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SILO ART COMPLETED:

The town of Tungamah is the first in northern Victoria with silo art.

Broome artist Sobrane completed the artwork, which depicts several brolgas and a kookaburra, last Monday.

MILK PRODUCTION UP:

Northern Victoria dairy farmers have bounced back from a tough start to the season with milk production up eight per cent, according to Dairy Australia’s February Situation and Outlook report.

Australia-wide production was up three per cent, but an abundance of supply in the Northern Hemisphere is expected to put pressure on milk prices.

DRY AUTUMN AHEAD:

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting below average rainfall and warmer than average temperatures from March to May in the latest season outlook.

SOLAR FARMS:

Greater Shepparton City Council has called in Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne to decide on the future of four solar farm applications.

Shepparton planning officers were proposing to allow the developments before the decision was shifted to the state.

ECONOMIC CONTRACTION IN IRRIGATION AREAS:

Surveys of irrigation districts in northern Victoria and the Southern Riverina conducted by Murray-Darling Basin Authority have shown population declines and employment declines in most districts.

The community profiles are available on the MDBA website.