Last Updated: October 31, 2014

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Leongatha couple sprouts herbs

GROWING herbs in greenhouses has proven to be a wise investment for John Pahl and Bev Schawalder.

Almond growth continues to boom

 Almonds at Select Harvest's Euston processing plant. Nut. Almond.
THE global almond market is worth an estimated US$4.5 billion, according to the latest report from Select Harvests.

Almond efficiencies under spotlight

AFTER three days and 30 speakers the 16th Australian Almond Conference in Adelaide has come to and end.

Market embraces digital age

 Fruit Vegetable Market Footscray. Stone Fruit. Wholesale Market. Footscray.
A TRIAL of electronic record keeping is underway at Melbourne’s Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market this week.

Geelong super farm on fast track

Geelong super farm on fast track
PLANNING for a $320 million sustainable farm near Geelong will be fast tracked.

Aussie hand for African biosecurity

 A170403 The Burdekin Grower - the mango hopper: Farmers need to check for leafhoppers as part of normal monitoring program, ...
UPDATE: THE new Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership will use Australian expertise to strengthen plant biosecurity skills in 10 African countries.

$12m almond promise for Sunraysia

 Generic pics of Almond production line at Almondco in Renmark.
A RE-ELECTED Victorian Coalition Government has pledged to expand almond research at Irymple.

Urge for labelling change

South Australian Liberal MP for Grey Rowan Ramsey at Queen Victoria Market
THE Federal Government is being urged to adopt a raft of changes to country-of-origin labelling laws.

Flower of the month: peony

 Peony Rose. Flower.
THE Flowers Victoria flower of the month is the peony.

NT growers battle melon virus

Melon Farm
NORTHERN Territory growers continue to battle with cucumber green mottle mosaic virus.

Dumping loopholes probed

 in season tomatoes Picture: Supplied
ANTI-Dumping laws will be the focus of a federal parliamentary inquiry amid growing loophole concerns.

Strawberry season looks fruitful

Joe Ripepi Australian Strawberry distributors
QUALITY is up and so is colour for this year’s Victorian strawberry crop.

Swan Hill in fruit fly fight

Swan Hill in fruit fly fight
A JOINT campaign to tackle fruit fly has been launched in Swan Hill.

Citrus growers to vote on levy

Citrus growers to vote on levy
AUSTRALIAN citrus growers will head to the polls next week to decide on the level of levy investment in their industry.

Aussie help to lift China standards

AUSTRALIA will export its agricultural expertise to help Chinese producers grow clean green food under a new alliance.

Taste of summer Get set for official strawberry picking season

FRESHLY picked, warm, sun-drenched strawberries are the best way to eat the summer fruit say the people in the know.

Most uses of fenthion cancelled

Most uses of fenthion cancelled
UPDATE: NEARLY all horticultural uses of the pesticide fenthion are now cancelled.

Victoria’s big food export boost

 News BCM 6.7.05 New Golden Circle juice lines - Orange juice - Chilled Breakfast Juice PicNathanRichter
VICTORIAN food manufacturing will get a $45 million a year export boost.

$76m Queen Vic Market expansion

Melbourne Markets.
UPDATE: A $76 MILLION expansion of the Queen Victoria Market has been announced.

Vegies on show at Westminster

Growers And Enthusiasts Enjoy The RHS London Harvest Festival Show
PEOPLE view a selection of vegetables at the Royal Horticultural Show section of the London Harvest Festival Show.

WA potato marketing push pays

Potatoes. Vegetables. Generic.
WESTERN Australia’s potato marketing campaign delivered a 5 per cent volume sales increase to producers last year.

Thatchers Cider wins top award

Coopers selling English cider
AN authentic English cider from the UK has taken out Best in Show at the Australian Cider Awards.

Coke extends Tassie fruit deal

 Blackcurrant harvesting at Dick Warner's property in New Norfolk Rob Clark's new blackcurrant harvester at work
A DERWENT Valley farmer has signed a three-year contract to supply Tasmanian fruit to Coca-Cola Amatil.

Monsanto’s $A168.8m loss

Monsanto’s $A168.8m loss
MONSANTO has reported a loss of $US156 million ($A168.8 million) in its fiscal fourth quarter.

Susan Finger joins horti board

 Victorian Farmers Federation 2011 general meeting and conference, Ballarat. Patricia Murdock of Stonehaven and Susan Finger ...
VFF board member Susan Finger appointed to the new Horticultural Innovation Australia Limited board.

Honours cherry for exporter

Cherry blossom
ONE of Australia’s largest cherry exporters has won Tasmania’s top export award.

Councils, Spring St in the firing line

Fruit & Vegies stall at South Melbourne Market
VICTORIA’S failure to properly police mandatory country-of-origin food labelling laws is unacceptable, Ian Harrison says.

Irrigation’s value slips

Vegetable farming Werribee. Watering vegetable crops. Sprinkler system. Water.
FRUIT and vegetables were the biggest sectors of Australian irrigated agricultural production in 2012-13.

New image for horticulture

Cabinet Meeting
HORTICULTURE’s governing body could have a new name, leadership and structure as soon as today.

A bit on the cider

Cider Awards preview. Napoleone Cider.
BEHN Payten has become one of the first producers to sit as a judge on the Australia Cider Awards panel.

Crushing blow for melon growers

Crushing blow for melon growers
THE Territory’s $60 million watermelon industry could be crippled by a highly infectious virus.

Councils vow to fight gas

gas wells , drilling rigs , pipes and mining infrastructure, run by QGC ,as the area and people copes with the massive expans...

A GROWING number of rural and regional councils are pledging opposition to onshore gas in Victoria.

Review into country cricket

Supplied Editorial FW: picture

UPDATE: COUNTRY cricket in Victoria is about to go under the microscope.

Auctions take direct hit

Corowa sheep sale

LAMB pricing appears to have shifted in favour of direct selling this spring.

John Deere 1025R a little ripper

Elmore Field Days 2014 Wednesday

SIMPLICITY and versatility are the main selling points for John Deere’s 1 Series sub-compact utility tractors.

Humour is a blowtorch

Country Living: Sculptor and jeweller Russell Petherbridge

RUSSELL Petherbridge successfully crosses the gulf between sport and art.

Editor’s Letter: October 2014

 Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

THE Weekly Times held its first FORUM last month, a day for farmers to get together and hear from some successful producers and marketing gurus on how to build a strong business brand.