The ABA extends sincere appreciation to Conference Sponsors:
More than 160 delegates attended the recent Australian Almond Conference, held in the Riverland of South Australia comprising an extensive two-day program. Conference proceedings were opened by Hon Karlene Maywald MP on Thursday, November 2nd, where she eluded to further water restrictions facing SA irrigators, with 60% reductions confirmed later the same day. Research & Development was the primary focus of Day 1. The Annual Levy Payers’ Meeting including detailed descriptions of both the 2005/06 and 2006/07 programs. Special thanks to Riverland Almonds and CT Farms for host- ing Conference Tours. Later that night, dinner guests were entertained by an energetic performance by Tom O’Toole, founder of Beechworth Bakery.
Day 2 commenced with an early morning Breakfast Session. Keynote speaker Tim Hunt highlighted issues related to the increasing retailer use of private label brands. An Industry Issues panel session further addressed the issue of water availability, in addition to two other key issues currently facing the almond industry: pollination supply and MIS involvement in industry. The ABA extends sincere thanks to Sol Rabinowicz, Ian Zadow and Owen Russell who dedicated time to participate in this panel discussion session. An overview of the industry was followed by the ABA’s Annual General Meeting and an update on the current almond marketing program, including the “Nuts for Life” campaign.
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BREAKFAST SPONSOR Rabobank Speaker presentations are now available for download from the ABA industry section of our website: www.australianalmonds.com.au. 2006 Australian Almond Plantings WINE SPONSOR Condo Wines
Consequently, total non-bearing plantings equate to nearly 55% of current plantings. Nonpareil is the predominant variety, comprising just over half of total plantings, followed by Carmel and Price varieties. More than 80% of 2006 plantings took place in the state of Victoria. This information is sourced from the 2006 Australian Almond Grower Survey, achiev- ing in excess of 95% survey response. The Almond Board of Australia wishes to extend appreciation to all participants in the Australian Almond Grower Survey. This process was partially funded by the Australian Government through HAL (Horticulture Australia Limited).
The 2006 Australian Almond Plantings Report was released in October 2006 and is now available from the ABA office or website: www.australianalmonds.com.au. Further information contact: Julie Haslett—Executive Officer Almond Board of Australia Phone: (08) 8582 2055 E: email@example.com
Total Australian almond plantings are estimated at 47,000 acres or 19,020 hectares, being a 38% increase over 2005’s acreage of 34,000. Detailed survey data totals 46,670 acres comprising 21,012 bearing acres and non-bearing plantings of 25,658.