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Annual Vegetable
Industry Seminar
2022

The Annual Vegetable Industry Seminar is a Hort Innovation Vegetable Levy Funded R&D Seminar held each year to showcase emerging products and innovations in horticulture, as well as focussing on key areas for business and personal development of vegetable industry members.

Location: BCEC Meeting Room M4

MC: Jordana Borensztajn


TIME SESSIONS
12:00 - 12:05
Introduction

Jordana Borensztajn

12:05 - 12:15
Welcome to country

Maroochy Barambah

12:15 - 12:40
VegNET 3.0 and RDOs in your area

Zarmeen Hassan, AUSVEG

Sylvia Jelinek, VegNET

Ossie Lang, VegNET

Kim Ngov, Going Fresh

Rob Arvier - West Pine Ag

12:40 - 1:10
Owner reimbursement costs – Grower financial recovery after a new pest or disease detection

Zarmeen Hassan, AUSVEG

Susanna Driessen, Plant Health Australia

John McDonald, Greenlife Industry Australia

Brian Casey, Chestnuts Australia Inc.

13:10 - 13:35
Transitioning to protected cropping – what are the considerations?

Tony Bundock, Protected Cropping Australia

Nicky Mann, Family Fresh Farms

13:35 - 14:05
Lunch
14:05 - 14:45
Increasing international and domestic horticulture market access opportunities

14:05 - 14:13

Nick Macleod, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Overview/history of market access research

14:13 - 14:25

Peter Leach, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment

14:25 - 14:45

Penny Measham, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Q&A Session featuring:

Ben Reilly, Steritech

Derek Foley, Electra Farmlands

John Tyas, Avocadoes Australia Ltd

14:45 - 15:30
The Soil Wealth ICP - Innovations through demonstration sites – insights from leading growers

14:25 - 14:45

Introduction

Carl Larsen, RMCG

Dr Gordon Rogers, Applied Horticultural Research

14:55 - 15:30

Grower Panel Discussion

Adam Schreurs, Schreurs & Sons

Ed Fagan, Mulyan Farms

Mark Kable, Harvest Moon

Andrew Johanson, Mulgowie Farming Company

15:30 - 16:15
Keynote - The Unbreakable Farmer

Warren Davies

16:15
Thank you and goodbye

Jordana Borensztajn

SEMINAR SPEAKERS

JORDANA BORENSZTAJN

Master of Ceremonies

Jordana speaks at conferences around the world and she’s performed two sold-out shows in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She is a humourist, author, presentation skills coach, social media strategist and proud millennial.

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ADAM SCHREURS

Director
Schreurs & Sons

The Schreurs family have been farming at Koo Wee Rup in Gippsland since 1963. Adam and Chris run Schreurs & Sons, producing celery, leeks and baby leaf.

Adam has partnered with the Soil Wealth ICP team since 2014 exploring the use of cover crops and the application of precision agriculture. He has contributes to the Project Reference Group since its inception.

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ANDREW JOHANSON

Sustainable Farming Practices Manager
Mulgowie Farming Company

Andrew is working with the Soil Wealth ICP team looking at how to improve mycorrhizal fungi in his soils.

The Mulgowie Farming Company grows conventional and organic sweet corn, green beans and broccoli across Australia and has a strong focus on innovation and sustainable farming practices. Their next goal is to better understand how to manage beneficial soil biology.

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BEN REILLY

Fresh Produce Manager
Steritech

Ben works with Steritech as the manager of its fresh produce business. He came to Steritech with experience in both ag production and international marketing of fresh produce.

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BRIAN CASEY

President
Chestnuts Australia Inc.

Brian is citrus grower in Northeast Victoria, but, for 25 years, grew chestnuts. In 2010, he was part of the emergency response for chestnut blight and has spoken widely about the response process.

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CARL LARSEN

Associate & Consultant Scientist
RMCG

Carl is a socio-environmental scientist with over 10 years’ experience in planning, delivery and evaluation of agriculture and natural resource management programs, integrated water management, climate change and stakeholder engagement.

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DEREK FOLEY

Managing Director - Electra Farmlands
President - Australian Lychee Growers Association

Derek is the Managing Director at Electra Farmlands Pty Ltd, growing lychees and mangoes in Bundaberg. Derek is also the President of the Australian Lychee Growers Association and has played a critical role in export of lychees to the US.

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ED FAGAN

Director
Mulyan Farms

Ed is a third generation vegetable grower running a 1,400 hectare farm on the banks of the Lachlan River near Cowra, NSW.

Ed and his brother James have taken a whole farm approach to rebuilding the soils, employing carefully planned crop rotations, reduced tillage, and cover crops to revitalize the soil and enhance their productivity.

