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Thursday, 2 February 2023
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Flood information
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A range of support measures are available for flood and storm-affected farmers. Information about these measures can be found at For any urgent animal welfare needs, please contact 136 186. 

Farmers are encouraged to contact the Agriculture Recovery team on 0427 694 185 (Mon-Fri between 8.30 am and 5 pm) or email

Technical information and decision-making support 

Agriculture Victoria is working with Victorian farmers and industry to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters (including floods and storms) through delivery of technical information and decision-making support services to help farm business recovery.

Financial support for flood- and storm-affected farmers

A support package is available for flood-affected farmers:

  • Primary Producer Recovery Grants: Up to $75,000 grants to cover the cost of recovery and get businesses up and running again. Note: This replaces the $10,000 Primary Producer Flood Clean-Up, Relief Grants announced on 19 October. Producers that have received a Primary Producer Flood Clean-Up Relief Grant of $10,000 can now apply for up to a further $65,000 under the Primary Producer Recovery Grant, bringing the total to $75,000.
  • Rural Landholder Grants: Up to $25,000 grants to cover the costs of disaster impacts for small-scale producers.
  • Primary Producer Concessional Loans: Up to $250,000 to restore or replace damaged equipment and infrastructure, or to cover the short-term business expenses.
  • Primary Producer Transport Subsidies: Up to $15,000 to support the transport of emergency fodder or stock drinking water, and the movement of livestock.

Primary producers are advised that grant applications close at 4 pm on Sunday 30 April.

To apply for support or for more information, visit the Rural Finance website.

National Centre for Farmer Health: flood response support

The National Centre for Farmer Health is committed to supporting primary producers whose properties, livestock or crops were damaged or lost in the floods and storms through the delivery of initiatives to boost farmer mental health and wellbeing, including:

  • A supportive online community through the #BuildingFarmSpirit social media campaign,
  • Free access to online psychology support delivered by farmer health trained psychologists,
  • Support for community events providing social connection and mental health promotion opportunities for farmers, farming families and farming communities,
  • Distribution of mental health resources and support information.

More information is available on the National Centre for Farmer Health website.

Ag recovery newsletter

Farmers and service providers are encouraged to subscribe to the Flood Recovery digital newsletter to access latest events and information.

Ag recovery events

For information on events and field days across the state please visit the Events page on the Agriculture Victoria website.

BestWool/BestLamb and BetterBeef Regional Roadshow
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Hear the latest on livestock production at one of Agriculture Victoria’s regional roadshow events coming soon to Wangaratta, Sale, Buninyong and Dunkeld.

Agriculture Victoria is keen for livestock producers to attend the BestWool/BestLamb and BetterBeef Regional Roadshow, ‘High performing livestock, pastures and people’, which will deliver four half-day forums for sheep and beef producers across regional Victoria.

The roadshow is a collaboration between Agriculture Victoria and its beef and sheep networks partners Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

Event locations and dates are Wangaratta (28 February), Sale (1 March), Buninyong (2 March) and Dunkeld (3 March).

All the roadshows start at 9 am, finish at 1 pm and include morning tea and lunch.

Tickets are $25 per business with up to four attendees per business and can be purchased here.

Agriculture Victoria Meat and Wool Program Manager, Lyndon Kubeil said the regional roadshows will provide the ideal opportunity to network with representatives from AgVic, AWI and MLA, along with other producers, while also hearing from leading industry experts in managing sheep and beef businesses.

“Our tagline for this series ‘High performing livestock, pastures and people’, reflects the complexity of managing agricultural businesses, plus the roadshow will provide information for producers recovering from the floods and ongoing wet conditions to support them getting back to business,” he said.

“The roadshows are designed to bring together experts from relevant management areas and promote discussion among all attendees. We have made sure there is plenty of time to catch up with the speakers and other participants over lunch.”

He said attendees will hear from five leaders in agriculture to provide technical information and practical management options.
Speakers include:

  • Dr Joan Lloyd – Animal health and welfare identifying seasonal risks and reducing reproductive losses including pneumonia, mastitis and prolapsing.
  • Cam Nicholson – Feedbase management including identifying your limiting factor and maximising returns on the increase cost of inputs including land and fertiliser.
  • Nathan Scott – Measure to manage reproduction to identify the key performance indicators of high performing females in sheep flocks and cattle herds and management to achieve them.
  • Sally Murfet – Profit and people will explore how people can improve the productivity and profitability of your business.

For more information or help in registering please call Kirstie Anderson at or on 0437 990 967. To register click here.

The 2022 Young Farmer cohort
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Caption: Cattle farmer, Clare Dwyer, one of this year’s Upskill and Invest recipients

Meet cattle farmer, Clare Dwyer, above, one of this year’s Upskill and Invest recipients.

Clare has recently returned to her family farm and will use her scholarship to improve genetics in her limousin and angus cattle herds.

Clare’s upskill funds will support her to study livestock management and livestock production systems.

Clare’s invest funds will help purchase a new cattle crush to improve farm safety and record genetic data.

