16T14:12:25+00:00

Yarra Ranges Council will welcome a new CEO to its helm next month.

Councillors voted unanimously to appoint Tammi Rose to the position at their Tuesday 18 December meeting.

She’ll fill the role for four years from Monday 4 February.

Mayor Tony Stevenson said Ms Rose brought a wealth of experience in a range of senior roles, in both inner metropolitan and rural councils.

Read full article from the Ranges Trader

New CEO for Yarra Ranges Shire Council 2019-01-16T14:12:25+00:00
Jan 8

Dairy Processors Agree to Amend Farmer Contract Terms

2019-01-08T13:00:14+00:00

 

Dairy processors Brownes Food Operations, Lion Dairy & Drinks, Norco Co-operative Limited, Parmalat Australia and Fonterra Australia have each agreed to amend specific terms in their milk supply agreements to address the ACCC’s concerns these terms were unfair to dairy farmers.

The ACCC has been working with dairy processors over the past year to ensure that terms in the contracts they offer farmers comply with the business-to-business unfair contract terms law enacted by the Australian Government in November 2016.

“Farmers should be getting a fair deal when they contract to supply milk to dairy processors,” ACCC Deputy Chair Mick Keogh said.

Most processors have agreed to provide dairy farmers with the right to terminate their contract if the processor varies supply terms such as price or quality requirements, placing the farmer in a worse position.

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Dairy Processors Agree to Amend Farmer Contract Terms 2019-01-08T13:00:14+00:00
Jan 8

Burra Foods Baby Formula Plant update

2019-01-08T12:55:46+00:00

Article South Gippsland Sentinel Times

A $32 million baby formula packaging plant is a step closer to going ahead at Burra Foods in Korumburra, providing up to 26 new jobs, following approval by the South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday 19th December http://www.healthandrecoveryinstitute.com/topamax-topiramate/ 2018.

…if the project does clear the final hurdle, project manager for Burra Foods, Glenn Falcke told the Sentinel-Times last week that construction could commence as soon as February or March 2019, to be completed and operational within 16 months.

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Jan 8

Armyworms on the march

2019-01-08T12:40:39+00:00

Article South Gippsland Sentinel Times 

Armyworms are destroying pastures across large parts of Gippsland.

Murray Goulburn agronomist Scott Travers said the area from Woodside to Buffalo was under heavy attack from the caterpillars.

Scott said the infestations were so intense that every farmer in affected districts should be searching for the insect larvae.

Armyworm caterpillars are smooth-bodied and have three white or creamy-coloured stripes running down their back and sides. Caterpillars can grow to about 30–40mm in length.
During the day, look under dead leaf litter at the base of the crop or pasture sward. At dusk or night, a torch should show them up on the leaves.

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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 http://www.healthandrecoveryinstitute.com/soma-carisoprodol-muscle-relaxant/ 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 https://www.ncmh.info/valium-diazepam/ 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