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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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