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Australian Organic Limited (AOL) will call for harsher penalties on companies found to be misleading consumers when it presents at the latest public hearing of the Senate inquiry into greenwashing in Canberra today. Since AOL’s initial submission to the Senate committee in May 2023, the ACCC conducted its own inquiry into greenwashing after an internet sweep....

Sherwood Road Organic Meats: A Trusted Supplier for Brisbane’s Southside

Sourcing quality, ethically produced certified organic meat can be a challenge in major cities, but there are innovative retailers who sell direct from local family farms for consumer convenience. One such example is Sherwood Road Organic Meats in Rocklea, who stock Brisbane’s biggest retail range of certified organic beef, lamb, goat, pork, chicken and smallgoods. The....

San Elk: Hand-Crafted Certified Organic Stocks

Melbourne-based family business San Elk have been producing a range of certified organic stocks since 2017. Their business is built on a passion for natural and additive-free foods that liven up your pantry and help turn ordinary meals into delicious ones. San Elk offer a range of four products, all of which are certified....

Winners of 2024 Australian Organic Industry Awards announced

This year’s winners of the prestigious Australian Organic Industry Awards were crowned at a gala event in Melbourne on Friday evening. Hosted by Australian Organic Limited (AOL), the awards ceremony marked the conclusion of the two-day 2024 Australian Organic Conference at Pullman Melbourne on the Park.....

Niki Ford steps down as CEO of Australian Organic Limited

After nearly six years at the helm of Australian Organic Limited (AOL), Chief Executive Officer, Niki Ford, has announced she will be stepping down from the role. Ms Ford, who became the organisation’s first female CEO in 2018, made the announcement at the close of the 2024 Australian Organic Conference that her tenure will end....

Collaboration key theme of Australian Organic Conference

The 2024 Australian Organic Conference is underway in Melbourne, with keynote speaker, US impact investor Robyn O’Brien, known as “food’s Erin Brockovich”, saying Australia is the global frontline of the intersection of agriculture, climate and food security.....

Finalists announced for prestigious Australian Organic Industry Awards

Australia’s finest certified organic producers, processors and operators will be celebrated at the 2024 Australian Organic Industry Awards, with finalists announced across seven categories. Hosted by Australian Organic Limited (AOL), this year’s awards will be presented at a gala dinner at the conclusion of the two-day Australian Organic Conference, held at Pullman Melbourne on the Park....

Ag and finance investor to share ‘exciting’ global opportunities at Australian Organic Conference

Australian Organic Limited has secured powerhouse global business innovator Robyn O’Brien as keynote speaker for its March 2024 conference in Melbourne, where she will speak to the conference theme of ‘Our Future: Growing Together’. Designed with the aim of unifying Australia’s certified organic industry, the two-day event will focus on three key pillars – business....

Five Sixty Farms: Certified Organic Microgreens and Edible Flowers

Five Sixty Farms is a family-owned organic microgreen farm located south of Lismore. The certified business is dedicated to producing the freshest and highest quality microgreens using sustainable farming practices. For those who don’t know, microgreens are young plants that are harvested when they are only a few inches tall, just after they have developed....

CR & JE Higgins: An Organic Macadamia Collective in the Nambucca Valley

Forward thinking and community involvement are often key themes of organic businesses in Australia, and AOL Member Charles Higgins is a great example of these concepts. Charles is part of an expanding local co-operative in the Nambucca Valley region on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, where he and four other growers produce....

Wine expert pops the cork on his top nine tasting tips

If you want to sound more knowledgeable about wine, there aren’t many better people to learn from than Mike Bennie. The renowned wine judge and writer recently delivered a private masterclass session for the recipient of the 2023 Australian Organic Wine Awards Associate Scholarship, as part of his role leading the expert judging panel for....

Down Under Enterprises: Pure Australian Essential Oils

Down Under Enterprises is a vertically integrated grower, producer and global wholesale supplier of pure Australian Essential Oils and native botanical ingredients. Products are sourced from their New South Wales farm Buhlambar, which lives in the heart of the traditional home of the Aboriginal Bundjalung people (in Bundjalung language, Buhlambar means ‘Home of Tea Tree’).....

BioAg: Natural Fertilisers and Biostimulants – Organically Certified

BioAg is an Australian owned and operated manufacturer since 1999, offering proven certified organic liquid biostimulants and natural phosphate fertilisers. The company was formed to provide sound biological programs for agriculture-based soil and plants, at a time when suitable solutions and products were not readily available through conventional supply chains. BioAg’s development has been driven....

Organic labelling laws under spotlight

Rugby league legend and 2023 Australian Organic Awareness Month Ambassador, Anthony Minichiello, has backed the push for stronger regulations around organic ‘greenwashing’. Now a qualified nutritionist, Mr Minichiello advocates for certified organic farming practices as a key element of a nutrient-dense diet. “There’s a lot of misleading marketing claims and fake studies out there that confuse people,”....

South Australian growers dominate Organic Wine Awards

South Australia has scooped the pool at the 2023 Australian Organic Wine Awards, with four of the six major trophies awarded to growers from the Wine State. Hosted by Australian Organic Limited (AOL), the Awards, now in their third year, celebrate Australia’s certified organic and biodynamic wine industry. In total, 45 certified organic and biodynamic wine producers....

Free-range poultry definitions fall fowl of consumer expectations

The variability in poultry stocking densities allowed to be claimed as ‘free-range’ is being thrown into the spotlight during the 2023 Australian Organic Awareness Month. Under organic certification, no more than 1,500 egg-laying birds are permitted per hectare for set stocking, while non-organic free-range products can have up to 10,000 birds per hectare.....

Wilyabrup winery takes Organic Awards by Storm

The burgeoning organic production of the Margaret River wine region has been celebrated at the 2023 Australian Organic Wine Awards, with five producers from the region among the trophy and medal winners. Wilyabrup-based Stormflower Vineyard claimed a Silver Medal and the Trophy for Best Left of Centre Wine for their 2022 Petillant Naturel, described by....

How certified organic farming can lower Australia’s agricultural emissions

Scientists and industry leaders have explained how certified organic farming can play a key role in the fight against climate change, as part of the 2023 Australian Organic Awareness Month (AOAM). AOAM is run by Australian Organic Limited (AOL) in September each year, raising awareness of the benefits of certified organic products for human....

