Country Hour Victoria
Country Hour for Friday 28th November 201411/27/14
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...
Country Hour for Friday November 21st 2014
Whilst Australia continues to celebrate the outcome of a free trade agreement with China, some of our major trading partners are worried. Japan, in particular, is concerned about the effects on trade in dairy products - and that Australia will start...
Country Hour for Thursday 20th November 2014
Today the Country Hour is being broadcast from Timboon P12 School, the school which is located in Western Victoria in the middle of dairy farms has been working hard on establishing a special agricultural program.
Country Hour for Wednesday 19th November 2014
The Federal Government has announced a $30 million drought package for Victorian farmers. The five-year concessional loans are to help eligible farm businesses recover from the effects of drought. Despite world dairy prices dropping another three per...
Country Hour for Tuesday 18th November 2014
With the state election just under a fortnight away, we talk to the Victorian Minister for Agriculture, Peter Walsh and opposition agriculture spokesperson Jacinta Allan.
Country Hour for Monday 17 November 2014
The Australian dairy sector is expected to get an equal, if not better, deal than New Zealand as part of a free trade agreement to be signed with China. Modern grain harvesters are starting to push the boundaries of road rules in each state and grain...
Country Hour for Friday 14th November 2014
Woolworths has been cleared of any wrongdoing for making its suppliers pay for an advertising campaign. In June this year the supermarket came under fire for charging growers 40 cents per crate on their produce to pay for the campaign staring...
Country Hour for Thursday 13th November 2014
Today. billions of dollars have been spent on buying up irrigation water to save the Murray-Darling basin, as part of the basin plan but now, money has finally been allocated to see if it's working - and whether the health of the river system is...
Country Hour for Wednesday 12 November, 2014
The chairman of a Senate committee investigating failed managed investment scheme business, Timbercorp, fears foreclosures if victims aren't offered help, and we meet a dairy farmer who's been to China four times in the past six months to push for a...
Country Hour for Tuesday 11 November 2014
For decades, the Rural Financial Counselling Service has provided free advice to farmers and rural businesses in financial distress. Now an independent review has recommended while the service should continue, it needs to make significant...
Country Hour for Monday 10th November 2014
It's only three weeks until the state election, and so far agriculture has had a pretty good run, there have been announcements around education, transport, and getting young people in ag from both major sides of politics. But are farmers getting what...
Country Hour for Friday November 7th 2014
A patchwork of good, bad and ugly crops across the eastern seaboard of Australia should provide just enough grain to meet the demands of the market. Although there is enough grain, it is going to have to travel long distances to find its market. The...
Country Hour for Thursday 6th November 2014
New restrictions on the size of wool bales has turned into a weighty issue for the industry. From 2016, Australian Wool Exchange will increase minimum bale weights from 110 to 130 kilograms to improve safety and reduce grower costs. Its no secret that...
Country Hour for Tuesday November 4th 2014
Dairy farmers supplying Murray Goulburn might not be getting paid for all of the milk they collect from their cows. The dairy cooperative has changed how it measures the amount of milk it takes from farmers and some suppliers aren't happy. Australian...
Country Hour for Monday November 3rd 2014
In years of poor milk prices, exporting cattle can be a saviour for dairy farmers. The industry says that a third of all Australian dairy farmers are exporting parts of their heard overseas. If you go in to the florists to pick up some flowers, have...
Country Hour for Friday October 31st 2014
New research is hoping to help farmers to reduce both frost and heat damage to wheat crops in the future. The Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries is leading the study to simulate the best time to sow and harvest to avoid weather...
- Melbourne, VIC
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