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Farm algae warning

Victoria’s acting chief veterinary officer has warned farmers that blue-green algae in farm water supplies could poison stock and pets. Dr Cameron Bell said seasonal conditions were ideal for algal growth in farm supplies, which often occurred in late summer and early autumn. “Blue-green algal blooms typically appear as surface scum that looks like a […]

Farmers welcome road-train plan

Victoria’s peak farmer group has welcomed a VicRoads announcement to extend a Victorian road-train network. Victorian Farmers Federation Grains Group president Ross Johns said the decision had come after months of VFF lobbying. “The VFF, with our members, has been calling for measures to make it easier for hay and fodder to reach farmers in […]

Wimmera VFF leaders welcome rates scrutiny

Wimmera farmer leaders have tentatively welcomed the direction of a Horsham Rural City Council draft rates plan.

Ray Kingston calls for basin action

Independent candidate for the Federal seat of Mallee Ray Kingston has called for a Federal Royal Commission into the implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Mr Kingston, a former Yarriambiack Shire mayor, said he believed communities had lost faith in the plan and a Federal Royal Commission would prevent further damage to the basin […]

Kristina Ellis wins award for grains research excellence

Agriculture Victoria senior technical officer Kristina Ellis has won recognition for her contribution to grains research. Ms Ellis was awarded a 2018 Victorian Wheat Research Foundation Grains Innovation Park Excellence Award. The annual award, presented by Victorian Wheat Research Foundation trustee Rob McRae, recognises and celebrates staff at Grains Innovation Park in Horsham. The award […]

AgLife: New horizons as international students check in to Longerenong College

British pair Ethan Brown and Lillie Smith are among the first overseas students preparing to study at Longerenong College. Their arrival represents a major effort by the college to expand the opportunities it offers in hands-on tertiary training. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Longerenong College near Dooen, north of Horsham, has welcomed its first international students. Four students – two from England, another from Scotland and the fourth from South Africa – will join a domestic cohort for orientation on Wednesday next week before starting classes on February 11. College head John Goldsmith said the arrival of the […]

AgLife: 50-year Longy student reunion

Former students who started a three-year agriculture course at Longerenong College in 1969 will gather for a 50-year reunion at the college this weekend. The event is open to all students who started their courses in February 1969 and all college staff members who worked at the college from 1969 to 1972. Organisers have also […]

AgLife: Mighty Murray or mighty mess

Driving the 100-kilometre journey from Moulamein to Deniliquin in the New South Wales Riverina is a treacherous affair. There’s kangaroo road-kill at least every 20 metres. Even though I was travelling in broad daylight, I had to stop to make way for a mob of thirsty roos to slowly make their way across the highway […]

AgLife: Ararat FarmPlan21 course

Agricultural leaders are encouraging landholders to attend an Ararat FarmPlan21 course starting next month. People attending the course will be the first to receive a new mapping application designed specifically for the farming community. Agriculture Victoria senior soil conservation officer Clem Sturmfels said the mapping application allowed farmers to create a plan from scratch or […]

AgLife: Fresh faces join crop networks

From northern Tasmania to South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula and into the Wimmera-Mallee, membership of the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s new-look Southern Regional Cropping Solutions Network, RCSN, stretches far and wide. The corporation has appointed Southern RCSN members for a two-year term, bringing together diversity in geographical representation, knowledge, skills and experience. Three experienced network […]


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