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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 »

Post Harvest Seminar

April 19, 2012

Hydroponic growers and industry stakeholders are invited to a Post Harvest Seminar to be held at Windsor RSL Club, cnr of Argyle and Mileham St, South Windsor, New South Wales, on 30 April 2012, commencing at 7.30 pm (light refreshments provided).

Speakers include Michael Burt (NSW Farmers): Vegetable Industry Development Project Update and latest Hort news;  Jenny Ekman (DPI Research Horticulturalist): Consumer attitudes to post harvest contamination of vegetables; reducing browning on cut surfaces; and general post harvest and IPM principles.

This workshop is funded by Horticulture Australia Ltd (HAL) using the vegetable levy and matched funds from the Australian Government.

RSVP required by 25 April 2012.

For RSVP or for more information contact: Alicia Harrison, Regional Advisor – MB: 0458 391 103 or via email

Alternative weaponry in the fight against fruit fly

April 10, 2012

An upcoming educational road show will showcase alternative treatments for fruit fly – one of the most destructive and disruptive pests faced by the horticulture industry – to growers all over Australia.  Fruit fly costs Australian growers more than $100 million each year and affects approximately 250 fruits and vegetables.

“The purpose of these seminars is to better educate our nation’s growers about alternative fruit fly treatments so they can continue providing Australian families with high quality, nutritious produce,” said AUSVEG Communications Officer Hugh Gurney.  Read More »

World’s Largest Rooftop Farm

April 7, 2012

A multi-acre farm will be built on 100,000 square feet of rooftop space in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park—making it the largest rooftop farm in the world. The state-of-the-art, hydroponic greenhouse is being built by BrightFarms, Inc in partnership with Salmar Properties LLC. The farm will grow up to 1 million pounds of local produce per year, including tomatoes, lettuces and herbs, which will cultivate a new national model for urban agriculture. Read More »