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DR. GORDON ROGERS

CEO
Applied Horticultural Research

Gordon is Principal of Applied Horticultural Research (AHR) and adjunct Professor with the University of Sydney. He has a degree in production horticulture and a PhD in plant physiology (crop nutrition).

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JOHN MCDONALD

National Biosecurity Manager
Greenlife Industry Australia

John is the National Biosecurity Manager at Greenlife Industry Australia. He over 30 years’ experience in production horticulture in nursery production & mangoes.

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JOHN TYAS

CEO
Australian Avocados Ltd.

John’s role as CEO of Australian Avocados is to lead all facets of the organisation and implement plans agreed with the board. John leads the Avocado market access and trade development project, and the development of the avocado export strategy.

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KIM NGOV

Vegetable Grower - Going Fresh
National Extension Advisory Group - VegNET

Kim is a vegetable grower in Wedderburn, in Sydney’s south-west. He uses both open field and protected cropping systems and experiments with a number of innovations on farm.

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MARK KABLE

Director
Harvest Moon

Mark has collaborated with the Soil Wealth ICP team for many years trialling controlled traffic farming, strip-till and cover crops. He has worked to share the lessons to the broader industry.

Harvest Moon was established in 1981 and grows onions, carrots, beans, broccoli and cauliflower with operations in Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland.

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MAROOCHY BARAMBAH

Songwoman and Law-woman
Turrbal Tribe

Maroochy Barambah is an Aboriginal Elder from Brisbane, Australia. She is of Turrbal and Gubbi Gubbi ancestry with additional bloodline connections to Wakka Wakka, Kamilaroi and Birri Gubba Country.

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NICK MACLEOD

Director, Tropical Fruit and Market Access
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Nick manages the Tropical Fruit and Market Access portfolio of research, development and extension projects designed to enhance the productivity and profitability of Queensland’s horticulture industries.

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NICKY MANN

WHS & Labour Manager
Family Fresh Farms

Nicky Mann a past Chair of Protected Cropping Australia and works with Family Fresh Farms – specialising in Labour & WHS management.

Along with her husband Wade, she has a mixed greenhouse business growing blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, figs, dragon fruit, ginger, and turmeric. They have a keen focus on using honeybees effectively for pollinating their fruiting crops within multi-span greenhouses.

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OSSIE LANG

Regional Development Officer for Tasmania
VegNET

Ossie is the VegNET Regional Development Officer for Tasmania. He works with industry and growers to coordinate research extension, industry resources, educational courses, and relevant events for Tasmanian growers.

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PENNY MEASHAM

Acting Director, Subtropical Fruit and Genetic Improvement
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Penny manages the Subtropical Fruit and Genetic Improvement portfolio of research, development and extension projects designed to enhance the productivity and profitability of Queensland’s horticulture industries.

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PETER LEACH

Principal Entomologist
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Peter leads the fruit fly and market access research at DAF, research that can be used to negotiate horticulture export markets.

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ROB ARVIER

Director
West Pine Ag Pty Ltd

Robert worked in farm and agribusiness operations in the vegetable, dairy, oilseed and processing industries in Australia and abroad. Prior to founding West Pine in 2018, Robert worked with multinational agribusinesses developing commercial strategies and managing stakeholder relationships in environmental, waste reduction and capital works programs.

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SUSANNA DRIESSEN

General Manager – Emergency Response
Plant Health Australia

Susanna is the General Manager - Emergency Response at PHA. Over her twenty year career in Australian biosecurity, she has worked with governments and industry to deliver programs in research, market access and emergency response.

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SYLVIA JELINEK

Regional Development Officer for NSW
VegNET

Sylvia is the VegNET Regional Development Officer for NSW. She works with growers to implement integrated pest management plans across NSW and has many years’ experience working in a plant health laboratory at the NSW DPI.

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TONY BUNDOCK

Deputy Chair
Protected Cropping Australia

Tony Bundock is a qualified trainer and horticulturalist who operates Genesis Horticultural Solutions. He provides training for growers using Priva climate and irrigation systems.

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WARREN DAVIES

The Unbreakable Farmer

Resilience, Persistence and Determination are words used to describe Warren Davies but he is also a husband, father of 5, son, brother, mate, and normal bloke down the road.

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ZARMEEN HASSAN

National Manager - Extension & Engagement
AUSVEG

Zarmeen Hassan brings a wealth of experience across industry and the private sector to her work leading AUSVEG’s science and extension projects, including from previous roles with global organisations like Monsanto, FrieslandCampina, Reckitt Benckiser and Coca-Cola.

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