Agriculture

Introduction

Agriculture Victoria works with the agriculture industry on research, development and extension to improve production, connect the sector with international markets, support development and maintain effective biosecurity controls.

Agriculture Victoria has a governance and policy role regarding the management of fisheries, forestry and game species in close collaboration with our agencies and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Websites

Strategies and initiatives

Victoria’s Animal Welfare Action Plan

The government is developing the first ever Action Plan for Victoria’s animals.

Visit Victoria’s Draft Action Plan for animal welfare to find out more.

Wine industry development strategy

The purpose of the Wine industry development strategy will be to improve the long term performance and sustainability of the wine industry in Victoria.

Invasive plants and animals policy framework

The Invasive plants and animals policy framework presents the government's approach to the management of invasive species.

Viticulture biosecurity strategic plan

The objectives of the Viticulture biosecurity strategic plan are to provide a biosecurity policy forum for government and major stakeholders and to provide leadership in the planning and management of state vine health issues.

Projects

Drought response program

The government has allocated $27 million to  ensure drought affected communities are supported.

Supporting the dairy industry

The government is working closely with the dairy industry to support farms impacted by the issues facing the industry.

Project Regeneration

The government is investing $8.5 million to upgrade its VicTrack rail sidings, as part of GrainCorp's historic $85 million Project Regeneration

Grants, awards and scholarships

Young farmers scholarship program

Young farmers in Victoria can access scholarships of up to $10,000 to help boost skills and implement new on-farm initiatives.

Food Source Victoria

Food Source Victoria offers grants for food producers and businesses to develop growth plans, support export growth and create quality jobs. It also offers scholarships for professionals in regional agri-food businesses.

Horticulture innovation fund

The Horticulture innovation fund supports industry to partner with research organisations on projects that use new technologies and techniques for improving overall economic performance.

Wine growth fund

The Wine growth fund offers grants that support initiatives to develop the Victorian wine industry.

Rural women's award

The Rural women's award recognises the contribution Victorian women make to primary industry and rural communities.

Consultations

Code of practice for keeping of racing greyhounds

The public comment period for the draft Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds (the Code) is now closed. The draft Code will be revised and amended following consideration of each submission received.

More information about the code is on the Agriculture website.

Divisional owners and entities

Agriculture Victoria Services

Agriculture Victoria Services is the commercial interface between the department and private industry. It protects, manages and commercialises new technologies generated by the agriculture research and development divisions of the department.

Entities

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