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2012 HFF Conference

April 30, 2012

The 2012 Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) Conference and Trade Show will be held in Ballarat, Victoria, from 18-20 July. The theme will be ‘The Future – Filling in the Gaps’. The HFF is all about networking and knowledge transfer and the aim of the conference is to facilitate and encourage both.

The HFF is an industry grower organisation for commercial hydroponics and protected cropping growers. Membership includes growers, industry representatives and interested parties. The HFF is open to all hydroponic farmers Australia-wide.

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SETAC Australasia Conference

April 30, 2012

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) will hold its 2nd Australasian conference in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, from 4-6 July 2012. The meeting aims to bring together environmental toxicologists and chemists and promote knowledge sharing to achieve a healthier environment. As a tribute to the 2010/11 summer floods and cyclones, which affected many parts of Australia including the host city Brisbane, the special conference theme this year is on the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change on our fields. Read More »

New Look PMA Fresh Connections

April 30, 2012

As the Australasian produce industry continues to thrive in spite of challenging economic times, the opportunities to learn the latest for local and global success will be available from 26-28 June 2012, at PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Trade Show to be held at Australia’s Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Co-hosted by PMA Australia-New Zealand and the Australian Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries, the event will allow organisations to come away with invaluable knowledge for increasing business profitability, and enhanced industry networks.

Buzzing with energy in a who’s who atmosphere, PMA Fresh Connections will bring together the entire fruit, vegetable and floral industries from across Australia and New Zealand; and with a new look, a new logo, and up to 1000 attendees anticipated, PMA Fresh Connections will be sure to excite, inspire, educate and build your business connections. Read More »

International Symposium on Soil and Soilless Cultivation 2012

April 30, 2012

The International Symposium on Soil and Soilless Cultivation 2012 will be held in Shanghai, China, from 22-25 May 2012. This event is being organised by the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), represented by its Commission Plant Substrates and Soilless Culture (CMPS), China Society for Horticultural Science, and the Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

It is predicted that 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. No doubt farms outside urban areas alone will not completely satisfy the large food demand in urban areas. Thus, urban agriculture has important benefits for food security in combination with rural regions. To overcome the shortage of land, water and other related resources, bio and abiotic pollution, and the high cost of labour, fertilisers, water and energy, modern hydroponics and soilless culture will play an important role in future food production.

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2012 AUSVEG National Convention

April 30, 2012

2012 AUSVEG National Convention

Excitement is building for the upcoming AUSVEG National Convention, Trade Show and Awards for Excellence, to be held in Hobart 10-12 May, with a high number of delegate registrations having been received by AUSVEG in recent weeks.

The 2012 National Convention will build on the success of previous years and it is expected that approximately 1000 delegates and exhibitors, both domestic and international will attend what has become an important event in the horticulture calendar.

As the single largest gathering of growers, researchers and supply-chain representatives from across the industry, the convention will feature a vast array of exhibitions, offering information and updates on all areas of the horticulture industry.

The convention will culminate with the National Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner on Saturday, 12 May. These awards recognise the achievements and dedication of those within the industry.

AUSVEG has also negotiated some highly competitive hotel prices for the event, so those delegates requiring accommodation in Hobart should contact AUSVEG as early as possible to secure a room. This event is supported by Syngenta, DuPont and Dow AgroSciences.

For more information on the Convention, or to register as a delegate, email; alternatively, call AUSVEG on (03) 9822 0388 

Hedon Salads Embraces IPM

April 30, 2012

Last year at the IOBC conference on greenhouse IPM in the UK, we were talking with Dr Richard GreatRex, field development manager with the UK biocontrol company Syngenta Bioline, about visiting a large greenhouse vegetable producer with a successful IPM history and he suggested Hedon Salads in Yorkshire. This interested us as Marilyn had previous history with the company going back almost 25 years and we were keen to learn of their progress in that time.

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Delayed approval of hemp for food

April 30, 2012

Biological Farmers of Australia reports Australian growers and consumers will face a longer wait for the approval of low THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) hemp seed products to be approved for sale as food, after Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) advised interested parties by letter in March that it expects to complete the assessment in the second half of 2012. FSANZ called for submissions in December 2011 to allow food derived from hemp (Assessment A1039) and said it is satisfied that hemp foods are safe for human consumption. Read More »