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Greater investment in agtech could boost yields and allow exporters to scale up.

Victoria secures $50m SVG agtech venture fund

The fund, backed by US-based SVG, will fast-track technologies to help farmers maintain food production through national disasters.

  • Hannah Wootton

This Month

Agriculture Minister Murray Watt met with his Indonesian counterpart Syahrul Yasin Limpo on Thursday.

Flight ban would be ‘biggest blow’ to Indonesia ties since live exports

Agriculture Minister Murray Watt has detailed a $14 million package to help stop the spread of livestock diseases from Indonesia, PNG and East Timor.

  • Georgie Moore
An almond grower has warned that the varroa mite outbreak in NSW could cause a bee shortage in Victoria and South and Australia.

Varroa mite could lead to interstate bee shortage, grower warns

Almond grower Select Harvests says it is “increasingly likely” there will be a bee shortage in South Australia and Victoria following the varroa mite outbreak in NSW.

  • Gus McCubbing
Queensland authorities are monitoring people who flew into the state on flights with three people who were infectious with COVID.

State Nationals want arrivals from Indonesia to have their shoes sterilised

Foot and mouth disease, which is highly contagious and affects cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, could cost the economy up to $80 billion if it entered Australia.

  • Gus McCubbing
Farmers are urging travellers from Bali to throw out their thongs

Ag minister heads to Indonesia over foot and mouth disease

Farmers are also urging travellers from Bali to throw out their thongs in case they are contaminated with foot and mouth disease.

  • Liv Casben
Costa says weather events in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia have seen the quality of its citrus crop deteriorate

Wet weather sours citrus grower Costa’s winter harvest

The extended period of rain across most of Australia’s east coast has claimed a fresh victim, oranges, as growing conditions deteriorate.

  • Lucas Baird
Macedon Lodge, located about 60km from Melbourne, was purpose built for the thoroughbreds.

Bruce Dixon to ride away with Lloyd Williams’ Macedon Lodge

Victorian businessman Bruce Dixon is set to rein in one of the country’s top thoroughbred training farms.

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood
Foot and mouth disease entering Australia could cost the economy up to $80 billion, according to National Farmers Federation president Fiona Simson.

Foot and mouth disease a clear and present danger, say farmers

Victorian dairy farmer Alex Robertson says foot and mouth disease entering Australia would send a shock through supermarket shelves across the country.

  • Gus McCubbing
Imports of containers into Australia have been delayed by biosecurity checks for pests like the brown marmorated stink bug.

Biosecurity delays fuel importers’ costs

Biosecurity checks of goods shipped into Australia are taking up to a month to complete as inspectors struggle with staff shortages and new disease outbreaks.

  • Jenny Wiggins
The varroa mite weakens and kills honey bees.

More than 15 million bees culled as NSW authorities track mite spread

More than 15 million bees have been culled across 31 infected premises in NSW as authorities said they were confident they can contain the varroa mite.

  • Liv Casben
Energy retailers face tough new oversight from regulators.

Energy retailers face new oversight amid wholesale crunch

Energy retailers will have to reveal commercially sensitive financial information and provide weekly information about customers amid concern more retailers may collapse.

  • Colin Packham
Central NSW farmer Chris Groves said waterlogged land meant farmers could not get equipment into paddocks to plant crops and that, even if they did, the wet conditions made growth unlikely.

NSW floods leave crops unplanted, seeds rotting in the ground

NSW farmers say there is “a disaster unfolding” as floods are stopping them from sowing broadacre grains such as wheat and canola this season.

  • Hannah Wootton and Gus McCubbing
Tassal’s salmon hark back to New Brusnwick, Canada, the home of its new biggest shareholder.

Canaccord’s turn to Cooke up a Tassal stake

Cooke Inc has tapped a fellow Canadian to help reel in Australia’s $1 billion salmon producer Tassal Group. 

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood
Conrad Smith is leading the commercialisation of Stacked Farm.

Lettuce for all: how vertical farming will plug supply chain shortages

Stacked Farm has raised $56 million in a debt and equity raise, which will accelerate the construction of its first commercial scale vertical farm.

  • Yolanda Redrup
Guy Turland, owner of the Bondi Beach cafe The Depot is growing his own mushrooms to counter the produce price surges.

Cafe owner grows his own mushrooms to stave off rising food prices

With mushroom prices surging to almost $100 per box, Bondi cafe owner Guy Turland has started growing his own mushrooms.

  • Campbell Kwan
Robert Spurway is a food industry lifer.

Why food will be a bigger crisis than energy ever will be

Helped by bumper harvests, Robert Spurway has quietly turned around the fortunes of the grain and edible oils business in the past two years. Now he has a new mission.  

  • James Thomson


NYSE-listed Zoetis wants to buy Hunter Valley’s Jurox.

ASX Agribusiness Index kicks off on Friday

A new specialist ASX index is set to boost investment and visibility of the booming agricultural sector, but the benchmark means more work for fund managers

  • Elouise Fowler
More than 600 bee hives have been destroyed to ward off foreign varroa mites.

States shut their borders to NSW bees in race to defeat varroa spread

A bee expert has supported moves by Queensland, Victoria and South Australia to ban NSW bees after a deadly parasite was detected in Newcastle.

  • Gus McCubbing
About 600 bee hives have been destroyed to ward off foreign varroa mites.

NSW in ‘bee lockdown’ to save honey industry from foreign mites

Authorities have been forced to destroy 600 beehives following the detection of a parasite that one expert says could cost the industry $70 million a year.

  • Gus McCubbing
Demand for salmon is on the rise because of the shift to healthier eating.

Salmon group Tassal in a sweet spot, says CEO

Mark Ryan has been running the Tasmanian group since 2003 and says it’s in a neat position now with heavy capital spending behind it.

  • Simon Evans