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2022

Industry News

  • Welcome Wendy Morris – our new PAI Industry Services Manager
  • Market Report – January 2022 from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
  • Marketing Update – A lookback at December 2021 and a glimpse into January 2022
  • Passionfruit Guides and Growing Tools AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ONLINE NOW
    • Defect & grading tool posters
    • Passionfruit problem solver field guide
    • The passionfruit growing guide, 2nd edition
  •  We want to hear from you – drop us an email

Australian News

  • Backpackers return to discover new employment landscape
  • Farmers welcome certainty on the future of Paradise Dam
  • Queensland could be Australia’s agritourism centre
  • The Reef 2050 Plan
  • Organics regulatory framework up for discussion
  • Horticulture output holds despite fewer workers for 2020/21

Aussie farm inventions

Over the next few editions of our newsletter, we take a look at some Aussie farm inventions, past and present, that have or look to shape the future of farming. Our first article is Aussie farm inventions have changed the world

Grants & Applications

Industry Training & Events

Industry Updates

  • Read a selection of current industry newsletters, from Plant Heath Australia (PHA), Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF) & Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF)

Biosecurity & IPM Updates

  • The December 2021 AgChemical Update is available
  • A cheque to check on pests and weeds
  • Biosecurity Queensland has free Farm Check-In App

Covid-19 Updates, Support & News

Included this month:

  • National update
  • Covid-19 Restriction Checker
  • National Support – Getting help during Coronavirus (Covid-19)
  • State Support & Assistance
  • Border Crossing
  • Workplace Essentials
  • Sourcing Rapid Antigen Test Kits
  • QLD – Managing COVID-19 cases and exposure in the workplace, including fact sheet

Recipes

Better Homes & Gardens share 20 of their best passionfruit recipes
Moroccan Glazed BBQ Prawns…Yes please!

Industry News

  • Information for QLD & NSW growers affected by heavy rainfall & flooding Feb 2022
  • Market Report – February 2022 from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
  • Marketing Update
  • Passionfruit grower Tom Carey featured in ABC Rural News Article
  • What is Hort360 Reef Certification and why is it so important?
  • Changes to piece rate provisions
  • Widebay Passionvine Nursery Closure + hothouses for sale
  • Orchard spray package for sale – Sunshine Coast
  • Passionfruit Guides and Growing Tools AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ONLINE NOW
    • Defect & grading tool posters
    • Passionfruit problem solver field guide
    • The passionfruit growing guide, 2nd edition
  • We want to hear from you – drop us an email
  • Hort Innovation News
  • Future Fields Updates

Australian News

  • Horticulture Statistics Handbook 2020/21 released
  • Industry supports Australian Agriculture Visa
  • Farm labour shortage continues despite surge of working holiday visa applications
  • Federal Government stands firm to commit funding to rebuild Paradise Dam

Aussie farm inventions

  • Read ABC’s Landline article ‘How these inventors got their farming innovations off the ground and into the paddock’

Grants & Applications

Industry Training & Events

Industry Updates

  • Read a selection of current industry newsletters, from Plant Heath Australia (PHA), Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF) & Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF)

Covid-19 Updates, Support & News

Included this month:

  • National update
  • Covid-19 Restriction Checker
  • National Support – Getting help during Coronavirus (Covid-19)
  • State Support & Assistance

Recipes

  • Passionfruit Iced Tea…Yes please!

Industry News

  • President’s Message
  • Current Disaster Assistance
  • Grower Report Snapshot
    • Far North Queensland
    • Sunshine Coast
  • Market Report – March 2022 from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
  • Marketing Update – A lookback at the month of March
  • Additional Information on Piece Rate Changes
  • Future Drought Fund
  • Building Farm Business Resilience in Horticulture
  • We Want to Hear From You – drop us an email

Australian News

  • Farmers count the cost of south-east Queensland Floods
  • NSW, Queensland floods on track to be among country’s worst-ever natural disasters, Climate Council says
  • Farm inputs not floods to push prices higher & QFF says farmers’ need input costs surety and security
  • Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF) says farmers’ need input costs surety and security
  • Queensland Farmers Federation welcomes tax facelift for modern farming
  • New Industry strategies to train skilled workforces
  • New dollars for fixed wireless a win for farmers and regional Australia
  • Biggest merger in Super history now finalised

