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 In This Month's Issue...                          

Seed Business 2015 - Save the Date!

ASF Footy Tipping competitions - AFL & NRL 2015 season

ASF Code of Practice Logo Stickers for sale

Package Assisting Small Exporters


Latest News from ABCA

OGTR - Limited and controlled release of cotton GM for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance - Bayer CropScience

OGTR - Limited and controlled release of safflower GM for high oleic acid composition - CSIRO


Improved seed production of Lotus tenuis for a global market

New and emerging plant industries three-year RD&E plan: January 2015 - June 2018


USA Photos of LA Port Congestion due to continual go slows

USA Port Strike - ILWU, PMA reach a tentative agreement

Biosecurity Bulletin - Edition 1, 2015 now available

Plant Biosecurity CRC News now available - February 2015

Consultation on proposals to streamline IP processes and support small business

FSANZ - Food Standards News: Issue 121 - February 2015 now available

ABARES Australian Crop Report: February 2015 now available


Department of Agriculture Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update

Center Seeks Applicants for Seed Courses
 Seed Business 2015 - Save the Date!                                                        
Tuesday 25 August 2015 - Thursday 27 August 2015 (inclusive) 
Toowoomba, QLD


The ASF is pleased to announce Seed Business 2015 is likely to be held at Toowoomba, Qld pending on venue options (currently being investigated). We hope to have this confirmed in the coming weeks.
 
The dates for the ASF Seed Business 2015 Convention are from Tuesday 25 August (Day 1) – Thursday 27 August 2015 (Day 3).

There will be a social day on Monday 24th August for those that wish to take part and a Field Ag tour on Friday 28th August (TBC).
 
If you have any concerns or clashes with these dates mentioned above please advise Alysha Lockley at the ASF on 02 6282 6822 or via email to 
alockley@asf.asn.au

 ASF Footy Tipping Competitions - AFL & NRL 2015 Season                 

Reminder - Four days till NRL season starts - make sure you have registered and have got your tips!
 
*Prizes now available for the winners including sharing in $250K cash prize money from ESPN Footytips – see below advert.
 
The ASF ‘Footy Tipping Competition’ for both AFL & NRL 2015 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 will be included for the winners of both competitions including a company prize.
  • The individual winner who takes out the comp will win a $250 RM Williams voucher.
  • 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.
It is in your best interest to get as many colleagues from your company signed up to play as it will increase your company’s chance of winning!
 
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 Thursday 5 March and AFL season starts on Thursday 2 April, so please ensure you register and enter your tips before these dates to not miss any rounds.
 
Any issues in signing up, please give Alysha a call at the ASF on 02 6282 6822 or contact me via email at
alockley@asf.asn.au
 

 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

 Package Assisting Small Exporters                                                          

As you may be aware the Minister of Agriculture has released the Package Assisting Small Exporters project guidelines, the guidelines, application and project proposal forms are available on the department’s website at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity/export/package-assisting-small-exporters
 
Programme overview
In the 2014-15 budget, the government committed $15 million over four years to support small exporters. This election commitment has three components:
  • rebates to small exporters for export certification registration costs in 2014-15;
  • a review of export fees and charges, through government-industry consultative committees in 2014-15; and
  • the balance of funding will be used for projects that would directly benefit small exporters. 
Government-industry consultative committees (the ASF is a member of the Grains consultative committee) have been asked to propose projects to the Minister that the sector believes would directly benefit small exporters, particularly projects that would improve their market access. This funding becomes available upon completion of the fees and charges review.
 
The objectives of the PASE programme - project component are to improve market access of small exporters of dairy, egg / fish, grain and plant products, horticulture and meat products.

The ASF is interested in any thoughts or ideas that you think maybe worth the ASF developing into a project proposal with the above objective in mind.
 
Bill Fuller
CEO
Australian Seed Federation 

 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 - Marsh v Baxter appeal set for March
  • AUS - GM Canola Uptake
  • AUS - Farmers must speak up
  • USA - GM Apple approved for Commercial release
  • INT - Latest GM crop figures released
  • INT - Emerging biotech techniques
  • USA - New GM Potato: No regulation required
  • USA - Two new GM products approved for market
http://www.abca.com.au/news
 
Source: Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) - Latest News (2015).

 OGTR - Limited and controlled release of cotton GM for insect            
 resistance and herbicide tolerance - Bayer CropScience 

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has invited comment on an application by Bayer for a licence for a field trial of cotton genetically modified for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance.

More information - Click here

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. 'Daily Parliamentary Bulletin'. Email Alert 26/02/2015

 OGTR - Limited and controlled release of safflower GM for high oleic 
 acid composition - CSIRO 

The OGTR has issued a licence to CSIRO for a field trial of safflower genetically modified for high oleic acid composition. 

More information - Click here

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. 'Daily Parliamentary Bulletin'. Email Alert 18/02/2015

 Improved seed production of Lotus tenuis for a global market             

The Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) has issued the following report 'Improved seed production of Lotus tenuis for a global market'.

To download the full report - Click here

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. 'Daily Parliamentary Bulletin'. Email Alert 20/02/2015 

 New and emerging plant industries three-year RD&E plan: January    
 2015 - June 2018 

RIRDC has issued the following report 'New and emerging plant industries three-year RD&E plan: January 2015 to June 2018'.

