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  • Grains producers to reap rewards of Farm Business Strategic Review

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | Media Releases | Rural Business Support

    Family businesses in South Australia’s grains industry will be better equipped to grow and create jobs through the rollout of the Grains Industry Farm Business Strategic Review – a partnership between Rural Business Support (RBS), Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), Grain Producers SA (GPSA) and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

  • Primary Producers SA want election to create positive action

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | Media Releases | Primary Producers SA

    Primary Producers SA (PPSA) wants the March State Election to be a time when the huge contribution to the SA economy of food, wine and fibre is acknowledged with action to help improve the competitiveness of the sector.

  • Special offer released for LambEx 2018 trade exhibitors

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | LambEx | Media Releases

    Exhibitors at LambEx 2018 will have access to the largest event space yet – with 5500 square metres of display space at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

  • Sheep Producers Australia extends lamb definition public consultation

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheep Producers Australia

    Sheep Producers Australia (SPA) is extending the opportunity for producers and supply chain members to provide feedback on the proposed lamb definition change by an extra week – with the new deadline at Wednesday 6 December 2017.

  • GPSA supports initiative to get students into grains careers

    Thursday, November 23, 2017 | Grain Producers SA | Media Releases

    Grain Producers SA will provide $20,000 in funding for an initiative to deliver curriculum-linked activities that promote innovation and opportunities in the grains sector to South Australian school students.

  • GPSA to farewell inaugural CEO

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Grain Producers SA | Media Releases

    The Board of Grain Producers SA today announced that the organisation’s inaugural Chief Executive Officer, Darren Arney, will be moving on from the role next month.

  • RBS celebrates resilience of SA’s primary producers on National Ag Day

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Media Releases | Rural Business Support

    This National Agriculture Day Rural Business Support is paying tribute to the resilience of South Australia’s primary production sector.

  • Sheep Producers Australia CEO stands down

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheep Producers Australia

    Sheep Producers Australia President Allan Piggott announced today that after four years as Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kat Giles will be stepping down from the role.

  • New industry peak body to lead sheep and lamb industry

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheep Producers Australia

    A new era of leadership in advocacy and governance for the sheep industry started yesterday as Sheep Producers Australia officially became the peak industry body for the nation’s sheep and lamb industry, replacing the former Sheepmeat Council of Australia.

  • South Australians urged to support the industry on National Agriculture Day

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Grain Producers SA | Livestock SA | Media Releases | Primary Producers SA | South Australian Dairy Farmers | South Australian Grain Industry Trust

    With one in five South Australians employed in the food industry, the state’s commodity advocacy and research groups are encouraging everyone to celebrate the industry on National Agriculture Day on Tuesday November 21.

  • Board candidates announced ahead of first Sheep Producers Australia AGM

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheepmeat Council of Australia

    The inaugural Annual General Meeting of Sheep Producers Australia Limited will be held on Tuesday 14 November, marking the start of a new era of advocacy and governance for the sheepmeat industry.

  • Merinos a vital part of enterprise mix at Curramulka

    Friday, November 3, 2017 | Breed more merino ewes | Media Releases

    Merinos are a vital part of the enterprise mix at Craig and Abigail Hickman’s Curramulka property Seaview, on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, producing $130 per winter grazed hectare per 100mm of growing season rainfall in 2016.

  • New leadership network to support future of sheepmeat industry

    Friday, October 27, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheepmeat Council of Australia

    The Sheepmeat Council of Australia is excited about the opportunity to roll out a series of new initiatives to further build the sector’s leadership capability thanks to funding announced yesterday as part of the Australian Government’s Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.

  • Resilience in rural sector remains key for SA producers

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | Media Releases | Rural Business Support

    Resilience in the rural sector has remained a key theme for many South Australian producers in the past 12 months, with another year of extreme weather conditions and, for some, the continued aftermath and recovery from the devastating Pinery fire in 2015.

  • Water security remains essential for long-term viability of SA livestock producers

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    South Australian livestock producers are urged to ‘have their say’ on water issues as part of a new, joint project between Livestock SA and Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).

