Keep an eye on your mailbox for the summer 2021/22 edition of Vegetables Australia, which once again features over 100 pages of vegetable industry news, R&D project updates, grower profiles and case studies, and much more!

The cover story for this edition is Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, who reflects on the vegetable industry and its achievements throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as his prediction of a positive future going forward as Australia opens up in 2022.

Additionally, we asked three of the horticulture industry’s leading figures about trends, insights and developments to look out for in the next 12 months, and AUSVEG’s Shaun Lindhe investigates the rise of input costs that growers are facing.

After five years and two iterations, VegNET returned in October 2021. AUSVEG is partnering with nine key regional industry groups to lead the five year, multi-million-dollar project, and all the details about VegNET 3.0 can be found in this edition.

Also featuring in Vegetables Australia – Summer 2021/22 are excerpts from the ‘Naturally Nutritious’ project, which, over the course of five years, investigated the health benefits of a range of fruit, vegetables, and nuts.

Biosecurity and pest and disease is also a focus in this publication. Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer, Dr Gabrielle Vivian-Smith, outlines how seeds and other plant material purchased overseas have the potential to harm our horticultural industries, and how these threats are being managed.

Meanwhile, exotic leafminers have been the centre of our attention recently – and with good reason. AUSVEG Biosecurity Officer Zali Mahony investigates the three Liriomyza leafminer species that are now present in Australia: Vegetable leafminer, serpentine leafminer and most recently, American serpentine leafminer.

This is only a very small taste of what is another huge edition of Vegetables Australia. If you’re not already receiving your hard copy, you can subscribe to receive future editions of the magazine for free by emailing Please provide your mailing address.

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