The Burst

This is an archive of our electronic newsletter called The Burst. Simply click on the edition number to view the newsletter.

2021

INDUSTRY NEWS:

  • FAO declares 2021 International Year of Fruits & Vegetables
  • The Lost Crop Register has captured over $41m in losses from horticulture producers in the last month.  Have you logged your losses?
  • The administrators of HARPS have released a revision of the HARPS Standard Version 2.0 for public consultation and grower feedback.
  • FSANZ need your input to understand the primary production and processing of berries, leafy vegetables and melons food safety culture, and impacts of COVID-19
  • Masterclass in Horticultural Business starting soon – scholarships available for members of the berry industries
  • NSW Consultations now open:
    • Land Use Planning Strategy
    • Coastal Harvestable Rights Review

LABOUR NEWS:

  • Useful COVID-19 training and induction video available from Safe Farming Tasmania
  • Agribusiness exemption for Qld & NSW extended until 31 March 2021
  • FarmReady Hub has a range of resources and helps to prepare workers for jobs in ag

COVID-19:

  • At the time of publication, the situation in NSW is still evolving – get the latest information directly from our COVID-19 HUB.

BIOSECURITY NEWS:

  • Approval given to research a biopesticide that can target the FAW caterpillar stage
  • New Biosecurity Plan for the Berry sector
  • Queensland Fruit Fly outbreak in WA
INDUSTRY NEWS:

  • If you’re looking for grant or loan funding opportunities, visit this aggregated information database – AgFunding Database – online at Farm Table
  • The Lost Crop Register now recording losses topping $48m – make sure you record any monetary losses you experience due to labour shortages
  • All WA Berry Growers are invited to an industry meeting on 5 March – live Vietnamese translation will be available (Cuộc họp người trồng WA Berry với bản dịch tiếng Việt)
  • Qld: ChemClear are coming in June – register your unwanted Agvet chemicals now
  • Qld: QFF partners with Airbnb to grow Qld Agritourism
  • NSW: NRAR returns to Coffs Harbour with continued focus on compliance
  • NSW: Webinar about growing blueberries in substrate with a focus on nutrition requirements on 12 March
  • NSW/Vic: Farmers encouraged to join funded trials to improve phone coverage in rural areas
  • WA: Green Snail baiting & inspection time is here

LABOUR NEWS:

  • COVID-19 vaccination and the workplace – guidance from FWO and Safe Work Australia
  • Victoria announces a series of new initiatives including the Seasonal Harvest Sign-On bonus
  • Agribusiness exemption for Qld & NSW extended until 31 March 2021
  • Qld: Free industry training on offer for Farm employers to induct new workers
  • WA: Recruitment options factsheet available

COVID-19:

  • At the time of publication, borders are mostly open – get the latest information directly from our COVID-19 HUB.

BIOSECURITY NEWS:

  • QFF Outbreak in the Riverland, SA
  • Khapra beetle – lets keep it out
  • National Fruit Fly Symposium online 4-6 May 2021
  • Tougher new biosecurity penalties announced by the Australian Government
  • DAWR still wants to hear from you about the sterile insect technique policy

DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR ALL FLOOD AFFECTED FARMS IN NSW

  • Find out what you need to do and what you are eligible for

EXPORT NEWS:

  • The Australian Government has announced the extension of IFAM to the end of September 2021
  • New plant export legislation starts at 3am on 28 March 2021
  • Austrade announces new services to help business grow overseas

EVENTS:

  • NSW: Berry Plant Protection Fair – Bucca, 28 April 11-4pm
  • Online: Global Berry Conference – Morocco, 7-8 April
  • Online: Strawberry Symposium – Italy, 1-5 May
  • Online: Climate Research Strategy for Primary Industry Forum – Australia, 29-30 March

INDUSTRY NEWS:

  • Permit extension issued for Trichlorfon in berries
  • ChemClear are collecting unwanted AgVet chemicals across Queensland in July & August
  • Quad Bikes and Side-by-Sides are the largest cause of injury on farms – how can you be safe on these vehicles

LABOUR NEWS:

  • National Roadmap to guide Ag Workforce vision has been released by the government
  • Jobseeker changes
  • Jobkeeper comes to an end on 28 March
  • National Farmers Federation implores workers to report underpayment
  • Victorian seasonal worker incentives
  • Relocation assistance for taking up horticulture work

COVID-19:

  • At the time of publication, borders are mostly open – get the latest information directly from our COVID-19 HUB.

