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July

How to strengthen your farm business in the face of future natural disasters

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25
July

Soils for the Future workshop in Yeppoon

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Media Release Friday, 25 July 2014 Soils for the Future workshop in Yeppoon With the cost/price squeeze forcing production horticulture… Read More

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Carbon farming on the agenda: helping the environment, saving you money

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Media Release Friday, 18 July 2014 Carbon farming on the agenda: helping the environment, saving you money Production horticulture growers… Read More

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July

New agrichemicals legislation will cut red tape, improve access

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Industry News

Heritage apple trees, some dating back to 1830 and used to feed convicts, are being saved from extinction by a Cradoc farming couple.
Source: Weekly Times Now


Nine houses are suspected of accommodating more than 100 foreign workers in a Gippsland shire in unregistered boarding houses. And the local shire is now investigating the allegations raised by The Weekly Times.
Source: The Weekly Times


The Northern Territory is Australia’s biggest mango growing jurisdiction, and the industry is set to receive a boost with switching on of the National Broadband Network for another 2700 homes, farms and small businesses in Darwin’s rural area.
Source: The Weekly Times


Every year Australians waste about $10 billion worth of food. It starts on the farm, where fruit and vegetables are rejected for cosmetic reasons, and continues right through to the household, where leftover or unwanted food is thrown out. In France, supermarket giant Intermarche has introduced a successful campaign called Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables.
Source: ABC Bush Telegraph


Containers of world-class Australian vegetables have left for Singaporean and Taiwanese shores, following the industry’s most successful Reverse Trade Mission in June 2014, involving over 40 leading Asian buyers and retailers.
Source: Fresh Plaza


Many farmers, and particularly big rural businesses, were not fans of the carbon tax and so it was no surprise that many were applauding the Senate vote that finally saw it abolished.
Source: ABC Rural


Organic foods are up to 60 per cent higher in many antioxidants and have lower levels of a toxic metal, than conventionally grown crops, according to a UK study. The study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition on July 15, is a meta-analysis of 342 peer reviewed publications on the compositional differences between organic and conventional crops.
Source: ABC Rural


Slow down and smell the roses. Or, slow down and let the herbicide droplets reach the plants. This was one of the main messages from spraying guru Bill Gordon to a free Victorian No Till Farmers Association workshop in Rupanyup recently.
Source: The Weekly Times


Farmers will soon be able to employ robots to attack one of their most costly problems — weeds. Robots are being developed particularly to tackle the rising problem of glyphosate resistance. Researchers at Queensland University of Technology say the technology is less than three years away from hitting commercial farms.
Source: The Weekly Times


It probably comes as no surprise to anyone working in agriculture, but the stats are in, confirming that Australian farmers aren't getting any younger. But compared to the rest of the world, researcher Dr Neil Barr says Australian farmers are relatively young.
Source: ABC Rural


The recent cold snap has brought a mixture of good and bad for Bundaberg's fruit and vegetable growers.
Source: New Mail


While Australians are still not eating the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables, research shows the fastest growing consumer trend is healthy snacks.
Source: ABC Rural


The Queensland Government has denied it agreed to a review of the Galilee Basin Rail Corridors, on the request of LNP backbencher Vaughan Johnson. Affected producers have maintained that the rail lines' location along flood plains, could significantly affect the area and where water will go during floods.
Source: ABC Rural


The use of netting to protect crops from hail, wind and birds is becoming increasingly popular among fruit growers but it can seriously affect pollination.
Source: The Land


Beekeepers are warning efforts to control the spread of the deadly canola disease, beet western yellows virus, could devastate bee populations.
Source: ABC Rural


Preparing Australia's beekeeping industry for a number of biosecurity threats is the focus of the Government's latest report into the industry.
Source: ABC Rural


Australian vegetable growers are continuing to do it tough with average profits plummeting, according to the latest data.
Source: The Weekly Times


Australian fruit fly management of fruit fly in Australia is forging ahead with the new National Fruit Fly Advisory Committee now under way.
Source: The Weekly Times


In-field control is the future of fruit fly management, according to one of the world’s leading experts.
Source: The Weekly Times


Fans of the natural, calorie-free sweetener stevia might be surprised to find out that Truvia, one of its most popular representatives, doesn't just sweeten your coffee — it's also great at killing fruit flies.
Source: The Verge


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