Country Hour Queensland
Country Hour, Thursday 21 August, 201408/21/14
A push to block increases to horticulture marketing and research levies looks unlikely to pass the Senate. How wild goats are keeping graziers afloat in western Queensland. The man credited as being the father of GMO technology, Belgian scientist Marc...
Country Hour for Wednesday 20 August, 2014
A new Bill designed to streamline Queensland resources legislation has been described as an 'acid bath for the rights of the landholder'. The mango industry warns that all agricultural levies are at risk if a disallowance motion is passed in the...
Country Hour for Tuesday 19 August, 2014
Sugar prices have taken a hammering lately with the number 11 futures contract in New York falling to 15.68 US cents a pound, down a quarter of a cent over night. Prices have been generally falling on the the Futures market since March this year. For...
Country Hour for Monday 18 August, 2014
The Bureau of Meteorology says good weekend rainfall will barely make a dint in drought-affected areas of Queensland and New South Wales. Queensland's north-west and far western areas of the state received little or no rain, while further south,...
Qld Country Hour, 15 Aug 2014
On the eve of what many hope will be a good drenching for the lower half of Queensland much of South East corner is now drought declared. Today's Country Hour explores what rain will mean, and what it won't. Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says he'll...
Country Hour for Thursday 14 August
A beef consultant is predicting cattle prices in Australia could double when the drought breaks, reaching up to $4 a kilo. Farmers say they'll believe it when they see it.
Qld Country Hour, 13 August 2014
The National Farmers' Federation, as well as the consumer watchdog, have called for the introduction of an 'effects test' as part of the Governments review into competition law. Landholders continue to oppose the Galilee Basin State Development Area....
Country Hour for Tuesday 12 August
Regulating fisheries in Queensland will be less complex and more amicable process if the Queensland Fisheries Minister has his way. A bumper crop of avocados from New Zealand this summer could force Queensland farmers to change their harvesting...
Country Hour for Monday 11 August, 2014
Today it's to Queensland's biggest agricultural show, the Ekka. While the stud cattle may have left the arena, the dairy exhibitors are just starting to line up for judging - it comes at a tough time in the industry as more farming families take the...
Qld Country Hour, 8 August 2014
The Queensland Country Hour broadcasts from the Ekka where Craig Zonca explores the effect Russian trade bans will have on Queensland producers, meets a few cattle producers showing their stock in the ring at the Ekka, and tastes the best scones in...
Qld Country Hour, 7 Aug 2014
The Qld Country Hour hears about new cotton initiatives at the Australian Cotton Conference. Just who's getting paid what will be the subject of an inquiry examining price transparency in the beef industry. An accolade for Rob McConchie, one ABC...
Qld Country Hour, 6 August 2014
The Queensland Government has repealed the Wild Rivers legislation leaving some landholders worried that the Government has now opened the door to mining and gas in the channel country. Cane growers in the Herbert district of north Qld say the damage...
Qld Country Hour, 5 August 2014
Cattle could once again be exported from the port of Weipa. A $22 million research facility is being built in South Australia to find a solution to Australia's most damaging horticulture pest, the fruit fly. A proposal to build a 1,400 km wild dog...
Country Hour for Monday 4 August
Coal seam gas development in the Tara area in southern Queensland has been nothing short of controversial, now the gas company involved has confirmed it has bought up residential land. The Federal Government's Green Army gets moving with 40 Queensland...
Qld Country Hour, 1 August 2014
Today the Qld Country Hour visited Stanthorpe where wine, vinegar and vegetables were up for discussion. We also met an apple physiologist there. The Queensland Government has reopened the doors to uranium mining with a new regulatory framework...
Qld Country Hour, 31 July 2014
Today the Qld Country Hour broadcast from a pub in Goondiwindi in southern Qld. The town is hosting a regional ABARES conference. Craig Zonca discusses trade opportunities and what they mean for farmers. The Balonne Shire mayor says the recently...
Qld Country Hour, 30 July 2014
Today the Country Hour visits Cecil Plains, a township on the banks of the Condamine River in an agricultural and timber producing area of the Darling Downs. Craig Zonca and Cassie Hough talk to locals about cotton, CGS, groundwater and get the...
Qld Country Hour, 29 July 2014
An energy finance commentator says the Federal Government's decision to approve the Carmichael Coal and Rail project in Queensland's Galilee Basin could damage the long-term viability of the coal industry. The Environment Minister says the coal and...
Qld Country Hour, 28 July 2014
The Federal Environment Minister says Australia's largest and newest mine, the Carmichael mine 160km west of Clermont in central Queensland, will fund GABSI. Greenpeace argues the Government's approval of the mine is premature and more water data...
Qld Country Hour, 25 July 2014
Coal exports are on the rise despite big job losses in the industry in recent years. Demand for crop insurance is likely to increase as commodity markets become more volatile. In Southern Queensland, a group of farmers has been trying to create their...
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