Is this email not displaying correctly?
The Newsletter opens best in the browser using 'Google Chrome' rather than email.
If you are using email, please ensure you right-click on 'download images' at top of email.

View it in your browser.
Know Before
You Sow

Always ask if the seller of your seed is a member of the ASF to ensure you Know Before You Sow 

Information Flyer 

Smart from the Start Checklist

 In This Month's Issue...                          

ASF launches new website with a fresh and vibrant look

ASF launches 'Smart from the Start'  promotion

ASF New Member Announcement

ASF Code of Practice reminder when exporting seed

ASF members visit Centor Oceania

Latest News from ABCA

GRDC Mobile Apps

Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) Update

Insect pest research to reduce costs for farmers

Biosecurity Matters - December 2016 now available

Invitation to participate in Biosecurity Attitudinal Research

Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania 2017 now available online

Pulse Standards Clarification - Sclerotes in Red Lentils

Project Harvest November 2016 Report now available

Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update

Seed Production Course to be held from 14-16 February 2017

UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy Class 5 - Oct 2017

Seed Announcements
  • An exciting new chapter for Midlands
  • AGT - InterGrain in talks on deal to secure and expand value for Australian Grain Growers
  • APSA 2016 a real success for Centor Oceania

 ASF launches new website with a fresh and vibrant look                      

The Australian Seed Federation (ASF) is pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved website which went live on 19th December 2016.
The new website is compatible with mobile and tablet devices to make it easier for members and industry partners to access the information on the go and out in the paddock.
What’s new and improved?
The new website contains more information for members, industry partners and the general public now having a ‘Resources’ tab containing a Submissions page to show the work the Federation has been doing, as well as the Pasture Database and Seed Links containing additional resources for members to utilise.
New ‘Variety Not Stated’ Tech Note Developed
The ASF is also pleased to advise the development of its first Tech Note also located under the ‘resources’ tab. The first tech note has been developed on Variety Not Stated (VNS) which we encourage you all to promote to your wider networks. There will be more tech notes developed in the new year that will be available via the Tech Note page.

Some other new features of the website include the new and improved ‘Members Directory’ in now having a search function to find specific companies involved in the different key areas of the seed and agriculture industry and further promoting the ASF membership with a blurb on each member company. Note: some member content is still to be updated in this section.
The addition of the ‘Events’ page now allows for a public calendar to show the important dates and events within the seed and agriculture industry as well as a dedicated page for the ASF Annual Seed Business Convention.
Members Login Area
The primary contact from each member company will shortly be emailed your new login details to access the ‘Members Login’ area of the ASF website. We will ask that these login details be distributed to the relevant staff within your companies.
The member login area has been split into 3 new sub sections below:
  • Minutes & Meetings – containing upcoming ASF Group and Regional Meeting dates and previous meeting minutes
  • Member Benefits – containing information on how members can use the various benefits available to them through the ASF Business Partners i.e. hire car rental discounts, accommodation discounts, Subaru Australia fleet discounts, tailored insurance policies and much more.
  • Member Tools & Information – containing various resources such as ASF logos, ASF Constitution, Presentations from the ASF Seed Business 2016 Convention, and Best Practice Guidelines to name a few.
Horticulture Database
The horticulture database has also been combined into the one login area to make it quicker and easier for those members who access and use this database.
New Look & Promotion
The new website has been designed to give a fresh, vibrant, and new feel with the intention to make it easier for the public and members to use as a main resource for the seed and agriculture sector. Incorporated in the new design is more exposure and promotion of the ASF Corporate Sponsors in having advertising on every page of the new website and to promote key messages and benefits of the ASF.

We encourage all members and industry partners to visit the new website at and for members to utilise the ‘Members Only Area’.

 ASF launches 'Smart from the Start' promotion                                      

The ASF is committed to becoming well-recognised for our leadership, advocacy, adaptation and solutions on the key issues facing our members.

One of the most pressing challenges facing our industry is the need to maintain the integrity of the seed supply and distribution chain all the way to the end use purchaser.

A compelling summary about why preserving that principle is vital to the future of our industry is contained in the Smart from the Start Checklist and associated description found on the ASF’s new website at

The ASF has just launched a campaign to promote this checklist encouraging growers, resellers and seed purchasing end users to visit this valuable checklist and consider the advice offered when they are in the market for pasture seed.
The key messages this campaign will be communicating are:
  • Know your seed, know your future
  • The cost of seed is minor relative to the cost of poor establishment, wrong variety and introduced weeds - why risk it?
  • There is only one way to really know before you sow - The ASF Smart from the Start checklist.
The campaign will include a targeted email being sent directly to potential seed purchasers, along with a media campaign via the ASF Facebook and Twitter sites to further spread the message about the value in the Smart from the Start checklist.

