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Guide to movement restrictions for agriculture products

The booklet Australian Interstate Quarantine has recently been updated and is a useful resource for understanding what you can and can’t take across state and quarantine borders, as well as how to avoid on-the-spot fines.

It highlights information on any movement restrictions and protected areas/zones within each state or territory, along with contact numbers for further information.

Visit the Farm Biosecurity website to download a free copy of the guide or contact 1800 084 881 to arrange a hard copy.

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Register now for the Wine Industry Outlook Conference – October 2014

The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) is holding their Outlook Conference on 1-2 October 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide, South Australia.

This year’s theme is “Taking Charge of Our Future” and will look at how best to grow and seize the demand opportunity for Australian wine, as well as improving the profitability and sustainability of grape and wine supply.  Day 1 will have a predominantly demand focus while Day 2 will look at supply issues.  It will also encompass the release of WFA’s 2014 Vintage Report.

Registrations are now open for the conference with early bird discounts available until 20 August 2014.

Visit the Outlook Conference website to register and learn more about the program and guest speakers (including WGGA’s Lawrie Stanford).

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Inaugural Wine Grape Growers’ Summit – June 2014

The Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA) is launching its inaugural Wine Grape Growers’ Summit on 27 June 2014 at Adelaide Oval, South Australia.

The seminar will provide important supply and demand information leading into Vintage 2015.  It will include new research on how wineries see the future and practical information on new varieties, emerging vineyard technologies and building flexibility and scale into vineyard management.

Speakers will include:

  • Shane Tremble (Woolworths)
  • Gino Rossi (Citibank Australia)
  • Louisa Rose (Yalumba)
  • Peter Hayes (International Organisation of Vine and Wine)
  • Peter Bailey (Wine Australia)
  • Experienced growers who have taken fresh approaches to improving productivity

Book before 13 June 2014 and go into the draw to win tickets to the Showdown at Adelaide Oval on 29 June.

Visit the WGCSA website for further details or contact Peter Hackworth on (08) 8351 4378 or email [email protected]

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ABARES Yorke and Mid North Regional Outlook Conference – June 2014

ABARES Yorke and Mid North Regional Outlook Conference is to be held on 12 June 2014 at Coopers Alehouse in Wallaroo, South Australia.

Program items that may be of interest to growers include:

  • Northern and Yorke NRM, Caroline Schaefer
  • Environmental intelligence for managing extremes, John Nairn (BoM)
  • Sundrop: the business of climate change, David Carew (Alternative Energy Investments)

Visit the Regional Outlook Conferences website for more information.

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New viticulture resource for independent grapegrowers

Australia’s Wine Business Magazine (WBM) is launching a regular Viticulture section from the July 2014 issue.  It will include a range of case studies, expert opinions, interviews, product information and more, over sixteen pages each month.

WBM are keen to post the magazine to as many independent Australian grapegrowers as possible and are offering independent grapegrowers a complimentary 12-month subscription to the magazine.

If you would like to take up this offer email your name, postal details, number of hectares and region to [email protected] before the 30 June 2014.

To learn more about the new WBM Viticulture section contact Graham Robertson on 0408 859 608 or email [email protected]

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SAGA Annual Industry Day – July 2014

The South Australian Groundsprayers Association (SAGA) is conducting their annual industry day on 4 July 2014 at the Glenelg Football Club in Adelaide, South Australia.  The theme is “Life Beyond Glyphosate” and will look at:

  • the current situation with glyphosate resistance in Australia
  • options for prolonging the life of glyphosate
  • some futuristic ways of controlling weeds

Registrations are open until 20 June 2014.

Visit the SAGA website for further details or email [email protected]

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Winegrapes Database Freely Available

The University of Adelaide’s Wine Economics Research Centre has made their Database of Regional, National and Global Winegrape Bearing Areas by Variety (2000-2010) freely available.

The data has been collected from 45 countries and enables searchers to identify which winegrape varieties are grown where.

The e-book version can be downloaded from their website or hard copies can be ordered.  A report summarising the data is also available.

Visit the Wine Economics Research Centre website to learn more.

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New MetEye weather service from BoM

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has launched a new online weather service called MetEye.

MetEye’s innovation is in providing a whole new way to view local weather, giving the latest weather and forecasts out to 7 days ahead, for any location in Australia.  It provides easy to read graphical views of the latest information on rainfall, temperatures, storms, humidity, wind and wave forecasts, summarised on a single page.

Visit the BoM MetEye website to learn more.

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2014 Australian Farmer of the Year Awards – Now Open!

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Australian Farmer of the Year Awards.

The awards recognise professional and innovative Australian farmers and farming families.  There are 11 award categories, with winners from each category qualifying for the overall Australian Farmer of the Year award.  Farmers can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party.

Hosted by the Kondinin Group and ABC Rural, the dinner and award ceremony will be held on 10 September 2014 at The Langham Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria.

Closing date for nominations is 27 June 2014.

Visit the Farming Ahead website for more details or call 1800 677 761.

PHA are again sponsoring the Plant Biosecurity Farmer of Year award category which recognises the efforts of producers dedicated to keeping their operations free of diseases, pests and weeds.  You can visit the Farm Biosecurity website to learn more and hear from last year’s winner.

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APVMA releases Fenthion review for final consultation

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) have released its preliminary review findings report for the review of the insecticide fenthion.  There will be a three month consultation period on these findings, ending 22 August 2014.

Visit the APVMA website to learn more.

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Australian Government Media Releases – May 2014

Government media releases for May that may be of interest include:

You can sign up to get these direct via the Australian Government website

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Renewable Energy Funding Program opportunity for growers

A solar energy provider is seeking a small group of growers who are interested in participating in a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) pilot program.

A third party financing agent will contribute the upfront capital investment and the grower will purchase the power generated by the system at a lower, set price.  Following the end of the agreement period, the grower then has several flexible options for moving forward.

Visit the Solari Energy website or contact Geoff Hill on (07) 3339 1320 or [email protected]

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Need assistance with agricultural work health and safety compliance?

Ag In Compliance are a service provider supporting agricultural work health and safety compliance.

They offer an ‘Ag Induction Manager’ tool designed to enable growers, carriers and their employees to perform on-farm safety inductions via a single website.

Visit the Ag In Compliance website to make your own assessment of these services.


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