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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 »

PET Bottle Greenwall Project

November 30, 2016
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. Read More »

Connecting Queensland agriculture with the world in 2017

November 24, 2016

TropAg2017, 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. Read More »