Setting sights on feral pigs and weeds in WA

19 July 2017

Western Australian farmers and landholders will be able to better-manage the impacts feral pigs and weeds have on their properties, with a $444,000 investment from the Coalition Government.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said the funding—part of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper—would fund coordinated efforts to manage feral pigs.

Helping Aussie farmers access premium overseas markets

15 February 2017

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said the ATMAC programme had opened up a range of opportunities for producers and exporters​ of premium agricultural products, with 16 projects worth around $2.1 million already approved under the programme.

Expanding irrigated agriculture no longer a pipe dream

19 November 2016

 
Funding has begun to flow to water infrastructure feasibility studies in SA after gaining the official sign off from both the federal and state governments, delivering on the Coalition Government’s election commitment to fast-track key water infrastructu​re projects across the state.

Delivering water security for Victoria's future prosperity

16 November 2016

 
Funding has begun to flow to water infrastructure feasibility studies in Victoria after gaining the official sign off from both the federal and state governments, to strengthen economic growth and prosperity in the region.

Interest rate cut for farm businesses in need

3 November 2016

 
Farm businesses across Australia will be able to save thousands of dollars thanks to a cut in concessional interest rates from 1 February 2017.

New loans scheme to support farm businesses

1 November 2016

 
The Coalition Government continues to deliver farm-strengthening initiatives from the $4 billion Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper with the launch of the new Farm Business Concessional Loans scheme today.

Government hopping to it on feral rabbit control

15 September 2016

 
Farmers in the ACT will be better placed to fight Australia’s most costly vertebrate pest animal, the feral rabbit, with funding to help coordinate efforts to reduce its impact on farm productivity and our environment.

Government hopping to it on feral rabbit control

15 September 2016

 
Farmers in the ACT will be better placed to fight Australia’s most costly vertebrate pest animal, the feral rabbit, with funding to help coordinate efforts to reduce its impact on farm productivity and our environment.

Greater certainty for Australian farmers in tough times

5 May 2016

Australian farmers will have greater flexibility to manage their finances during tough times with the passage of legislation which will strengthen the Farm Management Deposit (FMD) scheme.

Sheep join the war on weeds

28 April 2016

High tech collars fitted to sheep could be the next frontier when it comes to controlling the spread of weeds, with the CSIRO receiving almost $300,000 from the Australian Government to research and develop a ‘virtual fence’ system for farms.

Support for farmers in agricultural supply chains

14 April 2016

 
Farmers will be empowered to establish cooperatives and adopt innovative business models to boost their bargaining position in the marketplace under the Coalition Government's $13.8 million Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program.
Apply now for drought concessional loans in WA

12 April 2016

Western Australia’s drought-affected farmers can now apply for Drought Concessional Loans under the 2015–16 round of the scheme.

Beating drought with agricultural insurance

29 March 2016

 
Farm businesses have a new tool to help protect against the perils of drought, frost, hail and fire, with the Australian Government today announcing the introduction of the Managing Farm Risk Programme.

Strong de-fence against wild dogs in South Queensland

16 March 2016

 
The Australian and Queensland Governments are providing South West NRM Ltd with $6 million to assist landholders in the Balonne Shire build cluster fencing to help keep out wild dogs and monitor their impact in the area.

Taking to the sky to bid wild dogs goodbye

16 March 2016

The Australian and Queensland Governments are providing Southern Downs Regional Council with $200,000 to manage wild dogs in the Southern Downs and Goondiwindi Regional Councils areas using aerial baiting.

Building a barrier to wild dogs in Central Queensland

16 March 2016

 
The Australian and Queensland Governments are providing Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board with more than $5.2 million to assist landholders to construct cluster fencing to help keep out wild dogs.

"Effects test" a win for farmers and small business

16 March 2016

 
The Coalition Government is delivering on a major element of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper and the Harper Competition Policy Review and will introduce changes to misuse of market power provisions in the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA).

Drought concessional loans now available to NT pastoralists and farmers

9 March 2016

 
Drought-affected pastoralists and farmers in the Northern Territory can now apply for drought concessional loans under the 2015–16 round of the scheme.

New funding to open doors to overseas markets

4 March 2016

 
The Coalition Government has delivered another Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper commitment, with the introduction of the $3.1 million Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) programme.

