Last Updated: September 02, 2014

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Weighing up vegie consumption

IN the past month, tomatoes, carrots and potatoes were the most frequently purchased vegetables.

Wine trade mission for Victoria

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VICTORIAN wine will get an export boost with an inbound Chinese trade mission.

Science Don't worry 'bee' happy

A CAIRNS researcher is conducting the ultimate study in bee-haviour by tagging nearly a thousand insects and monitoring their activities.

Macadamia exports blossom

Macadamia blossom
AUSTRALIA’S native nut is flowering and so are its exports.

Red Rock Olives extracts good oil

FOCUS Red Rock Olives
FOR city girl Rita Bikins, olives are a new way of life.

New wattle species for Victoria

New wattle species for Victoria
A RARE species of wattle has been found in Victoria for the first time.

Farm levy battle reignites

Mushroom Grower and Levies
A ROW about how much farmers pay in mandatory government levies has boiled over.

Smoked garlic ward off imports

Tasmanian Smoked Garlic
A TASMANIAN garlic grower is trying to ward off Mexican imports with a local, value-added smoked garlic.

Joint bid to swat fruit flies

Queensland fruit fly
THE biggest problem with fruit fly control in Australia is that it’s segmented, experts say.

Goulburn Valley crisis No takers for fruit industry aid

 APLUS - Kyabram fruit grower Dario Pulsoni in an orchard with 100 yr old pear trees. Dario provides pears to the Goulburn va...
GOULBURN Valley fruit growers have shown little interest in the Victorian Government’s industry bailout.

Northern Fightback Fresh produce to yield

Increasing the value of the Virginia Horticulture
A VEGETABLE growers’ group is leading a campaign to quadruple the earning power of Adelaide Plains farmers to inject new life into the city’s north.

Fast move to save Aussie vegies

Fast move to save Aussie vegies
UPDATE: STEPS have been taken to ensure emergency import conditions on carrots and celery will minimise any disruption to seed supplies.

Senator wants ‘levy democracy’

Senator Leyonhjelm
PRIMARY producers would vote on industry levies every three years under proposed reforms.

NT bees best in the world

Mike Brandi
NORTHERN Territory bees are the best in the world according to an apiary officer.

Select Harvests posts record profit

 Almond trees flourish near Boundary Bend. Timbercorp, Select Harvests, managed investment schemes
LEADING Australian almond producer Select Harvests has posted a record net profit of $29 million for the past financial year, up 27 per cent on last year.

Netting benefits for apples

Apple Grower
GROWING apples under netting results in significant savings in irrigation but is creating new challenges.

GMO on plate at Int Horti Congress

Genetically modified bananas
WITH only a few exceptions, genetically modified crops have benefited farmers, especially in terms of increased yields, experts say.

Greens ‘have farmers’ backs’

 Generic image of three onions isolated on the white background.
THE Greens are being hailed as industry saviours following a decision to support a rise in horticultural levies.

New Wafex flower scents

New Wafex flower scents
NATIVE flower company Wafex launched a new retail brand at the National Flower Centre today.

Sweet spring blooms in season

Sweet spring blooms in season
THE August “flower of the month” is the sweet pea.

Beekeepers fight for fair fire deal

Bee Keeper -VFF bee branch president Eilieen McDonald
VICTORIAN apiarists want their bees to be treated the same as four-legged livestock during bushfires.

Ciders take on nation's best

TASMANIAN cider producers will show off their best in next month’s Australian Cider Awards.

Poppies for Victoria

Flowering poppy crops at Wesley Vale, east of Devonport, in northern Tasmania. Crops are used for opium production.
ABOUT 50 Victorian farms could soon be legally planting narcotic poppy crops.

Biosecurity board tours Vic

ViCSPA pic story
BIOSECURITY officials have toured two Victorian biosecurity operations today.

Beetle faces crap job in wine region

 Bubas bubalus adult dung beetle - CSIRO
HOLDING a wine glass in one hand and swatting away flies with the other could be a thing of the past.

A tasty kale idea sprouts

A tasty kale idea sprouts
AUSTRALIAN super foodies can add another vegie to their hipster plates — kale sprouts.

Camellia festival a blooming success

Camellia Festival
UPDATE: THE iconic Mount Waverley camellia festival blossomed over the weekend.

Big turnout at Int Horti Congress

Big turnout at Int Horti Congress
MORE than 3000 delegates from 100 countries have turned out at the International Horticulture Congress in Brisbane.

Wafex picks up gongs in US

Blushing Bride flowers with John Campbell
NATIVE cut flower grower, wholesaler and marketer Wafex won big at the Society of American Florists outstanding varieties competition in the US last week.

Truffle range growing fast

Tamar truffles
TASMANIANS with a taste for truffles can now get their culinary fix year round.

Championing old sowing ways

Championing old sowing ways
WIMMERA farmer Stephen Walter has become an unlikely defender of old-fashioned crop cultivation.

#FTA4dairy kicks off

#FTA4dairy kicks off

DAIRY farmers today launched a #FTA4dairy “selfie” campaign to help secure a China-Australia FTA.

Big finish gets Weeks in 100 club

Supplied Editorial Fwd: GVFL pics

ROCHESTER forward Grant Weeks became the ninth and final player to snare 100 goals this season.

Vic farmers feeling flat

Haywards of Locksley Wines

VICTORIAN farmers’ confidence eased this quarter, citing concerns about the agricultural economy.

Mother bins cut back downtime

Mallee Machinery Field Days.

AS headers work faster, chaser bins and grain transfer to on-farm silos can struggle to keep up.

Steve bends the rules

Steve bends the rules

THERE was no crisis or yearning for a creative outlet that triggered Steve Tobin’s career change.

Editor’s letter: August 2014

Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

IN case you’ve ever wondered how important branding is, you only have to listen to Rita Bikins from Red Rock Olive oil at Pomonal to know the truth.