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October

WHS and WorkCover will be the special focus of this year’s Workplace Essentials Seminars in Stanthorpe and Gatton

  • October 31, 2014
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WHS and WorkCover will be the special focus of this year’s Workplace Essentials Seminars in Stanthorpe and Gatton Friday, 31... Read More
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October

Congratulations to the Qualischefskis for the 2014 Lockyer Valley Mayoral Business Award

  • October 28, 2014
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Congratulations to the Qualischefskis for the 2014 Lockyer Valley Mayoral Business Award Tuesday, 28 October 2014.  Media Release Peak horticulture... Read More
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October

Highly Commended Award for banana growers in Safe Work Awards

  • October 23, 2014
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Highly Commended Award for banana growers in Safe Work Awards Thursday, 23 October 2014 Peak horticulture body Growcom congratulated banana... Read More
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October

Inspiring youth to take up ag careers

  • October 20, 2014
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Photo opportunity: Inspiring youth to take up ag careers Monday, 20 October 2014.  Media Release This week high school students... Read More

Industry News

We know the problem. More Australians are fat and they're getting fatter. What no one can agree on is how to stop an epidemic that's threatening to make the next generation less healthy than the one before. Everyone agrees that one part of the answer is to exercise more. What's less clear is how people can be encouraged to eat a healthier diet. On one side, public health advocates say food companies must reduce the levels of fat, salt and sugar they put in their products. On the other side, many believe diet is a personal responsibility way beyond Government regulation.
Source: Four Corners


While we're lauding the recent injection of sun and eagerly awaiting summer, warmer days also bring fly season and beefed up biosecurity measures.
Source: TVNZ


Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers has honoured three individuals with lifetime memberships to its organisation for their contribution to the local horticulture industry. BFVG chairman and macadamia grower Geoff Chivers, former BFVG chairman and Austchilli managing director David De Paoli and BFVG treasurer and hydroponic vegetable grower David Da Pra were all bestowed the honour at the annual BFVG Ball on Saturday night in front of a strong crowd of around 500 people that packed into the Civic Centre.
Source: NewsMail


The Victorian country town of Ararat has won a battle with obesity but it has not yet won the war. A groundbreaking public health campaign focusing on education and physical activity, started after The Biggest Loser TV program came to town, has seen Ararat go from being one of the fattest towns in Australia to now being close to the national average.
Source: Four Corners


The Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has announced a skills-based board for the new research and development body, Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIAL). It replaces the old Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) board, after a scathing ACIL Allen consulting report found the old system of handling levies was beset with conflict of interest and lacked transparency.
Source: ABC Rural


Macadamia growers are happy a new horticulture board has been unveiled, but hope it doesn’t change their robust development programs.
Source: ABC Rural


Just over a year has lapsed since Mr Fealy, his wife Jess and their children packed up their inner city lives and made the journey north, from Brisbane to Far North Queensland, to take up the running of his uncle's farm in Mareeba. The couple had enjoyed the stability and prosperity of their respective careers as a travel agent and a chartered accountant, but knew that farming was their true calling. The husband and wife team already have made a number of improvements to the property, including the planting of 4500 passionfruit vines and 2500 new avocado trees across two different sites.
Source: QLD Country Hour


Custard apple trees throughout Queensland are starting to flower, as the summer months approach. The Sunshine Coast produces the bulk of Queensland’s 60 000 custard trees.
Source: ABC Rural


"To be honest, I don't really care about school that much. Farming comes first." Brittany Skyring is a teenage farmer, based at in the Mary Valley in south-east Queensland. And she wouldn't have it any other way. "It's in my blood and it's something I've always had to do, and something I love," she said.
Source: ABC Rural


Should big agribusiness companies actively recruit women for their boards? That question over female representation at a corporate level has been discussed in general business circles for some years, but it was also the focus at a Women in Agriculture forum in Melbourne that has just been held.
Source: ABC Rural


Navel oranges from southern New South Wales are about to head to Tasmania under a new domestic trade protocol for fruit fly. The fruit was grown on several isolated orchards in Griffith and monitored by the NSW Department of Primary Industries in an area of low pest prevalence. The trial consignment won't be cold sterilised for fruit fly.
Source: ABC Rural


Woolworths announced today it has boosted profits by $200 million in the past year. Despite the price of groceries falling, Australians are spending more at the checkout.
Source: Nine News


Embattled carrot farmers are feeling the pain of increased production costs more so than other vegetable farmers, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).
Source: The Land


The Federal Health Minister has rejected a survey by the Greens, which suggests rural mental health services are seriously lacking and more government support is critical.
Source: ABC Rural


It was "gold, gold, gold" for Carlo Lorenti from Clayfield Markets Fresh, who outbid all rivals for this season's symbolic first tray of the golden fruit at the 2014 Brisbane Markets Mango Auction. The Mango King won his crown on Thursday, October 9, with a generous bid of $30 000, the funds donated to Diabetes Queensland and Life Education Queensland.
Source: North Queensland Register


Pardelup Prison Farm is a minimum security prison located about 27 kilometres west of Mt Barker in Western Australia's Great Southern region. Nestled between farm properties and vineyards off the Muir Highway, Pardelup is a working farm that grows fruit and vegetables and breeds sheep and cattle. One of the key aspects of helping people to live a healthy life and a life free of crime is that they've got the skills and the employability skills to get a job when they are released. The inmates operate the farm, train in agricultural work and are given the opportunity to complete certificates in horticulture and construction.
Source: WA Country Hour


Passports of citrus pickers will now be checked weekly at a southern New South Wales farm, where immigration raids were carried out earlier this month. The raids discovered 37 workers, who were hired by a contractor, had invalid visas.
Source: ABC Rural


Knowledgeable consumers are keen to get their hands on the best our regions have to offer, but producers face a difficult task to make their produce stand out from the pack. Frances Caltieri, from Kookaberry Jams, in Victoria's Yarra Valley says winning an award was all she needed to get her business moving. She had immediate success with her raspberry vinegar, winning a major award just three months after starting production, which is just as well because she's doing it all herself. "I actually make, grow the product, label it, I do everything and distribute it all myself."
Source: ABC Rural


At the recent Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers gala dinner, three men were presented with life membership of the organisation, becoming part of a group of just 18 people to have been given the honour since 1948. Here we look at their history of farming in the Bundaberg region.
Source: News Mail


Australian agriculture is "closing down" and farmers - "the toughest people this nation has ever produced" - are folding, federal MP Bob Katter says. Speaking as part of a mental health special on the ABC's Q&A's program on October 6, Mr Katter said Australia's four big agricultural sectors - sheep, cattle, dairy and sugar cane - were all "going straight down the chute at 100 mile an hour".
Source: ABC News


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