Category: Minister for Agriculture

Carboor Hazelnut Farm Gets Cracking With Funding Boost

Australia’s largest hazelnut grower will soon be expanding production for domestic and export markets, with support from the Andrews Labor Government. Wangaratta-based Carboor Farms has received $200,000 through the Labor Government’s Food Source Victoria program for new equipment and facilities to dry, grade and crack hazelnuts for further value-add processing. The investment will create five […]

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Tomatoes Ripe For The Picking In Central Goldfields

More tomatoes will be making their way to supermarket shelves and wholesalers across Victoria thanks to a $7 million expansion of Mortlock Hydroponics’ Carisbrook Glasshouse. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today visited Mortlock Hydroponics to announce a grant towards the expansion from the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Jobs Fund. The project will […]

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Victorians Shine At Farmer Of The Year Awards

Victorian farmers have taken two top gongs at the Weekly Times Coles 2018 Farmer of the Year Awards, winning the categories of Dairy and Innovation Farmer of the Year. Clint Theodore and Brooke Lane from Alvie in the state’s southwest took the dairy honour, crediting their scientific and economic approach that has seen them not […]

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More Support For Drought Affected Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a cash injection to farmers who have been hit hardest by drought and dry conditions. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes was in Giffard today to announce an additional $13 million to help ease the financial burden of the unprecedented conditions. The relief package is in addition to the $29.69 […]

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Victorian Produce Shines At Gulfood In Dubai

Premium Victorian produce will be on show this week when more than 35 dynamic Victorian food and beverage companies lead a reinvigorated trade push to the Middle East. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes officially opened the Victorian Government stand at Gulfood in Dubai, which attracts up to 100,000 visitors across five days. Gulfood is the world’s largest annual food and hospitality trade […]

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Supporting Northern Victoria’s Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting our farmers through drought, helping them prepare for and manage the effects of dry conditions through the On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grant program. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited Mark and Annette Radford, who were one of more than 2300 applicants for the Labor Government’s grant program after […]

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Putting Climate Change Action On The National Agenda

The Andrews Labor Government has put climate change back on the national agenda, announcing a special Agricultural Ministers’ forum to take place in August this year. Minister for Agriculture Jacyln Symes welcomed the decision by State and Federal Agriculture Ministers to start a national consultation process on agriculture and climate change, initiated by the former […]

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Victoria’s 2019 Rural Women’s Finalists Announced

Three Victorian rural and regional women will take centre stage for the coveted 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award to be announced in March in recognition of their inspirational ideas to support Australia’s rural and regional communities. The award inspires and supports Australian women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities, […]

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Supporting Farmers With Drought And Flood Recovery

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging farmers to attend a series of Agriculture Victoria workshops in March, targeted at supporting producers recovering from the December flash flooding and ongoing dry conditions. Two workshops will be held in March in collaboration with the North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA). In addition, farmers are encouraged to contact […]

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Medicinal Cannabis Industry Sprouts Jobs Growth

Victoria continues to lead the way in developing a robust medicinal cannabis export industry, securing a $30 million investment by Cannatrek, creating up to 75 new local jobs in Shepparton and Latrobe University. Fast-growing start up Cannatrek is expanding its Australian production and manufacturing capacity in Victoria, through a strategic partnership with the listed Canadian […]

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