Industry Training & Events

Industry Updates

  • Read a selection of current industry newsletters, from Plant Heath Australia (PHA), Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF) & Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF)

Covid-19 Updates, Support & News

Included this month:

  • National update
  • Covid-19 Restriction Checker
  • National Support – Getting help during Coronavirus (Covid-19)
  • State Support & Assistance

Recipes

  • Passionfruit & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Industry News

  • PF19000-National Passionfruit Breeding & Evaluation Program
  • Marketing Update – A lookback at the previous month
  • We Want to Hear From You – drop us an email

Industry Training & Events

Industry Newsletters

  • Read a selection of current industry newsletters, from Plant Heath Australia (PHA), Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF) & Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF)

Covid-19 Updates, Support & News

Included this month:

  • National update
  • Covid-19 Restriction Checker
  • National Support – Getting help during Coronavirus (Covid-19)
  • State Support & Assistance

Recipes

  • Mother’s Day Recipe: Wholegrain Passionfruit Pancakes
  • Presidents Message

  • ISM’s Report

  • Market Report – May 2022

  • Marketing Update – A lookback at the previous month

  • Scholarships:

    • Noel Day Scholarships open now for 2022/2023 year.
      Find out what Alicia Bertola from A & A Farming of Tolga, QLD says about the NTS Certificate in Farming course

    • Women In Leadership Australia

  • For Sale: Used Perma Logs for Sale, Sunshine Coast

  • Ag Industry Tax Tips ahead of 1 July

  • Industry Training & Events

  • Industry Newsletters

    • Read a selection of current industry newsletters, from
      Plant Heath Australia (PHA)
      Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF) &
      Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF)

  • We Want to Hear From You – drop us an email  

  • Covid-19 Updates, Support & News

  • Recipe: No-Bake Mini Passionfruit Cheesecakes 

  • ISM’s Report

  • Market Report – June 2022

  • Regional Roundups

  • Marketing Update – A lookback at May

  • PAI grower members Mitchell East & Jennifer Riseley in the news

  • PAI grower member Tina McPherson in the news

  • For Sale: Farm Equipment Sunshine Coast

  • For Sale: Farm Equipment Northern NSW

  • Scholarships:

    • Noel Day Scholarships open now for 2022/2023 year.
      Find out what Alicia Bertola from A & A Farming of Tolga, QLD says about the NTS Certificate in Farming course
    • Women In Leadership Australia
  • Varroa Mite Incursion Detected in NSW

  • Quad bike & SSV Rebates – NSW

  • Industry Training & Events

  • Industry Newsletters

    • Read a selection of current industry newsletters, from
      Plant Heath Australia (PHA)
      Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF) &
      Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF)
  • We Want to Hear From You – drop us an email  

  • Covid-19 Updates, Support & News

  • Recipe: Easy Vegan Passionfruit Cake

2021

INDUSTRY NEWS:

  • New Passionfruit SARP now completed
  • The Lost Crop Register has captured over $41m in losses from horticulture producers in the last month.  Have you logged your losses?
  • FAO declares 2021 International Year of Fruits & Vegetables
  • The administrators of HARPS have released a revision of the HARPS Standard Version 2.0 for public consultation and grower feedback.
  • Masterclass in Horticultural Business starting soon – scholarships available for members of the berry industries
  • Qld News – Consultation on the updated draft standard conditions for new or expanded commercial cropping and horticulture activities in the Great Barrier Reef catchments
  • NSW News – Consultations now open:
    • Land Use Planning Strategy
    • Coastal Harvestable Rights Review
  • Market Report from Brisbane market

LABOUR NEWS:

  • FREE induction, pre-employment training open for farm employers in Qld – funded by the Queensland Government until March 2021
  • Useful COVID-19 training and induction video available from Safe Farming Tasmania
  • Agribusiness exemption for Qld & NSW extended until 31 March 2021
  • BFVG part of $1m trial to attract more workers to horticulture

COVID-19:

  • Get the latest information on COVID-19

BIOSECURITY NEWS:

  • Approval given to research a biopesticide that can target the FAW caterpillar stage
  • Queensland Fruit Fly outbreak in WA

INDUSTRY NEWS:

  • The Lost Crop Register has captured over $48m in losses from horticulture producers in the last month.  Please log your losses to help us draw attention to the labour shortage in Horticulture
  • The Coles Nurture Fund is open again
  • HARPS 2.0 not going ahead in March as planned
  • Want to be a Pumps & Irrigations System guru? 3 day course available
  • New Zealand passionfruit industry invests heavily in marketing
  • The latest edition of the Hort Stats Handbook is available now
  • Chemical Update: TWO new permits issued
  • Bureau of Meteorology Climate Outlook – get the latest news about what Autumn has in store
  • ChemClear unwanted chem collection coming to Queensland – register your chemicals now for collection
  • Qld Farmers Federation joining forces with Airbnb to boost agritourism
  • Market Report from Brisbane market

LABOUR NEWS:

  • COVID-19 vaccination and the workplace – make sure you understand
  • Finding workers: Understanding the SWP vs the PLS
  • FREE induction, pre-employment training open for farm employers in Qld – funded by the Queensland Government until March 2021
  • Useful COVID-19 training and induction video available from Safe Farming Tasmania
  • Agribusiness exemption for Qld & NSW extended until 31 March 2021
  • Access to labour – Qld
  • Access to Labour – WA

COVID-19:

  • Get the latest information on COVID-19

BIOSECURITY NEWS:

  • First-ever Biosecurity app for Queensland being developed
  • Tougher penalties for Biosecurity flouters
  • Khapra Beetle – the story so far

INDUSTRY NEWS:

  • Passionfruit Australia has organised three grower workshop/get-together meetings in April & May to bring growers together for a catch-up and to feed into the new industry Strategic Investment Plan – come along for a drink & a feed and catch up with fellow growers from your region – RSVP now please for catering purposes
  • ABARES Horticulture Outlook
  • BoM Climate Outlook
  • Growcom unveils new look AgVet chemical database
  • Freshcare FSQ 4.2 – are you ready?
  • Hort Innovation publishes the latest Ag Chemical update
  • ATO Deductions for Agriculture – get tax-time ready
  • Growcom Advocacy Update
  • Bee Aware when using insecticides

COVID-19:

  • Get the latest information on COVID-19

QLD NEWS:

  • AgSafe ChemClear collection coming to Qld – register your unwanted chemicals by June 13
  • QFF: New report dispels agriculture work myths

NSW NEWS:

  • NSW DPI update on Special Disaster grants for primary producers, lost and found stock and Damage Assessment reporting

TRAINING NEWS:

  • Farm Business Management Skill Set Program ‘for women, by women’
  • NFF Leadership Program applications opened 8 March

INDUSTRY NEWS:

  • Passionfruit Australia has organised three grower workshop/get-together meetings in April & May to bring growers together for a catch-up and to feed into the new industry Strategic Investment Plan – come along for a drink & a feed and catch up with fellow growers from your region – RSVP now please for catering purposes
  • Fusarium Solanii – is this an issue for you? Please respond to our Grower Survey
  • New Permit issued for Fenbutatin Oxide (Miticide) – REPLACES PER84258
  • Do you use Piece Rates? – Then read about the latest updates and complete an important survey from the National Farmers Federation if you want to keep Piece Rates available as a performance reward tool
  • Have unwanted chemicals and live in Qld? Register the details with ChemClear now
  • NSW Financial Packages – Special Disaster Grants
  • Industry events – save the date or register now for industry events in the next 2-3 months

LABOUR NEWS:

  • QUEENSLAND – assistance that is available to help you find workers
  • NSW – help on offer from the State Government

COVID-19:

  • Get the latest information on COVID-19

BIOSECURITY NEWS:

  • National Fruit Fly Symposium is on 4-6 May – all Online
  • Fall Armyworm update
  • Xylella Fastidiosa host plants thankfully intercepted at the border

INDUSTRY NEWS:

  • Passionfruit Australia organised three grower workshop/get-together meetings in April & May – a great turnout and some interesting discussions were held
  • Draft Passionfruit Strategic Investment Plan – please review and have your say by Friday 4 June
  • What was in the federal budget for the Agriculture sector? Growcom provides a succinct summary
  • Fair Farms supported with Federal Budget funding

State News:

  • Queensland: Fatal accident has lessons for us all, Work in Paradise campaign to support regional jobs, On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure boost & the new Farm design reef standards start from 1 June
  • NSW: Fall Armyworm found in North Coast Sorghum & Hotel Quarantine costs halved
  • WA: Declared Qfly free after 15 month eradication campaign

