Category: Minister for Agriculture

Making Farms Smart In Horsham

Victoria’s grains industry and the Wimmera’s wider agriculture sector are set to be at the forefront of farm technology with the opening of the Horsham SmartFarm, supported by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today officially launched the SmartFarm at the Horsham Grains Innovation Centre, which will focus on fast-tracking the development […]

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Strong Traceability For Our Valuable Sheep Industry

Victoria’s transition to electronic identification for sheep and goats is now almost complete, with the Andrews Labor Government supporting the change to make the state’s livestock industry more innovative and efficient. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange to see the new system in action, showing the results of the industry’s […]

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National Plan To Combat Climate Change In Agriculture

Agriculture ministers from around Australia came together in Melbourne today to endorse a national program, led by Victoria, that will see governments work together to help farmers meet the challenges of climate change. Much of Australia is facing severe drought and dry conditions are set to become more frequent and extreme as a result of […]

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Tapping Into Victorian Craft Produce

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Victoria’s small-scale and craft producers to grow – creating new jobs and attracting more visitors from interstate and overseas to enjoy our locally-made food, beer and spirits. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited King River Brewing in Whitfield to launch the Labor Government’s $10 million Small-Scale and Craft […]

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Digital Advance Cuts Red Tape For Victoria’s Dairy Farmers

A new digital regulatory system will boost efficiency and food safety standards in the Victorian dairy industry while helping to strengthen global competitiveness in the sector. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today launched the Dairy RegTech 2022 model at Dairy Food Safety Victoria’s annual general meeting, with a $500,000 investment from the Andrews Labor Government […]

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New Rural Assistance Commissioner Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government has appointed a new Rural Assistance Commissioner to engage with Victoria’s agricultural communities and provide advice to government on how they can best be supported into the future. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced that former Victorian Farmers Federation President Peter Tuohey would take up the role […]

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New Grants For Animal Welfare Organisations

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging animal shelters, foster carers, not-for-profit organisations and community vet clinics to apply for grants that will improve the welfare of animals across Victoria. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today opened applications for round eight of the Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program, which will offer support to not-for-profit and community […]

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New Chair Ensuring Meat And Seafood Safety

Victoria’s meat and seafood safety regulator is in good hands with the Andrews Labor Government’s appointment of a new chair to the industry’s regulatory body as of today. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced Alison Stone will take on the position of PrimeSafe Chair. PrimeSafe regulates the red meat, poultry, seafood and pet food […]

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New Kangaroo Harvesting Program Begins

The Andrews Labor Government’s permanent Kangaroo Harvesting Program begins today, helping to better manage kangaroo populations around the state and support Victoria’s kangaroo pet food industry. Accredited shooters will now be able to harvest kangaroos and have carcasses processed for pet food by licensed businesses – making it easier for farmers, minimising waste and supporting […]

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Click Go The Shears With More Skilled Shearers

Victoria’s iconic sheep and wool industry is set to grow even further, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government into the state’s highly-skilled shearers. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited the Brown family farm in Hamilton to announce the Labor Government will deliver on its commitment to invest in shearing training and education, […]

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