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 In This Month's Issue...                          

ASF Seed Business 2016 - SAVE THE DATE!

ASF New Member Announcement 
  • Biogrow Australia Pty Ltd
ASF Footy Tipping Competitions - ASF & NRL 2016 Season

Latest News from ABCA

GRDC Annual Report 2014/15 now available

International Seed Federation (ISF) Bulletin - January 2016


Senator Anne Ruston appointed as dedicated Minister for Horticulture

IAN 2016-08 - Plant Export Industry Advice Notice
  • Authorised Officer Program - Development of a public register of authorised officers
Biosecurity Advice 2016/04 - Public consultation period has been extended for several draft regulations out for consultation under the Biosecurity Act 2015

Biosecurity Information Sessions 2016

Agricultural Trade Matters - February 2016 Update

Biosecurity Matters: Issue 1, February 2016

AW Howard Memorial Awards - Pasture Research Grants 2016


Funding Grants for Women in Agricultural Sector

Project Harvest Monthly Report - November 2015 now available

Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update

The OECD Seed Schemes

Water Innovation Forum & Expo 2016

ABARES Outlook 2016 Conference

Program Management Course for Plant Breeders - September 2016

Seed Announcements
  • Futari Consulting (QLD) Pty Ltd has re-branded to AgEtal Pty Ltd
  • Seed Distributors Pty Ltd has re-branded to Pasture Genetics Pty Ltd

 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.

More information coming soon along with accommodation details - Watch this space!

 ASF New Member Announcement                                                             

Since the last edition, the ASF would like to announce and welcome the following new member to the membership for the 2015/16 period:
Industry Involvement: Seed Treatments/ Distributor (Wholesaler/ Broker). They have only started selling seeds as of last financial year. The seed business is still quite new and is complementing their existing business of foliar nutrition. Company growth is very much focused on diversifying into seed sales and seed treatment polymers and equipment. More information about this company can be found at their website address above.

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

 ASF Footy Tipping Competitions - AFL & NRL 2016 Season                 

Sponsored by

The ASF ‘Footy Tipping Competition’ for both AFL & NRL 2016 seasons
are soon to begin. We encourage all members to get involved in this social
and friendly tipping competition and are glad to be running it again this
season.

PRIZES:
  • 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.
To enter the NRL Tipping Competition:
 
Go to: http://www.footytips.com.au/comps/ASF_NRL and register.
 
Comp is the ASF NRL Comp and password to enter is ASF
 
- You may need to click on ‘join’ (at the top right hand corner and sign up if you have not registered before with footytips.com or if you cannot find the competition you can search for it by typing “ASF NRL Comp”)

 
To enter the AFL Tipping Competition:
 
Go to http://www.footytips.com.au/comps/ASF_AFL and register.
 
Comp is the ASF AFL Comp and password to enter is ASF
 
- You may need to click on ‘join’ (at the top right hand corner and sign up if you have not registered before with footytips.com or if you cannot find the competition you can search for it by typing “ASF AFL Comp”)
 
- For those that have already registered for the AFL league and would like to also play in the NRL league, or vice versa, you should be able to join this league once you have logged in.
  • Click on “Competitions” tab
  • Click on “Search Comps” from the drop down menu
  • Enter comp name stated above
  • Comp will appear – you need to click on it and then enter the Password – ASF
  • Once joined, you will be able to enter your tips for both comps by selecting them from the “Comps” tab (both should appear in the drop down menu).
The NRL season starts next week Thursday 3 March 2016 and AFL season starts on Thursday 24 March 2016, so please ensure you register and enter your tips before these dates to not miss any rounds.
 
Any issues in signing up, please contact the ASF on 02 6282 6822 or email
alockley@asf.asn.au
 
Please note: these footy tipping competitions are only open to ASF members.

 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 - Organic farmer loses high court bid
  • AUS - GM canola unlikely to be invasive
  • AUS - Greens to rethink GM policy
  • AUS - SA grain group launches GM crop petition
  • SWITZERLAND - Vitamin-enhanced GM cassava
  • EU - GMO policies turn Europe against science
  • UK - GM tomatoes loaded with anti-oxidants
  • USA - New biotech tools must address fears
 
Source: Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) - Latest News (2016).

 GRDC Annual Report 2014/15 now available                                           

The Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) Annual Report 2014-15 is now available.

Grains industry production
In 2014-15, total winter crop production in Australia declined by 8 percent to 38.4 million tonnes as a result of drier seasonal conditions across the country. Winter crop production in Victoria declined by 19 percent to 5.5 million tonnes, the lowest level since 2009-10, while in Western Australia production fell by 12 percent relative to the large 2013-14 crop. Queensland and New South Wales also experienced declines in winter crop production of between 6 percent and 7 percent.

The area planted to summer grain, oilseed and pulse crops (excluding rice and cottonseed) decreased by around 9 percent in 2014-15.


