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 In This Month's Issue...                          

ASF Seed Business 2016 - SAVE THE DATE!

ASF Footy Tipping Competitions - AFL & NRL 2016

Australian Seeds Authority (ASA) Seed Certification Statistics 2015

Latest News from ABCA

Relaunch of Agrifood Skills Australia as Food and Agribusiness Solutions

Changes to Import Document Lodgement

Review of Tasmanian biosecurity legislation: public comment invited

International Seed Federation (ISF) Pest List

ISF Bulletin - March 2016 now available

New funding to open doors to overseas markets

Beating drought with agricultural insurance

Biosecurity Information Sessions 2016

Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update

New ISTA Video Explains Benefits of Accreditation Program

Grain Trade Australia (GTA) Export Contracts & Documentation Course, May 2016

New Zealand Grain & Seed Trade Association 2016 Annual Conference, October 2016

Program Management Course for Plant Breeders - September 2016

 ASF Seed Business 2016 - SAVE THE DATE!                                          

23 August - 25 August 2016 (inclusive)
Rydges Melbourne, VIC

The ASF is pleased to announce Seed Business 2016 is to be held at Rydges Melbourne, VIC.
The dates for the ASF Seed Business 2016 Convention is from Tuesday 23 August – Thursday 25 August 2016.

Draft Agenda:
The ASF is looking at holding a Seed Industry Training Day on Tuesday 23 August followed by Seed Business Convention on Wednesday & Thursday. The Trade Exhibition will be held on all 3 days starting on Tuesday and ending close of Convention on Thursday.

There will be a social day on Monday 22 August for those that wish to take part and a post Convention tour activity on Friday 26 August (TBC). There are also scheduled AFL games in Melbourne on the Friday evening (26 August) and Saturday (27 August) which the ASF will investigate options in gaining a possible group discount for delegates who are interested in staying on and going to a match.

Registration including accommodation will open next month - watch this space!

 ASF Footy Tipping Competitions - AFL & NRL 2016                               

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The ASF 2016 Footy Tipping Competitions have kicked off to a great start with 26 members so far participating in the AFL comp and 22 members in the NRL comp.

So far it's a close competition between the tippers in only having a point or two different from the top spot of the leader board in NRL and a tie for first place in the AFL comp. Let's see what the coming week's tips will bring and who will make it out on top of the leader board!

  • This year Subaru Australia (new ASF Business Partner) will be sponsoring the footy tipping competitions and will be giving away $500 to the overall winners of the competitions!
  • The company winner (where the individual is from) will also win a prize of free advertising on the ASF website for two months or in two editions of the ASF Seed Business E-Newsletter.
Remember you have to be in it to win it! Not too late to still participate. If you would like to sign up and play in either or both of the ASF Footy Tipping Competitions please contact Alysha Lockley at the ASF on 02 6282 6822 or email
Please note: these footy tipping competitions are only open to ASF members.

 Australian Seeds Authority (ASA) Seed Certification Statistics 2015   

Please see below information provided by the Australian Seeds Authority (ASA):

An updated Areas Registered for Certification report is now available for your information. In addition to the updated data for lucerne, the certification agencies have reported a number of changes for other species. All areas which have been amended are shown in bold type in the attached report.

For a copy of this report please click on the following link: 
Areas Registered for Certification to 15 December 2015 Updated 29Feb2016

 Latest News from ABCA                                                                          

The ASF is a member of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA).

For the latest news on Agricultural Biotechnology including the following articles, please click on the website link below.
  • AUS - WA's GM crops Free Act set to be repealed
  • AUS - SA Grain Group Launches GM Crop Petition
  • USA - GM salmon approved
Source: Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) - Latest News (2016).

 Relaunch of Agrifood Skills Australia as Food and Agribusiness         

Please see below announcement from Food and Agribusiness Solutions for your information:

Agrifood Skills Australia has now transitioned to Food and Agribusiness Solutions.

Food and Agribusiness Solutions is a new entity with the commitment and capability to enhance the performance of food and agribusiness enterprises by providing expertise and services that meet industry-identified needs in skills, training, education and workforce development.
We are an independent not-for-profit company, with a membership of industry associations and organisations, which is governed by a professional skills-based board.  We draw on the deep skills and training experience of AgriFood Skills Australia which has been built from over 10 years of service to industry, government, educators, trainers and learners.

