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Lambassador program back in person

20-05-2022

The state’s lamb producers are strengthening international exports to new and established markets while supporting jobs.

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AgTech info

18-05-2022

Would you like to learn more about AgTech but don't know where to start? Register for one of Agriculture Victoria's Unpacking AgTech webinars to find out how.

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Shed meetings back

18-05-2022

After a few years absence, ‘shed’ meetings are returning to the Mallee. Agriculture Victoria, DELWP, LMW and Mallee CMA will present a range of topics to district irrigators.

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Grants for floods

18-05-2022

Grants of up to $25,000 are now available to help reimburse primary producers for clean-up and recovery activities as a direct result of the Severe Weather event of 9 –11 June 2021.

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Trapping foxes and wild dogs

18-05-2022

Foxes and wild dogs are 'declared' established pest animals in Victoria.

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News Update Weed control research

17-05-2022

A study is underway to determine whether harvest weed seed control (HWSC) systems which create chaff residues are promoting increased crop pest activity and associated crop damage in the southern cropping region.

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Japanese encephalitis update

17-05-2022

Agriculture Victoria is working closely with both the pig and horse industries in response to Japanese encephalitis.

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If it’s been out, check it out

17-05-2022

If a vehicle has travelled off your property there is now a useful vehicle biosecurity risk assessment checklist available to help you decide if it requires a clean down before re-entering to prevent the introduction of pests and diseases on farm.

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Tracing horses

17-05-2022

The National Horse Traceability Working Group (NHTWG) is seeking feedback regarding design and introduction of a traceability system for horses, donkeys and mules in Australia.

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Agricultural conference in June

16-05-2022

Agriculture Victoria is pleased to announce that early bird tickets for the BestWool/BestLamb and BetterBeef Conference are on sale now.

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Fox and wild dog bounty collection details

23-04-2022

Victorian fox and wild dog collections have recommenced. Electronic funds transfer (EFT) is the preferred method of payment, so please bring your EFT details to the collection centre.

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New climate and water tools

23-04-2022

A recording of the New Climate and Water Tools for Victorian farmers webinar is now available.

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Talk on farm safety

23-04-2022

Agriculture Victoria and the Making our Farms Safer team from the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) recently delivered a farm safety workshop to Punjabi orchardists in Shepparton.

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The nation’s best young dairy cattle judge

20-04-2022

Zoe Hayes (22) from Girgarre, Victoria and Sam Cox (16) from Stratham, Western Australia have taken out Australia’s top spot in the Agricultural Shows Australia young dairy cattle judging championship for 2021 and 2022 respectively, at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

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Markets

14-04-2022

You can find anything you need at weekend markets, from fresh fruit and veg to handmade jewellery and wares, throughout the Central Highlands and surrounds.

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Storm help

08-04-2022

On 5 January, a severe localised weather event affected the Ballarat and Creswick areas, with hail and heavy rainfall of up to 170mm, resulting in flooding, building damage, fallen trees and crop damage and losses.

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Frontline for biosecurity risks on farms

08-04-2022

Grain Biosecurity Officers (GBO’s) are at the frontline of protecting Australia’s $18 billion grains industry by helping growers manage biosecurity risks at a farm and industry level.

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Rabbit woes?

08-04-2022

Are rabbits a problem in your garden or small land holding? Would you like to know more about best practice rabbit control in regional communities?

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Win for Daylesford Cider

01-04-2022

DAYLESFORD Cider Company has won Australia Award's 2021 Regional Development Victoria Business Achievement Award.

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Get the facts on stubble management

25-03-2022

As sowing time fast approaches, Victorian grain growers are planning their paddock preparation options – in particular those with heavy stubble loads following on from large crops.

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Scholarships for young farmers

24-03-2022

Young farmers across the state can now apply for the 2022 Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarships to help their careers grow and support their contribution to Victoria's vibrant agriculture sector.

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Boost for plant based meat

23-03-2022

The state government is backing a processing facility in western Victoria to become one of Australia’s newest producers of plant-based meat, while boosting local jobs.

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Share the fruit not the flies

20-03-2022

Share the overflow of fruit and vegetables from your garden with neighbours in jams or sauces this autumn and reduce the risk of spreading Queensland fruit fly (QFF).