This report outlines the new, emerging and other core funded plant industries’ research, development and extension (RD&E) objectives from 1 January 2015 until 30 June 2018.

To download the full report - Click here
 
Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. 'Daily Parliamentary Bulletin'. Email Alert 23/02/2015.

 USA Photos of LA Port Congestion due to continual go slows             

Big delays which are affecting current delivery of seed into Australia this season.

Photos provided to ASF showing the LA Port Congestion (February 2015):


 USA Port Strike - ILWU, PMA reach a tentative agreement                    

Please see below news article from the Long Beach Post Port for your information about major delays on seed held up in the USA.

Update: ILWU, PMA Leaders Reach Tentative Agreement, Ending Nine Month Stalemate
After nine months of contract negotiations, leading to slowdowns and suspensions of operations at 29 West Coast ports, including the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have reached a tentative agreement... Full article -
Click here
 
Source: Morris, A. (20 February 2015). 'Update: ILWU, PMA Leaders Reach Tentative Agreement, Ending Nine Month Stalemate'. Long Beach Post. Port of Long Beach. www.lbpost.com

 Biosecurity Bulletin - Edition 1, 2015 now available                                

The Department of Agriculture has released the 'Biosecurity Bulletin - Edition 1, 2015' for your information and consideration.

You may be interested in the following articles within this edition:
  • Important information for cucurbit growers in response to virus
  • Potential quarantine disruption to Sydney Festival averted
  • Capturing progress for post entry quarantine
  • The 2015 Biosecurity Roundtable - bringing government and stakeholders together
To view this edition - Click here

Source: Department of Agriculture News. 'Biosecurity Bulletin - Edition 1, 2015'. Email alert 26/02/2015.

 Plant Biosecurity CRC News now available - February 2015                  

The Plant Biosecurity CRC has issued a newsletter for February 2015 for your information and consideration.
Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. 'Daily Parliamentary Bulletin'. Email Alert. 05/02/2015. 

 Consultation on proposals to streamline IP processes and support    
 small business 

On 20 February IP Australia released a public consultation paper seeking stakeholder’s views on a range of proposed changes to the IP system.

A number of the proposals relate to plant breeder’s rights.

IP Australia is focused on aligning and streamlining processes, improving service delivery and reducing unnecessary delays to make administration of the IP system more efficient for users of the system and for IP Australia. Some of the processes for obtaining, maintaining and challenging the four IP rights are overly complex or do not balance the legitimate interests of all parties. This creates costs for businesses dealing with the IP system, particularly small businesses which face compliance costs disproportionate to their size. There are a number of processes that differ unnecessarily between the rights, are too burdensome or take too long to resolve.

To address issues and concerns about such processes, this public consultation process seeks your views on some proposals to improve how IP rights are managed.

Some of the proposals that particularly relate to PBR are:
  • 1. Renewals - provide PBR owners with a 6 month ‘grace’ period in which to pay renewal fees and no longer allow renewals to be paid more than 12 months before they are due
  • 3. Extensions of time – expand the number of periods that can be extended under the PBR Act, using the same types of extensions available for the other IP rights
  • 6. Official Journals – no longer issue the PBR Journal and improve the searching functions and timeliness of the PBR online database
  • 17. Unjustified threats of infringement – enable businesses to sue another party for making unjustified threats of infringement of PBR, in line with the other IP rights
  • 18. Ownership of PBR – clarify the legislation around multiple joint breeders and correcting errors in the name of PBR applicants.
IP Australia invites any interested person to make submissions by 7 April 2015.

More information about the proposals and how to make a submission is available on IP Australia’s website.

Source: Australian Government, IP Australia. Email Alert. 02/03/2015.

 FSANZ - Food Standards News: Issue 121 - February 2015 now           
 available 

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued 'Food Standards News: Issue 121 - February 2015' for your information and consideration.
  • Food Standards News: Issue 121 - February 2015 - Click here
Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. 'Daily Parliamentary Bulletin'. Email Alert. 23/02/2015.

 ABARES Australian Crop Report: February 2015 now available           

The Australian Government, Department of Agriculture has issued 'Australian crop report: February 2015 No. 173' for your information and consideration.

The report is a quarterly report with a consistent and regular assessment of crop prospects for major field crops, forecasts of area, yield and production and a summary of seasonal conditions on a state by state basis.

For the full report and key summary - 
Click here

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. 'Daily Parliamentary Bulletin'. Email Alert. 11/02/2015.

 Department of Agriculture Weekly Australian Climate, Water and        
 Agricultural Update 

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture 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 (26/2/15) - Click here

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture. ''Weekly ABARES report'. 26/02/2015. www.daff.gov.au.

 Center Seeks Applicants for Seed Courses                                             

The University of California, Davis, Seed Biotechnology Center will host several courses that focuses on the business of seed; seed, seed biology, production and quality, and program management. In addition, the center will continue its various plant breeding academies.

These courses and academies are available throughout the year and are designed to help professionals in the seed industry further their education and knowledge base.

Upcoming courses, dates and locations include:
 
  • Seed Business 101 for horticulture, 9 - 13 March, Davis, California.
  • Seed Business 101 for field crops, 15 - 19 June, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Program Management for Plant Breeders, 22-24 September, Davis, California.
For more information about these courses and academies, visit the Seed Biotechnology's Center website

Source: Seed World [Seed World Daily]. Email alert 11/02/15. 

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