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

Bees and Canola

Experts consider pesticide risks to honey bees

May 1, 2014

A class of commonly used insecticides known as neonicotinoids is unlikely to present any greater threat to honey bees and crop pollination than other pesticides which have been in use for many years. That’s the finding from a symposium held in Canberra on 9 April that brought together 90 representatives from government agencies, the honey […] Read more
Australian Interstate Quarantine

Guide to movement restrictions for agriculture products

May 1, 2014

Restrictions on the movement of agricultural products between and within states mean that it’s important to have a resource that outlines what can and cannot be moved. With that in mind, Quarantine Domestic has recently updated the booklet Australian Interstate Quarantine to help you check what you can and can’t take across state and quarantine […] Read more
Livestock Biosecurity Network

Livestock Biosecurity Network at your service

April 2, 2014

The Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) is now in full swing getting amongst Australia’s livestock producers and providing up-to-date information on best-practice strategies to help secure their farm and secure their future.  The LBN was established last year by the peak industry councils, the Sheepmeat Council of Australia, Cattle Council of Australia and WoolProducers Australia. The […] Read more
Biosecurity proves it worth

Biosecurity proves its worth

April 2, 2014

The importance of the biosecurity manuals and other online tools on the Farm Biosecurity Program website was reinforced following new findings that have recently quantified the impact of a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Australia. Based on Australia’s 2014-15 farm production forecast of $50.5 billion and export forecast of $38.4 billion, it is estimated […] Read more
Young canola field

Land-use surveys gauge biosecurity risks

April 2, 2014

The dynamic nature of farming means that growers are always tweaking their enterprise mix, trying new crops, and perhaps adding or removing livestock. Such changes bring the usual challenges, although one unexpected aspect can be the consequences for a farm or district’s biosecurity status. This has been highlighted in long-term surveys of Victorian farmland, and […] Read more