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 In This Month's Issue...                          

ASF Seed Business 2015 Convention Report

ASF meets with ISF in Brisbane for World Seed Congress 2018

ASF Code of Practice Logo Stickers for sale


Latest News from ABCA

RIRDC - Survey of lucerne root damage and pathogen occurrence in lucerne roots and soils collected from south-east South Australia


FSANZ Food Standard News October 2015 issue now available

Certificate III in Commercial Seed Processing

Release of draft Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis guidelines and extension for comments till 16 December 2015


Funding Grants for Women in the Agriculture Sector

Agriculture Trade News Update - October 2015

Decrease in the number of agricultural businesses applying nitrogen based fertiliser

Bureau issues Climate Outlook for November 2015 to January 2016

Department of Agriculture Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update

The Gazette of Pakistan issued The Seed (Amendment) Act 2015

Major Strides Being Made in Cotton Research


 
ASF Seed Business 2015 Convention Report                                          

The ASF Seed Business 2015 Convention was held at the City Golf Club in Toowoomba, Queensland. Toowoomba provided a great opportunity and location for the Australian seed industry to take stock of the important role that it plays in underpinning Queensland's primary industries and allowed delegates to explore the agricultural region and its surroundings.

Over the two-days of Convention delegates, partners, sponsors and exhibitors soaked up the region whilst participating on hot topics and hearing discussions about new Biotechnology and Northern Agriculture...Full text - Click here
  • Seed Business 2015 & Seed Industry Training Day Photos - Click here (File: 5MB)

 ASF meets with ISF in Brisbane for World Seed Congress 2018           

The ASF Secretariat and ASF Board recently met with the International Seed Federation (ISF) in Brisbane on 30 September for 3 days in preparation for the World Seed Congress 2018 to be held in Australia.

In attendance from the ISF was Michael Keller, Secretary General and Camilla PerretGentil, Events Manager, along with Fabienne Michel who works for Adhoc Events and is the Professional Conference Organiser used by the ISF. Over the 3-days Alysha, Camilla and Fabienne visited several accommodation properties and venues throughout Brisbane and met with the Brisbane Convention Centre as well as Brisbane Marketing in preparation for the ISF 2018 event.

The ASF held its Board meeting in conjunction with the ISF visit which Michael was present for and highlighted some of the work the ASF will need to assist with in hosting the 2018 event. In gearing up for 2018 the planning will mainly begin early 2016 upon which the ASF will be putting together a Committee to assist for the planning of this event.

The ISF are hoping to have a strong Asia Pacific attendance due to it being held in Brisbane, Australia and are estimating a target of 1400 delegates for the 2018 event.

More information will be available next year when further planning starts to begin.

 ASF Code of Practice Logo Stickers for sale                                           

The ASF Code of Practice logo is now available in Stickers provided by Rowena Petrie from Royston Petrie Seeds. These can be used on bags and seed packets.

Quantity = 
1000 stickers per roll priced at $55 per roll plus GST and postage.
 
 

If you are interested in purchasing a roll of the Code of Practice stickers for use on bags or seed packets, please contact Rowena at Royston Petrie Seeds on 02 6372 7800 or via email to rowena@rpseeds.com.au

 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.
  • AUS - SA Grain Group launches GM crop petition
  • AUS - GM wheat needed
  • AUS - Marsh loses GM appeal
  • Switzerland - Vitamin-enhanced GM cassava
  • EU - GMO policies turn Europe against science
  • UK - GM tomatoes laded with anti-oxidants
  • INT - GM cattle could reshape Africa
  • USA - New biotech tools must address fears
  • USA - Uniting GM and organic
  • USA - GM crop approval delays cost billions
http://www.abca.com.au/news
 
Source: Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) - Latest News (2015).

 RIRDC - Survey of lucerne root damage and pathogen occurrence in  
 lucerne roots and soils collected from south-east South Australia 

The Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) have issued a survey report on 'lucerne root damage and pathogen occurrence in lucerne roots and soils collected from south-east South Australia' for your information. Full text and report - Click here

Source: Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation. 22/10/2015

 FSANZ Food Standards News October 2015 issue now available         

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) have released their 'Food Standards News - October 2015 issue' for your information and consideration.

Food Standards News October 2015 issue -
Click here

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. 'Daily Parliamentary Bulletin'. Email Alert 13/10/2015

 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 and whilst it is short notice this could be as soon as December 2015.
 
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
Source: Tocal College, Murrumbidgee Campus, Yanco, NSW.

 Release of draft Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis guidelines and        
 extension for comments till 16 December 2015 

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released the 'draft Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis guidelines 2015 (BIRA guidelines)'. Interested stakeholders are invited to comment on these BIRA guidelines through a submission process. This is part of the current consultation on the exposure draft Biosecurity (Biosecurity Import Risk Analyses) Regulation (BIRA Regulation) 2015.

