Berry industry signs up to emergency response agreement

July 8, 2015

The raspberry and blackberry industry has become the latest plant industry to sign up to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD), providing certainty for growers in the event of an incursion of a serious exotic pest that affects berries.

Raspberries and Blackberries Australia (RABA) signed the EPPRD, seeing it as a significant step in securing the viability and sustainability of the industry. More

New farm manual gives biosecurity tips for grain growing, grain storage and livestock

June 4, 2015

An updated manual providing advice on how grains farmers can boost farm biosecurity measures to protect their enterprise against weeds, pests and diseases has been launched by the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program.

The Biosecurity Manual for Grain Producers has new sections on pests of stored grain, how to fumigate silos effectively and how to manage risks posed by livestock and feed. More

Final call to find out what’s in your silo

May 19, 2015

Victorian Grains Biosecurity Officer, Jim Moran, wants to visit more farms to collect insects in and around grain storages as part of a major effort to measure stored grain insect resistance.

Jim says that we need to know where resistance exists now to minimise its impact in the future through more informed management strategies. More

Citrus growers given step-by-step orchard biosecurity advice

March 27, 2015

Every citrus grower needs to take action to protect their orchards from introducing or spreading weeds, pests and diseases and the new Biosecurity Manual for Citrus Producers, launched last week, explains exactly what to do.

Publication of the new orchard biosecurity manual by Plant Health Australia (PHA), the coordinators of the plant biosecurity partnership in Australia, is the latest biosecurity initiative from the Citrus Biosecurity Project, which aims to boost preparedness and prevention for exotic pests of the citrus industry. More

Exercise Yellow Dragon tests readiness for exotic disease of citrus

March 12, 2015

Australia’s readiness for an incursion of the exotic disease of citrus, huanglongbing (HLB) or yellow dragon disease, was boosted this week when Plant Health Australia (PHA) ran Exercise Yellow Dragon over two days.

The exercise simulated an incursion discovered in Sydney of HLB and its insect vector, Asiatic citrus psyllid (ACP), a combination that has caused devastation of citrus crops elsewhere in the world. More

Ginger industry signs up to emergency plant pest response agreement

January 14, 2015

The ginger industry has become the latest plant industry to sign up to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD), providing certainty for growers in the event of an incursion of an emergency plant pest that affects ginger.

The Australian Ginger Industry Association (AGIA) became signatories to the EPPRD at a Plant Health Australia (PHA) meeting in Canberra late last year. More

New tool makes biosecurity second nature

December 12, 2014

A new planning tool that will help both crop and livestock producers protect their properties against diseases, pests and weeds is now available on the Farm Biosecurity website.

The Farm Biosecurity Action Planner helps producers to identify risks based on the six biosecurity ‘essentials’. More

Spray drift research showcased on new website

December 11, 2014

The National Working Party on Pesticide Applications (NWPPA) has officially launched a website to publicise their work on technologies to reduce spray drift.

Independent Chair Gavan Cattanach said the website outlines the work of the NWPPA and the outcomes of the research program that is at the heart of the working parties’ vision. More

On-farm biosecurity planner available

December 1, 2014

The Farm Biosecurity Program has published a planner for use by both crop and livestock producers who would like to implement biosecurity measures on their properties. The planner is based on the six ‘biosecurity essentials’ which are:

  • Farm inputs
  • Farm outputs
  • People, vehicles and equipment
  • Production practices
  • Ferals and weeds
  • Train, plan and record.

Award winner withstands disease threat to bananas

September 11, 2014

Shannon Paton and Sarah Schultz, who run Paton’s Exotics at Nerada, near lnnisfail in Queensland, are the winners of the 2014 Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award.

Paton’s Exotics grow seven varieties of bananas and send the fruit to five Australian states. More