Summary from WGGA AGM & Grower Seminar
On the 12 November WGGA held its sixth Annual General Meeting (AGM) followed by a grower seminar exploring changes required to survive in the industry conditions and innovations that may help the industry achieve its potential in the future.
AGM highlights included Leo Pech’s recognition as the first Honorary Life Member of WGGA and Brian Walsh’s presentation on AGWA’s role, strategic priorities and important tasks for the immediate future.
The ‘Surviving the present – Innovate for the future’ seminar was well attended with speakers providing insightful ‘food for thought’ and a constructive Q&A panel session.
Details from the day are available on the WGGA website, including copies of the speaker presentations and photos of the event in the picture gallery.
Webinar – The legal dangers of “environmental” claims about wine and wine brands
The Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) have teamed up with Finlaysons to present a webinar on the legal tricks and traps of marketing wines’ green credentials.
The Thin Green Line: The legal dangers of “environmental” claims, and how to make them safely is being held on Tuesday 2 December at 1:00pm (AEDT).
The webinar is free for WCA members and $55 for non-members.
To learn more visit the WCA website
‘On the Couch’ with Prof Tim Flannery – FREE
The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) is holding an ‘on the couch’ session with Professor Tim Flannery of the Australian Climate Council on Thursday 18 December at the Woodward Conference Centre in Carlton, Victoria.
The session will look at the latest in climate science, as well as opportunities for grape and wine production in a new climate and new economy. There will be other guest speakers from AGWA and two wine companies, as well as WGGA Executive Director Lawrie Stanford and WGGA Executive Committee member & AWRI Viticulturist, Mardi Longbottom.
The event is free but participants must register before Friday 12 December to secure a spot.
Visit the AWRI website to register.
Survey on Recycling of Woody Waste
Competitive Edge are a market research company investigating the current trends in industry waste handling and recycling. They have been engaged to undertake market research for a new recycling technology that converts waste, including woody waste from viticulture & wine production, into sustainable and usable charcoal material.
They are inviting any interested parties to take part in an online survey to help determine the potential demand, users and individual industry applications for this new technology. In exchange, they will provide participants with their final report outlining the major outcomes of the study.
To complete the survey follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/waste-to-charcoal
Further information is available at the Competitive Edge website
Launch of Farm Biosecurity videos
Plant Health Australia recently launched its latest two videos as part of the Farm Biosecurity Program. The videos focus on the biosecurity risks associated with moving anything on or off a property, and feature producers who use simple steps to improve biosecurity in their day-to-day activities.
Wolf Blass Research Scholarships – NOW OPEN
Last month the Wolf Blass Foundation announced a ten year program of research scholarships being offered at the University of South Australia to foster the development of expertise in wine marketing strategy and wine consumer behaviour in Australia.
The scholarships support students undertaking Masters level research and will commence in 2015.
Applications for the scholarship commencing next year are now open.
Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper – OPEN FOR COMMENT
Late last year the Australian Government sought submissions to inform a White Paper being prepared during 2014 on the productivity and profitability of Australian agriculture.
In April 2014 WGGA made a submission to the Agricultural Competitiveness Taskforce addressing three key areas: making winegrape markets work, biosecurity and agrichemical access issues. You can view this submission on the WGGA website.
The government have now released the Green Paper and are asking stakeholders to have their say on a range of new proposals and policy suggestions. WGGA will be providing further feedback to the Taskforce and invites any other interested party to do the same. Alternatively, growers could offer input for WGGA’s views if this is appropriate.
Submissions close Friday 12 December.
To view the Green Paper or learn more visit the Agricultural Competitiveness website
AGWA Research Outcomes of interest…
The Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) recently released the following research outcomes that may be of interest:
- Understanding and managing the timing of berry ripening & the flavour-ripe / sugar-ripe nexus
- Assessment of Fungal Rots of Grapes and their impacts on Wine Quality
View more research outcomes on the AGWA website
Tips for Improving Agrochemical Application
AWRI Senior Viticulturist and WGGA DSN Member Marcel Essling has devised a set of tips to assist with achieving the best pest and disease control results this season.
Visit the AGWA website for the list of tips as well as downloadable factsheets and video clips.
Sunscreen for winegrapes factsheet
A demonstration trial in the Hunter Valley, NSW showed there is value in applying sunscreen products to winegrapes prior to a heat event.
The findings of this trial have been developed into a ‘factsheet’ and is available for download from the AGWA website.
This trial and report has been compiled by WGGA Associate Member & DSN Member Liz Riley (Vitibit), in conjunction with AGWA.
Murray River flows to vary late November
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) recently advised that river levels between Echuca and Mildura will be changing for a few weeks starting late November. Water levels will be high for approximately two weeks before dropping back to their regular height.
River users are advised to adjust their activities, pumps and moorings accordingly.
For updates visit the MDBA website
WGCSA California Vine Study Tour 2015
The Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA) is organising a ten day study tour in California in late January 2015. The tour will coincide with the 2015 California Unified Wine and Grape Symposium and will provide the opportunity to see the latest in emerging vineyard technologies. It will also feature visits to some key wine regions including Paso Robles, Modesto and the Napa Valley.
The cost of the tour is $5,700 (approx.) and places are limited.
Visit the WGCSA website for more information.
ABARES Outlook 2015 – NOW OPEN
Registrations are now open for next year’s ABARES Outlook Conference on 3-4 March 2015 in Canberra, ACT.
The 2015 theme is ‘The business of agriculture: producing for profit’ and will focus on the key issues that will drive the profitability of the Australian agriculture sector.
Early bird prices are available until 16 January 2015.
Visit the ABARES Outlook website for more details.
Posts for Sale (SA)
Thornborough Estate in Virginia, SA are selling various posts including:
- 2.4m x 150mm – 200mm CCA pine posts ($16.50 inc GST)
- 1.8m x 75mm – 100mm CCA pine posts ($2.50 inc GST)
- 2.1m Gripfast steel vineyard posts ($3.50 inc GST)
Please contact George Girgolas on 0418 804 689 for more information.
‘The Valiant Vigneron’ – pre-publication expressions of interest
The Valiant Vigneron tells the story of early vigneron Léon Edmond Mazure and his contribution to the South Australian wine industry from the early 1880’s.
The book is written by his great grand-daughter Merrily Hallsworth and will be available as a strictly limited numbered edition.
Expressions of interest and publication enquiries can be directed to Merrily at [email protected] or (08) 8377 1425.