  • SA Beef Industry Blueprint announces inaugural Chairman

    Monday, October 16, 2017 | Media Releases | The South Australian Sheep Industry Blueprint

    Longtime beef industry stalwart Bruce Creek, Kangaroo Island, has been appointed as the inaugural Chair of the South Australian Beef Industry Blueprint Working Group.

  • Deadline nears for Sheepmeat Industry Leadership Program applications

    Monday, October 16, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheepmeat Council of Australia

    Sheepmeat producers and industry professionals are urged to apply for the Sheepmeat Industry Leadership Program before entries close on Monday, October 23.

  • Strong performance for AGG Co-op

    Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | Australian Grain Growers CO-OP | Media Releases

    The Australian Grain Growers’ Co-operative (AGG Co-op) has reported significant profit growth year-on-year at its AGM held last week at the Yorke Peninsula Field Days.

  • Sheepmeat Council of Australia wants to hear from you – lamb definition public consultation opens

    Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheepmeat Council of Australia

    The Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) has today launched the start of an eight-week public consultation period on the definition of lamb with producers and meat supply chain members nationwide being asked to have their say.

  • Livestock SA welcomes new President Joe Keynes

    Monday, September 25, 2017 | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    Keyneton livestock producer Joe Keynes has been appointed President of Livestock SA, replacing former leader Geoff Power, who retired from the role at the Growing SA Conference and Livestock SA AGM last month.

  • AGG Co-op welcomes new chair and director

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017 | Australian Grain Growers CO-OP | Media Releases

    The Australian Grain Growers’ Co-operative (AGG Co-op) has welcomed some changes to its board with a new chairman and new director appointed at its most recent board meeting.

  • Perth venue set for LambEx 2018 from August 5-7

    Monday, August 28, 2017 | LambEx | Media Releases

    Planning has hit top gear for the biggest lamb industry conference in the country – LambEx – with a new date, a new venue and an international focus.

  • Reach for AGG Stars to spread price risks

    Monday, August 28, 2017 | Australian Grain Growers CO-OP | Media Releases

    Growers concerned about wheat prices coming into harvest can look to the sky for inspiration with the Australian Grain Growers’ Co-operative (AGG Co-op) aiming to catch shooting stars in the form of pricing opportunities if volatile markets allow.

  • Applications open for second round of Sheepmeat Industry Leadership program

    Friday, August 25, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheepmeat Council of Australia

    The Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) has today launched the second round of a professional development opportunity for sheepmeat producers and others in the industry to build leadership skills and develop networks.

  • Former President celebrated as inaugural Australian Wool Industry Medal recipient

    Thursday, August 24, 2017 | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    Livestock SA immediate past President Geoff Power’s long commitment to the South Australian and national wool industry was recognised tonight, being awarded an inaugural Australian Wool Industry Medal in Melbourne, held as part of the AWIS Wool Week 2017. Geoff was one of nine industry stalwarts to receive a medal at the event.

  • Producers set to benefit through It’s Ewe Time forums

    Friday, August 18, 2017 | Australian Wool Innovation Limited | Meat & Livestock Australia | Media Releases

    Sheep producers can now tap into the latest in meat science to bolster their business performance, with the Sheep CRC now a partner in the popular extension program, It’s Ewe Time (IET).

  • Packed GROWING SA event shines a light on ag’s importance

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Grain Producers SA | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    ABOUT 300 people attended the inaugural GROWING SA conference in Hahndorf last Friday to hear the latest in farm business advice, research and development and policy updates.

  • New board member sought for RBS

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017 | Media Releases | Rural Business Support

    As the farming business skills required in the context of today’s global framework become more broad and complex, Rural Business Support (RBS) is seeking a new Board Member to support the not-for-profit’s role in helping primary producers meet the challenges of this changing face of agribusiness.

  • SCA and AMIC meet to discuss range of sheep industry issues

    Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheepmeat Council of Australia

    Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) Directors met with representatives of the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) in Dubbo on Tuesday 8 August, as part of an ongoing program of both organisations to ensure the sheepmeat supply chain is able to take a coordinated approach to industry-wide issues.

