Last Updated: July 15, 2014

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Winegrape data frustration

WINEGRAPE growers are unable to make informed decisions as the industry has no national statistics on viticulture.

Poor returns for vegie growers

 Close up photo of a basket of turnips and carrots.
UPDATE: AUSTRALIAN vegetable growers are continuing to do it tough with average profits plummeting, according to the latest data.

Health Star Rating System not right

Spread of vegetables. Food. Generic image.
MANY vegetables still do not receive a full rating under the new voluntary Health Star Rating System.

Canola spray wiping out bees

Canola spray wiping out bees
A WESTERN yellow virus outbreak in canola crops has proved dangerous for the struggling bee industry.

Joyce talks through grower gripes

Ag Minister Barnaby Joyce in Gippsland
IRRIGATION investment, water and labour security were top concerns when Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce visited Maffra yesterday.

Bear goes on a truffle hunt

FARM: Yarra Valley Truffles
AMERICAN Bulldog Bear will show off his truffle-hunting skills at the Truffle Melbourne Festival.

Potato growers dig in

 Terry Buckley, potato and lamb producer, Pleasant Park, SA.
SOUTH Australian potato growers are “surviving” after the closure of McCain’s Penola plant last year.

Hops on top of the world

Hops harvest - Farmer manager Allan Monshing
A RISE in craft beer has Victoria’s hops growing industry poised to cash-in on worldwide demand.

New phylloxera funding announced

 n24le214 b1; 2/2 (supplied) Grape phylloxera is an insect that mainly lives and feeds on the roots of grapevines
FUNDING for a new two-year phylloxera research project has been announced.

NZ wine bonanza leaves bad taste

Lindsay McCall, Paringa Estate
WINEMAKERS have urged the government to close a tax loophole that allows foreign winemakers to claim a ­rebate.

Berry growers’ water concerns

Strawberry Growers Toolangi.
VICFORESTS is working to understand farmers’ concerns about harvesting in the Toolangi area.

Log off, pleads berry co-op

Strawberry Growers Toolangi.
STRAWBERRY growers fear the Victorian industry could be crippled by native forest logging.

Juggling potatoes at conference

 Potato Growers Field Day in Ballarat. Potatoes.
DELEGATES from across the world will present at the Potato Industry Conference next month.

Sunraysia’s $30m property

Sunraysia’s $30m property
ONE of Sunraysia’s premier horticultural properties is on the market and expected to fetch $30 million.

Fruit fly expert on tour

Fruit fly expert on tour
WORLD-renowned fruit fly expert Dr Eric Jang will tour NSW and Victorian growing regions next week.

Growers benefit from trade mission

ASIAN buyers are negotiating for Australian-grown produce at an unprecedented speed after an industry-first reverse trade mission last month.

New wine body has kicked off

15/10/2010 FOOD: Generic photo of wine glasses full of red and white wine. Pic. Supplied
UPDATE: THE long-awaited new Australian Grape and Wine Authority began operations last week.

Japan flower find blooming great

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JAPANESE scientists say they have found a way to slow down the ageing process in flowers.

‘Super-premium’ produce push

 PETER SANDERS PIC DAVIS Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chief executive Jan Davis.
BETTER branding will be crucial to the success of Tasmania’s agricultural sector, a major farming conference in Launceston has been told.

Tassie apples off to China

Tassie apples off to China
TASMANIAN apple growers are starting to again export fruit.

TWE faces shareholder class action

A supplied image of Penfolds 2008 Special Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz which was released Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, val...
UPDATE: Treasury Wine Estates has said it will “vigorously defend” a class action brought against it by 600 angry shareholders.

New boss for TWE

 Pic is of Henry Norcock, continuous improvement business analyst with Treasury Wine Estates. He is pic today at Penfolds est...
A SENIOR executive in Coca-Cola’s Asian operations will head Treasury Wine Estate in Asian and Europe.

Perennials’ big agri boost

 DPI research agronomist Steve Clark at Hamilton Institute's EverGraze site.
PERENNIAL plants will bring Australian agriculture $1.6 billion in net benefits by 2030.

Apple packing prowess

Asian horticulture delegates
AN AUSTRALIAN-first apple packing shed at Tynong is processing more than 50,000 kilograms of fruit a day.

Fair deal for backpackers: Farmer

 30.3.2000. Wwoofing. Camel farm Jeff Butler (USA) shovels camel poo as one of his chores.
A WESTERN District farmer who uses volunteer backpackers on her property claims they give them a “fair deal”.

Hire firm faces pay complaint

 Kim Martin's Frais Farms in Lindenow. French salad green mache rosettes.
A CONTRACTOR providing labour to a Gippsland salad farm has had its accreditation to manage a seasonal worker program suspended.

Foreign workers allege pay shortfall

Foreign workers allege pay shortfall
EXCLUSIVE: ONE of Australia’s biggest horticulture growers has been accused of underpaying foreign workers.

A marriage of convenience

Blushing Bride flowers with John Campbell
BLUSHING brides in the US are this summer being treated to a bumper Australian crop of the same name.

Post-harvest vine management key

Josef Chromy vineyard, Relbia Road, Relbia. The vines during winter.
POST-harvest vineyard management is key to a successful season, according to two leading viticultural researchers.

Produce to suffer without bees

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show opening day
GROWERS say their crops’ quality and quantity will be significantly affected if honeybees populations are damaged, according to a recent survey.

Heart attack Barossa icon Doug Lehmann dies

 Doug Lehmann, walking through the vineyard of Peter Lehmann where he is managing director. 16.10.09
ALMOST a year to the day since the famed Barossa winemaker Peter Lehmann’s death, his eldest son Doug has died from a heart attack.

Cattle prices to soar

 Margaret and Brad Gilmour, from Terang, run Gilmour Pastoral, a large Angus herd. Cattle.

CATTLE prices could rise 40 per cent by the end of the year boosting returns for Australian producers.

Purcell hits purple patch

Picola & District FNL, North West, Round 18, Jerilderie Demons v Deniliquin Rovers Kangaroos, Jerilderie Demons ...

GOALKICKING machine Aaron Purcell seems to have shaken off the effects of Ross River virus.

Cattle prices to soar

 Margaret and Brad Gilmour, from Terang, run Gilmour Pastoral, a large Angus herd. Cattle.

CATTLE prices could rise 40 per cent by the end of the year boosting returns for Australian producers.

ATV top spot in dispute

 2014 Honda Pioneer 700. New side by side vehicle from Honda, ATV, two-seater

A STOUSH is brewing over the accuracy of ATV sales information following the latest release of figures.