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Agronomy Digital Technologies Short Course – Free to Eligible Participants

Develop the ability to use sophisticated GIS technology and interpret complex data with the nationally accredited Diploma of Agribusiness Management (Agronomy Digital Technologies Short Course).

You’ll be able to relate this online data back to location on-farm, where you’ll provide solutions which will improve soil health and yield, and lower the impact of pests, weeds, and erosion.

This program is currently funded by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training’s Job Trainer Fund and there is no cost to eligible students. However, there are only limited funded places.

2022-41: Horticulture – End of winter window pathway (1 May to 1 September 2022) for cucurbit exports to New Zealand

New zealand exports

This Industry Advice Notice (IAN) is to advise industry of the upcoming closure of the 2022 winter window arrangements for the export of cucurbits to New Zealand and the registration and accreditation requirements for continuing exports of cucurbits after 1 September 2022.

Agriculture Visa Agreement with Vietnam

A step in the right direction to help with the skills shortage being experieced across Australian farms. Ausveg has shared the below on an agreement with Vietnam that will see more Agrilculture workers in Australia. It was announced today that Vietnam has entered a bi-lateral agreement with the Australian Government to opt-in to the Ag…

Producing, Picking & Packing a $70 million Territory Industry

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Nicole ManisonMinister for Agribusiness and Aquaculture 31 March 2022 The Territory’s melon industry contributes to more than 20 percent of Australia’s production and around 75,000 tonnes of melons are due to be picked locally in the coming months. Territory Melon growers started planting seedlings last month, with the harvest season running from the start of…

Hort Connections Growing Together Brisbane 2022

Hort Connections conference and trade show is returning to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and following a successful COVID-safe delivery of the event in 2021. This year’s theme, Growing Together, aims to highlight the importance of uniting and supporting each other in building a stronger more resilient food system. With current labour and supply…

Queensland Agriculture Flood Assistance

Financial assistance is now available for primary producers affected by the February 2022 rainfall event. This jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) assistance comprises: Category B assistance: concessional loans of up to $250,000, essential working capital loans of up to $100,000 at a concessional interest rate, and freight subsidies of up to $5000….

Australian Biosecurity Symposium!

Animal Health Australia, the Invasive Species Council, the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions and Plant Health Australia are excited to host the 2nd Australian Biosecurity Symposium on 3-5 May 2022 on the Gold Coast, QLD.The Symposium will focus on biosecurity prevention and provide the opportunity to share research and innovation, explore outside-of-the-box thinking and exchange…

Authorised Inspection Person Training – Melon Thrips

Melon Thrip

About the courseThe aims of this course are to introduce and provide you with an understanding of: Domestic Quarantine & Market Access systems within Australia used for the movement of plant and plant products; Interstate certification systems; The role of an Authorised Inspection Person operating within the Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) Scheme; Melon thrips biology…

NATIONAL BIOSECURITY STRATEGY

At Melons Australia we take Biosecurity seriously, determined to keep our industry safe and mitigate the risks that arise from globalisation and the importation of resources. We are working to promote and encourage our industry to get involved in the national biosecurity strategy. Facing the challenges on the horizon with a shared purpose – that’s…

Living and Productive Soils Symposium and Bus Tour

The Burnett Mary Regional Group invites you to attend our ‘Living and Productive Soils Symposium and Bus Tour’ for all growers, producers and agriculturalists across all industries in the wider Bundaberg region. This full-day event will host expert presenters such as Mark Sugars (Dept. of Resources), Jack Milbank (AgPro Technology), John Moor (Growmoor Biological) and…

Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook 2020/2021

We have reviewed the Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook for 2020/21 and, to save you time we’ve pulled out the relevant statistics. Overall, it has been a great effort by our industry in very uncertain times and, we’re heading into 2021/2022 with some strong growth predicted. Happy reading! Overall Melon Production 182,572 tonne was produced to…

The Melons Australia team is growing!

As is our engagement with and representation of industry. If you don’t already know about us, Melons Australia is the peak industry body for the melon industry in Australia. Looking at the previous year in review, we underwent significant reform to strengthen our industries representation, engagement, and market offering. This included appointing our first full-time…

Horticulture Statistics Handbook 2020/21 Launch Event

The Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook is the leading resource for the nation’s horticulture statistics and market information. Inside is the latest production, international trade, processing volumes and fresh market distribution data available, across 75 horticultural categories. This launch event of the 7th edition of the handbook will arm participants with the most up-to-date insights and…

Plant Biosecurity Research Symposium 2022

The two-day symposium, sponsored by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, will include a program of plant biosecurity research supported by the PBRI member organisations and delivered by a large range of research teams in Australia. The two-day program will feature PBRI’s six key focus areas including research on pests, diseases and weeds…

North Queensland pest and diseases workshops a success

On 20 and 21 July 2021 58 industry members, including melon and vegetable growers, agronomists and consultants, attended in person and 17 joined live online to the pest and disease workshops in Ayr and Gumlu, north Queensland. These events were organised by AUSVEG in collaboration with Melons Australia with presentations from Growcom, Queensland Department Agriculture…

Melon industry encourages travellers to become Biosecurity Champions

As part of a broader biosecurity project, Melons Australia has developed a video series to highlight the part that travelling holiday makers can play in maintaining strong on-farm biosecurity. In three animated videos, Tom the melon grower explains the easy steps travellers can take to make sure they don’t unwittingly take pests or diseases into…

Variable rate technology for vegetable production in Great Barrier Reef Catchments

This project aims to advance the adoption of variable rate (VR) technology and practices to optimise the placement of fertiliser, amendments and irrigation in intensively cropped and irrigated horticulture in Great Barrier Reef catchments. Variable rate technology for vegetable production in Great Barrier Reef Catchments July 2018 update

Melons in Japan – Opportunity for Australian exports

This report outlines the opportunities for Australian melons in Japan. This report outlines the opportunities for Australian melons in Japan and includes: • Evaluation the export opportunities of melons by type in Japan • The specific local market dynamics • Identification of the potential barriers for melon exports and how to overcome challenges • Explanation…

Australian Melon Industry Export Plan

The Australian Melon Industry Export Plan describing the market opportunities in five selected countries, as well as other possible export markets. The Australian Melon Industry has completed an Export Plan that describes the market opportunities in five selected countries, as well as other possible export markets. The first section provides an overview of the five…

CGMMV National Management Plan

The National Management Plan for Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus The National Management Plan provides an overarching framework for management of Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus and is underpinned by sound scientific risk assessment developed by an expert working group on CGMMV. CGMMV National Management Plan CGMMV National Management Plan (936 KB)

Biosecurity and Research & Development levies

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Melon levies for research & development and biosecurity commenced on 1st January 2017. Melon levies for research & development and biosecurity commenced on 1st January 2017, with 0.4c/kg collected at the first point 0f sale on all sweet melons.. Research and development is key for supporting the needs of growers to improve the viability and…