  • Sheepmeat producers to be represented by a modernised peak body

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheepmeat Council of Australia

    Members of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia voted on Monday to adopt a new governance framework whereby the peak industry organisation will transition to a company limited by guarantee with a new name – Sheep Producers Australia Ltd.

  • Three directors fill vacancies for GPSA Board

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017 | Grain Producers SA | Media Releases

    Grain Producers SA will welcome three board directors to fill three vacant positions and farewell Ceduna producer Peter Polkinghorne, who has retired from the board, at the Annual General Meeting this Friday.

  • RBS launches pork form business strategic review

    Friday, August 4, 2017 | Media Releases | Rural Business Support

    An innovative pilot program which aims to improve farm gate returns for pork producers will be launched today at Mannum by Rural Business Support.

  • Next round of applications sought for leadership, governance training scholarship

    Monday, July 24, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheepmeat Council of Australia

    Applications are closing soon for the Sheepmeat Industry Governance Scholarship – an opportunity for sheepmeat producers to receive formal training in industry leadership and corporate governance.

  • Farmers encouraged to review WHS protocols during National Farm Safety Week

    Friday, July 14, 2017 | Media Releases | SAFE AG SYSTEMS

    Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in Australia. More than one in five workers who die at work are employed in agriculture. In 2016, there were 63 deaths on Australian farms.

  • Livestock SA welcomes new board members in 2017-18

    Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    Livestock SA will welcome three new members to its board following the 2017-18 nomination process. Producers Mark Dennis, Koppio; Gillian Fennell, Lambina Station, Marla, and Kate McLachlan, Gawler River, will join two returned board members Richard Halliday, Bordertown and Allan Piggott, Moorlands, for a two-year term.

  • Opportunity to contribute to industry’s future – nominate to be elected to GPSA board

    Friday, June 30, 2017 | Grain Producers SA | Media Releases

    Grain producers who want to contribute to the industry’s future can nominate to become a director on the board of Grain Producers SA next month.

  • Registrations open for inaugural GROWING SA conference

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | Grain Producers SA | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    Registrations are open for the inaugural GROWING SA conference – the first time Grain Producers SA and Livestock SA have partnered to host their annual industry events.

  • LPA program changes welcomed by SA livestock producers

    Monday, June 19, 2017 | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    Livestock SA has welcomed recent changes announced as part of the ongoing development of the Livestock Production Assurance program, with a greater focus on biosecurity and animal welfare practices.

  • Beef producers urged to implement on-farm biosecurity programs

    Monday, June 19, 2017 | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    Livestock SA has welcomed the latest changes to the management framework of bovine Johne’s disease– with the Cattle Council of Australia Board amending current policy so beef herds with a transition score of J-BAS 7 or 8 will now revert to a J-BAS 6 if no on-farm biosecurity plan is in place by July 1, rather than J-BAS 0.

  • MLA asked to begin processer financing consultation for fast-tracked DEXA delivery

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheepmeat Council of Australia

    The Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) has asked Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) to investigate using lamb and sheepmeat producer levy funds to guarantee DEXA technology is available to all lamb and sheep AUSMEAT processing facilities who want to adopt it.

  • Sheepmeat industry backs changes to the LPA program

    Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheepmeat Council of Australia

    Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) is supporting changes to the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program announced today.

  • Next round of applications sought for leadership, governance training scholarship

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheepmeat Council of Australia

    Applications are open for the Sheepmeat Industry Governance Scholarship – an opportunity for sheepmeat producers to receive formal training in industry leadership and corporate governance.

  • Merinos push producer profits up at Campbell Town

    Monday, June 5, 2017 | Breed more merino ewes | Media Releases

    Merinos consistently return profits of up to $60 per dry sheep equivalent and $40/DSE for lambs at Sam Lyne’s Riccarton property at Campbell Town, Tasmania.

  • Dion Woolford, Kimba, joins GPSA Board

    Monday, June 5, 2017 | Grain Producers SA | Media Releases

    The Board of Grain Producers SA has appointed Eyre Peninsula grain grower Dion Woolford as an independent director.

  • Leadership graduation highlight of big week for SCA in Canberra

    Friday, June 2, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheepmeat Council of Australia

    The Sheepmeat Council of Australia concluded a full week of activities in Canberra last night, incorporating a quarterly board meeting, governance training for young industry leaders and the graduation of participants in its first national leadership program.

