Planting native vegetation for beneficial insect habitat
Jul
31
10:30 AM10:30

Planting native vegetation for beneficial insect habitat

How do I plant a native insectary to provide habitat and nectar for beneficial insects? What have we learnt from monitoring at the demonstration sites? Click here to register for this free event which will be followed by a farm walk of the native vegetation insectarium planting at Strawberry Springs in Millgrove.

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Aug
22
9:45 AM09:45

VSIDC Strawberry Academy – Session 4 - Hydroponic and/or Protected Cropping Systems

The Victorian Strawberry Industry Development Committee are hosting a series of technical workshops as part of their Strawberry Academy initiative.  Click here for the full program of courses on offer.

Session Four will investigate the why and how to transition for protected cropping systems - which system works for you, presented by Tony Bundock. Contact Angela Atkinson, 0408 416 538 for further information or to RSVP.

 

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May
23
9:45 AM09:45

VSIDC Strawberry Academy – Session 3 - Irrigation

The Victorian Strawberry Industry Development Committee are hosting a series of technical workshops as part of their Strawberry Academy initiative.  Click here for the full program of courses on offer.

Session Three will investigate the tips and tricks to make a little go a long way, presented by Tony Bundock. Contact Angela Atkinson, 0408 416 538 for further information or to RSVP.

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May
16
9:45 AM09:45

VSIDC Strawberry Academy – Session 2 – Plant nutrition de-mystified

The Victorian Strawberry Industry Development Committee are hosting a series of technical workshops as part of their Strawberry Academy initiative.  Click here for the full program of courses on offer.

Session Two will investigate the what, when and how of feeding plants to get results, presented by Tony Bundock. Contact Angela Atkinson, 0408 416 538 for further information or to RSVP.

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Apr
18
9:45 AM09:45

VSIDC Strawberry Academy - Session 1 - Getting the Dirt on Soils

The Victorian Strawberry Industry Development Committee are hosting a series of technical workshops as part of their Strawberry Academy initiative.  Click here for the full program of courses on offer.

Session One will investigate the basics of soils and associated parameters, presented by Tony Bundock. Contact Angela Atkinson, 0408 416 538 for further information or to RSVP.

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Global Berry Congress 2018
Mar
19
to Mar 21

Global Berry Congress 2018

Global Berry Congress returns to Rotterdam on 19-21 March 2018 exploring current industry trends, key challenges and future direction of berry business. It shares insight and case studies to keep you ahead of the game. Global Berry Congress just keeps getting bigger and better.

For full details, visit the congress website: http://www.berrycongress.com/

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Strawberry Innovation Networking at BerryQuest
Feb
14
5:30 PM17:30

Strawberry Innovation Networking at BerryQuest

Are you coming to BerryQuest? Do you work in the strawberry industry?

If so, come and meet with other industry members and the Strawberry Innovation team to discuss all things strawberries!

Join us at the Water Garden Bar on Level 1 of the Launceston Country Club between 5:30 to 6:30pm on Wednesday 14th February.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Oct
27
8:30 AM08:30

IPM Workshop for Strawberry Growers

Hosted by DuPont, with guest presenter Dr Paul Horne, these workshops will discuss how you can develop an IPM program for the control of major pests in strawberries. There will be an opportunity to learn about the benefits of following an IPM program as well as how to identify different types of insects.

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Oct
26
2:00 PM14:00

IPM Workshop for Strawberry Growers

Hosted by DuPont, with guest presenter Dr Paul Horne, these workshops will discuss how you can develop an IPM program for the control of major pests in strawberries. There will be an opportunity to learn about the benefits of following an IPM program as well as how to identify different types of insects.

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Oct
4
10:00 AM10:00

Hydroponic Farmers Federation Grower Meeting

The Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) is holding its next Grower Meeting and Farm Walk on Wednesday 4th October at Sunnyridge Strawberry Farm.

The Hydroponic Farmers Federation Inc. is the industry grower organisation for commercial hydroponics. Membership includes growers, industry representatives and interested parties.

The day will start with a tour of Sunnyridge, followed by lunch, then a series of speakers in the afternoon.

Cost is $30 for non HFF members, free for members.

If you are interested you RSVP to John Elford

Further information available here.

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3rd International Strawberry Congress
Sep
6
to Sep 8

3rd International Strawberry Congress

Strawberries on demand; the consumer rules the future

How should we develop, grow and market strawberries? The consumer is key. The third International Strawberry Congress offers the unique combination of commercial strategy and scientific research and is directed to a broad public active or related to the strawberry culture, national and international. With this congress we aim to create a platform for networking and information exchange based on research, growing and commercialisation of strawberries for the fresh market. The program comprises two days of lectures by speakers, presentations and panel discussions, as well as one day of excursions to Hoogstraten in Belgium and Zundert in The Netherlands.

The International Strawberry Congress is an ideal opportunity to meet top business leaders in the international market today. They will share their insights and opinions with you during this three-day Congress.

For further details and registration, visit the conference website

 

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Jul
9
to Jul 12

Future Growing' APEX-BRINKMAN PCA Biennial Conference 2017

  • Adelaide Convention Centre (map)
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Protected Cropping Australia is pleased to invite you to attend the APEX-BRINKMAN PCA Biennial Conference, to be held in Adelaide, South Australia from Sunday 9 July to Tuesday 12 July, 2017 at the newly renovated Adelaide Convention Centre on North Terrace.  

The theme of the conference is ‘Future Growing’ and will include a combination of business, networking and social events as well as a field trip on the final day of the conference.  There will be an impressive industry exhibition, a large variety of presentations to choose from, exciting keynote speakers, workshops and field days, the welcome reception and conference dinner. 

For more details: http://www.aomevents.com/pca2017

The Protected Cropping Industry is the fastest growing food producing sector in Australia, valued at around $1.8 billion at the farm gate per annum. This is equivalent to 20% of the value of total vegetable and cut flower production in Australia (RIRDC report HSA-9A). It is estimated that more than 10,000 people are employed directly in greenhouse horticulture throughout Australia, with the industry expanding at between 4-6% per annum. The average return on investment is between 5% and 10%. The potential return on investment for high technology greenhouse vegetable enterprises is around 20-25% per annum.

Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) is the peak industry body representing commercial hydroponic and greenhouse growers Australia wide. PCA members also include equipment and installation suppliers, specialist consultants and advisors, researchers and educators.

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May
15
to May 17

Hort Connections

  • adelaide convention centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Hort Connections to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre.  Combining the National Horticulture Convention and PMA Fresh Connections, Hort Connections is set to become the most influential space for networking, education and business for the entire fresh produce industry.
For further details and to register click here.

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Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

State Horticulture Update 2017 - Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) will hold its first State Horticulture Update for Western Australian horticulture businesses.

The inaugural event will focus on strategies that WA horticulture businesses can use to become internationally competitive. The forum supports DAFWA’s key goal to enable the agriculture and food sector to double in value by 2025.

The event will provide WA growers with access to timely market information, grower case studies and industry research to explore new market opportunities. It will feature a presentation on the ‘Pathways to competitiveness’ report, commissioned by DAFWA; panel discussions on areas including achieving international competitiveness, removing barriers to export growth, and biosecurity; and the opportunity to hear from leading horticulture businesses and industry representatives.

The Update will conclude with a networking event sponsored by Vegetables WA.

Click here to register. 

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International Nitrogen Initiative Conference
Dec
4
to Dec 8

International Nitrogen Initiative Conference

With the theme ‘Solutions to improve nitrogen use efficiency for the world’, the 7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI 2016)  aims to address “The Nutrient Nexus” of reducing nutrient losses while producing food and energy for all of our human family.

The overall goal of the International Nitrogen Initiative is to optimise the beneficial role of nitrogen in sustainable food production and minimise the negative effects nitrogen may have on human health and the environment resulting from food and energy production.

For more information, visit the conference website: http://ini2016.com/

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Bacchus Marsh Strawberries and Cherries Weekend
Nov
18
to Nov 21

Bacchus Marsh Strawberries and Cherries Weekend

  • 270 Main Street Bacchus Marsh VIC 3340 Australia (map)
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The 10th annual Strawberries & Cherries Weekend celebrates the arrival of the first spring crop of fruits, with strawberries and cherries being the star of the show in Bacchus Marsh, and in particular the availability of these delicious fruits available for purchase at the farm gate, or via the extremely popular ‘pick your own’ activities.

For further details click here.

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Nov
8
9:00 AM09:00

Farm Biosecurity 2016


Farm Biosecurity 2016 is a ‘must attend’ event for primary producers and businesses with farm-biosecurity responsibilities. The event will address farm biosecurity in a practical and
informative series of workshops and lectures. Sessions will address emerging threats and how to minimise the likelihood of an outbreak.

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Nov
8
to Nov 10

2016 Annual International Research Conference on Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Emissions Reductions

  • Sheraton Orlando North Hotel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The objectives of the conference include:

  • Support the gathering of data on potential alternatives to methyl bromide for future evaluation and prioritization.
  • Enhance technology transfer processes needed to economically and commercially implement methyl bromide alternatives.
  • Enhance scientific information and data exchange regarding current research on methyl bromide alternatives and emissions reduction.
  • Have interdisciplinary scientific exchange on methyl bromide alternatives and related issues.
  • Develop and distribute conference proceedings as an information source on state-of-the-art methyl bromide alternatives for use by Researchers, Users of Methyl Bromide, Legislators, Government Policy Officials, and all other interested parties.
  • To present and discuss research results of new pest and crop management practices, used to help formulate an integrated on-farm plan and timetable to seamlessly transition agriculture to a methyl bromide alternative pest management system which minimizes pest, crop, and other potential economic impacts.
  • Facilitate discussion between regulatory entities, researchers, and industry participants to identify high priority research needs, convey research results, and disseminate regulatory information.

Conference abstracts are due September 1, 2016. For more information visit https://mbao.org/conference

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Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

Victorian Strawberry Growers Association AGM & Farm Walk

  • 16 Coldstream West Road Coldstream, VIC, 3770 Australia (map)
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The Victorian Strawberry Growers Association Inc. Farm Walk & AGM at the Property of the Violi Family

Program includes:

  • AGM of the VSGA.
  • Strawberry Breeding - Mark Herrington
  • Nutrition Benchmarks for Albion - Tim Kimpton
  • Report on Food Safety Screening - Tony Fay
  • VSIDC- Miffy Gilbert        
  • Policy and workplace relations Update - VFF
  • Farm Tour
  • Followed by barbecue lunch cooked on Muirs BBQ - Free for VSGA Members, $25 per head for non-members
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