Australia’s organics industry doubtful of proposed mandatory fungicide treatments

Discussion has been fervent in Australia’s organics industry after the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) proposed mandatory fungicide treatment for certain imported crop seeds.

In “Draft review of import conditions for brassicaceous crop seeds for sowing into Australia,” DAWR says that its proposal would minimize the risk of introducing foreign plant pathogens to […]

‘Grazing the crop like stock’ — Australia’s mouse plague

The state of Victoria, Australia, is dealing with some pesky invaders right now.

Emerging crops, such as canola, are being decimated by mouse infestations, with numbers in some areas reaching plague proportions and forcing farmers to resow areas of crop. What’s more — there is a shortage of mouse bait to deal with the problem.

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