Industry News:

  • Hot off the press – New AgVisa with UK and 10 ASEAN nations announced this morning
  • Passionfruit Australia co-signs letter to Minister Butcher regarding the Paradise Dam Business Case
  • Director roles are now open for applications at both Hort Innovation and Plant Health Australia
  • Get the latest news from Brisbane market
  • AgMove – helping workers relocate for agricultural jobs
  • Superannuation moves to 10% from 1 July
  • ACCC: Collective bargaining approval easier for small businesses
  • Government announces consultations on streamlined Pacific Labour Mobility initiatives

Biosecurity & IPM News:

  • CropLife launches new guide to pesticides, Improved access to AgVet Chemicals, Serpentine Leafminer resources & a PestBites video helping you to identify the brown marmorated stink bug

State News:

  • Queensland: On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure rebate returns as most of Southern Queensland is still drought-declared, Major drought reform for Queensland producers & SafeFarm training is still FREE until June 30
  • NSW: Unknown attackers destroy 70 beehives with fuel
  • WA: New hub to support the agriculture industry gets underway & AgriFutures WA Rural Women’s Awards from 2020 finally held

COVID-19 News:

  • How to tell a cold or flu apart from COVID-19

Industry News:

  • Tell us what you want to see in the next Communication Programme
  • Latest news from Brisbane & Sydney markets
  • Passionfruit looking at bumper winter crop
  • Farmers urged to participate in the Agricultural Census coming shortly
  • Drought Resilience Monitoring program seeking to improve drought and climate resilience

Labour News:

  • Big Ag Visa win offset by an unexpected change to eligibility for second and third-year visa extensions
  • Piecework evidence and arguments submitted to the Fair Work Commission
  • Hort Award pay rates & 10% superannuation guarantee now in place from 1 July 2021 – make sure to update your systems
  • Fair Work Ombudsman announces their 2021-22 compliance priorities and horticulture is still right up there

Biosecurity & IPM News:

  • Latest Ag Chemical update available thanks to Hort Innovation
  • We are not the only ones struggling as Fusarium solani threatens zucchini production in Greece
  • Wynca Azoxystrobin 250Sc Fungicide registration confirmed by APVMA for the control of various fungal diseases in passionfruit
  • Welcome to the first stop for biosecurity information – new national biosecurity website launched
  • Are you a Biosecurity superstar? 2021 Australian Biosecurity Awards open for nominations until 30 July

State News:

  • Queensland: Growing the Agricultural workforce: regional industry consultations announced and Queensland Government revises “Back to work in Agriculture” and rebrands as #pickqld bonus
  • NSW: Recommended use of QR codes on farms and State budget strong on regional communities but light on ag sector growth
  • WA: American Serpentine Leafminer confirmed and WA Government introduces new measures to help Ag industry fill critical labour gaps

COVID-19 News:

  • It’s time to Arm Yourself against COVID-19
  • Check that you are complying with all the latest rules for agriculture in your state:
    • QLD
    • NSW
    • WA

Industry News:

  • Passionfruit Australia Inc AGM – Virtual – save the date 24 September
  • Members Only: TWO Noel Day Scholarships now available – fully funded horticulture training
  • New Defect & Grading Guide Posters – coming soon
  • Farewell from Jane Richter
  • Passionfruit Farm for sale:  Bundaberg
  • Queensland passionfruit grower to boost production through an upgraded cold room
  • Latest news from Brisbane & Sydney markets
  • Aussie horticulture spotlights responsible farming in a new Australian-Grown Horticulture Sustainability Framework
  • What do you do with your ‘fugly’ fruit? Here’s a new option
  • New AgVisa is being fast-tracked to bring willing workers to rural areas
  • Demonstrating best practice farming in Reef catchments
  • Secure your Hort Innovation voting rights in time for the AGM in November
  • What do you think of the Fair Farms program? Give your feedback on the current review
  • Scholarships are now available for women in Horticulture

Biosecurity & IPM News:

  • American Serpentine Leafminer detected in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area
  • New National Biosecurity website caters to everyone
  • APVMA Gazette: APS Azoxystrobin 250 SC Fungicide

State News:

  • Queensland: Border crossing changes for primary industries workers, Update on regional consultations for Growing the Agriculture Workforce, #pickqld bonus is available to all new ag workers, New drought assistance coming for Qld Primary Producers, Downland the Qld Check-in app to make contact tracing at your farm easier, Weathering the ups and downs of Queensland agriculture, PLS & SWP – your questions answered about both labour schemes at these in-person briefing sessions – reserve your place today, Agritourism Development Workshops – 2 September 2021 – Sunshine Coast
  • NSW: New COVID-19 rules in NSW – know what you need to do, NSW strongly recommends use of QR code check-in on farms, Tweed Council Sustainable Ag Small Grants, Tweed Council Field Days
  • WA: Government introduces new measures to help Ag industry fill critical labour gaps, Season 2021 – information for WA farmers

COVID-19 News:

  • COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
  • Check that you are complying with all the latest rules for agriculture in your state:
    • QLD
    • NSW
    • WA

In This Edition:

  • Passionfruit Australia Inc’s AGM 2021
  • Market Report from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
  • Noel Day Scholarships open for applications from grower members
  • Scholarships available for women in horticulture
    New Defect & Grading Posters coming your way soon
  • Growing or going? Planning your business succession
  • QFF Workforce Consultations in Ayr & Tablelands
  • Grants & Applications
  • Industry Training & Events
  • Industry Updates
  • Biosecurity & IPM News:
  • APVMA Gazette: Sabakem Azoxystrobin 250 SC Fungicide
  • Serpentine Leafminer detected in Lockyer Valley
  • New International Fruit Fly Technology Trial in Australia
  • Covid-19 News
  • Passionfruit & Coconut Sponge Cupcakes recipe – Enjoy!

In This Edition:

  • Market Report from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
  • Social Media Activity – October 2021
  • Australia’s AgBoom
  • AgVisa Announcement
  • Noel Day Scholarships Update
  • New Defect & Grading Posters coming your way soon
  • Future Fields – Queensland
  • Workplace Essentials Seminar
  • Agerris Digital Farmhand robots tackling horticulture industry’s challenges
  • Quad Bike Safety – Announcement from the ACCC
  • What is your Business’s Digital Maturity?
  • QRIDA: The Farm Business Analysis Assistance
  • Grants & Applications
  • Industry Training & Events
  • Industry Updates
  • Biosecurity & IPM News:
    • APVMA Gazette: Sivanto Prime 200 SL Insecticide
    • Exotic Pest Identification and Surveillance Guide for Tropical Horticulture
  • Covid-19 News
  • Passionfruit Acai Smoothie Bowl recipe – Enjoy!
  • News to Share? – Send in your news, suggestions and pictures to share please

In This Edition:

  • Market Report from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
  • Regional Roundup
  • Weather Watch
  • Marketing Update
  • A sad farewell from PAI Industry Services Manager – Sacha Harty. Calling for applications NOW
  • Successful recipients of the Noel Day Scholarships
  • New Defect & Grading Posters delivery update
  • Australian News
  • Australia streamlines seasonal labour programmes
  • School leavers encouraged to pick fruit during gap year
  • Nine projects worth $1.6 million to Improve Farm Safety Practices
  • QLD’s Paradise Dam overflows giving short-term water for farmers
  • New minimum hourly wage guarantee for pieceworkers
  • Ag-tech facility breaks new ground
  • Rewarding farmers for environmental outcomes
  • QLD Horticulture Irrigation Pricing Rebate Scheme Now Open
  • Biodiversity Workshop & Field Day for Tweed Farmer
  • QLD: $10k in rebates available on Carbon Project Assessments
  • Grants & Applications
  • Industry Training & Events
  • Industry Updates
  • Biosecurity & IPM News
  • Covid-19 News
  • PAI Office closure over Christmas
  • Recipe: Passionfruit, White Chocolate & Cashew Cheese-Fake…Yummmm
  • News to Share? – Send in your news, suggestions and pictures to share please

