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 In This Month's Issue...                                                 

ASF SEED BUSINESS 2017 CONVENTION - Registration to open in April

Latest News from ABCA

Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) - Annual Report 2015-16 now available

New Positions available for the IRC Industry skills development

Review of Declaration of Plants under the Natural Resources Management Act

Australia's grain industry recognised for quality and reliability in China

Agricultural Trade Matters - February 2-17 edition now available

Canadian Seed Trade Association: Germination - March 2017 Magazine now available

Project Harvest January 2017 Report now available

Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update

Subsidised Access to Women's Leadership Events Available to ASF Members

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy Course in Europe - Registration Now Open

Leroy & Barbara Everson Seed & Biosafety Symposium 2017

 ASF SEED BUSINESS 2017 CONVENTION - Registration to open in April                                 

SAVE THE DATE – Seed Business 2017
22 - 24 August 2017 (inclusive)
Stamford Plaza Adelaide
South Australia

The Australian Seed Federation (ASF) is pleased to announce Seed Business 2017 is to be held at the Stamford Plaza Adelaide Hotel, South Australia.
The dates for the ASF Seed Business 2017 Convention is from Tuesday 22 August – Thursday 24 August 2017 (inclusive).

Draft Agenda:
The ASF will be holding a Seed Industry Training Day on Tuesday 22 August at the Stamford Plaza.

There will be a more interactive and hands-on workshop about Seed Testing, Sampling & Certification held on Monday 21 August at Seed Services Australia. This topic would usually be part of the Seed Industry Training Day however it will now be held the afternoon before at Seed Services Australia including a tour of their seed laboratory. This workshop will provide more in-depth training on seed testing, sampling and certification including how different tests are performed and how the results relate to the actual seed analysis certificates.

In addition to the Training Day on Tuesday 22 August, there will also be a Seed Samplers Course run offsite by Seed Services Australia for those who wish to do this course and obtain a qualification in seed sampling.

Seed Business Convention will be held on Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 August. 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 Golf Day on Monday 21 August for those that wish to take part and a post-Convention tour activity on Friday 25 August.
The Gala Dinner will be held offsite at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 23 August.

Registration will open in April including details on how to book your accommodation at the Stamford.

The ASF has secured exclusive delegate accommodation rates in booking at the Stamford Plaza Adelaide - Watch this space!

Please mark the dates in your diary for this event.

 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 - Fake news stalling GM crop progress
  • AUS - Organic industry needs to re-think zero tolerance
  • UK - GM Chicken breakthrough
Source: Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) - Latest News (2017).

 Grains Research & Development Corporation - Annual Report 2015-16 now available              

The Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) is pleased to advise that the GRDC Annual Report 2015-16 is now available online and can be viewed at

Source: Grains Research & Development Corporation. 'Annual Report 2015-16'. 03/03/2017

 New Positions available for the IRC Industry skills development                                                  

The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) is calling for nominations for all positions on the following Industry Reference Committees (IRCs).
  • Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC
  • Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation and Land Management IRC
These two IRCs will have responsibility for overseeing the development of occupational skills standards and qualifications within the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

The AISC is looking for individuals with extensive experience in and knowledge of their industry sector, with the capacity to proactively apply these attributes to the work of the IRCs.
  • The positions on the committee are unpaid. The federal government pays for travel and accommodation etc to the meetings. These are highly prestigious positions as they determine the direction of training package development for the industry.
  • There are about 4-5 meetings a year, which are about 3 - 4 hours plus travel and preparation time.
It is good to see that Seed Production is getting some recognition in its own right, and for that reason it would be good to have ASF represented if someone from the membership is interested in nominating for a position on the Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee.

Please let the ASF know if you are interested in nominating to be on this committee by COB Thursday 6th April 2017 to Alysha Lockley via email to so the ASF can send in a nomination before the closing date.

For more detail regarding the nominations please see below.

Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC
The AISC is calling for nominations for 15 vacant positions:
  • 3 positions are open to organisations that can represent and have access to networks to give broad representation to the following areas:
    • Livestock farming
      • Sheep farming
      • Beef cattle farming
      • Mixed farming
      • Dairy cattle farming
      • Poultry farming
      • Other livestock farming
    • Broad acre cropping
      • Grain growing
      • Fodder growing
      • Sugar cane growing
      • Cotton growing
      • Seed production
    • Production Horticulture
      • Floriculture production
      • Nut growing
      • Vegetable growing
      • Fruit growing
  • 11 positions open to individuals with particular expertise/access to networks in one or more of the following sub sectors. At least 2 individuals will have expertise in agricultural business practice and at least 1 individual will have expertise in agriculture targeting niche markets.
    • Livestock and Broadacre Farming
      • Sheep farming
      • Beef cattle farming
      • Mixed farming
      • Dairy cattle farming
      • Poultry farming
      • Other livestock farming
      • Grain growing
      • Fodder growing
      • Sugar cane growing
      • Cotton growing
      • Seed production
    • Production Horticulture
      • Floriculture production
      • Nut growing
      • Vegetable growing
      • Fruit growing
    • Organic farming
    • Agricultural support services
    • Agricultural irrigation
    • Agricultural chemicals
      • Vertebrate and invertebrate pest management
      • Weed management
      • Integrated pest management
  • 1 position is open to an organisation to represent employees.
Nominations for the IRCs are open until COB Monday 10 April 2017. Read more on the ASIC website

Please let the ASF know if you would like to be nominated for a Committee position by Thursday 6 April 2017.

Source: NSW Agrifood ITAB. 'New Positions available for the IRC industry skills development'. Email Alert 30/03/2017 

 Review of Declaration of Plants under the Natural Resources Management Act                         

The Minister of Sustainability, Environment and Conservation has now adopted the 13 new or revised plant policies that form phase 4 of the review. This completes the review of the declared plant schedules and policies which begun in 2010.

All plant policies are available on the Biosecurity SA website at

Five additional plants have been added to the declared list and are now prohibited from sale throughout South Australia:
alisma Alisma lanceolatum
coastal tea-tree Leptospermum laevigatum
dune onionweed Trachyandra divaricata
giant reed Arundo donax
parrot feather Myriophyllum aquaticum

Declared Plants of South Australia poster - Click here

For more details about the declared additional plants please read the following letter received from the Government of South Australia to the ASF on 22 March 2017 - Letter to ASF

 Australia's grain industry recognised for quality and reliability in China                                     

20 March 2017

Following on from the successful AGIC Asia Conference in Shanghai last week, Australian grains industry representatives concluded a successful round of high level talks in Beijing with key Industry participants and Government agencies and officials as part of its Industry Roundtable Discussion series.

“The Chinese market is a major market for a range of Australian grains, oilseeds and pulses and providing information and a clear and consistent message about the Australian industry, its quality and reliability is very important for all sectors of our Industry and particularly for Australian grain growers,” said Pat O’Shannassy, CEO of host organisation, Grain Trade Australia (GTA).

“We have had strong participation and support for the Roundtable events, together with key delegates from across the Australian Industry. We were delighted that representatives of GTA, Grains Industry Market Access Forum (GIMAF), GrainGrowers, Grain Producers Australia (GPA) and Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) were all able to make up the Australian Industry delegation,” said Mr O’Shannassy.

Mr O’Shannassy said “The delegation had the opportunity to engage with a major trading party across production, trade and research interests and opportunities, thus promoting the overall Australian grains industry.”...Full text -
Click here

Source: Grain Growers. 'Joint Media Statement'. Email Alert. 21/03/2017.

 Agricultural Trade Matters - February 2017 edition now available                                                 

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has issued 'Agricultural Trade Matters - February 2017' for your information and consideration.

