Pollination Australia Formed Almond Conference 2008 - We’re Blossoming!
Almond Economics Workshops Expanding our Chemical Armoury Marketing Program Highlights
contents ABA talks with Wong‟s advisers
Manage Today, Plan for Tomorrow
Pollination Australia Formed
Protecting Australia‟s Pollination
Bees are back - Re-launch of honey bees inquiry 5
Almond Board of Australia Conference 2008 - Featured Speakers Almond Board of Australia Conference 2008 - Invitation & Program Study confirms the almond‟s exciting potential Media Release
Water scarcity is a major issue for irrigated horticulture in the Murray Darling Basin (MDB). In partnership with industry and supported by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Horticulture Australia Limited has developed a project “Drought Information Delivery for Horticulture” as part of the Commonwealth Government‟s Irrigation Industries Workshop Programme. The project aims to: Provide horticulture irrigators in the MDB with access to good agronomic and financial information to assist in making important business decisions. Ensure information provided is specific and tailored to meet the regional needs of horticulture irrigators in the MDB. Support horticulture irrigators in the MDB during their decision making process. Increase the capacity of the horticulture industry to deal with conditions of water scarcity so horticulture remains a viable industry under those conditions. Identify and engage growers who are not currently engaged in industry assistance programs in the project. The project is tailored to meet the needs of the Mildura region and is being managed by the Murray Valley Horticulture Alliance. Extension Providers have been contracted through the Australian Table Grape Association Inc. and are ready to undergo one-on-one consultation visits with growers. For more information contact Jeff Scott , Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Table Grape Association on 03 5021 5718 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one of the following Extension Providers: Alison MacGregor , Scholefield Robinson Mildura P/L Email: email@example.com Phone: 0419 229 713 or (03) 5023 4644 Assistance to help you asses your options and manage your business during reduced water availability. It’s free. It’s one-on-one.
Almond Marketing Forum Review
Antioxidant Super Heroes & Free Radical Supervillains - Media Release
Almond Marketing Highlights
Marketing Schedule - April - June 2008
Nuts for Life - Program Update
Expanding our Chemical Armoury
Economics of Almond Production Workshops
Biosecurity Awareness - What are the top pest risks for the almond industry, and who decided? 15
Biosecurity Awareness Workshop
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In a Nutshell The Almond Board of Australia is the peak industry body representing the interest of almond growers, processors and marketers in Australia in matters of national importance including regulation, legislation, marketing research and development. In a Nutshell will be published quarterly in February, May, August and November to bring news to all industry contacts and members. Membership The Almond Board of Australia offers membership to growers, processors, marketers and interested parties. Annual fees are: Full Membership: $110 Advertising/Editorial The Almond Board of Australia acknowledges contributions made by private enterprise through placement of advertisements in this publication. Any advertising and/or editorial supplied to this publication does not necessarily reflect the views of the Associate Membership: $66 Australian Nutgrower: $66
Almond Board of Australia and unless otherwise specified, no products and/ or services are endorsed by this organisation Editor Jo Ireland Communications Coordinator Almond Board of Australia 9 William Street, PO Box 2246 BERRI SA 5343 t +61 8 8582 2055 f +61 8 8582 3503 e firstname.lastname@example.org w www.australianalmonds.com.au These projects were facilitated by HAL in partnership with the Almond Board of Australia. They were funded by the R&D levy and/or voluntary contributions from industry. The Australian Government provides matched funding for all HAL‟s R&D activities.
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2 In A Nutshell—May 2008
ABA talks with Wong’s advisers
Key advisors to the Federal Water Minister Penny Wong were given a new appreciation of how efficient almond growers are with water during a visit to the Riverland of South Australia this month. The ABA recently joined other SA Murray Irrigators (SAMI) and other industry representatives in meeting with key advisors to Minister Wong at Renmark. The two-day visit was designed to allow irrigators from key commodity groups like almonds gain a better insight into the water reform plans of the Federal Government as well as showcase technology being used by irrigators to make properties as efficient as possible. It was made clear by the advisors that Minister Wong is committed to the 10-year reform plan that was outlined in the recent COAG agreement between all governments within the Murray Darling Basin. Following these meetings, SAMI developed a six-point plan to present to Minister Wong‟s advisors:
2. All points of water extraction across the basin being metered. 3. Create a National Water Register to aid transparency, remove trade barriers and allow rapid trade. 4. Compulsory licensing of all water brokers 5. Details of the Water For The Future plan being made available as soon as possible so all stakeholders can make informed decisions about their futures. 6. Obtaining water security for all water users in SA – Ensuring that there is provision for upstream storage for more than critical urban needs in the State. During the visit Minister Wong‟s advisers were shown an ABA almond demonstration site located in Renmark on Sam Pearce‟s property. During this visit the almond industry‟s current focus on water efficiency was emphasized. The three representatives from Minister Wong‟s office present included Colin Mues, who was recently put in charge of implementing the national water buy-back designed to rectify over-allocation across the basin .
