ALMOND BOARD OF AUSTRALIA SEPTEMBER 2006 NEWSLETTER I N N A UTSHELL This publication has been partially funded by Horticulture Australia Limited
ALMOND BOARD of AUSTRA L I A
Almond Field Days July 2006
ABN: 31 709 079 099 “Horticulture House” 7 Wilson Street PO Box 52 BERRI SA 5343 Phone: 08 8582 2055 Fax: 08 8582 3503
Almond field days held in July this year were well at- tended by almond growers and managers. The experience in each region was quite different, and in some cases we were fortunate enough to visit orchards with specific challenges (such as salinity) which provided a great opportunity to learn more about managing al- monds under difficult situations. “Riverland Growers held a field day visiting Century Orchards and Craig Spilsbury’s orchard on the 20 th of July. Fifty growers turned out to hear Professor Assaf talk on the importance of optimisation. Professor talked on a myriad of subjects including fertilisation, nutrition, and pruning. We had a great day which was well attended by growers. I encourage all growers to support these field days.” Brendan Sidhu, Chair RAG (Riverland Almond Growers) Special thanks to those who allowed us to visit their properties: * Century Orchards * Craig Spilsbury * Neale Bennett * Sholto Douglas * Costa Family
Pictured above: Professor Raphael Assaf answering queries at the Sunraysia Almond Field Day. Pictured below: Adelaide Almond Growers Field Day at the Costa Family property.
Almond Spray Guide
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Notice of AGM
Almond Planting Survey Executive Nominations
Almond Conference 2006 ABA Membership 06/07
Regional Almond Grower Meetings June 2006
Biosecurity Levy - Strong support for the proposed Biosecurity (EPPE) Levy was demonstrated in a formal ballot of ABA members and levy payers. The Almond Board is now in the process of applying for establishment of this levy, initially set to zero, on behalf of the Australian Almond Industry. Pictured above left: Jo Ireland (ABA’s newest staff member) at the Riverland Regional Meeting on 8th June 2006. Pictured below left: Stephen Lynch addressing the Riverland Regional Almond Growers Meeting.
Members and levy payers were presented with an overview of ABA activities and strategic priorities at the regional meetings held in Adelaide, Riverland & Sunraysia on 8th and 9th June 2006. Australian Almond Industry Strategic Plan 2006-2011 The draft strategic plan, outlining key strategic objectives targeted for achievement over the next five years, for the Australian Almond Industry, was well received by those present. The plan is now being finalised and will soon be available via the ABA website.
Almond Pest & Disease Guide 2006
Development of the industry’s first official pest & disease guide has been facilitated by Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) in partnership with the ABA, as part of the almond industry R&D program. This program is funded by the almond levy and matched by the Australian Government. The Guide provides information on almond pests and diseases that can be managed and monitored by orchard managers. Importantly, the Guide will be treated as a living document undergoing constant revision to ensure the inclusion of accurate and up-to-date information. The Guide will gradually be developed and refined to become an Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPM) manual. It is stressed that between reprints it is the responsibility of growers to access and implement the latest information and recommendations by referring to the sources included in the Guide. Also note information relating to current legal responsi- bilities for use of chemicals, as outlined in the Guide.
Also, please carefully note the permit registration details (some expired) that are outlined in the Guide. It is expected that expired permits will move to full registration once the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) have reviewed the trial data submitted by the ABA. Updated information can be found at the APVMA website www.apvma.gov.au by clicking either SEARCH PUBCRIS for a product or SEARCH for a permit on the left hand menu. The ABA will also keep you updated as to the situation regarding permits and registration changes. Electronic copies of the Guide are available via the log-in section of the ABA website: www.australianalmonds.com.au For further information contact Chris Bennett—Industry Development Manager Phone: (08) 8582 2055 Email: email@example.com
Pictured above: “Almond Industry Pest & Disease Control Guide 2006” prepared by Dr Prue McMichael and Lucy Pumpa from Scholefield Robinson for the ABA.
by Stephen Lynch
This chairman's note firstly confirms that I am standing down after almost 3 years in the chair, and John Bird from Select Harvests has accepted the nomination for chairman. We have used this change to better spread the Executive's workload. Brenton Woolston has taken the role of ANIC Board Member on ABA's behalf and will assume role of ANIC President early next year.
We would also propose that the ABA chair rotate regularly, and are confident that with the organisation now growing and maturing, we are
well resourced to smoothly support the industry needs. Between bee industry matters, toxic waste dump forums, senate inquiries in to labour, community needs issues at Robinvale, there are now many and interesting matters in which an expanding almond industry are involved and recognised.
