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AUSVEG welcomes backpacker tax resolution

AUSVEG has welcomed the resolution of the damaging and hard fought ‘backpacker tax’ issue through the eleventh-hour deal between the Government, Greens and crossbench, which will finally see certainty for Australia’s hardworking growers with a compromise rate of 15 per cent. See More

Backpacker fiasco is harming horticulture supply chain

fma-logoFresh Markets Australia (FMA) has called on the Federal Parliament to put an end to the political point scoring and agree on the tax rate for Australia’s overseas backpacker labour before more damage is done to the $9 billion horticulture industry. The comments follow the defeat of the Coalition’s plan for a 15% backpacker tax in the Senate this morning, which would have imposed the same rate on overseas labourers as the 8,000 Pacific Island workers who supply farm labour in the regions. See More

PET Bottle Greenwall Project

PET Bottle Greenwall Project

PET Bottle Greenwall Project

Australia’s Greenwall pioneer, Mark Paul, horticulturist and founder of the PET Bottle Greenwall Project, is calling for recruits to make his school community project a nationwide program. See More

Connecting Queensland agriculture with the world in 2017

tropag2017TropAg2017, the world’s leading tropical agriculture and food science conference, will showcase Queensland agriculture innovations and technologies in Brisbane on 20-22 November 2017. Announced by the Hon. Bill Byrne MP, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries on 23 November, the highly successful AgFutures conference will be incorporated into TropAg to showcase the state’s latest developments and applications in digital and data platforms, robotics, satellites and biotechnologies. See More

International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture 2017

The Foundation for the Development of Controlled Environment Agriculture (FDCEA) will hold its International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) at the Hotel El Panama Convention Center, Panama City, Panama, from 17-19 May 2017. Controlled environment agriculture is the present and future of global food production. By using CEA technology growers can protect and maintain optimal growing conditions throughout the entire development of the crop enabling crop production year-round. See More

Greenhouse and Hydroponic Technical Management Course for India

Commercial greenhouse and hydroponic ourse training.

Commercial greenhouse and hydroponic course training.

The course is specifically designed to develop technical and management skills of owners, staff and managers of greenhouse and hydroponic growing systems to meet the challenges of producing high quality and high value food for India. The course is suitable for all levels of expertise and experience and also for those considering setting up a hydroponic greenhouse operation. It covers all aspects of commercial greenhouse-based hydroponic growing and attendees will gain a unique insight into the latest developments and best practice currently being employed throughout the world. It is also highly useful for commercial horticultural companies wishing to gain an insight into the rapidly expanding Indian market of hydroponics. See More

Silver Anniversary issue – November 2016

silver-banner-header_01Happy 25th Birthday to us and welcome to this Silver Anniversary issue of Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses. Our first issue was published as a bi-monthly magazine in November/December 1991 – we look forward to the next 25 years!

Fresh Markets Australia responds to ACCC’s horticulture report

fma-logoFresh Markets Australia (FMA) has responded to an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report into fair trading issues in the horticulture industry saying it shares many of the concerns raised over what are unworkable Federal Government regulations. See More

Priva opens new branch office in Australia

Priva offices worlwide

Priva offices worldwide

In September 2016, Priva opened a new branch office in Victoria, Australia. This is the 18th office of the Dutch family-owned business and will operate as the sales and support office for Australia and New Zealand. With the appointment of Marcus van Heijst as account manager, the company has gained a horticulture expert with over 20 years of local experience. Together with the partners operating on this continent, Priva is investing in additional knowledge and additional service for its local customers. See More

AUSVEG welcomes ACCC’s report on hort issues

Leading horticultural organisation AUSVEG has welcomed yesterday’s release of an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report into competition and fair trading issues facing the Australian horticulture and viticulture industries. The report follows extensive consultation by the ACCC and identifies several key issues affecting growers in horticulture and viticulture, including the need for reforms to the Horticulture Code of Conduct and problems surrounding imbalances in bargaining power. See More