trials being conducted in the United States. Keynote speakers at the 2013 event included John Slaughter, Director of Breeding Program at Burchell Nursery in California; Bruce Lampinen, Integrated Orchard Management (walnut & almond specialist) from the University of California Department of Plant Sciences; Gerald Martin, Chairman of Pollination Industry Research & Development Council and Roger Duncan, Pomology & Viticulture Advisor from the University of California Cooperative Extension. There were many opportunities for delegates to network and chat in a relaxed and social environment and the conference trade exhibition featured trade displays showcasing the latest innovation, and R&D from agricultural suppliers, machinery companies, transport and logistics companies and chemical suppliers. Acclaimed as the biggest night of the conference, this year’s annual Conference Dinner sponsored by EE Muir & Sons, paid tribute to the sixth and seventh inductees into the Australian Almond Industry Hall of Fame, Mr Tony Read & Dr Ben Robinson.
With a record 320 delegates, the conference has once again confirmed itself as a landmark event for the Australian almond industry. This highlights the importance of a national event to encourage networking and unity between growers, researchers, supply chain and service providers across Australia. The ABA would like to thank sponsors and presenters for making this year’s event a showcase that the Australian almond industry can be proud of, with special thanks to Horticulture Australia for its co-funding. Copies of photos and presentations are available from the ABA website www.australianalmonds.com.au Many thanks to everyone for their never ending enthusiasm and support and for making the conference a great success!
Sponsorship, exhibition and conference enquiries for 2014 should be directed to: Jo Pippos, Communications Manager Almond Board of Australia P 08 8582 2055 F 08 8582 3503 E: firstname.lastname@example.org