Pictured above: Stephen Lynch, retir- ing as ABA Chairman after nearly three years in the role.
Pictured right: Incoming ABA Chairman, John Bird
Notice of Annual General Meeting Friday, 3rd November 2006 Berri Resort Hotel commencing at 10am
The AGM of the Almond Board of Australia will be held as part of proceedings on Day 2 of the Almond Conference. AGM packs which will be posted to members in early October and will include the ABA’s 2006 Annual Report 2006 and important AGM information.
Almond Management Courses
Excellent feedback has been received from more than 70 almond growers and managers who attended the Almond Management Courses held in May this year. The topic of technology transfer is currently under review, with an objective of ensuring growers have good access to information in future.
A full-time Technical Officer will be appointed to better support this process and provide additional resourcing required to address increasing R&D duties and expectations. For further information contact Chris Bennett—Industry Development Manager Phone: (08) 8582 2055 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resignations & Appointments
It is with regret that we notify members of Corinna Steeb’s resignation from the ABA Executive Committee following her resignation from Nut Producers Australia. Accordingly, the marketing position held by Corinna on the ABA Executive Committee has been declared vacant as part of the annual election process (see below). Corinna has made valuable contribution to the ABA over the past two years through her input to the Executive Committee, Marketing Subcommittee, Remuneration Committee and the Almond IAC. Our best wishes are extended to Corinna for the future.
Further changes affecting the ABA have taken place within Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL), due to the resignation of John Oakeshott, who has served in the role of Industry Services Manager for the almond industry and has worked closely with the ABA during this time. Sincere thanks to John for the dedication he has shown in working towards the best outcome for our industry. Following John’s resignation, a restructure within HAL has taken place creating an additional position in order to better spread workload across HAL Industry Services. As a result of this restructure, Ross Skinner has been appointed as the new almond Industry Services Manager.
Pictured above: Corinna Steeb
Pictured above: John Oakeshott
Almond Planting Survey - 2006 Update
Last year the ABA commenced collection of Australian almond data by conducting a national planting survey of almond growers. Excellent grower participation in excess of 90%, enabled the ABA to release a report summarising the survey data collected. This “2005 Australian Almond Plantings Report” is available from the ABA website or via our office. To ensure that information remains up-to-date and accurately reflects any new plantings or removals, we plans to conduct annual survey updates. It is important to note that all data collected is strictly confidential, with only consolidated information released.
Your assistance in this process is vital to ensure access to accurate and up-to-date information that is necessary for a range of activities including planning, forecasting and representing industry.
Survey updates for 2006 have been posted to all known Australian almond growers and should be returned to ABA office by Friday, 29th September.
Executive Committee Nominations Closing Date - 6 October 2006
In accordance with the ABA’s Executive rotation, process, nominations are being sought for the following four (4) Executive Committee positions: • Two (2) marketing representatives • One (1) Riverland grower representative • One (1) Sunraysia grower representative Any member involved in the marketing of almonds is eligible to nominate for a marketing
The ABA Executive meets a minimum of four times per year, with an expectation that committee members will take on an additional role in one or more subcommittee. Nomination forms have been posted to ABA members, with additional forms are available from the ABA office. Nominations must be submitted to the ABA office no later than 12 noon on Friday, 6th October 2006 .
For further information contact Julie Haslett—Executive Officer Phone: (08) 8582 2055 Email: email@example.com
position, whilst any member involved I the growing of almonds is eligible to nominate for a grower representative position within their regional boundaries. Those retiring from the above positions are also eligible to nominate.
Budwood Orders 2006/07
Industry Service Providers As a service to members, the ABA maintains a listing of Industry Service Providers for inclusion on our website and Information Kits for new industry members. Please note that this listing is not comprehensive or preferential. Should you wish to be included in this listing, please contact the ABA office or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Almond budwood orders for 2006/07 are due by Friday, 29th September 2006. Order forms are available from the ABA website or by contacting the ABA office. Similar to last year a non-refundable deposit of 10 cents per bud is required to secure orders. This deposit is non- refundable, except in the event of supply not being available. Charges will be invoiced by the ABA at a rate of 40 cents (plus GST) per bud, less applicable credit for deposits.
Almond Conference 2006 The ABA is pleased to present this year’s Almond Conference, being held 2nd & 3rd November at the Berri Resort Hotel.
