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  • Lean Production for Wineries: Register your interest
  • Drought Concessional Loans now open for Tasmanian businesses
  • Latest RD&E news from Wine Australia
  • Latest news from AWRI
  • New app to assess powdery mildew on grapes

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Lean Production for Wineries: Register your interest

Register your interest to attend a ‘Lean Production for Wineries‘ workshop near you (subject to interest). Workshops are $10 for Australian grapegrowers and winemakers, and $55 for non-levy payers.

Lean production focuses on the identification and removal of hidden, non-essential production resulting in improved efficiency and reduced costs.

Register your interest by clicking here.

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Drought Concessional Loans now open for Tasmanian businesses

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Jeremy Rockliff, said $10 million in Drought Concessional Loans would be available to eligible Tasmanian farm businesses struggling with the effects of drought.

A number of assistance measures have been advised.

  • establishing a dedicated ATO hotline (13 11 42, select Option 3) to provide advice to drought-affected taxpayers—more than 11,000 calls have already been made to this service
  • investing $3.3 million in a Bureau of Meteorology project to give farmers more localised, more accurate and more frequent seasonal forecasts—work has already commenced on the implementation of a new forecasting model and consultations are underway with users on their needs from the improved service

For more information on the range of Australian Government assistance for farmers, farm businesses and rural communities, visit agriculture.gov.au/assistance.

Application Forms and Guidelines for the Drought Concessional Loan Scheme will be available on 1800 440 026 or visit www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au​ from 9am Wednesday 27 January 2016.

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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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Latest news from AWRI

Some recent news from AWRI that may be of interest:

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New app to assess powdery mildew on grapes

Visual assessment of the grape and wine sector’s most costly disease, powdery mildew, will be easier with a new, free smart-phone app developed by University of Adelaide researchers and collaborators.

The recently released iPhone/iPad and Android app, PMapp, will help grapegrowers and wineries make informed decisions about the quality and price of grapes.

To learn more about the PMapp visit the Wine Australia website, alternatively download now on Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

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