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Students grow their own food

March 29, 2012

A Fairfield County school district is growing lettuce and other veggies for its school-lunch program. Read more

Woollies takes on Costco in Canberra

March 29, 2012

Woolworths will begin its first head-to-head battle in Australia against US giant Costco when it opens a supermarket and Big W variety store at Canberra Airport today, in a move described as frightening for smaller retailers but a win for consumers.

ACT Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Chris Peters said there were concerns that Woolworths and Coles already had significant share of the retail market.

”On the other hand, it is a very interesting study that Woolworths has chosen Canberra to take on Costco head to head,” Dr Peters said. ”It’s the first place in Australia that will have those two supermarkets side by side.

Read more in the Canberra Times

Priva Day-Training Course

March 29, 2012

Chisholm Institute of TAFE and Priva NL  will convene a specialised day’s training to assist greenhouse growers in getting the best production out of their climate control systems. The presenter will be Peter Mos, who is a highly regarded expert in the use of Priva Integro and Connext systems.

This course will be run at the Cranbourne Campus of Chisholm Institute of TAFE on 18 April, commencing at 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (lunch and refreshments provided). The cost of the course is $375 plus GST.

Registrations are limited and further details are available from the course co-ordinator– Paul Saunders at or via mobile number 0408 823 373

This promises to be a highly informative day for all participants, so early registration is strongly recommended.

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

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 »