Carry-over a concern for growers Concerns about carry-over water have overshadowed this week's announcement that South Australia's River Murray irrigators are likely to start the 2008/09 water season with a zero allocation. On Tuesday River Murray Minister Karlene Maywald said without widespread rain irrigators could expect to start with zero allocation when the new water year begins. However, local irrigators and grower groups were alarmed to hear that some of their carry-over water will not be available from July 1. “It is expected that at least 50 per cent of eligible carry-over will be allocated from July 1, with the remainder to be allocated as the season progresses,” Mrs Maywald said. With more than 730 applications for carry-over received in 2008/09, South Australian Murray Irrigators (SAMI) said growers need to know what proportion of carry-over will be available. According to SAMI chairman Tim Whetstone, “thousands of livelihoods” could depend on the carry-over decision. “The (zero allocation) news had made carry-over water all the more valuable, but at this stage we do not know when we will be able to use any of that water,” Mr Whetstone said. “Hundreds of families are hanging their hats on that carry- over water. “We don't know if carry-over allocations will start at zero as well - that is now the burning question we need answered, so people can plan and map out some sort of structured survival strategy.” State Opposition Water Spokesman Mitch Williams said he was “amazed” at the government's carry-over stance and questioned whether growers' water was still available. “I find it absolutely remarkable that an irrigator who has access to (carry-over) water on June 30 will only have access to 50 per cent of it on July 1,” he said. “I think that's outrageous. If the water's available, what right does (Mrs Maywald) have to dispense it out over the year? “It seems to me, and I'm struggling to understand what's going on, that she's promised to irrigators they'll be able to carry-over water that they have a legal entitlement to, but now it looks like the water's not available.” Mr Williams said the carry-over announcement was proof the government is “making decisions on the run”.
The six-point plan calls for:
1. Speeding up the timeframe to reduce water extractions in the Murray Darling Basin
The Murray Pioneer, Friday May 23, 2008
The Weekend Australian, Saturday May 24, 2008
POLLINATION AUSTRALIA is the cross-industry alliance of the honeybee industry and pollination dependent industries. The alliance has recently been formed to guide the establishment of a commercial pollination industry to help protect the honeybee industry and ensure continued pollination of important food crops in Australia.
ALLIANCE MEMBERSHIP: Almond Board of Australia Apple and Pear Australia
Australian Honeybee Industry Council Australian Hydroponic & Greenhouse Association Australian Melon Association Australian Onion Industry Association Australian Prune Industry Association AUSVEG Avocados Australia Canned Fruits Industry Council of Australia
Cherry Growers of Australia Horticulture Australia Council Summerfruit Australia
An economically sustainable pollination industry providing competitive pollination services for Australian agriculture.
To ensure Australia is able to maintain an internationally competitive, environmentally sustainable and resilient agricultural sector by addressing the imminent opportunities and risks confronting the beekeeping and member honeybee pollination dependent industries. The development of the alliance received funding support from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) and Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL).
BACKGROUND: Pollination is critical for dozens of horticultural crops, and is also important for pastures, fodder and some broad acre crops. The estimated cost to Australia from a loss of honeybee pollination services is conservatively estimated to be $1.7 billion.
4 In A Nutshell—May 2008
Protecting Australia‟s Pollination
16 th May 2008 saw the formation of Pollination Australia, the industry alliance between the honeybee industry and pollination dependent industries. The ABA is both a member of this alliance and is currently providing interim secretariat services. During this first Pollination Australia meeting, serious concern was raised with regard to the Federal Government‟s intention to discontinue support for the National Sentinel Hive Program (NSHP), Australia‟s primary surveillance mechanism for Varroa mite and other incursions affecting honeybees. Consequently , a letter was drafted by both Pollination Australia and the Almond Board of Australia, calling for urgent action to address this issue. Similar letters were also prepared by other Pollination Australia industry members.
