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Autumn Field Days
Baby Vegetables
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Beneficials in the Greenhouse
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Better Water for Werribee Growers
BIOCHAR study to begin
Biodiversity and food
Biosecurity changes afoot
BOOSTER - the Super Broccoli
Bovis Lend Lease to build new Market
Carbon tax credits for agriculture?
China struggles to keep fertiliser
Darren Schreurs - Australia's BEST Farm Spray Operator
Downy mildew threatens UK crops
Elders - AUSVEG strategic partners
Endosulfan - the facts
Epping Market Construction Begins
Epping Market Development
Epping market still on track
EU ruling threatens UK vegetable crops
Fairwork Audits Ahead
Farm Safety Course
Farm Safety update
Federal relief for bush
Feeding the World in 2050?
Food and fertiliser costs
Food Safety Alarms China
Food Safety Proposal For Comment
Fruit and vegetables cut risk of disease
Future cultivation and planting
Future food and farming
Future uncertain for Bacchus Marsh growers
Garnaut counts soil carbon
Global food problem a ticking time bomb
Golf Day Success
Green Snail Alert
Growers urged to boost soil health
Growing Leaders 2010
Growing Leaders Program 2010
Growing on THE EDGE
Holding on to young workers
Honours for Luis Gazzola
Horticulture Industry Network launched
IAC announced
Improving Vegetable Choices for Consumers
Industry defends HAL
Industry Partnership Night at Lindenow
Irrigation Water for Melbourne's West
JUST ADD FRUIT & VEG
Kids junk food adverts to end
Ladybirds & Lettuce
Locusts Threaten Vegetable Farms
Market goes to Epping
MarketFresh Schools Program
Marketing your crop
More Water for Werribee & Bacchus Marsh
Mustard too hot for crop pests
National Biosecurity Report
Natives fight pests
New market one step closer
New Victorian IDO
NZ bans Endosulphan
NZ Veg thefts
NZ vegetable growers under pressure
Outcry triggers fertiliser price drop
Peak fertiliser price ?
Pesticide Problems in China
Predators vs Plant Pests
Reducing Farm Injuries
Retail food sales improving
Retailers exempt from code of practice
Rick Butler - 2009 Young Leader Award
Senate examines our food supply
Skills for Growth
Soil carbon a must for emissions trading
South Eastern Distribution Centre
Spray Drift Management
Spray Operator Course
Strategic Plan for Victoria
Supermarket Cuts Veg Prices
Support for Tas organics
Sydney's growth shifts local growers
Tomato Potato Psyllid in NZ
Tripod Farms win NAB excellence award
Tuscan Cabbage
UK carbon emission standard
UK Compost Safety
UK concern for Fruit & Veg
UK farmers fight to use farm chemicals
UK hort research under threat
UK supermarkets squeeze growers
UK veg prices to rise
UK wholesalers urged to take the lead
UN future food concerns
Vegetable Expo Spectacular
Vegetable Industry Awards - 2009
Vegetables reduce allergy risk
Victorian drought relief
Victorian food security
Vital Vegetables win Science Award
Waste water common in global urban agriculture
Water everyones worry !
Werribee growers to benefit from grants
Who Grew My Dinner?
Why are fertiliser prices still high ?
Woolworths donates days profit to farmers
Worker dies in Werribee farm accident
World food crisis ahead
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Bayer Vegetables Forum

Bayer CropScience host Vegetable Future Forum Bayer CropScience CEO, Liam Condon recently opened the inaugural Vegetable Future... Go to article.

Agricultural Trailers

Minimum Requirements for Safe Use Many pieces of agricultural equipment are classified as agricultural trailers if they travel... Go to article.

Food Safety Proposal For Comment

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has called for submissions on a report looking at the safety of fresh produce including fruits,... Go to article.

Supermarket Cuts Veg Prices

VGA Executive Officer Tony Imeson states that special price reduction for vegetables by major supermarkets is merely a retail marketing... Go to article.

Green Snail Alert

The declared exotic plant pest Green Snail has been detected in Victoria for the first time, near Cobram in the north of the state.... Go to article.

