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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 »

Identify aphids to lower insecticide use

April 4, 2012

In work that could cut back on insecticide use, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have found a way to distinguish aphids that spread plant viruses from those that do not. The researchers used protein biomarkers to differentiate between virus-spreading and virus-free aphids. The findings mark the first time that protein biomarkers have been linked to an insect’s ability to transmit viruses. Read More »

Costco to continue expansion

March 30, 2012

Veginsights, an Australian monthly vegetable newsletter, reports Costco will invest $140 million to continue its expansion across Australia, planning new stores for outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. The company was given $100 million in 2011 from its US parent for start-up costs – which will include losses on the existing stores – and an additional $40 million to fuel its expansion.

The company plans to add at least two stores in 2013, expanding the network to five stores in Australia, all located on the east coast. While the expansion has not been rapid, these stores are high volume units with each store generating the sales levels equivalent to 4-5 full service supermarkets.

Coutdown to Floriade in the Netherlands

March 30, 2012

Floriade, a World Horticultural Expo staged once every ten years in Holland will start next week Thursday 5 April. The sixth edition of Floriade will be organised in Venlo in central-eastern Holland and will be open to the public daily. Read more