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Minister for Agriculture
Speeches & Transcripts
Speeches & Transcripts
2015 04 April
Have your say on marine pest biosecurity
01 April 2015
Australian exporters continue to reap benefits from JAEPA
01 April 2015
South East Asian markets now open for breeder animals
01 April 2015
Consultations start on food origin labelling
01 April 2015
2015 03 March
Agricultural industry leaders meet in Tassie
31 March 2015
Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman poised to deliver for farmers
25 March 2015
Red witchweed eradication plans well advanced
25 March 2015
Celebrate local Landcare achievements—nominate today!
24 March 2015
Putting the roo in Peru
24 March 2015
Live export reform targets areas of greatest risk
24 March 2015
Red tape reductions cut costs for livestock owners
20 March 2015
A more unified future for Australian horticulture
19 March 2015
Ombudsman inquiry into the Department of Agriculture
19 March 2015
Government to amend the Biosecurity Bill 2014
19 March 2015
Additional support for NSW emergency water infrastructure rebates
18 March 2015
Rapid Response to Panama disease threat
17 March 2015
Drought recovery loans now open in NSW
17 March 2015
Change to Secretary arrangements
13 March 2015
Inspector-General powers intact, despite Labor fear-mongering
11 March 2015
Response to Panama disease threat in Tully, Queensland
11 March 2015
Coalition to legislate water buyback cap
10 March 2015
Extra $1.3 million to support drought affected families
09 March 2015
Final two weeks to have your say on foreign investment
04 March 2015
Joyce welcomes conditions on JBS / Primo FIRB approval
04 March 2015
Backing science that backs innovation in agriculture
03 March 2015
Recognising efforts to keep Australia’s biosecurity system strong
03 March 2015
2015 02 February
Joyce visits cyclone affected Central Queensland
28 February 2015
Country of Origin Labelling breakthrough at last
26 February 2015
Coalition reaffirms support for Rural Financial Counselling Service
25 February 2015
Keeping stink bugs out of Australia
25 February 2015
New biosecurity facility for horses in NSW
25 February 2015
Ramping up biosecurity barriers after mosquito detections
25 February 2015
Joyce welcomes stronger foreign ownership controls
25 February 2015
Update on situation around imported berries and Hepatitis A
24 February 2015
Labor verifies strengthened powers for the Inspector-General of Biosecurity
24 February 2015
Additional drought support now available for SA farm businesses
20 February 2015
Additional pest management funding for WA farmers
20 February 2015
Prosperity, Longevity and Biosecurity this Chinese New Year
19 February 2015
Shorten wrong on Inspector General of Biosecurity
19 February 2015
Water infrastructure for Tasmania's future
19 February 2015
Grass-fed beef sector unites to determine its future
17 February 2015
Over $11 million to think big about market access for small exporters
13 February 2015
Less red tape for genetic exporters
12 February 2015
Agriculture Minister and Parliamentary Secretaries support Australian paper
12 February 2015
Young rural Australians Heywired for success
12 February 2015
Government tightens rules on foreign purchases of agricultural land
11 February 2015
Aussie mangoes say G’Day USA
10 February 2015
Drought Concessional loans open for Victorian farm businesses
06 February 2015
2015 01 January
Drought recovery loans open in Queensland today
29 January 2015
Strengthening the Queensland grain industry
22 January 2015
ESCAS review demonstrates success, recommends improvements
21 January 2015
Farm Finance debt restructuring loans now available in WA
20 January 2015
Sending Australian lychees and mangoes to the US
15 January 2015
First day of trade under JAEPA
15 January 2015
Interest rates to fall for Farm Finance, Drought Concessional loans
10 January 2015
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Parliamentary Secretary Richard Colbeck
Department of Agriculture
2015 04 April
01 Apr - Have your say on marine pest biosecurity
The Australian Government is calling for people with an interest in Australia’s marine environment, including those in the fishery and aquaculture industries, to get involved in a review of national marine pest biosecurity arrangements.
01 Apr - Australian exporters continue to reap benefits from JAEPA
Australian exporters are encouraged to take full advantage of the benefits of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), with the second round of tariff cuts taking effect today.
01 Apr - South East Asian markets now open for breeder animals
The Coalition Government has finalised market access conditions to send Australian breeder deer to Malaysia, and breeder sheep and goats to the Philippines.
01 Apr - Consultations start on food origin labelling
The Australian Government will begin consultations and in-depth consumer research from today to deliver clearer and more consistent country of origin labelling for food sold in Australia.
2015 03 March
31 Mar - Agricultural industry leaders meet in Tassie
Agricultural industry leaders, together with the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, will be in Devonport over the next couple of days to discuss the key issues in agriculture.
25 Mar - Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman poised to deliver for farmers
The Australian Government’s introduction of an Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman is good news for Australian family farms, the majority of which are also small businesses.
25 Mar - Red witchweed eradication plans well advanced
Australia is another step closer to the eradication of red witchweed following industry and government endorsement of an eradication response plan.
24 Mar - Celebrate local Landcare achievements—nominate today!
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, is calling on community groups, networks and individuals who participate in community Landcare and Coastcare activities to nominate a Landcare project or “local hero” for the 2015 State and Territory Landcare Award
24 Mar - Putting the roo in Peru
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has welcomed the addition of Peru as an export market for kangaroo meat with in-store supermarket promotion of this unique Australian product starting in the capital, Lima last week.
24 Mar - Live export reform targets areas of greatest risk
New reforms to the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) will provide stronger assurance for the welfare of exported animals through increased audit requirements for facilities that fail to meet required standards.
20 Mar - Red tape reductions cut costs for livestock owners
Livestock producers, pet owners and animal feed manufacturers are all set to benefit from reforms announced today, that will see a $7.8 million annual reduction in red tape.
19 Mar - A more unified future for Australian horticulture
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Richard Colbeck, officially welcomed two new bodies at a Horticulture Industry Forum in Canberra today.
19 Mar - Ombudsman inquiry into the Department of Agriculture
The Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has today welcomed the outcome of a Commonwealth Ombudsman investigation into the Department of Agriculture’s handling of an ongoing investigation into bovine serum imports.
19 Mar - Government to amend the Biosecurity Bill 2014
The Government will move to amend the Biosecurity Bill 2014 in response to feedback by the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee as well as following further consultations with industry representatives.
18 Mar - Additional support for NSW emergency water infrastructure rebates
The Australian Government today announced it would provide additional funding to assist with the overwhelming response to the 2013-14 NSW emergency water infrastructure rebate.
17 Mar - Rapid Response to Panama disease threat
The Australian Government is providing expert staff and funding for specialised equipment to assist the Queensland Government’s response to a case of Panama disease, Tropical Race 4 (Fusarium wilt), detected on Cavendish bananas at a property in the Tully
17 Mar - Drought recovery loans now open in NSW
Drought-affected farmers in New South Wales can now apply for low interest loans through the Australian Government’s Drought Recovery Concessional Loans Scheme.
13 Mar - Change to Secretary arrangements
Dr Paul Grimes PSM will step down as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture. This follows a report under the Public Service Act 1999 from the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, with which Dr Grimes agreed, that a relation
11 Mar - Inspector-General powers intact, despite Labor fear-mongering
The Inspector-General of Biosecurity’s powers are being enhanced and backed by legislative force for the first time, according to Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.
11 Mar - Response to Panama disease threat in Tully, Queensland
Biosecurity Queensland is currently investigating a suspected case of Panama disease, Tropical Race 4 strain (Fusarium wilt), detected on Cavendish bananas in the Tully Valley, North Queensland.
10 Mar - Coalition to legislate water buyback cap
The Coalition Government have today announced that they will bring forward legislation to cap buybacks to 1500 gigalitres, as part of the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, as promised by the Prime Minister in November 2012.