IN THIS EDITION

  • President’s Message
  • Market Report from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
  • Marketing Update
  • New Defect & Grading Posters AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ONLINE NOW
  • Australian News
    • Hort Innovation – New directors, chair and deputy chair elected
    • Plant Health Australia (PHA) updates online course offering
    • Australian Protected Cropping Strategy Launched
    • Rubens Technologies takes fruit quality testing to next level
    • Regional water assessment program kicks-off
    • Still no clarity for Paradise Dam
    • High-tech hub for sustainable crop protection launched
    • Industry welcomes $87.2M investment to implement the Ag Visa
    • Piece rate decision expected in the New Year
    • The ACCC publishes agricultural machinery purchaser guidance material
  • Major drought reform for Queensland producers
  • Future Fields- latest news
  • New Hort Innovation Consumer Research Project
  • #pickqld bonus ending 31 Dec 2021
  • Mareeba Chamber of Commerce Economic snapshot
  • Fruit Fly in the Firing Line
  • Biodiversity Workshop & Field Day for Tweed  – POSTPONED
  • FOCUS: National Disasters
  • Grants & Applications
  • Industry Training & Events
  • Industry Updates
  • Biosecurity & IPM News
  • Covid-19 News
  • PAI Office closure over Christmas
  • Recipe: Passionfruit & Watermelon Margarita
  • News to Share + Christmas Joke –  Answer

2020

SARP process is underway – PLEASE take ten minutes to complete the questionnaire so your needs are included

Market Report – what was the Christmas Trading period like for 2019/20?

2020 is the International Year of Plant Health

From 1 Jan 2020, a new Horticulture Labour Agreement is available

Improving Horticulture Supply Chains – a Grower Survey that could win you $100 for completing

Australia is getting warmer – its official

Register now to attend one of the Passionfruit Post Harvest Field Days in 2020

MEMBERS ONLY – Enter to win a full year subscription to the invaluable Agrichemical information service Infopest

Latest Drought Update

HORT INNOVATION: Caffeine linked to rapid testicle growth, stronger sex drive in male fruit flies

LAST CHANCE to participate in the SARP Process – PLEASE take ten minutes to complete the questionnaire so your needs are included

Market Report – did fruit flow in February?

Biosecurity ALERT – Fall Armyworm has reached northern Queensland – find out what you need to look out for

Check out the latest Chemicals Update as Methidathion (Suptrathion) has its registration surrendered

Improving Horticulture Supply Chains – we still urgently need MORE GROWERS to complete this survey

If you’re a female in farming, why not get along to one of the Australian Women’s Leadership Symposia?

Registration now open for all of the Passionfruit Post Harvest Field Days in 2020

MEMBERS ONLY – get in quick as the draw entry closes 29/2 – Enter to win a full year subscription to the invaluable Agrichemical information service Infopest

FRESHCARE – achieves global food safety initiative benchmark

Public consultation is now open to provide feedback on the draft requirements for new or expanded cropping and horticulture activities in the Great Barrier Reef catchment under the Reef protection regulations.

COVID-19 Updates
* What help is coming from the Federal Government for all Australians?

* Help from State Governments for Households?
Queensland
New South Wales
Western Australia
* Help from State Governments for Businesses?
Queensland
New South Wales
Western Australia
Northern Territory
* Change to the way you do business due to COVID-19
* Implementing measures in your business to help reduce the risk and the impact of COVID-19
* How do you secure enough labour this winter? You MUST complete this survey now to enable industry bodies to advocate on your behalf for the right level of workers – please complete this no matter how large or small an employer you are
* QUEENSLAND BORDER CLOSURE – what you need to know
* Applying for an Entry Pass into Queensland
* We also recommend that you require all workers – both NEW & EXISTING – to fill in a worker disclosure form before starting or continuing work on your farm and have attached a template HERE to assist you, with thanks to Growcom.

Useful other COVID-19 resources
FAQ & Fact Sheets on COVID-19
Handwashing Poster
Fair Work Ombudsman answer your questions about managing your workforce during COVID-19
National Farmers Federation FarmHub provides a wealth of information
Don’t forget to look after your mental health during this incredibly stressful time

LAST LAST CHANCE to participate in the SARP Process – PLEASE take ten minutes to complete the questionnaire so your needs for new chemical solutions are included in the forward plan for Passionfruit

Market Report – what is happening in the fresh fruit supply chains and at the markets?

