Country Hour Victoria
Country Hour for Friday 19th December 201412/18/14
Less red tape, more flexible water trading and postponing a review of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. They're just some of the recommendations in this years' independent review of the 2007 Water Act. It looks like it's not just a speciality meat for...
Country Hour for Thursday 18 December, 2014
Bushfires continue to burn in a number of areas across the state, today we hear from a number of landholders who have been affected, including one farmer who estimates he's lost 1000 sheep. We'll also hear claims that supermarket chain Woolworths has...
Country Hour for Wednesday 17th December 2014
There are a number of fires burning around the state, we catch up on the latest news from the Country Fire Authority. And while the full extent of property damage is unclear, we hear from one lucky farmer who was able to escape the blaze with no stock...
Country Hour for Tuesday 16th December 2014
A food processing consultant says Coles supermarket has got off lightly in reaching a settlement with the competition regulator. Coles will pay a $10 million out of court settlement, and admit it engaged in unconscionable conduct in its dealings with...
Country Hour for Monday 15th December 2014
A free trade agreement with China has many Australian exporters excited about the prospect of new markets. But, one farmer is getting out of sending his produce to the country, after his product fell victim to counterfeiters. Experts warn...
Country Hour for Friday 12th December 2014
The company that produced unpasteurised milk consumed by a Victorian toddler who later died has been asked by the consumer affairs watchdog to recall its products.
Country Hour for Thursday 11th December 2014
A three year old child has died and four others are ill after drinking unpasteurised 'bath' milk in Victoria. Raw milk, or unpasteurised milk, is illegal to sell in Australia for drinking but a black market has sprung up around the country as demand...
Country Hour for Wednesday 10th December 2014
The newly elected Victorian Labor government has confirmed it will abolish the controversial Alpine Grazing trial enacted by its coalition predecessors. Cattle were due to enter the Alpine National Park within months, in the second of a three year...
Country Hour for Tuesday 9th December 2014
The Mouth of the Murray river will be dredged to keep it open as most of the Murray-Darling Basin returns to drought. Already, over two billion megalitres of water has been bought back for the environment with the plan to keep the mouth open 9 years...
Country Hour for Monday 8th December 2014
In China, handing over a bottle of foreign-produced fresh dairy is a growing trend. But at up to $12 a litre, it's safe to assume Australian milk is a luxury item. Despite many welcoming a landmark Free Trade Agreement with China, fruit growers say...
Country Hour for Friday 5th December 2014
Victoria's new agriculture minister has wasted no time making changes to her portfolio as she takes over the role. The Department of Primary Industries, and the Department of the Environment are to be split. Jaala Pulford is an upper house member for...
Country Hour for Thursday 4th December 2014
The debate over free-range, caged or barn-raised hens, and appropriate stocking densities for each, has raged within the egg industry for years and now it's being played out in the market place. An outright ban on caged eggs came into force at one...
Country Hour for Wednesday 3rd December 2014
It seems extraordinary in some ways, that in a country with regular floods and droughts, that until now there's been no insurance for farmers to protect their crops. A multi-peril crop insurance was trialled for the first time this year and is...
Country Hour for Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Grain crop predictions for this season have been downgraded again by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences. In its December update, ABARES says the downgrade is pretty widespread, with Victoria, South Australia,...
Country Hour for Monday 1st December 2014
The farming sector is waiting with baited breath to find out who its new Victorian agriculture minister will be. Bendigo-based senior Labor MP Jacinta Allan has held the portfolio in opposition, but it's unclear if she will retain the position in the...
Country Hour for Friday 28th November 2014
The country's largest dairy co-operative says it sees an end in sight to the turbulent ride for global milk prices. After paying suppliers a record price last year, Murray Goulburn told its annual general meeting yesterday, that Russian import bans...
Country Hour for Thursday 27th November 2014
A New South Wales Senator is trying to change parts of the new mandatory code for port access, which governs competition rules around grain handling at ports. The code was introduced recently to increase competition, but it exempts co-operatives, like...
Country Hour for Wednesday 26th November 2014
Farm bodies in the United States have struck an agreement with some of the world's biggest agribusinesses about who owns farm data. There are masses of digital information gathered on modern farms every day by machinery and software, showing...
Country Hour for Tuesday 25th November 2014
The CSIRO is set to lose one staff in five, over the next two years. The effect of Federal Governments cut of $114 million is now becoming clearer, with at least four regional research sites under threat. And Federal Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie...
Country Hour for Monday 24th November 2014
A freak hail storm has caused devastating damage to property, fruit trees and vines in Sunraysia on the weekend. The New South Wales SES says the storm hit the region on Saturday afternoon, with reports of trees falling on to houses and roofs being...
- Melbourne, VIC
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