09 Mar - Extra $1.3 million to support drought affected families
The Federal Government will provide $1.3 million in extra funding to ensure families living in drought affected areas of New South Wales and Queensland can continue accessing family relationship support
04 Mar - Final two weeks to have your say on foreign investment
Those involved in the agricultural sector have two weeks left to put forward a submission to the Australian Government’s Consultation Paper Strengthening the Foreign Investment Framework.
04 Mar - Joyce welcomes conditions on JBS / Primo FIRB approval
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today said that conditions attached to the sale of Primo to Brazilian company JBS would ensure that local cattle producers would have certainty around access to the Scone abattoir for contract processing.
03 Mar - Backing science that backs innovation in agriculture
Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, awarded grants totalling up to $250,000 to 11 of Australia’s best young researchers, innovators and scientists to progress research that will help increase productivity on farms and across rural industries.
03 Mar - Recognising efforts to keep Australia’s biosecurity system strong
This year’s Biosecurity Awards presentation highlights the efforts individuals and businesses have made in maintaining Australia’s clean, green trading status – and marks an important milestone in safeguarding northern Australia.
2015 02 February
28 Feb - Joyce visits cyclone affected Central Queensland
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today visited parts of Central Queensland and met with landholders and communities impacted by Tropical Cyclone Marcia.
26 Feb - Country of Origin Labelling breakthrough at last
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said that the Coalition Government was moving to introduce better Country of Origin Labelling rules to give Australians a clearer understanding of where their food comes from.
25 Feb - Coalition reaffirms support for Rural Financial Counselling Service
The Coalition Government today reaffirmed its commitment to continuing the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS), following consideration of the National Rural Advisory Council (NRAC) review into the service.
25 Feb - Keeping stink bugs out of Australia
Nearly 15,000 new trucks, boats, cars and pieces of machinery imported from the United States in the past two months have been fumigated to manage the risk that a type of exotic brown stink bug could be introduced to Australia.
25 Feb - New biosecurity facility for horses in NSW
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, welcomed a new quarantine approved facility in NSW that will enable international racehorses to undertake mandatory post entry quarantine from today—coinciding with the start of the 2015 Autumn Racing Carnival.
25 Feb - Ramping up biosecurity barriers after mosquito detections
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today announced increased measures at some Australian international airports to manage the increased human health risks posed by ongoing detections of exotic mosquitoes.
25 Feb - Joyce welcomes stronger foreign ownership controls
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister and the Treasurer on strengthening controls on foreign ownership.
24 Feb - Update on situation around imported berries and Hepatitis A
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, have moved to update Australians on the situation involving imported frozen berries and Hepatitis A.
24 Feb - Labor verifies strengthened powers for the Inspector-General of Biosecurity
In Senate Estimates last night the new improved powers of the Inspector-General of Biosecurity were confirmed by the Labor Opposition.
20 Feb - Additional drought support now available for SA farm businesses
Drought-affected farmers in South Australia can now access additional financial support, with Australian Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and South Australian Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Leon Bignell, announcing applications are
20 Feb - Additional pest management funding for WA farmers
Farmers in Western Australia are set to benefit from an additional $250,000 in Australian Government funding to support the management of pest animals—pests that add further pressure to pastures and groundcover during periods of drought.
19 Feb - Prosperity, Longevity and Biosecurity this Chinese New Year
Travellers, visitors and locals can help ensure the prosperity, longevity and good health of Australia’s people, animals and environment by being biosecurity aware this Chinese New Year.
19 Feb - Shorten wrong on Inspector General of Biosecurity
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said today I must admit I waited for Mr Shorten’s press conference with great anticipation, believing something substantive was going to be announced – instead I got an announcement about something that never happe
19 Feb - Water infrastructure for Tasmania's future
Today's announcement by the Prime Minister, that $60 million in Australian Government funding will support Tasmanian water infrastructure projects, shows the Coalition’s commitment to economic development for Tasmanians—and all Australians—Minister for Ag
17 Feb - Grass-fed beef sector unites to determine its future
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has today expressed his appreciation to stakeholder groups within the grass-fed cattle sector for coming together and presenting him with a unified industry position on a proposal to reform the grass-fed beef repre
13 Feb - Over $11 million to think big about market access for small exporters
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, is today calling for applications for more than $11 million in grants to improve market access for small exporters of dairy, meat, egg, fish, horticulture and grain products.
12 Feb - Less red tape for genetic exporters
Australian genetic exporters and genetic collection centres will benefit from improvements and streamlining of export processes for semen and embryo exports to major markets.
12 Feb - Agriculture Minister and Parliamentary Secretaries support Australian paper
Paper manufactured in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley is now available for use in the photocopiers of the Department of Agriculture.
12 Feb - Young rural Australians Heywired for success
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today congratulated the winners of ABC Heywire 2014 as part of their annual Regional Youth Summit in Canberra.
11 Feb - Government tightens rules on foreign purchases of agricultural land
The Commonwealth Government is putting in place better scrutiny and reporting of foreign purchases of agricultural land — delivering on our commitment to the Australian people at the last election.
10 Feb - Aussie mangoes say G’Day USA
US consumers will be able to buy and enjoy Australian mangoes off their supermarket shelves this week with the first consignment arriving in the United States since a new export arrangement was finalised by the Coalition Government last month.
06 Feb - Drought Concessional loans open for Victorian farm businesses
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce today announced $30 million in drought concessional loans was now available to eligible Victorian farm businesses.
2015 01 January
29 Jan - Drought recovery loans open in Queensland today
Farmers who have experienced severe drought across Queensland can now apply for a drought recovery loan, giving them access to finance at a lower interest rate for a longer term to assist them in getting back to full production as soon as possible.
22 Jan - Strengthening the Queensland grain industry
he Australian Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and the Queensland Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, John McVeigh, have today reaffirmed their governments’ commitment to strengthening agricultural industries in Queensland.
21 Jan - ESCAS review demonstrates success, recommends improvements
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today said that Australia has now been established as a clear world leader in the welfare of exported live animals.
20 Jan - Farm Finance debt restructuring loans now available in WA
Western Australian farmers can now apply for loans for debt restructuring as well as productivity enhancement activities under the Farm Finance concessional loans scheme.
15 Jan - Sending Australian lychees and mangoes to the US
Australian lychee and mango growers are now able to export to the US, opening the door to the lucrative market for Australia’s 800 growers.
15 Jan - First day of trade under JAEPA
Today marks the first day of trade under the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA), which will eliminate or reduce tariff rates on many of our key agricultural products destined for Japan.
10 Jan - Interest rates to fall for Farm Finance, Drought Concessional loans
Interest rates on loans delivered under the Farm Finance Concessional Loans Scheme and the Drought Concessional Loans Scheme will fall to 4.34 and 3.84 per cent respectively from 1 February 2015.
2014 12 December
19 Dec - Australia's Christmas present to Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island is about to receive a very special Christmas gift from the Australian Government to help keep the island free from exotic pests and diseases—Dawson the detector dog.
18 Dec - Coalition opens Lebanon livestock trade
For the first time in over a decade, Australian livestock producers can trade directly with Lebanon for Australian feeder and slaughter cattle, sheep and goats.
18 Dec - Next generation of ag leaders just over the Horizon
First year agriculture undergraduates with a passion for Australia’s primary industries have until the end of January 2015 to apply for the prestigious Horizon Scholarship, which provides valuable mentoring and funding towards their studies.
18 Dec - Christmas comes early for Landcare
Almost 300 community groups and individuals across Australia will share in $5 million to enable communities to take practical action as part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
18 Dec - Research benefits winegrape growers
A report showing an $11 return for every dollar invested in new and improved rootstocks for winegrape growers has been published today by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA).
18 Dec - 2014 – a year of achievement for Australian agriculture
The Coalition Government put forward a concrete plan to reinvigorate the agriculture sector before last year’s election and we are delivering on that plan, with comprehensive drought support, increased market access, cuts to red tape and stronger biosecur
17 Dec - Significant Australia-Japan trade deal soon to enter into force
Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has commended the pending early entry into force of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA).