BIOSECURITY NEWS:

  • QFly eradicated from Dalkeith
  • New QFly incident in Coolbellup brings new fruit management requirements at Perth Markets
  • National Fruit Fly Symposium, 4-6 May – save the date
  • New Fall Armyworm project announced by Hort Innovation

2020

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Berry NextGen Supply Chain Field Trip – 18 February – SEQ
  • Moving from Soil to Substrate – 19 February – Woolgoolga NSW

FEATURES:

  • 2020 International Year of Plant Health
  • GROWER SURVEY: Improving supply chains for horticulture products
  • Coffs Harbour area berry growers invited to Fertiliser Stewardship Group Workshop 20 February
  • Strategic Agrochemical Review Process starts for all berry crops – we need your input

CLIMATE, DROUGHT & BUSHFIRE INFORMATION:

  • Check out the latest BoM Climate outlook issued 16 Jan 2020
  • Resources to assist with managing scarce water supplies
  • Assistance for Primary Producers affected by bushfires
  • NSW Special Disaster Grants of up to $75,000
  • A message of support from Hort Innovation

AND IN OTHER NEWS:

  • Labour News updates
  • 12th International ISHS Vaccinium Symposium – Canada August 28 – September 3, 2020
  • Strawberry News
  • All Berries News
  • Blueberry News

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Berry Industry Information Day – 10 March – Launceston, TAS
  • Bee Pollination Expo 2020 – Tuesday 10 March – Woolgoolga, NSW
  • Running Brilliant Meetings – 19 March – Launceston, TAS

FEATURES:

  • Leadership Programme available for a Rubus Grower – do you have the desire to grow your skills?
  • BIOSECURITY ALERT: Fall Armyworm makes its way to Australia’s mainland
  • Alternative pollinators for the industry after bee populations seriously damaged by fires
  • Woolworths Organic Growth Fund invests heavily in Australian farms with more on offer
  • Kaufland stops expansion in Australia
  • Queensland – draft requirements for new or expanded cropping and horticulture activities in the Great Barrier Reef catchment under the Reef protection regulations – time to have your say

PEST, DISEASE & CHEMICAL ACCESS UPDATE:

  • Methidathion (Suprathion 400 EC Insecticide) – registration cancelled
  • Read the latest Ag Chemical Update
  • Your industry needs your input – please complete the SARP survey today – deadline extended to Friday 13 March

AND IN OTHER NEWS:

Labour News

Packaging News

Export News

  • Berries Australia joins forces with other Horticulture bodies to make joint submission to the Department of Agriculture’s consultation on the Cost Recovery Implementation Statement Plant Exports Certification 2019-2020
  • Export Control Bills Package 2019 – Passed by Parliament

BIOSECURITY NEWS

  • Fall Armyworm reaches Carnarvon and Bundaberg
  • QFly outbreak in Perth
  • cesar launch PestCase series of videos

EXPORT MARKET UPDATES:

  • WA Government Supported Air Freight into Singapore up to 23 May 2020
  • International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) proposals
  • China grants access for US blueberries
  • Asia Market Update Series Online Seminar: China

BERRY INDUSTRY NEWS 

COVID-19 State Updates

HORT INNOVATION NEWS

  • Join Hort Innovation for an exclusive Brain Dates webinar on the consumer market environment for horticulture growers during COVID-19

ATO Scam Alert: 
Please warn your employees about a scam targeting the JobKeeper payment

AgVet Chemical News:

  • the Adverse Experience Reporting Program
  • the Recall process for AgVet products
  • Agvet Chemicals Regulatory Reform – your feedback is requested
  • COVID-19 pesticide training exemption for NSW

In Labour News:

  • Fair Farms now backed by all three major retailers
  • Fair Work Ombudsman’ Hort Showcase available in 36 languages
  • Labour Hire – Queensland – make sure your agency is correctly licenced
  • Labour Hire – Victoria – new information campaign for labour-hire workers and an enforcement exemption for all applications submitted prior to midnight on 30 June 2020
  • FWO has a dedicated COVID-19 website to help employers understand their responsibilities
  • Temporary changes to the Fair Work Act
  • Workplace Legal Advice Program pilot
  • National Agricultural Workforce Strategy consultation extended to 3rd August

