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Australian vegetable industry grows to $3.8 billion

May 30, 2014

The gross value of Australia’s vegetable industry production has jumped $500 million in just 12 months according to new data released today from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Read More »

Did the Hanging Gardens of Babylon really exist?

May 23, 2014
Rick Donnan

There have always been doubts as to whether the Hanging Gardens actually existed, as explained in my column of September 2006. New evidence shows that it was real, but the story had the wrong place and the wrong king. Read More »

New Biosecurity plant portal

May 19, 2014
Senator_Barnaby_Joyce_web

A new online resource of plant biosecurity information has been unveiled today that will improve Australia’s ability to manage the risks associated with plant pests and diseases and protect the valuable primary industries. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, welcomed the development of the Biosecurity Portal and said that managing information in a smarter more efficient manner is key to reforming Australia’s biosecurity system. Read More »

Berlin start-up pioneers fish-farm veggie garden

May 19, 2014

The ancient Aztecs and Chinese did it millenia ago, and now a Berlin start-up hopes it will feed 21st-century city dwellers using aquaponics, a combination of rearing fish and growing vegetables. Read more in The Local, Germany’s news in English.

Incentives and rebates for backyard aquaponics

May 15, 2014

In the aftermath of the Federal Budget, Narromine News columnist John Ryan gives politicians his thoughts on an efficient bus transport system, and incentives or rebates for families and pensioners to set up backyard aquaponics systems.

“For less than $1000 you can build a system which supplies fresh fish and veges… If Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants proof of how good this could be for struggling Australian working families, set one up at Kirribilli House.”

Onya John!

Read the full story here.

Posted 15 May 2014

 

AUSVEG Budget Summary

May 14, 2014
AUSVEG

AUSVEG has released a summary of the saving and spending measures relevant to the Australian agriculture industry following the Federal Government’s 2014-15 Budget. The summary concludes that overall, the Budget is unlikely to impose a heavy burden on agriculture; however, pressing long-term issues faced by the industry remain unaddressed, including increased input costs and market access.

Click here to read the complete summary

Hydroponic fodder helping to feed family’s dairy cows

May 14, 2014

Tom and Jane Lensmire have taken “going green” to a whole new level. The Lensmires have transformed an old machine shed on their rural Cleveland farm into a hydroponic garden of good eating for their mixed herd of Holsteins, Jerseys, Jersey/Holstein crossbreeds and Swiss dairy cows. The Lensmires became interested in growing fodder for their herd hydroponically a few years back. They did some research and some experimenting, growing hydroponically in their basement. After they determined that hydroponics could be a viable alternative for their farm, they investigated companies that sold hydroponic systems. In 2012 they gutted an old machine shed on their property and installed a hydroponic system.

Read the full story at:  htrnews.com