The ABA extends sincere appreciation to our Conference Sponsors:
GOLD SPONSOR Elders
Conference highlights include an official opening by Hon Karlene Maywald MP on Day 1, followed by the Annual Levy Payers Meeting, R&D Showcase, Conference Tour and Conference Dinner. Day 2 commences with a topical Breakfast Session, ABA AGM, Industry Overview & Issues and Marketing Program Highlights. A social function has been scheduled at 6pm on Wednesday 1st November. This evening event will provide an opportunity for informal networking prior to commencement of the conference. Numbers for all conference events are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment. Discount registration is available to ABA members, so be certain to renew your ABA Membership for 2006/07 prior to registering for the conference. Online conference registration is available via our website: www.australianalmonds.com.au . Alternatively, you can access conference registration forms from the website or the ABA office. Accommodation has been reserved at the Berri Resort Hotel. Please contact the ABA for all accommodation arrangements. Strong sponsorship support for the conference, together with your support will ensure the success of this year’s Almond Conference.
SILVER SPONSORS Prime Super Horticulture Australia Limited BRONZE SPONSORS E.E. Muir & Son Flory Orchard-rite Ripon Manufacturing Company Nufarm
DINNER SPONSOR Netafim FUNCTION SPONSOR Jack Rabbit
TOUR SPONSOR Weiss McNair
BREAKFAST SPONSOR Rabobank
WINE SPONSOR Condo Wines
Almond Marketing Program
Exciting progress is taking place in our almond marketing program, with the recent appointment of PR company - JMM Communications who are now developing a twelve month marketing strategy to conduct communications activities that complement our existing advertising and sponsorship program. Media relations activities will form the basis of their activities, aligning with existing events, promotions, advertising, sponsor- ships and ambassadors. The ABA aims to build on the proposition ‘a handful of almonds everyday’. In order to reinforce this message, Australian netballer, Bianca Chatfield has been appointed as the ABA’s first ambassador.
In addition to this, JMM will develop and maintain the content of the consumer section of our website to ensure it reflects current marketing program activities. JMM will work closely with the ABA to tailor a twelve month calendar of potential opportunities which will piggyback with existing activities and promotional materials for maximum impact. A full update of these activities and future plans will be presented at the Annual Conference in November.
WELCOME FUNCTION - Wednesday 1 st November 2006 Conference Highlights
All conference delegates are invited to attend the evening Welcome Function. This informal function is a great opportunity to network with others in the industry. Function Sponsor: Jack Rabbit
Drinks & Nibbles will be served. Dress Code: Casual Included in full registration
australian almond Conference 2006
Guest Tickets: $40 Commencing at 6pm
DAY 1 - Thursday 2 nd November 2006
INCLUDES… • Official Conference Opening: Hon Karlene Maywald MP • Annual Levy Payers’ Meeting • HAL Annual Report • Research & Development Showcase
• Conference Tour including: * CT Farms R&D Trial Site
• Almond Board of Australia AGM • Addressing Industry Issues • Industry Overview & Global Context • Marketing Program Update • Nuts for Life Campaign Report
gaining momentum 2 nd & 3 rd November Berri Resort Hotel
FULL REGISTRATION Includes all events, INCLUDING the Welcome Function, Field Trip and Conference Dinner. ABA Member: $150 Non-Member: $200 PARTIAL REGISTRATION Day Delegate: $100 Welcome Function: $40 Conference Dinner $60
ALMOND BOARD OF AUSTRALIA “Horticulture House” 7 Wilson Street PO Box 52 BERRI South Australia 5343
NETAFIM CONFERENCE DINNER - Thursday 2 nd November 2006
Almond Board of Australia is pleased to acknowledge the support of our conference sponsors CONFERENCE SPONSORS
Dinner Speaker: Tom O’Toole Tom O’Toole is the charismatic and inspirational ‘Baker’ from Beechworth. He has built his bakery into one of Australia’s greatest success stories. Tom shares how he took on a bakery in a small, dying, and isolated county town with a population of 3,000 people: from two staff to 70 full and part timers; from an annual turnover of $100,000 to in excess of $4 million; now serving well over 900,000 customers per year; and the rebirth of a community. Tom’s Beechworth Bakery has become the highest earning single bakery retailer in Australia, and winner of National & State Marketing & Business Awards.
His business model is being emulated around the world. Tom has now opened successful bakeries in other parts of regional Victoria including Bendigo, Albury, Echuca and is soon to open in Healesville and Western Australia. Tom is a self confessed Kindergarten drop out. Poorly educated as a child and from an impoverished childhood he has experienced the lowest of lows but is now a beaming icon of an entire industry. Tom O’Toole is one of a kind, and all Australians who own a business owe it to themselves to get a dose of his insights. “My bread is probably no better than the rest, but our service vision lifts us right out of the crowd.”
