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

Matt McMahon monitoring traps

The importance of pest surveillance

July 19, 2018

Have you ever wondered how we know that Australia doesn’t have certain pests and diseases that wreak havoc on crop production overseas? It’s not just because nobody has noticed anything wrong with the health of their plants. The only way we know for sure that we don’t have certain pests is to go out looking […] Read more
Status Report 2017 - cover

The big picture on how Australia is being protected from plant pests and diseases

July 19, 2018

The latest go-to guide on how Australia is being protected against plant pests and diseases reveals the tremendous effort being made across the country to sustain our plant industries, unique ecosystems and standards of living. The tenth edition of the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report was released this week by Plant Health Australia (PHA), the […] Read more
Karnal bunt affected grain

Don’t bring back more than memories

June 18, 2018

Farmers, researchers, agronomists, government agency staff, scholarship recipients and tourists from rural areas need to be hyper vigilant with their hygiene practices when returning from overseas trips. Grains Farm Biosecurity Officer, Jim Moran, says that by taking unnecessary risks with hygiene, people are putting Australia’s agricultural industries at risk. “Just because you get through customs […] Read more
Potato harvesting

New biosecurity manual for potato growers

June 18, 2018

The Potato Growers’ Biosecurity Manual is a guide to farm biosecurity measures to reduce the risk of weeds, pests, and diseases impacting production. It was developed by Plant Health Australia in consultation with AUSVEG and potato growers across NSW, Victoria and South Australia. The manual is designed to be used by potato growers and their staff, […] Read more

Managing wildlife: a necessary evil for good biosecurity and land management

June 18, 2018

A number of proposed or completed culls of wild animals have gained publicity recently, including plans to reduce the number of brumbies in Victoria’s alpine regions, calls to lift quotas on kangaroo harvesting in New South Wales, and competitive pig hunts in Queensland. Despite sound arguments for this type of population management, culling is always […] Read more