The value of Australian agricultural commodities is tipped to break another record this financial year. An essential part of maintaining strength in the agriculture sector is the continuation of market access and landholders across NSW play a very important role in this.

More than 25,000 land managers across the North Coast region who pay Local Land Services rates or have a Property Identification Code will soon receive their Annual Land and Stock Returns in a bid to build a statewide picture of agricultural use and livestock numbers. Returns are due to be lodged by 31 August 2017.

In other North Coast Local Land Services news a survey on dairy and beef Q fever is being undertaken to help identify risk areas and assist in the development of supplementary material for dairy and beef cattle producers. The survey is completely voluntary and participants have the opportunity to enter a draw for an iPad.

On a national level, the 2017 State and Territory Landcare Awards are open across Australia. In NSW nominations are open for the NSW Fish Habitat Award. Information about the Awards and how to enter is available from the State & Territory Landcare Awards website. The NSW Fish Habitat Award closes 17 July 2017.