16 Dec - GenZs in regional Australia, it's not all hashtags and filters
The best young story tellers from across regional Australia were today revealed as the 2014 Heywire winners.
16 Dec - Dairy farm fortunes on the rise
Australian dairy farm incomes are estimated to have increased to an average of $129,000 in 2013–14, around 29 per cent above the 10-year average to 2012–13.
12 Dec - More great news for the agriculture sectors: Korea – Australia FTA
Australian Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has warmly welcomed the entry into force today, 12 December 2014, of the landmark Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA).
11 Dec - Joyce welcomes ANZ moratorium for drought stressed farmers
I would like to congratulate ANZ on responding to the well held concerns of farmers in drought affected parts of Queensland and New South Wales and the concerns held by the public in general that these farmers are treated fairly.
11 Dec - Thailand the latest market to open for livestock exports
Australia’s livestock producers may soon benefit from increased competition for feeder and slaughter cattle and improved farmgate returns following the opening of another new market, Thailand.
10 Dec - Drought support for NT farmers on the way
Farmers in the Northern Territory can now apply for an Australian Government drought concessional loan.
10 Dec - Supporting our cane growers
The Australian Government is today establishing a new sugar marketing taskforce to look into competition and marketing issues facing the cane sector.
10 Dec - Keeping it sweet in sugar country
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, joined the Member for Dawson, George Christensen, in Mackay today to meet with cane growers and launch an industry booklet to enhance crop yield and productivity.
09 Dec - Weeding out a plan for invasive plants
Weeds that have crept their way on to the list of Weeds of National Significance (WoNS) will face the combined wrath of Australia’s states ...
09 Dec - First round of small exporters package a success
The first round of the Australian Government’s $15 million, four-year package to assist small exporters received over 600 successful applications for registration rebates across all sectors of the agricultural export industry.
09 Dec - First round for rural R&D funding closes soon
Eligible rural research and development corporations and their partners have until 15 December to apply for the Australian Government’s $100 million Rural Research and Development (R&D) for Profit grants programme.
06 Dec - Celebrating industry achievements this Australian Ham Week
This Australian Ham Week we can all celebrate our high-quality, fully home-grown and produced ham and also recognise the Australian pork industry’s world leading achievements in welfare and quality assurance.
05 Dec - Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper: one week left to have your say
There is one week left to have your views heard on a range of new proposals and policy suggestions included in the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper.
05 Dec - Debt and drought support—the top issues at rural summit
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, is in Queensland today to hear from farmers and graziers who are struggling with debt about the impact it has on their businesses, families and communities.
04 Dec - Rural debt data sheds light on the real issues
The average level of debt increased by 4 per cent in south-west Queensland and 12 per cent in north-west New South Wales during 2013–14, according to a new report commissioned by Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce.
04 Dec - $100 million new drought recovery loan announced
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today announced targeted government assistance for drought-affected farmers in Queensland and New South Wales.
02 Dec - Enhanced screening measures for Ebola extended to sea travel
From December 1, relevant cruise vessel passengers and crew will require screening and to detail their travel history as preventative measures to reduce the risk of Ebola Virus Disease reaching Australia.
02 Dec - Rapid response to suspected fire ant detection
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson highlighted the rapid response to a detection of suspected imported fire ants at Port Botany in Sydney as a positive example of Australia’s biosecurity system at
02 Dec - Pasture genebank secures farming future
South Australia is set to secure Australia’s rich pastoral heritage and ensure future farming success as the host of the Australian Pastures Genebank.
01 Dec - Working with industry to manage the 'added extras' of imported new cars
The imported car of your dreams may be the vehicle of Australia’s nightmares if it were to become the unlikely carrier of pests and diseases not found on our shores.
01 Dec - 50,000 shades of gray
Australia will be the first country to implement a scalable post-entry treatment approach to imported animal products following a recent review that identifies and recommends doses of gamma irradiation needed without reducing its effectiveness.
2014 11 November
28 Nov - Milking it: dairy industries continue to grow strong
Dairy industries in Australia continue to expand, with news today that the Berry Rural Cooperative has started building their new processing plant in Berry, New South Wales.
27 Nov - Animal welfare efforts gain $256,000 funding boost
The Coalition Government is funding a new programme to enhance the knowledge of independent auditors who assess the treatment and handling of Australian livestock overseas. ...
27 Nov - Changing times ahead for Australian biosecurity
Legislation to strengthen Australia’s biosecurity system, simplify and streamline regulation and increase flexibility in how biosecurity risk is managed was introduced into Parliament today. Agriculture ...
26 Nov - Agrifood demand set to boom in India
Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, today described growing agrifood demand in India as a powerful opportunity for the Australian agriculture sector – with the real value ...
25 Nov - New era for horticulture research and development
Those who pay horticulture levies will have a direct say in how their money is spent with the new industry services and export control body, ...
25 Nov - Australia’s biosecurity system ready for future challenges
A new CSIRO report released today highlights the importance of a strong, integrated and seamless biosecurity system to protect Australia from future threats to human, ...
21 Nov - Joyce and Westra van Holthe visit NT mango farm
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries, Willem Westra van Holthe, will be heading to a mango farm near Katherine, Northern Territory ...
20 Nov - Drought assistance supporting our farmers
More than 4,200 farmers are better able to pay their household bills and already 89 farm businesses are managing their debt and day-to-day expenses on ...
20 Nov - Continued social support for drought-affected families
Joint media releaseMinister for Agriculture, Barnaby JoyceMinister for Social Services, Kevin AndrewsMinister for Human Services, Marise PayneAssistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch FifieldThe Australian Government ...
19 Nov - Help on the way for Victorian farmers
Joint Media ReleaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for Agriculture The Hon. Peter Walsh MP Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Food Security19 November 2014 $30 million in Drought Concessional ...
19 Nov - Aussie milk exports to China set to grow
Norco’s $4.5 million upgrade to its dairy processing facilities is an example of the increased business confidence among Australian agricultural companies since the Coalition came ...
19 Nov - Collective bargaining guide for dairy farmers
In an excellent example of industry working for industry, Dairy Australia has today released a guide for dairy farmers with tips and case studies about ...
18 Nov - Good news for Australian agriculture, food and fisheries in China - Australia FTA
Australian Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, said the announcement of a free trade agreement between Australia and China was an historic step in advancing ...
17 Nov - Seamless transition to enhanced international screening measures for Ebola
Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, today visited Australia’s busiest international airport, Sydney’s Kingsford Smith, to see enhanced traveller screening measures in operation. “Extra screening measures to keep ...
17 Nov - Review of IRA for fresh ginger from Fiji
The Department of Agriculture will review the import conditions for Fijian ginger following the commencement of trade earlier this year.Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said ...
14 Nov - Joyce welcomes India's Prime Minister
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, was pleased to represent Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Brisbane today to meet with the Prime Minister of the Republic ...
14 Nov - New Travel History Card features ebola warning
Increased traveller screening measures take effect at all Australian international airports today. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said heightened measures have been introduced at international ...
13 Nov - Government ensures National Landcare Programme funding flows to local projects
Joint media releaseMinister for Agriculture, Barnaby JoyceMinister for the Environment, Greg HuntThe Australian Government has placed Landcare back at the heart of natural resource management ...
13 Nov - Agricultural finance forum update
Progress on delivering key outcomes is well advanced following a meeting of agri-finance specialists and rural industry representatives for an extraordinary meeting of the Agricultural ...
10 Nov - Drought and land management: tell us what’s really important
The Coalition Government is asking farmers to have their say on the new ideas put forward in the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper regarding drought support ...
10 Nov - Rural Financial Counselling Service: review released
Today Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, released the National Rural Advisory Council (NRAC) report on the Review of the Rural Financial Counselling Service. Importantly, the ...
06 Nov - Preventative Ebola measures enhanced at international airports
The announcement of further Australian Government precautionary measures at our international airports keeps the risk of Ebola Virus Disease reaching Australia as low as possible. Australian ...
