Media Releases

Eligible primary producers affected by flooding in the Bland, Bogan, Forbes, Lachlan, Narromine, Parkes and Warren Local Government areas are being reminded to apply for Category C Disaster Assistance.

Blue-green algae alert for Wyangala Dam

- DPI Water

The Central West Regional Algal Coordinating Committee (RACC) has issued a red level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae in Wyangala Dam.

Blueberries are being analysed

NSW and Australian blueberries are destined for new international markets following recent changes to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code to allow a new quarantine treatment of blueberries and raspberries to overcome export trade barriers.

A group of trees in a row

Native’s natural pest control

- Agriculture; Biosecurity

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) scientists have taken the cue from a naturally occurring phenomenon to explore the potential of Australian eucalyptus to control major weeds and crop diseases.

Lachlan Goodworth inspects sorghum trials at DPI Liverpool Plains Field Station at Breeza

New year endures warm, dry conditions

- Agriculture

As the new year rolls in, the warm, dry conditions continue across the state resulting in accelerated summer crop growth.

Department of Primary Industries Fisheries officers have issued $500 fines to four men caught harvesting Eastern Rock Lobsters from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

The Marine Estate Management Authority has released the draft statewide Threat and Risk Assessment (TARA) Report for the NSW marine estate.

Young farmers and those aspiring to get into the business of agriculture are encouraged to register for the ‘Getting Started – Bank Ready’ workshops to be held in February at Gunnedah, Quirindi, Tamworth, and Barraba, hosted by the Young Farmer Business Project, a joint initiative between NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and NSW Farmers.

$100 quad bike training

- Agriculture

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Tocal College, in partnership with SafeWork NSW, has offered subsidised quad bike training to eligible farmers and farm workers in the Riverina this February.

New blackleg resistant genes in canola

- Agriculture

NSW Department of Primary Industry (DPI) scientists have found new canola genes for resistance to blackleg, the major disease threat to Australia’s canola industry.