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  • WGGA is up and tweeting
  • Interested in being a Farmgate Mate host?
  • Fenthion use to cease in October 2015
  • Royal Adelaide Wine Show Awards Lunch
  • Review of the Horticulture Code of Conduct
  • ASVO Awards for Excellence
  • WISA Supplier of the Year Awards
  • Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship
  • Latest biosecurity news from PHA
  • BICON News website
  • Workplace Relations Framework – draft report
  • Functional and Luxury Food Project
  • National Agricultural Statistics Review – report released

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WGGA is up and tweeting

WGGA wants to connect with you through social media.

Follow us on Twitter at @WGGAinfo to keep up-to-date with industry news, events and opportunities.

We are also on Facebook to give you a chance to join a conversation and have your say on industry matters and WGGA policies and programs.  Just search for Wine Grape Growers Australia.

WGGA’s digital platform will also see us transition to a more paperless office over the coming months.  We hope to significantly increase our communication with growers via our website, email and the above social media.

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Interested in being a Farmgate Mate host?

Farmgate Mate are currently inviting farms of all sizes, products and locations across Australia to join in as Farmgate Mate hosts.

Farmgate Mate is a private venture which has a national drive to create a network of host farms that will be open to domestic and international campervan/motorhome tourists touring Australia.  It is designed to bring more tourists into regional and rural areas of Australia to experience local produce, products and hospitality.

Hosts are farmers or primary producers who are willing to provide free parking on their property exclusively for Farmgate Mate members for up to 24 hours.  In return, hosts get the opportunity to promote their product and region and are eligible for a range of host rewards and ongoing support.

If you would like to learn more visit the Farmgate Mate website or contact Hans Kerkvliet on 0411 174 411 or [email protected]

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Fenthion use to cease in October 2015

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) announced in August that products containing fenthion cannot be used after October 2015.

This marks the end of a 12-month phase out period that commenced following the finalisation of the review into fenthion and subsequent cancellation of the active constituent.

Any product that remains unused after October should be disposed of responsibly.

Detailed information is available on the APVMA website

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Royal Adelaide Wine Show Awards Lunch

The Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) is hosting its annual Wine Show Awards Luncheon at this year’s Royal Adelaide Show in South Australia.

The luncheon will be held on Friday 2 October 2015 and includes trophy winning wines, a three-course meal and entry to a pre-lunch VIP tasting of the show wines.  Attendees will also get the opportunity to meet and chat with some upcoming young winemakers and to witness the Legend of the Vine Award for South Australia presentation.

WCA are offering a special discount to WGGA members who attend the luncheon.  Purchase two or more tickets and receive at the WCA member price of $165 per ticket (usually $199).

To learn more visit the WCA website or contact the Program Manager on 0413 512 745 or [email protected]

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Review of the Horticulture Code of Conduct

An issues paper was released last month as a part of the independent review of the mandatory Horticulture Code of Conduct.  The review will examine how the Code could be improved and the issues paper gives stakeholders the opportunity to have a say on a range of issues affecting trade in Australian horticulture produce.

Submissions close on Friday 18 September 2015.

More information is available at The Department of Agriculture’s website

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ASVO Awards for Excellence

Nominations are now open for the 4th Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) Awards for Excellence.

The awards aim to promote excellence through recognition and reward of high achievers in innovative practice; those who are striving to raise practice standards and, individuals who, through their professionalism, provide a model of practice which others seek to emulate.

This year a new award category has been introduced which will offer a scholarship to one individual to attend the Australian Wine Research Institute’s (AWRI) highly regarded Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC).

The five award categories in 2015 are:

  • ASVO Viticulturist of the Year
  • ASVO Winemaker of the Year
  • ASVO Best Viticultural Paper of the Year
  • ASVO Oenology Paper of the Year
  • ASVO AWAC Scholarship

Nominations are now open and close on Friday 25 September 2015.

Visit the ASVO website for more information.

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WISA Supplier of the Year Awards

Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA) are seeking nominations for the 2015 Supplier of the Year Awards.

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

The five award categories are:

  • Export Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Environment and Sustainability Award
  • Chairman’s Industry Engagement Award
  • Overall Supplier of the Year Award

Entries are now open and close on Friday 25 September 2015.

Download a copy of the award application guide at the WISA website

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Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) are seeking applicants for the 2016 Graham Thorp Memorial Scholarship (also known as Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship).

The scholarship is available to support an individual who demonstrates a passion for the Australian Wine Industry and who will play a part in shaping a positive future for the industry.

$5000 is available for full time study or $2500 for part-time study, and there is no limit to the types of courses that qualify or the age of applicants.

Applications are now open and close on Wednesday 30 September 2015.

To learn if you are eligible visit the RASF website or contact the Program Manager on (02) 9704 1234 or [email protected]

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Latest biosecurity news from PHA

Some recent biosecurity news from Plant Health Australia (PHA) that may be of interest:

Recommendations to improve Import Risk Analysis process

The examination of Australia’s Import Risk Analysis (IRA) process has now concluded and a report of the findings and recommendations has been released.  The new regulation for conducting biosecurity import risk analysis falls under the new Biosecurity Act 2015, which will take effect on 17 June 2016More information is available on the Department of Agriculture website

2016 Australian Biosecurity Awards now open

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Australian Biosecurity Awards.  The awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations that show a commitment to working with the Department of Agriculture to support and promote Australia’s biosecurity systems.  Applications close on Wednesday 30 September 2015More information is available on the Department of Agriculture website

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BICON News website

The Department of Agriculture is only months away from implementing the new Biosecurity Import Conditions (BICON) system which will support industry clients and the general public to comply with Australia’s biosecurity obligations.

BICON will replace the current suite of Import Conditions (ICON) databases including ICON, eLodgement and ePermits.

The department has a dedicated webpage to BICON News, with the latest update providing information on:

  • BICON’s full launch planned for October 2015
  • Availability of BICON’s training material
  • The BICON roadshows held across Australia throughout September 2015
  • Latest fact sheet to help plan and prepare for BICON’s launch

Visit the BICON website for more information.

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Workplace Relations Framework – draft report

The Productivity Commission released a draft report last month which contains an assessment of Australia’s workplace relations framework, current laws, institutions and practices.

The report notes that many features work well but recommends reforms to how the Fair Work Commission operates and some parts of the Fair Work Act.  It also suggests the addition of enterprise contracts to help small businesses and changes to Sunday penalty rates in some industries.

Comments and written submissions on the draft report are invited and close on Friday 18 September 2015.

To learn more visit the Productivity Commission website

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Functional and Luxury Food Project

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) are undertaking a Functional and Luxury Food Project aimed at identifying growth opportunities for South Australia’s food, beverage and wine businesses.

The research project will explore how locally sourced materials, innovation and technology can be used to compete in Asian and Australian high value markets.

PIRSA are holding a series of information and networking sessions throughout September 2015 where attendees can hear the initial research insights and take part in an interactive question and answer panel session on how South Australian businesses could capitalise on these opportunities.

To learn more visit the PIRSA website or contact Hayley Conolly on (08) 8226 2996 or [email protected]

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National Agricultural Statistics Review – report released

The final report of the National Agricultural Statistics Review (NASR) was recently released and is available for free download from the ABS website.

The review was jointly conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) and considered all aspects of the current agricultural statistical system in Australia and its ability to inform decision-making.

The final report outlines the findings from the review and identifies a set of actions to address stakeholder concerns and establish a contemporary, best practice Australian agricultural statistical system for the future.

To view the report visit the ABS website

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