December 2012

This year seems to have gone so fast … or is it me getting slower ?  I think we’re doing the same jobs but as years go by it seems to be taking more effort to achieve the same results.

What a year – the wettest Autumn and early Spring in 15-17 years followed by a dry spell in mid-September. Well that’s just normal for growers who face challenges every year from the weather, crop diseases, pests, new or old varieties not performing to expectations, or falling prices.

On the positive side there are exceptions, such as this year where winter returns have been very good for some. That is, if you had the produce to sell given the wet conditions …

David Wallace – President, VGA-Victoria

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David Wallace re-elected as VGA President
The 2012 VGA Vic AGM, held on Friday 12 October, confirmed the reelection of David Wallace as President for a further term and endorsed the 2012-2013 Office Bearers and Executive Committee …

Safety Requirements for Farm Trailers
With more users on our roads and the fast pace of modern life, many drivers are not aware of the dangers around farm machinery or trailers on public roads. Impatience and risk-taking when passing slow-moving machinery are a constant hazard for growers …

National Vegetable Expo 2-3 May 3013

Put it in your diary so you don’t miss it!

The National Vegetable Expo Committee would like to advise that the 2013 Prospectus is now available for those interested in taking a site at next year’s Expo.

Several sites have already been booked by suppliers showing the keen interest in the event. Many of the favourites will be there again next year …

Bee Survival Threatened
A Harvard University study has found that a common pesticide kills bees, which are essential to both pollination and environmental health. The use of pesticides and bees is a contentious issue, with claims and counter claims, as well as vested interests from those opposed to pesticide use …

Drum Muster : Recycling for Farmers
In just over 14 years Australia’s only agricultural and veterinary chemical container recycling scheme has helped prevent more than 25,000 tonnes of waste ending up in landfill …

E.E. Muir & Sons – Grower BBQ
The Geelong-Lara region recently played host to a family BBQ for growers, hosted by VGA Vic Industry Associate Member EE Muir & Sons.

Good weather and the generous hospitality of industry suppliers ensured a good day was had by all, with a strong turnout of growers and their families. Emerging young growers from the Vietnamese community were also present at the event, speaking to suppliers about new technologies that have been adopted in their hydroponic operations …

Forum on Food Safety
Industry representatives including Helena Whitman, VGA Vic Executive Manager, recently met at a forum held at the University of Sydney titled Food Safety – Building a new paradigm.

The forum was established to examine best-practice in responding to food safety outbreaks, as experienced in 2006 in the USA. …

Food Hub for Casey
Feasibility studies are now underway to create a Food Hub in the City of Casey, which will provide an opportunity for the public to access local fresh food …

Whole Black Carrots
Recent research by Dr Anneline Padayachee from the University of Queensland shows how fruit and vegetables like black carrots help maintain gut health and reduce the risk of developing cancer …

Webinars: learning opportunities without leaving the farm
A webinar is a seminar that is held online which allows you to view the guest speaker’s presentation over the internet and to ask questions, make comments and share information with other participants. Webinars are a great time saver as you can join in from practically anywhere.

Why not give one a try ?

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