Last Updated: May 27, 2015

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Citrus export unease

EXCLUSIVE: NORTHERN Victorian fruit growers are bracing for the likely closure of another key export market.

She’s apples at Batlow

 Pink Lady large apples, $3.99 per kilo. Foodworks grocery store in Bella Vista. Smart Shopper.
HAILSTORMS have done little to take the shine off a good year for one of the nation’s apple growing regions.

SPC enjoys the cup of kindness

Daniel Andrews at SPC Ardmona.
“THE FUTURE is in snack packs, rather than the old steel can,” said Gary Godwill, deputy chairman of Fruit Growers Victoria.

Concerns remain over new market

Concerns remain over new market
THE  Melbourne Wholesale Market is due to open at Epping on August 3 but not all of its problems have been ironed out.

Budget boost for horticulture

Budget boost for horticulture
THE Victorian Budget has given horticultural innovation a boost and aimed for stronger trade negotiations.

New vegie Kalettes hits supermarket shelves

Farmer Scott with New Vegetable He Has Developed
WHAT do you get when you mix old-school brussels sprouts with the superfood darling kale?

Panama disease Now to save banana grower’s skin

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BIOSECURITY authorities are red-faced after tests mistakenly showed a banana farm was infected with Panama disease.

Challenges ahead for cider

Andrew Lea, cider expert from England
THE United Kingdom is renowned as the home of cider.

Cider label row brews

 FARM Daylesford Cider Company with David and Sally Stagg.
THE Australian cider industry has backed calls for country-of-origin labelling as it competes against cheap imports.

Give us decent apples

Give us decent apples
AUSTRALIAN cider makers want higher quality fruit as they juggle the demands of a rapidly growing industry.

Qld farm cleared of banana disease

Banana Trees
ONE of the far north Queensland banana farms diagnosed with Panama TR4 has been give the all-clear.

$1.5 million Covino grant withheld

Overseas Workers
UPDATE: THE Victorian Government has suspended a $1.5 million grant to Gippsland’s Covino Farm.

Protection for foreign workers

Darebin Fruit Squad
A SENATE hearing into the exploitation of migrant workers was told issues are widespread throughout the industry.

Farmer anger as wallaby plague hits

Wallaby attacks orchard
A GEEVESTON fruit grower says wallabies are over-running rural Tasmania.

Mildew mars the spinach harvest

Horti Field Day
DOWNEY mildew is becoming more and more of a problem for spinach growers as the disease bucks gene resistance and outbreaks have become more common.

Compost trial on grapevines

Compost trial on grapevines
A TRIAL of compost under vines to minimise vineyard inputs is under way on the Mornington Peninsula.

News Banana rules on the way

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FAR Northern banana growers will soon have national guidelines to follow as authorities move to address lax biosecurity compliance.

Calls for farm worker ‘Green Card’

Calls for farm worker ‘Green Card’
THE Voice of Horticulture has called for a “Green Card” to help growers ensure they employ legal workers.

Harvest brushes up well for spuds

Potato Harvest
VICTORIAN farmers are in the middle of potato harvest and have been bolstered by an ideal growing season.

Flame tree

NEWS: Midnight Olive Harvest at Boundary Bend.
VANESSA Healy is silhouetted against a burning sunset during the Cobram Estate olive harvest at Boundary Bend.

Covino dumps labour hire

Overseas Workers
ONE of Australia’s major vegetable growers is no longer using labour-hire companies.

Labour rip-off condemned

Overseas Workers
FARMERS have condemned fresh allegations of foreign worker exploitation in major horticultural enterprises.

Grampians Grape Escape booms

Grampians Grape Escape booms
THE Grampians Grape Escape offered the right ingredients to attract record crowds on Saturday.

Tas saffron back on shelves

Saffron
AWARD-winning Tasmanian business Tas-Saff is back on supermarket shelves after a 12-month break.

Watch out banana freckle outlaws

 The price of Bananas on the rise after Cyclone Larry hits Banana crops in Cairns. Homebush Fruit Bowl owner George Arida sto...
AS many as 80 Northern Territorians face fines of up to $74,500 for failing to comply with banana freckle eradication orders.

West Croydon Adelaide suburb fruit fly free

FARM: Roger and Leonie Hall at Gooramadda
AN AREA in Adelaide’s west has been declared free of fruit fly.

New estate, vintage vines

Halls Gap Estate
HALLS Gap Estate is a new business working with old vines.

Taste of bold blue tomatoes excite

Robbie Keck Tomato grower
NEW blue tomato varieties have made their way to Australia, and Robbie Keck is one of the few growers in Victoria.

Chinese date with diversity

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A LITTLE-known Chinese fruit could provide Australian farmers with a competitive advantage.

Banana growers back in business

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TWO Queensland banana farms quarantined as a result of the devastating Panama outbreak are back in business.

Cloud seeding to start in Tassie

 Hydro cloud seeding program. a silver iodide smoke generator attached to the cessna
CLOUD seeding is about to begin across areas of Tasmania’s Central Highlands and West Coast.

RSPCA gone to the dogs

 Artwork - RSPCA logo.

FARMING leaders believe trust in the RSPCA has eroded to new lows.

The greatest league of all

WorkSafe Country Championships, Goulburn Valley FL V Geelong FL

GEELONG Football League faces another rematch in the Worksafe Country Championships next year.

EU market share safe

myrtleford cattle sale

AUSTRALIA is likely to keep its $280 million share of the European Union beef market.

Versatile range gaining traction

Versatile range gaining traction

THERE is no replacement for displacement and as the demand for more power increases, tracked tractors gain popularity.