Adelaide Hills winery claims top prizes for the second time at the Australian Organic Wine Awards

Adelaide Hills Ngeringa Vineyard’s Iluma Syrah has once again secured the coveted Cullen Wines Trophy for Wine of Show, the top prize for Red of Show, and a Gold Medal at the 2023 Australian Organic Wine Awards. This year, it was the Mount Barker vineyard’s 2021 Iluma Syrah vintage crowned the Wine of Show, after the....

Parliament puts on show of support for certified organic industry

Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum have joined international dignitaries and an array of the country’s top certified organic producers for a historic event at Parliament House to mark the formation of the Parliamentary Friends of Australia’s Organic Industry (PFAOI). Recognising the certified organic industry’s development into a major export earner and economic driver....

Washing not enough to remove pesticides

Consumers are being urged to consider the potential harms of toxic pesticide residue on fresh produce during the 2023 Australian Organic Awareness Month (AOAM). AOAM is run by Australian Organic Limited (AOL) in September each year, raising awareness of the benefits of certified organic products for human health and environmental sustainability, and the importance of checking....

Rugby league legend backing Australian Organic Awareness Month

Anthony Minichiello’s feats on the rugby league field are the stuff of legend, but in the age of sports science he’s determined to dispel some of the myths around health and fitness. As ambassador for Australian Organic Awareness Month 2023, which launches today, the former Sydney Roosters, New South Wales Origin and Kangaroos star is encouraging....

LSD and FMD: A Summary for the Organic Community

The spread of Lumpy skin disease (LSD) and Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) overseas is a cause for concern among Australian livestock producers. Any incursions could significantly impact our domestic and export industries, so it is vital that sound prevention strategies are adhered to and all stakeholders remain up-to-date on recent news. The following is an update on....

Historic formation of united voice for organic industry

There is a new, united voice for Australia’s organic industry, with eleven organisations coming together to form the Organic Development Group (ODG) to advance the interests of the organic sector, including the pursuit of domestic regulation. The ODG brings together all of Australia’s certification bodies and key industry groups in one forum. ....

Organigrow: Nutritionally Superior and Certified Organic Eggs

You can find Organigrow’s free range egg farm on 70 acres of land at Monaltrie in Northern New South Wales. The farm been certified organic since 1999, operated by two generations of the Cripps Clark family. Current owner and manager Simon Cripps Clark is committed to offering an idyllic free-range environment for Organigrow’s chickens. Although up....

Guano Australia: Leading Nutrient-Based Organic Fertilisers

Buderim-based Guano Australia has been a long-term supporter of the Australian organic industry, offering certified allowed inputs to growers across the nation. Guano Australia has been selling premium Guano Gold fertiliser products for more than 30 years, with the business established in Victoria in 1992 before relocating to the Sunshine Coast in 2005. Their locally produced Guano....

Food security inquiry considers crucial role of organics

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture has heard from Australian Organic Limited (AOL) on the crucial role organics can play in creating a resilient farming ecosystem to enhance food security into the future. Speaking at public hearings in Brisbane this week as part of the ongoing inquiry into food security in Australia, AOL CEO....

Planet Organic: Premium and ethically sourced organic teas

Planet Organic on the Sunshine Coast offer an extensive range of certified organic teas, coffees, herbs and spices that are full on flavour but light on the earth. The Coolum-based business has grown significantly since it was founded in 1997, with 59 different certified organic teas now available to health-conscious consumers. The entire Planet Organic range....

Biosota Organics: Premium Australian Manuka Honey

Queensland’s Biosota Organics has been proudly producing the strongest possible grades of medicinal Manuka honey in the world since 1999. Manuka honey is the rarest type in the world, accounting for just 1% of the globe’s total available honey as the Manuka tree is only native to Australia and New Zealand. Medicinal Manuka honey presents higher....

Young sommelier awarded coveted judging spot

The 2023 Australian Organic Wine Awards will showcase the highest quality organic and biodynamic wines in the country, with one of the industry’s rising stars set to take her place on the judging panel. West Australian sommelier Sophia Gannon has been named as the recipient of this year’s Associate Scholarship for the Awards, which aims....

Federal MPs get behind Australia’s growing organic industry

Australia's organic operators have welcomed support from the halls of Canberra with the formation of a Federal Parliamentary Friendship Group for organics. Established by Liberal Party Member for Casey, Aaron Violi, and Labor Member for Hunter, Dan Repacholi, the Parliamentary Friends of Australia’s Organic Industry will provide a forum for members of the industry to meet....

Clayton’s Organic Beef: Wholesome, Mindful and Natural

Husband and wife team Clayton and Jackie settled at Tulloch Brae, just north of Toowoomba, 18 years ago. The Sargoods were one of the first certified organic beef producers in Queensland. The family has continued to expand and diversify its business since then, with multiple breeder properties in western Queensland continually supplying the 1200 acre....

Sumitomo Australia: Organic Input Solutions for Growers

Since establishing itself in the Australian market in 1998, Sumitomo Australia has supported local growers with organic insecticides, plant growth regulators, surfactants and soil health products. The brand operates under a guiding principle that ‘our business must benefit society, not just our own interests’, a concept that is in keeping with organics.....

Organic Wine Awards to showcase country’s finest drops

A talented young sommelier from Western Australia has been named as the recipient of the Australian Organic Wine Awards Associate Scholarship and will join the judging panel of this year’s prestigious Australian Organic Wine Awards. Applications are now open for the 2023 Australian Organic Wine Awards, set to showcase the highest quality organic and biodynamic....

Kym Daniells: Certified organic bananas from Wamuran

A family business in Wamuran has been supplying certified organic bananas to the Australian market since 2011. Kym Daniells is owner operator of two certified organic farms in Wamuran, Moreton Bay region, with approximately 40 acres of land dedicated to growing 15 different varieties of organic bananas.....

Australia’s organic industry grows to record size, but huge potential remains untapped

The Australian Organic Market Report 2023 shows there are 53 million hectares of certified organic farmland across the country (up from 35.7 million hectares reported in 2021), highlighting increasing confidence in the industry and the value of certification.....