A favourable response has been received from the Department for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), with agreement to provide a further 12 months support for the program. During this time, consultation will take place between Government and Industry representatives to negotiate a sustainable funding base for this program. A recent 60 Minutes story on “Bees and Varroa” can be downloaded via the link below:
Issued by: House of Representatives Liaison & Projects Office, Thursday 15 May 2008
The committee will take up the work of its predecessor and use the large volume of evidence collected to produce a report expected to be tabled in coming weeks. The committee is not seeking further evidence, but wishes to thank all those who have contributed to the inquiry. Mr Adams said that the evidence presented to the committee had highlighted the challenges facing the industry, especially the challenges of biosecurity, resource security and economic viability. It had also highlighted the research and training needs of the industry and the need to retain and renew human capital in the face of a rapidly ageing apiary workforce. “The Australian honey bee industry faces many challenges, but also real opportunities for growth and development. It is up to governments, the honey bee industry, and the pollination industry more broadly, to work together to ensure that the opportunities are grasped and the challenges overcome for the benefit of all. The industry must build on its base of strong traditions and innovate for a prosperous future.” For media comment: please contact the committee chair, Dick Adams MP , on (02) 6277 4293 or Dick.Adams.MP@aph.gov.au For background information , including the terms of reference, contact the committee secretariat on (02) 6277 4500 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the inquiry website at www.aph.gov.au/pir
The House of Representatives Primary Industries Committee has resumed its inquiry into the future development of the Australian Honey Bee Industry . Announcing the relaunch of the inquiry, Committee Chair Dick Adams said: “Bees are vital to the future of Australian agriculture and the economy. We must do all we can to ensure the future viability of the Australian honey bee industry. We must also protect Australian honey bees from the impact of invasive pests and diseases such as Varroa Destructor. If Varroa reaches our shores it has the potential to devastate our agricultural industries.” The inquiry has examined the honey bee industry in terms of: · Its current and future prospects; · Its role in agriculture and forestry; · Biosecurity issues; · Trade issues; · The impact of land management and bushfires; · The research and development needs of the industry; and · Existing industry and government work that has been undertaken for the honey bee industry.
The committee had received 91 submissions and conducted six public hearings for its previous inquiry into the honey bee industry during the 41st Parliament.
Issued by: Andrew Dawson, Media Adviser, Liaison & Projects Office, House of Representatives Tel: (02) 6277 2063 wk, 0401 143 724 mob
In A Nutshell—May 2008
Dr. Denis Anderson
Prof. Mike Young
Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO
Research Chair, Water Economics and Management, University of Adelaide
Dr Anderson completed his Bachelor of Science at the Australian National University (ANU) in 1980. At graduation, he received a North Australian Research Unit award to study insect pollination of mango near Darwin. He went on to complete his doctorate studies on viruses of Australian honeybees in 1985 at the Research School of Biological Sciences, ANU. He completed his basic science training by undertaking a four- year post-doctorate study on bee pathogens at the Division of Scientific and Industrial Research in New Zealand. Dr Anderson is helping define and reduce threats to Australia by invasions of exotic species such as bees and bee mites. Dr Anderson joined CSIRO Entomology in 1989. Since joining CSIRO Entomology Dr Anderson has worked and published on all major classes of bee pathogens and has travelled extensively to further his interest in bee pathology. His research has determined the cause of several unknown disorders of bees. More recently he carried out a critical examination of Varroa mite species and their Asian honeybee host relationships, which led him to rename the species that has devastated European honeybee populations worldwide.
Mike Young is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and holds a Research Chair in Water Economics and Management at the University of Adelaide. A Member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, in 2006, Mike Young was awarded the Land and Water Australia Eureka Award for Water Research. The award recognizes the significant contribution of his research with Jim McColl to the introduction of improved water entitlement, water allocation systems and trading systems. Mike is best known for his capacity to integrate biophysical and economic information to produce innovative policy proposals that catalyse change. He holds Adjunct Professorships with the University of New England and Charles Sturt University. Prior to joining the University of Adelaide, Mike spent 30 years with CSIRO where amongst other things he established their Policy and Economic Research Unit with offices in Adelaide, Canberra and Perth. In 2003, Mike was awarded a centenary medal "for outstanding service through environmental economics."
In 2005, the Canberra Times recognised him as "Green Australian of the Year." In 2006, the Canberra Times listed him as one of the 10 most influential people in water policy reform.
Currently he is carrying out a comprehensive study of parasitic bee mites in the genus Tropilaelaps that are considered the next emerging biosecurity threat to world apiculture.
Senior Director of Global Marketing and Communications Almond Board of California
Trevor Monson is a beekeeper and pollination specialist from Mildura with forty years of experience.
Ms. Horn joined the ABC in 2006 and is responsible for demand creation, reputation management and global strategic marketing for the California almond industry.