Biosecurity UPDATE – Fall Armyworm is marching south through Queensland – find out what you need to look out for & Minor Use Permit issued for Spinetoram

Industry Events update
Hort Connections – postponed to 2021
Australasian Plant Breeding Conference – postponed from June 2020 – no new date available
Primex Field Days – postponed to September 2020
Passionfruit PostHarvest Field Days & Catch-ups for 2020 to be postponed but the PostHarvest Best Practice Guide is coming your way via Australia Post

Change to the way you do business due to COVID-19
Qld Government has announced their 5 point plan for managing seasonal workers moving from one harvest area to another
COVID-19 resources like useful forms for managing workers & visitors
Download the COVID SAFE App
Border restrictions updates by state

Get on board with the Growcom marketing campaign encouraging consumers to Eat Yourself to Health – we need passionfruit farmers to make super short videos using the Growcom recipe

Market Report – what is happening in the fresh fruit supply chains and at the markets?

Biosecurity UPDATE – Fall Armyworm is marching south through Queensland – find out what you need to look out for & Minor Use Permit issued for Spinetoram

Read the latest news from Hort Innovation

Win prizes and promote farm safety in this year’s Farm safety calendar competition

Hort Innovation releases new Request for Proposal for the Passionfruit Industry Breeding Program PF19000

Change to the way you do business due to COVID-19
State Governments announce their guidelines for using temporary visa holders & seasonal transient workers
COVID-19 resources like useful forms for managing workers & visitors
CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) are interested in the potential use of drone technology in Agriculture – share your ideas

Queensland Fruit Fly outbreak in Perth

Market Report – what is happening in the fresh fruit supply chains and at the markets?

Biosecurity UPDATE – Fall Armyworm is marching south through Australia – find out what you need to look out for & Minor Use Permit issued for Spinetoram

Read the latest news from Hort Innovation

And finally …….. a new Cultivar in South Africa makes its export debut

Fruit supply hits the market from all growing regions at once

A Bundaberg farm had a positive case of COVID-19 – are you sure your business is prepared?

* State Governments guidelines for using temporary visa holders & seasonal transient workers

* COVID-19 resources like useful forms for managing workers & visitors

Growcom encouraging consumers to Eat Up and Branch Out – please get on board

FWO launches its Horticultural Showcase providing information for both employers and employees – in 36 languages!

Market Report – what is happening in the fresh fruit supply chains and at the markets?

Field Day, AGM & Industry Dinner planned for 17 October – please join us

Read the latest news from Hort Innovation including an update on their hort-wide marketing campaign The Good Mood Food

And finally …….. learn about the new company growing Australia’s tropical fruit category through increased market opportunities

QLD Farms: What is a ‘Seasonal Worker’ and does your business need a Health Management Plan? There are active compliance checks happening right now

Managing workers in these COVID-19 times – keep on top of what is changing

Labour News: Minimum wage increase from 1 November 2020

Can you become a change maker? Nuffield Scholarships are now open for 2021

Market Report – what is happening in the fresh fruit supply chains and at the markets?

2020 Queensland Agriculture awards are now open for nominations

Quad Bike Safety Fact Sheet launched by the ACCC

Read the latest news from Hort Innovation including an update on My Market Kitchen, Women in Horticulture Scholarships, Trade Assessment Panels and the new funding agreement signed with the Government

And finally …….. a farm in South Africa takes passionfruit from a side-line to mainstream business

FOR SALE – in Glass House Mountains SEQ a polisher, sorter & grader is available. Would suit a medium-large farm operation and is fully adjustable for purples or panama varieties, as well as limes or avocados.

Don’t get caught short without the right plan in place for COVID-19

Chemical News:

•Permit surrendered as its now covered on label – PER14665 Version 3 Abamectin / Passionvine Mite & Two Spotted mite
•Changes to the making & keeping of chemical application records in Qld

Labour News: Backpacker tax – ATO appeal upheld by the Federal Court

BIOSECURITY ALERT: Khapra Beetle

Market Report – what is happening in the fresh fruit supply chains and at the markets?