New data on greenwashing highlights need for regulation

The Australian Organic Market Report 2023 shows ‘greenwashing’ continues to undermine consumer trust in the $2.6 billion industry, underscoring the need for regulation to protect consumers and certified organic producers.....

TotallyNuts: Premium Certified Organic Nuts and Snacks

Those looking for activated and organic nuts can place an order with Gold Coast based small business TotallyNuts! The certified organic supplier offers a wide range of nuts and seeds including Australian grown almonds, macadamias, pecans and sunflower seeds, plus nut butters, mueslis and much more.....

Europa Cheese by Quality Dairy Foods: Organic varieties from Pakenham

Connoisseurs of cheese in Victoria are likely familiar with Europa Cheese and its distinctive red and blue logo. The made-in-Australia manufacturer of traditional Italian-style and local cheeses has been a popular choice across the country since it was founded in 1971, and recently attained organic certification. Customers can currently choose from a variety of cheeses....

Minister Watt says no to national standard on organics so Minister, what now?

Australia’s certified organic industry has been left shocked and disappointed at the decision by Minister for Agriculture Murray Watt to abandon plans to introduce domestic regulation, ignoring his own panel of industry experts and thousands of producers. In a bitter twist, Minister Watt’s decision comes on the same day New Zealand’s parliament formally passed a bill....

Sprout Organic: Plant-based formulas from the Gold Coast

Sprout Organic are the creators of the world’s first plant-based, vegan and organic formulas for infants and toddlers, having first brought their innovations to market in late 2020. The Gold Coast business was founded by husband-wife duo Sel & Jen, who decided to create their own formula when they couldn’t find a suitable option on the....

Organic industry leaders add voice to domestic regulation debate

Queensland’s oldest organic processor and the nation’s leading producer of organic free-range chicken have expressed their frustration at the government’s “ill-informed” and “ridiculous” decision to abandon organic domestic regulation. Quentin Kennedy, Managing Director of Kialla Pure Foods, addressed media and industry leaders today in response to Agriculture Minister Murray Watt’s recent comments that regulation would be....

Minister Watt ignores evidence, experts and industry with captain’s call on domestic regulation

As peak body for Australia’s organic industry, AOL has reacted with alarm and dismay at the move by Minister for Agriculture Murray Watt to place domestic regulation into the too-hard basket, despite his department’s own commissioned advice finding it will leave the industry and consumers worse off.....

Australian Organic Limited celebrates International Women’s Day

The many and diverse achievements of women in the organic industry are being highlighted this International Women’s Day by peak industry body Australian Organic Limited (AOL). AOL Chief Executive, Niki Ford, said Australia’s $2 billion a year organic sector is filled with innovative, driven, and successful women. “Diversity is essential to the success of our industry,” Ms....

AOL Statement: Senate Estimates discussion on domestic regulation for organics

The topic of mandatory domestic regulation for organics was raised in a Senate Estimates hearing on 14 February, where questions were put to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and its Minister Murray Watt. AOL believes that several statements made by the Department in response to these questions were lacking context, and do not....

Scholarship promotes the next generation of female leaders in the organic wine industry

Applications for the highly sought after 2023 Australian Organic Wine Awards Associate Scholarship are now open, presenting a unique opportunity for the next generation of female wine leaders. Supported by peak industry body Australian Organic Limited (AOL), the scholarship is aimed at promoting female talent and leadership in the organic wine industry, as well as serving....

Cullen Wines: Leaders in Carbon Positive and Biodynamic Winemaking

Cullen Wines is the only biodynamic and carbon positive winery in the Margaret River region, with the business built around a philosophy of quality, integrity and sustainability. Located in the township of Wilyabrup in the north of the Margaret River region, Cullen Wines operates with the highest regard for the natural environment, and has done since....

Nature’s Harvest: Clean and Nourishing Organic Drink Mixes

WA-based business Nature’s Harvest offers a range of health-boosting and certified organic blends for those looking to feel better, fight inflammation and support a stronger immune system. Their Turmeric Latte, Shroom Magic and Matcha Magic Mixes use the highest quality organic ingredients, with more products being prepared for release soon.....

Windance Estate Winery: Certified Biodynamics from WA’s Margaret River Wine Region

You’ll find Windance Estate near the small town of Yallingup, in the north of WA’s world-famous Margaret River wine region. The certified biodynamic family business produces a range of high-quality small batch wines, with sustainable land management practices key to their success. Windance was established in 1998 by Drew and Rosemary Brent-White, with their daughter....

Australian Organic Limited launches solo advisory services

Peak organic industry body Australian Organic Limited (AOL) has announced the launch of solo advisory services to assist businesses and individuals looking to navigate the path to certified production. The new service will provide end-to-end guidance in becoming certified organic and assist those who are in-conversion or looking to maintain or reinstate certification status, as well....

Canberra meetings up ante on urgent need for domestic regulation

Peak representative body Australian Organic Limited (AOL) has taken its campaign for mandatory domestic regulation of the organic industry to Canberra, as organic producers and businesses grow increasingly frustrated by the protracted pathway to an urgently needed regulatory framework. AOL met with almost 20 parliamentarians and stakeholders from across the country last week, to refocus decision....

Multikraft Probiotic Solutions: A systematic approach to beneficial microbes

Multikraft Probiotic Solutions is a company that takes a systematic approach across agricultural enterprises, offering a wide range of products to help boost yield, increase regeneration and decrease chemical usage on farms. Their liquid probiotic products are combined to form soil health, foliar health and animal health programs.  Multikraft’s products are also used in programs....

Grassdale Fertilisers: Large-Scale Solutions for Broadacre Organics

Australia’s largest cattle feedlot can be found near Dalby on Queensland’s Darling Downs. The-state-of-the-art Grassdale facility is managed by Mort & Co and can feed up to 80,000 head of cattle, with the scale of the lot presenting a unique opportunity. Given there is a guaranteed continuous supply of manure, Mort & Co have launched....

