VegNET Gippsland e-news issue 10 – October 2018

VegNET Gippsland eNEWS for vegetable growers, industry stakeholders & friends. Helping to build capacity in vegetable businesses with help from the EG Food Cluster & Hort Innovation.



October 2018 Issue

Hope the following has value for you as Springtime sprinkles her magic across Gippsland, Victoria. What happened to the August & September issues?  That’s a good question! All feedback gratefully accepted. Call your Industry Development Officer on 0417 330 081 or email

EnviroVeg Visit

Andy Shaw, AUSVEG National Environment Coordinator (below) met with 16 growers & 6 industry reps over 4 October days including Michael Irish & Andrew Whitbourne (left) & Daler Singh at Hussey & Co Newry (below left) updating our understanding of the new EnviroVeg program.  Click for more

Area Wide Management of Vegetable Diseases Visit ….

Thank you to all the growers who welcomed Dr Fiona Constable and her team of researchers on farm over 3 days in October to explain this national levy-funded project and for allowing access to crops to collect samples. Diagnostic info will be back to you soon plus contact details.  And remember, no identifying information of individual growing operations will be reported.  Pictured are (L-R) Noel Jansz (Elders), Scott Botten & Michael Evans (Mulgowie Farming Company), Fiona, Len Tesoriero & John Fletcher.  If you’d like more information on this four year project CLICK HERE

Last VegNET Meeting …

Three days in September at Devonport TAS saw all the VegNET officers from around Australia come together to review the program and make recommendations for a possible Stage 2. Some new faces included Theresa Chapman (TAS), Sylvia Jelinek (NSW) and an introduction to Jayne Wightman, Hort Innovation’s new Relationship Manager for vegetables (L) The program was frankly assessed, the positives, the negatives and the opportunities for improvement. The VegNET team also met socially with members of the Program Reference Group, and had a great field trip.

In Brief ….

CASUAL EMPLOYEES – ALL AWARDS –  On 1 October 2018, a new clause inserted into every Award came into effect allowing regular casual employees the right to request that their employment be converted to full-time or part-time employment – Are you Informed? DETAILS HERE

Cover Crop Trial – Gippsland – VG16068 – Optimising cover crops for the Australian vegetable industry is looking for a trial site. As a grower you will experience which cover crops are best suited to your climate and production system, as well as the possible benefit of incorporating cover crops into your system. Interested?  Contact Adam Harber at AHR HERE

APEN (Australasia Pacific Extension Network) Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 24 October at 2:30pm but RSVP by 17 October to Roe Currie HERE

“How to Gain Sales & Improve the Bottom Line” workshop designed for Food Process Manufacturers & Foodservice Companies on Wednesday 17 October 9-12 at City of Greater Dandenong Council Chambers BOOK HERE

Webinar on “Integrated Pest Management of Vegetable Pests: A more sustainable approach” – Thursday 18 October 12:30-1:30pm  DETAILS HERE

Waterbug ID training session with expert John Gooderham – FREE – Heyfield Wetlands Saturday 20 October, 11-4 LIMITED PLACES – Reserve yours with Caitlin Pilkington WGCMA on 1300 094 262 or Neil Woodward EGCMA on 0417 309 729

Applications for the $10,000 scholarship for the Masterclass in Horticultural Business close on Monday 29 October  DETAILS HERE

Finishing with Conrad’s Cos ….