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It is now a re­al­ity that Aus­tralia’s red meat ex­ports to China could soon reach more than $1 bil­lion a year.”

– The Na­tional Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) pres­i­dent Fiona Sim­son fol­low­ing the Joint State­ment on En­hanc­ing In­spec­tion and Co­op­er­a­tion, that co­in­cided with a visit to Aus­tralia by Chi­nese Premier Li Ke­qiang.

The na­tional im­pact of wild dogs on live­stock, in­clud­ing con­trol costs, is es­ti­mated to vary be­tween $50 mil­lion to hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars an­nu­ally.”

– NSW De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries (DPI) in­va­sive species strat­egy man­ager, Quentin Hart.

If it got into Aus­tralia, there is a risk it could spread and in­vade na­tive veg­e­ta­tion habi­tats and com­pete with na­tive snails.”

– The De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources’ deputy sec­re­tary re­spon­si­ble for biose­cu­rity, Lyn O’Con­nell, af­ter biose­cu­rity staff in Mel­bourne in­ter­cepted and iden­ti­fied an ob­scure in­va­sive snail species, which is spread­ing through south­ern states of the United States.

Many Aussies be­lieve them­selves to be healthy, yet this re­port shows the ma­jor­ity of those sur­veyed are not get­ting all the ben­e­fi­cial nu­tri­ents from fruit and veg­eta­bles needed for a healthy, bal­anced diet.”

– Re­search di­rec­tor and co-author of the CSIRO To­tal Well­be­ing Diet Pro­fes­sor Manny Noakes.

Sheep­meat is likely to ben­e­fit from ex­pected global pop­u­la­tion and eco­nomic growth, par­tic­u­larly in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. It also has the added ad­van­tage of no re­li­gious taboos, and is be­ing pref­er­enced by con­sumers in the world’s fastest grow­ing pop­u­la­tion cen­tres and eth­nic groups.”

– Meat & Live­stock Aus­tralia’s man­ager of mar­ket in­for­ma­tion Ben Thomas in MLA’s new re­port Sheep­meat’s Unique Global Po­si­tion.

The price up­turn en­joyed by wool pro­duc­ers has continued de­spite re­cent USD weak­ness. Wool is quite sen­si­tive to cur­rency move­ments and our ex­pec­ta­tions of a lower AUD this year point to fur­ther up­side.”

– NAB agribusi­ness econ­o­mist Phin Ziebell in their March Ru­ral Com­modi­ties Wrap, which shows wool as the strong­est per­form­ing com­mod­ity.

Hens that are kept in cages un­der con­di­tions that com­ply with the Model Code are healthy and safe. We sup­port con­sumers in their right to choose which type of eggs they want to buy.”

– John Dunn, CEO, Egg Farm­ers Aus­tralia on Vic­to­ria’s de­ci­sion to un­der­take a re­view out­side of the na­tional process to de­velop Aus­tralian An­i­mal Wel­fare Stan­dards and Guide­lines for Poul­try.

In both 2015 and 2016 quad bikes ac­counted for the high­est num­ber of farm-re­lated deaths over­all. Since 2001, there have been 231 quad bike deaths across the coun­try, with 43 of those fa­tal­i­ties be­ing kids un­der the age of 16.”

– Ru­ral Doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia (RDAA) pres­i­dent, Dr Ewen McPhee, speak­ing from Par­lia­ment House.

Fire ants are a su­per pest – if we fail to erad­i­cate them they will ex­act a dev­as­tat­ing toll on our unique wildlife, farm­ers, schools, life­style, health sys­tem and in­fra­struc­ture.”

– In­va­sive Species Coun­cil of Aus­tralia CEO An­drew Cox fol­low­ing US fire ant ex­pert Dr Robert Puck­ett’s na­tional tour of Aus­tralia.

“This ini­tia­tive forms an im­por­tant part of our pol­icy for a stronger agri­cul­ture sec­tor, an­nounced at last year’s fed­eral elec­tion to sup­port Aus­tralia’s farm­ers who con­trib­ute around $58 bil­lion to our na­tion’s econ­omy.

– Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources, Barn­aby Joyce, fol­low­ing the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment’s $5 mil­lion Lead­er­ship in Agri­cul­tural In­dus­tries Fund an­nounce­ment.

The Chi­nese mar­ket is a ma­jor mar­ket for a range of Aus­tralian grains, oilseeds and pulses and pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and a clear and con­sis­tent mes­sage about the Aus­tralian in­dus­try, its qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity is very im­por­tant for our in­dus­try and par­tic­u­larly for Aus­tralian grain grow­ers.”

– Pat O’Shan­nassy, CEO Grain Trade Aus­tralia (GTA), fol­low­ing the AGIC Asia Con­fer­ence in Shang­hai.

A BIL­LION: (from left) Chi­nese Min­is­ter for For­eign Af­fairs Mr Wang Yi, Chi­nese Premier Li Ke­qiang, Prime Min­is­ter of Aus­tralia Mal­colm Turn­bull and Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources Barn­aby Joyce.

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