AUSVEG Weekly Update
Vegetable industry export strategy released
The Vegetable Industry Export Market Development Strategy 2020
, delivered by Hort Innovation and developed in conjunction with AUSVEG, has now been released.
The strategy outlines a range of methods to help more growers and the
wider industry export Australian vegetables to overseas markets, with
the ultimate goal of increasing the value of vegetable exports to $315
million by 2020 - a net increase of 40 per cent on the industry's
current export levels.
Based on extensive supporting data, the strategy spans three volumes and
includes snapshots of Australia's main vegetable export categories and
the markets which hold the most potential for the industry.
A summary of the strategy is available online for interested industry members. To read this summary, please click here
. To access the full strategy, please contact AUSVEG on 03 9882 0277 or at email@example.com
Vegetable Industry Export Market Development Strategy 2020 was funded
by Horticulture Innovation Australia using levy funds and funds from the
Bayer renews as Leading Strategic Partner
AUSVEG is pleased to announce that Bayer has renewed its Leading
Strategic Partnership with AUSVEG, with the international life science
company signing up to continue its support for the Australian vegetable
and potato industries.
Bayer is a global enterprise offering innovative products that serve the
health of humans, plants and animals. With core competencies in the
areas of health care and agriculture, Bayer takes on two of the greatest
challenges of the 21st Century: the health and the nutrition of the
growing population. This partnership renewal continues Bayer's dedicated
and valued contributions to the Australian vegetable and potato
industries, and AUSVEG is excited to continue working with Bayer for the
benefit of our great industry and its growers.
As part of its support for the industry, Bayer will be speaking to
delegates at Hort Connections 2017. For more information about this
exciting event, please visit the Hort Connections 2017 website
. For more information about Bayer, please visit its website here
AUSVEG Economic Confidence Survey
AUSVEG is conducting a quarterly economic confidence survey to
understand and then communicate the impacts of various economic factors
on the business operations of vegetable growers. This survey will help
AUSVEG identify the current business conditions that vegetable growers
face and track grower sentiment of these economic factors over time.
Information from the survey will be collated in aggregate form and used
to advocate strongly on behalf of the industry in various forums,
including the media, and in regular articles providing commentary on
This quarter's survey closes at COB Friday 3 February 2017.
To add your voice before the survey closes, please click here
. This short survey will take approximately three minutes to complete. Thank you for your assistance.
activities in the vegetable industry are funded by Horticulture
Innovation Australia using the National Vegetable Levy and funds from
the Australian Government.
Soil Wealth Farm Walk: Cambridge, TAS
Houston’s Farm will host a farm walk at their Cambridge farm on Tuesday
21 February, with attendees invited to view the recently established
cover crop trial and seven different cover crops on display. Attendees
can observe a range of cover crops and see firsthand how they can be
managed to fit into vegetable production.
The control plot at the trial site uses conventional cropping, producing
approximately two and a half baby leaf crops per year. The main
treatments on trial at the site are:
- Summer cover crops with winter baby leaf production
- Winter cover crops with summer baby leaf production
- Perennial pasture for 18 months, then cropping
Details for the farm walk are:
121 Backhouse Lane, Cambridge TAS 7170
Tuesday 21 February 2017
2:00pm – 5:00pm, followed by a BBQ
For more information, please click here
for the flyer, see the Soil Wealth website
, or contact Donna Lucas on 0459 047 478 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This farm walk is a joint activity between project VG15010 Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection
and the National Vegetable Extension Network.
For more information on Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection projects, you can visit the website
, or join the Community of Practice online
. You can also follow Soil Wealth
and Protecting Crops
Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection projects are funded by
Horticulture Innovation Australia using the National Vegetable Levy and
funds from the Australian Government.
|Last chance to provide feedback on the processing potato Strategic Investment Plan
The Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) for the processing potato industry
is almost done! The final draft of the document has been published
online by Hort Innovation, and you have until Monday 20 February 2017
to get in any final feedback.
To read the final draft SIP and use the simple online form to provide
your feedback, visit Hort Innovation’s processing potato grower page: www.horticulture.com.au/grower-focus/potato-processing
You can also provide feedback direct to Hort Innovation Relationship Manager Christian Patterson on 0433 896 753 or at email@example.com
What is the SIP?
The final industry SIP will be used to help guide Hort Innovation’s
strategic investment of the processing potato levy, ensuring that levy
investment decisions align with industry priorities. It outlines these
industry priorities and the core industry outcomes required by
The SIP is designed to represent the balanced interests of the processing potato industry.
How will it be used?
The SIP will be used like a ‘roadmap’ by the processing potato industry
Strategic Investment Advisory Panel (SIAP) in providing advice to Hort
Innovation on potential levy investments.
What is the SIAP?
The processing potato SIAP’s key function is to provide transparent and
robust strategic investment advice to Hort Innovation – helping guide
the way the industry levy and Australian Government contributions are
put to use.
The processing potato SIAP is made up of panellists from the processing
potato industry. Most panellists are levy-paying growers, with
appointments made based on skills criteria and considering geographic
and sectorial diversity. The SIAP also has a chair, appointed at the end
to see the list of panellists and to access summary notes from the processing potato SIAP’s meetings to date.
