Country Hour for Thursday 21 September, 2017

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The Federal Government has announced a number of changes to the Seasonal Worker Programme to be phased in from July next year, including a multi-entry visa and greater flexibility in the granting of visas The director of a Kununurra based labour hire company says he does not think the changes to visa requirements will make the program any cheaper for farmers, but he thinks it will be less cumbersome for companies to adopt the scheme Australia's largest carrot producer, Kalfresh, based in Queensland, is giving away carrots for free during what it describes as a glut West Australian carrot exporter Joe Castro says he too is experiencing a glut after near perfect growing conditions this year, and he says there has also been less demand from his biggest market, the United Arab Emirates The manager for Kimberley Agricultural Investment, the company developing Stage 2 of the Ord Irrigation Scheme, has received a Nuffield Scholarship to study cotton Australian researchers have made a breakthrough in rearing male sterile Queensland fruit flies, that will eventually be released into the wild in a bid to combat the major horticulture pest, which costs the industry 300 million dollars a year in lost product A Victorian couple have restored the 114-year-old Tallering Homestead in the Murchison and despite the fact that poor market conditions and wild dogs have driven many people from the region, the couple wish to restock and restore the entire property The Farm Skills event at the Perth Royal Show draws in students from agricultural colleges around Western Australia to compete and also to learn skills they will need in real-life rural jobs Wine export gurus are encouraging winemakers in Western Australia's South West and Great Southern to stick with quality over quantity, and instead of aiming for the largest export market of China, they should build on established export markets in Singapore

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