Although he pollinates most nut, fruit, vegetable and seed crops, the majority of his work is focused on pollinating almonds grown in North-West Victoria. Trevor works closely with growers in the preparation of farms and workers, and with beekeepers in the preparation and delivery of strong healthy bees for successful pollination. He is a valued member of the Honey Bee Industry Research and Development Committee and is often asked to write submissions and attend inquiries and workshops. Three visits to the USA has enriched and consolidated his pollination techniques and heightened his involvement in creating a healthy and viable beekeeping industry
She has over 20 years‟ experience in global marketing, brand management and corporate/public relations.
She spent over a decade with Hewlett-Packard as Director of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs for HP UK, Ltd., Director of Global Marketing for HP‟s Medical Group, and ultimately was responsible for creating and launching the global brand Agilent Technologies, which was spun off from HP in 1999.
She is a dual citizen of the U.S. and the U.K.
Australian Almond Conference 2008
The Almond Board of Australia is pleased to present the 2008 Almond Industry Conference, being held Wednesday, 29 th October to Friday, 31 st October 2008 at the award winning Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, South Australia. Australia‟s almond industry is one of Australia‟s fastest growing horticultural sectors, servicing growth in domestic consumption and increasing demand from major export markets such as India, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the Middle East. Australia‟s almond crop is expected to increase three-fold over the next seven years. Australian almonds will reach an industry farm-gate value in excess of $500 million once newly planted orchards reach full maturity, becoming the world‟s second largest almond producer. This annual conference is the premier event for the Australian almond industry, bringing together approximately 200 delegates from all facets of the Australian almond industry including growers, processors, marketers, researchers, nurseries and other industry suppliers. To register for this years Australian Almond Conference please contact the ABA office for a registration form, or download the interactive form available via the Almond Board of Australia website at http://www.aussiealmonds.com/files/YMQF4MHHDT/ Almond%20Conference%20Registration.pdf Wednesday, October 29th Trade Exhibition Setup Golf Day Welcome Function Thursday, October 30th Registration Trade Exhibition Official Conference Opening Keynote Addresses ABA Annual General Meeting Annual Conference Dinner Proposed Program
Why You Should
Engage in discussion and hear varied viewpoints on the industry and its future. Be exposed to valuable new contacts and learn from other industry colleagues. Hear from industry experts in their respective fields
The exhibition is an ideal opportunity to showcase new services, products and technologies of importance to professionals representing the many facets of the almond industry. Delegates will be able to explore innovative products and services, ideas and solutions in an exhibition closely integrated with the conference. For more information please contact the ABA office on +61 8 8582 2055 or email email@example.com
Networking Events Inaugural Golf Day Wednesday, October 29, Tanunda Pines Golf Club
A unique opportunity to enjoy a memorable day of golf at the prestigious Tanunda Pines Golf Club. Team up with your fellow corporate partners and industry peers for what will be a fantastic day of golf. Incorporating „Nearest Pin‟ and „Long Drive‟ competitions in an ambrose style competition. Welcome Reception Wednesday, October 29, Novotel Barossa Valley Resort An invitation is extended to all delegates to attend the Welcome Reception to be held at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, overlooking the beautiful Barossa Valley wine region.
Friday, October 31st
Conference Dinner Thursday, October 30, Novotel Barossa Valley Resort
The conference dinner is a great opportunity to network with industry professionals and enjoy an evening of fine food and wine. We invite you to join colleagues and friends for an exciting evening. For further information or to discuss your registration options, please do not hesitate to contact our Communications Coordinator – Jo Ireland at the ABA office firstname.lastname@example.org
The Conference organisers reserve the right to amend the program at any time if circumstances change following the printing of this newsletter. Please visit www.australianalmonds.com.au for latest program details leading up to the conference.
Media Release - June 4, 2008
Study confirms the almond’s exciting potential
More than three quarters of Australians eat almonds but less than half know they are good for your heart, lower cholesterol and help you maintain a healthy weight. A Newspoll survey commissioned by the Almond Board of Australia (ABA) has revealed that most people who eat almonds are unaware of their specific health benefits. A number of new nutritional research studies have shown that eating almonds everyday, within a low saturated fat diet, can assist in lowering cholesterol and thereby reduce the risk of heart disease. ABA chief executive Julie Haslett said the survey confirmed that while taste was the key driver among almond consumers, the perceived health benefits also played a key role. “Almost everyone who eats almonds acknowledges that they are good for you, but that‟s as far as their knowledge seems to extend,” she said.
“That is an exciting statistic for the industry. We have a very positive reputation, but there is clearly potential for significant growth, especially in the sectors most prone to cholesterol, heart disease and obesity. “We have a product that tastes good and is also good for you. The challenge for the industry is raising that awareness, so people do eat a handful of almonds a day.” Ms Haslett said other key statistics to come out of the Newspoll survey, which included more than 1000 Australians, were:
Women aged between 35-49 were the biggest almond eaters in the country
One million adult Australians snack on almonds daily
One in five people did not believe the fact that eating almonds helped maintain a healthy weight.
