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AWRI webinar program

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) webinar covers a range of winemaking, winery management and viticulture topics. They run on Tuesday or Thursday mornings and feature a presentation followed by a Q&A session.

Some upcoming webinars include:

  • A comparison trial of organic, biodynamic and conventional viticulture in Australia (9/10)
  • How is research helping grape growers control trunk disease? (6/11)
  • Precision Viticulture – tools for making viticulture more precise (4/12)

To view the program for the rest of 2014 visit the AWRI website

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Vines for Sale in Riverland (SA)

The Riverland Vine Improvement Committee has announced the release of grafted vine varieties for sale for planting this season.

For more information contact the Riverland Vine Improvement Committee on (08) 8583 5366 or email [email protected]

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ChemFree Weed Management Workshop (VIC)

The Weed’s Network (TWN) is hosting a Chemical Free Weed Management workshop on 28 November 2014 in Melbourne, Victoria.

Participants will learn about proven approaches to weed management without chemical input, gain insight into current public perception of the herbicide pollution issue and participate in a roundtable discussion to share opinions and ideas.

The event will also launch the Herbicide Reduction Strategy for Australia and The Weed’s Network Working with Weeds Guide.

Further details can be found on The Weed’s Network website

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WGGA AGM with a twist this year!

The Wine Grape Growers Australia 2014 AGM will be held on 12 November 2014 at the North Adelaide Football Club in Prospect, South Australia.

In addition to the formal agenda, guests will hear from the newly formed Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) and witness the launch of the WGGA Life Member award.

This year we will also be holding an Innovation Forum following the AGM. “Survive the present – Innovate the Future” will consist of four speakers followed by a Q&A panel discussion in which growers can have their burning queries heard.

Keep an eye on the WGGA website for more details!

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AGWA Post-Graduate Scholarships now open!

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) is now accepting applications for PhD, Masters and Honours scholarships to commence in 2015.

The scholarships are aimed at post-graduate studies in wine and viticulture related fields and will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence, quality of the applicants CV and the likelihood of the applicant’s ongoing contribution to the Australian wine sector.

Applications close 7 November 2014.

For more information visit the AGWA website

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Industry consultation on Biosecurity Agreement

The Department of Agriculture has engaged an independent advisor to assist with stakeholder engagement concerning the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB). A key area of this will look at how best to manage established pests and diseases in Australia.

If you or members of your industry group would like to discuss the IGAB please contact Hugh Miller on 0411 135 475 or email [email protected]

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Australian Biosecurity Awards 2015 now open!

Nominations are now open for the Australian Biosecurity Awards which recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have made a significant contribution to maintaining Australia’s biosecurity integrity.

There are three award categories and the award ceremony will be held in Canberra on 3 March 2015 as part of the ABARES Outlook Conference.

Nominations close 31 October 2014.

For more information visit the Department of Agriculture’s website

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‘Role of the Supplier’ event (SA)

Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA), in conjunction with the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) and Accolade Wines, are holding an event on 11 November 2014 at Hardy’s Tintara Winery in McLaren Vale, South Australia.

‘The Role of the Supplier in the Future of the Wine Industry’ is an event aimed at encouraging dialogue between wine industry suppliers and wine producers. It will also offer the industry the opportunity to be updated on the recently recommended “Product Declaration – Minimum Standards Document”, which was developed by WISA and WFA.

RSVP’s are due by 3 November 2014.

More information can be found on the WISA website

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WISA Supplier of the Year Awards 2014

Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA) will host the ‘Supplier of the Year’ awards via a gala dinner on 16 October 2014 at the Adelaide Festival Centre, South Australia.

The awards recognise excellence in supply and manufacturing within the Australian wine industry and acknowledge companies that endeavour to provide world-class technical and practical support to wine producers.

The event will also feature a silent auction to fundraise for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Tickets are available from the WISA website

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AGWA Research Outcomes

Research outcomes recently released by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) that may be of interest to growers:

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Wine Law Seminar (SA)

The 3rd Annual Wine Law seminar is being hosted by Legalwise Seminars on 21 November 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Adelaide, South Australia.

The seminar will look at critical issues facing the wine industry in South Australia today, including:

  • Recent developments in international wine regulation
  • Trade marks
  • Liquor licensing
  • Wine Equalisation Tax (WET)
  • Managing insurance risk

Early bird discounts are available for those who register and pay prior to 17 October 2014.

Learn more at the Legalwise Seminars website

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Survey on Pruning Quality

A horticulture student in New Zealand is seeking participants for a survey of vine pruning against a number of criteria. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes and will contribute to building a statistical model for pruning quality.

To take the survey click this link http://lincoln.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8iSvHxsZP0ubOfj

For more information contact Andrew Kirk on [email protected]

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River Murray Program grants now open!

The second round of grants under the South Australian River Murray Suitability Irrigation Industry Program (3IP) are now open.

The program aims to assist industry through the transition into the Basin Plan and to deliver to the River Murray environment 40 billion litres of SA RM PWC Class 3 water access entitlement.

To be eligible to access funding under this program, applicants must contribute SA RM PWC Class 3 water access entitlement towards SA’s water recovery targets under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Expressions of interest close on 17 October 2014.

For more information visit the Primary Industries and Regions SA website

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New GovSpace website for PEQ information

An initiative to support the Australian Government’s plan to build a new quarantine facility has just been implemented.

The Department of Agriculture has launched a GovSpace website which is designed to provide a centralised Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) communications platform.

GovSpace includes all PEQ information that was in the past available via the Department of Agriculture’s website, as well as latest news, blog updates, design & progress of the new PEQ facility, FAQ’s and contact details.

Visit the GovSpace website to learn more.

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Do you have unwanted dripper tubes?

PGS Plastics in Kilburn, SA offer a recycling service for unwanted t-tape and irrigation pipes. The plastic could end up back in vineyards protecting vine posts.

For further details please contact them on (08) 8368 2200.


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