Category: Minister for Agriculture

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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Concerts And City Escapes Give Our Farmers A Break

The Andrews Labor Government is helping farmers take a break from the stresses caused by drought and dry seasonal conditions through a series of weekends away in Melbourne and on-farm music gigs. Farmers from Wellington and East Gippsland shires, two communities that have been hit hardest by drought, have been supported to travel to Melbourne […]

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A New Blueprint For Melbourne’s Much-Loved Showgrounds

Work will begin immediately on a new plan for the Melbourne Showgrounds to ensure the much-loved precinct can best serve the needs of Victorians now and for generations to come. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today confirmed the Andrews Labor Government will provide $1.5 million to the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) to develop the masterplan. The Melbourne Showgrounds has hosted the Royal Melbourne Show since 1883. […]

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Pioneering Technology For Victorian Farmers

An innovative trial testing the potential of Internet of Things technology on farms is now open to Victorian horticulture, dairy, sheep and grains farmers, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited the Southern Mallee, which will be home to the grains industry trial, to open expressions of interest […]

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Wimmera Forecast Improves As Rainbow Radar Rises

More accurate weather information will soon be available to farmers and communities in the Wimmera, with the construction of a new weather radar under way with support from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced the beginning of construction for the radar near Rainbow, which will be constructed with $5 million […]

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New Register Brings Peace Of Mind For Pet Owners

Victorians can now find out where their new pet has come from, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Pet Exchange Register which comes into effect on 1 July. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited the RSPCA’s headquarters to detail how the new system will make it easier to detect and crack down on illegal […]

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Virtual Reboot For Livestock Feeding Books

The Andrews Labor Government’s sheep and beef drought feeding books have gone virtual, alongside a range of online management tools to help farmers respond to drought and dry seasonal conditions. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today launched the books as a set of online practical tools, now available in farmers’ pockets through the Agriculture Victoria […]

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Skilling The Next Generation Of Victorian Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government’s Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarships are now open to young farmers looking to access study and training, and then invest on-farm or in further professional development. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today opened the 2019 program during a visit to former scholarship recipient Kate Kirk’s Bass Coast Dairy Farm in […]

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Regional Women Leading The Way

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging women making a difference in regional Victoria to apply for a place on the Victorian Rural Women’s Network to develop their leadership skills and advocate for country communities. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today launched the 2020 intake of the Victorian Rural Women’s Network Leadership and Mentoring Program, with […]

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