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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.


Streamlining fresh produce industry export access

September 28, 2016

Australian vegetable growers looking to enter key export markets are set to save significant cost and complication after global and domestic food-safety certification requirements are combined. The new initiative being delivered through Horticulture Innovation Australia – using vegetable industry levy funds and funds from the Australian Government – in partnership with peak industry body AUSVEG, will have a significant impact.   Read More »

Win for farmers with proposed backpacker tax rate cut

September 27, 2016
Barnaby Joyce

The proposed 32.5% tax rate that was to apply to working holiday visa holders will be slashed to 19% following strong representations by The Nationals in Government. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, said the change recognised the importance of keeping regional economies strong.

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20th Greenhouse Technical Management Course

September 25, 2016
Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE

Supported by peak industry body Protected Cropping Australia (PCA), the 20th ‘Greenhouse Technical Management Course’ is scheduled for Devonport, Tasmania, from 10-14 October 2016. This course is specifically designed to develop high level technical and management skills of growers in protected cropping, suppliers of hydroponic equipment, agronomists, and horticultural researchers and educators. Attendees can expect a couple of nice surprises to help celebrate this 20th course milestone.

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Australian Greenhouse Construction Code

September 22, 2016
Australian Greenhouse building code

Hort Innovation has recently engaged Osborn Consulting Engineers to ‘develop technical guidelines based on the findings of VG13055 – Building Codes and Greenhouse Construction for inclusion in the National Construction Code’. Essentially, Osborn has been engaged to take a proposal to the National Construction Code (NCC) for the creation and implementation of a nationally recognised greenhouse standard within the framework of the building code. Read More »

Potential for more than 5000 jobs as Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme progresses

September 19, 2016

A proposal to expand the use of recycled water for primary production in the Northern Adelaide Plains suggests there is the potential to create more than 5000 jobs. The water would help produce crops in high-tech greenhouses which maximise production and water-use efficiency, while also minimising the requirement for water storage in winter.  Read More »

Naming and shaming Australia’s most unwanted pests

September 19, 2016
Varroa destructor

Crippled plant industries, trade suspensions and a devastated environment—Australia’s Top 40 National Priority Plant Pests have damaging potential, from vine-attacking bacteria to a giant snail. Australian Chief Plant Protection officer, Dr Kim Ritman, said the Top 40 pests include a range of exotic invertebrates and pathogens that pose the most significant threat on a national scale.  Read More »