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Nuts for Life Update
The 2010 year is drawing to an end and the ABA board members and staff would like to pass on our season’s greetings to all participants in the Australian almond industry.
Marketing Program Update
8 - 10 Australian Almond Conference 2010 11 In the Orchard 13 Grower Profile - Tim Orr 14 Almond Skill Set Course 15 Don't be a Drifter - Spray Workshops
The close of a year is a time for reflection on the year’s achievements. Having only recently joined the ABA from Horticulture Australia my personal involvement has been limited to the development of the annual R&D program, the new strategic R&D investment plan, and the Almond Conference incorporating the HAL annual levypayers meeting. As a keen observer of the industry representative bodies over a number of years I have been very impressed with the ABA as an organisation and a lot of credit for this goes to the outgoing CEO, Julie Haslett, the staff (Ben, Brett, Bronte, Debbie and Jo) and the Board. The outstanding feature is the clarity of focus on putting limited resources into addressing the priority issues that are or will impact on the industry. The commitment of industry personnel and also those contracted through projects to implement positive solutions to sell more almonds, sell them at a better price, reduce production costs, better manage risk and provide a good operating environment is noteworthy. These objectives are at the heart of the new strategic investment plan prepared during the year and launched at the Almond Conference by the IAC Chair, Dr Greg Buchanan. The plan is one of the first in the horticulture industry to not only develop strategies required to take the industry forward but also identify the information, products and services the industry must fund to enable the strategies to be implemented.The new plan has had wide input from across the industry supply chain in its development and its successful implementation will be dependent on the industry continuing to be willing to adopt new technologies. I recently heard it said that Australian’s manage hard times well but good times poorly. Meaning that when things are going well we tend not to prepare for the next challenge. This does not appear to be the case in the almond industry. There is an appetite for continuous improvement that underpins the further strengthening the Australian almond industry. For me, this was a major reason for wanting to take on the role of ABA CEO and I look forward to my association with all those involved in this vital Australian horticultural industry. Have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year. Almond Board of Australia Board Members Director Position Brendan Sidhu Domenic Cavallaro Grower Representative - Adelaide Tony Spiers Grower Representative - Riverland Denis Dinicola Grower Representative - Riverina Tim Orr Grower Representative - Sunraysia Grant Birrell Marketing Representative Tim Millen Marketing Representative Brenton Woolston Marketing Representative Chairman & Grower Representative - Riverland Neale Bennett
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