  • EOI call for proven leader to head traceability working group

    Thursday, June 1, 2017 | Media Releases | Sheepmeat Council of Australia

    Sheepmeat Council of Australia and SAFEMEAT are partnering in the search for a chairperson of the new SAFEMEAT Sheep Traceability Working Group, charged with the task of enhancing the National Livestock Identification System for Sheep and Goats.

  • Eyre Peninsula students celebrate launch of Seed to Store Competition

    Friday, May 26, 2017 | Media Releases | Seed to Store

    Grains ambassador Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello took to the skies to promote the fourth year of the Seed to Store Video Clip Competition – flying in to visit school students across the Eyre Peninsula to tell them all about Australia’s innovative agricultural industry and the many career options it offers.

  • Producers encouraged to nominate for Livestock SA board

    Friday, May 26, 2017 | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    South Australian livestock producers are being encouraged to consider nominating for the Livestock SA board.

  • Livestock SA welcomes funding for Yorkey’s Crossing facility

    Thursday, May 25, 2017 | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    Livestock SA has today welcomed the announcement by the State Government that it will fund a decoupling facility, including a livestock transfer tower, at Yorkey’s Crossing near Port Augusta.

  • Statewide crackdown on sheep and goat NLIS compliance

    Monday, May 22, 2017 | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    Livestock producers are warned of a statewide focus on sheep and goat traceability targeting identification and movement documentation at saleyards, from now until June 30, 2017.

  • Inaugural Growing SA conference to highlight primary production’s value

    Thursday, May 11, 2017 | Grain Producers SA | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    Grain Producers SA and Livestock SA are partnering to host a joint industry conference this year, called GROWING SA.

  • Blueprint set to deliver 20pc increase in productivity, value

    Monday, May 1, 2017 | Media Releases | The South Australian Sheep Industry Blueprint

    TWELVE months after it was launched, the South Australian Sheep Industry Blueprint is on track to deliver its overarching aim of a 20 per cent increase in productivity and value in the state’s sheep industry by 2020.

  • Discussion starts on review of mining laws

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | Grain Producers SA | Media Releases

    Increasing recognition of the rights of grain producers as landowners is at the centre of Grain Producers SA’s submission to the State Government’s review of mining laws in South Australia.

  • ESCOSA to review supply chain costs

    Monday, April 24, 2017 | Grain Producers SA | Media Releases

    Grain Producers SA has welcomed the State Government’s decision to instruct the Essential Services Commission of SA to review South Australian bulk grain supply chain costs on behalf of grain producers.

  • SE program boosts dairyfarmer productivity, profits

    Friday, April 21, 2017 | Media Releases | Rural Business Support

    DIVERSIFYING their business helped South East dairyfarmers Lorraine and Brian Robertson remain in the industry when dairy giants Murray Goulburn and Fonterra dropped prices to below the cost of production in 2016.

  • New call for primary production transport hot spots in joint govt, industry project

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | Media Releases | Primary Producers SA

    All primary producers are encouraged to have their say on road transport issues constraining productivity and route access as part of the second stage of the 90-day Change@SA Transport Project.

  • Bumper harvest bumps up research applications, funding allocations

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | Media Releases | South Australian Grain Industry Trust

    THE number of applications for funding from the South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) continues to grow, with a record 49 applications for research projects in 2017.

  • Book launch: ‘Those Wild Rabbits – How They Shaped Australia’

    Monday, April 3, 2017 | Foundation for Rabbit Free Australia | Media Releases

    A unique new book about rabbits in Australia called ‘Those Wild Rabbits – How They Shaped Australia’, authored by writer and conservationist Bruce Munday, is about to be launched, and the Foundation for Rabbit Free Australia’s (RFA) is pleased to be a sponsor.

  • Growers to benefit as SAGIT joins leading soils research centre

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 | Media Releases | South Australian Grain Industry Trust

    SOUTH Australian growers will have access to a huge range of research and farm management information on soils as the South Australian Grain Industry Trust and leading SA farming systems groups form part of a new Co-operative Research Centre (CRC).