We’ve been rolling out profiles of the 2022 recipients on our social media.

You can find the recipient list here

AgVic Talk on all things AgTech and Energy
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AgVic Talk podcast is back for season five, this time talking about the future of Agricultural Technologies (AgTech) and Energy.

From solar-powered poultry farms to on-farm drone trials and the difficulties of connectivity in rural and remote areas, this season covers everything you need to further understand the evolving world of AgTech and Energy.

The series will help farmers learn what AgTech is, what energy solutions are available and how they can use them to improve productivity and efficiency on-farm.

These 14 episodes are the latest in the AgVic Talk series, which began as a pilot in August 2020 to cover contemporary commentary on how members of the agricultural community recover, grow, modernise, protect, and promote Victorian agriculture.

You can subscribe and listen to AgVic Talk wherever you get your podcasts:

  • Subscribe to AgVic Talk on Spotify
  • Subscribe to Apple podcasts.
Application period EXTENDED!
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Applications for the 2023 Rural Women’s Network Leadership and Mentoring Programs will now close 5 pm on 27 February.

The 2023 Leadership Program will provide women with support to participate in training and study that accelerates their development as leaders.

In addition, the 2023 Mentoring Program will pair rural women together for a peer-to-peer exchange of skills and experience.

Both programs support women to work collaboratively, explore issues impacting their industries and communities and develop real solutions. 

For more information on the programs and to apply CLICK HERE

Increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases including Murray Valley and Japanese encephalitis
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Flooding and heavy rainfall have increased the risk of a range of mosquito-borne diseases in Victoria, including Japanese encephalitis (JE) and Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE).

JE and MVE viruses can cause rare but potentially serious infections of the brain.

People who work or live on properties in northern Victoria may be at high risk of infection if they are bitten by infected mosquitoes, particularly people working or spending prolonged time outdoors in these regions.

Mosquito management on private property is the responsibility of the landowner or land occupier.

Avoiding mosquito bites is the most important way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases:

  • Wear long, loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing when outdoors. Cover up as much as possible.
  • Use mosquito repellent that contains picaridin or DEET on all exposed skin.
  • Limit outdoor activity if mosquitoes are about (particularly at dawn and dusk when they are most active).
  • Make sure accommodation is mosquito-proof (e.g. fitted with mosquito netting or screens).
  • Reduce stagnant water around your home, yard or other property where mosquitoes can breed, by draining or filling these areas with sand or soil where possible.
  • Provide information on preventing mosquito-borne diseases to your employees. Factsheets are available.
  • Consider whether mosquito control activities such as adulticiding, larviciding or removal of breeding sites on your property are required, and seek advice from a registered pest controller if needed.

For further information and translations, visit the Protect yourself from mosquito-borne disease page.

In Victoria, JE vaccine is recommended and available free-of-charge for priority groups.

For further information see: Japanese encephalitis virus (

Free biosecurity learning modules for farmers
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Farmers across Victoria will benefit from a series of free online learning modules, helping them protect their animals from diseases and biosecurity threats.

Available through Agriculture Victoria’s website, the three learning modules have been released: foot and mouth disease awareness, lumpy skin disease awareness and Come clean, stay clean, go clean – when visiting farms.

Each module should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

For further information about the online learning modules CLICK HERE.

In case you missed it

2021-22 Victorian Food and Fibre Export Performance

In 2021-22 Victoria’s food and fibre exports have reached a record high, valued at $17.9 billion – a 29 per cent increase on the previous year.

The results cement Victoria’s position as Australia's largest food and fibre exporter by value, accounting for 26 per cent of the national total.

Click here to explore our webpage, which includes an interactive data dashboard, export success stories and data report, as well as the summary highlights brochure.

Serrated tussock grants available

The Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party (VSTWP) is providing community groups and organisations with the opportunity to apply for grants to manage serrated tussock, on an ongoing basis through our community grants program.


Launch of New Dairy Farm Jobs Board

One in two dairy farmers are seeking people to work on farm and 76 per cent of those continue to find sourcing labour a challenge according to a recent Dairy Australia survey.

To help tackle the continuing labour shortage, Dairy Australia has launched a new Dairy Farm Jobs Board.


What's On

Details about Agriculture Victoria events can now be found in one spot on our website.

Log on to to find out what's on.

BestWool/BestLamb and BetterBeef Regional Roadshow
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Register now

Want to find out how to identify and manage high performing sheep and beef businesses.

Tickets are on sale now for the BestWool/BestLamb and BetterBeef networks Regional Roadshow, with four locations across Victoria.

  • Wangaratta Tuesday, 28 February   
  • Sale Wednesday, 1 March
  • Buninyong, Thursday, 2 March
  • Dunkeld Friday, 3 March.

For the event flyer and ticket sales click here

ABARES 2023 Outlook Conference
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Registrations are now open for ABARES Outlook 2023 – the national forum for sharing ideas, networking and planning for the future of Australian agriculture.

Meet and reconnect with colleagues in Canberra on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 March.

Click here now to register.

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