Voyager Estate: World-Class Organic Wines on the Margaret River

Iconic WA winery Voyager Estate produce organically farmed wines of place from Stevens Valley in the heart of the Margaret River region. Established in 1978, their wines are 100% estate grown and made, and the business is recognised as a world-class producer of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The owners are passionate about organic practices, having....

Pawsome Organics: Natural and Nutritious Dog Treats and Pet Supplements

Perth-based small business Pawsome Organics is dedicated to hand-made, healthy and certified organic treat options for discerning pet owners. Their vegan, plant-based treats use clean and wholesome ingredients such as turmeric, kale, coconut oil and hemp, with none of the allergens and fillers that are common in commercial products.....

Peak industry body Australian Organic welcomes new Chair

Australia’s peak industry body for the organic sector, Australian Organic Limited, has announced the appointment of highly regarded winemaker and business owner, Mike Brown as Board Chair. With more than two decades in the wine industry, Mr Brown, with his wife Melissa, own Gemtree Wines, an award-winning certified organic winery in McLaren Vale, South Australia. In....

Andrew McIlwain named Young Organic Leader of the Year at 2022 Australian Organic Industry Awards

General Manager of Green Camel Organic Produce and up-and-coming leader, Andrew McIlwain, is on a mission to change perceptions around organic produce and promote its wide-ranging benefits to more consumers. Andrew’s clear leadership potential and commitment to the industry was recognised on Friday 25 November when he was named Young Organic Leader of the Year....

Georgia Beattie named Organic Woman of the Year at 2022 Australian Organic Industry Awards

A focus on diversity, sustainability and technology has earned Georgia Beattie the title of Organic Woman of the Year at the 2022 Australian Organic Industry Awards. Georgia is CEO and Managing Director of Australia’s largest organic mushroom farm, Bulla Park, and received the title at the ceremony hosted by peak industry body Australian Organic Limited (AOL)....

AgBiTech Australia: Organic allowed inputs for selective pest control

AgBiTech has been serving the Australian farming community for over 20 years as a supplier of innovative and environmentally safe products for pest control. The company utilises biological control methods, such as baculoviruses, to target specific pests without impacting other species, damaging soil health, mitigating crops or imposing otherwise limiting withholding periods on harvested produce.....

Brendon Hoyle named Farmer of the Year at 2022 Australian Organic Industry Awards

Growing the sweetest berries is an art and a science according to Brendon Hoyle, who has been named as the organic industry’s Farmer of the Year for 2022. Brendon, who is co-owner and operator of Ashbern Farms in Queensland, received the title at the Australian Organic Industry Awards at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley on Friday, hosted....

Hall of Fame inductee and Chairman’s Award recipient announced at 2022 Australian Organic Industry Awards

THE winners of two of the most prestigious honours in the Australian organic industry have been unveiled at the 2022 Australian Organic Industry Awards. Australian Organic Limited Chairman, Martin Meek, said it was a privilege to select the inductee into the AOL Hall of Fame and the recipient of the Chairman’s Award. “This year’s honourees, Alister Ferguson....

2022 Australian Organic Industry Awards winners announced

A Queensland strawberry farmer, the head of Australia’s largest organic mushroom producer, and a Victorian dairy company were among 10 award winners at the 8th Australian Organic Industry Awards on Friday night. Held at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley in Lovedale, NSW, peak industry body Australian Organic Limited (AOL) announced the night’s honourees, who collectively span an....

Ashbern Farms: Organic strawberries from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast

Growing hardy, high-quality organic strawberries can be a challenge, but Queensland’s Ashbern Farms have been working hard to meet this market need since first growing organic varieties in 2008. The business operates from farms in Stanthorpe and the Glass House Mountains, with organic strawberries grown at the latter location across 4.2 hectares of land.....

Boomaroo Nurseries: Year-round certified organic vegetable seedlings

Growers looking to serve organic consumers are well catered for by Boomaroo Nurseries, a world-class wholesale provider of vegetable seedlings who added certified organic options to their product range in 2020. Boomaroo Nurseries operate from facilities in Lara, Victoria, with a state-of-the-art site also opened in Southbrook, Queensland, three years ago. ....

Advice for flood-impacted organic operators

As we enter a third la Nina season, many organic operators and farming communities have been heavily impacted by the recent flooding and extreme weather conditions along the East coast. On behalf of AOL, our thoughts go out to all affected farmers and operators. A range of state and federal assistance and resources are now....

Nil Desperandum: Certified organic rum produced in the Sunshine Coast cane fields

Liquor lovers searching for a locally produced and certified organic rum can visit Queensland's Nil Desperandum on the Sunshine Coast, a short walk from the iconic Big Pineapple. Nil Desperandum (Latin for 'Nothing to Despair') launched their first dark rum in February 2022 and promoted it as the first Australian certified organic molasses rum. ....

Finalists announced for 2022 Australian Organic Industry Awards

AUSTRALIA’S finest organic operators will battle it out for top honours at this year’s Australian Organic Industry Awards, with finalists announced across eight categories. The premier night for the nation’s $2 billion organic industry features two new categories, Brand of the Year and the Innovation Award, in recognition of the trailblazing efforts of those introducing the....

Celebrating organic trailblazers for ‘International Day of Rural Women’

This Saturday 15 October is International Day of Rural Women, a welcome opportunity to recognise and celebrate the women progressing organic agriculture in Australia. One such leader is Central Queensland beef cattle producer Melinee Leather, who operates Leather Cattle Company alongside her family and is a committed advocate for long-term sustainability in agriculture. ....

Heavy machinery purchase scams on the rise in agricultural sector

A media release published today by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission notes there has been a recent spike in agricultural sector scams, with Australian farm businesses losing more than $1.2 million between 1 January and 31 August this year. This is an increase of more than 20 per cent compared to the same period last....

Pesticide concerns reinforce need to be mindful of chemical consumption

Research released last week showing 8% of Australian people in a test population had traces of weed killer glyphosate in their urine has further brought to light the need for consumers to be aware of chemical use in the food supply chain. The research, conducted by the University of Queensland, comes after earlier reports in....

Organica Australia: Natural and Certified Allowed Inputs

The story of Organica Australia began in 1977, when Robert Jack and his family were tending to their flower nursery in Chambers Flat, Queensland. The family had slowly replaced the use of chemicals with their own natural formulations and had seen great results using readily available and ecologically sustainable blends.....