03 Nov - New opportunities for agriculture in northern Australia
Joint media releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for AgricultureThe Hon. Warren Truss MPDeputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure and Regional DevelopmentTerry RedmanWA Minister for Regional DevelopmentJohn ...
2014 10 October
31 Oct - Congratulations to new ALEC Chairman
The Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today congratulated Simon Crean on his appointment as the new chair of the Australian Livestock Exporters' Council (ALEC)."As a ...
31 Oct - Industry comes together to discuss Green Paper and deregulation
v> The Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper and deregulation were the big ticket items discussed at the fourth meeting of the Agricultural Industry Advisory Council in Sydney ...
29 Oct - National Roundtable on Water Infrastructure
More than eighty water experts have convened in Canberra today to talk through the opportunities and barriers for investment in water infrastructure and dams in ...
27 Oct - No silly fillies when it comes to biosecurity
With the Spring Racing Carnival well underway, 29 international horses have completed mandatory quarantine, in time for the biggest event on the Australian racing calendar ...
24 Oct - Joyce visits Kingaroy
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, will be heading to a pork abattoir and a cold pressed oil company in Kingaroy, Queensland, today along with Deb ...
24 Oct - One week to apply for small exporter rebate
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today reminded small exporters of agricultural commodities to apply for a rebate of 50 per cent, up to $5000, on ...
24 Oct - Timber pallet pests stamped out
Australia’s forest and timber industries can be reassured that the biosecurity system is working with the successful eradication of timber pests detected on imported pallets ...
23 Oct - Strengthening biosecurity measures to combat plant virus
Strengthened biosecurity measures mean that cucurbit seeds imported into Australia will now need to be tested and found to be free of cucumber green mottle ...
23 Oct - Call for submissions to marine pest biosecurity review
The Coalition Government has today announced a review of the biosecurity arrangements designed to safeguard Australia’s marine environment from invasive pests, delivering on another major ...
22 Oct - Improved arrangements for sheep and goat identification
Agriculture Ministers yesterday agreed that state and territory governments will make necessary improvements to the National Livestock identification Scheme for sheep and goats by building ...
22 Oct - New board appointments for Grains RDC
Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, today announced new board members to guide the investment and research efforts of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to ...
22 Oct - New board appointments for Cotton RDC
A new board responsible for research, development and extension investment for the cotton industry was announced today by Australian Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce."The Cotton Research ...
22 Oct - A bright idea—be biosecurity aware in the lead up to Diwali
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, thanked the public for being biosecurity aware for Diwali last year and hoped the community would repeat the effort this ...
20 Oct - Dams and water infrastructure investment: your views count
The water infrastructure ministerial working group, chaired by Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce, has today outlined its recommendations for water infrastructure projects as part of ...
20 Oct - Deregulation: seeking your thoughts on some new ideas
There are a range of new ideas about deregulation and decreasing the regulatory burden on farmers in the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper, and the Australian ...
20 Oct - Agricultural Green Paper released: it’s time to have your say
The Australian Government has released the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper today and is asking everyone in agriculture to have their say on a range of ...
17 Oct - Appropriate biosecurity measures at airports to help manage Ebola risk
Australia's Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said today it was important that Australians were aware of the fact that the Department of Agriculture played a ...
16 Oct - Forging ahead on water infrastructure
Minister for Agriculture and chair of the Water Infrastructure Ministerial Working Group, Barnaby Joyce,  said that today's announcement that the Coalition Government will continue to ...
16 Oct - New stewards of rural research and development appointed
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has today announced new stewards of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC)."RIRDC plays an important leadership role in ...
16 Oct - World Food Day celebrates family farming
Today, on World Food Day during the International Year of Family Farming, we recognise the valuable contribution our farming families make to feeding and clothing ...
15 Oct - 100 million reasons for rural R&D innovation
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today launched the Coalition's $100 million rural research and development (R&D) grants programme that aims to deliver profitability and productivity ...
15 Oct - Celebrating the vital contribution of rural women
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, used today—the United Nations' International Day of Rural Women—to celebrate the vital contribution of Australia’s rural women in agriculture and ...
14 Oct - National Roundtable on dams and water infrastructure announced
The Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today announced that a National Water Infrastructure Roundtable will be held on Wednesday, 29 October in Canberra."The Australian Government's ...
12 Oct - Vigilance against plant virus affecting cucumber and melons
Northern Territory authorities have implemented a series of control measures as both the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Government respond to a plant virus that affects ...
11 Oct - Swift action to combat exotic plant virus in NT
A team of specialists from around the country, funded through the Australian Government’s Stronger Biosecurity and Quarantine Initiative, will be deployed by the Northern Territory ...
10 Oct - Recognising farmers and rural health professionals on World Mental Health Day
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today used World Mental Health Day to highlight the resilience and camaraderie of farming communities across Australia.“Australia has a history ...
09 Oct - Indigenous partnerships helping to safeguard Australia’s Top End
For more than two decades a unique partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities has helped safeguard Australia’s vulnerable and remote northern coast from ...
09 Oct - Beefed up security for disease threats in the north
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today visited one of Australia’s most northern biosecurity defences at the tip of Cape York for a firsthand look at ...
08 Oct - Out of sight but our eyes open across the top end
Most Australians would be unaware of the work that goes into protecting Australian human, animal and plant health from biosecurity threats that travel with the ...
08 Oct - Regional partnerships a cornerstone of Australian biosecurity
Australian Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today thanked Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor and the Solomon Islands for cooperation and partnerships that have become ...
08 Oct - Torres Strait fisheries built on strong partnerships
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today paid tribute to the rich history of Torres Strait fishing during a dedication ceremony at the Department of Agriculture office ...
07 Oct - Agriculture minister welcomes new horticulture body
The Australian Government today welcomed the registration of Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited as a new research, development and marketing body to support Australia's $9.5 billion horticulture ...
01 Oct - Tasmanian fruit and veg industry looks to bright future
Joint media releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for AgricultureSenator Richard ColbeckSenator for TasmaniaParliament Secretary to the Minister for AgriculturePositive opportunities for future growth and innovation ...
2014 09 September
30 Sep - Families the heart of Australia’s great farming tradition
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today visited a family farm in Royalla in Southern New South Wales and paid tribute to the contribution family farms ...
28 Sep - Combating infectious diseases within our region
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, used World Rabies Day to highlight the important work undertaken in the region to keep rabies out of Australia.“Rabies is ...
26 Sep - Applications open for Farm Finance loans in Victoria
From today, Victorian farm businesses can apply for a concessional loan under the second round of the Farm Finance Concessional Loans Scheme.Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby ...
26 Sep - Grape and wine board appointments extended to June 2015
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has today announced that the chair and directors appointed to the Australian Grape and Wine Authority’s (AGWA) board will continue, ...
25 Sep - Major investment in grains research capacity in NSW
Joint media releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for AgricultureThe Hon. Katrina HodgkinsonNSW Minister for Primary IndustriesAustralian Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and NSW Minister for ...
25 Sep - NSW grazier takes out 2014 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award
Joint media releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for AgricultureThe Hon. Michaelia Cash MPMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women for Agriculture and FoodLast night New ...
23 Sep - Drought concessional loans available in WA
Joint media releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for AgricultureThe Hon. Ken Baston MLCWA Minister for Agriculture and FoodWestern Australian farmers can now apply for an ...
23 Sep - Let's talk rural debt
A meeting of the Agricultural Finance Forum has been convened today to discuss the rural debt situation across the nation.Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and ...
19 Sep - 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants now open
Joint media releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for AgricultureThe Hon. Greg Hunt MPMinister for the EnvironmentLandcare and other community groups will share in up to ...
19 Sep - Improved regulations for wheat exports: mandatory code announced
Joint media releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for AgricultureThe Hon. Bruce Billson MPMinister for Small BusinessThe Australian Government has today released the mandatory port access ...