Water resource assessments to unlock the full potential of the North

25 February 2016

 
Major opportunities to expand irrigated agriculture across northern Australia are a step closer with a $15 million Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment by the CSIRO now underway.

Appointment of the Agriculture Commissioner to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

16 February 2016

 
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources the Hon. Barnaby Joyce and Treasurer the Hon. Scott Morrison today announced the appointment of Mr Mick Keogh OAM as the Agriculture Commissioner to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for five years.

Ag White Paper delivers new direction for RD&E

16 February 2016

 
The Coalition Government has moved to strengthen the targeting of rural research, development and extension (RD&E) funding towards on-farm technologies and practices that deliver farmgate returns with the development of clear farmer, fisher and forester oriented RD&E priorities.

Have your say on fisheries and aquaculture regulation

16 February 2016

 
The Australian Government is calling for ideas on how to streamline regulation affecting Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors in submissions to a Productivity Commission inquiry.

New legislation to help farmers manage tough times

9 February 2016

 
The Coalition Government will tomorrow introduce legislation delivering on a key Ag White Paper initiative to strengthen the Farm Management Deposit (FMD) scheme, enabling farmers to better manage during periods of uncertainty.

Better seasonal forecasting for farmers on the way

4 February 2016

 
Progress is well underway on a $3.3 million Bureau of Meteorology project under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper to provide better seasonal forecasts.

Mapping the agriculture infrastructure of the future

3 February 2016

 
The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper to expand the CSIRO’s TRAnsport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TRANSIT) to inform transport infrastructure investment decisions across the agriculture sector.

Drought Concessional Loans now open for Tasmanian businesses

27 January 2016

 
Tasmanian farmers affected by drought will be able to apply for a Drought Concessional Loan from Wednesday.

Greater representation for our farming sector in premium markets

27 January 2016

 
Five new agricultural counsellors have now begun their work in key export markets, as the Australian Government continues to deliver measures under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

There’s still time left to have your say on country of origin food labelling

15 January 2016

 
Consumers and businesses are being urged to have their say on the Government’s proposed country of origin labelling reforms before the consultation period closes on 29 January 2016.

Productivity Commission inquiry into regulation of the Australian marine fisheries and aquaculture sectors

23 December 2015

 
Today the Turnbull Government has released the terms of reference for the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into regulation of the Australian marine fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

Drought assistance funding extended to three more regions

23 December 2015

Boulia, Carpentaria and Quilpie Shire Councils have been added to the list of local government areas eligible to apply for funding through the Drought Communities Programme.

New RFCS service providers announced to help farmers, fishers, foresters and rural small businesses 

22 December 2015

 
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, today announced the service providers who will deliver Rural Financial Counselling Services (RFCS) to regional communities from 1 April 2016.
Have your say on cutting red tape across the ag sector

22 December 2015

 
Farmers and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to have their say on regulation affecting Australia’s agriculture sector, with the release of an issues paper today as part of a Productivity Commission inquiry that will look at ways to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden across agriculture.

$15 million for Queensland pest and weed projects approved

17 December 2015

 
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Leanne Donaldson, today announced the local organisations which will deliver $15 million worth of projects to help drought-affected farmers combat the effects of pest animals and weeds.

More support for financial counselling in drought-stricken regions

16 December 2015

 
Farmers battling drought will continue to be supported by free financial counselling with an extra $920,000 in funding for Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) providers in regional areas in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

Barcaldine gets relief with drought

1 December 2015

Barcaldine Regional Council has received a significant boost with $1 million in funding approved for seven projects as part of the $35 million Drought Communities Programme.

McKinlay Shire gets drought funding boost

1 December 2015

McKinlay Shire infrastructure is set for a significant boost with $1.5 million in funding approved for four projects as part of the Coalition Government’s $35 million Drought Communities Programme.

Blackall-Tambo drought funding supporting community infrastructure and creating jobs

1 December 2015

 
Blackall-Tambo Regional Council will receive $1.49 million from the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Programme to help bolster the local economy during ongoing drought conditions.

Productivity Commission to examine regulation of Australian agriculture

20 November 2015

 
Today the Turnbull Government has released the terms of reference for the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into regulation of the Australian agricultural sector, with the inquiry to commence immediately.

