Country Hour Victoria
Country Hour for Wednesday 17 September 201409/17/14
Supermarket giant Coles has copped quite a bit of flak for mistreating suppliers. It's currently being sued by the ACCC for allegedly mistreating suppliers. But that hasn't stopped the National Farmers' Federation from announcing Coles as the main...
Country Hour for Tuesday 16 September 2014
One of the largest restaurant buyers of eggs in Australia says it will stop buying caged eggs. McDonalds, which uses 91 million eggs a year, says the move has been driven by consumer demand. But Brian Ahmed, president of the Victorian Farmers...
Country hour for Monday September 15th 2014
Today the Country Hour is broadcasting from a Dairy Australia investment forum, a one-day conference in Melbourne, which brings together the nation’s experts on investing in the sector with organisations and individuals interested in new opportunities...
Country Hour for Friday 12th September 2014
It's not just wheat and canola growers looking for rain at the moment - hay and silage producers say they really need some rain in the next week. In some areas hay has already been cut - but there are a few different reasons behind why. Biodynamic...
Country Hour for Thursday 11th September 2014
The Federal Government says it's cutting back red tape for the live export industry. Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has announced a number of changes to the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance Scheme, or ESCAS. The changes include less...
Country Hour for Wednesday 10 September 2014
The Australian Oilseed Federation has reduced it's crop forecast for canola. While the start of the season was hailed as the best in a generation, winter weather has dampened optimism. The federation's Executive Director Nick Goddard says Beet Western...
Country Hour for Tuesday 9th September 2014
A milk ad has been deemed to be 'racist' by the Australian Standards Bureau, and national grain crop forecasts have been revised down again after another dry month.
Country Hour for Monday 8th September 2014
Despite pleas from milk processors for farmers to produce more, volatile global prices are putting a lid on expansion and investment in the industry. Farmers say they're worried about increasing production, and fear that their returns will continue to...
Country Hour for Friday 5th September 2014
Today our Country Hour road trip continues along the Murray River, today we're in Mildura, on the final leg of our road trip looking at agricultural through that region.
Country Hour for Thursday 4 September 2014
The Victorian Country Hour road trip continues, today the program is being broadcast from an Avocado farm near Robinvale. We catch up with farmers who've made significant changes to the way they farm following the major drought of 2006 and 2007.
Country Hour for Wednesday 3 September 2014
Today a special broadcast from the banks of the Murray River at Swan Hill, the program looks at how the region is recovering from a severe drought which hit the region several years ago.
Country Hour for Tuesday 2nd September 2014
Australia is falling behind when it comes to turning agricultural waste into heat and electricity, according to an international bio energy organisation. Overseas, more and more farmers are converting straw and stubble into other products rather than...
Country Hour for Monday 1st September 2014
Farmers are always looking to increase lamb percentages and to reduce labour, and one scientist-come-farmer from south east South Australia thinks he's created the dream meat sheep. Today is the first day of spring and what a difference a month makes....
Country Hour for Friday 29 August 2014
The world bank's special envoy for climate change says she'll be watching to say how the Federal Government responds to a review of the Renewable Energy Target A government-commissioned review has recommended the target of having 20 per cent of...
Country Hour for Thursday 28th August 2014
Global dairy giant Fonterra has started lobbying the Chinese government to approve a 20 per cent takeover of its biggest infant milk supplier, Beingmate. The proposed partnership will include a major investment in Fonterra's Victorian processing...
Country Hour for Wednesday 27th August, 2014
Dairy processor Murray Goulburn announces drop in profits, and NBN rollout likely to cost more in rural areas but will be subsidised.
Country Hour for Tuesday 26th August 2014
It's been a long road to de-regulation for the industry, but change has meant wealthy international grain companies are increasingly wanting a slice of Australia's action. A new code to address competition concerns at grain export ports is expected to...
Country Hour for Monday 25th August 2014
The head of one of the largest wool groups in the world is pinning his hopes on people going upmarket when they buy clothes. Peter Ackroyd, president of the international wool textile organisation, has just been in Australia. He says that the 'middle...
Country Hour for Friday 22nd August, 2014
Growers, traders and small green grocers say the protracted relocation of the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable market is going to hit them hard and see many leave the industry. We also hear from grain growers in the Victorian Mallee who say...
Country Hour for Thursday 21 August 2014
Irrigators say there is a major problem with the plan to return Australia's largest river system to health. After 2017 there is no money in the federal budget to operate the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Treasury Wine Estates, one of Australia's largest...
- Melbourne, VIC
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