From Hort Innovation:

  • Catch the latest Insight Webinar focused on the impact of COVID-19 on produce in the Foodservice sector
  • Check out the new International Trade Hub
  • Applications are open and supported for a number of scholarship’s for Berry growers to complete the Masterclass in Horticultural Business
  • And we’re all in the mood for some good news – watch the latest TV advert in the new The Good Mood Food initiative from Hort Innovation

A round-up of industry news:

  • Strawberry Industry News
    • DAF Market Trends working group outputs
  • Blueberry Industry News
    • Tumbarumba Blueberry Farm FOR SALE
    • Latest Blueberry Marketing Program
  • Rubus Industry News

Important News for all NSW growers – Be informed about NRAR Water Rules

  • NRAR’s compliance checks and action will get water users a level playing field
  • Wednesday 24th June – webinar on learning how to comply with NSW water laws

COVID-19:

  • The COVID-19 hub on our website is continually being updated and expanded to provide an access point for all growers across the country to get the latest information

WEBINAR EVENTS:

  • The NSW Marine Estate Clean Coastal Catchments project is inviting you to the next Fertiliser Stewardship Group’s webinar on Friday 17 July at 10.30am
  • The latest Blueberry Rust Workshop is also taking place this Friday – register now to attend
  • For WA growers, there are two online workshops coming soon

IN OTHER NEWS:

  • New Quad bike safety standard fact sheet from the ACCC
  • Now is the time to become a change maker: Nuffield applications are now open for 2021
  • The state of plant biosecurity in Australia
  • Masterclass in Horticultural Business offering online study options

LABOUR NEWS:

  • Using Labour Hire – a useful video from the FWO Horticulture Showcase
  • Increase to the minimum wage announced
  • Penalty charged for the underpayment of Mushroom workers
  • FWO extends unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave at half pay
  • The Victorian Ag Workforce Plan unveiled

HORT INNOVATION NEWS:

  • Trade assessment panels
  • My Market Kitchen
  • Women in horticulture scholarships
  • Category & Consumer Impact Monitor
  • Hort Innovation signs a new agreement with the Government

COVID-19:

The COVID-19 hub on our website is continually being updated and expanded to provide an access point for all growers across the country to get the latest information

AGM EVENTS:

  • ABGA will be holding their AGM online 14/10/20 from 2pm
  • SAI will be holding their AGM online on 15/10/20 from 10am
  • RABA will be holding their AGM on 15/10/20 from 2pm
  • Please REGISTER to attend these events – Zoom meeting details will be provided to all registrants.

IN OTHER NEWS:

  • Export Advices have been issued
  • Women who work in the Horticulture sector are invited to apply for funding grants to support their participation in a leadership development program
  • Another Permit has been issued to tackle Fall Armyworm in Berries
  • An update from the Permits to Label project sees a series of Minor Use Permits surrendered
  • Two Strawberry permits renewed

LABOUR NEWS:

  • Backpacker tax ruled not discrimatory
  • WA Labour webinar available to view on YouTube
  • Qld Farms Health Management Plans explained on Podcast
  • Qld Workplace Essentials workshops & webinars back on
  • Qld Granite Belt audits about to occur
  • NSW-Vic Border region permits now available for seasonal workers

HORT INNOVATION NEWS:

  • Secure your voting rights now
  • Hort Innovation to establish a Levy Payer Register
  • Get a Good Mood Food update
  • Plant Biosecurity funding has been renewed

LABOUR NEWS:

  • Tips for using Labour-hire in Queensland
  • NSW launches HelpHarvest web portal
  • Fair Work Ombudsman update on compliance activities
  • Queensland launches #pickqld campaign
  • State governments invest heavily to attract Aussie workers to horticulture jobs during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Sage advice on managing workers – especially young backpackers

COVID-19:

  • The COVID-19 hub on our website is continually being updated and expanded to provide an access point for all growers across the country to get the latest information

