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Australian Vegetable Strategic Investment Plan Survey

As part of the process for producing a new Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) for the Australian vegetable industry, Horticulture Innovation Australia has engaged specialist consulting firm Consulting & Implementation Services (CIS). As part of this process, CIS will seek industry feedback to ensure the SIP accurately reflects how to best spend the Vegetable R&D levy to maximise the industry’s funding priorities for the next five years, estimated to be worth over $100 million. See More

2nd Annual Indoor Ag-Con Asia

Indoor Ag-Con is returning to Asia in January 2017 with an expanded offering. The event promises to offer  the best and the brightest in growing, supplying and advising the hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics market. This year, the two-day event will be hosted at Marina Bay Sands on 24-25 January 2017, and will include an exhibition hall and conference. Industry leading speakers from academia and industry will address topics from automating indoor farms to developing controls systems to funding an indoor farm. Participants will receive an exclusive hard copy of the newest edition in the popular white paper series, which have been downloaded more than 4,000 times. They will also have the chance to network at a drinks party on the first evening of the event.

For this year’s Indoor Ag-Con Asia, the organiser has been thinking about the various forms of innovation that have come together to create the burgeoning indoor agriculture industry, from plant biology to design to new business models. In celebration of these diverse participants in the indoor agriculture market, they’ve created Indoor Ag-Fest, a series of events and activities around the theme of innovation leading up to Indoor Ag-Con Asia.

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Posted 13 January 2017

CGMMV workshop for cucurbit growers in WA

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) are organising two workshops on Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) for cucurbit growers in WA. Growers will be able to learn more about CGMMV and the on-farm biosecurity measures they can take to safeguard their property. See More

Subscriber Notification – January 2017 / Issue 175

Food safety

Commercial kitchens use separate, colour-coded cutting boards for different foods to prevent

Happy New Year to all PH&G readers and welcome to our first issue for 2017. As we welcome the New Year, it’s time to look ahead and see what the coming 12 months have in store. Hopefully, this will be a year of prosperity and success for individuals and businesses alike. See More

Fisheries and aquaculture production on the rise

The gross value of Australian fisheries and aquaculture production (GVP) increased by 12 per cent to $2.8 billion in 2014-15, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Australian fisheries and aquaculture statistics 2015 report. See More

Practical testing of far-red light has begun

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University & Research

During the 2015/2016 indoor growing season, the Greenhouse Horticulture business unit of Wageningen University & Research grew tomatoes under LED lamps with additional far-red light. This resulted in increased production and provided enough evidence to begin practical testing. Two weeks ago, far-red lamps went into use at Prominent I and the first effects can already be seen in the crops. See More

Improved approach for analysing biosecurity risks

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources today introduced an improved approach for analysing biosecurity risk, the group pest risk analysis (PRA), which will enhance Australia’s understanding of major biosecurity pest groups to better manage the risk they pose. See More

Industry Notification: Extension of host range for Ralstonia solanacearum to Kalanchoe

A Kalanchoe sample was submitted for testing and has been found positive for Ralstonia solanacearum. Kalanchoe is a known host of R. solanacearum overseas, but initial investigations suggest that it has not previously been reported to infect this host in Australia.  See More

Veg industry teaching kids their ABCs – Artichokes, Broccoli and Carrots

The vegetable industry has teamed up with scientists and educational researchers to combat concerns about Australian kids’ diets and teach them that eating vegetables is as easy as ABC – as long as ABC stands for artichokes, broccoli and carrots.  See More

New research report examines taxation in agriculture

A new research report analyses how the Australian taxation system impacts the profitability and sustainability of farmers.  In doing so, it provides a resource for agricultural groups and governments to inform their discussions on taxation policy as it relates to the sector. See More