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2nd Live Well Farm Well webinar – how to introduce healthy eating at your workplace

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Growing opportunities for today’s horticulture producers

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Workshop to address financial planning challenges for women in production horticulture (Bundaberg)

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Industry News

Official estimates show the average household in NSW wastes up to 315 kilograms of food a year, worth some $2.5 billion. And globally, the UN says around 30 per cent of all food produced is wasted.
Source: ABC Rural


Entrepreneur and branding expert Craig Davis thinks Australian agriculture has “spoilt supermodel syndrome”. The 'land down under' trades off its abundant natural beauty and features, believing the rest of the world is lining up simply to be associated with it. But while that has taken us so far, Mr Davis said the new globalised economy has moved on, leaving Australia behind the eight ball in terms of agriculture exports.
Source: The Land


They’re the guys no one wants to buy — the ugly fruit and vegetables you pick up and put back down before settling on a better one. But what if you actually wanted to purchase one? Chances are, you couldn’t — at least not without visiting an independent organic store or farmer’s market.
Source: Herald Sun


Funding of agricultural research and development is under attack from several quarters. Beef producers have made impassioned submissions to a Senate review examining cattle levies, Australia's largest horticulture producer Costa is objecting to levy increases, and independent David Leyonhjelm has taken up the cudgels in the Senate.
Source: ABC Rural


Garcinia is a plant genus of the family Clusiaceae native to Asia, Australia, tropical and southern Africa, and Polynesia and includes the achacha and mangosteen. These grow well in the wet season, but the trees go dormant in the dry season. Horticulturist Chris Nathanael says in the past that's prevented farmers from growing these valuable crops on a commercial scale.
Source: ABC Rural


Wentworth Shire Council emphatically denied persistent rumours that its Buronga landfill was accepting decomposable wastes from the Melbourne metropolitan area that could contain fruit and vegetables capable of harbouring Queensland fruit fly.
Source: Sunraysia Daily


Piñata Farms strawberry production manager Sean Riley, Stanthorpe, is overseeing the company’s most southerly strawberry farm, which will provide it with year-round supply. The Albion strawberry variety handles frosty conditions better than other varieties, and is better suited to the Stanthorpe area.
Source: Queensland Country Life


A Palmer United Party Senator who argued strongly in support of blocking increases to marketing and research levies for mushrooms has done a backflip.
Source: ABC Rural


A watermelon grower in the Douglas Daly region of the Northern Territory has diversified the business by planting 14 hectares of bananas.
Source: ABC Rural


The Northern Territory horticulture industry is drawing the battle lines against a native bird that many farmers say is destroying their crops.
Source: ABC Rural


Consumer research has found being able to touch, see and smell fresh produce is important for shoppers as they make decisions in the fruit and vegetable aisles.
Source: ABC Rural


Researchers have found control of Australia's worst horticulture pest could be all in the timing. The team from the University of Western Sydney and the University of New South Wales have identified the exact time when the fruit fly becomes either male or female.
Source: ABC Rural


Exports of Australia's most popular apple, the Pink Lady, will start a new marketing campaign for Asian markets. Source: ABC Rural


On the eve of what many hope will be a good drenching for the lower half of Queensland, much of the state's south-east corner is now drought declared. Three of the state's major vegetable producing shires - the Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset Council areas - have been declared, along with Brisbane, Ipswich, Redland and Logan.
Source: ABC QLD Country Hour


Coles Supermarkets has set up a new charter to settle disputes with its food and grocery suppliers. It will be headed up by an independent arbiter, former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett, who is also chair of the mental health body, beyondblue.
Source: ABC Rural


The Australian mango industry has called on its growers to unite in the face of unprecedented pressure from rival summer fruits such as berries and stone fruits.
Source: ABC Rural


Farmers say a 3 per cent rise in harvest worker wages is another nail in their coffin. It's been six weeks since the Fair Work Commission announced the rise in the national minimum wage to $640.90 a week, or $16.87 per hour.
Source: ABC Rural


Farm groups are united against a Senator's bid to block increases in the levies paid by mushroom, mango and onion growers. The Across Agriculture Group, which includes 45 peak bodies, has pledged its support for the levy increases.
Source: ABC Rural


Vegetable and fruit growers in Bowen and Gumlu in north Queensland are working on a new long-term strategy to expand their industry.
Source: ABC QLD Country Hour


A new fresh food safety centre has been set up in Sydney, after overseas outbreaks in recent years killed consumers and shut down whole sectors of the horticultural industry in countries such as Spain.
Source: ABC Rural


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