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Rallies to Stop AusNet

14-03-2022

TRACTORS rumbled through Melbourne last Tuesday, March 8, as hundreds gathered to protest at Parliament House against 85-metre high towers planned to cross valuable farmland and destroy pristine vistas in Hepburn Shire and beyond.

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Grants for primary producers

13-03-2022

Grant assistance is now available under joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding to assist primary producers directly affected by the Victorian Floods and Storms which occurred from 9-11 June 2021 with costs associated with clean-up and recovery activities needed to reinstate their primary production enterprise.

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Protect paddock trees when burning

12-03-2022

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is asking all landowners to take the necessary steps to protect paddock trees when burning stubble on their properties.

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Goldacres training day

03-03-2022

THE Blampied/Kooroocheang Landcare Group held a training day recently after buying a new spray unit from Goldacres.

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Greenhouse emissions

30-01-2022

We know all food and fibre farms produce some form of greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to increasing the concentration of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

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Footrot care

30-01-2022

The seasonal conditions of the past few months have been challenging for sheep and goat’s feet, particularly if your flock/herd has an underlying problem with footrot.

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Improving market transparency

29-01-2022

The federal government has committed $5.4 million for projects to improve price and market transparency in Perishable Agricultural Goods (PAG) supply chains. Applications for a $5 million industry grants program opened on 25 January 2022.

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Milking the weather

21-01-2022

Milking the weather provides seasonal and climate risk information for the dairy industry four times per year — summer, autumn, winter and spring.

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Be wary of heat stress in livestock

21-01-2022

Heat stress in livestock can become a major issue both for production levels and animal welfare, but there are precautions you can take to help minimalise the risk.

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FOX AND WILD DOG BOUNTY WRAPS UP FOR 2021

10-01-2022

More than 1000 Victorians have supported the management of foxes and wild dogs in Victoria during 2021.

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Powlett Hill – leading proponent of biodynamic farming

02-01-2022

OUT on the wind-blown volcanic plains of central Victoria, the sun shines on a rugged terrain. About 250 hectares of blackened hillside is testament to a grass fire that tore across the slopes in midsummer, witness to the region’s volatility.

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Sustainably produced food for the masses

02-01-2022

DANNY Kinnear was a popular fixture at the local markets. He was the one selling the popular Portuguese custard tarts and chocolate and almond brownies.

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A family affair at the Good Life Farm Co

01-01-2022

KYNETON beekeeper Claire Moore always wanted to be a queen bee breeder, either that or a stockbroker.

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Open range farming producing a honest egg

24-12-2021

OVER the years there has been a lot of ink spilled over the notion of what constitutes an ethical egg.

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Supporting agricultural and pastoral societies

The State Government is helping agricultural and pastoral shows across the state bounce back from the pandemic, and welcome visitors through the gates again.

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Recipes with Jen Clarke

26-11-2021

Cauliflower, chickpea and halloumi tray bake (Serves 4)

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Students given grain opportunity

10-11-2021

Six PhD students have been chosen to help with research as part of the Victorian Grains Innovation Partnership (VGIP) between Agriculture Victoria and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

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Online agriculture courses

07-11-2021

A selection of online courses can be undertaken at your own pace, at any time and from any-where with an internet connection is available from Agriculture Victoria.

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Best practice lessons for farmers

07-11-2021

For some farmers, running a business according to best practice management techniques is something to aspire to, but for many it’s not always easy knowing where to start.

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Attracting harvest workers

05-11-2021

The state government’s popular Seasonal Sign-On bonus has been extended, with horticulture businesses across the state set to receive extra support in time for this summer’s harvest.

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Chickens retiring

03-11-2021

Victoria’s sentinel chickens are retiring after nearly 50 years on the front line, after new testing and surveillance methods have made it quicker and easier to detect mosquito-borne viruses across the state.

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Sheep producers urged to be on the front-foot this spring

25-10-2021

Victorian sheep producers are being urged to have a plan for how they will manage flystrike and seed contamination issues in their flocks this spring.

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Clay trail roadmap

25-10-2021

The Central Victorian Clay Trail is one roadmap that will lead you on a journey of discovery to the inner sanctums of the region’s ceramicists and help blow out the lockdown cobwebs.

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Hey honey!

KYNETON resident, and founder and CEO of Sweet Justice, Claire Moore, has received the inaugural Rotary Melbourne Environmental Sustainability Award in recognition of her work to support and protect the honey bee population.