Spray Drift Management

Off-target spray drift that can accompany the application of pesticides is a concern that sometimes alarms the community and always... Go to article.

Tuscan Cabbage

Somerville vegetable grower Darren Pivato grew his first crop of the dark green, leafy vegetable in 2008, and this year is hand-cutting... Go to article.

Market goes to Epping

The State Government has announced the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market will move from Footscray Road to Epping... Go to article.

National Biosecurity Report

Plant Health Australia have released a 180 page report on the status of Australia's Plant Biosecurity systems. The report... Go to article.

2020 Vision for Plant Biosecurity

Australia's first National Plant Biosecurity Strategy has just been released by Plant Health Australia. The Strategy looks... Go to article.

Food Safety Alarms China

The flying pips, shattered shells and fleshy shrapnel still haunt farmer Liu Mingsuo after an effort to chemically boost his fruit... Go to article.

Reducing Farm Injuries

INJURIES to workers in the vegetable industry cost more than three times the average of WorkCover claims across Australia. Victorian... Go to article.

More Water for Werribee & Bacchus Marsh

Continued runoff in the catchments has enabled Southern Rural Water to announce that surface water allocations are now up to 100%... Go to article.

Locusts Threaten Vegetable Farms

Vegetable growers are nervously watching for the swarms of Australian Plague Locusts which crossed the Murray River from NSW early... Go to article.

Who Grew My Dinner?

If you eat,  you should be interested in agriculture... Nearly 90% of Australians now live in cities and large towns and... Go to article.

Industry Partnership Night at Lindenow

Marketing and free trade agreements were among many topics discussed at the Vegetable Industry Partnership Night, at Lindenow... Go to article.

Marketing your crop

Growers at last week's Hydroponic Farmers Federation conference at Cranbourne were encouraged to regain marketing control and add... Go to article.

Growers urged to boost soil health

Keynote speaker at the 2010 AUSVEG convention, Major General Michael Jeffery, AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC (Retd), and former Governor-General... Go to article.

Honours for Luis Gazzola

Luis Gazzola, 71, knew his Somerville family business, Gazzola Farms, was a finalist in the industry impact category of the AUSVEG... Go to article.

AUSVEG Convention a Winner

The 2010 AUSVEG National Convention has been hailed as a great success. The convention brought together growers, researchers... Go to article.

Sydney's growth shifts local growers

Most of the Sydneys vegetable farms look set to disappear over the next 20 years as housing development expands. THE body representing... Go to article.

AUSVEG Conference Begins

QUEENSLAND will host one of the biggest horticultural events of the year when the 2010 AusVeg National Convention, Trade Show... Go to article.

NZ Veg thefts

Soaring NZ vegetable prices and the faltering economy have led to a rise in thefts which are costing growers tens of thousands... Go to article.

Fairwork Audits Ahead

The Fairwork Ombudsman will begin audits of about 1000 horticultural properties around Australia in the coming months to ensure... Go to article.

Epping Market Development

Major Projects Minister Tim Pallas today signed major construction contracts with Go to article.

Natives fight pests

BIOLOGICAL control of major insect pests such as Western Flower Thrips (WFT) has become possible now that new beneficial insects... Go to article.

UK Compost Safety

Growers who use compost can feel doubly confident about its benefits after research commissioned by the UK Waste & Resources... Go to article.

Autumn Field Days

THERE is only so much a grower can tell from looking at pictures in a catalogue. Being able to see and feel potential need... Go to article.

Agribusiness Careers at ELDERS

Young people with career aspirations in Australia’s rural sector are being offered the opportunity to apply for a national... Go to article.

Elders - AUSVEG strategic partners

Elders Chief Operating Officer Mike Guerin and AUSVEG Chief Executive Officer Richard Mulcahy today announced that AUSVEG and... Go to article.

Vegetables reduce allergy risk

A Japanese study  has found that eating lots of vegetables and fruits during pregnancy may lower the chance of having... Go to article.

IAC announced

The State members of the new Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee - IAC have been announced. The Vegetable IAC make important... Go to article.

Farm Safety Course

HortSkills Australia are offering a Farm Safety course specially designed for vegetable growers. Well qualified and experienced... Go to article.

