APRIL  2019

Now that’s a pumpkin! Congratulations Mark Johnstone (Snowy River Black Garlic) on growing the biggest pumpkin (115 kg) to take out the Sailor’s Grave Giant Pumpkin Challenge! Message Mark HERE

Telstra Women In Agriculture Luncheon @ FarmWorld

Wellington Shire Council made 23 tickets available to deserving women in Central Gippsland’s ag sector to attend FarmWorld & enjoy this annual lunch.  Linda Harvey, Boisdale Best & Shayne Hyman (L), Industry Development Officer for vegetables across Gippsland listened as Melissa Connors (This Farm Needs A Farmer CLICK), Amy Paul (Ruby Hills Organics CLICK), & Claire Templeton (Square Mile Meats CLICK) told their stories and answered questions as a panel.

Growers of Green beans, French beans, Dwarf beans & Snap beans

Just checking that you’ve had a read of this final report of a project completed in 2015 about a post-harvest disorder known as ‘rust’ that reduces shelf life and typically results in rejection.  There was no summary written and no extension materials developed so it may have slipped under the radar!

The final report can be accessed HERE

Agri-Food Tech & Internet of Farms Traction Tour 2019

Registrations close on 30 April for this tour of The Netherlands and Benelux.  Departing on 1 July, it is designed to connect the Australian agrifood industry with leading innovators and institutions that are developing the disruptive technologies that have enabled The Netherlands to become a globally recognised leader & powerhouse in agrifood.

For all the details, costs and answers to your questions contact:

Kate Gunn, Coordinator Agribusiness Promotions & Strategy, Latrobe Valley Authority HERE or call 0431 591 500

Ben van Delden, Head of Agrifood Tech, KPMG Australia HERE or call 03 9288 5894

Climate Risk in Agriculture Conference

VegNET Gippsland is supporting this exciting one-day conference set for 20 June at the West Gippsland Arts Centre (Warragul) and the IDO has been part of the reference group assisting Sam Shannon, the Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator and conference organiser.  Speakers include: Mark Howden (ANU), Sarah Barker (Minter Ellison), Graeme Anderson (AgVic), Richard Eckard (Melbourne Uni), Andrew Watkins BoM), Sallie Jones (Gippsland Jersey).  Book your ticket HERE

Soil Wealth ICP Partnership Network

Do you provide products, services, technologies or know-how to vegetable producers in one or several of the project focus areas (Boisdale, Koo Wee Rup, Werribee)?  The purpose of partnerships is to actively build industry capacity.  It is especially important for vegetable producers, their staff and advisers to understand current and future innovations. 

For more information on joining the Partnership Network click HERE or contact Doris Blaesing HERE 

Hort Award Changes to take effect from TODAY

If you employ casual workers, or source casual workers from any other company, make sure you read what AUSVEG has to say about the changes you are required by the Fair Work Commission to make TODAY!  CLICK HERE

Closing with Phillip Island’s Country Fresh Herbs