Vol 06 Issue 4 - September 2006

ALMOND BOARD OF AUSTRALIA SEPTEMBER 2006 NEWSLETTER I N N A UTSHELL This publication has been partially funded by Horticulture Australia Limited

ALMOND BOARD of AUSTRA L I A

Almond Field Days July 2006

ABN: 31 709 079 099 “Horticulture House” 7 Wilson Street PO Box 52 BERRI SA 5343 Phone: 08 8582 2055 Fax: 08 8582 3503

Almond field days held in July this year were well at- tended by almond growers and managers. The experience in each region was quite different, and in some cases we were fortunate enough to visit orchards with specific challenges (such as salinity) which provided a great opportunity to learn more about managing al- monds under difficult situations. “Riverland Growers held a field day visiting Century Orchards and Craig Spilsbury’s orchard on the 20 th of July. Fifty growers turned out to hear Professor Assaf talk on the importance of optimisation. Professor talked on a myriad of subjects including fertilisation, nutrition, and pruning. We had a great day which was well attended by growers. I encourage all growers to support these field days.” Brendan Sidhu, Chair RAG (Riverland Almond Growers) Special thanks to those who allowed us to visit their properties: * Century Orchards * Craig Spilsbury * Neale Bennett * Sholto Douglas * Costa Family

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In this Issue...

Pictured above: Professor Raphael Assaf answering queries at the Sunraysia Almond Field Day. Pictured below: Adelaide Almond Growers Field Day at the Costa Family property.

Almond Spray Guide

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Notice of AGM

Almond Planting Survey Executive Nominations

Marketing Update

Almond Conference 2006 ABA Membership 06/07

HAC Report

Important Dates

Regional Almond Grower Meetings June 2006

Biosecurity Levy - Strong support for the proposed Biosecurity (EPPE) Levy was demonstrated in a formal ballot of ABA members and levy payers. The Almond Board is now in the process of applying for establishment of this levy, initially set to zero, on behalf of the Australian Almond Industry. Pictured above left: Jo Ireland (ABA’s newest staff member) at the Riverland Regional Meeting on 8th June 2006. Pictured below left: Stephen Lynch addressing the Riverland Regional Almond Growers Meeting.

Members and levy payers were presented with an overview of ABA activities and strategic priorities at the regional meetings held in Adelaide, Riverland & Sunraysia on 8th and 9th June 2006. Australian Almond Industry Strategic Plan 2006-2011 The draft strategic plan, outlining key strategic objectives targeted for achievement over the next five years, for the Australian Almond Industry, was well received by those present. The plan is now being finalised and will soon be available via the ABA website.

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