Following the release of the draft BIRA guidelines, the submission period for the exposure draft BIRA Regulation 2015 has now been extended to 16 December 2015...Full Text - Click here

The ASF intends to put in a submission and welcomes any comments by members on this matter. Please submit any comments you have to Bill Fuller by email to bfuller@asf.asn.au or phone 02 6282 6822.

Source: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 16/10/2015.

 Funding Grants for Women in the Agriculture Sector                             

The 2015 National Industry Scholarship Grant Initiative will support the development of women leaders in the Agriculture Sector. Scholarships are now open for women in the agriculture sector who wish to apply.
 
The National Scholarship Committee wishes to acknowledge the Australian Seed Federation Ltd for its important role in disseminating details and asks that you alert your members to submit their expressions of interest and/or applications prior to the deadline to ensure an opportunity to access the limited scholarship funding available.
  
Please see below attachments and a link to download these documents:
Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail please contact Ian Johnson at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program WLA on 03 9270 9016 or via email to ijohnson@asam.edu.au.

The closing date for applications is 30 November 2015 


Source: Women & Leadership Australia. 2015


 Agriculture Trade News Update - October 2015                                       

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have issued 'Agriculture Trade News Update - October 2015' for your information.

Headlines include:
  • Touch down! Australia secures its fourth trade deal in two years and it's the biggest ever
  • Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources travels to Indonesia
  • Australia gets support from the OECD for our agricultural policy settings
  • Improvements to shelf-life requirements for Qatar
  • Making exporting easier - a review of Australia's agriculture export regulation
Agriculture Trade News Update - October 2015 - Click here

Source: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Department of Agriculture News'. Email Alert. 16/10/2015

 Decrease in the number of agricultural businesses applying nitrogen based fertiliser 

The number of agricultural businesses applying nitrogen based fertilisers in Australia decreased in 2013-14, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2013-14, provides a snapshot of a variety of land management practices including cropping and pasture management, as well as use of fertilisers and soil enhancers by agricultural businesses around the country.

“The ABS estimates that 41,400 agricultural businesses applied nitrogen based fertiliser to their land in 2013-14, which is a 15 per cent decrease on the 2011-12 estimate,” said Katie Hutt from the ABS.

“While we saw a decrease in the number of agricultural businesses applying nitrogen based fertilisers in 2013-14, the total area of land on which nitrogen based fertiliser was applied stayed consistent with 2011-12 figures, totalling 32.3 million hectares.

“Western Australia continues to have the largest area on which nitrogen based fertiliser is applied.”

The most commonly applied nitrogen based fertilisers were ammonium phosphates, which were applied to the largest area of land (12.0 million ha) and urea (11.9 million ha) .

A mix of annual and perennial pasture types were the most common pasture compositions reported by agricultural businesses.

“We estimate that 41,000 agricultural businesses had an estimated 111 million hectares of mixed annual and perennial pasture species on their holdings during 2013-14,” said Ms Hutt.

“We estimate that 23,700 agricultural businesses undertook some form of management practices on their perennial pastures during 2013-14. Grazing on perennial pastures was by far the most common practice accounting for 76 per cent of the total area being managed.”

For more information, go to Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2013-14 (cat. no. 4627.0), available for free download from the ABS website www.abs.gov.au.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 13/10/2015. 

 Bureau issues Climate Outlook for November 2015 to January 2016   

The Bureau of Meteorology today issued its monthly and seasonal climate outlooks for November 2015 to January 2016.

The outlook for the next three months indicates:

November temperatures are likely to be warmer than average for southern Australia, with below-average rainfall across the southeast and parts of the north but above-average rainfall across large parts of the west.

The November to January outlook indicates below-average rainfall is likely across parts of Victoria, NSW and the tropics.

Warmer daytime temperatures are likely along much of the coast of southern and eastern Australia but central parts of the NT are likely to be cooler.

Overnight temperatures are likely to be warmer across most of the country.

The current outlook reflects a combination of a strong El Niño in the Pacific, a decaying positive Indian Ocean Dipole, and very warm Indian Ocean temperatures.

For more information, or to watch or share the video visit www.bom.gov.au/climate/ahead

Source: Australian Government, Bureau of Meteorology. 29/10/2015.

 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 (29/10/15) - Click here

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture. ''Weekly ABARES report'. 29/10/2015. www.daff.gov.au.

 The Gazette of Pakistan issued The Seed (Amendment) Act 2015        

The Gazette of Pakistan has issued 'The Seed (Amendment) Act 2015' for your information and consideration:

To download The Gazette, Pakistan Seed Act (Amendment) 2015 - Click here

 Major Strides Being Made in Cotton Research                                        

Don Jones, director of Agricultural Research in North Carolina's Cotton Incorporated, sits down with Seed World publisher Shawn Brook to talk about exciting research advancements in the world of cotton. View video - Click here

Source: Seed World. Seed Week News. Email Alert. 14/10/2015.

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