Brisbane – Queensland.

Leading Queensland vegetable growers are being interviewed today to become part of the solution for rural R&D and to join the Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee.
The Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee is responsible for making recommendations on how to invest the Australian vegetable levy, a pool of funds of approximately $14 million annually.
Also taking place are interviews for the Working and Advisory Groups which give advice on where future investment should be directed.
AUSVEG is the National Peak Industry body representing Australia’s 9,000 vegetable and potato growers.
“Today’s interviews are the first step in bringing new talent to the vegetable industry,” said AUSVEG Communications Manager William Churchill.
“Later this year the industry will begin implementing its Strategic Investment Plan which is designed to develop a cohesive, sustainable and efficient industry.”
“Queensland has the largest number of vegetable growers in the country and in such a large state their input to these groups is vital,” said Mr Churchill.
“Queensland has experienced dramatic changes in its climate in the last 10 years and the cyclone and floods of the last twelve months have served to remind growers of the complexities of managing their environments,” said Mr Churchill.
“Their views will be vital in developing strategies to manage the challenges presented to the industry in years to come”
Successful applicants will meet regularly to suggest ideas for research and will be responsible for shaping the future of the three billion dollar vegetable industry.
Projects endorsed by these groups are funded by Horticulture Australia using the vegetable industry levy and matched funds from the Australian government.

MEDIA CONTACT: William Churchill – Public Affairs Manager, AUSVEG Phone: (03) 9822 0388, Mobile: 0411 166 748, Email: