Last Updated: February 28, 2015

Weather: Canberra 14°C - 31°C . Partly cloudy.

Fruit! Got room for an 80kg melon?

GOING by price for weight, this watermelon should cost $160 ... but the grocer has marked it down.

Food laws will not apply to berries

PM Pollie Pedal Launch
TONY Abbott’s new draft new food labelling laws will have no effect on the labels of imported Chinese berries, grocery manufacturers say.

Short harvest a corker

Greenock Creek Winemaker Michael Waugh
A SHORTER harvest period will lead to a tasty vintage, say South Australia’s cool-climate grape growers.

Global food risk on the rise

Global food risk on the rise
THE recent Patties Foods hepatitis A blunder is not the first time imported frozen food has been caught up in food safety scandals.

Organics grow to full-time business

Thorpdale Organics
THORPDALE Organics say organic food isn’t just for “wealthy” consumers and “old hippies”.

Green fingers grow giant tomato

Maggie Jakoljevic and her one kilo tomato
NO one seems to know quite why, but this summer is the season for the monster tommy.

Fruit fly find raises total to eight

Queensland fruit fly
UPDATE: AN EIGHTH Queensland fruit fly has been found in Auckland.

Bold plan Queen Vic Market open all hours

Queen Vic Market open all hours
UPDATE: THE draft Queen Victoria Market renewal master plan was released this morning.

Agriculture US trade deal bears fruit

FAR North mangoes have landed on supermarket shelves in the US under a new export deal.

Banana freckle ‘standover tactics’

Banana Freckle
WHEN Ron and Kay Harbeck wrote to Chief Minister Adam Giles, something unexpected happened.

Contaminated foods Contaminated foods hit shelves

Contaminated foods hit shelves
ALMOST 200 foods bound for our supermarkets contained contaminants - and 83 were released before authorities realised.

Pacific worker door widens

 Rajapoal Auseereejanoo, from Mauritius, works in Gay Tripodi's peach orchard at Swan Hill, Victoria. Gay Tripodi, who runs a...
FRUIT and vegetable growers believe changes to the Pacific seasonal worker program will help address labour shortages.

Markets on the move

 Wayne Shields and Natasha McDonald's Peninsula Fresh Organics at Baxter.
THE embattled Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association is attempting to revamp its operations.

Harvest day for pistachios

Harvest day for pistachios
TODAY is the first day of the Australian pistachio harvest, and coincidentally, World Pistachio Day.

Class action SA’s first berry victim may sue

SA’s first berry victim may sue
A SOUTH Australian woman has joined a proposed class action against the importer of contaminated frozen berries.

Wasps to eat pest

New Wasp to Fight Codling Moth
EXCLUSIVE: SCIENTISTS are trialling a new species of wasp in Victorian orchards to help control codling moth.

Strong demand for Tassie nuts

Sally Robbins - hazelnut grower
TASMANIA’S fledging hazelnut industry is about to take off as demand for locally grown nuts soars.

Garlic brings tears to judges’ eyes

Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards judging
JUDGING garlic is a painstaking exercise with tears shed to find the best bulbs from across the country.

Berries get border tested

Frozen Berries
ALL imported berries from factories in China linked to the hepatitis A health scare will now be screened.

Joyce wants strong laws

Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce
AGRICULTURE Minister Barnaby Joyce will attempt to tighten ­country-of-origin food labelling laws.

Tassie berry sales skyrocket

DEMAND for Tasmanian-grown berries is booming in the wake of the scare over imported frozen fruit.

China acts on berry risk

THE Chinese government has reportedly inspected the frozen berry packing plant implicated in Australia’s hepatitis A outbreak.

Grape escape for Japanese group

 table grape marroo seedless - malcolm campbell - supplied
A TRADE mission to stimulate Japanese demand for Australian table grapes has kicked off tonight.

Checks on frozen berries slip

Close up of frozen mixed fruit - berries - red currant, cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, bilberry, blueberry, black currant
AUTHORITIES have not increased broader checks of imported frozen berries in the wake of a Hepatitis A outbreak.

Small brewers can’t tap market

 Joint partner of Willy Smiths organic cider, Sam Reid. Willy Smiths Cider organic apple cider will be having and open day on...
CONSUMER choice is being stifled because of restrictive deals, says the peak craft brewers group.

Calls to toughen up labelling laws

Tassie vegetable grower David Addison
THE contamination scare involving imported berries has opened consumers’ eyes to the inadequacy of Australia’s labelling laws, Tasmanian vegetable growers say.

Wary Chinese pay double

Chinese strawberries
CHINESE consumers are paying more than double the price for imported fruit and vegetables to avoid lax food safety standards.

More fruit fly found in Auckland

Queensland fruit fly
A FOURTH fruit fly has been found in inner-city Auckland.

Agriculture Bugs central to chocolate lift

Ekka piece Bertie Beetle
“BERTIE beetle” could hold the key to giving Australia more chocolate.

Biosecurity fears after NZ fly find

FOCUS: Apted Orchards
UPDATE: FIVE more fruit fly outbreaks have been declared in the supposed Sunraysia pest free area.

Hepatitis A Chinese buy our berries, reject their own

CHINESE berries have such a bad reputation that even the locals don’t want to eat them — instead they are desperate to purchase Aussie-grown fruit.

Anthrax kills Tatura cow

 Vic anthrax animal disease outbreak. bodies of infected cows being burnt near Tatura.

UPDATE: FARMERS in Northern Victorian are on high alert after a dairy cow died from anthrax disease.

Lalbert mourns favourite son

Lalbert mourns favourite son

UPDATE: THE Lalbert community has been plunged into mourning after the death of a Mallee Eagles footballer.

VFF focus on grain payment terms

VFF focus on grain payment terms

SHORTER payment terms for grain need to be considered as a solution to trader insolvencies, Jaala Pulford says.

One fast pass does it all

One fast pass does it all

NEW Amazone Cirrus 03 offset discs/drill combinations enable one-pass cultivation up to 18km/h.

Farmer Jack’s place

COUNTRY LIVING: Old sheep farmer Jack Stevens

I WAS intrigued to meet Jack Stevens, a 92-year-old farmer who lives and still works west of Euroa.

Livestock Doc: Not a scrap of trouble

FARM - PIGS at Corop with Katy Brown

THE dangers of swill feeding and why is it illegal in Australia.