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DAIRY CODE DEBATE CONTINUES:

The dairy industry is continuing to discuss a possible mandatory code of conduct as Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud puts pressure on to come to a consensus. Proposed as a way to correct a power imbalance between processors and dairy farmers, concerns have been expressed regarding the cost, time and effectiveness of the proposed mandatory code.

MILK PRICE HIKE GAINS SUPPORT:

Support for a 10¢/litre levy on milk has received the thumbs up from Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, who says he is happy to help facilitate it. Proposed as a way to help dairy farmers through the drought, the levy would require Coles, Woolworths and federal cabinet to get on board.

TOUGH TIMES FOR DAIRY:

Dairy farmers continue to do it tough as dry conditions and rising feed prices have seen average profit across Victoria fall to the fifth lowest level in 12 years, Agriculture Victoria and Dairy Australia’s 2018 Dairy Farm Monitor Report has confirmed.

SOLAR PROGRESS:

Anyone driving on Wunghnu Rd next month will see solar panels starting to grow in number at the site of the Numurkah Solar Farm at Drumanure. Neoen Australia, the company behind the project, is set to complete works at the site in May 2019.

YOUNG FARMERS JOIN COUNCIL:

Rochester’s Dustin Kemp and Strathbogie’s Alistair Tame have been appointed as new faces on the Young Farmer Advisory Council. They will join returning members Sarah Thompson and Tom McGrath, Pete Burgess from the Young Agribusiness Professionals and Jess Pilgrim from the Victorian Young Farmers Network, as well as two other new members.