If you would like any additional information about this exciting new initiative, please feel free to contact the ASF on 02 6282 6822 or via email to

 ASF New Member Announcement                                                             

The ASF would like to announce the following new member to the membership for the 2016/17 period:
  • Braithwaite Management Pty Ltd - Click here for more detailed information. 
Braithwaite Management Co is a family farming business that comprises of irrigation properties in Griffith, NSW. Enterprises include irrigated rice, wheat, barley, canola, faba beans and seed crops.

A full list of members can be found on the ASF website under the 'membership' tab at

 ASF Code of Practice reminder when exporting seed                            

The ASF would like to remind members that if you are exporting seed and then reselling it on, you must ensure the bags and labelling requirements are met to be compliant with the Code of Practice Labelling & Marketing.

In some circumstances members may need to re-brand the bag or label to ensure you are compliant with the rules and regulations of the Code.

If you are unsure or need more clarification please contact either Bill Fuller or Alysha Lockley at the ASF on 02 6282 6822 or email

 ASF members visit Centor Oceania                                                          

Centor Oceania had the opportunity to play host to several members from the ASF on Wednesday 23rd November 2016.

From all reports they were thoroughly entertained by our Head of R&D Operations, Simon Watt with a presentation on polymers and Ian Perryman, our Sales Manager who talked about both polymers and seed treatment machinery. The afternoon ended with a cuppa, lots of questions then finally a walk through our impressive R&D laboratory.

The feedback was that it was very informative and we think everyone learnt something and took something away from it.


 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 new articles since the last E-News, please click on the website link below.
  • AUS - Report joins GM debate (new article)
  • AUS - GM crops free areas bill repealed
  • AUS - WA GM repeal bill update
  • AUS - Report joins GM debate
  • USA - Third GM apple commercially approved
  • USA - Crispr technology and agriculture
Source: Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) - Latest News (2016).

 GRDC Mobile Apps                                                                                     

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) have a range of free mobile apps available for those in the seed and agriculture industry. The apps will allow you to undertake activities in the paddock and interact with your networks on your iPhone, iPad or Android™ device.

They are free to download and feature an ability to identify day to day weeds, insects and other useful identification guides (coming soon). They also offer a suite of useful and helpful resources that will assist growers to access the latest Research, Development and Extension information.

For more information and to view the free mobile apps visit the website at
Source: Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). 'Apps'. 2016 

 Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) Update                        

DAFWA taking action to lessen the CGMMV threat

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has been providing a free service to Geraldton Cucurbit growers to help develop on-farm biosecurity plans. If successful, the service may be offered to other cucurbit growing regions.

DAFWA has been contacting growers to arrange property visits. Growers who have not been contacted or would like to arrange a visit are being asked to contact James Dee from DAFWA’s Geraldton office on 9780 6285.
This initiative is a response to the detection of Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) in Geraldton, Carnarvon, Kununurra and Perth. On-farm biosecurity plans will reduce the risk of exposure not only to CGMMV, but also other pests and diseases.

DAFWA staff have been interviewing growers to help identify property management requirements, biosecurity practices for staff, and any required new infrastructure. DAFWA will provide growers with a written report with recommendations for future action.

Biosecurity tips
DAFWA is stressing a number of important biosecurity tips to prevent CGMMV infection or spread:
  • Materials capable of being a host to CGMMV should be removed prior to planting according to disposal, destruction and decontamination guidelines. Guidelines will shortly be made available for growers.
  • Potential host material includes dead or infected plant matter, weeds, volunteer plants and in-field risk items such as irrigation equipment.
  • Dispose of weeds and volunteer plants even if not planting crops over the summer. Do not plough in.
  • Carry out ongoing monitoring and sampling of plants for CGMMV symptoms. Sampling kits and instructions will shortly be available from DAFWA and selected retailers.
  • DAFWA is providing free testing of samples from cucurbit growers.
  • At all times adhere to hygiene measures for people, vehicles and equipment.
Surveillance and workshops
CGMMV information sessions and farm biosecurity demonstrations for Waroona-Harvey and Donnybrook-Manjimup growers will be held in mid-January 2017. Confirmed details will be provided via DAFWA’s
CGMMV web pages, e-updates and on DAFWA's social media sites.

Growers will be asked to carry out CGMMV surveillance over the next four months in the Perth metropolitan and south west regions, and will be provided with sampling kits once available.

Source: Department of Agriculture and Food WA. 'CGMMV update for industry members'. 13/12/2016.

 Insect pest research to reduce costs for farmers                                    

Insect pests are increasingly costing Australian dairy farmers time and money, but new research is now being conducted to minimise the problem.
To date, the challenge has been the variable nature across farms, regions, seasons, years and even the types of insect pests change from year to year. This in turn makes it extremely hard for farmers to determine the best approach, making it a costly exercise to sort out.
The research, supported by Dairy Australia, will work to pinpoint the insects damaging dairy pastures and lead to more accurate methods to combat the pests. To ensure the research is as detailed as possible to find the best cost-saving measures, dairy farmers across Australia are encouraged to complete a short, online survey. The survey is now available and can be found at
Source: Dairy Australia. 2016.

