September 2011

Greetings to Vegetable Growers and Industry Associates.

It has been a testing time for growing vegetables in Victoria with a miserable and wet winter period followed by flooding in East Gippsland.

Thankfully early spring has improved the situation with our paddocks returning to workable land and we can only hope that it will remain for a longer period.

May God bless us with good health and happiness

Luis Gazzola – President, VGA-Victoria

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Contents :

Young Growers Tour of Western Australia
Ten Victorian growers, aged 18 to 30, participated in a whirlwind four-day study tour of Western Australia in August, visiting farms north of Perth, and Carnarvon …

Annual Golf Day
The fourth annual VGA golf day was held at the Lang Lang Golf Club on 5 August, with a record 128 players turning up to the South Gippsland course to participate in the much anticipated event …

South Australian growers visit Lara
A study tour to Melbourne by a group of 12 growers from the Virginia area of South Australia included a day
visiting fellow growers in the Lara area …

Membership Services
Rod Hall, Membership Services Coordinator, asks if ‘social media’ can bring benefits to the vegetable sector?

Reducing Farm Injuries
A manual handling project being conducted by the Victorian Farm Safety Centre, in conjunction with the Victorian vegetable industry, is on track to find solutions to the major causes of injuries associated with hazardous manual handling …

Annual General Meeting 2011
Our AGM will be held on Friday 14 October 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Spencer Street, Melbourne. I appeal to all vegetable growers to register and attend this important meeting. I cannot stress enough that grower support is needed to guide the association through its next development phase …

Irrigation for a Changing Climate
VGA Industry Development Officers recently organised a workshop at Market City in Perth that addressed adapting irrigation methods to help combat climate change …

Executive Committee
Financial grower members are encouraged to nominate and make an important contribution to the future direction of VGA Vic. There has never been a better time to become involved in the decision-making of your Association …

Growers studying abroad
Recent study tours to Western Australia, the USA and Italy have been reported on, with grower groups travelling to inspect and assess irrigation, lettuce harvesting and equipment …

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