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Food waste and food security in Saudi Arabia

Food wastage has resurfaced as a problem in Saudi Arabia during the holy month of Ramadan. As a leading importer of food, Saudi Arabia will face many challenges in feeding its young and growing population in the years ahead. Saudi Arabia lacks the water, arable land and climate conditions necessary for large-scale agriculture and has historically relied on …. more

Boutique biodynamic dairy sales soaring

Boutique biodynamic dairy sales soaring

Mungalli Creek Dairy, situated on the Atherton Tablelands, Qld. FAR from being a new-age, trendy product that only hippies consume, biodynamic milk produced by Mungalli Creek dairy in Far North Queensland appeals to a wide range of people and the dairy cannot meet demand for most of the year. Property owners Rob and Danny Watson …. more

AGRICULTURE

Inspiring farm of the future

Inspiring farm of the future

LEADING Sunshine Coast arborist Leo Phelan is a man with many hats but perhaps the hat that fits best is that of innovator and inventor. His work in regenerating old sugar cane land into a viable demonstration farm on an 8.5 hectare block at Rosemount, near Nambour on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, has the potential …. more

INTERNATIONAL

Trade is better than aid

Trade is better than aid

Andre Leu, IFOAM President (left), with Zambia’s First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda, patron of Organic Producers and Processers Association of Zambia (OPPAZ). THE world trade fair, BioFach, has a very important role in the global organic sector, according to one of the event’s major sponsors, IFOAM (the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements) president Andre …. more

ON FARM

Feijoa growers reaping rewards

Feijoa growers reaping rewards

Prime eating fruit is netted to prevent fruit flies from spoiling the crop.  LAST year was a busy, successful and milestone year for Queensland certified organic feijoa farmers Peter Heineger and Sally Hookey of Hinterland Feijoas at Belli Park on the Sunshine Coast. After their first two years of commercial production the couple doubled their … …. more

INNOVATION

Organic farmers have always been innovators

Organic farmers have always been innovators

Tim Marshall, organic grower, consultant and author. Early pioneers of organic worked without the support of research institutions and until recently, as niche producers, there were few commercial products available. Organic farmers were often early adopters and developers of new systems. They led the way with many legume and small seed products, driven by the …. more

PROFILE

HAAS – 15 years in the chair

HAAS – 15 years in the chair

Doug Haas – his leadership style – his clear direction, ability to cut to the chase, unshakable dedication and intolerance of poor attitudes – has contributed greatly to Australian Organic’s success.  AUSTRALIAN Organic (formerly Biological Farmers of Australia, BFA) was less than 10 years old in the mid-1990s and organics was a cottage industry, giving …. more

NEWS

National award for online stock route

National award for online stock route

An online stock route management system introduced by the Queensland Government to benefit local councils and graziers has won a major international award overnight. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said his department’s initiative received the Special Achievement in Geographic Information Systems Award at the world’s largest spatial information conference being held in San …. more

COMMENT

Food waste and food security in Saudi Arabia

Food wastage has resurfaced as a problem in Saudi Arabia during the holy month of Ramadan. As a leading importer of food, Saudi Arabia will face many challenges in feeding its young and growing population in the years ahead. Saudi Arabia lacks the water, arable land and climate conditions necessary for large-scale agriculture and has historically relied on …. more

ORGANICS / BIODYNAMICS

Consider biodynamics

Consider biodynamics

Hugh Lovel, farmer, multidisciplinary scientist, author and educator. VITICULTURE and dairy are two of the best areas of agriculture for revealing the virtues of biodynamics – viticulture because quality is what wine excellence is all about and dairy because every tank of milk is tested for quality. Biodynamics is about quality and self-sufficiency. Both depend …. more

FOOD & WINE

Dynamic, organic duo to present at Slow Food Noosa’s breakfast

Dynamic, organic duo to present at Slow Food Noosa’s breakfast

Gary Hands from Kookaburra Organics. IF YOU’VE ever wondered what the fuss is about organic produce and the difference it can make to your life, don’t miss Slow Food Noosa’s next breakfast featuring local farmer Gary Hands from Kookaburra Organics and farmer/cook/writer Lizzie Moult from blog “Strayed from the Table”. The dynamic duo will unearth …. more

HEALTH

New research shows gene fault adds to melanoma risk

AN international research project co-funded by Cancer Council Queensland has identified a gene mutation that puts people at an extremely high risk of developing melanoma. The research team, including scientists from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, found mutations in the POT1 gene caused a hereditary form of melanoma. Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Kim Ryan said …. more

