ALMOND BOARD OF AUSTRALIA MAY 2006 NEWSLETTER I N A UTSHELL UTSHELL
ALMOND BOARD of AUSTRA L I A ABN: 31 709 079 099 “Horticulture House” 7 Wilson Street PO Box 52 Berri SA 5343 Phone: 08 8582 2055 Fax: 08 8582 3503 Email: email@example.com www.australianalmonds.com.au
A lmond M anagement C ourse
As many of you are aware, the ABA has been developing a comprehensive course to provide almond growers with the latest results and knowledge coming from the trial at CT Farms.
Course presentation will comprise both formal presentations (covering theory and more complex issues) and informal field visits. Getting Started Initially two modules will be presented: “An Introduction to the Almond Manage- ment Course” and “Irrigation Design”. There will be no limit on numbers for the Introductory module, with numbers for the irrigation module capped at 15 to ensure a hands-on approach. Registration Registration forms have been sent to almond growers. Please contact the ABA office for additional registration forms. For further information contact: Industry Development Manager Chris Bennett Phone: (08) 8582 2055 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Courses have been scheduled to commence on Thursday 25th May, with a high level of interest expressed to date. (Initial courses dates listed on page 4.) Courses will be held in each of the three main regions: Adelaide, Sunraysia and the Riverland. It is aimed to keep the course delivery flexible to ensure that in time all growers have the opportunity to complete it. Course Structure The course is divided into modules, each covering a major topic of interest. Modules will be presented in each region as many times as necessary. Due to the number of growers expected to attend and the number of modules involved, it will take some time to complete this exercise.
Inside this issue:
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Regional Meetings Marketing Update Agricultural Census To Bee or not to Bee? Meetings & Events
This publication has been partially funded by HAL (Horticulture Australia Limited)
M M arketing P rogram Key Activities • In April, we launched our print advertising campaign: “love your heart, love your waist’. • Full page advertisements have been booked for April and June across: Australian Good Taste, Delicious, Notebook and Slimming & Health. • During these three months, almost 1.5 million Australian women will see our message.
Regional Meetings SUNRAYSIA REGION 11am - 8th June 2006 Lunch Meeting Venue: Hotel Mildura RIVERLAND REGION 6pm - 8th June 2006 Dinner Meeting Venue: Berri Resort Hotel ADELAIDE REGION 11am - 9th June 2006 Lunch Meeting Venue: Virginia Horticulture Centre
• We have confirmed the following key sponsorships: Bianca Chatfield from the Australian Netball Team and Sports Dieticians Australia. • Bianca has agreed to endorse Australian Almonds and appear in our advertising campaign. • Sports Dieticians Australia have also agreed to endorse the nutritional value of eating a handful of almonds everyday and for their logo to appear in all our communications. • Both Bianca and the SDA will significantly enhance the credibility of our advertising.
RSVP and further information contact: Julie Haslett Phone: (08) 8582 2055 Email: email@example.com
Press Release: Agricultural Census
“The data from the Agricultural Census helps Australia understand changes that have occurred in the sector to measure the contribution that agricul- ture makes to the economy.” said Ms Van Halderen. The Agricultural Census forms are sent through the mail. Forms will arrive by the end of June. Farmers are asked to complete the forms and return them within two weeks. Assistance will be available through a help line that will be printed on the form.
In June 190,000 businesses will take part in the 2005/06 Agricultural Census. The Agricultural Census is Australia’s biggest collection of agricultural statis- tics. It is conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) every five years and collects production data from primary producers around the country. Gemma Van Halderen, Head of the Agricultural Program of the ABS, says
it is beneficial for farmers from all in- dustries to take part in the Agricultural Census because the data provides important information about agricultural production across Australia.” “We strongly encourage people to complete their Census forms because the information they provide can assist people such as policy makers and industry bodies to make informed deci- sions about the agricultural sector that could affect them and their industry.”
To Bee or not to Bee?
It’s a million dollar dilemma which could become a two billion dollar headache for the economy.
