Country Hour Victoria
Country Hour for Wednesday October 22nd 201410/22/14
A new dairy factory that was only just completed in Shepparton earlier this year is already being upgraded. The Pactum Dairy factory which makes and packs UHT milk for China, has exceeded expectations and says it now wants to get bigger. With the...
Victorian Country Hour for Tuesday, 21 October, 2014
Farmers are heading into paddocks in the Mallee to start this season's harvest as the temperature heats up. The early harvest has Wimmera harvest contractors, who have headed into northern New South Wales, fearing the wheat harvest will get underway...
Country Hour for Monday 20th October 2014
The future face of agriculture in Australia has been unveiled in Canberra this morning with the release of a Federal Government Green Paper. The paper looks at how agriculture can be more competitive, including exploring issues like foreign...
Country Hour for Friday October 17th 2014
The Ouyen Livestock Exchange has experienced about a 30 per cent drop in the number of spring lambs coming through the saleyards this year. Last year they had to run weekly sales instead of fortnightly, all through Spring, to keep up with demand. And...
Country Hour for Wednesday 15 October 2014
The state government says it's standing firm on it's commitment to not introduce goal seam gas, but only until July next year, beyond that it seems less clear. The government has today launched a new website called 'mining licenses near me', which...
Country Hour for Tuesday 14 October 2014
Victorian irrigators say they're expecting a fair bit of interest in dried off fruit blocks that are now coming back on to the market. In 2009 the government set up a scheme where growers could get a grant for quitting farming, provided the land...
Country Hour for Monday 13th October 2014
A group of western Victorian farmers have abandoned their plans to buy a disused GrainCorp silo. The group from Kaniva, north west of Horsham, had hoped to buy the town's silo after Australia's largest agribusiness announced it close sites across the...
Country Hour for Friday 10th October 2014
The small shire of Wakool in southern New South Wales says it now has evidence, that a loss of irrigation water does affect the whole community. A study commissioned by the council shows irrigation water entitlements in the past ten years have halved...
Country Hour for Thursday 9th October 2014
The livestock industry has come in for renewed criticism, after multiple breaches of export regulations in Middle Eastern markets ahead of a major Muslim festival in the past week. Animals Australia has criticised industry body Meat and Livestock...
Country Hour for Wednesday 8th October 2014
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has acted on a scathing report into Horticulture Australia that found the organisation, which manages grower levies, was beset by conflicts of interest. Also today, The weather bureau's latest drought statement...
Country Hour for Wednesday 7 October, 2014
Up to a quarter of grain crops have failed in some parts of Victoria. After a promising start to the season, frosts and an ongoing lack of rain mean that some paddocks can't even be cut for hay. Also today, The Federal Government has released a list...
Country Hour for Monday 6 October 2014
Chicken meat producers say that Victoria is falling behind other states when it comes to chicken meat production, and that's because it's too easy to object to a new farm being set up. Also, yet another report has emerged of Australian sheep being...
Country Hour for Friday 3rd October 2014
Almost all of the wine grapes produced in the last vintage were done so at a financial loss. The national industry's crush report is in, and while production is down, there's still plenty of voices calling for it to shrink further. Also today, dry...
Country Hour for Thursday 2nd October, 2014
Trespass laws have become one of the main agricultural issues in the lead-up to next month's Victorian election. Victorian Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh and his Labor counterpart Jacinta Allan have squared off in a state election debate in...
Country Hour for Wednesday 1st October 2014
Dairy Processor Fonterra Australia has revised down its end-of-season forecasts for prices paid to dairy farmers, and the Productivity Commission is calling for major changes to government spending on natural disasters to reduce the impact of fire,...
Country Hour Podcast for Tuesday 30th September, 2014
The drop in the Australian dollar hasn't necessarily made life more profitable for Australian farmers, and more and more consumers are saying they'll pay more for ethically produced food.
Country Hour for Monday 29th September, 2014
The Victorian Agriculture Minister says co-investment in big agricultural assets between foreign and Australian companies is a good model for opening up new markets, and Australia's chief scientist wants to see a national ag research and development...
Country Hour for Friday 26th September 2014
There's hope a proposed new visa for refugees could help farmers and rural businesses source workers. The Federal Government wants to introduce a five year 'safe haven enterprise visa' that would see refugees sent to live and work in regional areas....
Country Hour for Thursday September 25th 2014
Today we're talking the weather, and while there's a lot of smiling farmers across the state, there's also many that have missed out.
Country Hour for Wednesday 24 September 2014
Overall, Australians support mining, saying the economic benefits are worth the environmental cost. That's the finding of a CSIRO survey, which looked at how and why people trust mine operators and government. The wet start to winter provided the...
- Melbourne, VIC
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