The following production figures were recorded for the major winter crops:
  • wheat production declined by around 7 percent to 23.7 million tonnes
  • barley production declined by around 13 percent to 8.0 million tonnes
  • canola production declined by around 11 percent to 3.4 million tonnes.
GRDC performance
In 2014-15, the GRDC invested more than $194 million in 942 RD&E projects ranging from small short-term, solution-orientated projects to long-term strategic initiatives that will deliver step-change breakthroughs to complex problems, such as herbicide resistance and frost.

This annual report provides specific information on the key performance indicators that keep the GRDC’s annual operations and expenditure in line with the targets of its Strategic R&D Plan 2012-17, the Agriculture portfolio budget objectives and industry and government priorities. We continue to achieve good results across all these measures.

For further information or to download the GRDC Annual Report 2014-15, go to the GRDC website
 www.grdc.com.au/Annual-Report.

Source: Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC). 'Annual Report 2014/15' Email Alert. 04/01/2016.

 International Seed Federation (ISF) Bulletin - January 2016                  

The International Seed Federation (ISF) 'Bulletin - January 2016' edition is now available for your information and consideration. To view this bulletin click on the link below.
Source: International Seed Federation. 2016. 

 Senator Anne Ruston appointed as dedicated Minister for                    
 Horticulture 

December 2015/ January 2016
 The horticulture sector has been appointed its own dedicated
 minister: Federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water
 Resources, Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston, who has taken
 over the responsibility for the sector from Agriculture Minister
 the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP.


 Senator Ruston is based in one of Australia's largest
 horticultural regions (South Australia's Riverland) and has
extensive experience in the sector, having worked as a grower and irrigator before entering
politics. In her new role, Senator Ruston will liaise closely with the horticulture industry on
issues such as biosecurity, export market access and levies for R&D.


"Horticulture in Australia is a diverse, dynamic and innovative industry with a bright future," Senator Ruston said.

"I'm very much looking forward to taking on this portfolio and working with the sector to maximise opportunities for growth, prosperity and sustainability."

 
Source: AUSVEG. 'Potatoes Australia December 2015/ January 2016' Magazine. Page 8.

 IAN 2016-08 - Plant Export Industry Advice Notice                                 

  • Authorised Officer Program - Development of a public register of authorised officers
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has sent the ASF the following plant export industry advice notice to inform members that the department will implement a public register of plant exports authorised officers (AOs), and to advise of the requirement for each existing plant exports AO to complete the attached consent form.

Authorised Officer Program - Public Register of AOs Consent Form -
Click here

Full text and background information please visit the below website:
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/export/controlled-goods/plants-plant-products/ian/2016/2016-08


For further enquiries regarding the content of the above IAN notice above please contact PlantExportTraining@agriculture.gov.au.

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Plant Export Industry Advice Notice'. 18/02/2016.

 Biosecurity Advice 2016/04 - Public consultation period has been       
 extended for several draft regulations out for consultation under the  
 Biosecurity Act 2015 

The Australian Government, through the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, has extended the consultation period for several draft regulations under the Biosecurity Act 2015 for public consideration. Full press release - Click here

For further information please go to the website: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecuritylegislation

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Biosecurity Advice 2016/04'. 22/02/2016.

 Biosecurity Information Sessions 2016                                                    

Please see below 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.
  • Perth - Tuesday 15 March 2016, Novotel Perth Langley
  • Sydney - Monday 21 March 2016, Novotel Brighten Le Sands
  • Adelaide - Tuesday 22 March 2016, The Lakes Resort
  • Brisbane - Wednesday 23 March 2016, Novotel Brisbane Airport
  • Cairns - Wednesday 30 March 2016, Hilton Double Tree
  • Darwin - Thursday 31 March 2016, Mantra Pandanas
  • 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:
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity/australia/public-awareness/biosecuritysessions

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

 Agricultural Trade Matters - February 2016 Update                                 

Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have issued 'Agricultural Trade Matters - February 2016 Update' for your information and consideration.

Please see below articles that may be of interest within this update:
  • Making export easier - improving Australia's agricultural export laws
  • Pushing paperless trade
  • World Trade Organisation levelling the playing field for farmers
  • Building stronger agricultural ties with Indonesia
Agricultural Trade Matters - February 2016 Update - Click here

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Agricultural Trade Matters - February 2016'. Email Alert. 05/02/2016.

 Biosecurity Matters: Issue 1, February 2016                                         

Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have issued 'Biosecurity Matters: Issue 1 - February 2016' (previously Biosecurity Bulletin) for your information and consideration.

Please see below articles that may be of interest within this issue:
  • Help us determine "first points of entry" into Australia
  • BICON cutting red tape for importers
Biosecurity Matters: Issue 1 - February 2016 - Click here

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Biosecurity Matters: Issue 1 - February 2016'.

