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Summer 2023/24 ■ vol.58 no.04
New year NEW LEAD
With a new board of management at the helm, we look forward to a strong start to the new year on key issues affecting growers.
CHANGE of guard
Stepping back from the role of president after eight years at the helm, it’s time to say thank you to those who supported me and leave members with my parting thoughts.
Nutrien Ag Solutions
What price carbon farming?
Farmers are less motivated by the promise of carbon credits and more motivated by improvements to farm productivity through increasing soil organic carbon… that was one finding from a $2m carbon initiative program, which funded 15 research projects across the country to look at barriers to carbon farming and possible solutions to encourage farmers to get on the carbon train.
Good luck to lauren patane in the new year. Announced as the 2023 rural ambassador for western australian at the perth royal show this year, she will be representing us in the national award early next year. Participants in the award select one big issue when competing in the award. Lauren’s topic was farm food wastage. “It’s quite disturbing how much we throw away. We as farmers often say that it’s supermarket specifications that have a major impact on food waste. Supermarke
Hort Connections Ticket Deal
Hort connections is being staged in melbourne in 2024. Grower funding of $1000 per business for ticket, travel and accommodation costs is again available this premier event of leading-edge thinking and a significant trade show, make it a must on the horticulture calendar. It also provides excellent networking opportunities. For more information and to enter the early bird registration prize draw, visit hortconnections.com.au/registration.
The australian government is working on a consultation paper to develop climate risk disclosure and reporting rules. The rules would become mandatory in 2024. The initiative follows similar rules being unrolled in the united states, united kingdom and the european union in a bid to better measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Investors across the globe have been applying pressure for a formal set of rules for reporting, especially after the disintegration of esg effort
Next Gen AgTech
Names of the future young leaders for evokeag 2024 have been announced. Five young and emerging leaders who are building cutting-edge solutions and knowledge for a more sustainable and productive australian agrifood sector and supply chain have been selected. Representing western australia is 29-year-old guy coleman (pictured) who created the openweedlocator (owl) – a low-cost, open-source diy weed detector to improve accessibility to precision agricultural technologies. He e
All about Sustainability
Grower groups from across australia and national representative bodies are jointly supporting a newly released 2023/24 australian-grown horticulture sustainability framework, a tool to help the horticulture sector share its sustainable, ethical and safe farming practice stories with stakeholders. “Hort innovation has worked with more than 600 stakeholders to deliver the framework, which promotes sustainable and responsible care for our natural environment and provides a vital
“A singaporebased agtech supplier, aerospring hydroponics, is claiming its vertical growing systems for leafy greens are producing up to 30 per cent greater yields, are three times faster growing compared to traditional farming methods and use 90 per cent less water. “We have a viable, low-cost alternative for farmers to increase their output in a relatively small space,” says mark newton, chief operating officer at aerospring hydroponics. “Our aeroponic, vertical systems can
The west australian government, through the department of primary industries and regional development’s food industry innovation program, has signed a four-year agreement to bring a worldfirst manufacturing initiative to western australia. Wa is the first jurisdiction outside the uk to gain access to the digital manufacturing on a shoestring program (shoestring), which was developed by cambridge university with the support of the uk government. Shoestring supports low-cost an
Q&A Anothony Scaffidi
He’s a stalwart of the donnybrook growing and storage scene – we chill with anthony scaffidi.
Meet the FARMDROID
There are now two farmdroids in australia: we ask the owner of one, troy qualischefski, for his insights on farming with this robot.
Dr ramiz boulos is leading the charge in sustainable farming innovation for horticulture with world-leading wool-based products that work as a full plant- and soil-health system.
HORT ON TOUR
What happens when a group of australians walk onto a farm in europe? It’s no joke, but a strong cultural exchange of ideas.
Two-day TECH HUB
Asia-pacific agtech conference evokeag comes to perth in february, bringing the brightest international minds in the agriculture industry with it. Can you afford to miss it?
Taste of SUMMER
Vegetableswa teams up with dirty clean food and stonefruit wa to serve local produce fit for the warmer months.
Pennie and lauren patane are passionate about horticulture and its value in agriculture and to the australian people.
Our premier west australian horticulture event built on an already solid format to deliver even more relevant presentations for our industry.
Dishing THE DIRT
What’s the secret to optimum soil biology? Vegetableswa rdo chi nguyen says it’s all about mycorrhizal fungi if you want thriving vegetables.
Fair farms found five clear steps forward when it hosted its 2023 fair and ethical sourcing conference earlier this year.
Are supermarkets PRICE GOUGING?
On the eve of two inquiries into the retail of fresh produce, and with 34 per cent of growers stating they want out as the industry is not viable, we think on supermarkets’ recent billiondollar profits and question where the margin is.
FOOD ON FILM
Have you seen rotten? This netflix documentary series highlights current global food industry challenges.
Do you know the importance of reasonably practicable risk management?
DÙNG CHLORINE ĐỂ KIỂM SOÁT VI KHUẨN SẮT TRONG GIẾNG KHOAN
Một hệ thống tự chế đơn giản mà hiệu quả.
Do you use chlorine dosing to manage bacterial iron in a bore? Here’s a simple, homemade system that makes light work of this hard task.
From conferences to regional events, a new scholarship and new staff and national wins, the industry is focusing on the positives and setting itself up for success…
Soluna takes HONG KONG
Soluna apples made their hong kong debut in september in what was a crisp tour de force.
Dr helen cripps takes us on a european journey of insight into the popularity of the pink lady apple brand.
With key learnings on biosecurity, climate and future farming from the apc annual meeting and the west australian horticulture update, we are ready for 2024.
WA CITRUS Report
CITRUS on Show
Wa citrus was everywhere during the 2023 season – from exclusive space on supermarket shelves to marathons.
Have you considered digitising your visitor sign-in process? It could be the easy road to success in managing your farm access.
Get the goss on GALL WASP
The citrus gall wasp has established in the perth metro area, so it’s time to educate yourself to stop it spreading into our growing regions.
STONEFRUIT WA Report
It was the who’s who of hort when stonefruit wa celebrated the start of its summer harvest.
Economic viability UPDATE
As we head into the silly season – on farm and off – we look forward to protecting our viability and increasing our export trade and local opportunities.
WA crates pty ltd
MINOR USE PERMITS
Your current minor use permits – these can also be searched by specific crop or pest types at https://portal. Apvma.gov.au/permits.
direct 2 farms
This is how the Install App dialog will look like once your App goes live.
MINOR USE PERMITS
Your Current Minor Use Permits – these can also be searched by specific crop or pest types at