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  • Summary from WGGA AGM
  • ABARES Outlook 2016 – NOW OPEN
  • Latest RD&E news from Wine Australia
  • Wine Australia is Investigating Direct Data Collection
  • Benefits flow to Victorian and South Australian irrigators from water sale
  • ACCC urges businesses to check that their contracts are fair
  • Carbon dioxide causes wine grapes to ripen earlier, decreases flavour compounds

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Summary from WGGA AGM

On the 10 November 2015, WGGA held its seventh AGM, in conjunction with WFA’s AGM, then followed by a joint WGGA/WFA Q&A panel discussion and networking drinks.

AGM highlights included the announcement of WGGA’s new independent Chair, Joanna Andrew, and the farewell to Vic Patrick, WGGA’s Chair of the last 5 plus years.  With retirement in mind, Vic was congratulated for his contribution to the Australian grape and wine community over the past 40 years.

Details from the day are available on the WGGA website

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ABARES Outlook 2016 – NOW OPEN

Registrations are now open for next year’s ABARES Outlook Conference on 1-2 March 2016 in Canberra, ACT.

The 2016 theme is ‘Investing in agriculture – growing our future’ and will focus on the key issues that will drive the profitability of the Australian agriculture sector.

Early bird prices are available until 15 January 2015.

Visit the ABARES Outlook website for more details.

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Latest RD&E news from Wine Australia

Some recent RD&E news from Wine Australia that may be of interest:

Visit the Wine Australia website to find out more or to sign up to receive the Wine Australia RD&E newsletter directly.

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Wine Australia is Investigating Direct Data Collection

As part of its five-year strategic plan, Wine Australia is investigating the collection of foundation data.

To support informed decision making, Wine Australia believe it is vital for levy payers to have access to timely and accurate benchmark data and for grape and wine supply and demand information on a region by variety basis.

In the first phase of this project, Wine Australia will:

  • work with groups of winegrape growers and winemakers to understand the information they use to assist decision making,
  • review existing data collection systems and platforms, and
  • identifying options for collection and delivery.

An update on the project is anticipated in February 2016.  In the meantime, if you would like further information, please contact the project manager Bruce Hampton on [email protected] or 08 8228 2000.

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Benefits flow to Victorian and South Australian irrigators from water sale

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, has welcomed the successful sale of 22.864 gigalitres of Commonwealth environmental water allocations to irrigators in Victoria and South Australia.

There is an opportunity to purchase smaller parcels of water (a minimum of 30 megalitres) which will benefit smaller irrigation businesses.

Water purchases are capped at 1,500 gigalitres to help protect the social and economic wellbeing of the many basin communities that are dependent on farming.

For more information visit: agricultureminister.gov.au

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ACCC urges businesses to check that their contracts are fair

A new law will take effect on 12 November 2016 (after a 12 month transition period starting 12 November 2015) that offers small businesses protection against unfair contract terms offered by other (usually larger) firms.

The law will apply to standard form contracts where:

  • at least one of the businesses employs less than 20 people, and
  • the price of the contract is no more than $300 000, or $1 million if the contract is for more than 12 months.

For more information read the online guidance at www.accc.gov.au/uct.

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Carbon dioxide causes wine grapes to ripen earlier, decreases flavor compounds

The wine industry is investigating how climate change will impact grape production by exposing vines in north-west Victoria to the temperature and carbon dioxide levels predicted by 2050.

Research scientist Rachel Kilmister said an extra two degrees and 200 parts per million of carbon dioxide was having a noticeable impact on the vines and the taste of the wine produced.

Possible ways to respond are:

  • different pruning methods that delay the bud burst of the vines.
  • evaporative cooling or shading techniques to influence when vines ripen.

To read this article in full visit abc.net.au

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