Tips on shopping organic affordably as nationwide demand grows

The increasing availability of organic products and the desire for more healthy living is driving greater demand for organic products according to a new survey of shoppers, with almost six in 10 people purchasing at least one organic product in the past year. AOL CEO Niki Ford, said while certified organic products often cost more because....

LSD and FMD: A Summary for the Organic Community

The spread of Lumpy skin disease (LSD) and Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) overseas is a cause for concern among Australian livestock producers. Any incursions could significantly impact our domestic and export industries, so it is vital that sound prevention strategies are adhered to and all stakeholders remain up-to-date on recent news. The following is an update on....

Spotlight shines on the benefits of going organic this Australian Organic Awareness Month

Australia's vibrant and growing organic industry and the broad-reaching benefits of choosing to buy organic are again being celebrated this September during Australian Organic Awareness Month. Each year, as the season turns from winter to spring, the spotlight shines on the advantages of going organic, from the health-conscious buyer wanting to eliminate unnatural chemicals in their....

Pirovic Family Farms: Certified Organic Free-Range Eggs

You’ll find Pirovic Family Farms at Mangrove Mountain on the New South Wales Central Coast. The family owned and operated farm was established in 1965 as a producer of fresh eggs, before transitioning their offering over time to include barn-laid, free range, certified organic varieties, and liquid egg products.  ....

Sugarless Australia: Organic and Naturally Sourced Sweeteners

If you’re looking to take up a zero-sugar lifestyle, you don’t need to resort to artificial sweeteners in your morning cuppa! Sydney-based company Sugarless Australia offers a variety of naturally sourced and organic sweeteners to health-conscious consumers, having first brought an organic stevia range to market in 2011. ....

AOL Farm Biosecurity Signs are back in stock

In light of renewed biosecurity threats for Australian farms, AOL has placed an order for more visitor signs branded with the Bud logo. The signs will remind visitors to consider biosecurity threats before entering the property, as well as informing guests that they are entering a certified organic property or paddock where specific treatment and....

The Healthy Chef: Wellbeing made easy through Wholefood Nutrition and Supplements

Paul and Teresa Cutter believe in ‘Health by Nutrition’, a simple guiding principle that has defined The Healthy Chef wholefood brand since it was founded more than ten years ago. The Sydney-based company has grown over the years to become one of Australia’s premium e-commerce nutrition brands. They were the first to bring organic pea....

Coco Tribe: Plant-Based Certified Organic Yoghurt and Ice Creams

Looking for an organic and dairy-free alternative to the usual sweet treats? Sydney-based supplier Coco Tribe are here to help, offering 100% plant-based, gluten-free and vegan yoghurt and ice creams in a variety of great flavours. The Aussie owned and operated business uses organic coconut cream as a base and organic rice malt syrup for sweetness,....

On the road to meeting sustainable packaging targets

A NEW educational campaign on the Australasian Recycling Label and innovations in packaging for the wine industry were key discussions at the inaugural Australian Organic Conference in Brisbane today, as businesses across the country work towards the 2025 National Packaging Targets.....

Innovative insect pheromones and viruses support organic agricultural farming

NATURAL pheromones to increase honey bee pollination and cultivating insect viruses to combat pests are two innovative practices an Australian company is using to support organic farming practices.....

Organic food systems support climate change reduction

THE Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has told the inaugural Australian Organic Conference in Brisbane that organic food production has a direct opportunity to slow climate change and support the wellbeing of the planet.....

Country Heritage Feeds: Good, Simple and Organic Nutrition for Australian Livestock and Pets

Country Heritage Feeds can be found just off the Gore Highway in Pittsworth, a 30-minute drive west from Toowoomba. The family owned and operated business uses Aussie-grown grains, free from chemicals and synthetic fertilisers, to produce the best quality certified organic feed for a range of business sizes. This includes some of the country’s largest....

Registrations open for inaugural Australian Organic Limited conference

The immense opportunities for the thriving organic industry will be unveiled and examined during the Australian Organic Conference 2022 being held in Brisbane from 21 to 22 July to coincide with Australian Organic Limited’s (AOL) 35th anniversary. ....

Peace, Love & Vegetables: Healthy Probiotic Goodies from Byron Bay

The story of Peace, Love & Vegetables started in 2011 with Anya and Adam in the beautiful Byron Bay region. Full of ambition to share their passion for healthy food, the couple is producing one of the first sauerkrauts in Australia and other raw and certified organic foods such as kimchi, super-kraut, kefir and even....

Australian Organic Limited welcomes re-election commitment to implementing domestic organic standard

AOL has welcomed today’s Coalition Government re-election commitment to implement a domestic standard for organic production, processing, supply chains and labelling.....

Cawarra Cosmetics: A Pioneering Manufacturer of Certified Organic Skincare

Cawarra Cosmetics has grown from humble beginnings in Sydney more than 40 years ago, with the industry-leading certified organic manufacturer now based in the Byron Bay hinterland. The team offer manufacturing services for natural and certified organic skincare, haircare and other personal care items.....

Hemp Foods Australia: The Southern Hemisphere’s leading manufacturer of organic hemp foods

Hemp Foods Australia (HFA), located in Bangalow, Northern New South Wales, offers a range of certified organic hemp products from hemp seeds to hemp oil and protein powders. Once hemp foods became legalised in Australia in 2017, the company was able to fully embrace and promote their comprehensive product range.....

Jenbrook Australia: Pure Organic Tea Tree and Native Botanicals from 2000 Acres

You’ll find Jenbrook Farm nestled in Northern NSW’s Bungawalbin Valley, a certified organic tea tree farm that’s home to over 2000 acres of native tea tree. The region is the birthplace for the Melaleuca alternifolia species and is renowned for its ideal ecosystem for tea trees to thrive. ....

Barossa Bottling Services: Boutique bottling and filling for regional artisan wineries

Barossa Bottling Services can be found in Nuriootpa, in the heart of the Barossa Valley. The certified organic wine bottling and filling facility offer a complete packaging solution for their artisan clients.....