19 Sep - Joyce concludes five day China visit with high level talks
Minister Joyce said he was pleased with his discussions with senior Chinese leaders including Vice Premier Wang Yang, Minister for Agriculture Han Changfu, Minister for ...
18 Sep - Celebrating industry's role in Australia-China agricultural relations
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has commended the commitment of Australian and Chinese industry in developing mutually beneficial trade opportunities in agriculture and food."I attended ...
18 Sep - Joint research centres mutually beneficial
Australian Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, welcomed the signing of two agreements between Australian and Chinese research institutions in China today."These agreements are an example ...
18 Sep - Tangible support for Chinese-Australian cooperation
Australian Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has met with his Chinese counterpart Minister Han Changfu, to discuss ways to strengthen agricultural ties between the two nations.Minister ...
12 Sep - Feeding the need for better regulation
Farmers will be $10 million better off a year following an Australian Government decision to cut red tape on some stockfeeds.Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, ...
12 Sep - Rewarding those who go above and beyond to sustain our way of life
Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, is calling for nominations from farmers, import and export industries, and the broader community for the 2015 Australian Biosecurity Awards."The value ...
11 Sep - Coalition streamlines livestock export regulations
Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, today announced common-sense cuts to red tape for livestock exporters. "In line with our election commitment I am fast-tracking an achievable ...
11 Sep - Growing agricultural connections with China
Australian Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, will lead a delegation of 38 industry representatives on a week-long trip to China, visiting Heilongjiang province in the northeast, ...
11 Sep - We’re listening: Joyce and Hockey hit the road
Joint release The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for AgricultureThe Hon. Joe Hockey MPTreasurerTreasurer, Joe Hockey, and Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, travelled to northern New ...
09 Sep - The sauce of good news for importers
Another Australian food importer with internal quality assurance systems that satisfy Australia's rigorous food safety requirements will see increased efficiency in border clearance processes.Kikkoman Australia ...
05 Sep - Big assistance for small exporters
Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has today reminded small exporters that there is still time to apply for a rebate for 50 per cent of export ...
04 Sep - Coalition delivers red tape savings for Australian cattle producers
The Australian Government is cutting red tape for cattle producers, with the removal of the requirement for tail-tags on cattle that are destined for processing ...
03 Sep - Exporting livestock to Korea? Alpaca my bags
Australia’s alpaca producers are well positioned to develop new export markets following the opening of trade in alpacas with the Republic of Korea.Minister for Agriculture, ...
03 Sep - Farmers, grab the chance to have your say on improving supplier and retailer relations
There are less than two weeks to go to have your say on the draft Food and Grocery Code of Conduct (the Grocery Code) and ...
03 Sep - Funds are getting to farmers
Senator the Hon. Marise PayneMinister for Human Services3 September 2014Over 2700 farmers and their families are receiving much needed financial assistance from the Government. Agriculture ...
02 Sep - Shuttle stallions: our latest FIFO workers
56 international so-called ‘shuttle’ stallions cleared through the Eastern Creek Quarantine Facility have met Australia’s strict import conditions and are now offering breeding services. Minister ...
2014 08 August
28 Aug - Pork plans for even greater success
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, together with Australian Pork Limited Chairman, Enzo Allara, hosted a gathering of pork producers, industry representatives and pork connoisseurs to ...
27 Aug - Your job at our international airports
Almost 24,000 travellers and their personal effects were screened for biosecurity risk material each day at Australia's international airports in 2013–14 – that’s 8.7 million ...
26 Aug - Emergency biosecurity measures to protect Australian carrots and celery
International trading partners have been notified that Australia will implement emergency quarantine measures from 20 October this year to protect our carrot and celery industries ...
22 Aug - Farming families are accessing support
Senator The Hon. Marise PayneMinister for Human Services22 August 2014Farmers in those states hardest hit by drought are accessing Australian Government assistance measures designed to ...
22 Aug - Top discussions at the Top End as Ag Industry Advisory Council meets
Priorities to revitalise Australia’s agriculture, fishing and forestry industries were on the table at the third meeting of the Agricultural Industry Advisory Council in Darwin.Minister ...
21 Aug - New Cambodian market for livestock exports
Cambodia will soon be the latest market to open for Australian cattle as a part of the Coalition Government’s drive to achieve greater market access ...
20 Aug - Are you ‘AgQuipped’ to talk to Joyce?
Minister Joyce said the Commonwealth Bank AgQuip was Australia’s biggest showcase of agricultural products and machinery attracting more than 100,000 visitors – making it the ...
18 Aug - Agreement to stabilise trade in case of avian influenza
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce today welcomed the signing of a bilateral agreement with the United States that will minimise the trade impact of an avian ...
08 Aug - Australian Agriculture Remains Strong Despite Russian Bans
The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for Agriculture8 August 2014The Australian Government is disappointed by the Russian Government’s decision to ban imports of agricultural products, raw ...
08 Aug - Debt relief to Western Australian farm businesses is on its way
The Hon. Ken Baston MLCWA Minister for Agriculture and Food8 August 2014Farmers in the West will soon have access to further assistance to help them ...
08 Aug - Second Round of Farm Finance applications open for Tasmanian Farmers
Senator the Hon. Richard ColbeckSenator for TasmaniaParliamentary Secretary to the Minister for AgricultureThe Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MPTasmania Deputy PremierTasmanian Minister for Primary Industries and Water8 ...
07 Aug - Joint Declaration a decisive step towards closer Indonesia-Australia ties
Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board Mr Mahendra Siregar today signed a historic Joint Declaration to formalise terms ...
06 Aug - $5 million in National Landcare Programme grants to celebrate 25 years of Landcare
The Hon. Greg Hunt MPMinister for the Environment 6 August 2014Australian communities will share in $5 million in 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 to help ...
06 Aug - RIRDC 2015 awards recognising rural women: apply now
Nominations are now open for RIRDC’s annual awards to recognise the commitment and innovation of women working to improve life in rural Australia.The 2015 RIRDC ...
06 Aug - $40 million boost for QLD and NSW farmers in need
Additional funding will be available to farm businesses through the Farm Finance concessional loans scheme with Queensland and New South Wales each receiving an additional ...
05 Aug - 2015 Science and Innovation Awards now open
Australia's young scientists working on agricultural research projects are invited to apply for the 2015 Science and Innovation Awards.Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the ...
04 Aug - Improved market access for genetic material
Australian exporters of bovine genetic material will pay less to certify against the health requirements of the United States following a new agreement that removes ...
2014 07 July
28 Jul - Grains industry to reap long-term research benefits
The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for Agriculture28 July 2014Victorian grain growers are set to benefit from a new five year agreement that will increase innovative ...
22 Jul - A breeding ground for Australian export success
Breeder cattle, sheep and goats can now be exported to Egypt along with feeder and slaughter livestock following the finalisation of health certification requirements.Minister for ...
20 Jul - Have your say on our National Landcare Programme
The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for Agriculture20 July 2014The Australian Government will hit the road in August to talk to Australian communities about getting involved ...
18 Jul - National Fruit Fly Advisory Committee gets its wings
The management of fruit fly in Australia is forging ahead with the new National Fruit Fly Advisory Committee, convened by Plant Health Australia, now underway.Minister ...
15 Jul - Transition extended for Interim FHA recipients
Senator the Hon. Marise PayneMinister for Human Services15 July 2014Farming families receiving the Interim Farm Household Allowance now have until 14 August 2014 to apply ...
14 Jul - Agvet chemical reform reduces burden on Australian farmers
New agvet chemical legislation passed parliament today in a significant win for Australian farmers and the wider agriculture sector.Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the ...
11 Jul - Coalition delivers on commitment to examine Australia’s Import Risk Analysis process
The Australian Government is delivering on another election commitment with consultation on the examination of Australia’s Import Risk Analysis (IRA) process starting today.Minister for Agriculture, ...
11 Jul - Footage of sheep shearers
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today stood by sheep producers and those involved in the industry, saying footage of sheep cruelty was not representative of ...
