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March 2013

This year has started with a hectic pace, planting, watering and harvesting the world's best veggies. Where is the recognition for growing and supplying top quality veggies?

I don' t hear anybody applauding or thanking us for the great job we're doing in providing clean, green and fresh veggies.

We provide a low cost food supply, that's affordable to all sectors of the community. We help to control the CPI, which makes governments look great; but it's our work, in extreme, hot and dry summer conditions that makes this possible ...

David Wallace - President, VGA-Victoria

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Werribee Veg EXPO
The upcoming National Vegetable Expo is shaping up to be another great event. Preparations are well and truly under way, with nearly all trade displays booked and most of the seedlings in the ground ...

Joe Boratto - Young Grower Profie
The growth in demand for leafy green salads as Australians' appetite for convenience goods increases, hasn't been lost on Dino Boratto.

Dino and his son, Joe, have expanded their cropping area, with Joe taking on a major role in the family's crop production.

Joe is the third generation of Boratto to work in the family business that has expanded to approximately 40Ha across three sites at Bacchus Marsh ...

The AGE Harvest Picnic at Hanging Rock
Since 1988, The Age Harvest Day Picnic has been an annual highlight at Hanging Rock. Fortunately for those attending this year's picnic, the predicted storms didn't eventuate and the resulting hot and humid conditions attracted patrons in huge numbers ...

SmartPhone APPS for Growers
Growers are increasingly turning to technology, such as smartphones and iPads, to communicate, connect and record information.

Whether in the field, on the tractor or at the office, applications can save time and streamline the entry of data such as QA and OH&S records, and general on-farm observations and activities ...

Food Hub - Update on Developments
Thirty people, including growers and producers, heard presentations and joined the discussion at the ‘Food Hub Development for SE Melbourne' forum held at the Balla Balla Community Centre, Cranbourne East, on Tuesday 19th February 2013 ...

Success with Compost
The use of commercially available quantities of high quality composted material has been successfully trialled by Mark Bell from Hussey & Co on the sandy soils of Pearcedale ...

EnviroVeg Field Walk at Werribee
A recent EnviroVeg Field Walk took a look at several new products being field tested to combat Diamondback moth in brassicas.

Research company, PERACTO, provided the opportunity for growers and agronomists to visit their trial site located at John Zausa's Werribee South farm ...

Good weather and the generous hospitality of industry suppliers ensured a good day was had by all, with a strong turnout of growers and their families.

Emerging young growers from the Vietnamese community were also present at the event, speaking to suppliers about new technologies that have been adopted in their hydroponic operations ...


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