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 In This Month's Issue...                          

ASF Seed Business 2016 Convention & Training Day Report

ASF New Member Announcement

ASF Footy Tipping Competition 2016 Winners

Logo & Theme Announcement: World Seed Congress 2018 Australia

Latest News from ABCA

New Packing Declaration Form to be used from 1 January 2017

Biosecurity Matters - October 2016 now available

Agricultural Trade Matters - October 2016 now available

Plant Breeding & Research Station Equipment For Sale

Funding Grants for Women's Leadership Development

Project Harvest September 2016 Report now available

Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update

Seed Production Course is now open for registration

UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy Class 5 starts in October 2017

 ASF Seed Business 2016 Convention & Training Day Report                

The stage was set for the seed industry’s biggest event, with delegates making their way to Rydges Melbourne for the ASF Seed Business 2016 Convention and Training Day. The two-to-three day event presented seed members and new entrants the opportunity to discuss industry issues, debate hot topics and raise areas of mutual concern, as well as network and learn from each other.

The ASF Seed Industry Training Day held in conjunction with the Convention, was very popular in having slightly over 50 participants and 13 speakers, once again showing the importance of training and education within the seed industry. Participants took part in various specialised sessions hearing from speakers present on all areas within the seed supply chain...full text - 
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To view photos from the event please click on the below link:
Seed Business 2016 Convention & Training Day Photos

 ASF New Member Announcement                                                             

The ASF would like to announce the following new member to the membership for the 2016/17 period: Dairy Australia is an industry services organisation for dairy farmers and the industry. Their role is to help farmers adapt to a changing operating environment, and achieve a profitable, sustainable dairy industry.

A full list of members can be found on the ASF website under the drop-down menu from the membership tab at

 ASF Footy Tipping Competition 2016 Winners                                        

Congratulations to Bill Fuller in being the top of the leader board and taking out the win of the ASF AFL Footy Tipping Comp for 2016 and to Janine Carmichael who won the NRL Footy Tipping Comp! (note: first place in the NRL is not an ASF member, prize awarded to runner up).

Tipper Rankings:
Bill has been determined the winner by his total score (being the highest), and his total margin score from the weekly rounds. The ‘Total Margin’ score is the total to date of the weekly margins for all rounds in the tipping competition (the number of points team A will beat team B by). Bill got a total margin score of 666 making him rank first over the other two tippers in the AFL comp who got the same total score of 150 but had a slightly higher total margin score. The scoring is like golf where the lower your accumulative margin score the better ranking you will have. The total scores and margins are calculated by (ESPN Australia) and are the same for all tipping competitions run by this company.

Thank you to Subaru Australia for sponsoring this social competition and providing the winners with $500 in prize money.

Also thank you to all those who participated - we hope you enjoyed the footy season and look forward to seeing you back for the 2017 tipping competition. Final leader boards below showing those who made the top ten out of the AFL and NRL seasons:

 Logo & Theme Announcement: World Seed Congress 2018 Australia 

The ASF National Organising Committee (NOC) and the International Seed Federation (ISF) are pleased to announce the theme and logo for the World Seed Congress 2018 event to be held in Brisbane, Australia.

Theme: “Where Innovation Shines”
The logo ties in Australia, Brisbane and the Seed Industry being designed with the map of Australia (the ASF logo to also tie-in the seed industry); the Aussie kangaroo which most internationals associate with Australia; and the sun to represent Brisbane and Queensland being the Sunshine State. The sun is also positioned showing the location of Brisbane on the Australia map where the event will be held.
I would like to thank you all those who participated in the member competition in providing ideas and concept designs in particular to the below people:
  • Keryn & Paul Bird
  • Majella Brill
  • Amanda Opanubi
  • Chris Walsh
  • Christine Toplek
  • Bob Adams and the Colquhoun's team

 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 - WA 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
  • CANADA - Greenpeace founder leads GM rice support
  • CANADA - The cost of the Aussie GM canola bans
Source: Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) - Latest News (2016).

