Country Hour Victoria
Country Hour for Friday 17th April 201504/16/15
As planting for the winter cropping season begins, a marketing blitz is targeting farmers with insurance products. There's been speculation the Federal Government is considering subsidies to encourage farmers to take up crop insurance, as part of the...
Country Hour for Thursday 16th April 2015
The company whose frozen berries were linked to the outbreak of 31 cases of Hepatitis A says there is no evidence that a failure in food safety testing led to the spread of the virus. Nanna's berries, owned by Patties Food, has tested 360 packets of...
Country Hour for Tuesday 14th April 2015
We've heard plenty about the huge growth of the Almond industry in Australia - and it'll now have it's own centre for excellence. The South Australian Government has announced today it will co-fund a research centre for the almond industy based in...
Country Hour for Monday 13th April 2015
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft ruling which exempts Graincorp and Emerald from meeting some regulatory requirements at the ports of the Geelong and Melbourne respectively, which the grain handlers say will let...
Country Hour for Friday 10 April, 2015
Today, the peak body for dried fruit producers hopes this season's top quality harvest from Victoria's Sunraysia region will help re-open international markets. Also, A $400 million bushfire prevention program in the US, that combines mechanical...
Country Hour for Thursday 9 April, 2015
Irrigators say they are bewildered by the Victorian Government's decision to spill all the positions on the state's water boards. Also, Independent Victorian Senator John Madigan is the latest to register a new political party, one that hopes to tap...
Country Hour for Wednesday 8 April, 2015
Rain has been welcomed across Gippsland with heavy falls recorded, while in the Mallee falls weren't as heavy but grain growers preparing to sow this seasons crop say it is a nice reminder that it can rain. Also, water minister Lisa Neville has made...
Country Hour for Tuesday 7th April 2015
A Victorian vet is leaving the country to be in charge of the health of 100,000 dairy cows in China. Fonterra International has built two and has plans for another five mega-dairy operations in China that produce milk supplied to its partners in the...
Country Hour for Monday 6th April 2015
Dairy farmers and processors are being warned not to overlook south-east Asia in the rush to Chinese markets. South east Asia as a region is already a pretty big market for Victoria, with $750 million dollars worth of dairy produce heading there. A...
Country Hour for Thursday 2nd April 2015
Supermarkets are set to lobby hard to avoid any changes to competition laws that would disadvantage them. They've argued that the Harper Review recommendations would chill competition and increase prices for consumers. But farmers have welcomed the so...
Country Hour for Wednesday 1st April 2015
One of Australia's biggest wine producers has announced it will close its packaging and warehousing centre at Karadoc near Mildura by June next year. In an announcement to the Australian stock exchange yesterday, Treasury Wine Estates said the move is...
Country Hour for Tuesday 31st March 2015
Around eleven thousand cattle have been stranded, after a West Australian livestock export company went into voluntary administration. The cattle, most of which are dairy heifers, were bound for China before the trouble began - and some are in...
Country Hour for Monday 23rd March 2015
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...
- Melbourne, VIC
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