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Aquaponics: Combining hydroponics with aquaculture

Wilson Lennard

Aquaponic expert Wilson Lennard

Learn a method to produce hydroponic nutrient mixture and strength analogues in an aquaponic environment at the coming Apex-Brinkman Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) biennial conference and trade show to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia, from 9-12 July 2017. See More

Final days for PCA conference ‘Early Bird’ discount

Apex-Brinkman PCA Conference

Apex-Brinkman PCA Conference

Final days for Early Bird discount (expires Sunday 14 May) for Australia’s premier protected cropping industry event. The Apex Brinkman Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) conference and trade show will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia, from 9-12 July 2017. The event is expected to attract delegates and exhibitors throughout Australasia, Asia, North America and Europe. See More

Medicinal cannabis presentation

Mike Nichols

Dr Mike Nichols

One of the highlights of the coming Apex–Brinkman Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) conference is a presentation on medicinal cannabis by eminent horticulture researcher, Dr Mike Nichols. His presentation will focus on the various types of cannabis and examine some of their different medical properties.  See More

Stellar speaker line-up

The Apex–Brinkman Protected Cropping Australia  (PCA) conference and trade exhibition, to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia, from 9-12 July 2017, has a stellar line-up of speakers specialising in hydroponic, greenhouse, aquaponic and high-tech growing systems. This biennial national industry event, which includes a two-day technical program, a trade expo and farm tours, is a great opportunity to learn about the latest growing technology and management practices. The event is expected to attract growers, industry experts and allied trade suppliers throughout Australasia, Asia, Europe and North America. See More

Reciprocal recognition of food safety with USA

Australian exporters are in a significantly stronger position as preferred suppliers of safe, high quality food to the United States of America (USA) after the signing of a bilateral Food Safety Recognition Agreement this month. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources head of exports, Greg Read, said the agreement was the third the USA had undertaken with a trading partner and provided for the USA and Australia to recognise one another’s food safety and regulatory systems as comparable. See More

Its not just kids – adults shirk fruit and veggies

Australia’s largest ever fruit and vegetable survey has found that four out of five Australian adults are not eating enough fruit and vegetables in order to meet the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Worryingly, the Fruit, Vegetables and Diet Score Report released today, found one in two (51 per cent) adults are not eating the recommended intake of fruit, while two out of three adults (66 per cent) are not eating enough vegetables. See More

Residents urged to help stop spread of tomato potato psyllid

Community garden

Kensington Secondary School Deputy Principal Eugene Maguire and Department of Agriculture and Food officer Don Telfer check over the school community vegetable garden for tomato potato psyllid.

The Department of Agriculture and Food is urging home gardeners to do their bit to help stop the spread of the tomato potato psyllid, a destructive insect pest which has been discovered in Australia for the first time. The psyllid feeds on a range of plants, including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli, tamarillo and sweet potato. Many of these vegetables are widely grown in backyard plots. See More

Queensland growers need support to get back on their feet

Growers hit by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie need the full support of Australians to get back on their feet as they face huge recovery costs in the wake of the storm, according to leading industry bodies AUSVEG and Growcom. See More

Imported food reform

The Coalition Government is strengthening its borders to place tighter controls on imported food, to better protect Australians from food safety and health risks. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said comprehensive changes would be introduced to give Australian consumers greater assurance at the supermarket that imported food is safe, without burdening local importers with unnecessary red tape. See More

What do eggshells, tomato peels and rubber have in common?

Rubber filler research

Rubber made with eggshell and tomato peel fillers exceeds industrial standards. (Image: Kenneth Chamberlain, courtesy of The Ohio State University)

Tomorrow’s tyres could come from the farm as much as the factory. Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has been used in manufacturing tires for more than a century. In tests, rubber made with the new fillers exceeds industrial standards for performance, which may ultimately open up new applications for rubber. See More

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