HFF conference program announced

The program for the Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) conference, to held at Club Mulwala, Victoria, between 16-18 July 2014, offers something for everyone with presentations and panel discussions on the tomato levy, the new bumblebee program, plant factories, semi-closed greenhouse growing, raspberry and blackberry production, nutrition and disease relationships in hydroponic vegetables, and pesticide issues.

Speakers include Mike Keogh, Executive Director of the Australian Farming Institute, who will diliver the opening keynote address with a focus on food security. Other speakers include Sjef Schmits (Netherlands); Dr Mike Nichols (NZ); Alan Norden from the Australian PesticIdes and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA); Ian James from the Victorian Centre for Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing (VCSCM); Andy Lee (Netherlands) from Grodan; Jonathan Eccles from Raspberry and Blackberry Australia; and Sophie Parks and Len Tesoriero from NSW DPI.

A farm visit is programmed for the last day to Katunga Fresh, which includes a 6 ha original greenhouse and 5 ha greenhouse. The conference program includes a conference dinner, awards presentations and trade exhibition.

About the HFF

The HFF is open to all hydroponic farmers Australia wide. Its membership of over 100 includes grower members from Victoria and interstate, as well as industry members (businesses offering support to growers), supporter members and affiliate members. The HFF grew from a small self-help group to the large association it is today through a commitment to furthering the hydroponic industry through growers supporting each other.  Ω

Posted 25 June 2014