 New Packing Declaration Form to be used from 1 January 2017           

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources amended both the Annual and Consignment specific Packing Declarations for import/ export on 16 June 2016. The change consisted of a terminology change from ‘Prohibited Packaging’ to ‘Unacceptable Packaging’ this change was required to align with the implementation of the Biosecurity Act 2015.

The department will continue to accept previous versions of the Packing Declaration until 1 January 2017.

We are asking members and suppliers to start using the new form which can be downloaded from the department's website at

Or click here to directly download the word version of the form - Packer/ Supplier new declaration form

Source: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Media. 01/11/2016

 Biosecurity Matters - October 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 October 2016.

Articles in this edition:
  • Keep out Australia's top plant pests
  • Last chance to unearth a biosecurity champion
  • Biosecurity boost to Norfolk Island
  • Beefing up pest traps at the border
  • Border Finds - Australia's biosecurity challenge leaves no survivors
To read this edition please click - Biosecurity Matters - October 2016

Source: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Biosecurity Matters Edition 5 2016'. 20/10/2016

 Agricultural Trade Matters - October 2016 now available                       

Agricultural trade matters provides an overview of what the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Australian Government are doing to support international agricultural trade. This is the current edition, published October 2016.

Articles in this edition:

  • $3.1 million in ATMAC Grants available for enhancing cooperation with our trading partners
  • Government and Industry working together to overcome trade barriers
  • New era of closer economic engagement with Indonesia moving beyond a traditional free trade agreement
  • Events
To read this edition please click - Agricultural Trade Matters - October 2016

Source: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Agricultural Trade Matters - October 2016'. 6/10/2016

 Plant Breeding & Research Station Equipment For Sale                        

To view the ad above full size click on - Plant Breeding & Research Station Equipment Ad

All items for sale can be viewed at -
Under the heading "Selling" select "Clearing Sale"

You will find a good selection of images and be able to download a PDF of the complete sale list and conditions of sale.

Please contact Rob Southwell from Southwell Land & Water for further information by mobile on 0419 269 328 or email

 Funding Grants for Women's Leadership Development                         

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

From September 21st 2016 the initiative will provide women in the finance sector with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open for women at three levels. Please click on the preferred program link for details.  The deadline for expressing your interest for this funding in your sector ends on December 15th.
  1. Senior management and executive level women leaders can apply for $8,000 part-scholarships to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program
  2. Mid-level female managers and  leaders can apply for $4,000 part-scholarships to undertake the Executive Ready Program
  3. Aspiring talent and emerging women managers can apply for $3,000 part-scholarships to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program.
Expressions of Interest
Expression of Interest form can be
downloaded here.  
Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail please contact Ian Johnson at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, Women and Leadership Australia on 03 9270 9016 or via email at

Source: Women & Leadership Australia. 'Women's Leadership Development Scholarships'. Email Alert. 21/09/2016

 Project Harvest September 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
- Asian Vegetables
- Capsicum
- Brussels Sprouts
- Spinach
- Parsnips
- Beetroot
- Sweet potatoes

To download the full report for September 2016 -
 Click here

Source: AUSVEG Limited. 'Project Harvest consumer research'. Email Alert. 27/10/2016

 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 (27/10/16) - Click here

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture. ''Weekly ABARES report'. 27/10/2016

 Seed Production Course is now open for registration                            
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. Discount is available for registration before December 20, 2016. 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 starts in             
 October 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.

UC Davis PBA has established a list of core instructors that includes internationally recognized experts in plant breeding and seed technology.  The instructor list will change for specific session in accordance with the participants’ needs.  The list of regular core lecturers includes: Kent Bradford, Allen Van Deynze, Rale Gjuric (UC Davis), Rita Mumm (University of Illinois), Todd Wehner (NCSU), Idy van Leuwen (BreedWise, NL) and Alexandra Tomerius (AIB).  They will be supported by a number of guest lecturers from the private industry and academia.

Employers appreciate the opportunity to provide their valued employees advanced training without disrupting their full-time employment. Participants attend six 6-day sessions over approximately two years.

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.
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