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 In This Month's Issue...                          

ASF New Members Announcement 
  • Shadowgrove Pty Ltd
  • Kongal Seeds
  • Selected Seeds Pty Ltd
New ASF Business Partner - Subaru Australia

Latest News from ABCA

GRDC Request for Tender - Provision of Field Trial Services for the NVT Program 2015/16 - 2018/19

GRDC Updates 2016 - Industry Support Prospectus

Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) Update
  • Application from the Victorian Department for a trial of wheat GM for enhanced nitrogen and water use efficiency
  • Commercial release of canola GM for dual herbicide tolerance and a hybrid breeding system - Bayer CropScience Pty Ltd
  • Commercial release of canola GM for herbicide tolerance - Pioneer Hi-Bred Australia
New R&D project to find a method of assuring seed quality and purity

Certificate III in Commercial Seed Processing

Innovative new tool helps farmers access crucial advice for resistance management best practice


Agricultural Commodities Report now available

Australian Crop Report now available

Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania 2016 Edition - upcoming amendments

Biosecurity Bulletin - Edition 4, 2015 now available


Plant Biosecurity CRC News - November 2015 now available

'Food, Farming and Our Future' report now available

Uniformity in Seed Testing Critical

Department of Agriculture Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update

Austrade issued 'Fresh fruit and vegetable to Japan'

Australian Conference on Grassland Invertebrate Ecology (ACGIE) - Western Sydney University, 4-7 April 2016

ABARES Outlook 2016 Conference

Seed Announcements
  • Naracoorte Seeds - Brenton Bruhn

 ASF New Members Announcement                                                           

Since the last edition, the ASF would like to announce and welcome the following new members to the membership for the 2015/16 period:
  • Shadowgrove Pty Ltd 
Industry Involvement: Seed Grower. They are involved in seed production of cereals, oilseeds, and temperate pasture and are based in Khancoban, NSW.
  • Kongal Seeds
Industry Involvement: Seed Processor; Seed cleaning accounts for around 80% of Kongal Seeds’ service offering with the remaining 20% made up of a diverse range of services including but not limited to packing seed for export, seed sampling and testing, treating and drying. Based in Kongal via Bordertown, South Australia.
Industry Involvement: Plant Breeder/ Distributor / Seed Grower/ Seed Treatments/ Seed Processor. More information about this company can be found at their website via the above address.

A full list of members can be found on the ASF website - dropdown menu from the membership tab at www.asf.asn.au/asf_member.php

 New ASF Business Partner - Subaru Australia                                        

The ASF is pleased to announce Subaru Australia in coming on board as a new Business Partner to the federation.

ASF members will have the opportunity to be eligible for a discount and the potential to secure a saving on purchasing Subaru vehicles including $500 worth of accessories. *This offer is nationwide.

For more information or to enquire about the saving rates with Subaru vehicles please contact Alysha Lockley at the ASF on 02 6282 6822 or email
alockley@asf.asn.au. Alternatively ASF members can access this information including the Member Corporate Code via the ASF website 'Member login area'.



A full list of ASF business partnerships where ASF members can take advantage of, can be found via the ASF website 'Member login area' or by contacting the ASF direct.

The discounts available to ASF members range from: 
  • hotel and apartment accommodation,
  • teleconferencing communication services, 
  • hire car discounts, and
  • tailored insurance policies.

 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 below, please click on the website link below.

The following news items below are the most recent from the previous edition of the ASF E-News.
  • AUS - WA's GM crops free Act set to be repealed
  • USA - GM salmon approved
http://www.abca.com.au/news
 
Source: Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) - Latest News (2015). 

 GRDC Request for Tender - Provision of Field Trial Services for          
 the NVT Program 2015/16 - 2018/19 

The National Variety Trials (NVT) involves the conduct of field trials of advanced fixed breeding lines to provide independent crop varietal evaluation data for growers.

The current NVT program will finish at end of the current (2015) winter cropping season. However, following a comprehensive formal review of the program in 2014-15, GRDC will contract the variety yield trialling component of NVT for a further 4 year term (2016-2019 cropping seasons). The specific contract terms offered will be for three years (2016-2018), with a 1 year extension subject to a successful review during the 2018 season.

Under this RFT, GRDC is also seeking to contract experienced service providers to undertake variety performance trialling relating to Herbicide Tolerance Screening components of the NVT program for the 2016-2019 cropping seasons. The GRDC will seek a separately costed tender applications (Module B) to conduct the Herbicide Tolerance Screening services as outlined in 1.4.2.


Closing Date for questions: 23 December 2015, 5pm (AEDT).

Closing Date for tender: 30 December 2015, 5pm (AEDT).
Applications received after 5pm (AEDT) 30 December 2015 will not be considered.

