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The Country Hour brings you the latest in agricultural and mining news and developments from around Victoria. ABC Radio's Country Hour is Australia's longest running radio program. It's broadcast daily at midday on local radio.

The Country Hour brings you the latest in agricultural and mining news and developments from around Victoria. ABC Radio's Country Hour is Australia's longest running radio program. It's broadcast daily at midday on local radio.
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Melbourne, VIC

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The Country Hour brings you the latest in agricultural and mining news and developments from around Victoria. ABC Radio's Country Hour is Australia's longest running radio program. It's broadcast daily at midday on local radio.

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English


Episodes

Victorian Country Hour

8/18/2019
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The efforts to form a plan for the Australian dairy industry continue with a new committee to be formed before the interim and final reports are sent to dairy farmers. And memories of the wool industry collapse in the early 1990s have come flooding back to growers after a suggestion by the Australian Wool Innovation head that there may need to be a way to halt selling in a falling market.

Duration:00:55:12

Victorian Country Hour

8/15/2019
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The Australian Wool Innovation head last year said the industry was at a point where the wool price could only go up. Later he blamed a falling price on agri-political rivals for "talking the industry down". Now, Stuart McCullough says the international trade war is to blame for the worst falls to wool prices in more than a decade.

Duration:00:15:57

Victorian Country Hour

8/14/2019
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Wool markets are suffering through their biggest falls in over a decade. The price started falling last week and so far has continued, slashing the price and shocking those in the industry. Scientists are trying to mass produce a native seaweed that CSIRO research found "virtually eliminates methane emission in cattle and sheep when it's fed as a dietary additive in low doses".

Duration:00:55:02

Victorian Country Hour

8/13/2019
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Two West Australian pig farmers, involved in the smuggling of Danish pig semen hidden in shampoo bottles, have been sent to jail. And we take a closer look at the goat industry - did you know it's going through a boom time?

Duration:00:55:11

Victorian Country Hour

8/12/2019
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Dairy giant Fonterra has shocked New Zealand's stock market and farmers by writing down about NZ$800 million in assets, including $70 million in Australia. The march south of sea urchins continues, and they're now found as far south as Tasmania. The spiky creatures eat everything in their path, and divers say the destruction is similar to that of logging a rainforest.

Duration:00:55:12

Victorian Country Hour

8/11/2019
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Today a special program talking about GM food, GM medicine and GM humans and what is the future for a technology that promises to speed up the process of plant breeding and fighting disease? With Biotech advocate, science communicator and professor at the University of Florida, Kevin Folta is seen as a controversial figure.

Duration:00:55:12

Victorian Country Hour

8/8/2019
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The UN Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, or IPCC, has compiled the first comprehensive global assessment of land use. It includes deforestation, food security and agricultural production. And confidence is rising among Western Victorian grain growers that they're on track to produce at least an average crop.

Duration:00:55:12

Victorian Country Hour

8/7/2019
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The trade war between the United States and China is escalating and Australian farmers are hoping that our nation doesn't get sucked in. Saputo's proposed takeover of Lion's specialty cheese business could result in lower farm gate milk prices, according to the ACCC.

Duration:00:55:13

Victorian Country Hour

8/6/2019
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Today, a special broadcast from the National Carbon Farming Conference in Albury. And the federal Water Minister releases the terms of reference for the ACCC review of water trading.

Duration:00:55:12

Victorian Country Hour

8/5/2019
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The dreaded and deadly pig disease African Swine Fever is continuing to spread across the world with European countries reporting an increase in pig deaths. And 85 per cent of Australian wool ends up in China, but do we know exactly what our most important customer is looking for?

Duration:00:55:12

Victorian Country Hour

8/4/2019
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The emerging field of cellular agriculture - also known as "lab-grown meat" - is dominated by food tech startups in America and Europe. Potato seed certifiers and growers are keeping tabs on a new strain of blackleg that's shown up in crops throughout Australia.

Duration:00:55:12

Victorian Country Hour

8/1/2019
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Animals with their throats slit and backs broken are part of a video that allegedly shows an illegal abattoir in operation in South Gippsland on a Koo Wee Rup property. The Chinese owners of Australia's largest cotton farm have finalised plans to reduce its stake in the Queensland property.

Duration:00:55:13

Victorian Country Hour

7/31/2019
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A "tough cop" could be appointed to oversee the integrity of the entire Murray-Darling Basin under a proposal by Water Minister David Littleproud. And one of Queensland's biggest dairy farms has closed down due to low milk prices. At one point McNamee Dairies was the biggest in the state, milking 2,000 cows.

Duration:00:55:01

Victorian Country Hour

7/30/2019
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African Swine Fever and diplomatic tensions are among the forces creating challenges and opportunities for Australian commodities, according to the Rural Bank. And backpackers from 13 countries are being targeted by Immigration Minister David Coleman as he seeks to find workers for regional businesses.

Duration:00:55:09

Victorian Country Hour

7/29/2019
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An independent panel has been set up to examine the findings of Murray-Darling Basin Plan investigations into the plan's socio-economic impacts, and identify what's needed to keep basin communities afloat. In an effort to crack down on dodgy operations, the Victorian Labour Hire Authority is requiring providers to be authorised under a new licensing scheme.

Duration:00:55:10

Victorian Country Hour

7/28/2019
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The famously fractured dairy industry says that getting united is the key to success. That's one of the key themes coming out of the regional meetings that have been held across the country, trying to put together a national dairy plan. A Mildura-based fruit fly eradication group has been given thousands of dollars to help tackle the pest insect.

Duration:00:55:10

Victorian Country Hour

7/25/2019
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It's unlikely that farmers will get paid any more as a result of Woolworths and Aldi raising home brand milk prices, according a dairy industry analyst. And pig farmers say there's a lack of promotion of Australian pork amidst an ongoing price slump, and a large number of producers are calling it quits.

Duration:00:55:11

Victorian Country Hour

7/24/2019
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The Greens say farm trespass laws are strong enough and that in some instances trespassing on-farm can be justified. A group of citrus growers in South Australia have announced plans to break away from the peak lobby group Citrus Australia and will now advocate for themselves.

Duration:00:55:09

Victorian Country Hour

7/23/2019
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The Victorian Government has announced further funding for drought, and has released its long-awaited planning guidelines for new solar farms. Billions of bees will soon be making their way to north-west Victoria for the almond pollination season.

Duration:00:55:01

Victorian Country Hour

7/22/2019
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Australians will spend $100 million a year - in good times and in bad - on projects to help prepare for drought. And the National Union of Workers says a new survey it has conducted shows workers are still being underpaid and treated poorly.

Duration:00:55:09