If you would like any further information on the work we are currently undertaking or our new strategic direction please do not hesitate to contact us on (02) 6173 7200 or at

Source: Food & Agribusiness Solutions. Email Alert. 26/02/2016.

 Changes to Import Document Lodgement                                               

Import Industry Advice Notice 12/2016

Changes to Import Documentation Lodgement has been published on the Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website and can be accessed via the following link:

Import Industry Advice Notices are available from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website at: 
Source: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Import Industry Advice Notice 12/2016'. Email Alert. 08/03/2016.

 Review of Tasmanian biosecurity legislation: public comment             

Biosecurity Advisory 8/2016

Please see below information from Biosecurity Tasmania, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment for your consideration:

The Tasmanian Government is reviewing Tasmania's biosecurity legislation to provide a more modern and efficient system for the State.

To encourage public feedback, a position paper has been released that provides a summary of the background issues relevant to Tasmanian biosecurity and describes the features of a contemporary biosecurity legislative framework. The position paper explains the proposal for a single Biosecurity Act for Tasmania.

Current legislation largely achieves what it needs to for biosecurity but there are inefficiencies that can be removed and other improvements made by changing how Tasmanian legislation is structured. There are many modern tools and powers that allow improved management of biosecurity related issues that the current suite of legislation does not contain.

Biosecurity is a shared responsibility. Changes are being proposed, particularly to the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders including government, industry and the community.

Please read the position paper and then provide feedback to the review. Find out more at:

All comments on this paper are sought in writing. You can use the template available on the Biosecurity Tasmania website if you like.

Submissions can be either emailed to: or posted to:

Biosecurity Legislation Review Project
Biosecurity Tasmania, DPIPWE
GPO Box 44
Hobart, TAS 7001

Submissions must be received by 5pm, 29 April 2016.

Source: Biosecurity Tasmania, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. Email Alert. 24/03/2016.

 International Seed Federation (ISF) Pest List                                           

The International Seed Federation (ISF) has recently updated their Pest List, which has information about more than six hundred (600) pests covering important vegetable crops like Carrot, Cucumber, Lettuce, Melon, Onion, Pepper, Spinach, Squash and Pumpkin. The crops in the pipeline include Tomato, Watermelon, Bean and Brassicas.

This list can be downloaded via the ISF Regulated Pest List Database at:

Source: The Asia & Pacific Seed Association (APSA). 'ISF Pest List'. Email Alert. 24/03/2016.

 ISF Bulletin - March 2016 now available                                                   

Please see below news bulletin from the International Seed Federation, for your information and consideration:

ISF Bulletin: March 2016 -
Click here

Source: The International Seed Federation (ISF). 2016

 New funding to open doors to overseas markets                                    

The Australian Government is opening the door to new trade opportunities, breaking down technical barriers to trade and working to increase returns to our farmers and food producers.

The $3.1 million Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) programme will help open, improve or maintain access to overseas markets for Australian agricultural products by building stronger relationships with trading partners, neighbouring countries and international organisations.

The programme provides grant funding for cooperation activities valued at between $55 000 to $1.65 million (GST inclusive). Applications will be assessed on their merit in accordance with the programme guidelines.

In 2015-16, priority will be given to projects that help realise market access opportunities for Australian exporters under recently ratified free trade agreements, and contribute to the negotiation of protocols for new and improved market access.

This programme is part of the Australian Government's Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the government’s plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.

To find out more about the programme, including how to apply, visit or phone 1800 868 175.  

Applications will be accepted until 31 December 2018, while funding is available. Any entity or individual with an ABN is eligible to apply.

Source: Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC). Email Alert. 04/03/2016.

 Beating drought with agricultural insurance                                            

Farm businesses have a new tool to help protect against the perils of drought, frost, hail and fire, with the Australian Government today announcing the introduction of the Managing Farm Risk Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said the Coalition government recognised the great potential for insurance to help farmers reduce the financial risks caused by drought and events beyond their control.

"For years Australian farmers have been asking for insurance products to help manage income risks and give peace of mind against pests, droughts and flooding rains and it has taken this Coalition Government to deliver a meaningful incentive," Minister Joyce said...Full Text - Click here

Source: The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP. Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Media Release'. 29/03/2016.

 Biosecurity Information Sessions 2016                                                    

Please see below remaining scheduled regional Biosecurity Information Sessions as per the Department of Agriculture Water and Resources.