 AW Howard Memorial Trust Awards - Pasture Research Grants 2016  

The AW Howard Memorial Trust Incorporated was established in 1964 to acknowledge the vision of Amos Howard, a South Australian farmer who in the 1930s widely promoted benefits from introducing subterranean clover into farming systems in Australia. The objective of the Trust is to: “encourage and promote research and investigation in the fields of natural science and social science (including economics) which relate to the development, management and use of pastures”.

The AW Howard Memorial Trust is now offering the following in 2016
  • Research Study Awards
Other awards now on offer include:
  • Pastoral Industry Extension Study Award
  • Grants In-aid
  • General Conditions of Awards
Applications Close 31 March 2016

For more detailed information about the above awards -
Click here or visit the website at http://pir.sa.gov.au/top_menu/pirsa_careers/aw_howard_memorial_trust

 Funding Grants for Women in the Agricultural Sector                            

In 2016 Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the agriculture sector.

From February 10th 2016 the initiative will provide women in the agriculture sector with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open to women employed in the agriculture sector at two levels.


Please click on the preferred program link below for further details:
  1. Senior Management and Executive level Women Leaders can apply for $12,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program.
  1. Women Managers can apply for $5,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program.
Expressions of Interest
Please complete the Expression of Interest form - Click here

Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail please contact Ian Johnson at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, Australian School of Applied Management on 03 9270 9016 or via email to ijohnson@wla.edu.au

Due Deadline for expression of interest ends on 31 March 2016.

Source: Women & Leadership Australia. 2016.

 Project Harvest Monthly Report - November 2015 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.


This project has been funded by HIA using vegetable industry levy and matched funds from the Australian Government.

This report contains content on
- Broccoli
- Chillies
- Sweet Corn
- Green Peas
- Kale
- Leeks
- Lettuce

To download the full report for November 2015 -
 Click here

Source: AUSVEG. 'Project Harvest consumer research - Broccoli, lettuce, chillies, corn, leeks, kale and peas'. 03/02/2016
 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 (18/02/16) - Click here

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture. ''Weekly ABARES report'. 18/02/2016. www.agriculture.gov.au.

 The OECD Seed Schemes                                                                          

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) offers an inside look at how seed schemes are helping facilitate import and export of seed in order to help the seed and agriculture industry grow. Full Text - Click here

Source: Seed World Daily. Email Alert. 22/01/2016

 Water Innovation Forum & Expo 2016                                                      

The Water and Innovation Forum and Expo will be held from 10-11 March 2016 at Royal Randwick Sydney.

Given the aging infrastructure and climatic pressures on water, Australia’s future water security relies on major innovation in technology, design and approach. This forum is a platform for people working in water-using industries to meet and discuss innovation, sustainability, emerging technology, and exchange fresh and ground-breaking ideas.

For more detailed information please view the below program.
  • Water Innovation Forum & Expo 2016 Program - Click here
Source: Australian Water Association. 'Water Innovation Forum & Expo 2016'. Email Alert. 02/02/2016 

 ABARES Outlook 2016 Conference                                                           

One week to go!

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 program, speakers and registration details - Click here
 
Source: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - ABARES. 'Welcome to Outlook 2016'. Email Alert. 23/02/2016.

 Program Management Course for Plant Breeders - September 2016    

Registrations are now 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
sjmohr@ucdavis.edu or visit http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Courses/Program_Management_for_Plant_Breeders/
 
UPCOMING COURSES
UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy Class 6 starts September 2016
http://pba.ucdavis.edu

Seed Business 101 Field Crops, 12-16 September 2016, Durham, NC
http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Courses/Seed_Business_101/Seed_Business_101_-_Field_Crops/
 
Seed Business 101 Horticulture, 5-9 December 2016, Davis, CA
http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Courses/Seed_Business_101/Seed_Business_101_-_Horticulture/
 
Source: University of California, Davis. Seed Biotechnology Centre. Email Alert. 10/02/2016.

 Seed Announcements                                                                                

  • Futari Consulting (QLD) Pty Ltd has re-branded to AgEtal Pty Ltd
As of February 2016, Futari Consulting (Qld) Pty Ltd has re-branded and is now called AgEtal Pty Ltd. It will continue with the same service as before and all previous contact details will remain the same except for the laboratory signage and new email addresses.

For more information please visit the website at
www.AgEtal.com.au or contact Ken Cunliffe via email to ken@agetal.com.au or phone 07 4633 3223.
  • Seed Distributors Pty Ltd has re-branded to Pasture Genetics Pty Ltd
As of 15 January 2016, Seed Distributors Pty Ltd has re-branded and is now called Pasture Genetics Pty Ltd. Though the name has changed, it is still the same legal entity with the same operators. There is no impact to the day to day operations or to their current supply arrangements.

For more information please visit the website at
www.pasturegenetics.com or contact Ann Damin via email to ann.damin@pasturegenetics.com or phone 08 8445 1111.

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