South Australia’s diverse wine regions and varieties clean up at Australian Organic Wine Industry Awards

South Australian wineries have reigned supreme at the 2021 Australian Organic Wine Industry Awards, with Ngeringa, Tscharke Wines and Mount Horrocks Wines among the big winners.....

Northern Victorian winery wins two new categories in Australian Organic Wine Industry Awards

A Goulburn Valley winery has claimed two of the new categories in the 2021 Australian Organic Wine Industry Awards announced on April 8.....

Syrah secures top prizes at the Australian Organic Wine Industry Awards

The 2021 Australian Organic Wine Industry Awards have been handed out, with Ngeringa claiming the coveted Cullen Trophy for Wine of Show. ....

Hayes Family Wines: Premium Organic Wine in the Heart of the Barossa

Hayes Family Wines are a small-scale producer situated in the pristine winemaking region of the Barossa, South Australia. Nestled amongst rolling hills, Stone Well makes the ideal location for their certified organic Estate Vineyard and cellar door.....

Article Review: Organic soil and crop management results in healthy crops, livestock and people

An extensive review article published in agricultural journal Agronomy and co-authored by Southern Cross University explores the benefits of organic farming methods on the nutritional quality of food crops.....

Australian consumers urged to have their say on organic labelling

Australian Organic Limited is urging consumers to have their say so misleading and false organic claims on product labelling can be stopped.....

United Organics: Organic Wholesale and Distribution Since 1999

Located near the Brisbane Markets in Rocklea, United Organics services wholesale and trade customers across Australia and overseas with a wide range of quality, fresh, certified organic produce straight from Australian farms.....

Future Drought Fund: Better climate data for farmers to prepare for future droughts now live

The Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool (DR.SAT) and Climate Services for Agriculture (CSA) platform make climate information more accessible and useful for farmers, industry, and rural and regional communities.....

National Khapra Beetle Action Plan 2021-2031 Released by Australian Government

In December 2021, the Australian Government released details of the National Khapra Beetle Action Plan 2021-2031, to help manage the threat of Khapra beetle entering Australia.....

J.P O’Brien Farm: Organic crops in the rolling hills of Southeast Qld

Surrounded by picturesque rolling hills in Southeast Qld, John O’Brien’s farm has been in the O’Brien family since 1909. Originally a working dairy farm, John spent his childhood milking cows before converting the farm for cropping after he took over the running of the property from his grandfather in 1990.....

Bellevue Grazing Company: Prime Dorper studs in the Darling Downs

Organic mixed enterprise Bellevue Grazing Company is managed by David and Robbie Curtis. After initially running Merino sheep, the property is now renowned for stud Dorper sheep and commercial Dorper lamb production.....

Organics Industry Advisory Group reconvenes to begin Regulatory Impact Statement process

The discussion about domestic regulation of Australia’s organic industry has entered a new stage with the reconvening of the Organics Industry Advisory Group (OIAG).....

Good Morning Cereals: Puffing Organic Grain Since 2003

Jill and Michael Allwright purchased Good Morning Cereals in 2003 - the company is the only one of its kind in Australia producing organic cereals puffs. Jill and Michael take pride in offering a range of certified organic puffed products using the highest quality grains by working closely with suppliers and maintaining rigorous food safety standards.....

Kialla Pure Foods: A passion for organic grains

Deep in the heart of the Darling Downs, Kialla Pure Foods began in 1988 and was one of the founding members of today’s organic movement in Australia.....

Organic industry celebrates milestone victory on journey towards establishing a mandatory standard for use of the word ‘organic’

Australia's $2.6 billion organic industry is celebrating a milestone in establishing a mandatory standard for use of the word ‘organic’ following an Australian Government announcement today calling for public consultation on the matter.....

Taking the sting out of a healthy gut

An Australian honey infused with apple cider vinegar that delivers the health benefits associated with the acidic drink, but without the burn, has been recognised at a prestigious organic awards ceremony.....

Australia’s growing organic meat industry recognised at Awards

Standout performers in Australia’s world-leading meat sector were recognised at Australian Organic Limited’s (AOL) 7th Annual Industry Awards, taking home prestigious accolades including Business of the Year and the coveted Chairman’s Award.....

WoodShield: Certified Organic Timber Posts with the Protection of Recycled Plastic

Established in 2004, WoodShield manufactures Australian made, sustainable and chemical-free fencing posts. WoodShield’s timber posts are fully coated in recycled polymer and have been specifically created for use in viticulture, aquaculture, equine and general agricultural industries.....

Entry into Hall of Fame for organic baby food founder

The mastermind behind a company known to most Australian parents has been recognised with one of the highest honours in the organic food industry.....

Organic pantry items on the rise

Organic retailers across the country are experiencing extraordinary growth as Australians continue to place growing importance on personal and environmental health, and stock their pantries with organic items.....

Women powerhousing the organic industry

Women powerhousing the organic industry have blitzed the field to take home national Awards for their exceptional leadership and innovation in the organic industry.....

Toasting the wine industry at the Australian Organic Industry Awards

Sustainable, synthetic chemical-free wineries are the toast of the organic industry this week, with two McLaren Vale vineyards winning prestigious prizes at the Australian Organic 7th Annual Industry Awards.....

2021 Australian Organic Industry Awards winners announced

A Sunshine Coast organic farmer, a Sydney tea company, and two South Australian wineries were among 11 winners at the Australian Organic 7th Annual Industry Awards.....

Changing from a Conventional to Organic Diet Significantly Decreases Pesticide Exposure by Over 90%

The results of a randomised controlled dietary intervention trial found that pesticide exposure was significantly decreased when participants changes from a conventional to an organic diet by over 90%.....

Top of the Range Flowers: Growing organic Australian natives on the Sunshine Coast

Since 1996, Lodi and Yucca Pameijer have experimented with different Australian native and wildflower crops, farming methods, and processing systems to enable them to harvest the best flowers.....

Mighty Bean: Pioneers of organic tempeh

One of the pioneers of organic tempeh, Michael and Julie Joyce have mastered the tempeh making process over five decades. Mighty Bean Soyfoods produces premium certified organic tempeh using traditional fermentation processes.....

Aspiring wine judge joins Australian Organic Wine Awards judging panel through new scholarship empowering women in wine

The rising wine career of Olivia Evans, a trained sommelier, writer and aspiring wine judge, has today been given further momentum with the announcement she has been named the inaugural recipient of the Australian Organic Wine Awards Associate Scholarship.....

2021 Australian Organic Industry Awards finalists announced

The finalists have been announced for the 7th Australian Organic Annual Industry Awards, including leading Australian brands and trailblazing individuals.....

Future Drought Fund: Round 1 of grants to build community capacity

Regional communities across Australia will share in more than $1.4 million to help them better prepare for drought under the Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience program.....

Agricultural Innovation Statement released

The Australian Government has released its National Agricultural Innovation Policy Statement as part of the National Agricultural Innovation Agenda.....

Farmers reminded to complete Agricultural Census

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is calling on farmers across Australia who have not yet completed their 2020-21 Agricultural Census to do so now.....

Have your say on the National Landcare Program

Interested parties are invited to provide feedback on the National Landcare Program as part of its second 5-year review.....

Agri sector’s record year

Australian agricultural sector is poised to smash production value records this year, with pandemic-defying farmers propelling the sector to $73 billion.....

Seasol: Growing and Nurturing Since 1974

Since 1974, Seasol has been in the business of growing and nurturing! Not just plants, but strong communities, a happy, healthy workplace, and a sustainable environment.....

Greater market access for citrus in the US

The United States (US). Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has agreed to expand access for Aussie citrus exports following negotiation from the Australian Government.....

Murray River Organics. Ingredients for conscious bakers.

Murray River Organics are growers and suppliers of shelf-stable organic ingredients. Their product range extends into dried fruit, baking, confectionery, and breakfast and is stocked in most major supermarkets across Australia.....

Enviroganic Farm. Better Life. Better Taste.

Enviroganic Farm is Australia’s leading Organic chicken and turkey producer. Being the longest established producers in the industry, they have a commitment to providing the highest possible quality and sustainability through their certified produce. ....

Jalna Organic Yoghurt. Organically pure and naturally delicious.

Treat yourself during Australian Organic Awareness Month with delicious Jalna organic yoghurt. Made with whole milk from Certified Organic Australian dairy farms that employ ethical and sustainable farming practices, they’re good for the environment and great on practically any dish you can think of.....

Australian Organic successfully negotiates alternative treatments protecting organic imports from Khapra Beetle

Australian Organic Limited has negotiated modified atmosphere treatments to protect imported organic grain from Khapra Beetle.....

Australian Agriculture visa

The Australian Government has announced the establishment of the Australian Agriculture visa to build on the highly successful existing Pacific schemes.....

MasterChef’s Andy Allen Ambassador for Australian Organic Awareness Month 2021

MasterChef Australia Judge and renowned Chef Andy Allen is the official Ambassador of Australian Organic Awareness Month 2021, and the much-loved foodie is calling for Aussies to ‘swap in’ certified-organic products this September.....

More funding for drought-affected regions

The Australian Government is continuing to support regions impacted by drought announcing over $1 million in federal funding for 32 projects under the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s award-winning Tackling Tough Times Together program.....

Workshops to improve market transparency in perishable agricultural goods industries

Workshops with perishable agricultural goods industries started on 10th August, with the aim to improve market transparency across supply chains.....

Indigenous Rangers celebrated on World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day celebrates the significant contribution our Indigenous Rangers make in protecting Australia from exotic pests and diseases.....

Future Drought Fund: Developing mentor networks to build drought resilience

Young farmers and influential mentors nation-wide will have the opportunity to connect in a new initiative under the Future Drought Fund’s Drought Resilience Leaders program.....

Talkin’ about your generation: Farmsafe Australia takes an intergenerational stance for farm safety

Farmsafe Australia is looking to tackle distressing trends and is pleading with communities to take greater responsibility in promoting safety issues in all rural areas, ahead of Farm Safety Week.....

Farmers urged to participate in Agricultural Census

Farmers across Australia are being urged to participate in the Agricultural Census to provide an accurate and timely picture of the nation’s agricultural activity.....

Farmsafe Australia Launches ‘Farming Not Harming’ Campaign

Farmsafe Australia's recently launched campaign, 'Farming Not Harming', aims to remind farmers of the roles they play in crafting safe working environments on their farms, including becoming mentors, teachers and supporters to mitigate psychosocial risks on farms.....

Highlighting opportunities for organic in future R&D programs

AOL has provided comment to Hort Connections highlighting the need for R&D programs to become accessible to organic growers.....

World Class Natural Hazards Research Centre

The Australian Government is providing $85 million to fund ten years of critical natural hazards research through the establishment of Natural Hazards Research Australia (NHRA).....

New National Biosecurity website launched

The Australian Government has launched a new national website that will help the public easily find answers to their biosecurity questions.....

Debt repayment waiver a boost for farmers

The Australian Government continues to back farmers in hardship by passing legislation that waives the majority of Farm Household Allowance debts caused when incorrectly estimating business income.....

Applications open for National Farm Safety Education Fund

The Australian Government has today opened applications for up to $1.6 million in grants for activities that improve farm safety outcomes across Australia.....

Imported khapra beetle quickly dispatched

A detection of exotic khapra beetle in imported flat cardboard packaging was quickly reported by biosecurity trained staff at an Australian Biosecurity registered warehouse in WA last week.....

Australian Leadership on show on World Food Safety Day

World Food Safety Day is an opportunity to recognise Australia’s contributions in providing safe, premium food for consumers here and abroad.....

Australian grains, pulses and oilseeds making inroads into Pakistan

Australian canola, chickpea, lentil and wheat exporters now have improved market access into Pakistan following successful technical negotiations between the two countries.....

‘Delivering Ag2030’ backs agricultural industry

The Australian Government's Delivering Ag2030 plan backs agricultural industry goal of $100 billion production by 2030.....

Dairy Code of Conduct Review

The Australian Government has started its review process into the Dairy Industry Code of Conduct.....

Funding to prevent future flooding

The Australian Government is providing $50 million for projects across the country under the National Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program.....

Protection for Qld apple and pear producers

Queensland apple and pear growers will be able to access $1.5 million in grants to purchase protective netting.....

New Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program opening soon

Communities still recovering from the 2019-20 bushfires will soon have access to a new Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program, to help them address priority work that hasn’t yet been supported under other funding programs.....

Disaster assistance for communities affected by tropical cyclone Seroja

Disaster assistance has been made available for communities with widespread damage caused by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja.....

Drought resilience innovation hubs launch across Australia

Eight drought resilience and innovation hubs will be launched across the country to support the development and uptake of innovative technologies and practices that improve drought resilience.....

growAG online window to Aussie agricultural innovation opens

Online agricultural innovation sharing digital platform growAG launched today to help connect research and development outcomes to Australians and the world.....

Tasmanian chardonnay takes out top honour at Australian Organic Wine Awards 2020

Stefano Lubiana Wines’ 2018 Estate Chardonnay was awarded the Cullen Trophy Wine of Show at the Australian Organic Wine Awards 2020 at a virtual presentation on Wednesday.....

Regional Tech Hub supports regional, rural and remote Aussies to solve phone & internet problems

The Regional Tech Hub is a Government initiative, developed and managed by the NFF and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) to provide free independent advice regarding phone and internet connection options for regional Australians.....

AOL and ASF successfully protects organic seed import from mandatory fungicide treatment

Australian Organic Limited worked alongside the Australian Seed Federation to have the Australian Government suspend its decision to introduce the mandatory fungicidal treatment of some vegetable seed imports.....

Australian Government assistance extended for NSW storms and floods

The Australian Government has extended support to an additional 18 local government areas affected by the storms and flooding across New South Wales.....

Update: New export legislation for organic goods to commence from 28 March 2021

From 28 March 2021, the Export Control Act 2020 and the Export Control Rules 2021 will replace the Export Control Act 1982 and the Export Control Orders.....

Earth Hour founder Todd Sampson shares his captivating journey

Earth Hour founder and acclaimed documentary-maker, Todd Sampson, has capped off Australian Organic Limited’s (AOL) Organic Earth Week with an address reiterating the cumulative effects of individual sustainability efforts.....

Organic Earth Week: Starting with soil

Find out more about why health and healthy soils are an integral part of organic agriculture and are featured in the new Australian Organic Schools Program.....

Disaster assistance for flood-affected businesses and primary producers

Information and assistance available for individuals and businesses affected by the recent floods of March 2021.....

National Farm Safety Education Fund Strategy

The Australian Government has welcomed the release of a new farm safety strategy that calls for greater collaborative industry action to promote better practices.....

State’s biggest organic farmers call for domestic regulation

Victoria's largest organic producer, Wattle Organic Farms, is echoing the industry’s cry for the Federal Government to create a domestic regulation for the organic sector.....

More bushfire recovery funding for Qld communities

Eight Queensland councils and one state agency will share in $10.7 million of additional funding in the latest round of support for communities impacted by the 2019 Queensland Bushfires.....

More than $19 million in disaster resilience and risk reduction funding for Qld communities

Queensland communities can now apply for a share of more than $19 million in resilience and risk reduction funding to help reduce, mitigate and manage the risks of future disasters.....

Quarantine pilot to boost agricultural workforce

National Cabinet will trial a pre-travel quarantine pilot for Pacific Workers, which will expand the available labour options for farmers.....

Ag production on track to reach record $65.9 billion

Australian agricultural production is on track for a record-breaking year, with an expected farm-gate value of $65.9 billion helping to drive the nation’s recovery.....

Ardrossan Orchards: Organics in the heart of the alpine region

Nestled in the heart of the alpine region surrounding Batlow, the Ardrossan Orchards brand began in 1956 when founder David Cathels purchased his first orchard. Since then, the brand has grown to include four large orchards with a reputation for premium quality, locally grown apples. ....

Bonza Organics: Strength and spirit after the fires

Perched atop the western hills surrounding Batlow, NSW, Bonza Organics are producers of certified organic apples and olives. Stephenie's inspiring story reflects the strength and spirit of many organic producers after the 2020 bushfires.....

Australia regains freedom from avian influenza

Following a significant response effort, Australia has regained freedom from high pathogenicity avian influenza.....

$18.1 million to support communities affected by Wooroloo bushfire

Western Australian communities impacted by the devastating Wooroloo Bushfire are set to receive an $18.1 million recovery package to provide support for ongoing recovery efforts.....

Organic industry backs NFF’s Regionalisation Agenda

AOL has backed the National Farmers’ Federation’s (NFF) robust Regionalisation Agenda, which will bolster employment opportunities, create smarter regulatory frameworks and help build resilience in the national economy.....

Future Drought Fund – Self-assessment tool to assist farmers build drought resilience

The innovative Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool is one of the eight foundational programs announced under the Australian Government’s forward-thinking $5 billion Future Drought Fund to build drought resilience.....

Dairy Exports Assurance Program

A new partnership to deliver the new Dairy Export Assurance Program has launched to cut red tape, streamline audit arrangements and open up trade market access opportunities for farmers.....

Australian Government Bushfire Support for WA

Communities in Western Australia remain under threat from the Wooroloo bushfire, currently burning out of control in the Perth region.....

RIC interest rate cut continues to back farmers

Farmers and farm-related small businesses across regional Australia will be further supported, with the interest rate on Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) loans dropping to a record low of 1.77 percent.....

Bushfire video series shows community recovery

The National Bushfire Recovery Agency and Tourism Australia has launched the ‘Open for business’ video series on bushfire recovery. The 15-part series shines a spotlight on everyday Australians as they rebuild their lives, 12 months on from the 2019-20 bushfire season.....

Beef producer frustrated with fake organic products reaching shelves

Tasmanian cattleman Rex Williams is calling on the Federal Government to establish a domestic regulation to protect the organic industry from fake organic products.....

Coles Nurture Fund Round 9 Applications Open

Coles launched the $50 million Nurture Fund in April 2015 to help small and medium sized businesses innovate and grow. Round 9 applications are now open.....

Victoria And Tasmania Play To Their Strengths

Victoria and Tasmania have agreed to a new arrangement to return Australians and seasonal workers to ensure farms get the workers they need.....

Backing Australian farmers to expand horizons in 2021