Dinner Sponsor: Netafim
Wine Sponsor: Condo Wines Included in full registration Guest Tickets: $60 Dress Code: Semi-formal Commencing at 7pm
ABA Membership 2006/07
A reminder that ABA memberships are now due, with 2006/07 fees as follows:
• Full Membership is available to almond growers, processors and marketers for $110. • Associate Membership is available to industry service providers and interested parties for $66. Why become a member of the ABA? • As a member you have a direct say about the future of the industry and direct access to our organisation. • ABA is the peak industry body for the Australian Almond industry, representing and promoting the interests of almond growers, processors and marketers. • ABA has undertaken industry-wide consultation to develop an Industry Strategic Plan which establishes funding priorities for the industry’s R&D and marketing programs. • ABA aims to support our rapidly increasing industry by encouraging effective communication and co-operation between industry members.
• ABA aims to keep members informed through a range of activities including: ∗ presentation of the Annual Almond Industry Conference ∗ distribution of the ABA’s regular newsletter “In a Nutshell” ∗ conducting field days and regional meetings ∗ technical articles and ABA news in the “Australian Nutgrower” Journal ∗ collection and distribution of industry statistics ∗ access to regularly updated information via the ABA website.
Almond Board of Australia 2006/07 MEMBERSHIP NOW DUE
Membership applications forms are available from ABA office and our website. Further information contact: Jo Ireland—Admin/Finance Manager Phone: (08) 8582 2055 Email: email@example.com
ANIC Conference 2006 was a great success with over 130 delegates, including good attendance by almond industry members. An impressive array of speakers lent their considerable expertise to the conference, with presentations addressing the key themes:
NUTS ARE GOOD GOOD FOR YOU
GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH GOOD FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Delegates particularly enjoyed the panel discussion sessions which enabled interactive response to speakers’ presentations and in many cases active debate on key industry issues. Speaker presentations are now available to view and download at: www.anic06.com.au It was obvious that delegates enjoyed the opportunity to network over breaks and at the Conference Dinner. This informal, relaxed occasion, was highlighted by guest presenter Brennon Dorwick’s gold medal winning pommel horse routine. What a performance – inspirational, motivational and physically challenging. Further information contact: CLEMS (Conference Links & Event Management Services) Suite 5 250 Gore St, Fitzroy Victoria Australia 3065
Horticulture Australia Council (HAC) by Kris Newton, HAC CEO
So, what does HAC actually do to advance the cause of horticulture? That depends on the issue. For some issues, the most appropriate (and desirable) approach is to act as a key influence-maker by participation in reviews, Steering Committees, national forums or consultation proc- esses, presentation of submissions, and the like. This approach fre- quently has the advantage of being able to ‘head off’ potential problems before they arise! This approach has worked well in cases dealing with some of our prior- ity issues this past year, such as HAC’s representation on the national Steering Committees for the Reviews of the Amenity Horticulture and Rural Production Training Packages, or the national forum on Quaran- tine; the joint HAC/HAL submission to the Senate Inquiry into Pacific Island labour; or HAC submissions on Country of Origin labelling on fresh produce, Managed Investment Schemes, Farm Managed Deposits, or on the role of the Produce and Grocery Industry Ombudsman. Because it is much more efficient to influence government policy in the early stages, rather than have to fight a ‘rear-guard action’, much of HAC’s work is therefore ‘behind the scenes’ and not necessarily immediately apparent; though we do try to keep Members informed of current issues and steps we are taking on each (eg via the Drip Feed email newsletter). Another type of action we are taking is proactive - developing a series of Policy Positions, accompanied by Fact Sheets, on key issues (eg Water, Trade, Food Labelling, Natural Resource Management). These are designed for use by HAC and its Members organisations – either to address a particular issue (eg unilateral imposition of water restrictions by local councils), or as a portfolio of agreed stances on critical issues for horticulture (eg visiting your local MP going into an election). The other major type of action is more public, and may take the form of campaigns in the media, and/or advocacy/lobbying work with relevant politicians. Examples of this work include the Horticulture Code of Conduct, the impact of climate change and Extreme Weather Events, or Country of Origin labelling, which are relevant to the vast majority of growers. Other campaigns involve individual industries which are hurting (eg following Cyclone Larry); or cases of individual industries suffering from (frequently unintended or unnecessary) negative effects of political decisions (such as the ‘resurrection’ of the Turf Industry levy to a satisfactory outcome, or the current issue of Security Sensitive Chemicals). Further information contact: Kris Newton—CEO Horticulture Australia Council PO Box 3700 Manuka ACT 2603
Horticulture is the fastest growing agricultural industry in Australia with a gross value of production at farm-gate of $7 billion per annum. The industry is diverse, and includes vegetables, nuts, nursery and garden, fruit, turf, cut flowers and extractive crops.