How do ideas get to the SIAP?
Anyone is welcome to submit an idea for a potential industry project. To
submit an idea, use Hort Innovation’s Concept Proposal Form at http://edms.horticulture.com.au/Forms/ConceptFormV2
To learn more about the innovation process at Hort Innovation, visit www.horticulture.com.au/about/investing-is-our-business/innovation-concept-pipeline
Contact Christian Patterson at Hort Innovation on 0433 896 753 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
communication was funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia using the
National Potato Levies and funds from the Australian Government.
Vegetable Strategic Investment Plan: Complete the survey for a chance to win a $350 R.M. Williams voucher
As part of the process for producing a new Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) for the 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
CIS has developed a short online survey
for growers and industry members to provide feedback on what they think
the opportunities are for the vegetable industry in the next five years
(it only takes about 10 minutes to complete).
Just by filling out the survey you go into the draw to win a $350 R.M. Williams voucher.
It is important that we get as many growers providing feedback as we
can, so please complete this survey and have your say on the industry’s
funding priorities for the R&D levy.
To complete this survey and have your say on the future of investment in the vegetable industry please click here
consultation is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia using the
National Vegetable Levy and funds from the Australian Government.
2017 Foodex Applications – last chance to apply – closes tomorrow
Levy-paying growers who are currently exporting are invited to attend
and exhibit at the Foodex trade show in Japan. Funded attendance will
give growers the chance to participate in the largest food trade show in
Japan, gain an understanding of the Japanese market and establish new
business contacts in North-East Asian markets. The Foodex trade show
will be held from 7 – 10 March 2017, with anticipated travel dates for
participants of 5 – 11 March 2017.
Applications close tomorrow Wednesday 1 February at 5:00pm.
To download the application form, please click here
. This form can be returned to AUSVEG at email@example.com
or via fax on 03 9882 6722.
in the 2017 Foodex trade show is funded by Horticulture Innovation
Australia using the National Vegetable Levy and funds from the
New edition of InfoVeg Radio podcast released
A new edition of InfoVeg Radio, the R&D podcast for the vegetable
industry, has been released. This edition focuses on levy-funded
research projects that are looking to encourage consumers to increase
their vegetable consumption. The episode features two interviewees:
- Martin Kneebone, Managing Director of Freshlogic, who undertook
market research around the opportunity to create more vegetable snacking
options to quantify market size.
- Mike Feely, from Horizon Research Corporation, who undertook market
research that investigated opportunities for more vegetable meal
occasions. The study aimed to identify new occasions, seasons, or ways
to consume vegetables that have the most potential to increase demand.
To listen to this edition of the podcast, please click here
Radio is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia using the National
Vegetable Levy and funds from the Australian Government.
New R&D reports available on InfoVeg
InfoVeg is a comprehensive database that has been designed to bridge the
gap between researchers and growers. It acts as a resource for growers
to easily access technical information and research funded by the
National Vegetable and Potato Levies.
The following reports were published recently on the InfoVeg database:
- PT10001 – Native Psyllid populations and the distribution of Candidatus phytoplasma australiense
- PT15004 – Review and Update of the National Standard for Certification of Australian Seed Potatoes
- VG12109 – Management of insecticide resistance in the green peach aphid
- VG15061 – Sensitivity study - Impact of increasing vegetable exports on the domestic market
to sign up or log in to your InfoVeg account to access the reports.
InfoVeg database is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia using
the National Vegetable Levy, the National Potato Levy and funds from the
Haifa Group: Grower fertiliser usage survey
Haifa Australia is seeking feedback from Australian vegetable and potato
growers in their short survey on grower fertiliser usage and decision
The survey comprises 11 questions and can be found here
BOM releases rain forecasts for February – April 2017
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast out of the ordinary rainfall over
the next three months, with parts of Australia receiving much higher or
lower amounts than they normally would between February and April.
A lower-than-average rainfall in eastern Australia is expected, with
north-west Australia and parts of the Northern Territory expected to
receive higher-than-average precipitation. For more information, please click here
AUSVEG National Manager - Communications Shaun Lindhe and AUSVEG
spokesperson Dimi Kyriakou appeared across print and radio this week
commenting on the ongoing potato shortage affecting Australian retailers
and food service outlets. They noted that growers are expecting a
positive season which should bring an end to the shortage, barring any
significant weather events.
AUSVEG spokesperson Jarrod Strauch appeared on radio this week
discussing Australians' perception of major retailers. Mr Strauch noted
that according Project Harvest research, Australians are now perceiving
Aldi's value for fresh vegetable purchases as equal to Woolworths, and
only slightly behind Coles. Mr Strauch also stated that the improved
competition from Aldi's increasing position in the Australian market
will hopefully deliver benefits at the farm gate.
of levy funded R&D activities is funded by Horticulture Innovation
Australia using the National Vegetable Levy, National Potato Levy and
funds from the Australian Government.
|Weather Forecast – Wednesday 1 February
find below a weather forecast for Wednesday 1 February for key growing
regions around Australia. To see a detailed forecast, please click the
communication is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited
using the National Vegetable Levy, National Potato Levy and funds from
the Australian Government.