1. SA members are invited to register with WGGA

Membership of WGGA is automatic for those SA winegrape growers who pay the voluntary levy into the SA Grape Growers Industry Fund (SAGGIF). By ‘registering’ with WGGA (rather than paying a membership subscription) you will be able to access the same special privileges on offer to subscribing growers outside SA.

All you have to do is complete a Membership Application Form (see below) and either post or fax it back to us without any payment, but with details to support proof of payment to the SAGGIF levy. If you have difficulty providing this proof then please indicate this on your form and we will attempt to verify on your behalf. Membership Application Forms can be obtained by contacting the WGGA Office on (08) 8362 9802, or downloaded from our website: www.wgga.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Application-form-2011_v3.pdf

2. Dimethoate suspension confirmed

As mentioned in our last e-Alert, the APVMA (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority) was proposing to suspend many uses of Dimethoate, based on adverse dietary risk assessments. The APVMA have now issued a notice of suspension to registrants of all products containing Dimethoate. This is a temporary suspension until a further assessment has been conducted. Suspension commences 6 October 2011, for a period of 12 months, ending 5 October 2012.

During the suspension period the following applies:

  • Use of Dimethoate on certain horticultural crops, including fruit fly treatments of many fruits and vegetables, is prohibited. Use on all food producing plants in the home garden is also prohibited. This applies to Dimethoate products and permits.
  • Possession and use on some crops can continue provided the products are supplied with the new instructions for use.
  • People cannot supply or deal with any of these products unless they apply the new instructions for use.
  • It is an offence to advertise or promote the use of these suspended products, although the publication of information related to the suspension itself is not an offence.

A list of suspended crop uses and those still allowed, is available on the APVMA website:


The new instructions for use will be provided by product registrants and resellers, and is also available on the APVMA website:

http://permits.apvma.gov.au/PER13155.PDF (agricultural products)

http://permits.apvma.gov.au/PER13156.PDF (home garden products)

Information on dimethoate alternatives, quarantine arrangements and FAQ’s about the suspension are available on the dimethoate review webpage. Questions about the suspension can be addressed to the Chemical Review Contact Officer on (02) 6210 4749 or [email protected]

3. Evapotranspiration Masterclass in Melbourne on 15-16 November 2011

Irrigation Australia are coordinating a masterclass on Evapotranspiration to assist people gain a better understanding of the concepts, theories, and latest research on evapotranspiration (ET). Insights will be provided on the most up to date methods for estimating crop water requirements and the Bureau of Meteorology will explain their latest ET services available on their website. Speakers include Professor Wayne Meyer from the University of Adelaide, Dr Jim Wallace from the CSIRO and Vernon Carr from the BoM.

The course will be held in Melbourne (Docklands) on 15-16 November 2011. Further information, including program outline and registration details, can be found at: www.irrigation.org.au/index.cfm?/training-and-certification/upcoming-courses

4. 2012 Science Awards – Grants to realise big ideas from young rural innovators!

Applications are now open for the 2012 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Successful applicants could receive up to $22,000 to assist with funding a project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue to benefit Australia’s primary industries.

Grants are available to anyone aged between 18 and 35 and close 5pm (AEDT) Friday 18 November 2011.

Information for applicants and application forms can be downloaded from the ABARES website: www.abares.gov.au/conferences-events/scienceawards. For more information or if you have any queries please contact the Science Awards team on (02) 6272 2260 or email [email protected].

5. Agricultural grants worth $11,000 – NSW and QLD growers

The bcu (Bananacoast Community Credit Union) have launched the 2011 Bill Ussher Agricultural Grant to help support growth, innovation and employment within Agriculture. Farmers, growers, primary producers and market gardeners from NSW and QLD are encouraged to apply for one of two grants, worth $11,000. First place will win $7,700 and the runner-up will receive $3,300. The grants will assist with improving business practice, accessing new markets, introducing new stock or species or furthering agricultural or business education.

More information can be obtained by calling 1300 228 228 or emailing Danielle Callaghan at [email protected].

Applications close 9 December 2011, and the winners will be announced in February 2012. Good luck!

6. SITEVI exhibition in France on 29 November – 1 December 2011

SITEVI is the world’s leading exhibition for machinery, equipment and services in the vine/wine and fruit & vegatable sectors. It is an event that brings together viticulture in all its forms, and the entire fruit-vegetable-olive sector.

The three day event will feature workshops, conferences and presentations and will be held on 29 November to 1 December 2011 in Montpellier, France. For further details please contact the WGGA Office on (08) 8362 9802 or email [email protected].

Ok, this one’s a long-shot – but you never know – you could build a holiday around it?


If you have any questions regarding the above please feel free to contact:

Lawrie Stanford | Executive Director E: [email protected] or

Kelly Bonser | Office Administrator E: [email protected]