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  • Maximising Agribusiness Competitiveness conference – June/July (NSW)
  • Pre-registration for WineTech still open for growers
  • Corrections to product labels
  • Horticultural Waste Study
  • Eureka Prize for Rural Innovation
  • Launch of the Australian Single Vineyard competition
  • Senate Inquiry into the Wine Industry
  • Agriworld Australia conference – July (NSW)
  • Growth and Cycles in the Wine Industry book
  • AWRI Seminars & Workshops – May/June
  • Assistance for Small Businesses
  • AWRI launches ‘eBook’ library


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Maximising Agribusiness Competitiveness conference

The Maximising Agribusiness Competitiveness conference will be held on 30 June and 1 July 2015 at the Sydney Boulevard Hotel in New South Wales.

The conference is being hosted by Criterion Conferences, in partnership with NSW Farmers, and will look at strategies to expand scale, reach new markets and drive long-term profitability.

Two workshops will be held in conjunction with the conference – one addressing building capacity to drive farm business growth and the other discussing the key steps to developing a successful agri marketing strategy.

Discounted prices are being offered until 10 April 2015 and group booking discounts are also available.

To learn more visit the Maximising Agribusiness Competitiveness website.

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Free gift pack still up for grabs for growers who pre-register for WineTech!

The pre-registration date for WineTech has been extended until the 30 April 2015.

Growers who register with WGGA before the end of the month will go into the draw to win one of two Felco gift packs valued at $170 each.

To be eligible for the professional secateurs set simply contact WGGA on (08) 8133 4400 or at [email protected] to pre-register, and attend the event to be held during 14-16 July.

Attending WineTech is free and a great opportunity to view the latest industry products and services.  ShurFarms will be giving a presentation on frost protection and G&J East will be discussing farm machinery on the show floor.

Visit the WineTech 2015 website to view other grower related presentations and exhibitors over the three days.

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Corrections to product labels

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) advises that a recent audit of product labels containing information to manage spray drift has identified several products with incorrect labeling instructions.

Registrants of these products have been contacted and will update labels at their next available opportunity.

Visit the APVMA website for more information.

Any queries can be directed to (02) 6210 4744 or [email protected]

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Horticultural Waste Study

An Agricultural student at the University of Sydney is conducting a horticultural waste study as part of her honours degree, and seeks input from growers who are able to comment on their produce and the amounts of waste they tend to generate.

The aim is to consult with a variety of growers to gain a realistic understanding of their perspective on horticultural waste, the underlying drivers of waste and the best solutions.

Participants will not only provide information to assist future research efforts aimed at benefiting the horticultural industry, but will also go into the draw to win a $100 Westfield Gift Card.

To participate in the survey follow this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Hort

Any queries can be directed to Scarlett Crawford on 0406 667 306 or [email protected]

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Eureka Prize for Rural Innovation

Entries are now open for the 2015 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes which this year sees the launch of a new prize category – the Eureka Prize for Rural Innovation.

The Rural Innovation prize is awarded for excellence in the scientific research, development or innovative application of agricultural practices that have improved, or have the potential to improve, the productivity and sustainability of Australia’s agriculture industry.

The prize in this category is $10,000.

Entries close on 1 May 2015.

Visit the Australian Museum website to find out if you are eligible and how to enter.

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Launch of the Australian Single Vineyard competition

The 2015 Cowra Wine Show will be held in July 2015 at the Show Pavilion in Cowra, New South Wales.

This year the show will incorporate the Australian National Single Vineyard Wine Show (ANSVWS).

As well as recognising the top wines, the Viticulturist or Grower of the fruit of the best white and the best red single vineyard table wines will receive prestigious Riedel decanters and glassware.

Producers from across Australia may enter, with entries being accepted from 4 May until the 5 June 2015.

Winners will be announced after the show and recognised at the Presentation Dinner in August 2015.

Schedules inviting entries will be emailed to producers on Friday 1 May and will be available for download at the Cowra Wine Show website

Any enquiries can be directed to [email protected]

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Senate Inquiry into the Wine Industry

On 25 March the Senate moved that an inquiry be made into the Australian grape and wine industry.

The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee is conducting the inquiry which will focus on issues such as grower profitability, the WET rebate scheme, the power and influence of wine retailers and winegrape pricing.

WGGA will be making a submission to this inquiry, which is due by 22 May 2015.

Growers who would like to contribute to this submission are encouraged to provide their input directly, or if preferred, through WGGA’s submission via [email protected]

The Terms of Reference for the inquiry are available on the Parliament of Australia website

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Agriworld Australia Conference 2015

Agriworld Australia is a new agribusiness conference and trade exhibition designed to bring the whole agricultural value chain together, from farm to fork.

It is an initiative of Reed Exhibitions and the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales, and will be held on 16-17 July 2015 at the Sydney Showground in New South Wales.

Early bird prices are available until 29 May 2015 and there is a 10% discount for group bookings.

To learn more visit the Agriworld Australia website.

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New book examining the Growth and Cycles in the Wine Industry

World-renowned wine economist, University Professor and WGGA member Kym Anderson has just released a book outlining the Australian wine industry’s evolution over the past 170 years in both descriptive and statistical terms.

Growth and Cycles in Australia’s Wine Industry was jointly funded by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) and the University of Adelaide.  It features annual data of the industry’s booms and contractions between 1843 and 2013.  The publication is an update and extension of the very popular earlier version published in 1998.

The book is available for free as a download at the University of Adelaide’s website or a hard copy can be purchased for $88 by contacting the University’s press department on (08) 8313 1721 or [email protected]

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AWRI Seminars & Workshops – May & June

The Australian Wine Research Institute’s (AWRI) roadshow program will ramp up again after vintage with several workshops and seminars being run throughout SA, VIC, NSW and TAS.

Topics that may be of interest include:

  • Adapting to Difficult Vintages
  • Next Generation Planting Material
  • Wine Consumer & Market Insights

Visit the AWRI Events Calendar for event details and locations.

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Assistance for Small Businesses

Are you up-to-date with the latest news and resources available to Australian small business owners?  Here are a few that may be of interest:

  • The Australian Small Business Commissioner (ASBC) hosts a Government News page with links to the latest small business news and information from over 15 federal government agencies.  Check it out at asbc.gov.au/news/government
  • The Restart Wage Subsidy gives businesses up to $10,000 if they hire and retain a mature-age job seeker. Learn more at experiencepays.gov.au
  • The ASBC published a blog earlier this year which lists the key small business agency websites in a single location. Bookmark it for future use at asbc.gov.au/blog/quick-links

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AWRI launches ‘eBook’ library

The Australian Wine Research Institute’s (AWRI) new ‘eBook’ library is now available to all levy paying grape and wine producers.

With an emphasis on current and practical resources, the collection holds over 30 titles with topics including vineyard management, pest control, winemaking and marketing.

The ‘eBooks’ can be read directly online or ‘borrowed’ and downloaded to a computer, mobile phone or tablet/iPad.  A guide to using the collection is also available on their website.

Access to the collection is via the AWRI online library with your login-in details.  If you are not already a member then you can register for an account by contacting the AWRI Information Services staff on (08) 8313 6600 or [email protected]

Learn more by visiting the AWRI website


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