Australia’s state and territory energy ministers have a chance to boost regional economies and return farming businesses to profitability by addressing the sky-rocketing cost of electricity when they meet in Canberra.
The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee (AWPFC) adjusted its forecast of shorn wool production for the 2016/17 season to 325 million kilograms greasy, the same level as its revised estimate for the 2015/16 season. Shorn wool production of 325 mkg greasy in 2015/16 is 6.1% lower than in 2014/15.
Growers in Western Australia’s Great Southern and south coastal regions are encouraged to check barley crops for leaf rust and to spray infections early because the disease is difficult to manage if left unchecked.
The Victorian Government has announced further support for dairy farmers with $6.7 million of new programs to help them get through the dairy crisis and improve the long term resilience of dairy farm businesses.
Bannockburn’s Golden Plains Farmers’ Market is set to be upgraded thanks to a $30,000 investment from the Victorian Government that will improve the market infrastructure and shopping experience for visitors.
Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) is calling for businesses in all levels of the production and supply chain to participate in a new program which aims to strengthen the industry by attracting the next generation of employees.
The Coalition Government announced the commencement of a review and public consultation on the broad range of issues affecting the supply and remuneration conditions of labour performed by Working Holiday Maker visa holders.
The Victorian Farmers Federation is calling on the State Government to maintain a ban on all exploration and extraction of onshore gas until at least 2020.