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Concern over transmission lines

15-05-2021

HEPBURN Shire Council says it continues to advocate on behalf of community groups concerned about the construction of 190km of overhead transmission lines, proposed as part of the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project.

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Beautiful blooming begonias…and bees

15-03-2021

BEGONIAS have captured the imagination of flower lovers for hundreds of years with their almost quirky and often flamboyant offerings.

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How Basil brewed a golden beauty

15-03-2021

LYONVILLE'S Basil Eliades was on a break down the coast when a thought struck him. Why not, he pondered, enter my vodka in an international competition. Hundreds of kilometres away at home, his wife Jane was thinking the same.

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A fungus lover’s foray into fun foraging

08-03-2021

INTEREST in foraging for wild food is on the rise, and magnificent mushrooms are very much on the menu. But if you’re gathering your own, you’ve got to get it right. From the right knowledge and equipment, to following a forager's Code of Practice.

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Group taking action on vegetable front

21-12-2020

MANY readers find statistics and reports awfully tedious, so let’s get them out of the way right now.

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To bee, or not to bee

30-11-2020

BEE friendly. Bee friendly to each other and bee friendly to those busy, buzzing, winged creatures currently swarming in big noisy clumps all around the Central Highlands.

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Ray Spencer – Creswick’s own forestry pioneer

23-11-2020

DR RAY Spencer has worn many hats over the years. A Creswick local, he travelled the world as a forestry and urban planning professional with his young family and later as an internationally renowned forest industry expert.

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Home grown and hand made at Trentham

23-11-2020

IRENE and Andrew Brooks have been at their Trentham East/North Blackwood property for 12 years. In that time they have turned a hectare over to a diversified cultivation of fruit trees and market gardens.

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3bears: Just right

16-11-2020

ON A 48-acre farm in Tylden, a small family with a love for country living, ethically grown food and a passion for feeding people, is living their dream. 3bearsfarm is home to Tim, Madeleine and baby Leela along with 300 very happy chooks, a small herd of South Devon cattle and four incredibly loyal alpacas, who not only provide a great source of amusement, but guard the chooks’ mobile caravan with their lives.

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Noel shadowing This Farm Needs a Farmer

09-11-2020

ONE day in 2015, Melissa Connors struck up a conversation with retired farmer, the late Noel Jenner, who passed by her property every day. She said how dedicated he was to be walking every day no matter the weather. He said: “I am off the farm now, so what else can I do with my time?”

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Finally, it’s time to smell (and taste) the roses

02-11-2020

MARCH 18, 2020. This date is stamped into many people’s memories as the day everything shut. Among them is Lauren Richardson, grower of edible flowers in Glenlyon.

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Simple life and ethical farming

26-10-2020

WIFE and husband farming team Catherine Taumoefolau-Evans and Bohdan Evans with their three children Angus, Hepi and Leon, have returned to a simpler life.

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Australia’s Best Pie at Kyneton!

31-08-2020

KYNETON'S Country Cob Bakery has done a hat trick, taking out the Baking Association of Australia's Best Pie for the third year in a row.

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Game, set and healthy match

17-08-2020

IT’S a great, and healthy, match. Daylesford Lawn Tennis Club and Hepburn Wholefoods Collective have come together, with the latter sharing the club’s rooms to offer organic, local food to the community.

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Local Lines

17-08-2020

Local Lines

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From out of the pandemic, humane hope

10-08-2020

CORONOVIRUS might just have done it for Tammi Jonas. What we have learnt during this pandemic is that, apart perhaps from on-line shopping, gambling and streaming, rare is the business that has turned a corner.

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Chrissy loving her saffron – and ice-cream

08-06-2020

THE hills are alive with the sight of saffron, thanks to Chrissy Rawson-Harris.

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Online works but face-to-face best for garlic grower

08-06-2020

SLATY Creek Organics could once be found at the Daylesford Farmers Market, the Ballarat Lakeside Market and Creswick Market. But just not at the moment and we all know why. That would seem to be a problem if you had just harvested a big swag of garlic and were getting ready to sell it all. But Ross Jones? Well, these days he couldn’t be happier.

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Pota-toes part of Trentham potato harvest

04-05-2020

TRENTHAM'S 2020 Spudfest might have been cancelled but it takes more than a global pandemic to stop Trentham’s harvest of the 30 or so potato varieties which have been grown in the district since the 1860s.

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