ABA chief executive officer Julie Haslett said the Newspoll findings underlined the potential for increased consumption of almonds across Australia. The study identified women living in capital cities as the industry‟s strongest supporters. Ms Haslett said the consumer study had been conducted late last year and featured 1202 randomly selected participants across all age groups and states of Australia. She said the findings would provide essential data in developing marketing strategies to assist what is already Australia‟s fastest growing nut industry. Almond production in Australia will almost triple by 2015 in order to meet increasing consumer demand, both across the country and overseas.
8 In A Nutshell—May 2008
Almond Marketing Forum
“Building Demand for Australian Almonds” was the key theme for the ABA‟s Almond Marketing Forum held in Melbourne on April 15th. More than 50 people attended the day, with representation spanning the almond industry supply chain and building momentum on from last year‟s first Almond Marketing Forum. Forum attendees enjoyed presentations showcasing the ABA‟s 2007/08 Marketing
Program and outlining the underlying consumer and nutritional research that supports this program.
Throughout the day, the three main channels to “Build Demand for Australian Almonds” were explored, namely:
Direct to Consumer Via Trade Via Health Professionals
An external perspective was brought by David Chenu, Domestic Marketing Manager for HAL, who provided case studies of the marketing activities adopted by two major horticultural industries, apples and avocados. The extensive media campaign recently undertaken by the apple industry was of particular interest to those in attendance. Special thanks also to Lisa Yates and Chris Joyce for their informative update on the Nuts for Life Campaign and future directions. A copy of Marketing Forum presentations is available on CD Rom from the ABA office .
Pictured left: The Apple Report: A Nutrition and Health Review, recently released by HAL for the Australia Apple Industry, outlining key health aspects of apples.
Almond Marketing Highlights
major trade event held in Singapore from 22 to 25 April.
This trade fair attracted over 50,000 attendees, with more than 2500 exhibiting companies. Our ABA promotion was part of the „Australia Fresh‟ stand, organised by Horticulture Australia. Food & Hotel Asia is an important food promotion in Asia, with a very strong Australian presence. Australian almonds received a very positive response. Many of the trade visitors to our stand who buy almonds did not realise that almonds are grown in Australia. Communicating our significant role in world almond production is a core part of our participation in these trade events. The many inquiries that we received during FHA are being collated into a database which we distributed to the ABA marketers.
The Sydney Royal Easter Show is the largest annual event staged in Australia. Running for 14 days over the Easter period, it is a pinnacle event enjoyed by Australians of all ages.
For the first time this year the Almond Board of Australia promoted Australian Almonds to the approximately 900,000 visitors attending the show. With our new marketing campaign in full swing, the almond message was well received by the public. Heart shaped almond tins were available for purchase by the showgoers. An overwhelming response saw over 3,000 tins sold during this time. The new fold out recipe cards were also a huge success, prompting people with new ways to use almonds for snacks and healthy eating. Another successful trade event recently attended by the Almond Board of Australia was Food & Hotel Asia – a
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Royal Easter Show (Syd)
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Good Food & Wine (Melb)
GPCE Conference (Syd)
Dietitians Conference (QLD)
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By Lisa Yates - Program Manager
And Nuts for Life is planning on having a presence at the following upcoming events: Australian Medical Students Association convention 6-13th July 2008, Melbourne – trade exhibition AIFST National Conference July 2008 – satchel insert Natural Therapies Expo Sydney 21-22nd August 2008 – trade exhibition Home Economic Institute of Australia QLD Branch State conference 23rd August 2008 – satchel insert Food Media Club Australia Awards Night – 27th September 2008 – sponsorship and bag insert naming rights for an award Natural Therapies Expo Melbourne 30- 31st October 2008 - trade exhibition Nuts for Life is also looking at promotions at the Public Health Association Public Health Nutrition Conference on 11-12th July in Adelaide.
Consumer PR Program update Our Mother‟s Day/ Heart Week media release was distributed to short lead media in late April/ early May and we are preparing a Nut Research Around the Globe media release for June. To date 100 media clips have been generated since Sept 2007 when the current consumer campaign began. We also sent another round of KOL gifts of 5 small colourful Tupperware containers of nuts to highlight the small handful of nuts most days message. The feedback we have had indicates these containers are well like as of reliable quality and useful. We have received thanks from: Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard‟s Electoral Office Corrine Brown, Fox TV presenter Mim Fox, Author Jodi Phillips, Nutrition Australia, Executive Director Layne Beachley, Surfer An evaluation of the consumer campaign will occur in July 2008.
