Country Hour Victoria
Country Hour for Monday 26th January 201501/25/15
We meet some of those in rural Australia who have been given Australia day awards, including irrigator Col Thomson and Mick Keogh from the Australian Farm Institute, and head to a farm in western Victoria with new agriculture minister Jaala Pulford.
Country Hour for Friday 23rd January 2015
Australia's largest private fruit and vegetable company Costa's could be snapped by an overseas buyer if offered for sale. The Costa group has indicted it will either list the company on the stock exchange or sell it directly in a trade deal. Also...
Country Hour for Thursday 22nd January 2015
It's still unclear whether the state government will use the $400 million raised by the sale of bank Rural Finance for funding rail upgrades in Western Victoria, and we meet the new head of the Murray Darling Basin Authority.
Country Hour for Wednesday 21 January 2015
Wheat yields could drop by six per cent if global temperatures increase by a degree, and cancer cluster at the CFA's Fiskville training centre has been confirmed by a new study.
Country Hour for Tuesday 20 January 2015
SPC Ardmona argues European Union subsidies to be included in anti-dumping investigation of Italian tomatoes, and first round university offers for agricultural students are on the up.
Country Hour for Monday 19 January 2015
A major upgrade of the Wimmera and Mallee railway seems to be no closer, with the Victorian Government saying it's still waiting for an analysis of the project, and one of Australia's largest tomato growers says it has plans to expand.
Country Hour for Friday 16 January 2015
Cattle producers are very happy with prices received at the Wodonga saleyards, and table grape growers say they're very concerned about market access to Vietnam being cut.
Country Hour for Thursday 15 January, 2015
The ACCC says it will investigate the difference in petrol prices between the big cities and regional areas. Ararat police say they're investigating the theft of fencing equipment being used to rebuild after fires in western Victoria.
Country Hour for Wednesday 14 January, 2015
A potato grower says $300,000 worth of potatoes has been written off after heavy rain drowned the crop, and Chinese dairy farmers are tipping milk on the ground because of oversupply.
Country Hour for Tuesday 13th January 2015
The rain has finally arrived in many parts of regional Victoria, we find out where, and what this means for farmers. Cattle prices are seeing their biggest rise in decades, after widespread rain in central and eastern Australia. At sales in eastern...
Country Hour for Monday 12th January 2015
Fire-affected western Victorian farmers are being inundated with fodder to help their sheep recover. The sheep death toll from the Moyston bushfire is around 5000, with a further 18-thousand needing a temporary home. with the biggest challenge is...
Country Hour for Friday 9th January 2015
Interest from farmers in Queensland and NSW has seen a surge in prices at western Victorian weaner sales. The state's annual January sales kicked off in the west earlier this week and started in northern Victorian yesterday. Farmers representatives...
Country Hour for Thursday 8th January 2015
Runoff from heavy rains can sweep things like ash and and burnt leaf litter into waterways which can kill fish and animals. To prevent this, farmers at Creightons Creek are learning how to build silt traps to stop the rubbish flowing in to dams.
Country Hour for Wednesday 7th January 2015
Table grape growers are hoping for good news, as Vietnam considers whether to lift its suspension on Australian horticultural imports. Vietnam stopped issuing permits for Australian fruit and vegetables from the first of January, citing concerns about...
Country Hour for Tuesday 6th January 2015
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its detailed climate analysis for 2014, revealing last year was Australia's third-warmest on record. The report also confirms that many major agricultural regions received below average rainfall for 2014.
Country Hour for Monday 5th January 2015
The 'taboo' topic of broadening the Goods and Services Tax to include fresh food has once again been raised by a federal politician. Liberal MP Dan Tehan, who represents the regional seat of Wannon in Western Victoria, says expanding the GST is the...
Country Hour for Friday 2nd January 2015
The deadline for destocking in the controversial 'Right to Farm' is passing today. Farmer John Watson from Echuca West says he won't adhere to tight restrictions placed on his property by the Campaspe Council when he applied for a permit to farm...
Country Hour for Thursday 1st January 2015
New rules around the production and sale of raw milk come into effect in Victoria today. Producers who sell bath milk now have to either pasteurise the product before sale or add a bittering agent to make the product unpalatable to anyone that drinks...
Country Hour for Wednesday 31st December 2014
On the last day of 2014, we look back at the year in agriculture in Victoria.
Country Hour for Tuesday 30th December 2014
It is the controversial 'Right to Farm' case that seemingly has no end. Farmer John Watson from Echuca West says he won't adhere to tight restrictions placed on his property by the Campaspe Council. The Watsons run up to 1800 cattle on his 124...
- Melbourne, VIC
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