11 Jul - Spotlight on Tasmanian fruit and vegetable industries
Brett Whiteley MPFederal Member for Braddon Eric Hutchinson MPFederal Member for Lyons11 July 2014Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has today been welcomed to Devonport, Tasmania ...
10 Jul - Grow your business with farm diversity options at your fingertips
Whether its okra or olives, meat goats or mangosteen, wombok or wasabi, Australian farmers interested in diversifying their current production now have access to a ...
10 Jul - Reaping the benefits of honey bee pollination
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, welcomed the development of a new website designed to help crop producers get the full benefit from honey bee pollination. ...
08 Jul - Landmark Australian study shows true value of livestock export trade
A new report outlines the value of the Australian livestock export trade and dispels some of the myths and misinformation that are propagated about the ...
08 Jul - New $30 million round of Farm Finance loans available in NSW
The Hon. Katrina HodgkinsonNSW Minister for Primary Industries8 July 2014NSW farmers can now access another $30 million under the Farm Finance concessional loans scheme, Federal ...
07 Jul - Historic Biosecurity Bill 2014 to safeguard Australia
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today announced the government’s plans to progress the Biosecurity Bill 2014 to replace the Quarantine Act 1908. “Replacing the Quarantine ...
06 Jul - One million exported and counting
Combined efforts between the Australian Government and industry, including extensive work to reopen and improve market access, has resulted in the export of over one ...
04 Jul - Response effort to exotic beetle detection on track
The response effort to manage a recent detection of exotic beetles imported in pallets to Australia is continuing and on track.Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, said ...
04 Jul - Government acts against wild dogs
The Minister for Agriculture has launched the National Wild Dog Action Plan and announced Commonwealth funding to lessen the impact of wild dog attacks which ...
04 Jul - Help for drought impacted farmers in South Australia
Leon Bignell MPSA Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries4 July 2014Government assistance is on its way to drought-affected farmers in South Australia with $10 million ...
04 Jul - Unveiled, 18 years of cotton research
Over 18 years of cotton research has been brought together with a major CSIRO publication launched today. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today launched the ...
03 Jul - $2 million to help school students learn about agriculture
The Hon. Christopher Pyne MPMinister for Education3 July 2014The Australian Government will invest an extra $2 million to ensure primary and secondary school students in ...
01 Jul - Farm Finance loans re-open for applications
From today, farmers in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory can apply for a Farm Finance concessional loan under new rounds of ...
01 Jul - Income support for farming families in need
Senator The Hon. Marise PayneMinister fior Human Services1 July 2014From today, farmers in need will be able to apply for the Farm Household Allowance, which ...
01 Jul - More opportunities for farmers to prepare for lean years
Senator The Hon. Mathias CormannMinister for Finance Acting Assistant Treasurer1 July 2014More Australian farmers will soon be able to use the Farm Management Deposits Scheme ...
2014 06 June
30 Jun - Imported food testing continues to get good results
More than 270 tests a day have been applied to imported food in six months, as part of Australia’s rigorous food testing system.Minister for Agriculture, ...
30 Jun - Merger creates a new blend for wine producers
The new Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) will begin operations tomorrow, offering centralised marketing, export regulation and  research and development (R&D) support for Australia's ...
26 Jun - New appointments see AFMA continue on track
Senator The Hon. Richard ColbeckParliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture26 June 2014The Australian Government has announced the new chair and Commissioners of the Australian ...
24 Jun - ACCC hits the sweet spot with fake honey decision
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, welcomed the decisive action of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) resulting in Basfoods Australia paying $30,600 in penalties ...
24 Jun - Technical market access to deliver another $58 million a year
In another demonstration of the Australian Government’s commitment to expanding market access for Australia's agriculture producers, agreement has been reached with Japan to re-establish trade ...
23 Jun - Foreign Ownership Register for Agricultural Land firmly on track
The Australian Government is progressing the development of an accurate and effective Foreign Ownership Register for Agricultural Land, as promised in the 2013 coalition election ...
20 Jun - Applications open for NSW drought concessional loans
The Hon. Katrina HodgkinsonNSW Minister for Primary Industries20 June 2014From today, eligible farmers in New South Wales who are experiencing financial hardship from drought can ...
20 Jun - Australia a key team player in improving global agricultural productivity
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has welcomed a gathering of Chief Agricultural Scientists from G20 countries across the world to a showcase of Australian food and ...
19 Jun - Greens juvenile stunt on Egypt cattle trade fails
Sanity has prevailed in the Senate today, with news that a Greens disallowance motion that attempted to shut down the newly reopened live animal trade ...
19 Jun - More help for drought-affected farmers with managing water and pest animals
Joint media release The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for AgricultureThe Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson, NSW Minister for Primary IndustriesDrought-affected farmers in NSW are set to ...
19 Jun - New app to help livestock producers maximise returns
Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is helping to drive innovation in the red meat industry, launching a free mobile app that provides producers with up-to-date ...
18 Jun - Drought funds already helping farming families
Farming families across Australia are already benefiting from the Coalition Government's national drought assistance including more than 1,400 farming families receiving the Interim Farm Household ...
17 Jun - Continued strength forecast for Australian agriculture sector
Earnings from farm exports are estimated to reach a high of $41 billion in 2013-14, with livestock and livestock product export earnings expected to rise ...
16 Jun - Biosecurity response underway to timber pest detection
The recent detection of timber pests in pallets imported to Australia shows the value of a strong biosecurity system and strong partnerships with industry, according ...
12 Jun - Grains and seeds exporters to receive fee return
In a move welcomed by the grains industry, some Australian grains and seeds exporters will receive a return of export fees and charges for the ...
11 Jun - $16 million research boost for NSW grains industry
The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for AgricultureThe Hon. Katrina HodgkinsonNSW Minister for Primary Industries11 June 2014Federal Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, NSW Minister for Primary ...
11 Jun - Australia-Indonesia exchange—sharing for sustainability and success
The Australian Government has made a positive investment in the Australian and Indonesian red meat and cattle sectors through more than $300,000 in funding from ...
11 Jun - Government looking to future for Northern Australia
The Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia released yesterday by the Acting Prime Minister along with announcement of members of the Northern Australia Advisory Group ...
11 Jun - Maintaining resilience to weather the winter crop season
Maintaining resilience and improved rainfall will be key to 2014–15 winter crop season according to Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, following the latest release of ...
10 Jun - Industry engages with port access code
The Australian Government is committed to a fair and consultative process to develop the draft port access code of conduct and achieve the best possible ...
07 Jun - Halting a snail trail of destruction
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, congratulated the quick work of industry and biosecurity officers in stopping a number of exotic snails in their trail of ...
06 Jun - Applications open in Queensland for drought concessional loans
Queensland today became the first state to roll out the drought concessional loans schemeto farmers in that state doing it tough.Australian Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby ...
06 Jun - Beef exports recovering after six years of Labor neglect
Significant increases in cattle, beef and veal exports are demonstrating that under the Coalition Government, Australia is once again open for business.Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby ...
05 Jun - Production costs highlighted by White Paper process
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce today highlighted the high input costs facing the farming sector after reading a number of submissions to the government’s Agricultural Competitiveness ...
05 Jun - Sheep prices up 63 per cent as new markets open
Sheep prices in Western Australia have risen by a massive 63 per cent since Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, opened the live animal exports trade ...
04 Jun - Australia renews commitment to international reserve to combat animal disease threats
Australia has joined with Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States to renew formal arrangements as an international reserve of knowledgeable ...
04 Jun - Drought concessional loans scheme approved for Queensland and NSW
The Australian Government’s drought concessional loans scheme for Queensland and NSW has been approved by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said ...
03 Jun - Better regulation to bulk up wheat exports
The Australian Government today released an exposure draft mandatory port access code of conduct for bulk wheat exports and associated Regulation Impact Statement for consultation. ...
03 Jun - Managing water and farm pests important drought support measures
Joint media release The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for AgricultureThe Hon. John McVeigh MP, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and ForestryThe Queensland share of the ...
