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 In This Month's Issue...                          

ASF Seed Business 2016 - Registration now open!

Be a Trade Exhibitor - Seed Business 2016

ASF Member Benefits - Business Partners

Latest News from ABCA

New Australian Government biosecurity legislation from 16 June 2016

Reminder: Import permits required prior to arrival of goods

Biosecurity Matters - Special Edition: June 2016

Russian wheat aphid found in South Australia

GRDC Ground Cover Issue 122: May/June 2016 now available

Remaining fee support scholarships to be awarded prior to June 30

Project Harvest April 2016 Report now available

Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update

Asian Seed Congress 2016 - Early-bird registration now open

Seed Announcements
  • Graeme Smith winding down from Advanta Seeds
  • AsureQuality Seeds part of new Joint Venture

 ASF Seed Business 2016 - Registration now open!                                

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

Registration for the ASF Seed Business 2016 Convention is now open!!!

Early Bird Cut-off date Friday 8 July 2016
Visit the ASF website 'Seed Business' page for all the information and registration forms -
The ASF Seed Business 2016 Convention will be held at Rydges Melbourne located in the heart of the CBD.
Registration will open for the pre-Convention Seed Industry Training Day and Trade Exhibition on Tuesday 23rd August 2016 from 9.00am till 10.00am ending the day with the Convention Welcome Drinks Function which will be held at Rydges in Bobby McGees from 6.00pm – 8.00pm.
The Seed Industry Training Day will provide high level introductory training sessions covering various topics with a summary of key points for customers and new entrants to the industry. This will be similar to that held last year.
Seed Business Registration will commence on Wednesday 24th August from 8.30am with Convention sessions including the Trade Exhibition. The day will end with a Gala Dinner to be held at the Cargo Hall located along the South Wharf Promenade with a special guest appearance from comedian ventriloquist Dean Atkinson who is sure to provide an entertaining evening.
Thursday 25th August will see the last day of Convention with group plenary sessions and the Trade Exhibition ending at 4.30pm. The Partners Program will also run on this day with a Walking Tour of Melbourne and its famous icons as well as learning about its history, architecture, street art which has made international headlines and discovering the various trendy arcades and hidden treasure laneways adding to Melbourne’s beauty. Friday 26th August will see a full day tour visiting the Western Treatment Plant and Discovery Centre at Werribee, finishing with lunch, drinks and a tour at the iconic Carlton Brewhouse.
There will be an opportunity to see an AFL game, right before the finals round, at the MCG on Saturday or Sunday following the Convention. More details and information will be provided once the teams and details have been confirmed for this round.
We are putting together a very exciting program for Seed Business 2016 and will have this available on the ASF website 'Seed Business' page.
Information about the ASF Corporate Golf Day (22 August 2016) and Social Functions are also included in the ‘Registration Information Document’ along with an “expression of interest” for a Partners Program on Thursday 25th August 2016.

Registrations will Close at 5pm on Friday 5 August 2016

 Be a Trade Exhibitor at Seed Business 2016                                           

Be Seen and Be a Trade Exhibitor at Seed Business 2016
The major calendar event of the seed industry

y being a Trade Exhibitor you will have the opportunity to:
  • Promote your company, products and services;
  • Engage with the seed sector at the Australian and International level;
  • Network with ASF members and build client relationships; and
  • Promote your company profile in the agriculture and seed industry and agricultural supply chain.
Contact the Business Services Manager, Alysha Lockley for more information and pricing on 02 6282 6822 or email

 ASF Member Benefits - Business Partners                                              

ASF members are reminded that you have access to a number of membership benefits including the current business partners below who provide a vast range of services and products:

To start receiving these exclusive discounts available to you please
Click here or contact Alysha Lockley at the ASF on 02 6282 6822.

We are a continuing to grow the Business Partner program with more exclusive benefits for members coming soon.

Do you have a Business Partner that the ASF could investigate in furthering providing services to assist members in their daily business activities?

Any suggestions please send through to the ASF via email to or phone 02 6282 6822.

 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 - New technology uptake: about attitude not science
  • AUS - 20 years of GM Crops
  • AUS - Regulatory oversight of new breeding techniques
  • AUS - WA Government starts GM law repeal debate
  • AUS - EU demand for GM canola growing
  • INT - Latest GM crop figures released
  • USA - GM salmon approved
Source: Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) - Latest News (2016).

The Biosecurity Act 2015 commences on 16 June 2016 and will introduce new requirements that affect how the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources manages the biosecurity risks associated with goods, people, aircraft and vessels entering Australia.

