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Funds for Murray projects to open

10.21.2018, Comments Off on Funds for Murray projects to open, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Innovative and collaborative projects along the river will soon have access to millions of dollars from the federally-funded $265 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS).
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Round two of the funding will open in late March 2015, with $12.5 million available through the Regional Development and Innovation Fund (RDIF) and $5m through the Industry-led Research Sub-Program (IRSP).

Registration of interest is now available on the Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) website for interested and eligible organisations.

Program sponsor Andrew Johnson said the regional programs support employment and economic diversification, and industry-led applied research to improve regional productivity.

“The RDIF is providing $12.5m to large scale and innovative projects located in the SA River Murray region,” he said.

“The IRSP is providing $5m for innovative and collaborative research partnerships.

“These programs complement the investment currently being made through the $240m Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP), and will support diverse opportunities that

ensure less reliance on the River Murray water supply.

“This scale of regional investment will deliver spin-off benefits for our local industries, including the supply of raw materials and construction.

“It also supports industry in the longer term to improve productivity and water use efficiencies through new technologies.”

Successful Round Two projects for the 3IP are expected to be announced in mid-2015.

Round One projects for the IRSP were announced in October 2014.

Round One projects for the RDIF will be announced following the finalisation of funding agreements.

* Details: 梧桐夜网pir.sa.gov419论坛/regions/sarms

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BJD management scepticism

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A review into BJD management has been brought forward a year.Despite the national Bovine Johnes Disease (BJD) review forum being titled ‘Where to from here’, Victorian cattle industry stalwart Don Lawson, Mansfield, is sceptical regulations will move at all.
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Mr Lawson made a submission on behalf of the Australian Johne’s Alliance to National BJD Strategic Plan Review that will ramp up with a forum to be held in Sydney next Monday.

Mr Lawson said he was concerned the review would be high-jacked by bureaucrats supportive of the existing system, which relies heavily on zoning generally along jurisdictional lines plus various forms of regulatory intervention.

“There are too many snouts in the trough; producers are up against a whole Johnes industry and bureaucrats who have a job because of it,” he said.

“And as far as these bureaucrats are concerned, people don’t matter.”

He expressed concern that the “well overdue” review forum was just a way for these organisations including State agricultural departments and Animal Health Australia (AHA), to check off consultation, regardless of whether they take what they hear from beef and seedstock producers, and other support industries.

Mr Lawson is frustrated that there were no submissions from any of the State bodies responsible for BJD management, nor from Cattle Council of Australia, the Victorian Farmers’ Federation nor Agforce (Queensland).

In Mr Lawson’s submission on behalf of Australian Johne’s Alliance, he contends BJD management should be handed back to producers, for them to deal with as they do pestivirus, vibriosis and leptospirosis, via risk-based trading, which he said would provide massive savings to both governments and producers.

He also urges those responsible for the current movement-restricting policies be subjected to a judicial enquiry to ensure adequate and proper compensation is paid to producers and their families “who have suffered as a result of these failed and flawed policies”.

Mr Lawson said he would like to see a system in which producers who are proactive in managing BJD are rewarded and “not destroyed as is the case at present”.

He argues BJD has minimal impact at the farm or international trade level.

He said the current system was further undermined by the lack of reliable testing and surveillance.

He is calling for an independently conducted cost benefit study that looks at both the economic and social impacts, particularly on farming families, and for the results to be made public.

Breeding groups, industry BJD action groups and individual processors including those whose herds have been quarantined in Queensland in recent years and have suffered huge financial and other losses as a result, made the majority of submissions to the review.

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Suffolk flock stolen

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Wendy Busacca snapped this photo of some of the family’s Suffolk sheep grazing, before they were stolen.A WELL-PLANNED and brazen heist of more than $10,000 worth of livestock is a “kick in the guts” for a Toolangi family.
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Last Tuesday morning, John Busacca discovered 76 of their Suffolk sheep, including ewes, lambs and two rams, one of which was their daughter Emily’s pet, were gone from the high country property. These stolen sheep make up about three-quarters of the Busacca family’s flock

Investigations into the well-executed theft are ongoing, but John’s wife Wendy doubts they will be recovered.

