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Allowed Input Suppliers of Mulch

Allowed Input Suppliers of Mulch

Farmers face a number of challenges in the immediate aftermath of the bushfires, with lack of ground cover being just one.

Mulching the burnt ground can assist in retaining moisture and preventing erosion. Speaking with some of our fire affected members, it has become clear that finding organic mulch is a priority in property recovery.

To assist those who are in need of organic mulch, a list of certified operators who can provide mulch compliant to the Standard can be found below.

If you have any questions, please contact the operator’s certification body.

ACO Certification Ltd – Mulch Suppliers

 

NASAA Certified Organic – Mulch Suppliers

 

Southern Cross Certified – Mulch Suppliers

Putting the Future Drought Fund to work

Putting the Future Drought Fund to work

  • Future Drought Fund returning $100 million a year for drought-preparation
  • Drought Resilience Funding Plan sets priorities for spending the dividend
  • 690 members of the public had their say on how to use the fund

The Drought Resilience Funding Plan has been tabled in Parliament outlining how the proceeds of the Future Drought Fund can be spent.

Minister for Drought David Littleproud said the plan directs money to be used in ways that builds drought resilience and preparedness while boost farm production and profits.

“This will make sure the Future Drought Fund gets the best bang for buck,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The plan lays out the principles for the projects we’ll back.

“It also sets out how we should strengthen long-term drought resilience in rural communities.

“This reflects the advice of the independent Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee after an extensive public consultation.”

Chair of the Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee, Brent Finlay, said the Plan is a framework for considering appropriate drought resilience projects and activities.

“During our six weeks on the road the Committee heard from many farmers, regional natural resource managers, researchers, industry groups, banks and charities at many locations around the country,” Mr Finlay said.

“Each region had their own stories to share about how they thought the Drought Resilience Funding Plan could guide the development of programs that would lift agricultural productivity and build drought resilience.”

Interested parties can find out more and register their interest in the Future Drought Fund here: https://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/future-drought-fund

Fast Facts:

• The Drought Resilience Funding Plan provides a coherent and consistent approach to drought resilience programs.

• The Future Drought Fund began at $3.9 billion with earnings to be reinvested until the balance reaches $5 billion. It will provide $100 million every year from July 2020 for new investment in drought resilience and preparedness.

Putting the Future Drought Fund to work

Bushfire Assistance Extended for More Queensland Primary Producers

Farmers affected by the recent bushfires in Southern and Eastern Queensland can now apply for low interest Disaster Assistance Loans of up to $500,000 to support recovery, provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Federal Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the low interest loans would help bushfire affected communities get back on their feet.

“These fires have had significant impacts on Southern and Central Queensland farmers both direct and indirect, and are impacting people’s livelihoods and incomes,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The sooner communities can get back to work, the faster they can recover.

“We will make further assistance available to these communities as it is needed.”

Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the assistance would help cover the costs essential on-farm business operations.

“We hope this goes some way to assisting those impacted primary producer to get back on their feet, and look towards a prosperous future.”

Category B assistance, including loans and freight subsidies, has been activated to help affected primary producers in Bundaberg, Gladstone, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Noosa, Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast, Somerset, Southern Downs, and Toowoomba.

For more information on eligibility for loans for primary producers phone Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on 1800 623 946.

For information on the freight subsidies visit daf.qld.gov.au or phone the DAF Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.

Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website at www.disaster.qld.gov.au.

Free public forum on feeding livestock during drought in QLD

Free public forum on feeding livestock during drought in QLD

The public are invited to a free public forum in QLD providing advice about feeding and caring for animals during the drought. There are often tough decisions to make when supplies are low and the rainfall outlook is not promising

What to expect from the forum:

  • Understand your duty of care for animals.
  • Best practice advice about feeding livestock in a drought.
  • The decisions you will need to consider for the future of your livestock.
  • How to access support and assistance.

