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Industry Notification: Extension of host range for Ralstonia solanacearum to Kalanchoe

December 13, 2016

A Kalanchoe sample was submitted for testing and has been found positive for Ralstonia solanacearum. Kalanchoe is a known host of R. solanacearum overseas, but initial investigations suggest that it has not previously been reported to infect this host in Australia.  Read More »

Veg industry teaching kids their ABCs – Artichokes, Broccoli and Carrots

December 13, 2016

The vegetable industry has teamed up with scientists and educational researchers to combat concerns about Australian kids’ diets and teach them that eating vegetables is as easy as ABC – as long as ABC stands for artichokes, broccoli and carrots.  Read More »

New research report examines taxation in agriculture

December 12, 2016

A new research report analyses how the Australian taxation system impacts the profitability and sustainability of farmers.  In doing so, it provides a resource for agricultural groups and governments to inform their discussions on taxation policy as it relates to the sector. Read More »

How do I visually assess nutrient deficiency symptoms?

December 5, 2016

I am a hobby hydroponic tomato grower. My plants are producing well, but recently I noticed what appears to be a nutrient deficiency. The youngest leaves are turning yellow between the veins. Can you suggest what it is?

Answer by RICK DONNAN Read More »

AUSVEG welcomes backpacker tax resolution

December 2, 2016

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. Read More »

Learning curve

November 30, 2016

At the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University in NSW, construction is nearing completion on the new world-class Greenhouse Research Education and Training Facility.


Photography by Sam Ross – Additional photos courtesy Martech Plumbing Read More »

Backpacker fiasco is harming horticulture supply chain

November 30, 2016

Fresh 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. Read More »