02 Jun - Mosquito detections highlight biosecurity efforts
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said recent detections of Asian Tiger and Dengue mosquitoes in Australia highlighted the need for strong biosecurity efforts to prevent serious ...
2014 05 May
28 May - Iran - the latest market open for business
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, is pleased to announce today that for the first time in more than four decades Australian livestock exports to Iran ...
26 May - Call to recognise Landcare leaders
Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce today called for nominations for the 2014 Bob Hawke Landcare Award."This preeminent award is presented every two years to recognise ...
22 May - Fresh Aussie dairy hits shelves in China
Dairy producers throughout New South Wales and Queensland are set to benefit significantly from a new trade deal that has seen the first consignment of ...
21 May - New Vet Handbook App will further improve animal welfare
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, welcomed the development of a new App for those working in the livestock industries and congratulated Meat & Livestock Australia ...
21 May - Pork expo goes the whole hog
Representatives of Australia’s cutting edge $3.5 billion pork industry are gathering on the Gold Coast this week to share their collective experiences and ideas at ...
19 May - Biosecurity improvements to stem from new plant portal
A new online resource of plant biosecurity information has been unveiled today that will improve Australia's ability to manage the risks associated with plant pests ...
19 May - Joyce Doorstop Press Conference, Brisbane
Minister for Agriculture and Deputy Leader of the Nationals, Barnaby Joyce, will be holding a doorstop press conference this morning.**Important information**Time: 9:30amPlace:Albert Street Entrance gates, City ...
19 May - Review of Rural Financial Counselling Service
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has announced a review of the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS), which provides free financial counselling to farmers in financial ...
15 May - Australian table grapes: the new Seoul food
The arrival of Australian table grapes in South Korea has marked the opening of another valuable trade market for Australian growers. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby ...
14 May - Supporting Australia’s world leading fisheries
Joint media releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for AgricultureSenator Richard ColbeckSenator for Tasmania, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture The Coalition is delivering an ...
14 May - $2 billion for managing our natural resources
Joint media releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for AgricultureThe Hon. Greg Hun MPMinister for the Environment Senator Richard ColbeckSenator for Tasmania, Parliamentary Secretary to the ...
13 May - $100 million in agricultural R&D keeps Aussie farmers at cutting edge
The Abbott Government is honouring its commitment to provide $100.0 million in new funding for rural research and development specifically to support continued innovation in our ...
13 May - Government assistance flows to drought-hit farmers
The Abbott Government is honouring its commitment to support farmers hit by drought by providing a $320.0 million drought package in the 2014-15 Federal Budget.Minister for ...
13 May - Government delivering initiatives to strengthen Agriculture
The Abbott Government is demonstrating its commitment to support the agriculture sector as a key driver of the Australian economy.Despite a dire fiscal environment, we ...
13 May - Government fulfils $15 million election promise to small exporters
The Abbott Government is helping small exporters deal with the cost of export fees and charges, with an additional $15 million in funding over the next ...
10 May - Graeme Acton RIP
It is with deep sadness to learn of the death of Australian cattleman Graeme Acton.I, along with many thousands of Australians, today share a deep ...
09 May - Horticulture review: make better use of levy and taxpayer funds
The Australian Government today welcomed the findings of an independent report into the performance of Horticulture Australia Limited, a research, development and marketing body owned ...
07 May - Getting fruit fly under control a national priority
The Australian Government today committed $80,000 in new funding to the coordination of the National Fruit Fly Strategy.The funding commitment was made as Plant Health ...
06 May - Looking for more ways to cut red tape
The Australian Government has an ambitious deregulation agenda, focused on cutting unnecessary red tape and regulatory burdens on industry and the community. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby ...
05 May - Ag ministers unite
Leaders from Australia and New Zealand met in Melbourne on Friday, 2 May to establish the Agriculture Ministers’ Forum (AGMIN) and collaborate on agriculture issues ...
01 May - Big response on the future of agriculture
A bumper harvest of responses to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper will provide a wealth of ideas to take forward to the next stage of ...
01 May - Final days to have your say on country of origin labelling for food
Joint media releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for AgricultureThe Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP, Minister for IndustryThere are two days to go to have your ...
01 May - The first sod has turned on Australia’s future Post Entry Quarantine
Joint media releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for AgricultureThe Hon. Michael McCormack MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for FinanceWork to build Australia's new ...
2014 04 April
30 Apr - Better regulations mean better market access and big savings
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today said the plant export industry could expect to save over $1 million a year following changes to legislation controlling the ...
30 Apr - Farmers investing in irrigation and water for the future
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said new research showed farmers in the Murray-Darling Basin were quickly becoming more efficient in their use of water and ...
29 Apr - Australia-New Zealand partner to fight animal disease threat
Joint media releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for AgricultureThe Hon. Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary IndustriesAustralia and New Zealand have agreed to work together ...
29 Apr - Smart planning, investment the foundation for sweet success
Sugar Research Australia is today launching a five-year strategic plan that is set to strengthen the country's $2 billion a year sugar industry.Minister Joyce today ...
28 Apr - Boost for Queensland rural financial counselling
The Australian Government is further boosting its support for Queensland farmers today, announcing additional funding for the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS). Minister for Agriculture, ...
28 Apr - Partnership the future of Indonesian relationship
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce today praised the outcomes of the first Australia–Indonesia meeting designed to ensure a sustainable future for the red meat and cattle ...
28 Apr - Wild dogs attack more than farmer’s pockets
A new report has found that wild dogs continue to be a major issue for Australian farmers, and it's not just the economic costs, with ...
26 Apr - Barks all round for Aussie vets
Today Australia can celebrate its freedom from some of world’s most dangerous animal diseases, in part because of the work of its veterinarians.This World Veterinary ...
22 Apr - Aussie fruit off to Thailand
Australia's cherry and summerfruit industries have regained access to the lucrative Thai market following the release of new import conditions that mitigate the risk of ...
22 Apr - Reducing red tape for grain exporters
The Australian Government is cutting unnecessary costs and delays for grain exporters following the approval of a new inspection process which was adopted at the ...
17 Apr - Mental health support for drought-affected communities
Joint media releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for AgricultureThe Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, Minister for Social ServicesDrought-affected communities in Queensland and New South Wales ...
16 Apr - The Coalition Government delivers on election commitment to Beef Australia 2015
The Australian Government today recognised the significance of Australia’s cattle industry, delivering on a key election commitment to provide $2.5 million funding to Beef Australia ...
15 Apr - Time running out to apply for a Farm Finance concessional loan this financial year
Time is running out for farm businesses in Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania to apply for a Farm Finance Concessional ...
15 Apr - Say konnichiwa to Australian table grapes
Australian table grapes are now in Japanese fruit bowls in a welcome boost for Australian grape farmers.Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, said the first three containers ...
14 Apr - Expanding horizons through scholarships in agriculture related fields
Sixteen university students with a passion for agriculture have been given a financial boost through the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Horizon Scholarship ...
11 Apr - Ag families prepare for Cyclone Ita
It's all hands on deck as northern Queenslanders prepare for the impact of Tropical Cyclone Ita, with farmers working fast to harvest their crops as ...
11 Apr - Inaugural Ag Industry meeting - Something Old and Something New
Old meets new today with the inaugural meeting of the Agricultural Industry Advisory Council at All Saints Estate in Rutherglen, Victoria, on the eve of ...
07 Apr - Have your say on the future of agriculture – submissions close next week
With not long left to get your submission in to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, is calling on people to ...
04 Apr - Barnaby Joyce Middle East push
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, will travel to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain today to build on export opportunities and improve commercial connections for Australia's agricultural ...
04 Apr - Recognising women in rural Australia
The commitment and innovation of women working to improve life in rural Australia has been recognised across the country with seven finalists in the running ...
02 Apr - WA’s untapped wealth – potential new sites for water resource expansion
Western Australia has a vast untapped water resource that warrants serious consideration from the newly established dams ministerial task group, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said ...
