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‘foodpro’ returns to Sydney

October 12, 2016
foodpro 2017

‘foodpro’, Australasia’s iconic food manufacturing event, returns for its 50th year in 2017 to the new world-class International Convention Centre at Sydney’s Darling Harbour from 16 – 19 July.

Food manufacturing makes up 23% of Australia’s annual exports; the food and agribusiness industry produced $53.9 billion of value added in 2014-15 alone. Since it first ran in 1967, foodpro has played an important role in the growth of the food processing, manufacturing and packaging industries and has contributed to the development and significance the industry has to Australia. Read More »

International Symposia on Tropical and Temperate Horticulture 2016

October 10, 2016

The International Symposia on Tropical and Temperate Horticulture 2016 (ISTTH2016) will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre; Cairns, Queensland, Australia, from 20-25 November 2016. ISTTH2016 is a series of international symposia on behalf of the International Society for Horticultural Science hosted by GriffithAgribusiness and in cooperation with the Australian Institute of Horticulture and the Australian Society of Horticultural Science. Read More »

PCA greenhouse growers’ workshop

October 10, 2016
Braham Produce

Protected Cropping Australia (PCA), the peak industry organisation for the Australian greenhouse industry, is hosting a free growers’ workshop on Tuesday 18 October 2016, from midday to 3pm, at Braham Produce, 42 Alfred Road, Virginia, South Australia. The workshop includes a greenhouse multi-coloured capsicum farm tour, grown in climate-controlled, soil-based polyhouses with computerised fertigation. Read More »

Australian Organic to co-host Hort Connections in 2017

October 4, 2016
Australian Organic

Australian Organic, owner of the country’s largest organic certification brand Australian Certified Organic, has joined AUSVEG and PMA Australia-New Zealand (PMA-ANZ) to host Hort Connections, which will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 15-17 May 2017. Read More »

Foods of the future?

October 1, 2016
Christine Brown-Paul

Functional foods have been defined as those that go beyond merely providing nutrients—they actively help prevent diseases for those at high risk, such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease. According to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the science of functional foods is the convergence of two major events in our lives— diet and health. The association between food and disease is widely recognised as the bedrock of preventive nutrition and reflects the oriental philosophy that: ‘Medicine and food have a common origin’. Read More »

Can ‘bloom’ fertilisers force plants to flower?

October 1, 2016
Rick Donnan

I am a hobby grower new to hydroponics. I notice that some hydroponic fertilisers are labelled as ‘bloom”. I am getting conflicting comments as to whether these can force plants to flower. Is this possible?

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Managing stress and depression

October 1, 2016
Stress and depression

The hydroponic and greenhouse environment can be a stressful workplace; the pressure to produce a quality product consistently, providing good customer service, dealing with complaints, working to tight timelines, financial worries, climate and rural isolation, can all impact on grower and worker wellbeing. This article looks at stress, depression and suicide in the Australian farming community.