PEST & DISEASE MANAGEMENT:

  • What is the notification process following detection of fruit fly larvae in produce sold interstate?
  • Corteva to launch new organic insecticide to the Australian market\
  • APVMA extends another permit for use on Blueberries and Rubus
  • Glyphosate safety remains unchanged – letter from CropLife CEO Matthew Cossey
  • APVMA launches its Stakeholder Engagement Framework
  • Sterile fruit flies contribute to a reduction in Queensland fruit fly population in two test areas
  • WARNING: Unsolicited seed packages arriving by post

OPTIONS FOR UPSKILLING & BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION:

  • Women in Horticulture Scholarships still available – deadline extended to 9th October
  • Interested in Protected Cropping? Graduate courses now open for enrolment
  • Smart Farms Small Grants Round 4 is now open for submissions until 9th October
  • Thought about PYO but not sure if it is a good idea – let these growers tell you more

HORT INNOVATION NEWS:

  • Extraordinary General Meeting called for 9th October
  • Don’t forget to Secure your voting rights now for this years’ AGM
  • Get the facts on pollination: Manual now available for the Blueberry industry

AGM EVENTS:

  • ABGA will be holding their AGM online 14/10/20 from 2pm
  • SAI will be holding their AGM online on 15/10/20 from 10am
  • RABA will be holding their AGM on 15/10/20 from 2pm
Don’t forget to REGISTER to attend these events – Zoom meeting details will be provided to all registrants.

LABOUR NEWS:

  • Annual Wage Review: 1 November increase includes the Horticulture Award
  • Relocation subsidy to take up a new job
  • State Updates: WA, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, NSW, Queensland

COVID-19:

The COVID-19 hub on our website is continually being updated and expanded to provide an access point for all growers across the country to get the latest information

INDUSTRY NEWS:

  • AGMs bring new committee members
  • Women in Technology Awards – Jodi Neale is recognised for her work on the Australian Strawberry Breeding Program
  • ACCC announces changes to the Food & Grocery Code
  • Queensland Reef Credit Scheme officially launched
  • Export PEMS system now available on your mobile phone
  • AgTech Strategic Plan triggers $2.4 million investment
  • IFAM extended until mid 2021

PEST & DISEASE MANAGEMENT:

  • Fall Armyworm reaches NSW
  • Get on top of Fruit Fly early
  • APVMA launches new Spray Drift guidance documents

HORT INNOVATION NEWS:

  • Qld innovative Berry company awarded Churchill Fellowship
  • Extraordinary General Meeting outcomes
  • International Market Access Assessment Panel meets again on 25th November
  • Annual reports now available for 2019/20 – download them here
  • Masterclass in Horticultural Business open for 2021

CELEBRATE NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY:

  •  #AgDayAU – Share the love on Social Media on Friday 20 November

LABOUR NEWS:

  • Horticulture Award 2020 now fully in force – make sure you’re using the rates
  • TAS restarts SWP with Tassie Government covering quarantine cost

COVID-19:

  • The COVID-19 hub on our website is continually being updated and expanded to provide an access point for all growers across the country to get the latest information – check the latest Border Restrictions and keep up with what you need to manage workers in your state.

INDUSTRY EVENTS:

  • NSW Fertiliser Stewardship Group Webinar 20 November 10:30 AEDT – learn about common chemical, physical and biological soil constraints that can affect crop production.
  • Rubus SARP industry consultation workshop open to all Rubus growers 26 November 10:00 AEDT
  • Bugs you really don’t want – Five key pests are discussed focusing on what to look for and how to manage them 24 November 17:00 AEDT (16:00 Qld Time)

INDUSTRY NEWS:

  • Help the Fight Food Waste CRC to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of the Australian food industry by completing this 15-minute research survey.
  • A handy summary has been produced which outlines the different funding schemes, loans, grant & subsidies that are currently available to support primary producers in Queensland
  • A blueprint for national cooperation on fruit fly has been released covering 2020-2025
  • Western Australia commits $25m to Healthy Estuaries WA focusing on improving the health of 7 key estuary systems
  • Small-to-medium sized enterprises in WA – including primary producers – can now apply for vouchers to the value of $10,000 to engage experts to help them to grow their business.