Growing Leaders 2010

Growing Leaders 2010 is a program designed for people wishing to take up leadership roles at all levels of the vegetable industry... Go to article.

MarketFresh Schools Program

Victorian school kids are learning more about fruit and vegetables through a program run by the Melbourne Market Authority.... Go to article.

South Eastern Distribution Centre

A new fresh produce Distribution Centre is set to open in Dandenong in 2011 The 'South Eastern Fresh Distribution Centre'... Go to article.

Baby Vegetables

Victorian tastes in vegetables are clearly changing. Ten years ago, Peter Schreurs was growing leeks, cabbage, broccoli, parsnip... Go to article.

Vegetable Industry Awards - 2009

Congratulations to the 2009 winners of the Australian Vegetable Industry Awards AUSVEG CEO Richard Mulcahy was impressed with... Go to article.

Tomato Potato Psyllid in NZ

Australian vegetable growers are being forewarned of a new plant pest that is causing havoc in New Zealand. Many will recall... Go to article.

Growing Leaders Program 2010

Apply now for the 2010 "Growing Leaders" program. The program will help you develop skills for personal, business and industry... Go to article.

Vital Vegetables win Science Award

The 2009 Hugh McKay Future Farming Award has been presented to The Vital Vegetables Marketing Partners (VVMP) for their ... Go to article.

Apply NOW - 2009 Grower Study Tour to the USA

Ten Australian vegetable growers will have the opportunity of a lifetime to visit agricultural facilities in the... Go to article.

Predators vs Plant Pests

Hungry pests cost farmers millions in crops losses each year, resulting in the widespread use of plant protectants, to... Go to article.

Farm Safety update

A farm worker is recovering in hospital from serious injuries after he was run over by a tractor on a Werribee... Go to article.

Horticulture Industry Network launched

Victorian Agriculture Minister, Joe Helper has launched the Horticulture Industry Network - HIN, a joint initiative of the Victorian... Go to article.

Epping Market Construction Begins

Work has begun on the $300 million Melbourne Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market at Epping. Acting Premier Rob... Go to article.

Strategic Plan for Victoria

Victoria's much awaited Vegetable Industry Strategic Plan has been just been released. Five specific... Go to article.

Improving Vegetable Choices for Consumers

Monsanto and Dole Fresh Vegetables USA have agreed to develop and market an improved range of broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and... Go to article.

BIOCHAR study to begin

The Federal Government will fund a $1.4 million research project into the use of BIOCHAR in agriculture. ... Go to article.

Skills for Growth

A new Victorian Govenment initiative will invest $52 million in a novel program that will position small business to succeed... Go to article.

Better Services to Farmers

Better Services to Farmers is a new service delivery initiative from the Victorian Government. In the new delivery... Go to article.

Growing on THE EDGE

PAT Senserrick's family have grown artichoke,cauliflower and lettuce on the river flats at Keilor since 1926. ... Go to article.

Spray Operator Course

Successful vegetable growers draw on a large body of information to construct plant protection programs for their crops.... Go to article.

Golf Day Success

98 golfers enjoyed a fun filled round of golf with sunshine, rain and wind on Friday at the Vegetable Growers Annual... Go to article.

BOOSTER - the Super Broccoli

Vital Vegetables® have just launched BOOSTERTM, a new super broccoli scientifically proven to contain 40 percent more... Go to article.

Feeding the World in 2050?

CSIRO director, Dr Peter Carberry, says the world demand for food and fibre will eclipses climate change as... Go to article.

Bovis Lend Lease to build new Market

Bovis Lend Lease have been selected to design and construct the $300 million main market floor of Melbourne's... Go to article.

Tripod Farms win NAB excellence award

The achievements of leading Victorian lettuce growers TRIPOD FARMS have been recognised with the National Agribusiness... Go to article.

Rick Butler - 2009 Young Leader Award

Heatherton grower Rick Butler has been honoured with a 2009 Young Leadership Award in recognition of his contribution... Go to article.

Worker dies in Werribee farm accident

A man died after being run over by the trailer of a reversing tractor at a Werribee vegetable farm on Monday. It... Go to article.

