Media Releases

Yellow crazy ants

A surviving population of yellow crazy ant is under surveillance and being treated in Lismore following the positive identification of the invasive pest by NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Chris Riddell, Edwina Bartholomew and Andrew Roberts

Secure your spot for Young Farmer Business Conference

- Agriculture; Fishing

Tickets have now gone on sale for the second annual NSW Department of Primary Industries Young Farmer Business Conference in Dubbo on 28 May, with an inspiring line up of speakers and a bigger trade exhibition in store.

tropical perennial grass

Farmer insights to help boost red meat production

- Agriculture; Research & Development

NSW farmers have been asked to inform research which aims to underpin the state’s multi-billion dollar red meat industry in a changing and variable climate by integrating tropical perennial grasses into grazing systems.

Hotel quarantine costs halved for overseas agricultural workers

- Agriculture; Ministerial

With the State’s primary industries sector hard-hit by COVID-induced workforce shortages, the NSW Government has today announced a significant boost for farmers by subsidising half the quarantine costs for overseas agricultural workers.

For the fourth year in a row, the Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund is offering $500,000 in grants and loans to support community projects across the State that maintain and protect Aboriginal cultural fishing and promote economic opportunity.

Safe disposal of drowned livestock a priority

- Agriculture

Landholders and community members have been encouraged to report any deceased livestock left by the recent floods so that it can be removed and disposed of.

Have Your Say on Rice Vesting

- Agriculture

The NSW Government is undertaking a review and consultation into rice vesting in NSW to determine whether vesting continues to be in the best interests of the industry and community.

Parthenium weed sign in Parkes NSW

Parkes parthenium patrol

- Biosecurity

A major reconnaissance operation, involving more than 30 biosecurity, natural resources, logistics and support specialists from across NSW, will survey two parthenium infestation sites near Parkes as teams search for any signs of the invasive weed this March 16 and 17.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries is urging landholders and primary producers across NSW to complete a survey to help with their evaluation of the NSW Government’s recent drought relief measures, before the survey closes next week.

NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries has announced changes to recreational Blue Swimmer Crab size limits set to come into effect from 30 April 2021.