Last Updated: October 21, 2014

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Aussie help to lift China standards

AUSTRALIA will export its agricultural expertise to help Chinese producers grow clean green food under a new alliance.

Taste of summer Get set for official strawberry picking season

FRESHLY picked, warm, sun-drenched strawberries are the best way to eat the summer fruit say the people in the know.

Most uses of fenthion cancelled

Most uses of fenthion cancelled
UPDATE: NEARLY all horticultural uses of the pesticide fenthion are now cancelled.

Victoria’s big food export boost

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VICTORIAN food manufacturing will get a $45 million a year export boost.

$76m Queen Vic Market expansion

Melbourne Markets.
UPDATE: A $76 MILLION expansion of the Queen Victoria Market has been announced.

Vegies on show at Westminster

Growers And Enthusiasts Enjoy The RHS London Harvest Festival Show
PEOPLE view a selection of vegetables at the Royal Horticultural Show section of the London Harvest Festival Show.

WA potato marketing push pays

Potatoes. Vegetables. Generic.
WESTERN Australia’s potato marketing campaign delivered a 5 per cent volume sales increase to producers last year.

Thatchers Cider wins top award

Coopers selling English cider
AN authentic English cider from the UK has taken out Best in Show at the Australian Cider Awards.

Coke extends Tassie fruit deal

 Blackcurrant harvesting at Dick Warner's property in New Norfolk Rob Clark's new blackcurrant harvester at work
A DERWENT Valley farmer has signed a three-year contract to supply Tasmanian fruit to Coca-Cola Amatil.

Monsanto’s $A168.8m loss

Monsanto’s $A168.8m loss
MONSANTO has reported a loss of $US156 million ($A168.8 million) in its fiscal fourth quarter.

Susan Finger joins horti board

 Victorian Farmers Federation 2011 general meeting and conference, Ballarat. Patricia Murdock of Stonehaven and Susan Finger ...
VFF board member Susan Finger appointed to the new Horticultural Innovation Australia Limited board.

Honours cherry for exporter

Cherry blossom
ONE of Australia’s largest cherry exporters has won Tasmania’s top export award.

Councils, Spring St in the firing line

Fruit & Vegies stall at South Melbourne Market
VICTORIA’S failure to properly police mandatory country-of-origin food labelling laws is unacceptable, Ian Harrison says.

Irrigation’s value slips

Vegetable farming Werribee. Watering vegetable crops. Sprinkler system. Water.
FRUIT and vegetables were the biggest sectors of Australian irrigated agricultural production in 2012-13.

New image for horticulture

Cabinet Meeting
HORTICULTURE’s governing body could have a new name, leadership and structure as soon as today.

A bit on the cider

Cider Awards preview. Napoleone Cider.
BEHN Payten has become one of the first producers to sit as a judge on the Australia Cider Awards panel.

Crushing blow for melon growers

Crushing blow for melon growers
THE Territory’s $60 million watermelon industry could be crippled by a highly infectious virus.

Australian Cider Festival countdown

Australian Cider Festival countdown
THE country’s best cider will be celebrated at the Australian Cider Festival at the weekend.

Flowers Victoria turns 40

HORTICULTURE Flowers Victoria founder Frank Baguley in his garden.
FRANK Baguley and his colleagues founded the Victorian Flower Growers Group in 1955.

New research centre at Tatura

 Home - fruit - Pear Packham.
A NEW horticulture centre has opened at Tatura to help boost growers’ productivity and exports.

Almond persistence pays off

MICK and Margaret Jones’ almond orchard, south of Adel­aide, stands out as a reminder of times past.

Cherry blossom booms

 Cherry Blossom Picture: Supplied
BACCHUS Marsh cherry blossoms are in full bloom ahead of what is expected to be an excellent season.

Banana growers fear cyclones

Supplied Editorial Bananas
CYCLONE season is approaching, and banana grower Steven Lizzio knows how a monster storm feels.

Tassie produce plan grows

Big plan to grow Tassie fruit & veg
FRUIT and vegetables from Tasmania will flood the Asian market as part of a plan to double the state’s produce sector over the next six years.

PM vows to help food sector

PM Tony Abbott at Food and Grocery Council
TONY Abbott pledges to ensure Australia’s food industry can “prosper and succeed”.

Resting on her florals

Spring Has Sprung (Almost)
JESSICA Ashburner takes a break on her family’s Menzies Creek daffodil farm.

Wine board gets extension

Grampians midnight wine harvest.
THE committee appointed to the Australian Grape and Wine Authority’s board will continue until next year.

Cider-sipping judging

FIVE people in Melbourne are busy smelling and sipping almost 150 different ciders this week.

Food label failure

 Queen Victoria Market. Queen Vic Market.
EXCLUSIVE: NOT one Victorian business has been fined for flouting country-of-origin food laws since 2006.

WA trio question avo levy

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THE 7.5 cents a kilogram avocado levy has been called into question by WA’s three largest growers.

Going nuts Brits nutty for our macadamias

 Shelled and unshelled macadamia nuts in isolated white background. Thinkstock.
THEY have always loved our lamb and beef and now it seems mother England can’t get enough of our wine and macadamia nuts.

Wild dog battle rages

 Brinkworth shooter Shaun Mills and one nights fox catch strung on the barbed wire fence. Although there is a build-up of fox...

THE Coalition will invest $4 million into aerial baiting of wild dogs throughout the next term of Government.

Last lawn bowl exclusion rolls away


AFTER a long-held legal exemption expired, women can now play club pennant lawn bowls on Saturdays in South Australia.

Aussie help to lift China standards


AUSTRALIA will export its agricultural expertise to help Chinese producers grow clean green food under a new alliance.

Editor’s Letter: October 2014

 Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

THE Weekly Times held its first FORUM last month, a day for farmers to get together and hear from some successful producers and marketing gurus on how to build a strong business brand.