Find out what is changing and how it may affect you.
Source: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Biosecurity Legislation'. Email Alert. 24/05/2016

 Reminder: Import permits required prior to arrival of goods                 

Who does this notice affect?
This notice is for those who will be importing goods into Australia under the new biosecurity legislation.

What has changed?
With the commencement of the new 
Biosecurity Act 2015 on 16 June 2016, importers are reminded of the need for an import permit prior to the arrival of goods in Australia. If you intend to import goods into Australia you must comply with the new legislation.

All conditionally non-prohibited goods entering Australia must meet specified import conditions and requirements as detailed in the department's online Biosecurity Import Conditions system
BICON. This may include the requirement for an import permit.

You should ensure that permits are applied for well in advance of the expected landing date of the consignment. Failure to do so may result in goods being held at the border for an extended period and in some cases, goods being exported or destroyed.

Applications for import permits are made via BICON. Importers can apply for import permits in advance and post-date if necessary.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, the department cannot issue an import permit for goods that have already landed. In the past, the department has facilitated imports that have landed without a permit by allowing importers to apply for a permit. This will no longer be the case.

Importers who land goods without a permit will be required to provide information to the department to enable a biosecurity risk assessment to be undertaken. Where possible, the department will manage the biosecurity risk by reviewing documentation such as competent authority certification (e.g. phytosanitary certificates or veterinary certificates), manufacturer's statements, by treating the goods or other risk mitigation measures. These requirements will align with the usual import conditions that apply to that particular class of goods.

It should be noted that in some cases, the biosecurity risk will not be able to be managed post arrival. In these cases, the goods will be subject to export or destruction.

The department's website has dedicated information on the new legislation. You can find this information at

Further Information?
For more information, please visit: or contact the Biosecurity Implementation Branch at or call us on 1800 040 629.

Source: Australian Government - Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Reminder Email Alert. 06/06/2016

 Biosecurity Matters - Special Edition: June 2016                                    

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has issued 'Biosecurity Matters - Special Edition: June 2016' for your information and consideration.

This edition outlines what the commencement of the Biosecurity Act 2015 will mean for you and explains the new lingo that is being used in the department communicating on managing biosecurity risks associated with travellers, international mail, cargo, vessels and aircraft.

To read the full edition please click -
Biosecurity Matters - Special Edition June 2016

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Biosecurity Matters'. 09/06/2016. 

 Russian wheat aphid found in South Australia                                        

Russian wheat aphid, a serious insect pest of wheat, barley and some other cereal crops has recently been detected in South Australia.  This is the first time this pest has been detected in Australia, and due to a range of factors has been deemed not technically feasible to eradicate by the National Management Group.

Russian wheat aphid, Diuraphis noxia, is a small green aphid whose feeding produces strong plant symptoms due to the injection of saliva into the plant.

Symptoms include rolled leaves, chlorotic spots, leaf streaking, hooked appearance and a stunted crop.  Russian wheat aphid is indigenous to central Asia and southern Russia.

It can be moved on live plant material, agricultural machinery, or naturally on wind currents...Full Text and Information - Click here

Source: Government of SA - Primary Industries and Regions SA. 'Russian wheat aphid'. 03/06/2016. 

 GRDC Ground Cover Issue 122: May/June 2016 now available             

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Ground Cover Issue 122: May/June 2016 is now available, for your information and consideration.

In this issue...

  • Genetics continuum keeps the profit margin open
  • Allen's life quest to nurture living soils
  • Farm storage puts a price tag on efficiency
  • Spraying speed: Increasing speed can reduce coverage
  • Drift Management: Spray drift is in operator's hands
  • Nozzle outputs: Nozzle outputs respond to nozzle design and tank mix
  • Applicator toolbox: The operators' toolbox just got bigger

Ground Cover Issue 122: May/ June 2016 - Click here

Source: Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). 'Ground Cover Issue'. June 2016.

 Remaining fee support scholarships to be awarded prior to June 30   

Dear ASF members
On behalf of Women & Leadership Australia (WLA), we are pleased to provide you with information pertaining to leadership development scholarships currently available to our female members.

In line with WLA’s aim to increase the accessibility of high quality leadership development to a greater percentage of female leaders, fee support scholarships are selectively provided to assist current and aspiring female leaders in their career development journey.
Fee support scholarships for women, remains unallocated and must be awarded prior to the end of this financial year. Fee support is available under two distinct streams.

