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  • Future Leaders Program 2015
  • Survey to review Wine Industry Award
  • Horizon Scholarship for agriculture students
  • AGWA 5 Year Strategic Plan
  • On-Farm Irrigation Program – funding available in NSW
  • Independent Experts for the Code
  • Spray drift research website
  • New biosecurity tool for farmers
  • One Day Wine School – March 2015

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Call for 2015 Future Leader Program Participants

Future Leaders is a combined initiative of the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA), the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) and Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA).  It is a professional and personal development program that creates a network of individuals who will contribute to the continued success of the Australian wine sector.

The program identifies 15 innovators, collaborators and game-changers in the grape and wine community to participate in an intensive development program that will build their knowledge of the sector and expand their leadership skills.

Applications open on 12 January and are welcome until 13 March.

People looking to develop their leadership skills and strengthen their wine networks are encouraged to apply.

Visit the AGWA website to learn more.

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Survey to Review the Wine Industry Award

The Fair Work Commission is currently reviewing all Modern Awards as part of their four-year review process.

The South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) is preparing to make an application to change some provisions of the Wine Industry Award 2010 as part of this review, and is seeking your views.

If you have employees who are employed under the Wine Industry Award 2010, or your business is covered by an enterprise agreement underpinned by this award, you are encouraged to complete a survey that will assist SAWIA form a picture of what issues are of importance or concern to employers in the wine industry.

The survey is confidential and open until 12 January.

Click here to access the survey or contact Henrik Wallgren on (08) 8222 9270 for more information.

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Horizon Scholarship available to agriculture students

The Horizon Scholarship is an initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) that supports undergraduates studying agriculture at university.

The scholarship has been developed to support the next generation of agricultural leaders who will take up the challenge of farming for the future.  It is aimed at young people who are passionate about agriculture and who are entering their first year of university in an agriculture-related degree.  Successful applicants will receive:

  • $5,000 per year towards their degree
  • access to development workshops and mentoring
  • annual work placements which provide first-hand exposure to modern agricultural practices, and
  • opportunities to network and attend a range of industry events.

Applications close on 30 January.

Full details are available on the RIRDC website

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AGWA Five Year Plan open for discussion

In December the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) released a discussion paper on their proposed Strategic Plan for 2015-2020.

WGGA will be providing a submission on behalf of growers before the 20 February deadline.

If you would like your comments included please email [email protected] or call the office on (08) 8133 4400.

To view the discussion paper visit the AGWA website

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Fifth funding round of the On-Farm Irrigation Program open

Late last year the government announced that Round Five of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program was open for applications within New South Wales.

The program aims to assist irrigators in the southern connected system of the Murray-Darling Basin to modernise their on-farm irrigation infrastructure and return water to the environment.

The areas eligible to apply for this funding are the NSW Murray, Murrumbidgee and Lower Darling.

Applications close on 19 March.

To learn more visit the Department of the Environment’s website or phone 1800 218 478 (toll free).

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Call for Independent Experts for the Code

The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) and WGGA are currently seeking applications for Independent Experts to the Australian Wine Industry Code of Conduct (the Code).

The role of an Independent Expert is to make a determination on disputes over price or quality assessments.  This is done by reference to the terms of the agreement between the disputing parties and the obligations determined by the Code.

To be eligible for determining quality disputes you must:

  • be either a qualified winemaker or viticulturist
  • have a minimum of five years’ experience in vineyard and winegrape assessment
  • have commercial experience in assessing and grading winegrapes, and
  • have experience in contract arrangements.

To be eligible for determining price disputes you must:

  • have experience in contract arrangements
  • have knowledge of price determination dynamics in the Australian wine sector
  • know how to access relevant data, including supply and demand data, for the industry.

Visit the Code of Conduct website to download an application form or learn more.

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New website dedicated to spray drift research

The National Working Party on Pesticide Applications (NWPPA) is a group of stakeholders working to provide the scientific data to underpin a science based regulatory system.

At the end of last year, the NWPPA officially launched a website to publicise their work on technologies to reduce spray drift.  The website provides updates on the progress of the research program, including:

  • surveys of current practices
  • assessment of drift reducing technologies (DRTs)
  • education and training
  • management of surface temperature inversions
  • DRTs for aerial applications, and
  • improving spray coverage in horticulture and viticulture applications of pesticides.

Visit the NWPPA website to learn more.

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New biosecurity tool available to farmers

Farm Biosecurity (a joint initiative of Plant Health Australia and Animal Health Australia) have released a new planning tool that will help producers protect their properties against diseases, pests and weeds.

The Farm Biosecurity Action Planner assists farmers to assess the risks on their farm and identify steps to address them.  It covers items such as quarantining new livestock or plants, signage, pest surveillance, using chemicals appropriately, limiting access to production areas and cleaning vehicles or equipment.

The planner is available in both printable hard copy and electronic version from the Farm Biosecurity website.

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One Day Wine School hits the road in March 2015

Wine Australia (the marketing arm of the Australian Grape and Wine Authority) will run the One Day Wine School program in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide throughout March this year.

The classes are aimed at wine professionals such as educators, sommeliers, distributors and retailers to learn more about Australian wine.  In addition to tasting, discussion will focus on Australian wine region’s micro-climates and geology, local wine production and insights into the state of the Australian wine sector.

At the end of the session participants can choose to sit an exam to test their knowledge, with the top nine students winning a place on the Wine Australia’s Trade Immersion Program (TIP) and visiting several key wine regions in June 2015.

Further details can be found in the Wine Australia Media Release


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Have you considered having your business certified?

Sci Qual International are an Australian certification body that offer auditing, assurance and certification of Business Management Systems against the requirements of a range of national and international recognised standards.

Sci Qual are located in Queensland but provide services throughout Australia and New Zealand.  One of their key areas is certification in food safety and management, including Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Freshcare.

You can visit the Sci Qual website to learn more or phone Ben White on (07) 5499 3377.


Grape harvesting snips for sale

Toolpro is a company that imports and sells horticulture and specialty hand tools in Australia.  They have a variety of stainless steel grape harvesting snips are claimed to be rust-proof and maintain their sharpness.

If growers consolidate their orders freight costs can be reduced.

To view the range visit the Toolpro website or contact Don Madden at [email protected]


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