Last Updated: July 31, 2014

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$320m farm for Geelong

UPDATE: A $320-million farm will be built on 150ha at Avalon, near Geelong, generating $160m a year.

Halliday wine winners revealed

 James Halliday at his vineyard in The Yarra Valley. The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria is introducing the James Hall...
A YARRA Valley winery has come up trumps in the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards.

Woolies claims win on Jamie ads

Jamie Oliver pic
GROWERS hit back at Woolworths’ claim that Jamie Oliver marketing campaign boosted vegetable sales.

Halliday wine wins continue

 Eliza Brown, CEO, All Saints Estate Winery & St Leonards Vineyard. Rutherglen.
RUTHERGLEN’S All Saints Estate is celebrating its seventh award-winning year, after the 2015 Australian Wine Companion was launched on Wednesday.

Wine Awards entry date extended

Wine Awards entry date extended
ENTRIES for The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA) have been extended to August 15.

Time to tackle winegrape issues

 Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation information and analysis manager Lawrie Stanford.
WINE Grape Growers Australia will lead two forums on issues confronting winegrape growers next month.

Anger over hidden fees

Growers grumpy over hidden fees
SUPERMARKET giant Woolworths claims victory in its controversial fruit and vegetable marketing campaign.

National wine week shaping up

 Top 100 Wines 2012 generic wine bottle and glass images. Red, white and rose wine in glasses.
MORE than 300 wine industry leaders from across Australia are expected in Adelaide this October for the country’s national wine week.

Purple potata a culinary hit

Potato growers hit purple paydirt
BORING mashed potato is a thing of the past at Wendy and Terrence Rattray’s house.

Cygnet local having fungi

Mushrooms
WHEN a long-time Huon Valley mushroom grower left Cygnet, a local fruit and vegetable seller saw an opportunity.

Oranges Geese gardeners a navel ide

Fat Goose fruit for Taste/SA Weekend
WHEN Humphrey Howie was deciding on a name for his family’s Riverland citrus business, he just needed to take a gander outside.

Spray for virus a threat to almonds

 Rob Pelletier's Tree Nursery at Beaufort. Almond Chellaston Blossom.
SPRAYING canola to treat a western yellow virus outbreak could kill bees and threaten almond crops.

Ollo oil in Parcoola land sale

 Bottles of Ollo extra virgin olive oil. packaging
THE producer of Ollo olive oil is letting go of its awardwinning vertically integrated brand.

Adelaide Hills toasts Winter Reds

WINE SHOOT
WINE lovers can head for the Adelaide Hills this weekend to enjoy the annual Winter Reds festival.

More mango in seedless fruit

Science just made the mango more amazing
SCIENTISTS have fixed the one thing we hate about mangoes by growing a seedless variety of the fruit.

Why our wine’s on the nose

Curly Flat Vineyard, Lancefield. Phillip Moraghan. Grapes. Grapevine. Wine. Red grapes.
AUSTRALIAN wine is suffering from an image problem.

Growers to save power costs

Fruit growers to save energy dollars
CUTTING packing sheds' energy costs was the focus of an APAL industry orchard walk in Ardmona this morning.

Call for farm labour amnesty

 FARM. Andrew Bulmer runs Bulmer's Farm Fresh Veg at Lindenow.
GIPPSLAND business calls for ‘amnesty’ on overseas workers already filling Australian labour shortages.

All about grafting in Werribee

All about grafting in Werribee
GREEN thumbs headed out in droves to Werribee Park on Sunday for its annual grafting day.

Boundary Bend has good oil

Business Beat - Boundary Bend Olives
OLIVE Oil producer Boundary Bend has capped a historic period by being crowned Geelong’s Business of the Year.

Victoria’s spud masters

ViCSPA pic story
CONTROLLING potato pests and diseases has been an ongoing battle around the world.

Time to clean up the rooms

Time to clean up the rooms
A RURAL council has called for a coordinated approach to stamp out illegal rooming houses for seasonal farm workers.

New chair for fruit fly body

Reproduced with the kind permission of Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries Fruit fly
FRUIT fly control has been given a boost with a new chair of Fruit Fly Biology at the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre

Robots to combat weeds

Robots to combat weeds
FARMERS will soon be able to employ robots to attack one of their most costly problems – weeds.

Boarding houses probed

Boarding houses probed
NINE homes housing more than 100 foreign workers in a Gippsland shire in unregistered boarding houses.

NBN switched on in NT

 Greg Meyer shows some early crop at his mango farm in Middle Arm, Darwin, July 30, 2009.
MANGO grower Ross Maxwell’s NT farm owners live in the US, but the NBN now connects them.

Northern wines tempt tipplers

Northern wines tempt tipplers
TAMAR Valley wine growers Marion Semmens and Rita Richter have two big passions.

Slow spraying key to no till

 Weed spraying guru Bill Gordon speaks to growers at the Vic No-Till Farmers Association workshop at Rupanyup. By KATE DOWLER...
SLOW down and smell the roses. Or, slow down and let the herbicide droplets reach the plants.

US fruit fly expert brings wisdom

Queensland fruit fly
IN-FIELD control is the future of fruit fly management, according to one of the world’s leading experts.

Flower of the month — daffodil

 Beautiful spring three flowers : yellow-white narcissus (Daffod Picture: Supplied
JULY’S Flowers Victoria flower of the month is the daffodil.

Threat to block levy rises

Senator Leyonhjelm
A KEY balance of power Senator is threatening to block an increase in horticultural levies.

Echuca permit ‘unlikely’

 Echuca dairy sale. Ian Maddison. Auctioneers and agents.

AN Echuca beef farmer is unlikely to succeed in winning a permit to keep farming.

Breakaway Bears wary of trap

 Picola & District Football League, South East Division. Senior Premiers, Tungamah

SHOULD reigning premier Tungamah lose its last three home-and-away matches, the club would still finish top.

$320m farm for Geelong

 Coastal Hydroponics manager Belinda Adams at work at their Gilston property.

A $320-million farm will be built on 150ha at Avalon, near Geelong, and generate $160 million a year.

Xerion 5000, top of the class

Xerion 5000, top of the class

CLAAS has stepped into the 500hp-plus heavyweight division with the Australian arrival of its Xerion 5000.

Pub the hub of Warracknabeal

 Kevin and Sally Gebert, who made a creek-change to Warracknabeal's Commercial Hotel from inner-city Sydney in 2011. Pictured...

WARRACKNABEAL is still catching its communal breath after Sally and Kevin Gebert moved to town.