Nuts for Life has had a presence at the following conferences and events this year:
DAA NSW Branch AGM and Awards Night 22nd Feb 2008, Sydney – sponsorship of event Natural Therapies Expo Brisbane –13- 14th March 2008 - samples and brochure bag insert Food Media Club of Australia Awards Night 2008 Launch – 17th March – sponsorship see below Home Economic Institute of Australia VIC event 24th April 2008 – samples and brochures bag insert StarFoods book launch Sydney – satchel insert GPCE Sydney 23-25th May, Sydney – trade exhibition DAA National Conference 29-31st May 2008, Gold Coast – sponsorship or trade exhibition Matt O‟Neil – Smartshape –
Contact: Lisa Yates Program Manager & Dietitian Nuts for Life Ph 02 9460 0111 E email@example.com
presenter and dietitian to fitness industry – general sponsorship for several small group workshops nationally in 2008
Expanding our chemical armoury
A SARP meeting was conducted in May 2008 at DPI Irymple, Victoria. Representation at the workshop included almond growers, consultants, agchem manufacturers and distributors, and scientific researchers. Outcomes from this process will provide the almond industry with sound pesticide options that can then be pursued in the future for registration with the manufacturer, or minor-use permits with Australian Pesticide & Veterinary Medicines Authority. The selection of any alternative pesticide will have the benefit of: IPM compatibility, wherever possible Improved scope for resistance management Sound biological profile Residue and trade acceptance domestically and for export
Almond growers occasionally suffer from a lack of access to crop protection products (pesticides). The problem is that whilst their crops are valuable, the almond industry is considered too small for agchem manufacturers to bear the high cost of pesticide registration and consequently modifying their chemical labels to include almonds. Growers are increasingly trapped in a situation where they face severe losses from diseases, insects or weeds if they do nothing to protect their crops, or face penalties if they use a pesticide that is not registered or available via a permit. The almond industry is very aware of the possible consequences that can occur from the use of unregistered or non-permitted pesticides. These can include: Produce with unauthorised pesticide residues
Rejection of produce from local markets Temporary exclusion from market access Rejection of produce from export markets Jeopardising of export trading arrangements Fines and penalties
Peter Dal Santo 21 Rosella Ave, Strathfieldsaye Victoria 3551
A Strategic Agrichemical Review Process (SARP) assesses the importance of the disease, insects and weeds (plant pests) that can affect the almond industry; evaluates the availability and effectiveness of fungicides, insecticides and herbicides (pesticides) to control the plant pests; determines any „gaps‟ in the pest control strategy and identifies suitable new or alternatives pesticides to address the „gaps‟.
The Almond Economic Workshops have completed the first round with one workshop run in each of the four production areas. The workshop, which uses the Almond Economic Model released at the 2007 Almond Conference, enabled growers to use their own data, assess a number of different scenarios relevant to their situation, and make comparisons against both the benchmarks produced last year and the CT trial. Feedback from participants indicated the model will be a valuable decision making tool for assessing their profitability, risk and sensitivity of almond production and assessing current issues like water leasing, fertiliser pricing, fertiliser application, or any other combination of yields and inputs. We understand that some growers may be concerned with their ability to effectively work a computer or Excel, the program on which the model is based. However, if growers have a basic computer ability which allows them to send an email or surf the internet, they will have no problem working the model as it is designed for a novice computer
user. Nevertheless, it has a very good capability of calculating numerous, future or past scenarios by simply using yield results, spray diaries, fertiliser records and Profit and Loss statements from the accountant. Should growers want to be involved in a future workshop please contact the Almond Board of Australia office on 08 8582 2055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In A Nutshell—May 2008
This is one of a series of articles on Biosecurity prepared by the Almond Board of Australia and Plant Health Australia
What are the top pest risks for the Almond industry, and who decided?
One of the most valuable aspects of the biosecurity planning process our industry has undergone is the skilful, thorough analysis and prioritising of the exotic pests that pose the greatest threat to the Australian Almond industry. For the first time, we have accessed the latest and most credible research and information about these pests from here and overseas and pulled it all together in a robust risk assessment framework. Who decided what the top pest risks for the Almond industry are? The best experts in Australia, backed up by the latest overseas research, that‟s who. “This is important work and something we just could not have afforded to do ourselves, said Julie Haslett, CEO of the Almond Board of Australia. It‟s been coordinated by Plant Health Australia (PHA) and funded by PHA‟s Members and associated industry research and development corporations.”
A list of the priority pests which pose the greatest risk to the Almond industry was then compiled from this ranking process and further consultation to provide a focus for further risk mitigation activities such as surveillance, on-farm biosecurity and awareness activities.
Almond’s Top Risks Three of the top pest risks for the Almond industry are:
Navel orangeworm (Amyelois transitella)
Filbertworm (Cydia latiferreana)
Leaf scorch (Xylella fastidiosa).
Correct Identification Critical Diagnostics, the process of correctly identifying a pest, is absolutely critical. Mistakes have the potential to cost millions, harm reputations and lose valuable trade. PHA in collaboration with the Australian Government and research organisations has been working towards better national diagnostic capability and strengthening our international links. Databases like the Plant Health Experience Register (PHER) capture the best brains from scientific and industry backgrounds while the Australian Plant Pest Database (APPD) ensures easy access to information related to active plant surveillance records. Guidelines have been developed for the preparation and validation of diagnostic protocols to ensure all of the relevant information is included in these documents and the methods can be verified. High Priority Pests identified in Industry Biosecurity Plans provide a focus and starting point for the development of diagnostic protocols and contingency plans. PHA is working with all Parties to ensure we have the capacity to diagnose EPPs now and into the future. Want more info? If you would like more information, get of a copy of our Biosecurity Plan. You can
Other Pests that affect Almonds that have been identified for Almonds as well as other tree crops include: Texas root rot (Phymatotrichopsis omnivora); and
Asian Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) .
For more information and fact sheets on each, check the „Awareness‟ section of the (industry) Biosecurity Plan; check the Fact Sheets at http://www.planthealthaustralia.com.au/ project_documents/ or call 1800 084 881.
then something they had not thought about took hold.” Prioritising the pests within the Nut Industry‟s Biosecurity Plan means that we can concentrate our biosecurity planning efforts on the pests that pose the highest risk to the Almond industry. For the first time, a list of priority Almond pests, determined on the best science around, is available to focus industry attention and guide research and development funding. How was it done? There were three key steps in developing the priority pest list for the industry: All plant pests known to affect our crops, but which are not currently present in Australia, were identified. This process drew on resources such as Biosecurity Australia‟s Import Risk Analyses and the Crop Protection Compendium. The draft list of emergency plant pests was reviewed by industry representatives and relevant experts, who ranked their potential threat based on entry, establishment, spread and economic criteria. Issues such as how easy would it be for this pest to enter Australia, become established and spread, and if it did become
Marginal scorching of leaves with Almond leaf scorch. Note: Salt burn looks similar however is usually concentrated at leaf tips and does not have a yellow margin to necrotic area. (Photo: Jack Kelly Clark, UCDavis).
The payoff Risk management enables us to be prepared and to avoid the problems that have happened overseas where a particular pest has devastated entire crops/orchards, cut off overseas and local trade and left growers financially crippled. By listing our top pest risks, knowing how to spot suspicious signs on-farm, being able to accurately diagnose them and then knowing how to eradicate them – we are as prepared as we can be. Rod Turner, PHA‟s acting CEO, Programs said, “Critical in this process has been establishing the priority pests list within the Industry Biosecurity Plan. It would be tragic if industries were preparing themselves for something that did not pose a big risk and
download it at www.planthealthaustralia.com.au
and follow the links to “Project Documents” and “Biosecurity Plans” or request it on disk by emailing email@example.com or phone Plant Health Australia on 02 6260 4322.
established, how serious would be the impact on productivity, profits, quarantine, trade and the community, were considered. A Threat Summary Table was developed to capture all of this information.
16 In A Nutshell—May 2008
Plant Health Australia (PHA) is running a Biosecurity Awareness Workshop in Berri on Tuesday June 17, 2008. The aim of the workshop is to provide information to assist individuals understand Australia‟s arrangements for emergency response to plant pest incursions under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD), and PLANTPLAN (the generic operational response guide for all plant pest incursions). An additional aim is to ensure that the roles and responsibilities of government and industry under the EPPRD are clearly understood, and strategies set out in Biosecurity Plans for industry are being gradually adopted at the farm level. Australia‟s arrangements, detailed in the legal document the EPPRD, are in place so that incursion response is improved through agreed shared responsibilities and include reimbursement provisions for direct losses from an incursion, incentives to report incidents, development of nationally coordinated risk management plans and increased levels of biosecurity awareness and preparedness. PLANTPLAN provides policy and operational guidelines for consistent management of Emergency Plant Pest (EPP) incursions. PHA encourages anyone (industry, government and research organisations) who may be involved in a plant pest incursion to attend the workshops. Biosecurity Awareness Workshop BERRI, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Program – Berri Resort Hotel
Tuesday June 17, 2008
Berri Resort Hotel Riverview Drive Berri, South Australia
Welcome and Introduction The Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) PLANTPLAN Industry Biosecurity Plans EPPRD linkages to other Biosecurity Activities
11.00am Morning Tea
Simulation Exercise Key issues for discussion
Please RSVP for catering and material preparation purposes to Sophie Peterson by Friday June 7, 2008 at: - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLOSE and LUNCH
Available now from the ABA office.
08 8582 2055 to order
Almond Trees for Sale 1 and 2 year old trees on Nemaguard rootstock All material virus tested
Stoeckel Nurseries Lindsay Point Road Paringa SA
Phone 08 8595 5090 Mobile 0418 839 674
To order publications please contact the ABA on 08 8582 2055, email: email@example.com or visit www.australianalmonds.com.au
publications for sale
Integrated Pest Management for Almonds—2nd Edition University of California, USA (2002) Covering 120 different pest problems including diseases, insects and mites, nematodes, vertebrate pests and weeds. You‟ll find revised sections on navel orangeworm and peach twig borer along with revised and updated tables on susceptibility of rootstocks and scion cultivars to major pests. Illustrated with 259 photos, 69 line drawings and tables and a detailed index. $40.00 (incl GST)
Almond Production Manual University of California, USA (1996) Provides information on all stages of almond production, from planting and developing new orchards to managing bearing orchards and harvesting and handling crops. Written by more than 50 UC experts, the manuals information is practical and suited to field application. Includes more than 80 colour photos. $37.50 (incl GST)
Introduction to Commercial Almond Growing F.J Gathercole, SARDI - Loxton, Australia, (1998) A basic introduction to Almond varieties, cultural practices, growing and soil requirements. (Free to Almond R&D Levy Payers)
Australian Nutgrower Magazine Annual Subscription "Australian Nutgrower" is the journal of the Australian Nut Industry Council Ltd (ANIC), which represents the seven nut industries in Australia. It is published quarterly. $66.00 yearly subscription (incl GST)
Hardcopy $22.00 (incl GST) CD ROM $15.00 (incl GST)
Economics of Almond Production in South Australia This recently completed HAL project report analyses the financial performance of a range of six South Australian almond properties, establishing comparative information and developing benchmarks for economic performance.
Pest & Disease Control Guide 2007/08 Dr Prue McMichael and Lucy Pumpa
The industry‟s official pest & disease guide has been facilitated by HAL. This guide provides information on almond pests and diseases that can be managed and monitored by orchard managers.
Hardcopy $30.00 (incl GST) CD ROM $15.00 (incl GST)
Hardcopy $20.00 (incl GST) CD ROM $10.00 (incl GST)
Registration & sponsorship enquiries: ANIC 2008 C/- ICMS Pty Ltd Locked Bag Q4002, QVB Post Office SYDNEY NSW 1230 P + 61 2 9290 3366 F + 61 2 9290 2444 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.anic2008.com.au ABN 66 007 041 732
20 - 22 Good Food & Wine Show Sydney Exhibition Centre www.goodfoodshow.com.au
November 7 - 9
Nuts for Life Contributors Meeting Langham Hotel, Melbourne www.nutsforlife.com.au 23 ANIC AGM & Board Meeting Langham Hotel, Melbourne www.nutindustry.org.au
Good Food & Wine Show Brisbane Exhibition Centre www.goodfoodshow.com.au 24 - 25 Future Focus Launch - Industry Summit Sydney Exhibition Centre www.futurefocus.org.au
August 21 Marketing Committee Meeting Almond Board Office, Berri www.australianalmonds.com.au 22 Executive Committee Meeting Almond Board Office, Berri www.australianalmonds.com.au September 22 ANIC Conference Langham Hotel, Melbourne www.anic2008.com.au
9 World Nut & Dried Fruit Congress
Santiago, Chile www.nutfruit.org
22 - 25 Fine Foods Exhibition
26 - 27 HAL Forum & AGM
Melbourne Exhibition Centre www.foodaustralia.com.au
22 - 23 NSW Apiarists Conference Nelson Bay, NSW 30 - June 1 Good Food & Wine Show Melbourne Exhibition Centre www.goodfoodshow.com.au June 17 Biosecurity Awareness Training Berri Resort Hotel, Berri SA www.phau.com.au
Sydney Exhibition Centre www.horticulture.com.au
October 19 - 23 SIAL, Global Food Marketplace Paris http://en.sial.fr 29 - 31 Australian Almond Industry Conference Novotel, Barossa Valley Resort www.australianalmonds.com.au
December 2 - 4 IFE India 2008 Pragati Maidan Exhibition Grounds, Dehli www.ife-india.com