These sessions are suitable for anyone, including smaller landholders and hobby farmers who keep cattle, horses, goats or sheep. Catering will be provided, and speakers will be available after the forum for one-on-one advice.

Locations:

Location: Clifton
Date: Wednesday 29 January 2020
Time: 5pm–8:15pm
Venue: Senior Citizens Centre, Lot 1 Meara Place, Clifton
RSVP: http://bit.ly/Clifton_workshop

Location: Kingaroy
Date: Saturday 1 February 2020
Time: 9am–12:30pm
Venue: Town Common Hall, Oliver Street, Kingaroy
RSVP: http://bit.ly/Kingaroy_workshop

Visit daf.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23 for more information.

Bushfire Roundtable on Agriculture

Bushfire Roundtable on Agriculture

This week, Australian Organic Ltd (AOL) was invited by the Minister’s office to participate and represent the organic sector at the Bushfire Roundtables on Agriculture.

Advisory Committee Members, affected operators, certification organisations contributed to the content delivered by Australian Organic CEO, Niki Ford, the Minister of Agriculture, Deputy PM Michael McCormack and other Industry Leaders present.

The session allowed each Industry Leader the opportunity to highlight how the recent and current bushfires have affected their sector, key risks, industry assistance and response and recovery requirements.

Australian Organic’s organic standard provides an additional layer to the acceptance of assistance, response and recovery. During the organic presentation AOL has called for additional resourcing for the Organic program to assist managing the outcomes needed to support those affected during this unprecedented event. AOL was today informed the Department will be following up this matter early next week.

The Minister’s office shared the below link, providing clear updates on affected land, stock numbers and further information.

https://minister.agriculture.gov.au/mckenzie/media-releases/roundtable-shapes-agriculture-bushfire-response

More Roundtable discussion will continue over the coming months. Australian Organic will continue to update accordingly.

Putting the Future Drought Fund to work

Up to $75,000 grants available for bushfire-affected producers

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced an initial $100 million in emergency bushire funding will be made available to farm, fish and forestry businesses in fire-affected regions following an agreement with relevant state governments.

Affected businesses will be able to apply for grants up to $75,000 to help rebuild, in addition to support provided by the recent $15 million funding for the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS).

The Prime Minister commented; 

“We will do whatever it takes to support those communities and businesses hit by these fires, and if we need to do more, we will.

“I need to stress this is an uncapped program so if demand for support goes above $100 million, money will continue to flow.

“As the scale of the damage becomes apparent, it is clear that our farm, our fish and forest businesses need support and along with communities who depend on them, we will help them rebuild and we will continue to back them.

“This funding will support primary producers to access essentials like fodder and water, while also help rebuild fencing or hire vital agricultural equipment like water pumps, irrigation systems, horticultural netting and generators.”

Senator Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Agriculture, said work has begun on helping communities and businesses rebuild after the fires.

“Rural and regional communities particularly across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia have been hit hard by the bushfires and we will continue to work together to support all those Australians whose livelihoods have been devastated by these fires,” Minister McKenzie commented.

“This funding could help pay for tradespeople to conduct farm safety inspections, for veterinary fees, waste disposal and to repair any damaged property.

“Our farmers, fishers and foresters have been hit extremely hard by these terrible fires. I’ve seen firsthand, farmers who have left their properties to fight fires.

“Our farmers are resilient and very generous putting themselves on the line for their friends and neighbours.

“These grants of up to $75,000 will help get them the equipment they need to start rebuilding.

“We’re working closely with farming groups to develop specific industry recovery plans.”

The same off-farm income rules for Farm Household Allowance will apply to these grants, meaning farmers that are not eligible for Category C payments due to off-farm income rules will still be eligible for the up to $75,000 grants.

Funding will be available through the Emergency Bushfire Response in Primary Industries Grants Program and assistance will be provided through a joint Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement between states and territories and the Commonwealth Government.

Further details to be announced.

For more information on the Emergency Bushfire Response in Primary Industries Grants Program please contact 1800 900 090.