“The sheep had ear-tags, but they’ll just cut them out, and we’ve alerted the abattoirs to the PIC numbers,” she said.

“It’s a bit of a kick in the guts — we do all the hard work taking care of the animals, feeding them, shearing them, we can’t just go away for a weekend because we’ve got to take care of the animals, and then someone else walks in a reaps the benefits.”

Detective senior constable Andrew Dunsford, with Alexandra Crime Investigation Unit, said the theft of a whole mob of sheep was uncommon in the area.

“We’ve had the occasional case of couple of sheep stolen in my time here, but for a whole mob of sheep to be stolen is very unusual,” Det Snr Cst Dunsford said.

A shaken and frustrated Mrs Busacca said the first clue something was amiss was when Mr Busacca checked on two bulls recently delivered to the farm and found them in a different paddock. He then noticed the stock yards, which are not visible from the house, were not as he had left them.

He then checked on the flock of black-faced Suffolk sheep, and found most of the flock was missing.

“Basically, they came in the middle of the night, they knew where to open the gate (which is not on a main road), and took wire from one of our sheds ,” Mrs Busacca said.

“It was very well planned, either someone knows us and the farm, or they had canvassed the property on another occassion.

“Another creepy thing is the lengths they went to cover their tracks — they’d moved the sheep through other gates to get them to the yards to load them into their vehicles, but they’d closed the boundary fences because otherwise our neighbours would have alerted us because we don’t use the driveway.

“We were here asleep, and we thought it couldn’t happen to us.”

The thieves allegedly cut through padlocks on the gate and also avoided the cameras including the infrared cameras the family has set up in other parts of the farm.

Det Snr Cst Dunsford said the number of sheep stolen supports the possibility that two vehicles were used and the people behind the robbery also used dogs to round up the sheep.

He said the police were talking to people in the industry and continuing the investigation.

Det Snr Cst Dunsford said the heist demonstrated the importance of observing stock and regularly counting and properly identifying them. He said farmers should also consider installing CCTV cameras.

Also last week, the Victorian Farmers Federation received so many calls about cattle thefts, that they issued a letter to their livestock members urging them to be alert to the issue.

Members were reminded to ensure record keeping and correct National Livestock Identification (NLIS) details were up to date.

Members were also encouraged to close and padlock gates that provide access to the property and locate loading ramps and yards in clear sight.

Farmers are encouraged to report any unusual transport, livestock sales or activity in their area to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit


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VFF welcomes foreign investment tightening

10.21.2018, Comments Off on VFF welcomes foreign investment tightening, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

The Federal Government today announced a tightening of foreign ownership of agricultural assets.VICTORIA’S peak farming body has today welcomed the Federal government’s decision to reduce the screening threshold on foreign purchases of agricultural land from $252 million to $15 million.
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It means any foreign individual or corporation who purchases farm land, worth $15m or more, must first gain Foreign Investment Review Board approval.

“It’s a great win for agriculture,” VFF president Peter Tuohey said.

“The VFF has lobbied for the threshold to be reduced to $5m, to ensure we regulate all significant investment in our most valuable resource – land.”

Mr Tuohey said cutting the threshold to $15m was a great step forward.

“We’ve also called on the Federal Government to establish a register of foreign owned farm land and water,” he said.

From July 1 the ATO will also start collecting information on all new foreign investment in agricultural land regardless of value, and will also commence a stocktake of existing agricultural land ownership by foreign interests.

“Again it’s great to see the Government take this step, but as the driest continent on earth we need to monitor foreign investment in our water as much as our land,” Mr Tuohey said.

“The VFF supports foreign investment into Australian agriculture and recognises the important role it has and will continue to play in a vibrant agriculture supply chain,” Mr Tuohey said.

“But it’s important there are appropriate measures in place to monitor and regulate foreign investment.

“The reduced FIRB threshold and Register goes a long way towards ensuring we have an informed debate on foreign ownership.”

The FIRB threshold will be triggered once the cumulative value of agricultural land owned by the foreign investor reaches $15m.

