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Oz Rural (formerly Alternative Directions)
Ballarat, Victoria 3352
Telephone: 03 5341 4567
Facsimile: 03 5341 4601
Web site: http://www.ozrural.com/
Alternative Directions (now known as ozrural.com) is an established farm information service based in Ballarat, Australia. Ian Knox, the founder, runs a small White Suffolk sheep stud near Ballarat with his wife Kate and their four children. Ian has conducted seminars and workshops in most Australian states and has written several books, including The Weekly Times Beyond Broadacres.
Ian has also produced many articles on new or emerging rural industries for the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment and many of them are listed below.
Most new or emerging industries Ian has examined have shown similar patterns of growth. They grow rapidly, in the breeder or propagation phase, and level off as the initial demand is met. They may then become mainstream industries or they may crash, and disappear altogether. A few of the industries also experience a second wave of popularity as a new plant variety, or improved genetics are introduced.
On close analysis it can sometimes be seen that the industries had little substance to start with, or market development may have been too difficult. Ian believes that all new industries lack an adequate supply of good information in their infancy. Most of the ground rules for emerging industries are the same. They all claim to be unique, but few are.
The Ozrural web site includes articles on agroforestry, aquaculture and animals/livestock, as well as articles on many horticultural/agricultural topics.
The following Agnotes, most of which were developed by Ian, can be accessed from the database of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, through the Oz Rural Web site or through the NRE Web site described below.
Notes from some of these articles have been linked below.
Chinese water chestnut
Lavender growing for oil
Organic product certification schemes
Organic farming - the permaculture approach
Tea tree oil
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