Woolworths donates days profit to farmers

Sources: James Ferre, Australian Food News - 25 February 2009               Woolworths - 21 February... Go to article.

Food and fertiliser costs

27th May 2008, JODIE THOMSON Prices for fresh produce will need to rise to cover a... Go to article.

Australian food crisis ahead

May 16, 2008, Jodie Thomson Australia may have its own food crisis, with the WA Vegetable... Go to article.

Victorian food security

May 20, 2008, by Daniel Palmer Hidden environmental costs could make food... Go to article.

Retailers exempt from code of practice

The Horticultural Code of Conduct, introduced last year could soon be extended to agents who buy from growers on behalf of retailers.... Go to article.

Biodiversity and food

May 22, 2008, Isobel Drake Just twelve crops and fourteen animal species... Go to article.

Retail food sales improving

By James Ferre ABS Retail Trade figures for May 2008 showed that retail Food sales improved in May... Go to article.

Downy mildew threatens UK crops

UK Growers warned of downy mildew threat FreshInfo UK, Wed 6 Aug 08 10:01; UK Growers are being advised... Go to article.

NZ vegetable growers under pressure

By HELEN MURDOCH - The Press | Friday, 20 June 2008 Gone are the days of Tasman's... Go to article.

Global food problem a ticking time bomb

Thursday, June 19, 2008 The world’s current food crisis and the future of sustainable... Go to article.

Senate examines our food supply

By Daniel Palmer A new Senate inquiry led by Bill Heffernan will... Go to article.

Soil carbon a must for emissions trading

source: LUCY SKUTHORP - Rural Press ... Go to article.

Werribee growers to benefit from grants

source: 'Irrigation and Water Resources' magazine, Winter 2008 Vegetable growers at Werribee South... Go to article.

UK veg prices to rise

source: telegraph.co.uk 7/21/2008 Desperate British vegetable growers are lobbying supermarkets to increase... Go to article.

Mustard too hot for crop pests

source: Stock & Land 22/07/2008 Mustard plants are proving too hot to handle for some crop pests, and are... Go to article.

Carbon tax credits for agriculture?

source: Stock & Land, Vic 24 July 2008 Trading in carbon could be a real winner for farmers, if common sense... Go to article.

Waste water common in global urban agriculture

ABC News, 18 August 2008 Waste water is widely used to irrigate urban agricultural land... Go to article.

ACCC reports on fertiliser pricing

ACCC Media Release , 22 August 2008 The ACCC have published a report which examines the reasons... Go to article.

Garnaut counts soil carbon

Farmonline, 4 September 2008 In a boost for agriculture, Professor Ross Garnaut has called for... Go to article.

Future uncertain for Bacchus Marsh growers

Source: Les White, Weekly Times - 22 April, 2009a          Les White, Weekly... Go to article.

Industry defends HAL

Good Fruit & Vegetables, August 2008 An open letter from the peak industry bodies for Australian horticulture... Go to article.

UK hort research under threat

FreshInfo UK, 6 September 2008 Horticultural research and development... Go to article.

Fruit and vegetables cut risk of disease

Fruit and vegetables cuts risk of disease The West Australian , 26 August 2008 26th August 2008,... Go to article.

China struggles to keep fertiliser

Sources: David Stanway, Forbes Business... Go to article.

JUST ADD FRUIT & VEG

The Vegetable Growers Association of Victoria is proud to support a great new initiative that encourages all Victorians ... Go to article.

UK wholesalers urged to take the lead

Source: FRESHINFO Sun 12 Oct 08 Wholesale... Go to article.

World food crisis ahead

Source: World Union of Wholesale Markets - 07 Oct 08 "There... Go to article.

Pesticide Problems in China

Source: Epoch Times - 17 April, 2009              Greenpeace China - 9 April2009   ... Go to article.

Victorian drought relief

Source: ALISON BARBER- Stock & Land - Mon 13 Oct... Go to article.

Federal relief for bush

Source: LUCY SKUTHORP - Farm online - Tue 14 Oct 08 ... Go to article.

