Providing practical information to help you protect your farm from biosecurity risks

Grassroots Agronomy class-2

Pest identification in Grassroots Agronomy classes

July 8, 2016

Women with little or no agricultural background who move into farm businesses often bring welcome new skills, but consultant Louise Flohr says many are keen to be more involved with their farming systems. For the past three years, Ms Flohr, from Agrilink Agricultural Consultants, has been running workshops in South Australia to develop newcomers’ knowledge […] Read more
Xylella on grapevine

Which exotic plant pest is the greatest risk to Australian producers?

July 8, 2016

In a recent audit of around 300 exotic plant pests affecting growers overseas, the pest that came out on top with the greatest potential impact if it made it to Australia was Xylella fastidiosa (pronounced Zy-lella). That’s partly because over 200 commercial and ornamental plants are known to be susceptible to infection by Xylella, and every […] Read more
Hive inspection

Don’t just be a bee owner: be a bee keeper

June 9, 2016

Alan Wade was the first President of the Beekeeper’s Association of the ACT. He helped establish the club about 40 years ago, but the number of members has grown enormously in the last few years, because it’s become fashionable to keep bees. Alan says that honey bee biosecurity is all about bee condition. “You need […] Read more
Wingless adult Russian wheat aphid adult, showing lack of siphuncles ('exhaust pipes') and the presence of a 'double tail' end (cauda). Photo: Frank Peairs, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

Managing Russian wheat aphid

June 9, 2016

Following the decision that the newly arrived pest Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia) is not eradicable, growers are advised to seek advice from their department of agriculture or the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) about how to manage the pest in cereal crops. The decision was made by the National Management Group on Russian […] Read more
Donna Goats at Binalong

Goat producers show how easy biosecurity can be

June 8, 2016

For John Schooneveldt and his partner Donna Reid (pictured seated, left), biosecurity is woven into everyday life at their goat property outside Binalong, in southern NSW. The couple have raised cashmere goats on their 107-acre property for the past 20 years and over this time have integrated biosecurity practices with their daily operations in order […] Read more