$25 million for planning better national water infrastructure

19 November 2015

 
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, today announced a call for expressions of interest under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. States and territories are invited to apply for a share in $25 million of funding to undertake feasibility studies to support water infrastructure projects across the country including new dams.

Cutting agvet chemical red tape

11 November 2015

 
The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to further streamline the approval of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals to reduce industry and user costs as a second phase of consultations begins on a raft of reforms under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

Paroo drought funding measures approved

6 November 2015

 
Residents of the Shire of Paroo have received a significant boost with $1.5 million in funding approved for four projects as part of the $35 million Drought Communities Programme.

Barcoo gets drought funding boost

6 November 2015

 
BARCOO Shire residents and businesses have received a significant boost with $750,000 in funding approved for major stock and feral animal fencing upgrades as part of the $35 million Drought Communities Programme.

Ag White Paper delivers $500,000 to combat pest animals & weeds in WA

2 November 2015

 
The Australian Government will provide $500,000 to the Western Australian Government to help drought affected communities combat wild dogs and pest weeds.

$500,000 now available for Victorian pest and weed projects

2 November 2015

The Australian Government will provide $500,000 to drought affected Victorian councils for projects to control rabbit and weed infestations on country roadsides, in line with its commitment under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

Ag White Paper delivers $3 million to combat pest animals and weeds in drought affected areas of NSW

2 November 2015

The Australian Government continues to deliver on its commitment to help drought affected farmers, providing $3 million to the New South Wales Government for pest animal and weeds management, in line with its commitment under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

Ag White Paper delivers $1 million to combat pest animals & weeds in SA

2 November 2015

The Australian Government continues to deliver on its commitment to better drought and risk management under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, with up to $1 million to combat pest animals and weeds across drought-affected parts of South Australia.

Funds approved for Gulf of Carpentaria road upgrade

29 October 2015

Around 7 kilometres of the Gregory-Lawn Hill Road in the Gulf of Carpentaria will be sealed thanks to $1.5 million in Australian Government funding.

Apply now for 2015-16 Drought Concessional Loans in Victoria

23 October 2015

Applications are now open for drought-affected farmers in Victoria under the 2015–16 round of the Drought Concessional Loans scheme.

Assistance available for South Australian farmers in drought

22 October 2015

With seasonal conditions worsening in parts of South Australia, Australian Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, highlighted the assistance measures that were available to help farmers in need.

Funding to boost drought-affected Balonne

19 October 2015

The Balonne community will receive a much-needed boost through $1.5 million in Australian Government funding for five local projects as part of the $35 million Drought Communities Programme.

Drought concessional loans now open for SA farm businesses

15 October 2015

Applications are now open for drought-affected farmers in South Australia (SA) to apply for a Drought Concessional Loan under the 2015–16 round of the scheme.

Applications for drought concessional loans open in Queensland

9 October 2015

Drought-affected farmers across Queensland can now apply for assistance through a Drought Concessional Loan or a Drought Recovery Concessional Loan, with 2015–16 application rounds for both schemes opening today.

Three months on and Ag White Paper already delivering for farmers

4 October 2015

Three months on from its release, implementation of programmes and policies under the Coalition Government's Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper is progressing well and is already delivering for Australian farmers.

Drought assistance extended to three more regions

24 September 2015

The drought-affected communities of Richmond and Barcoo in Queensland and Coonamble in New South Wales, are now eligible to participate in the Australian Government's new Drought Communities Programme to assist in building much-needed infrastructure.

Coalition Government expands overseas counsellor network

24 September 2015

The Coalition Government is funding five new agricultural counsellors in strategic markets to promote our agricultural credentials with trading partners across the globe from January 2016.

$15 million to support drought-stricken QLD farmers deal with pests

24 September 2015

The Australian and Queensland governments are inviting applications for pest control programs in drought affected areas as part of a joint $15 million commitment to tackle pest weeds and animals.

Focus on developing and safeguarding the north in ag white papers

10 July 2015

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, were in Cairns today to highlight the importance of biosecurity to the north’s development—and to the whole Australian community.

Agriculture White Paper delivers for Queensland producers

9 July 2015

Measures in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper will benefit Queensland producers according to the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Member for Dawson, George Christensen.

