Vegetable Grower News
Please take a few moments to browse the NEWS stories we have selected from RELIABLE local and international sources.
We aim to provide a range of stories RELEVANT to those interested in Vegetable Production in Victoria.
Bayer Vegetables Forum
Bayer CropScience host Vegetable Future Forum
Bayer CropScience CEO, Liam Condon recently opened the inaugural Vegetable Future… Go to article.
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.
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.
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 2011The ‘South Eastern Fresh Distribution Centre’… Go to article.
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
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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.
Food and fertiliser costs
27th May 2008, JODIE THOMSONPrices for fresh produce will need to rise to cover a… Go to article.
Australian food crisis ahead
May 16, 2008, Jodie ThomsonAustralia may have its own food crisis, with the WA Vegetable… Go to article.
Victorian food security
May 20, 2008, by Daniel PalmerHidden 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 DrakeJust twelve crops and fourteen animal species… Go to article.
Downy mildew threatens UK crops
UK Growers warned of downy mildew threatFreshInfo 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 2008Gone are the days of Tasman’s… Go to article.
Global food problem a ticking time bomb
Thursday, June 19, 2008The world�s current food crisis and the future of sustainable… Go to article.
Senate examines our food supply
By Daniel PalmerA new Senate inquiry led by Bill Heffernan will… 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
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 2008Horticultural 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.
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.
World food crisis ahead
Source: World Union of Wholesale Markets – 07 Oct 08
“There… Go to article.
Pesticide Problems in China
Epoch Times – 17 April, 2009
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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
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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 08Australian food manufacturers… 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 08Fertiliser… Go to article.
UK carbon emission standard
Source: Fresh Info – Monday, 3 Nov 08The new specification for… Go to article.
UN future food concerns
Source: Fresh Info – Sunday, 2 Nov 08Professor John Beddington, chief scientific… Go to article.
Holding on to young workers
Source: Fresh Info – Wednesday, 5 Nov 08Mark 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 2008AUSVEG, 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.
New Victorian IDO
Source: Tony Imeson , VGA Victoria – 28 December, 2008
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EU ruling threatens UK vegetable crops
EU rulings threaten UK vegetable crops
Sources: Caroline Davies, The Observer – January 4,… Go to article.
Aussie exports battle foreign regulations
Sources: David Minnis, Weekly Times – December 22, 2008������ ������
Governments… 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 2009Endosulfan… 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 2009Ladybird beetles… Go to article.
Better Water for Werribee Growers
Werribee Banner – 8 April, 2009
Victoria… Go to article.
Vegetable Expo Spectacular
Vegetable displays feature at Werribee Expo
Source: Sandra Godwin, Weekly Times – 3 March 2009
… Go to article.
Beneficials in the Greenhouse
Sources:����� Edwina Hall, Weekly Times – 6 May, 2009
������������ ����� Geoff Strong, The AGE – 5… 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.
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 FerreThe Tasmanian Government is looking to the organic… Go to article.