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Thursday 2 February, 2023
In this edition:
Ag recovery update for flood and storm affected farmers
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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.

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 (

The 2022 Young Farmer cohort

Meet 2022 Upskill and Invest scholarship recipient Kieran Delahunty.

After working in agribusiness banking, Kieran has recently returned to the family cropping farm at Murtoa.

Kieran will use his Upskill and Invest funds to undertake the “Family Farm Management Intern Program”, to gain a deeper understanding of farm business management fundamentals and create a farm business plan fit for the future.

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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.

GRDC Grains Research Update
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GRDC Grains Research Update – Adelaide

When: 7 - 8 February

Where: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace

The GRDC Grains Research Update events are for agronomists, consultants, researchers and growers to hear and discuss the latest in research with their peers, about application of new and relevant information to local farming systems.

The 2023 Update will be delivered as a hybrid event with in person attendance and online options available. Please note, only the main auditorium presentations will be available via livestream.

Register here to attend in person

Register here for Livestream only

Contact Matt McCarthy or call 03 5441 6176

Have your say in developing a new Biosecurity Strategy
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You’re invited to a workshop to help develop Victoria’s new Biosecurity Strategy.

The new Biosecurity Strategy will outline the priorities for improving how biosecurity issues are managed across Victoria.

Join us in February to help identify the specific ways we can strengthen the biosecurity system.

It's critical that we have input from people across community, government and industry.

Where and when: multiple locations around Victoria and online throughout February 2023.

Please register for the event that suits you best, via the links below:

  • Ararat, 7 February, 12 – 4 pm
  • Online Workshop, 13 February, 12.30 – 4 pm.

Space in each workshop is limited, so please register now!

About the workshop

The development of the new Biosecurity Strategy, for release in 2023, is the next step following the Victorian Government’s recent endorsement of Victoria’s Biosecurity Statement.

With the Statement providing a shared ambition for biosecurity in Victoria, the focus is now on turning those broad aspirations into tangible priorities.

It's crucial the strategy is informed by diverse expertise and experience – whether you a farmer, operating at a corporate or peak body level, caring for country with your local community, managing a small number of livestock on your land, or taking care of the backyard garden.

This series of workshops will bring a wide range of voices to the conversation about how we can strengthen the system to protect our land, waters, communities, culture, and economy.

Should you have any questions, please contact

The Biosecurity Strategy Development Project is part of the Victorian Government’s Strengthening Victoria’s Biosecurity System (SVBS) Program.

To receive updates about SVBS Program activities sign up to our mailing list.

Managing Snails and Slugs Workshops
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Head to the Events page on our website to learn more about an exciting series of workshops being run by Dr Michael Nash or call Felicity on 0448 146 604.

Birchip Cropping Group Trials Review Day

Seasonal Risk Agronomist Dale Grey and Jason Brand, Senior Researcher with the Southern Pulse Agronomy program will be presenting at the Birchip Cropping Group Trials Review Day on Friday 24 February.

For more information about this member only event. Please visit Birchip Cropping Group's events page HERE.

ABARES 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.


Australian Pulse Conference
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Agriculture Victoria is proud to support The Australian Pulse Conference

Where: Toowoomba

When: 21-23 March

Join us at APC2023, Register here now.

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