Biosecurity, 06 Sep 2023
The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry estimates that the top 40 exotic pests and diseases could cost the broadacre and horticulture crop industries up to $29.3 billion in losses and put jobs at risk. Learning how to recognise the signs of damaging pests and diseases is probably the most important tool in on-farm biosecurity practices and is crucial to protecting crops and Australia’s grains industry.
Biosecurity, 12 Jun 2023
Working closely with growers and others in the grain supply chain, specialist biosecurity officers operate in each of the five grain growing regions and provide growers with the latest biosecurity tools, resources and advice. The GBOs work with grain growers and share simple ways they can reduce the risks posed by pests, diseases and weeds on their farms.
Biosecurity, 05 Apr 2023
Whether you are a consultant, agronomist, contractor, transporter, utilities provider or on a social visit, understanding that biosecurity is a shared responsibility is key. The Grains Farm Biosecurity Program has simple farm visitor guidelines to follow to help minimise biosecurity risks when working on farms.
Biosecurity, 04 Apr 2023
Under the Plant Health Australia-funded Grains Farm Biosecurity Program, Agriculture Victoria plans to recruit more grain storage sites around the state to act as sentinel sites. The move will tie in with national efforts and expand exotic pest surveillance coverage in the Australian grains industry.
Biosecurity, 16 Mar 2023
Keeping track of visitor and vehicle on-farm movements is vital to managing biosecurity risks and managing workplace health and safety.
Biosecurity, 08 Dec 2022
Visiting rural properties or grain industry sites could increase the risk of an exotic disease or pest entering and becoming established in Australia. International travellers arriving in Australia can significantly reduce the risk they pose by taking some basic precautions.
Biosecurity, 14 Nov 2022
The Australian Government and plant-based research and development corporations, including GRDC, have joined forces to develop an all-plant R&D project to train more scientists and develop faster, more-efficient methods of detecting and diagnosing exotic threats. The ‘Boosting Diagnostic Capacity for Plant Production Industries’ project focuses on diagnostics for high priority exotic pests and diseases.
Biosecurity, 28 Oct 2022
The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program is an early warning system to detect new incursions of exotic bee pests and pest bees. The surveillance program is important to ensure the health and wellbeing of European honey bees and the honey bee and pollination service industry.
Biosecurity, 23 Oct 2022
Khapra beetle is number two on Australia’s National Priority Plant Pest list and the number-one pest for the grains industry. It is estimated that a widespread incursion could cost Australia $15.5 billion over a period of 20 years.
Biosecurity, 14 Sep 2022
The September 2022 issue of the GroundCover Supplement focused on plant biosecurity.