For full details, including lodgement documents & how to ask questions, go to the GRDC website 
www.grdc.com.au/Apply/Current-Tenders/RFT-The-Provision-of-Field-Trial-Services-for-the-National-Variety-Trials-Program

Source: Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC). Email Alert. 10/12/2015 

 GRDC Updates 2016 - Industry Support Prospectus                               

Please see below documents with information on partnership opportunities for 33 Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) Updates held in the southern, northern and western regions.

The events are for growers and advisers and will cover an enormous geographical area. Events will be held in WA, Queensland, NSW, Victoria, SA and Tasmania.

A full list of dates and location will be available soon.
  • GRDC Grains Research Updates (Southern Region) - Click here
  • GRDC Farm Business Updates (Southern, Western & Northern Region) - Click here
Source: Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation. Email Alert. 6/11/2015

 Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) Update                     

  • Application from the Victorian Department for a trial of wheat GM for enhanced nitrogen and water use efficiency
The OGTR has invited for comment on an application from the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) for a trial of wheat genetically modified for enhanced nitrogen use efficiency and water use efficiency. Full Text - Click here

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. Daily Parliamentary Bulletin. 6/11/2015
  • Commercial release of canola GM for dual herbicide tolerance and a hybrid breeding system - Bayer CropScience Pty Ltd

The OGTR has invited comment on an application from Bayer for commercial release of canola genetically modified for dual herbicide tolerance and a hybrid breeding system. Full Text - Click here

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. Daily Parliamentary Bulletin. 23/11/2015
  • Commercial release of canola GM for herbicide tolerance - Pioneer Hi-Bred Australia
The OGTR has invited comment on an application from Pioneer for commercial release of a canola genetically modified for herbicide tolerance. Full Text - Click here

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. Daily Parliamentary Bulletin. 11/12/2015

 New R&D project to find a method of assuring seed quality and          
 purity 

Quality of seed is a key concern for farmers, breeders and seed companies alike. A new research project, being funded by the RIRDC Pasture Seed Program aims to produce a simple, reliable and economic method for assuring seed quality and purity, and to potentially assist with seed certification of a number of important pasture and forage legume species in Australia and overseas.

The Molecular Markers for Cultivar ID and Seed Certification in Pasture Legumes partnership includes RIRDC, AgResearch and Gin Silico. The lead researcher, Kioumars Ghamkhar (who has addressed the ASF Plant Breeders & Proprietary Marketers Group and the Biotechnology Group), has recently completed a three-year study which yielded a fast, reliable and feasible cultivar identification technique in subterranean clover at Gin SIlico. That project discerned between 41 cultivars of subterranean clover and was able to not only account for the cultivars but also the estimated purity in the seed mix.

Now, as the Director of the Margot Forde Germplasm Centre at AgResearch in New Zealand, Kioumars aims to extend this work to other important pasture species with the current project, allowing industry to be able to discern if “what’s on the tag is in the bag”, if they utilise the method being developed. If successful, this project will speed up access to better quality seed to Australian farmers as well as international customers.

For further information, contact Kioumars Ghamkhar on
kioumars.ghamkhar@agresearch.co.nz

Source: Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation. 2/11/2015.

 Certificate III in Commercial Seed Processing                                         

Please see below information for your consideration:
 
Tocal College are pleased to advise that they can now offer the Certificate III Commercial Seed Processing for the first time to the industry.
 
This course will enable the staff you have involved in Seed Processing the ability to;
  • Obtain training in the tasks that are crucial to your business
  • Obtain accreditation for the expertise they currently have and
  • Have a qualification in a field where they already considered an ‘expert’ or on the way to being one.
For detailed information on the Certificate III in Commercial Seed Processing - Click here
 
The timing and location for the start of the next course is dependent upon the expressions of interest received.
 
Should you
  • wish to express an interest in enrolling for the course and/or
  • ask about the pre-enrolment eligibility check for Smart & Skilled funding
You can do so by contacting Marilyn Wilson on (02) 6951 2635 from 8.30am-4pm from Monday to Wednesday or alternatively by email - marilyn.wilson@dpi.nsw.gov.au

TAFE SA
You can also contact TAFE SA about this course for those interested in South Australia on 1800 882 661 or email
info@tafesa.edu.au

Source: Tocal College, Murrumbidgee Campus, Yanco, NSW & Department of Education and Training. 'MySkills'. 2015.

 Innovative new tool helps farmers access crucial advice for                 
 resistance management best practice 

Farmers, environmental land managers and other agricultural chemical users will now find it easier than ever to access CropLife Australia's 2015 Resistance Management Strategies for fungicides, herbicides and insecticides with the introduction of an innovative new web tool designed to improve access to the strategies.