UK farmers fight to use farm chemicals

NFU Vice President Paul Temple takes the pesticides fight to Brussels today as senior figures meet to discuss... Go to article.

Epping market still on track

Source: Melbourne Market Authority - 17 October 2008 Notice to all Market Users: ... Go to article.

Water everyones worry !

Source: National Marketplace News - September 2008 WATER quality and availability... Go to article.

Kids junk food adverts to end

Source: Just-food.com - Fri 24 Oct 08 Australian food manufacturers... Go to article.

UK supermarkets squeeze growers

Source: www.freshinfo.com - Fri 24 Oct 08 ... Go to article.

Future food and farming

Source: Australian Conservation Foundation - Monday, 27 Oct 08 ... Go to article.

Peak fertiliser price ?

Source: COLIN BETTLES - Thursday, 30 Oct 08 Fertiliser... Go to article.

UK carbon emission standard

Source: Fresh Info - Monday, 3 Nov 08 The new specification for... Go to article.

UN future food concerns

Source: Fresh Info - Sunday, 2 Nov 08 Professor John Beddington, chief scientific... Go to article.

Holding on to young workers

Source: Fresh Info - Wednesday, 5 Nov 08 Mark Murphy, chief executive of Leadership... Go to article.

Australian horticulture measures carbon footprint

Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL), today released a series of discussion papers on measuring the carbon footprint of the... Go to article.

AUSVEG ratifies emergency plant pest deed

Source: AUSVEG, 21 Nov 2008 AUSVEG, the national peak industry... Go to article.

Why are fertiliser prices still high ?

Source: David McKenzie, Weekly Times - December 2, 2008 THE local fertiliser market... Go to article.

New market one step closer

Source: Peter Hunt , Weekly Times - December 5, 2008 The Victorian Government is pushing ahead with its... Go to article.

Outcry triggers fertiliser price drop

Sources: Gregor Heard, Stock & Land - December 22, 2008               Alison Bell, AAP... Go to article.

Biosecurity changes afoot

Sources: Sara Everingham, ABC - December 18, 2008 An independent report has called for a major... Go to article.

Aussie exports battle foreign regulations

Sources: David Minnis, Weekly Times - December 22, 2008               Governments... Go to article.

New Victorian IDO

Source: Tony Imeson , VGA Victoria - 28 December, 2008              Weekly Times NOW - 12 January, 2009 ... Go to article.

EU ruling threatens UK vegetable crops

EU rulings threaten UK vegetable crops Sources: Caroline Davies, The Observer - January 4,... Go to article.

NZ bans Endosulphan

Sources: Kelly Burke - Sydney Morning Herald, 8 January 2009 ERMA news, 15 December 2008 ... Go to article.

Endosulfan - the facts

Endosulfan - Facts Source:   APVMA - January 2009 Endosulfan... Go to article.

Future cultivation and planting

Source: Roger Chesher, UK Horticulture Week - 20 February 2009            There... Go to article.

Ladybirds & Lettuce

Source: Vegetables Victoria Editorial - 2 March 2009 Ladybird beetles... Go to article.

Vegetable Expo Spectacular

Vegetable displays feature at Werribee Expo Source: Sandra Godwin, Weekly Times - 3 March 2009 ... Go to article.

Irrigation Water for Melbourne's West

Weary vegetable growers at Werribee and Bacchus Marsh are hoping the early autumn rains signal a break from the ongoing drought.... Go to article.

A-Class Water a Winner

Source:  Leif Ericson, TYCO Engineering - March, 2009               Les White, Weekly Times - 7 April, 2009 ... Go to article.

Better Water for Werribee Growers

Source: Werribee Banner - 8 April, 2009             Victoria... Go to article.

Beneficials in the Greenhouse

Sources:      Edwina Hall, Weekly Times - 6 May, 2009                    Geoff Strong, The AGE - 5... Go to article.

UK concern for Fruit & Veg

The EU decision to ban key plant protection products - vital for controlling weeds and plant pests - "will limit Europe's... Go to article.

Support for Tas organics

May 23, 2008, James Ferre The Tasmanian Government is looking to the organic... Go to article.

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