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Alternatives to Dimethoate and Fenthion – Education Road Show

March 20, 2012

The fruit fly treatments Dimethoate and Fenthion (D&F) are currently under review by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and it is anticipated that both chemicals will be banned for use in Australia. Read More »

State of the Climate 2012

March 14, 2012

Australia’s land and oceans have continued to warm in response to rising CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.
This is the headline finding in the State of the Climate 2012, an updated summary of Australia’s long term climate trends released by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology today (14 March 2012). Read More »

Foreign Investment in Australian Agriculture

March 10, 2012

Last month former Assistant Treasurer Mark Arbib and Acting Minister for Agriculture Simon Crean released the publication Foreign Investment and Australian Agriculture. This was commissioned by the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) and prepared by the Australian Bureau for Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). Read More »

5% of Adelaide growers turn to hydroponics

March 8, 2012

au.news.yahoo.com and FreshPlaza report 5% of growers on the Adelaide Plains in South Australia are switching to hydroponics, according to Adelaide grower, Hieu Minh Ly.

He says the chance to control production and the smaller amount of land required are advantageous. However, he said that the challenges included the costs involved, which  were prohibitive for some.

Minh Ly, who has recently made the switch himself, has just returned from a study tour of the Netherlands, to see its world class hydroponics industry at work.

7th International Symposium on Light in Horticultural Systems

March 1, 2012

The ISHS 7th International Symposium on Light in Horticultural Systems will be held at Wageningen (Netherlands) from 15 – 18 October 2012. The symposium will be held in the Forum building centrally located on the Wageningen UR campus and only a short distance from the city centre of Wageningen. Read More »

2012 HFF Conference

March 1, 2012

The 2012 Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) conference and trade show will be held in Ballarat, Victoria, from 18-20 July. The theme will be ‘The Future – Filling in the Gaps’. The HFF is all about networking and knowledge transfer and the aim of the conference is to facilitate and encourage both. Read More »

SETAC Australasia Conference

March 1, 2012

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) will hold its 2nd Australasian conference in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, from 4-6 July 2012. The meeting aims to bring together environmental toxicologists and chemists and promote knowledge sharing to achieve a healthier environment. As a tribute to the 2010/11 summer floods and cyclones, which affected many parts of Australia including the host city Brisbane, the special conference theme this year is on the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change on our fields. Read More »