Our agriculture sector across the Pyrenees region will soon be transporting livestock and grain to market more efficiently and safely through the Victorian Government’s Local Roads to Market program.
Outback communities will have further opportunities to have their say about the future of the Great Artesian Basin with consultation on a Strategic Management Plan extended until 9 November 2018.
Flooding in rural areas has regularly hurt the hip pocket of Australian farmers, with significant impacts on production.
The value of Australia’s farm production is forecast to remain relatively unchanged at $60 billion in 2018–19, well above the 10-year average of $56 billion, despite very dry conditions in some places.
Aussie farmers remain resilient, with ABARES forecasting a rise in the total value of farm production to $61 billion, well above the ten-year average.
The draft Cape York water plan must be revamped to encourage more agricultural development balanced with the protection of the unique environmental and cultural values of the region, AgForce said.
Total winter crop production is expected to drop by 12 per cent nationally to 33.2 million tonnes, with production declines forecast in all eastern states, according to the latest Australian crop report.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has released the latest State Seasonal Update, which indicates NSW received welcome widespread rainfall throughout August 2018; however 99.8 per cent of NSW remains in drought.
NSW Roads and Maritime Services is assisting community members currently helping the state’s farmers and their families with the efficient movement of essential hay, food and stock to and from drought-affected areas.
Farmers in regional NSW may be eligible for rebates and refunds on heavy vehicle registration from 1 November 2018.