Category: Minister for Agriculture

Grants To Strengthen Our Livestock Biosecurity

The Victorian Government is continuing to strengthen animal health and biosecurity through grants for projects that prevent, monitor and control diseases in Victorian livestock. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today launched the Livestock Biosecurity Funds Grant Program, which will benefit Victoria’s cattle, sheep, goat, pig and honeybee industries. Grants are available for projects that provide […]

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Victorian Produce Feeds Families At Home And Abroad

Victoria’s food and fibre continues to feed and clothe the world during the global pandemic. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today welcomed a $110 million initiative announced by the Commonwealth Government to help Australia’s agricultural and fisheries sector send product into overseas markets by securing dedicated freight flights. Victoria is Australia’s leading producer and exporter […]

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Giving Jobseekers A Fresh Start In Agriculture

The Victorian Government is giving workers who have lost their jobs a fresh start in agriculture and ensuring primary producers have the workers they need to keep producing at high levels during the coronavirus pandemic. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes launched the $50 million Agriculture Workforce Plan today, which will provide practical […]

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Better Weather Data To Give Farmers More Certainty

Farmers across the Wimmera and Southern Mallee can now make vital management decisions with more confidence, as the new Rainbow weather radar begins to transmit real-time data across the region. The new Doppler radar fills a gap in the radar network, giving farmers more accurate data so they can make more informed, time-critical decisions about […]

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Knowledge Is Power For Drought-Affected Farmers

Victorian farming communities impacted by drought and dry seasonal conditions will have more access to the information and expertise they need, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. The $650,000 Farming and Community Group Drought Funding program, which is now open, provides grants of up to $25,000 for groups to engage technical experts or specialists to […]

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Backing Red Meat Producers With Targeted Business Support

Red meat producers hit by the bushfires can now access free one-on-one support from a local farm management consultant thanks to a partnership between the Andrews Labor Government and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). The ‘Back to Business’ initiative, which is being co-ordinated by Agriculture Victoria with financial support from MLA, will provide fire-affected red […]

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Tracing Local Oranges Back To Their Roots

Victoria’s $162 million citrus export industry will be strengthened by a new program backed by the Andrews Labor Government to encourage better traceability in fruit supply chains. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes announced Citrus Australia will head the new traceability program with partnership support of $200,000 from Agriculture Victoria. The trial will improve determining the […]

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Young Farmers Shaping The Future Of Agriculture

Young farmers are again being invited to help shape the future of Victoria’s vibrant agriculture sector, with applications now open to join the Young Farmers Advisory Council. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes encouraged young people from all agricultural industries to apply. The council is seeking six members with a balance of representation by gender, industry […]

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Nurturing Victoria’s Native Food Industry

The Andrews Labor Government will partner with the Federation of Victoria Traditional Owner Corporations to support the development of a native food and botanicals industry in Victoria and support local jobs. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today launched the Djakitjuk Djanga program, which will offer Aboriginal Victorian-owned businesses and organisations grants of up to $200,000 […]

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A Second Chance For Staffies With New Foster Facility

The Andrews Labor Government continues to improve the wellbeing of Victorian pets by supporting the rehoming of Staffordshire Bull Terriers through a new community foster care facility in Carlsruhe. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today opened the new facility in Carlsruhe, built with the support of a $50,000 Animal Welfare Grant. The facility will be […]

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