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Foreign aid under fire on social media with calls to 'help our own'

Foreign aid under fire on social media with calls to 'help our own' With floods in north Queensland, a summer of bushfires around the country, and one of the worst droughts in living memory, some people have taken to social media calling for foreign aid to be cut and to help Australians "first and foremost". But amid social media calls to cut foreign aid until north-west Queenslanders are helped with flood relief, the experts say it's more complicated than that.


Beekeeper's sweet supermarket deal takes the sting out of 'fake' honey backlash

Beekeeper's sweet supermarket deal takes the sting out of 'fake' honey backlashA Far North Queensland beekeeper has secured a contract to supply raw, local honey to a major retailer after two years of negotiation. Up until recently, apiarist Graham Thornton — like many in his industry — had been selling directly to the public as well as to independent grocers, produce markets and local shops.


Animal activist faces trespass charge after streaming WA piggery video on Facebook

Animal activist faces trespass charge after streaming WA piggery video on FacebookPolice in Western Australia have charged a 25-year-old activist who livestreamed footage claiming to be inside a piggery and alleging it showed animal cruelty. The man has been charged with two counts of trespass after a search warrant was executed this morning. The man, a member of the lobby group Direct Action Everywhere, was referred to police by the state's Ministry for Agriculture after alleging the footage, streamed on Facebook Live, was from inside a piggery in WA's south.


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Firm trade stand vital

Firm trade stand vitalAustralia needs to stand up to the European Union and ensure our local dairy industry doesn’t suffer under a new free trade agreement. The federal government is clearly enthusiastic about the prospect of securing a $100 billion trade deal. Prime Minister Scott Morrison went so far as to pledge to “accelerate” negotiations for greater Australian export access into Europe at last year’s G20 leaders’ summit.


Producers urged to participate in national Sheep Parasite Survey

Producers urged to participate in national Sheep Parasite SurveySheep producers are being urged to participate in a national survey that could change the way the industry manages parasites including worms, flies and lice. A survey of this type has not been performed since 2011 and sheep producers now have the opportunity to influence the future of parasite management, research and extension.


Australian Lamb Paddock to Plate Story hits the road

Australian Lamb Paddock to Plate Story hits the roadMeat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) virtual reality Australian Lamb Paddock to Plate Story is set to hit the road in February for a three-month tour through the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales. Among the first stops on the tour will be the AgriFutures evokeAG event from 19-20 February in Melbourne, the Royal Canberra Show from 22-24 February at Exhibition Park, Canberra, the Newcastle Show from 1-4 March and Sydney Royal Easter Show from 12-23 April. It will continue visiting schools and community events up until 17 May 2019.


Avoiding zoonotic diseases in flood recovery efforts

Avoiding zoonotic diseases in flood recovery effortsIf you are making plans to help with the North Queensland flood recovery efforts, first make plans to look after yourself. Due to the large changes in the environment in the wake of the North Queensland flood event, it’s important that you protect yourself during recovery efforts.


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Drought reinforces the importance of support for families doing it tough

Drought reinforces the importance of support for families doing it toughAs farmers in much of the country battle an enduring drought and financial stress, the children of farming families are juggling schoolwork with the pressure to work on their families' farms, increasing the stress for some young people. When John and Emma Bunter step off the school bus at 3:45pm, they swap their shoes for boots and head out to feed hungry cattle on their drought-impacted family farm, about 10 kilometres from Gilgandra in central west NSW.


Multi-million dollar WA dairy, processing facility takes the transparent approach

Multi-million dollar WA dairy, processing facility takes the transparent approachA West Australian dairy has taken an innovative step towards transparency in the industry with a plan to open up its new multi-million-dollar dairy and processing facility to the public. The 'see-for-yourself' design at Bannister Downs in Northcliffe does not just include farm tours like some other Australian dairies have recently implemented.


flood devastation brings strangers together to help bury thousands of animals

flood devastation brings strangers together to help bury thousands of animalsA band of friends have travelled hundreds of kilometres into the epicentre of the flood disaster to do the job no one else wants to do - digging mass graves for thousands of dead cattle and sheep. It is a grisly task that could take the graziers weeks or possibly months to do using tractors, but with the help of a group of six strangers, the task will now take just days.


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NFF sceptical about milk floor price

NFF sceptical about milk floor priceThe National Farmers’ Federation says ‘sure’ ask the ACCC to look at a floor price for milk, but it remains highly cautious about simple solutions to the dairy industry's complex problems. "Our dairy sector is under significant pressure, there’s no doubt about that," NFF President Ms Simson said.


NSW Farmer of the Year Awarded

NSW Farmer of the Year AwardedRiverina grain farmers Glen and Julie Andreazza have been announced as the winners of the 2018 NSW Farmer of the Year Award (FOTY). The couple have been recognised for farming excellence on their 370 hectare grain farm at Willbriggie, south of Griffith, where they predominantly grow rice, wheat and recently corn.


Balance needed for Murray Darling Basin

Balance needed for Murray Darling BasinThe Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has acknowledged the findings and recommendations of the Australian Academy of Science report, commissioned by the Federal Opposition, into the recent fish deaths in the Lower Darling river system at Menindee. QFF President Stuart Armitage said the fish deaths were a devastating sight and welcomed some of the report’s recommendations but took issue with the blinkered approach of this latest review.


New reference group to address uptake of R&D adoption on-Farm

New reference group to address uptake of R&D adoption on-FarmA skills-based group of livestock producers, consultants and researchers from throughout Australia has been selected to help increase the rate of adoption of on-farm research and development (R&D) outcomes. The new Producer Adoption Reference Group has been established by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) to provide strategic advice to MLA on the issues impacting the uptake of R&D adoption by beef and sheepmeat producers.


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WAFarmers welcomes action taken over activists attacks

WAFarmers welcomes action taken over activists attacksWAFarmers is pleased Western Australian authorities have taken appropriate action over extreme behaviour by animal activists. WAFarmers President Tony York said it is good to know that trespass laws in Western Australia are applicable and we hope that this will deter further brazen attacks on farming businesses.


An effective government must govern for everyone

An effective government must govern for everyoneThis week, the VFF hosted a breakfast for members of parliament in Melbourne. I took this opportunity to remind the members of their responsibilities to food producers and to food consumers. Consumers demand a reliable supply of safe, high-quality food at a reasonable price, and there are thousands of Victorian farmers working hard to meet those demands.


Fruit fly Pest Free Area announcement

Fruit fly Pest Free Area announcementThe Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) welcomes the announcement by Minister Barnett of the lifting of restrictions on mainland Tasmania of the Queensland Fruit Fly control area. “It is very pleasing to see these restrictions lifted as no further new discoveries have been made of fruit fly in the northern control area”, TFGA CEO Peter Skillern said.


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