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October

Inspiring youth to take up ag careers

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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
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October

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

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WHS and WorkCover will be the special focus of this year’s Workplace Essentials Seminars in the horticulture industry Thursday, 16... Read More
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Congratulations to banana grower finalists in Safe Work Awards

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Congratulations to banana grower finalists in Safe Work Awards Thursday, 16 October 2014 Growcom and Diabetes Queensland today congratulated banana... Read More
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October

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

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WHS and WorkCover will be the special focus of this year’s Workplace Essentials Seminars in the horticulture industry Monday, 13... Read More

Industry News

Landcare Australia Limited (LAL) has confirmed police are investigating a fake email which was purportedly sent by its chief executive. The email alleges LAL's board of directors have conflicts of interest in the mining industry and purports to be written and sent by Tessa Jakszewicz, who says it's most definitely a fake.
Source: ABC Rural


Horticultural output in South Australia's Riverland has increased by 10 000 tonnes this year, that's a jump of about five per cent, compared to last year.
Source: SA Country Hour


The UN Food and Agriculture Organization reports that 40 per cent of the world’s food depends on irrigation, which accounts for almost 70 per cent of fresh water used. It makes sense then that farmers are turning to new and old technology in an attempt to manage their water. Wellntel’s groundwater monitoring system provides homeowners and farmers with information about their groundwater without opening up their wells, enabling them to better conserve and protect their water supply.
Source: The Guardian


Could the daughter of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd help Australian organic food producers break into the growing Chinese market? That's the hope of Australian Organic, one of the certification organisations working to gain a foothold in China. The company has appointed Jessica Rudd as a 'trade ambassador' to help facilitate increased organic trade to the Asian powerhouse.
Source: ABC Rural


US farmers have for decades received government subsidies irrespective of whether or not they planted a crop, but for the first time in 2015 all US Government subsidies to farmers will be provided in the form of risk insurance programs that protect farmers from severe income reductions due to climatic or market events.
Source: Australia Farm Institute


The mango season is starting to ramp up in the Northern Territory, with around 12 000 trays trucked out of the Darwin region last week. Prices for quality fruit remains strong, with first grade Kensington Pride mangoes fetching around $50 a tray in the Sydney markets.
Source: ABC Rural


A Senate report into the performance and role of Australia Post has found small town post offices need urgent financial assistance to survive. The report recommends an independent review of the way Australia Post funds local post offices.
Source: ABC Rural


Beekeepers are on alert after tests found Australia's European honeybees are breeding with the destructive Asian honeybee. Sperm from the Asian honeybee, that carries the deadly Varroa mite, was found in one third of commercial queens tested in the Cairns region of Far North Queensland. It produces useless eggs, reducing the honey and pollination services from affected hives.
Source: ABC Rural


The weather bureau's long-term forecast is predicting a drier than normal October to December for much of eastern Australia. October is expected to be drier in central and eastern Australia, with the chance of a later start to northern Australia's wet season. The bureau says the forecast warmer temperatures until the end of the year mean 2014 is likely to rank as one of Australia's top ten hottest years on record.
Source: ABC Rural


The North Galilee Basin Rail project has received approval from Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, with 23 conditions. Landholders expressed concern during the approval process about how the rail line will affect flooding in the area, as it traverses flood plains. There are 16 property owners affected by the line.
Source: ABC Rural


The Country Education Foundation has completed a tour of rural Queensland. CEO Sarah Taylor says they are seeing great results, but people are concerned about possible changes to university fees.
Source: ABC Rural


The value of horticultural produce is forecast to increase by 4.5 per cent to $9.5 billion this financial year. Figures have been partly boosted by strong growth in the almond industry, which led to growth in exports in 2012-13 and 2013-14, said the ABARES agricultural commodities September quarter report.
Source: Weekly Times Now


Dangling a carrot has lost its meaning to growers of the vegetable who are struggling to turn a profit. ABARES released figures recently showing Aussie carrot growers' returns, on average, have been falling since 2007-08. Over the past seven years, average domestic carrot prices have fallen by 24 per cent, while average costs have increased by 42 per cent.
Source: Queensland Country Life


A bumper season at the Top End's only commercial onion farm has been dampened by an import-driven domestic price drop.
Source: ABC Rural


The plant science industry's peak body has developed a smartphone app which allows farmers to let beekeepers know where chemicals are being sprayed.
Source: ABC Rural


Farmers, food processors and supermarkets have released a joint report recommending the Federal Government reduce the regulatory burden across the entire food and farm sector. Chief executive of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, Gary Dawson, says all groups represented want more flexible labour laws.
Source: ABC Rural


The National Farmers' Federation says banks have agreed to start providing more detail on the extent of rural debt across Australia.
Source: ABC Rural


Since Federation, the level of Federal Government assistance given to the agriculture industry has been far less than the manufacturing sector, according to a study by two University of Melbourne economists.
Source: ABC Rural


Western Australia's three largest avocado growers will lobby the state government for the major reform of an industry levy. Grower George Ipsen claims levy spending is biased towards growers in the eastern states and he wants funds spent locally.
Source: ABC Rural


The Federal Government is refusing to suspend fresh ginger imports from Fiji, despite live roundworms being found in cartons shipped to Sydney. The Queensland Government has called for an immediate halt to the imports, but the Federal Government says they won't be suspended because the type of roundworm discovered is not a quarantine risk. Ginger from the Pacific Island nation first went on sale at the Sydney markets last week, amid an ongoing review into the way Australia measures its import risks.
Source: QLD Country Hour


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