Last Updated: December 21, 2014

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A berry bonanza

YARRA Valley growers have secured the exclusive rights to a new berry variety never before marketed in Australia.

Fruit fly outbreak in Victoria’s north

Queensland fruit fly
UPDATE: FRUIT fly outbreaks in northern Victoria have forced restrictions in the movement of fruit to prevent the spread of the devastating pest.

Rosy future for apple industry

TASMANIA is becoming the Apple Isle again as the apple industry enjoys a revival.

Voice of Horticulture launched

 Colignan citrus grower Tania Chapman wants to boost the number of women in leadership roles in agriculture.
GROWERS across 21 horticultural industries have united under as the Voice of Horticulture.

Produce figures Record exports of SA produce

ALMONDS, lobster, grains and meat are driving record exports of South Australian produce.

Continued bargaining for veg farms

Soon to be on Woolworths shelves is a Simplot farmer's broccoli crop at Northdown near Devonport.
THE ACCC has proposed to grant authorisation to vegetable growers to collectively bargain with vegetable processors.

GM food WA’s GM food bid fails

Quentin Willmott's Beulah crop. Scorpion Variety GM Canola Crop. Seed in germinating in the pod whilst the crop is still gree...
A BID by the West Australian Government to allow a certain amount of genetically modified material in certified organic food has failed.

A berry nice time of year

Christmas berry pic story
WALLY Hannam thinks raspberries and silvanberries are the ultimate Christmas table addition.

Macadamia sales up after nut rage

Shelled and unshelled macadamia nuts in isolated white background
SOUTH Korean online retailers say demand for macadamia nuts has skyrocketed after a Korean Air Lines executive delayed a plane over an incident now dubbed “nut rage”.

Most states free of melon virus

Most states free of melon virus
SURVEILLANCE for Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus has found no trace of the devastating plant virus.

Tasmania's berry season heats up

THE Christmas rush has come early for Tasmania’s berry growers.

Seeds of success

Seeds of success
VOLUNTEERS have been growing native wildflowers and grass seed for local revegetation projects.

Crop toll mounts after storms

Crop toll mounts after storms
ABOUT 558ha of horticultural crops have been affected by storms in the past few weeks.

George takes on sugar job

George takes on sugar job
AGRICULTURE Minister Barnaby Joyce has sidestepped the big job of joining a taskforce to ensure farmers get a fair deal from sugar millers.

Organic food boom

Frugal Foodie
AUSTRALIAN appetite for organic food has reached record level — now worth $1.72 billion.

Horticulture future forecast

Horticulture future forecast
PLANNING for the future was the focus of a horticulture industry seminar at Tatura yesterday.

Thanks a bunch, growers

Victorian Garlic Festival at the South Melbourne Market
GARLIC lovers from Melbourne had the opportunity to discover the garlic industry’s secrets to success at the weekend.

Food porn White truffle sells for $73,000

Would you pay $73K for this?
IT’S as big as a football and can feed 400 people. The world’s largest white truffle has sold at auction for $73,000.

Grants needed for tornado damage

Grants needed for tornado damage
NEARLY two weeks on from the “tornado” that hit southwest NSW, many growers are still cleaning up.

Citrus levy increase voted in

Citrus Bowl. Lemons, oranges, mandarins, limes, tangelos. Fruit.
CITRUS growers have voted to increase their national levy investment.

Port Augusta boost $150m-plus greenhouse plan

$150m-plus greenhouse plan to grow hundreds of jobs
SUNDROP Farms will establish a $150 million-plus 20ha commercial vegetable farm at Port Augusta.

Supermarket Woolworths to offer cheap fruit and veg

National news story - ugly vegetables
WOOLWORTHS is rolling out a new initiative to cut waste and make healthy food cheaper. But there’s a catch. And it’s not pretty.

Dumping rules ‘unworkable’

MAY 3, 2001 : Tins of Granoro Italian tomatoes for ossobuco recipe from Lamonica's IGA Supermarket in Haberfield, Sydney, 03/...
THE burdens of bringing anti-dumping action must be lightened, vegetable growers say.

Fruit-fly threat heats up

Scientists are harnessing fruit flies with tiny sensors to help target control efforts. Picture: CSIRO. Picture: Supplied
GROWERS are working to manage fruit fly as many crops come into season and the weather heats up.

Costa backs foreign finance

Frank Costa. Geelong
THE founder of the country’s biggest horticulture company says Australia should embrace foreign investment.

Spray wisely to save

APAL Shepparton orchard walk
GROWERS could cut spraying costs by frequently checking machines are optimally matched to their canopy.

Cherry farms under the spotlight

Cherry farms under the spotlight
FAIR Work Ombudsman inspectors will return to cherry orchards in Victoria, NSW and South Australia.

Natural disaster status for Gol Gol

Natural disaster status for Gol Gol
UPDATE: FARMERS in Gol Gol are relieved last weekend’s storm has been be declared a natural disaster.

Lisianthus — flower of the month

 Flowers - Lisianthus (Mariachi Mist Blue). flower /Flowers
THE Flowers Victoria flower of the month is the lisianthus.

PGF adds SA firms to group

ONE of Australia’s fastest-growing fruit and vegetable businesses has expanded into South Australia.

Record sales for avocados

Avocados Victoria
RECORD avocado sales were recorded during October.

More grain off road

 Grain Corp. Ouyen. Loading a grain train. Josh Landon from Ouyen.

AN extra one million tonnes of grain in GrainCorp storages has been transported by rail during the past year.

GT hoe in blitz at Bathurst

GT hoe in blitz at Bathurst

THE JCB GT backhoe was recently crowned the fastest digger after reaching speeds of more than 116km/h.

Jingles keeps trucking

JINGLES: Graeme Neal aka 'Jingles' Livestock carrier from Swan Reach.

OWNING 14 trucks in 73 years might seem like a lot to some but to Jingles Neal it’s not nearly enough.