First of its kind: Leading dieticians participate in almond tour
Amaroo Orchards to explain the Phytech tree sensor scheduling, Almondco Australia’s hulling and shelling facility and the last stop was at CMV Farms looking at their off-grid energy program and native vegetation work. The second day consisted of a visit to the Almond Centre of Excellence Experimental Orchard (ACE) at Loxton North, where Mark Skewes from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) provided an insight into the R&D to further improve yields and water efficiency and then to the Loxton pumping station where Gavin McMahon from the Central Irrigation Trust (CIT) provided an in-depth description about irrigation and environmental water allocations. The last stop was a visit to Almondco Australia’s processing facility. During the two days, ABA staff provided a summary of the ABA's Water Policy and its alignment with the Murray Darling Basin Plan. The group left with a greater understanding of Australian almond production practices and what methods are used to improve greater sustainability on our orchards.
A huge thank you is given to everyone who was involved and contributed to such a successful trip. The dietitians were very impressed with the amount of knowledge and experience each of the presenters had in almond production and irrigation. Due to the success of this trip, we will be organising another dietitians’ tour during the blossom season in August.
Lou Martin | Marketing Officer O n March 10- 11 the Almond Board of Australia (ABA) hosted a group of six leading dietitians in the Riverland, South Australia. This group were taken on an industry tour covering all facets of almond production. The purpose of this tour was to provide an insight into the sustainable practices used across the industry. The group visited several different Riverland almond orchards and processors. With a full itinerary planned for the two days, the highlights from the first day were a visit to Phyche Bend to explain the start of the Mildura Irrigation Colony, Tony Spiers’ orchard at Lindsay Point to discuss the new varieties to increase yield, Select Harvests'
Fitness & Sports Nutrition Program Ambassador: Simone Austin
We are proud to announce that Simone Austin has been appointed as our Fitness and Sports Nutrition Program Ambassador. Simone participated in our first Dietitians’ Orchard Tour in March and since then has been working with the ABA providing articles, blog posts and social media content to contribute to our health education program. Simone is a highly accredited practising dietitian with a specialty in fitness and sport. She was the first sports dietitian appointed to work with the Australian Cricket Team until they moved their training centre to Brisbane. Simone has been the long-term sports nutritionist for the Hawthorn Football Club and is currently the President of Sports Dietitians Australia. Simone will make a significant contribution to the development of the Australian Almonds nutrition program and we are thrilled to have her on board.