Webinar details:

Tuesday 24 August | 3pm – 4pm (AEST)

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Hort Innovation is in the process of developing the next five-year Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) for the Australian vegetable industry. The vegetable SIP is the roadmap that ensures levy investment decisions align with industry for research, development, extension, and marketing (Domestic and International) investment priorities.

An important part of the process is listening to what growers have to say.

Hort Innovation, in collaboration with AUSVEG, will be hosting a webinar from 3pm-4pm (AEST) on Tuesday 24 August to provide an update on the SIP renewal process and allow the vegetable industry and growers to provide final input.


Mark Spees, Industry Strategic Partner, Hort Innovation

Mark is the Industry Strategic Partner for the vegetable cluster, which includes onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, processing tomatoes, melons, mushrooms and of course, vegetables. He leads Hort Innovation’s collaboration with the vegetable cluster to identify and execute strategic investments that will bring benefit to his industries.


Adam Briggs, Head of Data & Insights, Hort Innovation

Adam drives Hort Innovation’s Data & Insights function. He leads the management of the industry analysis R&D portfolio and the undertaking of investment analysis and supports the delivery of the Monitoring & Evaluation Framework.


Brei Montgomery, Head of International Trade, Hort Innovation

Brei is the Head of International Trade at Hort Innovation. She focuses on building the profile and positive reputation for Australian Horticultural industries to advance global markets, including incorporating strategic agility into planning in an increasingly virtual world.


Byron de Kock, Head of Research & Development, Hort Innovation
Byron is the Head of Research and Development at Hort Innovation. He inspires the team to design and deliver world class R&D that has the highest potential to impact for growers, our communities, and the planet. Byron loves to listen to growers and find ways for the R&D program to make a difference for them now and in the future.


Jane Wightman, Head of Extension, Hort Innovation
Jane is this Head of Extension and leads a regionally based team who are focused on increasing the on-ground impact of levy investments. The Extension team manage the Industry Development portfolio and collaborate with growers and industry stakeholders to identify, prioritise and work towards finding solutions for cross industry regional problems.


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