Agrichemical access in the vegetable industry

To best understand the needs of vegetable growers, communication is key.

Minor use

Minor use is the permit system in Australia which allows for approved off-label use of agrichemicals for specific purposes. It is designed to assist minor crops gain greater access to agrichemicals when needed, and for approved minor use of agrichemicals on major crops. Minor use is important because it plays an integral role in the Australian vegetable industry as on-label options are often limited for many vegetable crops, especially in the case of emerging crops grown for niche markets.

Strategic Agrichemical Review Process

To best understand the needs of vegetable growers, documents which represent current requirements are needed. The following Strategic Agrichemical Review Process (SARP) documents were produced with collaboration from growers across Australia.

Current vegetable SARP documents

As they were originally prepared in 2014, these documents may not currently represent the needs and major pest issues of vegetable growers.
Dr Jessica Lye
Manager - Science & Extension

Dr Jessica Lye

03 9882 0277

Dr Jessica Lye joined the AUSVEG team in August 2014. She holds the position of Manager – Science & Extension.

Dr Jessica Lye leads the Science & Extension project team at AUSVEG. Areas of expertise include plant biosecurity policy, exotic pest incursion response, agricultural engagement and extension, science communication, and promoting agricultural innovation and practice change.

Jessica is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Women in Agriculture. In 2016, Jessica received the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award (Victoria), an award that identifies and supports emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities.

Jessica currently leads several industry levy funded projects encompassing agrichemical needs and priorities, sustainable farming, exotic pest management, plant pest surveillance, and farm biosecurity. She is industry representative on the Consultative Committee for Emergency Plant Pests, and sits on multiple committees, including the Commonwealth Imported Seed Regulation Task Force, and the Farm Productivity and Resource Use Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the Vegetable R&D Levy (Hort Innovation).

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