Australian Almond Conference 2009 28 October - 30 October 2009 • Novotel Barossa Valley Resort
The Almond Board of Australia gratefully acknowledges 2009 conference sponsors Gold Sponsor Silver Sponsor Bronze Sponsors
TheAustralianAlmond IndustryConference ‘Coming Out of Our Shell’ was held on 28-30 October 2009 at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, South Australia, with attendance by 200 delegates. Hosted by the ABA in partnership with Horticulture Australia (HAL), this event facilitates the development, learning and interaction between members of Australian Almond industry. The conference was opened by outgoing ABA Chairman Brenton Woolston and Trevor Dennis (Title) HAIFA the Gold Conference Sponsor for 2009. The conference kicked off with a well attended round of golf on the Tanunda Pines golf course sponsored by Select Harvests. An extremely warm day saw many balls lost in the rough – with most people too apprehensive to look for balls due to fear of snakes! This year’s winning team comprised Craig Wooldridge, Phil Costa and Peter Rohrlach with a score of 69, three strokes in front of runners up Sholto Douglas, Michael Castine, Tom Murphy and Brett Kearsley. Coming in last and taking the wooden spoon for 2009 was Grant Birrell, Nigel Carey and Brent Martin. The Welcome Function on Wednesday night, sponsored by JackRabbit provided a great opportunity for all to compare scores and network in a relaxed and informal setting before the conference officially started on Thursday morning. Panel discussions and keynote presentations set the scene for each day. Speakers included well- known industry leaders and researchers such as Dr
delegate’s name, including the seat that they were meant to be sitting in, (even noting if they had changed shirts) after only a brief introduction left many people intrigued and amazed at his talent. Feedback received confirms that the Annual Almond Conference is a well organised, informative and exciting event; a ‘must attend’ in the industry calendar. Michael Ward from Jubilee Almonds congratulated the team for organising an excellent event. “Commendations to all ABA staff that have put in the effort to get this conference up and running, it was a great show,” he concluded. This sentiment was echoed by many other of the delegates and sponsors. The next Australian Almond Conference ‘New Horizons’ will be held 27-29 October 2010 in Mildura, Victoria, with further venue and event information available early in the new year. Copies of this year’s conference proceedings are available to download from the Conference section of the Almond Board of Australia website: www.australianalmonds.com.au/industry/almond- conference Sponsorship, exhibition and conference enquiries should be directed to Jo Ireland, Communications Coordinator at the Almond Board of Australia office on 08 8582 2055 or email jireland@ australianalmonds.com.au Many thanks to everyone for their never ending enthusiasm and support and for making the conference a great success!
Saul Cunningham from the CSIRO, Alastair James from the National Residue Survey and Dr Prue McMichael from Scholefield Robinson Horticulture. The program included discussion and updates on quality assurance, crisis management, biosecurity, global economics, marketing, trade negotiations, and almond research. The context for this year’s event was twofold: on one hand, Australia’s phenomenal success in growing its export and domestic trade market supported by targeted marketing initiatives, and on the other hand, the challenges and potential threats that face our industry and our growers, with much being done to develop a sustainable industry and best practice measures for the future. A well organised, informative and exciting event; a ‘must attend’ in the industry calendar As organiser of the event, the ABA was delighted that “we had the right people there”. The mix of delegates from growers to government, research institutions to industry suppliers, processing and marketing representatives ensured a good discussion on the floor and productive networking. The 2009 annual conference dinner, sponsored by Elders, included the presentation of the inaugural Phil Watters Award. The Award was present by Sheridan Purvis to very deserving Loxton based almond grower, Craig Spilsbury. Dinner guests then turned their attention to entertainer ‘The Amazing Nigel’, who’s magic and stage show enthralled the audience. Nigel’s astounding ability to recall every