Country Hour Victoria
Country Hour for Monday 23rd March 201503/22/15
International investment in Australian food companies has begun picking up pace. Both large and small companies have sold to Asian buyers in recent times, from the billion dollar deal for baker Goodman Fielder to smaller deals. Rising demand for...
Country Hour for Friday 20th March 2015
The Farmer who became Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser has died at the age of 84. After serving in the Lodge from 1975 to 1983, he returned to his merino sheep and beef stud in Western Victoria.
Country Hour for Thursday 19th March 2015
The market power and alleged collusion of meat processors will be investigated by a new Senate inquiry. Farm lobby groups have been pushing for an inquiry saying meat processors have too much power, proven by a boycott at a sale at Wodonga in Victoria...
Country Hour for Wednesday 18th March 2015
Four years after the milk wars started, supermarkets are still winning the battle with private label milk. The latest data from Dairy Australia shows the dollar a litre supermarket milk continues to take market share away from the more expensive...
Country Hour for Tuesday 17th March 2015
Potato growers in Gippsland are struggling to sell their brushed potatoes. Farmers in south Gippsland have delayed harvest while they wait for demand from super-markets to pick up. Some of Australia's leading agricultural academics are warning farmers...
Country Hour for Monday 16th March 2015
The federal government has sacked its second Agriculture Department secretary in 18 months. The Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce announced on Friday afternoon that his secretary Paul Grimes had stepped down. Overseas workers, with a passion for...
Country Hour for Friday 13th March 2015
Australian agriculture is enjoying tariff cuts in some of our most important export markets, but industry says the government must do more about the enormous cost of so-called 'technical' trade barriers. It's estimated that things like additional...
Country Hour for Thursday 12th March 2015
The Federal Government is firming up its plans for new Country of Origin labels, with a cabinet proposal due by the end of the month. Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has indicated a clear preference for the existing 'Australian Made' green triangle...
Country Hour for Wednesday 11th March 2015
New Zealand's dairy industry is moving to assure customers milk powder products are safe, despite a blackmail threat to contaminate them with poison. Police say anonymous letters sent to processor Fonterra and the country's peak farming body...
Country Hour for Tuesday March 10th 2015
Scientists are hoping to release a new strain of the calicivirus to better control rabbit populations as early as Autumn next year. The new 'K5' strain is currently under review by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority....
Country Hour for Monday 9th March 2015
Australia's first white truffle has been discovered on a farm in Victoria. About eight tonnes of black truffles are now harvested each year in Australia, but this white truffle is the first of its kind.
Country Hour for Friday 6th March 2015
Australia is now screening all imports of canned and preserved fruit, after a local processor raised concerns about lead contamination. SPC Ardmona says it provided evidence to the government a year ago, that some imported tinned fruit had...
Country hour for Thursday 5th March 2015
Food processor SPC Ardmona says the Federal governments testing of imported food is embarrassing. The company has released its own three point plan to try and ensure better food safety for consumers.
Country Hour for Wednesday 4th March 2015
Overseas investors are asking for a bit more clarity about the government's new foreign investment rules, and how they might be affected. The new rules looking into the scrutiny of foreign investment in farmland took effect this week. But the picture...
Country Hour for Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Beef farmers are increasing their push to reform the meat processing industry. They want a senate inquiry into the sector after nine meat processors boycotted the first sale at the new Wodonga saleyards, initially in protest over when cattle are...
Country Hour for Monday 2 March, 2014
Hundreds gather at Barnawartha to talk about the meat processing sector and concerns over how many buyers there are at sales, and Warrnambool Cheese and Butter spends $140 million to buy brands like Coon and Cracker Barrel.
Country hour for Friday 27th February 2015
The disease Anthrax has killed a dairy cow near Tatura in northern Victoria. This is the first case in a number of years, and anthrax can quickly kill livestock when there is an outbreak.
Country Hour for Thursday 26th February 2015
The Prime Minister Tony Abbott says country of origin food labelling reform has stalled for far too long. Today he promised that will change, saying the hepatitis outbreak linked to imported berries shows consumers want clear information about where...
Country Hour for Monday 23rd February 2015
One of Australia's largest exporters of live dairy cows to China says it has gone from monthly shipments, to now facing no orders until June. The drop in global milk prices, combined with a domestic oversupply of milk in China, are the reasons for the...
Country Hour for Friday 20th February 2015
Irrigators have told a senate committee if power prices keep rising the impact on the horticulture industry will be devastating. The Senate Environment and Communications Committee is looking into the performance and management of electricity...
- Melbourne, VIC
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