The new website functionality allows users to search through Research Management Strategies by keywords, or to select to view strategies based on categories such as crop, pest or type of product. "Access to the most up-to-date and accurate advice on how to use crop protection products responsibly and sustainably is crucial for farmers," said Matthew Cossey, Chief Executive Officer of CropLife Australia. "The new web tool will allow farmers to quickly search and locate the relevant world's best-practice strategies to provide crucial and timely advice on managing pests, weeds and disease in crops sustainably."...Full Text - Click here


Source: CropLife Australia. Media Release. 30/11/2015.

 Agricultural Commodities Report now available                                     

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) have issued an 'Agricultural Commodities Report' for your information and consideration.

The gross value of farm production is forecast to increase by 8 per cent in 2015–16 to around $57.6 billion. This is about 17 per cent higher than the average of $49.4 billion over the five years to 2014–15 in nominal terms, according to the December edition of ABARES Agricultural Commodities report.

The forecast increase in livestock production mainly reflects expected increases in farmgate prices for beef cattle, lamb, sheep and wool.

ABARES expects farmgate prices of sheep and cattle to rise as producers rebuild flocks and herds and reduce slaughter in response to an assumed improvement in seasonal conditions.

Export demand for beef and lamb is also expected to remain firm, adding further upward pressure on prices.

Prices of wool are also expected to rise as a result of a forecast fall in production, based on a smaller opening flock, and an assumed lower Australian dollar.

Forecast increases in winter crop and horticultural production are expected to more than offset falling world grains and oilseeds prices...Full Text and Report
 - Click here

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. Daily Parliamentary Bulletin. 8/12/2015

 Australian Crop Report now available                                                      

ABARES have issued an 'Australian Crop Report' for your information and consideration.

The total Australian winter crop production is forecast to increase by 2 per cent in 2015–16 to 39.1 million tonnes, compared with 2014-15. This is despite below average rainfall in many cropping regions during early spring and above average daytime temperatures in southern Australia.

These conditions have affected each region differently—higher winter crop production is forecast in Queensland and New South Wales but lower production is forecast in Victoria and South Australia, compared with 2014–15. In Western Australia, winter crop production is forecast to remain largely unchanged.

For the major winter crops wheat production is forecast to rise by 1 per cent to 24.0 million tonnes and barley by 2 per cent to around 8.2 million tonnes.

Canola production is forecast to fall by 14 per cent to around 3.0 million tonnes, reflecting a fall in planted area...Full Text and Report - Click here

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. Daily Parliamentary Bulletin. 2/12/2015

 Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania 2016 Edition - upcoming               
 amendments 

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

The 2016 edition of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (PBMTas) is now available on the Biosecurity Tasmania website at
 www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity. The manual will only be published online, and will not be available in hard copy format.
 
Once again the new edition of the PBMTas includes a number of changes, but the majority this year are fairly minor modifications of existing regulatory conditions. Please note that these changes take legal effect from the date of public release, which is 16 December 2015.
 
The revised conditions and restrictions in this year’s Manual, include but are not limited to:
  • Minor revisions in Section 2 on Tasmanian plant biosecurity regulations concerning potting media (Section 2.5), semi-processed and processed plant products (Section 2.8), mail order and online purchase regulations (Section 2.10), and restrictions on fodder entering the State (Section 2.16);
  • Revisions to IRs for red imported fire ant (IR 15), green snail (IR25), chickpea blight (IR27), definition of Grade 2 animal feed grain (IR30), treatment options for silverleaf whitefly (IR33), conditions of notification for seeds for sowing (IR36), and treatments for nursery stock (IR38A);
In terms of more recent plant biosecurity ‘quarantine pest’ declaration changes, besides a number of pest name taxonomic updates, a key change has been the recent declaration on the 11 November 2015 of an algal organism called Marimo (moss balls), as an Unwanted Quarantine Pest (UQP) under Section 8 of the Plant Quarantine Act 1997. Marimo’s scientific name is Aegagropila linnaei Kützing (syn. Cladophora aegagropila L.). Though the organism is popular in the aquaria trade, it must not be imported into the State as of 11 November 2015 as it presents a risk to Tasmania’s freshwater environment. (For further information see: Tasmanian Biosecurity Advisory 27/2015 - Newly declared Unwanted Quarantine Pest in Tasmania: marimo or moss balls).
 
The annual update of Tasmania’s Regulated Quarantine Pests (RQPs - Section 12 List A and B plant pests) was also published in the Government Gazette on Wednesday 18 November 2015. A copy of this Gazette can be accessed on the Tasmanian Government Gazette website​​.

Source: Biosecurity Tasmania. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. 'Biosecurity Advisory 28/2015. Email Alert. 3/12/2015.

