Sandy Clark and Tony Battaglene, Chairman and Chief Executive of Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, have just returned from Shanghai where they attended the China International Import Expo (CIIE), participated in meetings of the APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum and met with Chinese officials and business leaders.
Increased investment in biosecurity, the introduction of cattle lay pregnancy testing and embracing new technologies to improve productivity will be among the key priorities for Calliope beef producer Will Wilson in his new role as AgForce Queensland's Cattle President.
With a growing consensus that climate change is contributing to more frequent and intense drought periods, support has strengthened to put a long-term, whole-of-agriculture, whole-of-government drought strategy on the national agenda.
Hundreds of farmers across Australia are again demanding a coordinated national plan to support the agricultural industry to address climate challenges, following the expert report warning severe droughts were expected to become more frequent especially across southern Australia.
Australia’s forestry industry is set to benefit from the launch of a second Australian certification standard for the sustainable management of the nation’s forests.
Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is seeking partners to further develop and commercialise a range of potential solutions to some of the Australian red meat and livestock industry’s most pressing problems, including a new vaccine for Johne’s disease in sheep and cattle.
Retrospective milk price step-downs should be banned and contract disputes between farmers and processors handled through a thorough complaints and mediation process, according to Australia’s dairy lobby.
The price of lamb chops reached a record high in October 2018, Stats NZ said.