rower P rofile Tim Millen Group Horticultural Manager, Almond Division - Select Harvests
How do you see the almond industry changing over the next 10 to 20 years? I see new rootstocks increasing yields with potentially less inputs, replanting with new varieties as orchards age, and I see the main challenge being to maintain high standards of almond quality post harvest – from orchard floor to processor. What do you see as the almond industry's biggest asset? The people involved, and ‘Mother Nature’. If you weren't involved with the almond industry, what do you think you'd like to do? Overseas volunteer helping others with my skills. If you were to invite three people to dinner (fictional, dead or alive) to brainstorm the future of the Australian almond industry, who would you invite and why? A bee keeper, fertiliser salesperson and a US Almond Trader. Once we were all seated, would leave the table and ask them to meet me at the bar when they’d worked it all out. Costs & price.
Why is it important to you to be a member of the ABA? To be involved, stay in touch with other growers, to be part of a greater team, make friends, opportunities, learn, contribute, assist other growers & stake holders. Just for Fun I should have..... been an All Black. I wish that I could..... Wish for NO rain during harvest!! Please!! The first thing I
“Be a good listener, your ears never get you into trouble" Education/Training: Secondary – St Patrick Wellington New Zealand Massey Uni –Palmerston North, NZ- Diploma of Horticulture- Distinction Orchard/s:
19 orchards Select Harvests & Investors
18 in the Robinvale VIC
do when I get to work is..... Turn the light on.
1 North of Perth WA Varieties Grown:
Non Pariel, (some still call it Californian Paper Shell), Carmel, Price, a few Baxendale, Mission, Peerless, Ne Plus & Monterey Employment history in the almond industry: Have been with Select Harvests for 14 years. Select Harvests Group Horticultural Manager – Almond Division Managing with a great team across all aspect of the 41,500 acres, fromNursery to stockpad.
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