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November

Take control of your business and personal finances – a workshop for women in agribusiness (Boonah)

  • November 25, 2014
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Take control of your business and personal finances – a workshop for women in agribusiness (Boonah) Tuesday, 25 November 2014... Read More
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November

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

WHS and WorkCover will be the special focus of this year’s Workplace Essentials Seminars in Bundaberg and Gayndah Friday, 7... Read More
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November

Ready, set, grow your market – Women in Horticulture workshop (Caboolture)

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Building soil carbon for improved soil health, productivity and profits

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Industry News

The New Zealand-bred and owned Envy apple is now being harvested and marketed for the first time in Europe. South Tyrol marketing organisations secured exclusive cultivation rights for the variety in Italy and began planting two years ago. Enza, the New Zealand marketing organisation which owns worldwide rights to the variety, aims to have 100 000 tonnes of the apples on the global market by 2020.
Source: Horticulture Week


Nut growers could be big winners from the free trade agreement (FTA) with China, saying it could pave the way for massive expansion into an already significant market. China's tariffs sit around 25 per cent for our biggest exports of macadamias, almonds and walnuts.
Source: The Land


Soil health and preventing erosion have become paramount in addressing declining yields across the macadamia industry, with progressive growers taking innovative and brave measures to guarantee tree health and sustainability.
Source: Queensland Country Life


Fresh fruit and vegetables that can't be grown at home in the bush are often cast aside as urban luxuries. That is, unless you live in Cunnamulla. Jones' Green Grocer and Nursery looks more like a fruit shop you'd stumble across in Brisbane. That's because, thanks to the dedicated efforts of owners Rodney 'Jock' and Helen Jones, it stocks much of the food one would find at the Rocklea Markets in Brisbane.
Source: Queensland Country Life


Horticulture will benefit greatly from the Free Trade Agreement with China which will see the removal of all tariffs within four years. The tariffs of up to 30 per cent will be removed from all horticulture products within the period opening up the Chinese market for many industries.
Source: Tas Country Hour


The citrus industry's peak body says Australia's Free Trade Agreement with China is long overdue. The deal will see tariffs for citrus exports phased out over the next eight years. Citrus Australia's chief executive Judith Damiani says it will help the industry to improve on this season's $30 million export record.
Source: ABC Rural


Following the announcement of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement yesterday, Ausveg says that more needs to be done if the Australian vegetable industry is to continue to thrive. Ausveg says that export markets to Asia and the Middle East must be expanded, and that continued investment in research and development is key.
Source: Food Magazine


Australian onion growers say onions from the United States are being sold in independent supermarkets labelled as Australian product. A photo of imported American onions posted on Facebook has attracted plenty of complaints.
Source: ABC Rural


Representatives from the Victorian food industry have united in the Pro-Local Supply Working Group and developed the “Full Value for Victorian Food Procurement Policy” that urges members of parliament to put locally sourced food on the agenda to support the Victorian food industry.
Source: Stock and Land


Queensland's Department of Agriculture will soon declare the Sunshine State a pest quarantine area that's free of Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus. The move will mean Queensland joins other Australian states that have already implemented stricter biosecurity checks for plant material coming from disease-declared areas in the Northern Territory. Gazetting the pest will give Biosecurity Queensland the power to go onto Queensland properties to do surveillance work, and to react faster if this disease enters the state.
Source: ABC Rural


Third generation potato farmer Brad Jonsson recalls a time when the red soil, Atherton Tableland Sebago potato demanded a premium. But those days are gone now, as is the window of opportunity that once saw far north Queensland spuds hitting the market at the end of the Victorian and South Australian growing seasons. Even a spike in potato prices this season is not enough to turn around the ailing fortunes of the far north Queensland.
Source: ABC Rural


Moves are under way to substantially increase Australian exports of apples and pears to grow the industry and promote a “clean and green” product overseas. Currently just one per cent of apples and 5 per cent of pears produced in Australia are exported. The plan is to increase those exports to 10 per cent for both apples and pears in the next five years.
Source: Queensland Country Life


A report from Queensland Health has found a quarter of all deaths in the state are linked to people's weight. Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said obesity rates have increased by over 20 per cent in four years. "We've got the best climate for getting outside and being active, and we have got some of the best food - fruit and vegetables are second to none. Somehow, we've got to do something," she said.
Source: ABC News


When Mareeba-based banana growers, Howe Farming Enterprises, decided it was time to start cultivating some energy-saving measures to reduce costs, they called the Kill-a-Watt campaign. Regional Development Australia has launched the campaign – funded by the Department of Industry and exclusive to Far North Queensland – to help local businesses and community organisations identify ways to slash their electricity usage.
Source: North Queensland Register


Report shows the average adult Queenslander is 3 kg heavier than a decade ago and just 7 per cent eat the recommended daily serve of vegetables. Two-thirds of Queensland’s adults and a quarter of its children are overweight or obese. The report showed the state is the most overweight in Australia. Queensland’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young says people are eating too much of the wrong foods and not exercising enough.
Source: The Guardian


Embattled carrot farmers are feeling the pain of increased production costs more than other vegetable farmers, according to the industry’s peak body Ausveg.
Source: Queensland Country Life


Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce and Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe visited a mango farm near Katherine, Northern Territory, to speak to mango growers about new trade opportunities and to unveil the Strategic Export Plan for the Australian Mango Industry. The ministers travelled to Piñata Farms’ most remote Honey Gold orchard.
Source: The Land


Australian vegetable growers are continuing to do it tough, according to new data released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences. The latest data for vegetable levy-paying growers shows that increasing financial pressures are being driven by costs, which have risen by 10 per cent since 2011-12, resulting in falling returns.
Source: Queensland Country Life


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