MATT da SILVA

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Good Fruit and Vegetables is a publication of Rural Press, Australia's largest publisher of regional and agricultural news and information.

April 2012

Faith in farmland

Farmland trusts are used overseas to preserve land for farming against urban encroachment. In Australia, some people are looking at models that could allow farming to operate alongside suburban developments. Matthew da Silva reports.

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Anthill magazine was launched in 2003 to cater for demand for entertaining business news.

February 2010

Silex Systems buys collapsed Solar Systems' assets, raising solar energy hopes

Plans by Silex Systems Limited to buy the assets of Solar Systems, the Melbourne-based solar energy company that was placed into administration last September, injects life into a cherished plan, but uncertainty persists.

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Good Fruit and Vegetables is a publication of Rural Press, Australia's largest publisher of regional and agricultural news and information.

January 2012

Pyroligneous acid: a softer option for growers?

Pyroligneous acid is a byproduct of the biochar manufacturing process and it can be used to help crops fight diseases. Matthew da Silva talks with Ray O'Grady of Lismore and two farmers using the additive.

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The National Times was relaunched in 2009 and features analysis, commentary and opinion from Fairfax Media's established print and online mastheads.

November 2009

Democracy needs the fourth estate in whatever form it takes

Traditional funding models for companies that produce the news in print look grim. While they curse explosively, diet savagely and scratch their collective heads dismally - trying to solve the "monetisation" conundrum - there are signs other corporate structures could continue providing a news source to the public.

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Good Fruit and Vegetables is a publication of Rural Press, Australia's largest publisher of regional and agricultural news and information.

April 2010

Why chillies are hot

Examining how chillies gained traction in the cuisines of far-flung cultures led Matthew da Silva to conclude the spice may also be improving Australia's palate.

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