Ag white paper delivers opportunities for NSW producers

8 July 2015

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today joined Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, to examine the local benefits of the $4 billion Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper on a farm near Wagga Wagga.

$12.4 million for Northern Australia’s Indigenous rangers

8 July 2015

In Alice Springs today, Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce, and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, said the Australian Government’s commitment of an additional $12.4 million for the Indigenous Ranger Biosecurity Initiative would increase biosecurity surveillance, skills, participation and employment across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in northern Australia.

Boost for agricultural production and trade in Western Australia

7 July 2015

Western Australian farmers will benefit from the $4 billion Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, with key funding initiatives to boost agricultural production, trade, biosecurity, water infrastructure and R&D..

Fisheries industries boosted by Ag White Paper

7 July 2015

Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture industries will benefit from the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, launched by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, and Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, over the weekend.

Ag White Paper is a win for Tasmanian farmers

7 July 2015

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, welcomed the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper as an investment in Tasmanian farmers and a boost for local economies.

Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper address at National Press Club, Canberra

6 July 2015

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ACCC to champion agribusiness supply chain transparency

5 July 2015

The Australian Government has acted on concerns raised by farmers about supply chain transparency during the consultation phase of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

$200 million biosecurity boost good for all Australians

5 July 2015

A $200 million funding increase for biosecurity across Australia will protect farmers, encourage growth for the future, and will also benefit all Australians.

Ag White Paper commits to clearer country of origin food labelling

5 July 2015

The Australian Government underlined its commitment to improved country of origin labelling to help consumers make informed choices about the origin of the food they eat with the release of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

Ag White Paper strengthens our approach to drought and risk management

5 July 2015

Through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government will invest $2.97 billion to support farmers and rural communities to strengthen drought preparedness and risk management.

Ag White Paper delivers $2.5 billion in concessional loan access to farmers

5 July 2015

Through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government will give drought-affected farmers greater certainty about in-drought assistance by establishing a new concessional loans scheme, available over 10 years.

Ag market access priorities receive significant funding boost

5 July 2015

Australian producers will gain better access to premium overseas markets, with $30.8 million in new funding to help us tackle technical barriers to trade and grow as well as maintain markets through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

$100 million extra for smarter approaches to farming

5 July 2015

An additional $100 million will be invested in rural Research and Development (R&D) as a result of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper decision to extend the Rural R&D for Profit programme until 2021-22.

Ag White Paper heralds a better business environment for farmers

5 July 2015

Through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government today released a series of measures designed to strengthen the contribution of agriculture to the national economy by providing a better business environment for farmers.

Securing Australia’s water supply for the future

5 July 2015

The Australian Government has set up a National Water Infrastructure Development Fund with $500 million for water infrastructure, including dams, through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

$100 million for pest and weed management and eradication under Ag White Paper

5 July 2015

Through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government will invest $100 million to protect our agricultural industries from the impacts of pests, disease and weeds, and to more effectively manage established pest animals and weeds.

Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper - Stronger farmers, stronger economy

4 July 2015

The Commonwealth Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper is an investment in our farmers and our competitive strengths in agriculture.

Deregulation: seeking your thoughts on some new ideas

20 October 2014

There are a range of new ideas about deregulation and decreasing the regulatory burden on farmers in the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper, and the Australian Government is asking for your feedback on options put forward.

Dams and water infrastructure investment: your views count

20 October 2014

The water infrastructure ministerial working group, chaired by Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce, has today outlined its recommendations for water infrastructure projects as part of the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper.

Agricultural Green Paper released: it's time to have your say

20 October 2014

The Australian Government has released the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper today and is asking everyone in agriculture to have their say on a range of new proposals and policy suggestions. Submissions close 12 December 2014.

Big response on the future of agriculture

1 May 2014

A bumper harvest of responses to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper will provide a wealth of ideas to take forward to the next stage of deliberation, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said today.

The first consultation stage of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper process has drawn to a close with more than 600 submissions from around the country, Minister Joyce said.

It's time to think big about Australian agriculture

6 February 2014

On 6 February 2014, the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, announced an issues paper on Agricultural Competitiveness. Submissions close 17 April 2014.

Announcement of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper

9 December 2013

On 9 December 2013, the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, announced the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

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