But most urgently, beekeepers would like an increased allocation of government funding for research, because current industry / government, dollar for dollar funding based on honey production has been depleted by drought and bushfires and is inadequate given the increased demand for research. “Given the major externalities associated with honeybees, it doesn’t make sense to allow the research budget to be driven by a levy on honey production. It must be driven by the value of pollination, actual and potential. Australia’s rapidly expanding almond indus- try is especially nervous about the looming threat posed by the varroa mite. In January, the Almond Board of Australia joined Horticulture Australia, CSIRO, research and development corporations, and experts from New Zealand to develop a preparedness and response strategy. Warren Taylor says it’s in the national inter- est for the Australian government to step up and recognise the [beekeeping] industry’s vital contribution to agriculture, and provide suitable research and education facilities. “Most other countries recognise the value of honey bees and support and encourage their beekeeping industry” he said. “Sadly, at the moment, Australia seems unable to see the forest for the trees.”
Australia’s biggest beekeeping business at Blayney in the central west of NSW is strug- gling to fill three million dollars worth of orders for queen bees because there is not enough staff to meet demand. This lack of skilled labour is not only |frustrating for Blayney beekeeper, Warren Taylor, but also threatens the entire bee- keeping industry, with dire consequences for Australian agriculture, which is reliant on bees for pollination. “I was trained at Hawkesbury Agricultural College; I specialised in apiculture and went on to build this large company,” Mr Taylor told the House of Representatives Agricul- ture Committee investigating Australia’s rural skills, training and research needs. “Since the Gatton and Hawkesbury colleges have closed down their beekeeping courses, nobody is coming out of institutions capable of assisting in the managerial type of work of our business…” Managing director of Australian Queen Bee Exporters, Warren Taylor has joined other beekeepers to warn the committee that without improved education and trainings, research and development, commercial beekeeping in this country will continue to decline, putting at risk 60 percent of crops dependent on bees for pollination. These crops have been estimated by the Rural Industries Development Corporation (RIRDC) to be worth almond two billion dollars, and 11,000 jobs. It is the pollination of crops that makes the humble honeybee one of the unsung heroes of Australian agriculture. “A viable commercial honeybee industry is critical to ensure effective pollination of a large number of horticultural crops depend- ent on insect pollination to maximize production potential and business productiv- ity.” they said. “It is this enormous external impact through pollination needs that makes the small honeybee industry truly unique amongst Australia’s rural industries.”
We promoted our ‘Love your heart’ message for the Fresh Australian Almond campaign at the Heart Foundations’ National Conference in Sydney in March 2006. Over 400 doctors, cardiologists and dieticians attended this conference. Almonds were sampled by the majority of the attendees and all were provided with a brochure on the ‘yum-e’ qualities of almonds: ie almonds are a great tasting vitamin e boost.
Excerpts from an article featured in “About the House” March 2006
This important issue has been identified in the Australian Almond Industry’s Strategic Plan as a key area for future involvement to ensure continuity of supply.
australian nut industry conference
MEETINGS & EVENTS
♦ 25 th May 2006
Almond Management Course Renmark Hotel
♦ 26 th May 2006
Almond Management Course Berri Hotel
12 SEPTEMBER 2006 Melbourne Exhibition Centre
♦ 2 nd June 2006
Almond Management Course Virginia Horticulture Centre
♦ 5 th June 2006
Almond Management Course Mildura Grand Hotel
♦ 8 th June 2006
Sunraysia Region Lunch Meeting Hotel Mildura
♦ 8 th June 2006 Riverland Region Dinner Meeting Berri Resort Hotel ♦ 9 th June 2006 Adelaide Region Lunch Meeting
2nd & 3rd November Berri Resort Hotel
Register now: www.anic06.com.au For more information contact: TEL 03 9431 5167 FAX 03 9439 3855 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia Horticulture Centre
♦ 30 th & 31 st May 2006 HAL Forum, Sydney ♦ 12 th September 2006 ANIC Conference
more details coming soon...
Melbourne Exhibition Centre
♦ 13 th September 2006 ANIC AGM & Board Meeting Melbourne ♦ 2 nd & 3 rd November 2006 Australian Almond Conference Berri Resort Hotel More details coming soon...
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