Category: Minister for Agriculture

Fencing Upgrades To Help Landholders Recover From Fire

The Victorian Government will help landholders in bushfire-affected communities repair damaged or destroyed fences between private land and National Parks, State Parks and State forests. The funding announced today by Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes gives farmers the flexibility to not just replace their boundary fences with a standard fence – as per the existing […]

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Supporting Bushfire-Affected Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government is providing assistance to farmers affected by bushfires in East Gippsland and north-east Victoria to make sure they have the support they need during and after the disaster. The Agriculture Victoria Relief and Recovery Incident Management Team has been established and will be based at the DJPR Biosecurity Centre at Attwood […]

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New Chief Vet Joins Effort To Secure Victoria’s Animal Health

A new Chief Veterinary Officer for Victoria has been appointed to build on the Andrews Labor Government’s work to strengthen the state’s animal health, welfare and biosecurity standards. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced Dr Graeme Cooke, the United Kingdom’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, would take up the important role. With a livestock farming […]

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Buy Local Produce For A Very Victorian Christmas

As Christmas draws near, the Andrews Labor Government is encouraging Victorians to buy locally to support the state’s farmers, producers and retailers. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market to meet local sellers and producers amid the Christmas trade frenzy. Victoria is renowned for its quality produce and cheese, ham, […]

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Victorian Meat Leads Strong Agriculture Exports

Victorian food and fibre exports reached a new high last financial year – showing that despite difficult seasonal and market conditions, Victoria’s agriculture sector continues to go from strength to strength. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes toured Yarra Valley Cherries in Gruyere during the company’s busy Christmas picking and packing period to launch the 2018-19 […]

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Authority Chair To Continue The Game Plan

The Andrews Labor Government has extended Brian Hine’s term as chair of the Game Management Authority for a further three years from 1 July 2020. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced Mr Hine’s reappointment. The former Victorian Deputy Emergency Services Commissioner has more than 35 years of experience in the public sector, also taking […]

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Protecting Victoria’s Animals From Cruelty

The Andrews Labor Government is introducing new rules to protect the welfare of Victorian animals, with the updated Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (POCTA) Regulations now in effect Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes announced the rules that will come into force, following extensive consultation that attracted more than 2,000 submissions helping shape a new modern […]

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Farm Machinery Improvement Grants Now Open

Farmers in the north-west Millewa region can now apply for a farm machinery grant to help them maintain on-farm machinery and equipment and prepare for future seasons, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today opened applications for the Farm Machinery Improvement Grants Program as part of the Labor Government’s $31.6m […]

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New Drought Assistance Now Rolling Out

Victorian farmers affected by drought and dry seasonal conditions are encouraged to apply for the Andrews Labor Government’s new grants programs offering on-farm assistance and household financial relief. The $15 million Farmers’ Drought Fund is part of the Labor Government’s $31 million support package announced in October, helping farming businesses and families to alleviate some […]

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Investing In The Next Generation Of Victorian Farmers

Thirteen young farmers from across Victoria have received the Andrews Labor Government’s Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarships, supporting the state’s future agriculture leaders to shine. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced the winners of the fifth round of scholarships, delivering on the Labor Government’s election commitment and celebrating young farmers from around Victoria […]

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