GSSA News & Media

GSSA News & Media

Legume research to boost red meat industry

02 September 2020

New $1.5 million research project to enhance legume component of pastures, improving productivity and resilience.

Tasmanian red meat producers are set to benefit from a new $1.5 million research project that aims to enhance the legume component of pastures, improving productivity and resilience.

The five-year project, led by Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) Research Fellow Dr Rowan Smith, will help grow productivity in the red meat industry by identifying and establishing perennial legume species that can successfully persist to fill feed gaps and improve tolerance and productivity under waterlogging.

Smart Farms Small Grants open for big impact

24 August 2020

Apply now for funding of up to $100,000 for your natural resource management!

The Australian Government is inviting applications for projects to deliver services under the National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants Round 4.

Smart Farms Small Grants is an open, competitive, grant opportunity to support projects to increase farming, forestry and fishing communities’ awareness, knowledge, skills and capacity to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture.

The purpose of Smart Farms Small Grants is to support land manager practice change that will deliver more sustainable, productive and profitable food, fibre and forestry business while protecting Australia’s biodiversity; protecting and improving the condition of natural resources; and assisting Australia meet its international obligations.

Grass & Forage Manager - Winter 2019 edition available

12 December 2019

The Winter 2019 edition of the British Grassland Society's publication - Grass & Forage Manager is now available.

Rural Bank releases Australian Farmland Values report

24 June 2019

Rural Bank has just released the annual Australian Farmland Values report, revealing the median price of Australian farmland increased 10.7 per cent in 2018. This was the fifth consecutive year of growth.

Most states experienced growth in farmland values: South Australia (17 per cent), Queensland (15.7 per cent) and Victoria (14.1 per cent) all recorded a year of double-digit growth, while New South Wales (9.6 per cent) and Western Australia (3.8 per cent) grew solidly. Tasmania was the only state to experience a decline in its median price per hectare in 2018, down five per cent compared to 2017.

Over the longer term, Australian agricultural land values again proved their worth, with a national average annual growth rate of 6.8 per cent since 1998. Recognising that the relevance of farmland values will often carry greater significance when looked at from a localised level, and this year’s report drills down into greater detail at municipality level. To read full details of your state, region and municipality.

Vale Joyce Gillespie

22 April 2019

The Society is saddened to learn of the passing of Joyce Gillespie on 31 March 2019. Joyce was a Life Member of the Society, and was Secretary/Treasurer of the Society for many years. Our condolences go to Joyce's family.