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Canola becoming Canada’s golden child

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Malcolm Morrison, from the Canadian Government’s Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food, was the international guest speaker at the two-day conference which kicked-off on Tuesday.A FOUR per cent rise in Canadian canola yields each year since 2000 has cemented its position as the second largest oilseed producer in the world.
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Increased yields were the motivation behind recent studies outlined by research scientist Malcolm Morrison at the GRDC’s first Grains Research Update in Adelaide this week.

He highlighted a number of different studies undertaken in Canada that looked into the country’s increasing yields, with particular focus on genetics, climate and management.

“A combination of good management practices and good varieties has lead to the higher yields,” he said.

“Everything is an integrated approach, and when you get all the systems working together, the we get better yields.

“But how these new hybrids can go is the question, and how management will play a role.”

Mr Morrison said wheat was still the main crop in Canada at about 10 million hectares, but that canola was catching up on more than 8mha.

In 1986, Canada produced about 3.8 million tonnes of canola. Today, it has exceeded 17mt and is growing.

In 2014, 95pc of Canadian canola varieties were hybrids or GM crops, mostly RoundUp Ready, some Liberty and a bit of Clearfield.

From 1986 to 2013, Canada’s canola yield increased by about 2.4pc/annum or about 65pc in total across the 27 years.

High prices have been a driver in canola production, as have continuing yield increases on-farm, which Mr Morrison attributed primarily to the “development and adoption of hybrid varieties”.

Mr Morrison also analysed increasing canola yields prior to 1999 and since the massive uptake of hybrid canola.

“Farmer yield from 2000-2013 increased by 695kg/ha or 55kg/ha/annum – an increase of 4pc/annum,” he said.

Mr Morrison said nature had also given farmers a boost by increasing the amount of spring rain.

“Last year was supposed to be the hottest year on record, yet when we looked at our 10 prairie sites and looked at average temperatures the past 13 years, we couldn’t find any relationships between increase yields and temperature over the 13-year period,” he said.

“However we did notice there was a good relationship with precipitation, particularly during the months of April and May.”

Precipitation increased by about 4mm a year and yield increased by about 4kg/mm with April/May precipitation – right at crop establishment, he said.

“Farmers always say three good rains in May sets your crop,” he said.

Mr Morrison said precipitation was increasing yield by about 16kg/ha/annum, but that it wasn’t just precipitation alone that deserved all the credit.

“Precipitation interacts with good management,” he said.

“You can put all the nitrogen in the world on your canola, but if you don’t have precipitation, you can’t use it.”

Increased carbon dioxide levels also attributed to increased yields.

From 2000-13, carbon dioxide increased by about 25ppm, with 2015 expected to be over 400ppm.

“Plants react positively when exposed to carbon dioxide,” he said.

“And because of increased carbon dioxide, yield increased by about 3kg/ha/annum.”

Farmers also needed to understand how the right rotation had an effect on tonnages, Mr Morrison said.

“It was once common for prairie farmers to grow canola only every three years to reduce the weed burden,” he said.

“But farmers more recently like the herbicide-tolerant varieties and their high economic return, so they are shortening their rotations to grow it more frequently (sometimes even every two years).”

Mr Morrison said it encouraged a study into separating canola by different years in either a pea, barley or wheat rotation.

“The study highlighted that the longer you can rotate, the better,” he said.

“When canola was used on a two-year rotation, yields increased by about 9-14pc. Yet a three-year rotation resulted in a yield increase of 15-27pc.

“Blackleg also increased when you reduced the number of years between canola plantings.”

The studies also highlighted that canola planted after a legume was also best management, as it had a 10pc yield improvement compared to canola after wheat.

Urea use could also be reduced when introducing a legume into the rotation, up to 25pc.

Another way to reduce nitrogen use was through variable rate technology, Mr Morrison said.

Studies showed it could be cut by more than a third, increasing efficiency but also putting more money back into farmers pockets, he said.

Despite this, Mr Morrison said uptake of the advanced technology had been slow, possibly due to their narrow time-frame to apply fertiliser.

Mr Morrison’s presentation was in front of a 350-strong crowd attending the conference, which was followed by a major panel session on frost, and then concurrent sessions in the afternoon.

The GRDC updates will be held across Australia, with one being held at Murray Bridge tomorrow (Thursday).

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