  • Header insurance working group forms

    Sunday, March 19, 2017 | Grain Producers Australia | Media Releases

    Grain Producers Australia (GPA) says reports of insurance no longer being available to contract harvesters due to fire risk are exaggerated, following a meeting between GPA’s Grains Policy Council, GRDC, Australian Custom Harvesters (ACH) and representatives of major insurance providers to explore the issue.

  • Doubts raised on landowner mining royalty payments

    Friday, March 17, 2017 | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    Livestock SA is seeking clarity on the State Government’s plan to return 10 per cent of royalties for gas extraction to landowners, announced as part of the South Australian Power for South Australians plan this week.

  • Wild dog control remains critical as numbers rise across SA

    Thursday, March 9, 2017 | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    Livestock SA is continuing its call for immediate action from the State Government in response to a huge increase in wild dog populations in pastoral regions north of Port Augusta.

  • Call to support rabbit research

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | Foundation for Rabbit Free Australia | Media Releases

    There is a lot happening right now regarding caliciviruses and rabbit control in Australia – and it heightens the importance of maintaining research efforts to combat feral rabbits, according to Peter Alexander, Chairman of the Foundation for Rabbit Free Australia.

  • Durums outshine bread wheat varieties in gross margin trials

    Thursday, March 2, 2017 | Media Releases | South Australian Grain Industry Trust

    DURUM varieties have achieved gross margins of up to $1100 a hectare more than common bread wheat varieties in South Australian Grain Industry Trust funded trials in the past two years.

  • Western Australian growers urged to think ahead and control green bridge rust disease threat

    Monday, February 27, 2017 | Media Releases | The Rust Bust

    Growers are being urged to keep paddocks clean following abundant January and February rainfall which has encouraged weed growth and the creation of a ‘green bridge’ which can host rust and other diseases and pests.

  • SA Dairy business planning program expanded

    Thursday, February 9, 2017 | Media Releases | Rural Business Support

    THE SOUTH Australian dairy industry is set to benefit with a $120,000 expansion of the Dairy Farm Strategic Review program in 2017.

  • New South Wales growers urged to keep paddocks ‘Free for February’ to control green bridge rust disease threat

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | Media Releases | The Rust Bust

    Growers are being urged to keep paddocks ‘Free for February’ to minimise the risk of rust and other diseases such as powdery mildew, and pests such as mites or aphids, surviving on a green bridge.

  • Victorian growers urged to keep paddocks ‘Free for February’ to control green bridge rust disease threat

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | Media Releases | The Rust Bust

    Growers are being urged to keep paddocks ‘Free for February’ to minimise the risk of rust and other diseases such as powdery mildew, and pests such as mites or aphids, surviving on a green bridge.

  • South Australian growers urged to keep paddocks ‘Free for February’ to control green bridge rust disease threat

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | Media Releases | The Rust Bust

    Growers are being urged to keep paddocks ‘Free for February’ to minimise the risk of rust and other diseases such as powdery mildew, and pests such as mites and aphids, surviving on a green bridge.

  • Mahar details NFF restructure at Robe regional meeting

    Monday, January 30, 2017 | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    MORE than 80 livestock producers from across the South East attended Livestock SA’s regional meeting at Robe on Friday, January 27.

  • Lucerne trial results highlighted at Barossa conference

    Thursday, January 26, 2017 | Barossa Improved Grazing Group | Meat & Livestock Australia | Media Releases | Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin

    LUCERNE was found to be more tolerant than expected from previous studies, to highly acidic soils in a recent project completed by South Australian Research and Development Institute’s (SARDI) principal research scientist Dr Alan Humphries.

  • Q Fever vaccine subsidy crucial to protect workers

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | Livestock SA | Media Releases

    Livestock SA has called for the Australian Government to support a new National Q Fever Management Program to subsidise Q Fever vaccinations for all individuals over 15 years of age living in rural areas.

  • Consultation meetings for Mining Act review

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | Grain Producers SA | Media Releases

    Grain Producers SA is seeking producer feedback on the impacts of mining on their property, community and the industry as a whole through a series of consultation meetings, starting later this month.

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