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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Australian Government is investing $72.7 million to help Australian farming, forestry and fishing exporters to expand and diversify their export markets in 2021 as part of its Agri- Business Expansion Initiative.
Serpentine leaf miner poses a serious threat to Australian agriculture and horticultural industries. Severe infestations of serpentine leaf miner may result in premature leaf drop, poor growth, and reduced crop yields
In a fundamental step towards reducing red tape within the valuable Australian organic sector, Federal Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud has requested the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment appoint an Organics Industry Advisory Group to investigate the creation of a nationwide regulatory framework for the production and sale of organic products.
Friday’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) trade update provides clarity on the next steps for Export into Great Britain as the exit date looms and transition period from the European Union ends 31 December 2020.
Australians should be preparing for a vastly different bushfire season as the effects of La Niña are felt across the country, according to the Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: December 2020 – February 2020.
The Australian Government is encouraging applications from farming groups, research organisations and other eligible industry bodies for grants to support projects that enhance traceability in the agricultural produce supply chain.
Australian Organic Limited has expressed its support of the McLaren Vale winemakers seeking to appeal the South Australian Government’s decision to reject 10 local council applications to maintain status as non-genetically modified (GM) crop areas.
The National Fruit Fly Strategy 2020-25 will aim to maintain Australia’s freedom from exotic fruit fly, minimise the incidence and spread of fruit fly, implement national systems that support market access and facilitate a cooperative and committed national approach to fruit fly management.
The Australian Government has today passed legislation that will see penalties significantly increase for travellers who fail to declare high-risk biosecurity goods at the Australian border. Powers to cancel the visas of people bringing in these dangerous goods will also be expanded.
The findings of a multi-year project show that, when modelled over 50 years, the value of Australia’s biosecurity system is $314 billion. This represents an average return of $30 for every dollar invested by the Australian Government.
The Commonwealth chaired a meeting of all Australian Emergency Management Ministers regarding the findings of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, also known as the Bushfire Royal Commission.
ECTOL is a family owned business, created by farmers, for farmers. The company manufactures and supplies a range of natural and organic nutrition inputs, including plant protectants and soil amendments, for agriculture and horticulture.
As part of the $200 million Wildlife and Bushfire Habitat Recovery fund, Indigenous organisations and Traditional Owner groups can now apply for grant funding to run workshops, build understanding and share knowledge of Indigenous fire and land management practices.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said Australian Organic Ltd will use its recently launched online platform to provide free resources and information to certified organic operators interested in exporting.
Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, congratulated graduates of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) 2020 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program and recognised the outstanding contributions of women in rural Australia.
Australian Organic Limited is delighted to announce that Chief Executive Officer Niki Ford has graduated from the NFF Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program alongside 12 women with skills and experience in the agricultural industry.
Five Queensland council areas heavily impacted by last year’s bushfires will share in more than $6 million to deliver a range of locally developed projects that will contribute to economic and social recovery, and create local jobs.
The Liberal Nationals Government is investing in organisations, farmer groups and individuals with innovative ideas to build drought resilience through improved Natural Resource Management (NRM) with grants of up to $200,000.
Australian Government is modernising agricultural levy laws to make them fit-for-purpose and business-friendly, and to reform our agricultural levies legislation so that we can better respond to global economic disruptions such as COVID-19.
Music festivals, art installations, sporting events and a coastal headland walking trail are among 65 projects to receive a share in more than $7 million in funding support for communities in fire-affected regions across Australia.
Farmers and farm-related small businesses have two more weeks (up to Wednesday 30 September 2020) to take advantage of two-year interest free loans from the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) before the drought-related loan terms change.
The Australian Government has welcomed the NSW, VIC, SA, NT and the ACT governments’ decision to adopt a National Agricultural Workers Code that will ensure Australian farmers can keep feeding and clothing us while also protecting the health of all communities.
The Spring issue of Australian Organic Connect focuses on Australian Organic Awareness Month and includes interviews with Woolworths Paul Turner, Awareness Month ambassador Lincoln Lewis, alongside articles surrounding the importance of domestic regulation and certification.
The Australian Government will invest $86 million to establish eight Adoption and Innovation Hubs across regional Australia and will develop a Digital Foundations for Agriculture Strategy (the Digital Strategy).
Australia's envied biosecurity status hits even greater heights in October when the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launches Golden Wattle seeds into orbit as part of an international space research mission.
The Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) has issued a Market Access Advice (2020-04) announcing successful negotiation of an updated equivalence agreement for organic products.
As an outcome from a review of Australia’s export legislation in 2015, the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) have published the Consultation Draft Export Control (Organic Goods) Rules 2020.
Emergency works are nearing completion on parts of Queensland’s road network, after bushfires and monsoonal flooding impacted about 10,990 kilometres of the state network during the 2019-20 disaster season.
The Australian Government is continuing its support for drought-affected farming households by extending Round 2 of the $148.5 million Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI) program until the end of this year.
The cost of studying agriculture at university will be slashed from 2021 under an Australian Government higher education funding plan aimed at producing graduates for high-priority jobs for growth sectors.
The Australia Government has delivered improved access to global markets for agricultural narcotic exports for medicinal cannabis and hemp industries through the Export Control Amendment (Certificate of Narcotics Exports) Bill 2020.
The Regional Universities Network (RUN) congratulates the Minister for Education, The Hon Dan Tehan MP, on delivering a higher education reform package which will help fuel regional economic growth and jobs, and address the gap in educational outcomes between regional, rural and remote Australia and capital cities.
Australian Organic CEO Niki Ford responds to a recent article theorising that the uplift of sales for organic products during COVID-19 has been due more to “necessity” – commenting that organic consumers, in fact, buy organic products for a variety of reasons.
DNA fingerprinting for imported dogs, virtual reality training for officers and drones to manage feral pigs are among the innovative projects being funded by the Australian Government to bolster biosecurity.
The ACCC has reminded dairy processors of their obligations to comply with the mandatory Dairy Code of Conduct, including the requirement for publishing relevant contracts on their websites by the 1st June deadline.
The Federal Government is expected to spend $1 billion to help support people in bushfire affected areas by June, doubling the amount that was originally committed to the National Bushfire Recovery Agency in the current financial year.
Australian exporters impacted by the COVID-19 crisis will now have access to business-saving loans between $250,000 and $50 million under a new $500 million capital facility to be administered by Export Finance Australia.
Minister David Littleproud has written to the Premier of Queensland to call for action to create calm in South West Qld, where thousands of southerners and people from south east Qld have flocked to escape coronavirus.
Eco-Farms is Australia’s biggest organic distributor offering fresh organic fruit and veg, as well as over 600 organic grocery lines. Their Carole Park location is a central hub servicing both Queensland and Northern NSW.
Exciting growth for the organic industry was revealed during the insight Q&A panel session at this year's Naturally Good Expo.
Naturally Good Expo is Australia's ONLY business event 100% dedicated to supporting and fueling the natural, organic and healthy products marketplace.
Can kindness be captured in a photo? Get your cameras READY, SET and GO to win!
The challenge closes on 30 April, and the winning entry will receive a $2,000 donation for the Queensland charity of their choice and a $500 prize for the photographer.
Bernadette Favis, former corporate lawyer and founder of Cocolife, and Leo Watling, founder of Apples and Sage, join board of directors with senior industry leader Niki Ford announced as new general manager.
Victoria's most innovative organic producers have shone at the 5th annual Australian Organic Awards for Excellence scooping the pool with seven awards in total including the two main prizes of the night.