Country Hour Victoria
Country Hour for Thursday 31st July 201407/31/14
Woolworths has sent a letter to fruit and vegetable suppliers saying that its Jamie Oliver marketing campaign has been 'highly successful'. The supermarket says the campaign, where growers paid a 40 cent a crate levy for marketing, increased sales by...
Country Hour for Wednesday 30 July 2014
The United States and the European Union have introduced new sanctions against Russia, which could make it harder for it to export grain. The sanctions target energy companies and banks, including the Russian Agricultural Bank, which helps broker...
Country Hour for Tuesday 29 July 2014
Victoria has a new chief vet, and he says one of his top priorities is to plan for a worst case scenario when it comes to disease outbreaks. Professor Charles Milne does have a background in that area, having been the chief vet in Scotland during a...
Country Hour for Monday 28th July 2014
Today a special broadcast from the Australian Grains Industry Conference.
Country Hour for Friday 25 July 2014
The municipal association of Victoria says it's worried about funding for roads being held up in the senate. 85 percent of the roads in the state are maintained by Local Councils, and that's funded by rates and federal funding. For more than a decade,...
Country Hour for Thursday 24 July 2014
Companies like dairy processor Murray Goulburn says the roads are so bad, they're having to pay 15 per cent more to maintain their trucking fleet in the region. The South Gippsland Shire Council is so concerned about the safety of its road users and...
Country Hour for Wednesday 23 July 2014
Are the roads in South Gippsland the worst in the State? Companies like dairy processor Murray Goulburn says the roads are so bad, they're having to pay 15 per cent more to maintain their trucking fleet in the region. The South Gippsland Shire Council...
Country Hour for Tuesday July 22nd 2014
Navigating the pathway of handing over the family farm to the next generation is one of the most serious and common issues facing farming businesses in Australia. But it doesn't have to be a source of family conflict, today we take a closer look at...
Country Hour for Monday 21 July 2014
Australia's staggering growth of beef exports to China is under threat. China has just lifted the ban on Brazilian beef, imposed after a case of mad cow disease two years ago. While the ban was in place, Brazil found it could still export beef into...
Country Hour for Friday 18 July 2014
Growth in the dairy industry is at unprecedentedly high levels. Export growth for Australian milk is up 10 per cent on last year and expected to keep rising. But forecasts for dairy prices at the back end of the season are taking a downward turn which...
Country Hour for Thursday 17th July 2014
It's been a week in the making but finally the wool industry's peak marketing and research body has broken its silence about the sheep abuse scandal engulfing its industry. Last week, animal activists PETA released footage showing shearers hitting and...
Country Hour for Wednesday 16th July 2014
The push to curtail the behaviour of animal activists on farms is getting more attention at the Federal level. Western Australian Liberal Senator, Chris Back, has drafted legislation that would force anyone with footage of animals being abused, to...
Country Hour for Tuesday 15th July 2014
The new Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm, wants the government to review the entire marketing and research levy system for agriculture. Senator Leyonhjelm plans to move a disallowance motion to stop increases in the levies paid for marketing...
Country Hour for Monday 14th July 2014
The Australian Veterinary Association, is warning it could take a lifetime for vet students to pay back their University degrees, if the Coalition Government pushes its higher education reforms through. The AVA's modelling shows it could take up to 45...
Country Hour for Friday 11th July 2014
Another day, another salvation. This time it's for the pig industry. The Victorian Government will inject $120,000 to help revive of the Pig Health Research Centre in Bendigo. The money will go towards biosecurity measures and see staff numbers more...
Country Hour for Thursday 10 July 2014
A salvation has been thrown to Australia's leading sheep research centre. The future of the Sheep Co-Operative Research Centre was in doubt but has now received millions of dollars in commitments to keep its doors open. Animal rights group PETA has...
Country Hour for Wednesday 9th July 2014
A virus that's affecting more than 10,000 hectares of South Australian canola crops and is now it's making its mark in Victoria. Beet Western Yellows Virus is an aphid-spread disease that discolours plants and leads to yield losses. Parts of the...
Country Hour for Tuesday 8 July, 2014
A New Zealand University claims it could cost students more than twice as much to study a three-year agricultural degree in Australia, than in New Zealand. That's if the Federal Government's proposed changes to university funding come into play. It's...
Country Hour for Monday 7th July, 2014
As Parliament returns, all eyes are on the new Senators who'll play a big part in deciding which policies come to fruition. One of the biggest issues for rural Australians in the last election was that of foreign ownership of farmland The newly...
Country Hour for Friday 4th July 2014
United Dairy Power says its finally paid up the hundreds of thousands of dollars, it owed to a small group of suppliers. In the last 10 to12 years, Australia's dairy industry herd has dropped by about 400,000. At the same time, New Zealand's has grown...
- Melbourne, VIC
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