Country Hour Victoria
Country Hour for Friday 29 August 201408/29/14
The world bank's special envoy for climate change says she'll be watching to say how the Federal Government responds to a review of the Renewable Energy Target A government-commissioned review has recommended the target of having 20 per cent of...
Country Hour for Thursday 28th August 2014
Global dairy giant Fonterra has started lobbying the Chinese government to approve a 20 per cent takeover of its biggest infant milk supplier, Beingmate. The proposed partnership will include a major investment in Fonterra's Victorian processing...
Country Hour for Wednesday 27th August, 2014
Dairy processor Murray Goulburn announces drop in profits, and NBN rollout likely to cost more in rural areas but will be subsidised.
Country Hour for Tuesday 26th August 2014
It's been a long road to de-regulation for the industry, but change has meant wealthy international grain companies are increasingly wanting a slice of Australia's action. A new code to address competition concerns at grain export ports is expected to...
Country Hour for Monday 25th August 2014
The head of one of the largest wool groups in the world is pinning his hopes on people going upmarket when they buy clothes. Peter Ackroyd, president of the international wool textile organisation, has just been in Australia. He says that the 'middle...
Country Hour for Friday 22nd August, 2014
Growers, traders and small green grocers say the protracted relocation of the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable market is going to hit them hard and see many leave the industry. We also hear from grain growers in the Victorian Mallee who say...
Country Hour for Thursday 21 August 2014
Irrigators say there is a major problem with the plan to return Australia's largest river system to health. After 2017 there is no money in the federal budget to operate the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Treasury Wine Estates, one of Australia's largest...
Country Hour for Wednesday 20 August 2014
Dairy processor Warrnambool Cheese and Butter has announced a 184% increase in profits over the past year. And while that result is good news for shareholders, there is some concern too, with the CEO David Lord announcing his resignation, effective...
Country Hour for Tuesday 19 August 2014
The company owned by food icon Maggie Beer says it will change some of its labelling following an investigation by the Australian Competition Consumer Commission. The ACCC has found that Maggie Beer Products misinformed consumers with labelling and...
Country Hour for Monday 18 August 2014
One of Australia's largest exporters of wool has announced it will wind down its trade operations. Olam International has been exporting about 150,000 bales of wool from Australia every year but on Friday the company told clients it would focus...
Country Hour for Friday 15th August 2014
The actions of some hunters in north east Victoria are being described as dangerous and irresponsible. Authorities are on the hunt for hunters believed to have released pigs into a pine plantation in the Kiewa Valley. Australian cherry growers have...
Country Hour for Thursday 14 August 2014
The Fonterra Dairy company has just announced 44 redundancies at it's Echuca factory. Fonterra employs 160 workers at the plant which manufactures yoghurt and dairy desserts Top researchers at Australia's foremost animal health lab are the latest...
Country Hour for Wednesday 13 August 2014
Australian fruit growers will be competing with more New Zealand apples soon to arrive on our shelves. There has been a strong case to keep up security measures on New Zealand apples after a major biosecurity breach in 2011. But the head of Pipfruit...
Country Hour for Tuesday 12 August 2014
Frosts in parts of South-East Australia have been so strong they're having an unprecedented effect on grain crops. Winter frosts are nothing new to grain growers, but the severe cold of last weeks weather is doing damage to crops that is so bad,...
Country Hour for Monday 11th August 2014
Australian dairy exporters have moved from watching Russia, to watching Europe. Following a Russian ban on agricultural imports, Australia's dairy exporters are anxious to see where the European Union will re-direct its dairy products and what affect...
Country Hour for Friday 8th August 2014
In response to sanctions imposed on it from other countries, Russia has retaliated with a ban on food imports from a range of western nations - including Australia. Beef and butter exporters will be the most affected, but there are concerns the wide...
Country Hour for Thursday 7th August 2014
Today the Country Hour is broadcasting from Warrnambool in the south west of the state, and with dairy one of the major industries in that region we thought we'd take a closer look at how it's travelling.
Country Hour for Wednesday August 3rd, 2014
Today a special broadcast from the Mallee Machinery Field Days in Speed.
Victorian Country Hour for Tuesday 5 July, 2014
Today on the Country Hour we heard that Premier Denis Napthine has vowed to not allowing any fracking mining while he is in power, and New Zealand announces it will contribute funding in an effort to eradicate fruit fly as part of a new research...
Victorian Country Hour for Monday 4 August, 2014
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