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Wine Law Seminar – Reminder and FREE ticket give away!

A reminder that the Annual Wine Law Seminar is being held on 21 November 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Adelaide, South Australia.

It is designed to examine the critical issues facing the wine industry today.

The seminar hosts, Legalwise Seminars, have generously provided WGGA with a complimentary ticket to attend this event, valued at $450.

We would like to offer this FREE ticket to one of our members.  If you are interested please contact our office today on (08) 8133 4400 or [email protected]

To view the program visit the Legalwise Seminars website.

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Climate workshop for Limestone Coast growers

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) is running a workshop on 11 November 2014 at Rymill Hall in Penola, South Australia.

‘Opportunities in a new climate’ will deliver tailored information to grape growers and winemakers of the Limestone Coast to help build healthier, more sustainable enterprises in the face of changing economic and climatic conditions.

Participants will hear from various climate and viticulture experts, including Prof Tim Flannery (The Climate Council of Australia), Dr Peter Dry (AWRI) and Dr Leanne Webb (CSIRO).

Other speakers include WGGA Decision Support Network Members Liz Riley (Vitibit) and Mardi Longbottom (AWRI).

The event is free but registration is essential.

Visit the AWRI website for full details.

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Australian Rural Leadership Program – application extension for wine industry

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) is a 59 day program, delivered in 6 sessions over 17 months. Five of the sessions take place within Australia and one overseas, between May 2015 and September 2016.

Participants develop leadership skills and increase their knowledge and understanding of the key challenges and opportunities facing rural Australia. Agriculture and agribusiness participants are encouraged to apply.

Applications for the ARLP have been extended until 30 November 2014 for wine industry applicants.

Visit the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation website for further details.

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WGGA AGM & Grower Seminar – RSVP today if you haven’t already!

A reminder that the sixth Annual General Meeting of WGGA will be held on Wednesday 12 November 2014 at the North Adelaide Football Club in Prospect, South Australia.

Our inaugural grower seminar ‘Surviving the present – Innovate for the future’ will follow the AGM and explore changes required in the short-term to adapt to low profitability in the industry, and the reasons to be positive about mid- to longer-term prospects for Australian wine.

Members and guests are invited to stay for lunch between the events, as well as networking drinks at the end of the day.

Further details are available on the WGGA website, including the seminar program as well as documents for viewing prior to the AGM (ie 2013-14 financial statements, motions for approval, draft minutes from the 2013 AGM).

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Fenthion review finalised

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) have released the final review findings and regulatory decision for the review of fenthion, bringing to a close the APVMA’s reconsideration of this chemical.

Most products containing fenthion are now cancelled. However, the APVMA is allowing a phase out period of 12 months for cancelled products.  This will end on the 15 October 2015.

To view the decision and the implementation process visit the APVMA website.

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AGWA Research Outcomes of interest…

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) recently released the following research reports that may be of interest:

View more research outcomes on the AGWA website.

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Fuel tax credits to assist primary producers

Some good news for businesses claiming fuel tax credits. With the carbon tax abolished it means that from 1 July 2014 some rates for fuel tax credits have increased, potentially reducing fuel costs even further.

If you are not already claiming fuel tax credits, use the ATO Fuel Tax Credit Eligibility Tool to see if you are eligible.

To learn more about fuel tax credits visit the ATO website.

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Sustainability program available for growers

The Sustainable Australia Winegrowing (SAW) program has been developed by the McLaren Vale grape growing community, with the support of the state government, as a benchmarking tool to help increase understanding of regional and specific vineyard issues, as well as provide pathways for future development.

The program is now offered to all winegrape growers across Australia.  Participants receive a comprehensive report on their sustainability status and have access to an online spray diary that correlates chemical usage with individual properties via GPS coordinates.

The SAW program is Entwine accredited and involves a fee, depending on the grower’s state and region.

To learn more visit www.mclarenvale.info/saw

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Site specific weather for your vineyard

UBIMET are private weather service providers and have recently launched their agriculture portal here in Australia.

The portal will allow farmers to access site-specific information for their farm – real-time forecasts tailored to an exact address, rather than the nearest weather station.  It is designed to assist farmers with critical decision-making around harvesting, sowing, spraying and risk assessment.

For more information visit the UBIMET website.

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