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Funding extended for farmer support services

Beef Central, 12 June 2018

The Coalition Government has announced it will invest an $20 million to extend all Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) provider contracts to 30 June 2020 and to meet continued demand.

$15 million to help drought-stricken Qld farmers deal with pests

Beef Central, 23 September 2015

The Australian and Queensland governments are inviting applications for pest control programs in drought affected areas as part of a joint $15 million commitment to tackle pest weeds and animals.

Greater certainty for Rural Financial Counselling Service

James Nason, 28 August 2015

The Australian Government is continuing its support for the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS), with a $3.5 million extension for existing service providers until 31 March 2016.

Agent’s push for army land grazing pays off

Beef Central, 14 August 2015

They say persistence pays off, and Townsville stock agent Tim McHugh’s efforts to convince the Federal Government to open army land to grazing for drought-affected cattle adds further weight to that adage.

Interest rates drop for farm business concessional loan schemes

Beef Central, 27 July 2015

Interest rates on loans across the Australian Government’s concessional loan schemes for farm businesses are set to fall on August 1.

Increase in Qld drought support cap to aid fodder, water costs

Beef Central, 17 May 2015

A Queensland Government move to lift maximum Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) support payments from $30,000 to $40,000 per annum will allow some of the hardest hit farmers to seek further assistance towards the costs of fodder and water freight and emergency water infrastructure for stock, according to AgForce.

Opinion: Why drought aid is a travesty of policy

Guest Author, 15 May 2015

It has become tiresome watching politicians and rural leaders wringing their hands and shedding crocodile tears over the failure of drought aid to reach those in desperate need. The cause of their angst is that drought concessional loans are reaching very few people in need.

Give droughted cattle access to army land, urges NQ stock agent

James Nason, 28 April 2015

A North Queensland stock agent says the region is now experiencing the worst drought he has seen in 45 years in business.

Govt considering stimulus package for drought-affected communities

Beef Central, 16 April 2015

The Federal Government is reportedly close to finalising a new drought assistance package for Queensland and New South Wales which would involve funding “shovel ready” projects to encourage people to stay in drought-affected communities.

Interest rates to fall for Farm Finance, Drought Concessional loans

Beef Central, 13 January 2015

Interest rates on loans delivered under the Farm Finance Concessional Loans Scheme and the Drought Concessional Loans Scheme will fall to 4.34 and 3.84 per cent respectively from 1 February 2015.