Horticulture Australia Council (HAC) is the peak industry body for horticulture. The Council’s 20 Member organisations are the peak grower associations for the various commodity groups, plus grower representative organisations, and represent over 95% of horticultural production, with new members joining steadily. The mission of HAC is to: 1. Strive for the advancement and prosperity of Australian horticulture by providing structure and resources to deal with issues of common interest; and Represent horticulture with a powerful and unified voice. Part of the difficulty Horticulture had in the past was that key decision - and influence-makers (politicians, media or Departmental officers, for example) were confronted by over 40 different industry ‘voices’! This was fracturing and diluting our message. It was clear that a single voice was needed to present a coherent and united stance on behalf of the industry – a case of “united we stand, divided we fall”. Most growers are well aware that Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) is the industry-owned national research, development and marketing organisation for horticulture. HAL and HAC work cooperatively together for the advancement of horticulture, including joint projects (such as Horticulture for Tomorrow , or the Horticulture Industry Strategic Plan) or submissions, or HAC’s ‘observer’ status on HAL industry committees (such as the IMC or HMAC). While the outcomes of HAL research may form the basis of much of the data used in the political arena, HAL itself is not permitted to engage in ‘agri-political activity’ – that is the role of HAC. HAC Council Members are the CEOs and national Presidents/Chairs of the Member organisations. The Board is elected by the Council at the AGM, and the HAC Chair (presently Stuart Swaddling of NGIA) is elected by the Board. HAC’s funding comes from two sources: the main source is annual membership fees from Members of Council; and we currently receive important sponsorship from Prime Super. HAC receives no government funding, nor any funding through levy monies/HAL. The HAC Board has identified the following issues for the current period (though of course others do keep popping up!): ∗ the Horticulture Code of Conduct; ∗ food labelling; ∗ trade issues (eg Free Trade Agreements, market access, biosecurity); ∗ labour and skills (including harvest trails, DIMIA visa arrangements, Training Package reviews); ∗ exotic disease/pest management; ∗ management of land tenure in an environment of urban encroachment (‘Right to Farm’); ∗ Natural Resource Management (sustainable water management); ∗ market dominance of supermarket chains. 2.
Agriculture Makes Life Possible – Horticulture Makes It Worthwhile!
Important Dates 26 September Almond IAC Meeting Renmark Golf & Country Club
Almond Citrus Cheesecake Almonds add crunch to the base and filling too! www.australianalmonds.com.au
Ingredients (Serves 8) 300ml thickened Cream, whipped to soft peaks 170ml can Passion fruit pulp ALMOND CRUST 125g pkt flaked almonds 60g butter Half 250g packet plain chocolate or sweet biscuits
29 September Almond Budwood Orders Almond Planting Survey 2006 Due Date
6 October ABA Executive Nominations Closing Date - 12 noon
CHEESECAKE FILLING 5 level teaspoons gelatine 3 tablespoons lemon juice 4 tablespoons fresh orange juice 250g Smooth Ricotta 200ml (3/4 cup) low fat yoghurt 2 x 60g egg whites 3 tablespoons caster sugar 1/2 cup flaked almonds 425g can sliced mango, drained Place Almonds in food processor, coarsely blend, set aside. Add biscuits, blend to medium crumb. Melt butter in small saucepan. Reserve 1/2 cup almonds for filling, add remainder to pan, stir constantly until starting to brown. Stir in biscuit crumbs. Press into base of 22cm spring form pan. Chill. Combine ricotta and yoghurt together. Beat egg whites to soft peaks. Gradually beat in sugar to make a firm meringue. Reserve 4 mango slices for decoration, chop remainder. Fold gelatine then reserved almonds, mango and meringue into ricotta mixture. Pour into pan. Chill until firm, about 6 hours. Fold passion fruit pulp into cream. Cut reserved mango slices in half. Cut cheesecake into wedges and decorate as illustrated. Soften gelatine in combined citrus juices in small pan. Dissolve over low heat, do not boil.
1 November Conference - Welcome Function River Gum Café Commencing at 6pm
2 & 3 November Almond Conference 2006
Berri Resort Hotel Program includes: • Annual Levy Payers’ Meeting • Conference Tour • Conference Dinner • ABA AGM
Australian Nutgrower Journal
September 2006 Edition Contact ABA for subscription