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2nd Live Well Farm Well webinar Tuesday, 9 September – 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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Aussie Apple slinkies just $1 at the Ekka

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Industry News

A small study of fly-in-fly-out workers in Western Australia has shown they are at increased risk of developing chronic diseases due to a poor diet. Edith Cowan University nutrition lecturer Gemma Quayle took 35 FIFO workers' measurements and charted their eating habits at a remote mine site in WA's north-west. She found her subjects had higher rates of obesity than the national average and that more than 80 per cent of them were at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes or heart disease. Ms Quayle says while there are healthy options available in the mess halls, large portion sizes and choosing foods high in salt and saturated fat were to blame. "I think more support for the FIFO workers is needed, also giving less emphasis to the unhealthy food choices," she said.
Source: ABC Rural


Irrigators in South Australia's Riverland have questioned where the water to deal with salinity in the River Murray's lower lakes is going to come from. State Environment Minister Ian Hunter says more water needs to be released from upstream states to help tackle salinity in Lake Albert.
Source: ABC Rural


Which treatment would grow the best tomatoes: Horse manure, goat manure or no manure at all? This question is being trialled at Girraween Primary School in the Northern Territory and so far the results suggest goat poo is the way to go.
Source: ABC Rural


How significant Australia’s agriculture sector might be as a future source of food for hungry Asian consumers is a subject of some debate. Invoking the term “Asia’s food bowl” creates the impression that Australia could be a major future supplier of food to the region, yet the sheer scale of the population suggests that Australia’s role in feed Asia could be quite limited. However, getting to a definitive answer on exactly how many people Australian agriculture could feed is not a simple question.


Governance expert Stephen Bartos says an inquiry into Australia's agriculture levies for research and marketing is overdue.
Source: ABC Rural


A conservation group is calling for the National Water Commission to be continued, but irrigators say it's not necessary.
Source: ABC Rural


A union says workers at food manufacturer Simplot's factories in two states are facing an assault on their wages and conditions. The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says negotiations have stalled on a new collective agreement with Simplot management.
Source: ABC Rural


Fruit and vegetable growers are being asked to make submissions to a national fruit fly strategy by 30 September. With over 75 per cent of Australian fruit and vegetable exports susceptible, and more than 30 exotic fruit fly species offshore which are considered biosecurity threats, fruit fly is costing about $300 million in control and lost markets annually.
Source: Stock & Land


Woolworths Group's net profit is up to $2.45 billion this year. That amounts to about a 6.1 per cent increase on last year. Woolworths is made up of several business divisions, from food and liquor to petrol and hardware stores. So how big are these divisions and what impact did each have on the bottom line? Analysts are crediting the food and liquor divisions as performing well and contributing to the bulk of the year's profit growth.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald


Hefty advances in agricultural trade, especially live export markets, have boosted the Coalition’s performance rating on agriculture. But one year on from the 2013 federal election, failure to deliver greater detail on key agricultural promises - like the additional $100 million promised for R&D spending - has tempered the government’s overall rating.
Source: Queensland Country Life


Hazelnut prices have spiked dramatically following big crop failures in Turkey, where 70 per cent of the world's hazelnuts are grown. But Hazelnut Growers of Australia president Vanessa Cox says her members won't benefit from the shortage, because Australian nuts are still more expensive and they are too big for manufacturers to use in equipment calibrated for smaller Turkish nuts.
Source: ABC Rural


An oversupply of strawberries means growers aren't meeting their costs of production. Recent rain in the major growing areas of southern Queensland around the Sunshine Coast and Moreton regions, has resulted in damaged strawberries being dumped onto the market.
Source: QLD Country Hour


Excellent harvesting conditions have topped a good growing season to see the majority of the State’s macadamia producers finally able to align solid yields with good prices.
Source: North Queensland Register


A Queensland farm on the Darling Downs has become the unlikely testing ground of one of the most technologically advanced Google projects that could see autonomous drones deliver anything from chocolate to life-saving medicines. Google X, a division of the US-based technology company dedicated to making major technological advancements, tested Project Wing near Warwick, the first time "non-Googlers" had been involved.
Source: Queensland Country Life


The Federal Parliamentary Committee looking at Northern Australia has recommended major infrastructure development including roads, dams and weirs.
Source: ABC Rural


The Australian mango industry is on track for one of its best seasons ever. The national forecast is for a bumper harvest of about eight million trays, which is well up on last year's crop of seven million trays.
Source: ABC Rural


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