HORT INNOVATION NEWS:

  • The strategic investment planning process gets an overhaul, based on feedback from growers
  • An update on the progress of the Levy Payer Register proposed by Hort Innovation
  • Don’t forget that the AGM for Hort Innovation is coming up on Friday 27 November at 12pm AEDT

LOST CROP REGISTER:

  • The NFF Hort Council in conjunction with Growcom, have launched a Lost Crop Register to capture information from horticulture about the impact of labour shortfalls.

NSW DISASTER ASSISTANCE:

  • Disaster assistance has been made available for a number of local government areas in Northern New South Wales through jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

LABOUR NEWS:

  • The Seasonal work (SWP/PLS) trial program has been extended in Queensland until 4 March 2021
  • Big Victorian Harvest program launched by Agriculture Victoria
  • South Australia’s government announces $4.45m boost to create a multi-pronged approach to fill vacancies
  • In a cheeky trans-Tasman move, Tourism Australia launches a campaign to attract Kiwis to work in Australia
  • NSW Government launches a $15m initiative for upskilling Agriculture
  • AFPA releases its plan for Australia’s Hort Harvest workforce
  • In Qld, the FarmReady Hub is launched to help address skills and labour shortages
  • Thankful4Farmers launches Go and Pick campaign to attract school leavers to rural jobs

COVID-19:

  • At the time of publication, the situation in NSW is still evolving – get the latest information directly from our COVID-19 HUB.

BIOSECURITY NEWS:

  • Serpentine Leafminer has been detected in Queensland – find out more about this significant pest and how to identify it
  • Be a biosecurity warrior – a new campaign launched by the departments of agriculture and primary industries across Australia

ACCC NEWS:

  • The ACCC’s Perishable Agricultural Goods Inquiry Report recommends the introduction of an unfair trading practices prohibition

HORT INNOVATION NEWS:

  • A further FAQ about the Levy Payer Register proposed by Hort Innovation
  • Check out the new Directors, Chair, and Deputy Chair elected at the AGM for Hort Innovation

2019

  • Welcome to the new industry development & communication project from Berries Australia
  • Australian Pollinator Week – 10-17 November – Get involved in your community
  • Documentary film made by Driscoll’s – The Last Harvest
  • Bureau of Meteorology launches Climate Guides by region
  • LABOUR NEWS – FWO Updates, Qld Govt prosecutions under Labour Hire Laws, ABARES Farm Survey Results, NFF Response to ABARES Survey, Backpacker Tax ruled invalid
  • Chemicals needed for farming but so is cooperation
  • NSW Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) Coffs Harbour compliance campaign enters Phase 2
  • Consumer Goods (Quad Bikes) Safety Standard 2019 from 11 October 2019
  • AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship applications now open
  • HORT INNOVATION NEWS – AGM 22 November, Annual fund reports now available, Latest Minor Use Permits
  • It’s time to get bush fire ready
  • Report released from the Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia
  • National Landcare Program: Smart Farms Small Grants Round 3 Closes 19 December
  • Property Identification Reform: View the Berries Australia submission to the consultation
  • Future Drought Fund: Have your say
  • LABOUR NEWS – Regional Agriculture Migration Package, Christmas parties & safety, Sun Safety at work, Victorian Labour Hire rules now in force, Qld: Changes to Workers Comp
  • Masterclass in Horticultural Business: Apply now for 2020
  • HORT INNOVATION NEWS – New Board Members New podcast: bust myths and boost business

DROUGHT & WATER EFFICIENCY FOCUS:

  • QFF welcomes additional drought declarations across SEQ
  • Getting help with managing drought – there is a lot of assistance available
  • Latest climate outlook from the BoM issued 12 Dec 2019
  • Assorted tools & resources to help you manage your water more efficiently

IN OTHER NEWS:

  • Are you ready for FRESHCARE 4.1?
  • Be Quad Safe this Summer
  • Masterclass in Horticultural Business: Apply now for 2020
  • Labour News
  • Amended Minor Use Permit: PER87797 FOR CONTROL OF APHIDS IN STRAWBERRIES
  • HORT INNOVATION NEWS – Horticulture Sustainability Framework

And finally – Berry Nog for Christmas thanks to Driscoll’s USA