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Australia’s largest tomato grower in voluntary administration

February 23, 2012

Australia’s largest tomato grower, SP Exports, has gone into voluntary administration. The Childers-based operation, near Bundaberg in southern Queensland, and in Victoria, is now in the hands of administrators.

Contributing to the company’s failure has been two chemical oversprays from nearby properties, last year’s floods, and low prices since 2001.  The company put more than 1160 hectares of farm land and four homes at Childers on the market last December as the company’s owners battled to keep the business running. Read More »

2012 Short Course

February 23, 2012

Dr James Rakocy, an aquaponics specialist, will  be special guest speaker at the Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course to be held at the Westward Look Resort, Tucson, Arizona, USA, from 9-13 April 2012. The 2012 Short Course is organised by the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC). Special guest speakers also include Jennifer Nelkin, Greenhouse Director, Gotham Greens, New York City.

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Growers’ Workshop – Solutions for Manual handling

February 17, 2012

Growers are invited to attend a workshop to discuss the development of simple, practical solutions to a wide range of common manual handling issues associated with planting, harvesting and packing operations on the farm. The Vegetables Victoria workshop will be held at EE Muir & Sons, 879 Duncans Road, Werribee South, on Wednesday 22 February 2012, commencing at 1 pm. Read More »

PERTH – Greenhouse Technical Management for the Future

February 11, 2012

The Perth Greenhouse Technical Management for the Future course will commence at 8.30am on Monday 27 February through to 12 noon Friday 2 March 2012 at the Willow Pond Reception Centre, 459 Nicholson Road, Canning Vale, Western Australia.  Read More »

Valentine’s Day with Sara Leonardi-McGrath

February 8, 2012

Australian Year of the Farmer Ambassador Sara-Leonardi McGrath is encouraging all Australian’s to cook for their partners on Valentine’s Day, trying recipes that use Australia’s best fresh produce to support local farmers. Well-known food blogger, Sara is sharing her favourite romantic recipes with the nation using fresh, Australian-grown ingredients to create a meal that will be sure to set the right tone for your special evening.  Read More »

Local food players call for a fair food system

February 7, 2012

Local food enterprises Food Connect (Brisbane, Sydney) and CERES Fair Food (Melbourne) have joined with Australian farming and agriculture groups to call on the ACCC to break up Australia’s supermarket duopoly to ensure a more sustainable, fair food future. For too long the market dominance of Australian supermarkets has meant increased pressure on farmers to provide cheap fruit and vegetables. The result is a mass exodus of farming families walking off the land at the rate of 25 per week. Read More »

Cut-throat milk war points to bleak future for fruit and veg growers

February 7, 2012

The Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO) has slammed the Federal Government’s responses to the Senate Economics References Committee’s 2011 final report of the Inquiry into the impacts of supermarket price decisions on the dairy industry and Milking it for all it’s worth – competition and pricing in the Australian dairy industry as being pathetic. QDO President Brian Tessmann said that after more than 2 years of Senate Inquiries and clear evidence of mounting impacts on dairy farmers, the Federal Government is yet again avoiding the disaster, ducking for cover and taking no real action. Read More »