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Country Hour for Thursday 27 July, 2017

Country Hour for Thursday 27 July, 2017



Today on the Country Hour: the banana disease Panama TR4 has been confirmed on a farm at Tully, owned by Australia's largest banana growers the Mackay family. While TR4 may be the biggest threat to ever face the banana industry, the Mackay family is taking a pragmatic approach to handling the discovery; States support the 10-year fire ant eradication plan for south-east Queensland committing an additional $441 million to the program; Australian diplomats have commenced discussions with Chinese authorities following a ban on Australian beef sourced from six meatworks in Queensland and NSW, reportedly due to non-compliant labelling; North Queensland dairy farmers have discovered Qld Health has changed milk suppliers, preferring southern supplier Parmalat over local supplier, Lion dairy, leaving the farmers with an oversupply; scientists say shallow estuarine reserves in Moreton Bay provide no better fish habitat than areas that are not protected from fishing and we check out how farmers