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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

Empowering Australia’s food industry

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO has announced that the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) will be funded with $50m over 10 years through the Federal Government’s Cooperative Research Centres’ program. See More

Proper storage best way to keep vegies fresher for longer

Consumers’ convenience kick is affecting how shoppers perceive vegetable freshness, but proper storage still remains the best way to keep vegetables fresher for longer, according to leading vegetable industry body AUSVEG. New consumer research, undertaken as part of the Project Harvest tracking study commissioned by Horticulture Innovation Australia, suggests that the package formats developed for convenience and ease of use are also the formats which consumers expect to have the lowest shelf-life. See More

2nd International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture

Dr Toyoki Kozai is known as the “Father of the Japanese Plant Factory.”

The 2nd International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture (ICCEA 2017) will take place in the Republic of Panama, at the Hotel El Panama, between 17 -19 May 2017. The Congress offers an opportunity to learn from the most innovative minds in the industry. Speakers will focus on the skills and knowledge needed to finance, design and operate a successful and innovative farm operation, albeit an indoor vertical farm, greenhouses or a combination of a protected and controlled environment. See More

Farmers plant paddocks in smart houses to safeguard against climate change

Farmers are predicting a Canadian super house will be a game changer for Australian horticulture, giving growers control over the weather on a scale and at a cost they have never had before.  The house has climate-controlled retractable roof panels and walls which shield vulnerable crops from volatile and destructive weather, or open them up to sun and rain. See More

Perfect tomatoes at the tap of a phone

The Weekly Times reports an investment in digital technology is paying dividends for a hydroponic vegetable grower. James and Angela Moran, who own Lonsdale Tomato Farm on the Bellarine Peninsula, invested $30,000 in sensor technology linked to computer programs and mobile phones.

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Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus detected in Bundaberg

Biosecurity Queensland has confirmed a case of Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) in a commercially-grown greenhouse cucumber crop in Bundaberg. Queensland Chief Plant Health Manager Mike Ashton said Biosecurity Queensland had completed diagnostic testing of samples collected by its officers to confirm the presence of CGMMV at a Bundaberg business. See More

2017 Hemp Health & Innovation (HHI) Expo & Symposium


After making headline news across the country last year when thousands of Sydneysiders descended upon Rosehill Gardens seeking information and awareness around all the crucial benefits the Hemp plant offers now and into the future, Australia’s largest experiential cannabis event, the Hemp, Health & Innovation (HHI) Expo & Symposium is back for 2017! See More

Improving access to safe and effective agvet chemicals

Grants worth close to $2.5 million have been announced by the Australian Coalition Government to improve access to safe and effective agvet chemicals. The 51 grants will address many priority uses, including for citrus fruit, game birds, dairy cattle, tropical and sub-tropical fruits. The grants are part of the Government’s four-year $8 million investment to improve access to safe and effective agvet chemicals. See More