Stream 1 - $6,000 Fee Support for Senior Female Leaders
Senior and executive level managers are invited to apply for fee support of up to $6,000 to support their participation in Australia’s most prestigious executive women’s program, the Advanced Leadership Program.
View the Prospectus here

Stream 2 - $3,000 Fee Support for High Potential and Mid-Level Female Leaders
High potential and mid-level managers are invited to apply for fee support of up to $3,000 to support their participation in the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program, a unique 18 week program designed to fast track leadership capacity and accelerate career potential
View the Prospectus here
Expressions of Interest
Should you wish to make an expression of interest in either stream, you must complete an EOI form and return it by June 30th.
View the Expression of Interest Form here
Should you wish to discuss this opportunity prior to submitting an EOI please contact Women and Leadership Australia on (03) 9270 9016 or via

Ian Johnson
National Program Liaison Manager
Women & Leadership Australia

 Project Harvest April 2016 Report now available                             

There is an increasing need in Australia's horticulture industry to monitor and gauge consumer perception and behaviour in relation to fresh vegetables.

Colmar Brunton conducts monthly on-line tracking following specified vegetables, monthly trends analysis, and additional ad-hoc projects to assist in this understanding of consumers.

Project Harvest is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (HIA) using the National Vegetable Levy and funds from the Australian Government.

Contents in this report
- Cabbage
- Celery
- Cucumber
- Zucchini
- Eggplant
- Spring Onion
- Radish

To download the full report for April 2016 -
 Click here

Source: AUSVEG Limited. 'Project Harvest consumer research'. Email Alert. 14/06/2016. 

 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 (09/06/16) - Click here

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture. ''Weekly ABARES report'. 09/06/2016.

 Asian Seed Congress 2016 - Early-bird registration now open              


Early-Bird Registrations are now open for the 
2016 Asian Seed Congress

As there are limited number of booths and trading table, Register now!

Registrations can be made by visiting

Should you require any assistance with the registration, please contact the APSA Secretariat at

Source: The Asia & Pacific Seed Association (APSA). 01/06/2016.

 Seed Announcements                                                                                

  • Graeme Smith winding down from Advanta Seeds
It is with mixed feelings that I would like to let everyone know that Graeme Smith has decided to leave Advanta Seeds with his last day being the 8th of July 2016.

Many ASF members maybe aware that Graeme suffered a fairly significant health condition about 9 months ago and although he has recovered fairly well from this he has decided it is time to take things a little easier and spend more time with his family.
Graeme has been at Advanta Seeds (Pacific Seeds) for 28 years so it would be fair to say that Graeme knows the business and more broadly the seed industry very well.  

Graeme started with Pacific Seeds as a lab technician and seed analyst in 1987, and since then has been involved in a host of different technical roles during his time both domestically and globally at Advanta Seeds.  These roles have been instrumental in helping to develop Advanta Seeds from a relatively small Australian based seed company in the early eighties to where it is now, a global professional seed business with significant market shares in our chosen crops.
It would be fair to say that whenever we had an issue either with seed quality, export, government regulations, or we needed someone to develop and document a protocol for a new procedure Graeme has been, and would be, the person we would often turn to.  Graeme’s experience will be missed both in Australia and in the global business.  Among other things he headed our QC team for many years, was our Quality Assurance and Technical Manager.  In these roles he ensured we complied with all the regulatory requirements in Exports, Quarantine, seed marketing, chemical application and GMO activities.  Graeme also spent 5 years as the Advanta Global QA Manager .Often these jobs involved working with both industry and government organisations both nationally and internationally.   External to Advanta Seeds Graeme has been a board member and Chairman of the Australia Seed Authority,  he has been a member of several international ISTA working groups, and has occupied various roles in the Australian Seed Federation.
I have no doubt that we will see Graeme around in the future as he has agreed to help us should we have a requirement for special projects.  That is of course if he can find the time to leave his farm work and his Santa Gertrudis cattle.

Nick Gardner
Managing Director
Advanta Seeds Pty Ltd

  • AsureQuality Seeds part of new Joint Venture
We are happy to announce that the purchase of DTS Food Laboratories (DTS) by AsureQuality Ltd, and French publicly listed company Bureau Veritas Group is now complete. The new company being formed will include DTS and the AsureQuality Australia Chemical Residues Lab, Seeds, Auditing and Farm Assurance businesses.

This is an important strategic move for AsureQuality in building our capability and better servicing the needs of our customers.

Bureau Veritas is a global leader in testing, inspection and certification. Partnering with Bureau Veritas will strengthen our ability to help our clients meet the growing challenges of quality and safety in the global food supply chain.

We expect our partnership with Bureau Veritas to capitalise on the strengths and technical expertise of the three companies, achieve efficiencies, and create opportunities for employees and customers alike.

We thank you for the business that you have entrusted to us and we look forward to strengthening our relationship through this next exciting phase in our development.
Dean Madsen
Commercial Services Manager

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