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Foreign Ownership Register for Agricultural Land on track

June 23, 2014

The Australian Government is progressing the development of an accurate and effective Foreign Ownership Register for Agricultural Land, as promised in the 2013 coalition election campaign. Read More »

Droplet lens turns smart phones into microscopes

June 23, 2014

Australian scientists have invented a simple and cheap way of making a high-powered lens that can transform a smart phone into a high-resolution microscope. Costing less than a cent, the lenses promise a revolution in science and medicine in developing countries and remote areas. It can also have other applications, for example, to photograph fungus or insects on crops. Read More »

New cucumbers bred for Australian greenhouses

June 20, 2014

ABC Rural reports every crunchy green Lebanese cucumber you eat in Australia has been grown using imported seeds. It’s a huge expense for the commercial grower, averaging $300 per 1000 seeds. Read More »

Jamie Oliver response to call for support labelled as ‘lame’ by industry

June 16, 2014

The Jamie Oliver Group has missed an opportunity to support Australian farmers and take a strong stand in the wake of public anger over a new marketing campaign being run by Woolworths in a recent letter from their offices in London. Growers from across the country have been making confidential complaints to AUSVEG over a new 40c a crate levy Woolworths are charging growers to fund their new marketing campaign in addition to the up to 5% marketing levy growers already pay the supermarket giant. Read More »

HAL project to eradicate fruit fly in WA

June 13, 2014

Western Australia could one day be fruit fly free with a new pilot program aiming to eradicate Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) in the state’s southwest horticulture precinct. Regarded as one of the major fruit and vegetable pests in the world, Medfly is worth more than $200 million per annum in damages caused to susceptible crops in Western Australia and market access restriction. Read More »

Warm winter prompts produce glut in Australia

June 13, 2014

A tomato and capsicum grower says unseasonably warm weather is triggering an oversupply from the country’s production areas. Gino Marcon, from Bundaberg in Queensland, says growth hasn’t slowed like it should coming into winter, causing overlaps between the southern and northern crops. He says it’s depressing prices for growers, but offering consumers a good deal. Read More »

Hoogendoorn launches new next generation iSii process computer at GreenTech

June 7, 2014

Hoogendoorn will introduce the next generation iSii process computer at  GreenTech (10-12 June) at Amsterdam RAI. The next generation iSii delivers the same user-friendly experience as the first generation iSii, yet with a new clean software interface, new features and high durable hardware. These product modifications extend product life span, increase user-friendliness and provide growers peace of mind. Read More »