Farm Bio-security Plans.... a new requirement for livestock producers

From October 2017, all Australian red meat producers are required to have a Farm Biosecurity Plan in place and implement best-practice biosecurity practices as a requirement of the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program.

What does this mean for contractors?

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Getting soil and nutrition management right

WEBINAR - 22nd November

Getting soil and nutrition management right with EnviroVeg Webinar

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Real time soil tests in the field? Science fiction or just over the horizon

Soil analysis is slowly moving from the complex laboratory physical and chemical analytical procedures to the field by adapting rapid and simple spectroscopic methods. Recent developments in spectroscopic instrumentation have reduced the cost and size of instruments, with the newest and cheapest instruments costing only a few hundred dollars

Article provided by Sean Mason, Agronomy Solutions, as presented at Fertiliser 2017

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NZ Groundspread Conference report

Dean and Sarah Brooks, John and Nivonne Schultz from NZ Groundspread attended Fertiliser 2017 in Torquay and provided an update on the fertiliser industry in New Zealand

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Are you losing valuable fertiliser dollars?

Fertiliser and its application play an important role in increasing agricultural productivity and providing the required food to meet current and future demands.  However, it is also a significant input cost which makes it vital to ensure that you are able to get the best return on your dollars invested.

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Groundspread NZ August 2017

Latest news and issues from New Zealand

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Choosing a lime - what you need to make better decisions

The purchase of lime is a large upfront cost for growers and understandably they want to feel confident that their choice of lime is a good one and will ameliorate any acidity. Lime quality is a major factor that affects the extent of pH change and the time frame in which pH is changed.
Lisa Miller
Southern Farming Systems (SFS)
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Rural Commodities Wrap June 17

Phin Ziebell, NAB Agribusiness Economist provides the June 2017 Rural Commodities wrap 

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Are you spreading snail and/or mouse bait?

Do you know the licensing requirements when spreading mouse and snail bait and fungicide on fertilizers as a contractor (or for reward) compared to when a farmer applies this on their own property? 

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Farm Nutrients: are you getting quality advice?

Encourage farmers to ask "Is your agronomist a Fertcare Accredited Advisor?

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Registrations open for Fertiliser 2017

Victoria’s spectacular Surf Coast will play host to the Fertiliser 2017 conference on September 13-15 and registrations are now open for the three-day event coordinated by Fertilizer Australia and AFSA Victoria. 

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Organic Soil Amendments

Poultry litter, pig manure and compost containing these manures are regarded as Restricted Animal Materials (RAM) and therefore have particular requirements when used as organic soil amendments on pastures grazed by ruminant animals

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Promoting Fertcare to Farmers

How can you promote the benefits Fertcare & Accu-spread to your customers?
Fertcare plays a major role in safeguarding our environment and our food by helping to ensure farmers receive consistent good quality advice on fertiliser use. 

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Fungicide Treated Fertilisers

Cross contamination is a major risk to market access for grain growers if unacceptable residues are detected

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Facts and local knowledge must steer fertiliser use

Recently prominent fertiliser researcher Prof. Mike McLaughlin who heads the Fertiliser Technology Research Centre at the University of Adelaide had a clear message about the efficiency of following facts when addressing members of the AFSA in Adelaide

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Incitec Pivot presents at SA Conference

Paul Hampel provided background on IPLs new production facilities at Port Adelaide and new product - Granulock SS

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Executive Officer Update Feb17

By highlighting AFSA’s willingness to communicate, co-operate and collaborate as an Association we will also reap the benefits of being seen as a professional association whilst maintaining our “family culture

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SWCC Farmer Spreading Information

What is the cost of poor spreading?

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Fertcare Wins Education Award

Fertcare has been recognised for outstanding cooperation in vocational education and training.

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Accu-Spread and Product Quality

The Accu-Spread program has confirmed the importance of the physical quality of products in achieving uniform application.

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Standard Contract

National President of the Australian Fertiliser Services Association (AFSA) Wes Wheelhouse announced that a new Standard Contract for the fertiliser industry has now been made available.

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Parasites linked to sewage fertiliser

HUMAN faeces used as fertiliser on farms is being blamed for a breakout of Third World parasites causing a serious stomach illness across Sydney.

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