01 Apr - Greens launch fresh attack on Australian agricultural competitiveness
Agricultural competitiveness in Australia has again come under attack from the Green's underhanded tactics seeking to prevent the resumption of live animal exports to Egypt, ...
01 Apr - More support for drought affected farmers in NSW
Joint media releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for AgricultureThe Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson, NSW Minister for Primary IndustriesFarmers battling drought in New South Wales can now apply for an ...
2014 03 March
28 Mar - Ministerial group to look at Australia’s future water needs
The Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce will chair a new ministerial working group set up to identify new infrastructure projects that can deliver Australia’s water ...
26 Mar - Farm businesses should apply for concessional loans now
Farm businesses receiving a Farm Finance Concessional Loan will be able to apply for a Drought Concessional Loan, and they can already apply for income ...
26 Mar - Time for South Australia to have its say
South Australians with a passion for agriculture are invited to have their say at face-to-face meetings next month.Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, urged those who ...
26 Mar - Australian industry members strengthening our Indonesia relationship
It’s not just government helping improve coordination and information sharing between Australia and Indonesia’s cattle sectors, but also every-day Australians with a strong connection to ...
25 Mar - Good investment is not a rabbit warren
A new report has found that existing biological control of the rabbit population is saving Australian agriculture over $1 billion every year. Federal Minister for ...
25 Mar - National soils strategy to dig up the good stuff
Australia has its first national, coordinated and forward thinking approach to managing soils with the Australian Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, releasing a soils strategy and ...
21 Mar - Real help for farming families
Legislation has passed Parliament that will see permanent assistance available for farming families under the new Farm Household Allowance.Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the ...
20 Mar - Livestock trade reopens with Egypt
Australian sheep and cattle farmers will receive another boost, with Egypt and Australia agreeing to recommence the livestock trade under the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance ...
19 Mar - Boosting farm performance through red tape cuts
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today introduced legislation to stop another layer of duplicative and unnecessary red tape burdening users of agricultural and veterinary chemicals.“These ...
19 Mar - Australian Government continues support for Landcare
The Australian Government is continuing support for the Landcare movement by providing funds for a number of key activities designed to raise awareness of Landcare ...
19 Mar - New Tasmanian taskforce to grow fruit and vegetable industry
The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for Agriculture Senator Richard Colbeck Senator for Tasmania Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture19 March 2014The Coalition is delivering ...
18 Mar - Indian market access keeps Australian producers on the pulse
More than one billion Indian consumers will soon have the opportunity to buy edible Australian lupins following agreement on new market access conditions for Australian ...
12 Mar - Stopping one hundred million animals in their tracks to combat disease
Australia's preparedness to enforce a snap nation-wide livestock standstill, affecting about 100 million animals, will be assessed in 2014.Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the ...
11 Mar - NT, have your say on the Agriculture White Paper
The Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper Taskforce will be in the Northern Territory this month to meet face-to-face with those who know agriculture best. These meetings ...
11 Mar - Round two of Farm Finance loans available to NSW producers
Joint media releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for AgricultureThe Hon. Katrina HodgkinsonNSW Minister for Primary IndustriesNSW primary producers can now access the $10 million second ...
07 Mar - Agriculture on the menu at G20 meetings
Agriculture officials from the world's major economies met in Canberra this week to advance talks on food security and agricultural cooperation. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby ...
07 Mar - Cellar-brating Australian wine R&D
Every dollar invested in research to improve the performance of yeasts in wine generates $7.40 back in returns to wine makers, according to an independent ...
06 Mar - Funding to further support our sustainable fisheries
Joint Media ReleaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for AgricultureSenator Richard Colbeck, Senator for Tasmania, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for AgricultureThe Australian Government today ...
06 Mar - Income support legislation to help farmers in tough times
The Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to stand by the nation’s drought affected farming families, introducing legislation today that will establish the Farm ...
05 Mar - WA, have your say
Western Australians will soon have the opportunity to put forward their big ideas for creating a stronger, more profitable and sustainable agriculture sector. Minister for ...
04 Mar - Policy settings vital to agriculture sector’s outlook
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce today said that the right policy settings for Australian agriculture were essential to ensure the ongoing success of the sector, including ...
04 Mar - Recognising Australia's innovative young researchers
Understanding the structure of crocodile skins for luxury goods, developing a portable spectrometer to determine water stress in wine grapes, determine the age of a ...
2014 02 February
28 Feb - Australian and Western Australian governments working to deliver drought relief through loans
Joint Media ReleaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for AgricultureThe Hon. Ken Baston MLC, Western Australian Minister for Agriculture and FoodAustralian and Western Australian agriculture ...
28 Feb - Live trade set to recommence with Bahrain
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has announced that livestock exports to Bahrain can now recommence following agreement on health protocols for the export of Australian ...
27 Feb - Queensland, you’re next to have your say
Face-to-face meetings being held in Queensland in March and April will give those who know agriculture best the chance to have their say in realising ...
26 Feb - Supporting drought affected farmers
Joint Media ReleaseThe Hon. Tony Abbott MP, Prime MinisterThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for AgricultureAustralian farmers suffering through the crippling drought will be able ...
25 Feb - Victoria, get ready to have your say
Victoria is the next state invited to attend face-to-face meetings with the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper Taskforce that will give those who know agriculture best ...
24 Feb - Farm Finance rolls out across the Northern Territory
Joint releaseThe Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for AgricultureThe Hon. Willem Westra van Holthe MLANorthern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and FisheriesFrom today the Northern Territory's ...
20 Feb - Food for thought in productivity growth report
A report released today shows that future productivity gains in the agricultural sector will need to be driven by effective research and development (R&D) and ...
17 Feb - Agriculture White Paper discussions kick off in New South Wales
Face-to-face meetings designed to give those who know agriculture best a say in realising a strong future for the sector will be held in New ...
17 Feb - Protecting the flock is a national team effort
Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, welcomed the release of a new report highlighting the importance of ongoing work to help Australian woolgrowers protect their ...
17 Feb - Protecting Australian industries from a varroa buzzkill
If varroa mite established in Australia it could cost Australia’s crop industries about $70 million a year.Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today released a statement ...
13 Feb - Agriculture White Paper discussions start in Tasmania
The first Agriculture Competitiveness White Paper face-to-face discussions will begin in Tasmania next week, giving the community an opportunity to have their say about the ...
13 Feb - Working to ensure farmers can better prepare for tough times
An important step to ensure primary producers have improved access to the right tools to prepare for and manage droughts and other events that impact ...
12 Feb - Funding boost for Queensland water infrastructure
Joint release The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MPMinister for AgricultureThe Hon. John McVeigh MPMinister for Agriculture, Fisheries and ForestryQueensland producers can now access up to 75 ...
11 Feb - Crop returns highlight value of agriculture and challenges faced
Following today’s release of the Australian crop report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, ...
06 Feb - It’s time to think big about Australian agriculture
Now is the time for those interested in agriculture to have their say on how Australia can build a sector that grows and delivers a ...
01 Feb - Seeing drought conditions first hand
Australian Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, and Minister for Human Services, Marise Payne, are combining resources to listen to farmers affected by drought and to help ...
2014 01 January
29 Jan - Keeping our promise: we’ll learn from the best
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has today announced the establishment of the Agricultural Industry Advisory Council in line with the Coalition’s 2013 election commitments.“The announcement ...
20 Jan - Joyce supports more water flows
“In times where the economic future of so many irrigators is on the line it seems entirely appropriate to utilise water that is held in ...
14 Jan - Making farming smarter: killer honeybees, fertilisers and other tools
New on-the-ground projects will give farmers more tools and research to help them reduce farm costs and see greater returns at the farmgate. Minister for ...
08 Jan - No horsing around with biosecurity this Chinese New Year
In 2013, 473 horses were imported into quarantine in Australia without incident, keeping our genetic stock and racing industry vibrant. However, it’s not just issues ...
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