 Biosecurity Matters - December 2016 now available                               

Biosecurity Matters is a bi-monthly, online newsletter providing readers with a greater understanding of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resource's work in managing biosecurity risks overseas, at the border and within Australia. This is the current edition, published December 2016.

Articles in this edition:
  • Skippy and Noosa show how quarantine is done in Australia
  • The Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS) is now in full sail across all Australian sea ports
  • Regions bring fresh ideas to biosecurity talks
  • Funding innovation to help farmers win the war on pests
  • Join our recreational and commercial vessel surveys
  • Protecting Australian bats from fatal fungus
  • Border Finds - Ladybird, ladybird fly away from our home
To read this edition please click - Biosecurity Matters - December 2016

Source: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Biosecurity Matters Edition 6 2016'. 09/12/2016

 Invitation to participate in Biosecurity Attitudinal Research                  

The Department of Primary Industries Biosecurity & Food Safety is undertaking research on levels of biosecurity awareness, attitudes, understanding and behaviours of primary producers, allied industries and rural and metropolitan communities in NSW. This research will provide a benchmark for future education and communications.

This online survey will support qualitative research and a telephone survey  and  provide quantitative assessment as to current levels of awareness, understanding and behaviours as they relate to biosecurity and to identify what information and resources would be of most assistance to primary producers moving forward.

Colmar Brunton a leading provider or market and social research services has been commissioned to administer this survey on our behalf.

The information from the research will assist in the future development of materials, frameworks and communications to support the implementation of the Biosecurity Act 2015 and supporting regulations as well as the ongoing implementation of the NSW Government’s Biosecurity Strategy.

The survey for NSW primary producers will be open until 29 January 2017.  At the conclusion of the consultation Colmar Brunton will prepare and provide to you a summary report of the results that have been provided by your members.
To take part in disseminating this survey, please email to arrange for the survey link to be sent to you.  If you would like further information on the research or the survey please call Julia Harvey, Director, Stakeholder Engagement and Customer Service on 0438 481 044.

Source: Department of Primary Industries Biosecurity & Food Safety. Invitation Email to Members. 13/12/2016.

 Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania 2017 now available online             

Biosecurity Advisory 28/2016
Please see below notice from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment - Biosecurity Tasmania, for your information and consideration:

The 2017 edition of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (PBMTas) was published on the Biosecurity Tasmania website ( on 14 December 2016. The manual will only be published online, and will not be available in hard copy format.

The new edition of the PBMTas includes a number of changes. Many changes are minor, but there are a few significant changes in relation to Import Requirement (IR) revocations or additions (newly declared IRs). Please note that these changes take legal effect from the date of public release, which was from the 14 December 2016.

The revised conditions and restrictions in this year’s Manual, include but are not limited to:
  • Revocation of IR8B Fruit Fly Host Produce – Post harvest Treatment with Fenthion;
  • Introduction of a new import standard for nursery stock under BioSecure HACCP program (IR38E). This program has been developed by the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA);
  • Revisions to Import Requirements (IRs) for fruit fly host produce treatment options (IR4, 7 & 8A), green snail (IR25), chickpea blight (IR27), treatments for nursery stock (IR38A), and conditions for import of agricultural equipment like grain harvester’s (IR39);
  • Addition of copy of a Section 68 Notice for products which may vector Green Snail (Appendix 2.3);
  • Range of changes to Biosecurity Tasmania ‘Contacts’ page; and
  • Changes in acceptance status of several Interstate Certification Assurances (ICAs) as recognised by Biosecurity Tasmania (see Section 2.18).
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 revocation of Little cherry virus 2 to a pest of Non-Quarantine status.

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 30 November 2016. A copy of this Gazette can be accessed on
the Tasmanian Government Gazette website​.

Source: Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. 'Biosecurity Tasmania'. 08/12/2016.

 Pulse Standards Clarification - Sclerotes in Red Lentils                        

Please see below information from the Pulse Standards Committee regarding clarification on the classification of sclerotes in red lentils.
The 2016/17 Pulse Australia standards do not specifically state where sclerotes would be classified in the red lentil standards.
However, the committee can confirm that sclerotes would be classified as Unmillable Material in the red lentil standards, for which the definition is as follows:
Unmillable Material = Includes soil, sand, stones, pieces of snail, pieces of Stored Grain Insects, pieces of Field Insects (except Grasshoppers and Locusts) and other non-vegetable matter.
The Pulse Standards Committee will ensure the 2017/18 standards clarify this existing definition.

 Project Harvest November 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
- Broccoli
- Chilli
- Lettuce
- Sweet Corn
- Green Peas
- Kale
- Leek
To download the full report for November 2016 - 
Click here
Source: AUSVEG Limited. 'Project Harvest consumer research'. Email Alert. 20/12/2016

 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 (15/12/16) - Click here

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture. ''Weekly ABARES report'. 15/12/2016

 Seed Production Course to be held from 14-16 February 2017            
The next Seed Production course will be offered February 14-16, 2017 in Davis, California at the UC Davis Conference Center.

This 3 day course is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge of the underlying biology of seed production and the key roles of bees and other insect pollinators, how to manage seed crops from agronomic, quality control, and genetic integrity standpoints, and how to meet new challenges through seed production research. The course is being offered again after a very successful initial offering in February 2016.
  • Targeted participants include seed production professionals and others who would benefit by knowing more about how to grow, manage and process crops for seed and to attain and enhance seed quality. Participant interactions are fostered and reinforced by break-out group discussions addressing the key topics presented.
  • The course includes wet-seeded vegetable crops (cucurbits, tomatoes and peppers), dry-seeded vegetable crops (brassicas, carrots, onions, spinach and lettuce), and agronomic crops (sunflower, alfalfa and forages, canola, cereals and corn). Attention is also given to organic seed production.
The number of participants is limited. For course and registration information, click here or contact Sally Mohr at

Source: UC Davis. ' Seed Production Course'. Email Alert. 26/10/2016

 UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy Class 5 - Oct 2017          

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) is a professional certificate program offered since 2006 with classes in USA, Europe, Africa and Asia.  To date, the program has trained more than 230 breeders, 80% of which are from the private seed industry.  Class 5 of the European PBA will start in October 2017 and it is now open for registration.
The 2017 class core curriculum will maintain the upgrades from the previous classes and add modules to address the most recent development in plant breeding theory and practice.

Dates and locations:
Oct 2-7, 2017, Enkhuizen, Netherlands
Mar 5-10, 2018, Angers, France
June 25-30, 2018, Gatersleben, Germany
Oct 1-6, 2018, Gent, Belgium
Mar 4-9, 2019, Almeria, Spain
June 24-29, 2019, Davis, CA

For more information on the UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy contact Joy Patterson at or visit

Source: UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy. Email Alert. 31/10/2016.

 Seed Announcements                                                                                

Over the past few months, we’ve been working towards a new sense of professionalism for our business, our clients and our brand.

As such, we’ve organised and clarified the structure of our business; and strengthened our logo and tone of voice to create a more distinct, contemporary brand identity.

This is an exciting new chapter for all of us. And, broadly speaking, it’s business as usual. But if you do have any questions on how this change might affect you, please talk to your Midlands contact.
To follow the journey, please
click here to open via the Midlands website
Chris Green, Duncan Storrier & Andrew Davidson


AGT - InterGrain in talks on deal to secure and expand value for Australian Grain Growers

Australian Grain Technologies (AGT) and InterGrain have begun formal negotiations on a deal to strengthen Australian-focused cereal breeding.

The proposal under discussion would see AGT acquire InterGrain, bringing together two strong, vibrant, local plant breeding companies focused on the development and adoption of improved varieties to meet the unique needs of Australian grain growers.

The two companies view the potential transaction as a way to ensure the Australian grains industry benefits from world-class breeding operations...Full Text -
Click here

APSA 2016 a real success for Centor Oceania

Centor Oceania has just attended the 23rd Asian Seed Congress held at the Songdo Convensia, Incheon, South Korea. This year, APSA welcomed a number of expert speakers, guests and VIPs who covered PVP, IPR, Seed Technology, Vegetables & Ornamental, Field Crops, Cover Crops, Trade and Marketing.

An enormous amount of interest was shown in our range of polymer products which really tackle the important issue of dust from treated seeds and flow ability.

Centor Oceania pride itself in having available some of the best polymers in the market place for reducing dust. All our new polymers under development go through rigorous testing and quality checks to ensure that they meet strictest of standards. Particularly in the case of dust, our aim is not just to meet the required standard but to exceed expectations.

Click on ads to visit company website

The Australian Seed Federation accepts no liability of any form or loss, damage or harm of any type however caused by the opinions expressed, and/or advertisements included in the Seed Business E-News. All design material in the E-News is copyright and is protected, and cannot be reproduced without the permission of the Australian Seed Federation.
Copyright © 2016. Australian Seed Federation Limited, All rights reserved.

Alysha Lockley | Business Services Manager | Australian Seed Federation
PO Box 3572 | MANUKA ACT 2603 | 1/ 20 Napier Close | DEAKIN ACT 2600
Tel 02 6282 6822 | Fax 02 6282 6922 | Web |

This email was sent to
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Australian Seed Federation · PO Box 3572 · Manuka, ACT 2603 · Australia

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp