Country Hour Victoria
Country Hour Podcast for Tuesday 30th September, 201409/30/14
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...
Country Hour for Tuesday September 23rd 2014
The largest independent egg producer in NSW has been forced to pay penalties for falsely labelling their eggs as free range. The Competition watchdog, the ACCC brought action in April last year, as part of a crackdown on egg labelling. The ACCC...
Country Hour for Monday 22nd September 2014
In the eyes of one of the most experienced grains agronomists, the southern Mallee and northern Wimmera is having one its worst starts to spring in memory. One of the biggest issues has been the early frosts, which GRDC panel member Rob Sonogan says...
Country Hour for Friday 19, September 2014
Landcare is holding its annual conference this week, with farmers and environmentalists from around the country coming together to mark 25 years of the organisation. As well as reflecting on the past, they are also looking to the future and how to...
Country Hour for Thursday 18 September, 2014
The Victorian Country Hour broadcasts live from the ABARES regional outlook conference in Wodonga.
Country Hour for Wednesday 17 September 2014
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.
- Melbourne, VIC
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