Almond Management Courses are scheduled to commence in late May, after harvest dust has settled. Courses will be held in modules in each region. These courses are specifically intended to provide information to understand and implement the technologies being developed at the Management Trial (CT Farms). Registration of Interest forms will be sent out closer to the date to enable course registration and allow us to plan times, dates and venues accordingly.
Course Modules: • The Almond Annual Growth and Crop Cycle • Basic Soil Physics • Basic Almond Physiology • Optimising Fertilisation • The Use and Role of Foliar Nutrition • Almond Nutrition
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ABA Membership Update The ABA currently has 121 members, a substantial increase over previous years. At the AGM in November 2005, the ABA introduced associate membership, available to Australian almond industry suppliers and interested parties. Membership fees for 2005/06: $110 full membership and $66 associate membership. For further information, please contact the ABA office or visit website: www.australianalmonds.com.au N uts for L ife For further information on Nuts for Life activities visit website: www.nutsforlife.com.au or contact Program Manager - Lisa Yates ph: (02) 9460 0111 or email: email@example.com
♥ Nuts for Life Trademark The Nuts for Life trademark is ready for use by contributors on specific nut products and stationery. Given that Nuts for Life research has shown that approximately 90% of consumers get nutrition information on pack, this provides a great opportunity for contributors. Application forms can be accessed via the Nuts for Life website: www.nutsforlife.com.au ♥ FSANZ Health Claims The draft Nutrition, Health and Related Claims Standard has been released. Nuts for Life are busy putting a response together for Industry. Submissions are due by 31st March 2006. ♥ Breakthrough in Promotion of Nutrition and Health Benefits
The Horticulture Australia Board has recently advised of an improved position regarding the promotion of unbranded fruits and nuts. They now consider the dissemination of nutrition and health information of horticultural food products to be “dietary information” and not in breach of the Food Standards Code so long as the information does not accompany a branded product. This liberalises the information that Nuts for Life can provide not only to health professional but consumers as well.