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2012 New Rural Industries Australia National Conference

March 28, 2012

The New Rural Industries Australia 2012 Conference, Expo and Fashion Parade will be held at the Mercure Hotel and Convention Centre, Ballarat, Victoria, from 18-19 April.

The NRIA is about commercial action for new and emerging rural industries – capacity building with an overall objective of profitable commercialisation of new, innovative and emerging plant, animal and associated regional industries. The NRIA seeks to deliver strong benefits to stakeholder industries, build regional economies and benefit the wider community through these activities. The NRIA leverages R&D, national and international networks to build commercial alliances.

Key issues that NRIA 2012 will present include:

  • Carbon Farming into the 21st Century – Times of change are times of opportunity.
  • Biodiversity and biosecurity – how to protect and innovate.
  • Knowledge tools and networks – smarter, agile business tools for nimble industries.
  • International partnerships – building strong global networks to Australia’s advantage.
  • Entrepreneurship – how to drive your emerging business forward.  Ω

Senate inquiry told Australia’s food processing industry fighting for survival

March 28, 2012

The Canberra Times reports a retail war threatens Australian food processors. A Senate inquiry has heard conditions are the toughest they have been in 14 years. An executive, a managing director whose name has been withheld by the inquiry on request, claims “abuse of market powers” by Australia’s supermarket duopoly is “the leading cause” of the demise of local food manufacturing. (Read more http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/retail-war-threatens-aust-food-processors-20120327-1vwun.html

Bees the key to 30% of our diet

March 27, 2012

A new study that reports approximately 30% of our diet is produced as a result of the activity of pollinators like bees has investigated the role that our native bees can play in increasing the yield and quality of vegetable seeds like carrots and leek. The Development of native bees as pollinators of vegetable seed crops study undertaken by the University of Adelaide is one of a large range of studies to be published on the vegetable industry’s pioneering national knowledge management R&D database this month. Read More »

Anti-GM activists create blue strawberry hoax

March 20, 2012

FreshPlaza, a noted portal for the fresh produce industry, reports there is a new GM product just been created and it really does represent a break from the conventional. It’s a blue strawberry that has been designed to withstand freezing temperatures. Scientists discovered that the Arctic Flounder Fish produces its own antifreeze so that it can protect itself from freezing water. Read More »

PMA Weninar Series

March 20, 2012

Produce Marketing Association’s Foundation for Industry Talent is launching a webinar series geared toward young professionals that will provide insights on general business practices, industry related issues and human resource topics to help them reach their career development goals. The webinar platform will provide an intimate setting for participants to interact with industry experts. Read More »

Alternatives to Dimethoate and Fenthion – Education Road Show

March 20, 2012

The fruit fly treatments Dimethoate and Fenthion (D&F) are currently under review by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and it is anticipated that both chemicals will be banned for use in Australia. Read More »

State of the Climate 2012

March 14, 2012

Australia’s land and oceans have continued to warm in response to rising CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.
This is the headline finding in the State of the Climate 2012, an updated summary of Australia’s long term climate trends released by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology today (14 March 2012). Read More »