Category: Minister for Agriculture

Victorian Hemp Industry Set To Grow

The Andrews Labor Government has convened a cross-party taskforce to investigate the industrial use of hemp and identify opportunities to grow the industry and create jobs for regional Victorians. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced the new taskforce alongside Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Fiona Patten and Member for Mildura Ali Cupper, with support […]

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Helping Our Nursery And Garden Industry Bloom

The Andrews Labor Government is working with the Victorian horticulture, garden and nursery industry to support innovation and growth. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes toured nursery and garden sites in Melbourne’s south-east with the Nursery and Garden Institute of Victoria to discuss various elements of the nursery and cut-flower industries supply chain – from propagation […]

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Young Farmer Bootcamp Seeks New Recruits

A new group of Sunraysia farmers will soon join the latest batch of recruits to the Andrews Labor Government’s Young Farmers Business Bootcamp program, giving young farmers an opportunity to innovate and build on their business skills. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced that Agriculture Victoria will run two two-day agribusiness skills courses in […]

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New Vet Board Members To Deliver Expert Care

The Andrews Labor Government has appointed new members to the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria to oversee the performance of Victoria’s veterinarians, ensuring animals across the state have access to the best possible care. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced the new appointments to the board, which provides public confidence and protects the welfare of animals by making sure […]

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Hunting Board Hits Target With New Appointments

The Andrews Labor Government has announced the appointment of one new member and two returning members to the Game Management Authority board. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today confirmed Christopher Rose as a new member, joining re-appointed board members Dr Sandra Brizga and Ms Maggy Samaan. The appointment of Mr Rose is a boon for […]

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Boosting Energy Efficiency For Victoria’s Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian farmers to invest in new equipment and technology to improve sustainability and reduce energy costs with the rollout of Agriculture Energy Investment Plan grants. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited a recipient in Serpentine, one of 36 farm businesses around the state who are benefitting from over […]

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Boosting Support For Our Furry Friends

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting not-for-profit organisations and volunteers to improve the wellbeing of Victorian pets and animal owners through Animal Welfare Grants. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited Second Chance Animal Rescue in Craigieburn to announce the recipients of the latest round of grants, with eight organisations to share in more than […]

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Best Practice For Victorian Beekeepers

Victorian beekeepers are now required to adopt stronger biosecurity practices to help protect the state’s valuable honey bee population from pests and diseases. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today met Kyneton beekeeper and AgriFutures Victorian Rural Women’s Award winner, Claire Moore to announce the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice has been adopted […]

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Sharing Agricultural Knowledge With Our Kiwi Neighbours

The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening its relationship with New Zealand, to improve information sharing and problem-solving in the agriculture and food processing sectors. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes is visiting New Zealand this week to meet with senior government and industry officials to discuss innovation and approaches to reducing the impacts of climate change […]

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Swatting Fruit Fly In Victoria

Victorian councils and community groups are set to find local solutions to Queensland Fruit Fly, with the Andrews Labor Government’s grants program to help manage the serious plant pest. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced $2 million worth of grants while meeting with recipients from two community groups in Benalla. Benalla Rural City Council […]

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