Chemical Industry News
Chemical Industry News is a quarterly e-Newsletter published by Agriculture Victoria that shares news and tips on agricultural and veterinary chemical use legislation in Victoria. If you work with agricultural or veterinary chemicals, then this e-Newsletter is for you.
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Chemical Industry News No. 81 - Spring 2018
2,4-D changes to reduce spray drift
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has issued new instructions on the use of 2,4-D products to reduce incidents of spray drift this summer. The new instructions came into effect on 3rd October.
Main Ridge man fined for illegal use of 1080 baits
A pest contractor from Rosebud has been fined $4,000 at the Dromana Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to providing 1080 bait products to a person not authorised to possess them.
The contractor had illegally supplied 1080 bait products to a truffle farmer at Main Ridge who then illegally used the baits to control feral pigs which he believed were damaging his property.
Fines and jail time for baiting wedge-tailed eagles
The prosecution of a New Zealand man for poisoning 406 wedge-tailed eagles in Victoria’s east is a timely reminder that chemicals are only to be used according to their label. The man was jailed for 14 days and fined $2,500 for poisoning the eagles on three remote properties at Tubbut, between October 2016 and April 2018.
Tokuthion changes for table grapes
Table grape growers should be aware of the changes to product labels for Tokuthion Insecticide Spray®. Manufacturer Arysta LifeScience is no longer supporting the use of Tokuthion on table grapes and has initiated a voluntary recall of the product to re-label it accordingly.
Local government audits
Agriculture Victoria has audited 23 local Governments and their contractors to assess the level of compliance with the Agricultural and Veterinary (Control of Use) Act 1992. The audits revealed a number of areas for improvement, summarised in the report ‘Auditing of agricultural chemical use by local Governments’.
Cutting failed crops for feed
Low rainfall and a frost in September and October has caused grain growers to consider cutting their crops for hay or cutting their crops early and allowing livestock to graze on them.
Golf course chemical management
Victoria has a diverse range of regional and urban golf courses which have incorporated multiple land uses within their design. Incorporation of residential development within the golf course environment can create complex management issues, in particular the use of agricultural chemicals.
Agriculture Victoria chemical standards
Visit the Chemical use page for information about:
- Rules and regulations on the use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals in Victoria
- Licence and permit application forms
- Agricultural Chemical Control Areas
- Statewide - Steve Field (03) 5824 5532, 0407 258 433, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Northern - Felicity Collins (03) 5430 4463, 0407 267 912, email@example.com
- South West
- South East - Natalie Myring (03) 5924 2609, 0428 961 622, firstname.lastname@example.org