The free sessions will provide an overview of the implementation of the new legislation and explain how the new Biosecurity Act may affect industry from commencement. Senior Executives and subject matter experts from the department will deliver detailed information that will be of interest to a broad range of stakeholders on legislation topics including:  Import Pathways, Approved Arrangements, Conditions and Permits, Enforcement/ Fit and Proper Person requirements, Ballast Water, Installations, Governance and Review and Human Health subjects.
  • Hobart - Tuesday 5 April 2016, Hotel Grand Chancellor
  • Melbourne - Wednesday 6 April 2016, Mantra Tullamarine
Further information including individual session times please visit the below website:

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Biosecurity Information Sessions'. 22/02/2016.

 Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update                   
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has issued a 'Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update' for your information and consideration. 

This report contains information previously published in the Australian Climate and Agricultural Monthly Update. By combining the weekly and monthly updates it has allowed for improved access to up-to-date climate, water and commodity information in a single report. 

Report Information (24/03/16) - Click here

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture. ''Weekly ABARES report'. 24/03/2016.

 New ISTA Video Explains Benefits of Accreditation Program                

In this new video, International Seed Testing Association members share their experience of the ISTA accreditation program and explain what concrete benefits they received from it.

 New ISTA Video Explains Benefits of Accreditation Program -
Click here to watch.

Source: Seed World Daily. Email Alert. 02/03/2016

 Grain Trade Australia (GTA) Export Contracts and Documentation      
 Course, May 2016 

The upcoming Grain Trade Australia (GTA) Export Contracts and Documentation Course will be held from 3 - 4 May 2016 at Rydges Melbourne.

This course is specifically designed for Australian Grain Exporters (Bulk & Containers) and those supporting the Trade.

Registrations now open! Run once a year only, this two day program is presented by Australian grain industry experts covering a range of topics including:
  • Formation of & executing export contracts
  • Aligning the contract to customer requirements
  • Charterparties
  • Bills of Lading
  • Export Documentation & Letters of Credit
  • Dry Bulk Ocean freight market, trends & outlook
  • Global trade flows
  • Phytosanitary inspection & certification
  • Dispute resolution processes (GTA, GAFTA & FOSFA)
  • Logistics of grain movement - bulk and container
For more information including the program, speakers and registration details - Click here

Source: Grain Trade Australia. 'GTA Export Contracts & Documentation Course'. Email Alert. 29/02/2016.

 New Zealand Grain & Seed Trade Association 2016 Annual                  
 Conference, October 2016 

The New Zealand Grain & Seed Trade Association (NZGSTA) is holding its 2016 Annual Conference from 19 - 21 October at the Hilton Hotel in Brisbane.

*ASF Members have been given a special discounted rate to attend and/or exhibit at this Conference.

A list of speakers that have agreed to be part of the NZGSTA Conference include:
  • Prof Robert Henry, University of Queensland: “QLD tropical agriculture, market overview and trends”
  • Stephen Blair, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise - Trade Commissioner: “CER & possible SEM, what it means for the Seed Industry businesses”
  • Peter Langridge, University of Adelaide: “The role of biotech in the seed industry. Is GM an option & what are the benefits and risks?”
  • Michelle Broom, Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council: “Diet fads and impact on grains sector”
  • Bill Fuller, Australian Seed Federation: “Australian Seed Industry Update”
  • Greg Fraser, Plant Health Australia: “Keeping unwanted organisms, pests & disease out. PHA management of biosecurity and response”
  • John Randall & Kath Hurr, NZ Ministry for Primary Industries: “Seed Import & Export issues”
Popular field trips include a visit to a prawn farm and a rum distillery near the Coast.

For registration information, payment details and a full list of speakers click on 
NZGSTA Registration 2016 Australia or email Tricia Radford at for more details.

*Early-bird registration closes 1 June 2016

 Program Management Course for Plant Breeders - September 2016    

Registrations are open

The 2016 Program Management for Plant Breeders course is set to take place in Davis, California, from 20-22 September 2016. The course objective is to enhance the management skills of professional scientists who are leading and directing plant breeding and laboratory programs in modern agricultural research and development programs of agribusiness companies and the public sector.

For questions or additional information, please contact Sally Mohr at or visit
UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy Class 6 starts September 2016

Seed Business 101 Field Crops, 12-16 September 2016, Durham, NC
Seed Business 101 Horticulture, 5-9 December 2016, Davis, CA
Source: University of California, Davis. Seed Biotechnology Centre. Email Alert. 10/02/2016.

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