 Biosecurity Bulletin - Edition 4, 2015 now available                                

The Department of Agriculture has released the 'Biosecurity Bulletin - Edition 4, 2015' for your information and consideration.

You may be interested in the following articles within this edition:
  • New biosecurity and export certification fees and levies from 1 December 2015
  • Australia's new Post Entry Quarantine facility put to the test by local cats, dogs and horses
  • Have you say on Australia's Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis Regulation (BIRA Regulation) and Guidelines
  • Outbreak website reveals national pest and disease hot spots
  • Border finds

To view this edition - Click here

Source: Department of Agriculture News/ 'Biosecurity Bulletin - Edition 4, 2015'. Email Alert. 9/12/2015

 Plant Biosecurity CRC News - November 2015 now available               

The Plant Biosecurity CRC has issued a newsletter for November 2015 for your information and consideration.
  • Plant Biosecurity CRC Newsletter - November 2015 - Click here
Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. Daily Parliamentary Bulletin. 1/12/2015

 'Food, Farming and Our Future' report now available                             

Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and KPMG have released a report on 'Food, Farming and Our Future' for your information and consideration.

To view this report -
Click here

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. Daily Parliamentary Bulletin. 2/11/2015.

 Uniformity in Seed Testing Critical                                                           

The International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) share the importance of maintaining global seed testing standards and how it benefits the industry.

To watch or share the video visit http://seedworld.com/uniformity-in-seed-testing-critical/

Source: Seed World Daily. 4/12/2015

 Department of Agriculture 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 however by combining the two updates it has allowed for improved access to up-to-date climate, water and commodity information in a single report. 

Report Information (10/12/15) - Click here

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture. ''Weekly ABARES report'. 10/12/2015. www.daff.gov.au.

 Austrade issued 'Fresh fruit and vegetable to Japan'                             

Austrade have issued 'Fresh fruit and vegetable to Japan' article for your information and consideration. 

The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) has been in force since January 2015, and the benefits for Australian exporters to Japan are significant.

Early indications are that a majority of Japanese importers are already claiming reduced import duties, helping to make trade with Australia more appealing and our products more competitive. Australian exporters can access preferential tariffs under JAEPA by applying for a Certificate of Origin (COO) from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) or Australian Industry Group (AIG).


Market Overview
The total value of vegetables imported into Japan in 2014 was A$2.7 billion, an increase of 4.1 per cent compared to the previous year.

In terms of value, China and the US accounted for about 69 per cent of Japan’s total vegetable imports in 2014. The main imported categories were frozen and fresh vegetables including onions, carrots, cabbage and tomatoes.

Australia ranks 13th for vegetable exports to Japan with a value of A$25 million, an increase of 11 per cent in the same year.

Key vegetables exported from Australia to Japan are asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, leeks, mushrooms and truffles, and onions. Other Australian vegetable exports increasing in significance are cabbage, celery, frozen finger limes, other frozen vegetables, and lettuce.


Full article - 
Click here

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. Daily Parliamentary Bulletin. 8/12/2015 

 Australian Conference on Grassland Invertebrate Ecology (ACGIE) -  
 Western Sydney University, 4 - 7 April 2016 

grassbugs.com.au
 
The conference focuses on the biology, ecology and management of both pest and beneficial invertebrates in native and introduced grasslands including pastures, pasture/crop rotations and turf.
 
The Conference will be hosted by the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at the historic Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University. The campus is nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains and has been a hub of agricultural research and training since 1891. Grassland research, in particular, has featured prominently at the site with modern Australian grasses first used and developed on the Hawkesbury campus in the 1920s. The Conference will be held over three days including a half day field trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens in the Blue Mountains.

For more information
 - Click here
 
Source: Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment. Email Alert. 14/12/2015 

 ABARES Outlook 2016 Conference                                                           

Registration is now open for the ABARES Outlook 2016 Conference

This annual event is a leading forum for decision-makers from across industry and government to discuss the key domestic and global issues affecting Australia's agriculture sector.

Sessions on key issues
Outlook 2016 opens with the agenda setting Economic overview session focussing on the outlook for Australia's economy and key global economic trends. Later sessions will explore the key issues in depth, including investing in agriculture, farm performance, growing agriculture with big data, biosecurity, increasing efficiencies in supply chains, innovation, international agricultural policy perspectives, people and productivity, adapting to a variable climate, water, sustainable resource management, and the future of agriculture. A range of commodity sectors will also be examined - dairy, horticulture, meat and livestock, grains, sheep and wool.

For more information including the agenda, speakers and registration details - Click here
 
Source: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Outlook 2016'. Email Alert. 15/12/2015.

 Seed Announcements                                                                                

  • Naracoorte Seeds - Brenton Bruhn
                         
 

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