HORTICULTURE

Blueberries prove just too tasty for customers

Blueberries prove just too tasty for customers

PEACHESTER blueberry growers Dean and Helen Bryant, pictured above, have many repeat customers for their organic, biodynamic, big juicy blueberries. In fact, often there is less than a five-minute turnaround before customers are back for more! The couple sell their much-in-demand produce, marketed as Brymac Blueberries, only to local restaurants and distributors and from their …. more

SOIL SCIENCE

Nitrogen, the Carrier Of Awareness

Nitrogen, the Carrier Of Awareness

Above: David Hogg leads a biodynamic Cow Pat Pit workshop in Uttaranchal, India. Cow Pat Pit compound is especially prepared to include the influences of the yarrow, chamomile, nettle, oak bark, dandelion and valerian preparations that work with various essential processes involving nitrogen biochemistry. “The good health of a farm depends on the farmers’ mind. …. more

Value Adding

Outstanding quality is seen as Fat Hen Farm’s business niche

Outstanding quality is seen as  Fat Hen Farm’s business niche

Alan and Bronwyn Wood, owners and operators of Fat Hen Farm at Kilkivan in Queensland’s South Burnett region. THE transition from globetrotting city slickers to weed-pulling, hard-working, boot-wearing country folk is very much complete for Alan and Bronwyn Wood, owners and operators of Fat Hen Farm at Kilkivan in Queensland’s South Burnett region. Both hail …. more

MARKETING

Tips to lift stall presence at festivals and markets

REGIONAL home-grown food producers are increasingly turning to farmers’ markets and festivals to showcase their wares, but if their presentation, preparation and product lines are ad-hoc, they waste valuable opportunities in that marketplace. While a farmer may believe he has the freshest and best produce and value-added products to promote and sell, his stall and …. more

BOOKS

The Albrecht Papers Vol 1 Foundation Concepts by Dr William A Albrecht, Ph D.

The Albrecht Papers are written by Dr. William A. Albrecht, professor of soils at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture. The backbone of Albrecht’s life’s research. Includes papers explaining soil balancing, the role of major and minor micro-nutrients in the soil, soil fertility’s link to weed, insect and disease problems, and more. All serious …. more

VITICULTURE

Erl Happ – a man with a passion (or two)

Erl Happ – a man with a passion (or two)

Happ’s ducks help reduce the bug and snail populations. STEP onto the Happ’s bushland property and there is serenity. The studio, wine cellar door, pottery displays and house nestle into a hill and flow towards the vineyard and valley. Even early on a busy Saturday morning Erl Happ’s calm demeanour is evident. But, beneath the …. more

LANDCARE

Natural Sequence Farming founder in high demand

Natural Sequence Farming founder in high demand

Peter Andrews believes that heavy grazing of stream bed banks following European settlement has, mainly by reducing vegetation, significantly increased stream velocities resulting in gouging of stream beds and the lowering of water tables in floodplains. AUSTRALIA’S Natural Sequence Farming founder Peter Andrews has spent decades perfecting his sustainable agricultural system and his knowledge is …. more

ECOLOGY

The effects of artificial lighting on marine turtles

The effects of artificial lighting on marine turtles

Monitoring Turtle Loggerhead nesting. THE Coolum Coast Care turtle group, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, has seen the negative effects artificial lighting has on endangered, nesting, Marine Turtles and Turtle Hatchlings first-hand over the past seven years of collecting important turtle nesting data on the Coast. The group recently attended a Marine Turtle Training day with …. more

Ag Events

RegenAg’s 2013 study tour to be shown at Noosa Council film night

RegenAg’s 2013 study tour to be shown at Noosa Council film night

As part of Noosa Council Rural Futures activities a “Farming into the Future” film and networking evening will be held on July 2 at the J, in Noosa Junction, SE Qld, commencing at 6.30 pm. This inspiring night of short films that document RegenAG’s 2013 study tour is a wonderful opportunity for existing or potential …. more

BUSINESS

Its time to assess inputs

WITH the autumn season upon us it is time for farmers to seriously consider whether their traditional fertiliser regimes have really been working for them. Farmers have only recently begun appreciating the integral role of sulphur in their farm’s nutrient makeup. Sulphur is a vitally important component to form amino acids in crops and pastures …. more