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Look Over the Farm Gate grants opened

Look Over the Farm Gate grants have opened for farmers and communities facing drought and dry conditions across northern Victoria as well as central and eastern Gippsland. Community groups in drought-affected communities have already started to apply online for State Government grants of $1500 to run events that address mental health and wellbeing. Victorian Farmers […]

New agriculture pulse recruits expand research

Agriculture Victoria’s national leadership in pulse research has had a boost, with four new scientists joining the research and innovation team at Horsham’s Grains Innovation Park. Agriculture Victoria research scientist Dr Josh Fanning has taken on the role of pulse pathologist; Dr Arun Shunmugam has joined a molecular plant-breeding team as a lentil breeder; plant […]

AgLife: Wimmera backs Burrumbuttock Hay Runners effort

GOOD CAUSE: From left, Leigh McGennisken, Matt McGennisken, Bernie Delahunty, Sam McGennisken and Rob Armstrong are looking forward to a Burrumbuttock Hay Runners Christmas Ball at Murtoa’s Railway Hotel on December 22. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Murtoa is gearing up for a big pre-Christmas night of celebration in an effort to support drought-stricken communities in NSW and Queensland. Plans are in place for a Burrumbuttock Hay Runners Christmas Ball at the town’s Railway Hotel on December 22. The charity fundraiser, starting during the day, will feature music, Christmas carols, family and […]

AgLife: Top quality grain in early days of Wimmera harvest

POSITIVE: Leigh and Matt McGennisken check out lentils on their Horsham farm. Leigh said the lentils were going well, returning 1.4-tonne a hectare, ‘which is good for the year’.  Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

High-quality produce and a strong market is off-setting hit-and-miss yields as the region gains early insight into a western Victorian grains harvest.

AgLife: Rabbit control course

Overwhelming interest in a 2018 Leadership in Rabbit Control course has prompted organisers to arrange an additional training program. Developed by Victorian Rabbit Action Network, VRAN, the course is designed to help build knowledge and capability of communities and agencies to deal with rabbits wherever they occur in Victoria. VRAN mentors experts in rabbit management […]

AgLife: Harvest research in the Wimmera and Mallee

While Birchip Cropping Group plot harvesters are making their way around various research sites in the Mallee, harvest of a different kind is also occurring in the Wimmera.

AgLife: Pulling the wool

So, you’re a woolgrower? What did you vote for in WoolPoll? Did you vote for a reduction in the levy you pay for marketing and research? If you did, was it because you’re not happy with the ‘incidents’ that portrayed Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman in a far from favourable light? We’ll never know […]

AgLife: Change for lamb exporters

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud will change the definition of lamb for export purpose to match a New Zealand definition. He said he would make the change to remove an unfair advantage New Zealand producers had over Australian farmers. He said lamb had previously been considered to grow into less lucrative ‘hogget’ or mutton as […]

AgLife: Network to bring benefits

Rainbow district farmers will soon be the beneficiaries of a new soil-moisture probe network in the region. Rainbow and District Landcare Group, with advice from Agriculture Victoria, has created the network. Agriculture Victoria Hopetoun-based extension officer Heather Drendel said the network, made possible with financial support from Wimmera and Mallee catchment management authorities, would be […]

AgLife: Management grants for landholders

Landholders and community groups can apply for up to $200,000 under round two of Federal Government Smart Farms Small Grants. Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud encouraged Landcare groups, natural-resource-management bodies, indigenous organisations and community groups to apply.  “The future of Aussie agriculture relies on sustainable farming and land management practices,” he said. “Our farmers are looking for […]


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