Articles in this issue
  • Do you have ideas about how Australia's foreign policy could be improved?
  • Women in Export Scholarship 2017
  • Exploring the potential for camel exports to the Gulf States
  • Export regulation review - calling all farmers and exporters
  • Indonesia-Australia Working Group on Agriculture, Food and Forestry Cooperation
  • Food security issues progressed with Indonesia
  • Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
  • New market access for Aussie nectarines to China
  • Assistant Minister Hartsuyker visits China to strengthen agricultural ties
  • ACACA missions over the last quarter
  • Visits from Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and State Administration of Grain
  • Fifth Australia-Japan High Level Dialogue and Animal Health Technical Discussions in Japan
  • Accolades for the most valuable horticultural export
To view the full edition including the trade tools please visit
Source: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Agricultural Trade Matters February 2017'. 27/03/2017 

 Canadian Seed Trade Association: Germination - March 2017 Magazine now available           

The Canadian Seed Trade Association has issued 'Germination: March 2017' for your information and consideration.

In this issue
  • Explore how the plant breeding industry is doing new and exciting things
  • Discover melon breeding and its importance
  • Look closer at the Swedish plant breeding and seed trade
  • The Trump Effect
To read the full edition online please visit

Source: The Canadian Seed Trade Association. 'Germination - March 2017'. 18/03/2017

 Project Harvest January 2017 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 January 2017 -
 Click here
Source: AUSVEG Limited. 'Project Harvest consumer research'. Email Alert. 07/03/2017.

 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 (23/03/2017) - Click here

Source: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Weekly ABARES report'. 23/03/2017. 

 Subsidised Access to Women's Leadership Events Available to ASF members                         
Women & Leadership Australia are currently offering 20 Australian Seed Federation (ASF) members the opportunity to attend the 2017 Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium for $400 off the standard rate. Dates below:

Perth - 11 May 2017
Brisbane - 18-19 May 2017
Sydney - 6-7 June 2017
Canberra - 15 June 2017
Adelaide - 6 July 2017
Melbourne - 20-21 July 2017
Darwin - 26 July 2017
Hobart - 25 August 2017

The Symposium provides women a critically important platform to explore leadership, life and career development. They will take place in all capital cities across Australia later this year.

To take advantage of the discount:
1.  Simply go to
2.  Select which city you would like to attend
3.  Click ‘Tickets Available Here’
4.  Enter your First Name, Last Name and Email Address, then click ‘Next’
5.  Enter your Company, Title, Work Phone and type in ‘Australian Seed Federation’ when
     answering the question ‘How did you find out about this event?’, then click ‘Next’
6.  Click ‘Finished Adding People’
7.  Enter Discount Code ASC2017 and click ‘Apply’ to get the $400 discount off the standard rate
8.  Complete your Payment Method, tick ‘I agree to the Terms and Conditions’, click ‘Finish’ and
     then your confirmation will be emailed to you.

Only twenty Symposium seats are available at this rate. For further information about the Symposiums, simply go to

Source: Women & Leadership Australia. Email Alert. 31/01/2017

 UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy Course in Europe - Registration Now Open                         

Class 5 of the European Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) will start in October 2017 - registration is now open!

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. 

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 instructor that includes internationally recognised experts in plant breeding and seed technology.  The instructor list will change for specific session in accordance with the participants’ needs. The core instructors are 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 Plant Breeding Academy. 'Class 5 PBA in Europe - registration now open'. Email Alert. 21/03/107.

12 & 13 April 2017 - Gateway Hotel & Conference Centre, Ames, Iowa
The Iowa State University Seed Science Centre invites you to attend the 2017 Leroy and Barbara Everson Seed and Biosafety Symposium "Next Generation Agriculture: Emerging Innovations & Opportunities" at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Centre in Ames, Iowa.

Topics of discussion will include recent technologies, trends, regulations, and educational platforms impacting the seed industry and food security.

Who Should Attend: Industry professionals, farmers, academics, scientists, and students.

Student Poster Competition: Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to present research posters related to all aspects of seed and food security. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Contact: Cassie Welch, Symposium Coordinator, at or phone 515-294-5681.

For more information please visit the website at

Source: Iowa State University Seed Science Centre. '2017 Leroy Everson Seed & Biosafety Symposium'. 16/02/2017.

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