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Agriculture stories

The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Agricultural sector:

Historic harvest at Government House

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Tasmania’s grape harvest is in full swing, and this year the state’s thriving wine industry has a new player on the block – Government House. In a historic event, the first grapes grown in the stately gardens of Hobart’s Government House have been plucked off the vines.

11 April 2018, Edition 193

Brewers descend on Bushy Park

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The world’s boutique brewers descended on the small village of Bushy Park for the annual hop harvest as the thirst for craft beer continues to explode.

11 April 2018, Edition 193

Ray Martin meets King Island kelpers

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When Ray Martin ventured to King Island in search of Tasmania's Stories to film, he expected a handful – but came back with a ‘swag-full’.

11 April 2018, Edition 193

Our whisky is world’s best again

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A Tasmanian whisky has been named best in the world again – even beating the Scots at their own game.

11 April 2018, Edition 193

‘Tick of health’ for Tasmania’s brand

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The annual health check of Tasmania’s brand has returned a diagnosis of ‘excellent health’.

10 April 2018, Edition 193

Ashgrove to build dairy Mecca

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Ashgrove Cheese plans to create a major food-tourism drawcard at Elizabeth Town after securing a Regional Jobs and Investment Packages grant from Canberra.

8 March 2018, Edition 192

State battles fruit fly threat

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Tasmania’s biosecurity status, described as globally unique, faced its gravest challenge in decades after an incursion by Queensland fruit fly.

8 March 2018, Edition 192

Long run over for ag shows

The Royal Launceston Show, which has been running for 144 years, was closed in December three months after the Devonport Show had been scrapped after a 108-year run. The President of the Royal Agricultural Society, Jock Gibson, said the Launceston closure would be a great loss to the city and would have serious implications for other agricultural shows in Tasmania. Costs of running the shows have risen and crowd numbers have dwindled, in Launceston's case down from about 30,000 several decades ago to a low of about 9,000 in 2017. After the Launceston City Council declined to renew the society's lease, the Mayor, Albert van Zetten, said aldermen had been working with the show society for a number of years. "They’ve been trading at losses, or close to break even, for some time. We’ve had a statement come from their auditors to say that they are financially unviable, something that we took into consideration." The Royal Hobart Show is seeking to secure its future by leasing parts of the Royal Hobart Showgrounds for retail developments and the society has been promised a $1.5 million State grant to progress the projects if the Liberal Party is re-elected. The Chief Executive of the Royal Hobart Show Society, Scott Gadd, told The Sunday Tasmania the society had been obliged to find new revenue sources as show income had declined. The society recorded a $326,000 loss in 2016-17, despite a $426,000 return from leasing land to Bunnings. The four-day duration of the Hobart event is under discussion.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

Lawrenny infuses spirits with place

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The Mace family at Ouse has given new scale to the concept of using colonial built heritage to market Tasmanian single-malt whisky.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

Local gin wins in Hong Kong

Tasmania's Dasher + Fisher Mountain Gin has collected a trophy and gold medal at Hong Kong's 2017 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition. The Devonport-made tipple was judged the international event's Best London Dry Gin. Southern Wild Distillery owner George Burgess posted on Facebook: “We are beyond thrilled with the announcement that the industry’s most highly respected competition has announced us as the winner of the best gin category, and we are bursting at the seams with pride. Even more overwhelming is that there were 247 per cent more gin entries this year compared to last year." The Tasmanian gin label is only one year old, but it also collected a silver medal in the contemporary style gin category for its Dasher + Fisher Ocean Gin and a bronze in the same category for its Dasher + Fisher Meadow Gin. Mr Burgess, a converted food scientist, recently launched new gins flavoured with damson plums and sloe berries.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

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