Joel Salatin Tour 2015 – Changing Food Futures

Joel Salatin Tour 2015 – Changing Food Futures

Is all food created equal? IF you’re one of those people who don’t really think about food that much apart from when your hungry, watching your waistline or scanning the ingredients list so your kids aren’t affected by artificial preservatives or colours, then you need to know more, a lot more, says Kym Kruse of RegenAG® on …. more

NEWS

GMO crops and glyphosate residues questioned at Melbourne symposium

GMO crops and glyphosate residues questioned at Melbourne symposium

Professor Don Huber, Professor Emeritus in Plant Pathology, Purdue University, Indiana will be keynote speaker at Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St, Fitzroy, Victoria, on Wednesday, February 25, at 7pm. PROFESSOR Huber is an award-winning, world-renowned scientist. His research over the last 35 years has led him to become outspoken against genetically manipulated organisms (GMOs) and the use of …. more

‘Young Entrepreneurs and Organics’ business brunch

‘Young Entrepreneurs and Organics’ business brunch

THE Organic Federation of Australia is excited to host the national organic industry’s first Business Brunch for 2015 next week, titled “Young Entrepreneurs and Organics”. The event will be a networking opportunity for organic businesses, and influential people interested in the renewed direction and vigour that organics is taking in Australia.  “If all of Australia went organic tomorrow, …. more

Joel Salatin Tour 2015 – Changing Food Futures

Joel Salatin Tour 2015 – Changing Food Futures

Is all food created equal? IF you’re one of those people who don’t really think about food that much apart from when your hungry, watching your waistline or scanning the ingredients list so your kids aren’t affected by artificial preservatives or colours, then you need to know more, a lot more, says Kym Kruse of RegenAG® on …. more

SOIL SCIENCE

Ginger and mycorrhizae explained

Ginger and mycorrhizae explained

A ginger plant – notice the tight spacing between nodes on the ginger corm – this is a sign of good silica uptake by the plant. One of the things I like about growing ginger is the intense relationship this plant develops with mycorrhizal fungi. On the feeder roots (not the corm, which is the … Log in …. more

Ignore silica at your risk

Undoubtedly silicon is the most thoroughly ignored element in agriculture, to say nothing of biology in general. Yet, it is more important than calcium because without silicon, calcium is not contained and transported in either plants or animals. Of course, in agriculture we never encounter silicon, calcium or any other element in their pure form. …. 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

ECOLOGY

Long-term environmental water monitoring programme for Murray Darling Basin

Long-term environmental water monitoring programme for Murray Darling Basin

Backwaters of the River Murray. Photographer: Greg Rinder. A NEW five year monitoring plan for the Murray-Darling Basin announced on Wednesday, November 12, by the Commonwealth Government will provide unprecedented knowledge into the effectiveness of environmental watering. “Localised teams of experts from Australia’s leading regional universities and research institutions will undertake projects in key areas of Commonwealth environmental …. 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

COMMENT

Too clever for our own good?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, Have we become too clever for our own good? It cannot be denied that science has enabled mankind to reach a remarkable stage of development, but has it brought with it, a down side? As a child working on a farm just after The Second World War, wheat was …. more

AGRICULTURE

The Soil Solution – by Graeme Sait

The Soil Solution – by Graeme Sait

THE UN has named 2015 the International Year of Soils and we should surely embrace this initiative with open hearts and willing hands. It is an incredibly timely focus, in light of a series of serious challenges impacting our future and perhaps our very existence. Soil health directly affects plant, animal and human health. It … …. more

LANDCARE

Murtho salt scheme reduces River Murray salinity

Murtho salt scheme reduces River Murray salinity

Closeup of water outlet at salt interception scheme, Buronga NSW. Photo: MDBA. A SALT interception scheme designed to stop about 36,000 tonnes of salt from entering the River Murray has been launched in South Australia. The $30 million scheme will intercept highly saline groundwater and prevent it from entering the River Murray and floodplain, bringing down salinity …. 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

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

Ag Events

‘Young Entrepreneurs and Organics’ business brunch

‘Young Entrepreneurs and Organics’ business brunch

THE Organic Federation of Australia is excited to host the national organic industry’s first Business Brunch for 2015 next week, titled “Young Entrepreneurs and Organics”. The event will be a networking opportunity for organic businesses, and influential people interested in the renewed direction and vigour that organics is taking in Australia.  “If all of Australia went organic tomorrow, …. more

Joel Salatin Tour 2015 – Changing Food Futures

Joel Salatin Tour 2015 – Changing Food Futures

Is all food created equal? IF you’re one of those people who don’t really think about food that much apart from when your hungry, watching your waistline or scanning the ingredients list so your kids aren’t affected by artificial preservatives or colours, then you need to know more, a lot more, says Kym Kruse of RegenAG® on …. more

Value Adding

Cedar Street Cheeserie hits the high notes

Cedar Street Cheeserie hits the high notes

Cedar Street Cheeserie’s founder and cheesemaker, Trevor Hart, who resides with his family in the hinterland town of Maleny, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is pictured above selling his fresh handmade buffalo cheeses at the Noosa Farmer’s Market.  TREVOR Hart’s interest in cheese making was piqued years ago when he went to join his cousin in … …. 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

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

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

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

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

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