Women in Horticulture: Full & Partial Scholarships available

Fruit Fly News from the National Fruit Fly Council

Read the latest news from Hort Innovation including the renewal of funding for plant biosecurity research, this years AGM goes online & ensure your voting rights now

And finally …….. a Colombian grower believes there is a lot of room for growth in the European market for purple passionfruit

Ensure you keep up with the changes in your state and that you have the right plan in place for COVID-19

  • Chemical News:
    Label registration now achieved for Luna Sensation fungicide with Luna Experience to follow in the next 12 months
  • Labour News:
    NSW writes the new Agricultural Workers Code into public health orders
    NSW Agriculture Worker Permit
    Fair Work Ombudsman reports on compliance
    Securing labour – a Growcom update
    Qld Seasonal Labour campaign – #pickqld
    Qld Regional compliance checks
  • BIOSECURITY ALERT: Unsolicited Seeds arriving at farms

Market Report – what is happening in the fresh fruit supply chains and at the markets?

Women in Horticulture: Full & Partial Scholarships still available – deadline extended to October 9th

  • Fruit Fly News
    Sterile fruit flies contribute to reduction in Qfly population in trial sites
    The notification process following the detection of fruit fly larvae in produce sold interstate

Read the latest news from Hort Innovation including the Proposed Levy Payers Register, the Hort innovation AGM, an Extraordinary General Meeting that has been called for Friday October 9th at 1pm AEDST and an update from the International Trade Team.

FOR SALE – Tornado, 600 L polyethylene spray tank, 25 rolls of poly-pipe and other great nearly-new equipment – Northern NSW

And finally …….. Vietnam has started to export passionfruit to Europe and the hit TV show from Channel 7 ‘Farmer wants a Wife’ are looking for their next set of farmers. Know anyone?

Ensure you keep up with the changes in your state and that you have the right plan in place for COVID-19

Access to Seasonal Workers – Qld Update
Access to Seasonal Workers – NSW Update
Access to Seasonal Workers – WA Update

BIOSECURITY ALERT: Tasmania has second FF detection in 2020 in a passionfruit

Chemical News:

Staphyt seeking trial sites in FNQ for new chemicals for passionfruit

Labour News:

Hort Award wage increase starts 1 November
Relocation assistance for seasonal & aussie workers

Market Report – what is happening in the fresh fruit supply chains and at the markets?

Nellie Kelly turns 100 this year

Reef Credit scheme launches

Read the latest news from Hort Innovation including the latest Annual Report for Passionfruit, the Masterclass in Horticultural Business is open for 2021, what happened at the Extraordinary General Meeting and the new approach Hort Innovation is taking to Strategic Investment Plans.

Sadly we say farewell to our Industry Services Manager Amanda Roy and we’re seeking applications from anyone interested in taking on her role

There are more changes in borders and the management of seasonal workers so don’t forget to keep up with what’s required for Covid-Safe plans in your state

Please welcome our new Industry Strategic Partner for Passionfruit from Hort Innovation – Georgia Sheil

In Chemical News:

  • Cabrio supplies may be low so plan your fungicide requirements for the season and secure your supplies as soon as you can
  • Luna Sensation is now registered for use in Passionfruit so consider that as an additional tool for Septoria spot and brown spot
  • Trichlorfon permit for use on Fruit Fly has been renewed to 2025

In Labour News:

  • The changes to the Hort Award are now in effect so please ensure you access the FWC pay tools to get the right pay rates
  • Significant shortages of back-packers (WHM) are being faced across the country – don’t wait until the last minute to plan and secure your workers for this season

What’s happening in the markets?

Focus on Fruit Fly:

  • Check out these really informative 3-minute videos from AHR which help to explain the lifecycle and best management practices for Queensland and Mediterranean Fruit Fly
  • Our website also has some useful information
  • The National Fruit Fly Strategy for 2020-25 has just been released

Hort Innovation News:

  • AGM Friday 27 November – don’t forget to join in & vote
  • Masterclass in Horticulture Business – Applications are now open
  • The new approach to Strategic Planning at Hort Innovation is explained in more detail
  • An update on the proposed Levy Payer Register

Get ready to welcome Sacha Harty who will be taking over from our outgoing Industry Services Manager Amanda Roy from early January.

Have a sneak peek at the latest edition of The Passion Vine which is currently being printed and posted out

Growcom and the National Farmers Federation have launched a National Crop Loss Register to capture information about horticulture crops lost because of labour shortages

The ACCC’s Perishable Agricultural Goods Inquiry Report recommends the introduction of an unfair trading practices prohibition, and the strengthening of the small business unfair contract term protections and the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct.

In Labour News:

  • Tourism Australia launches a cheeky campaign in NZ to attract workers to Australia
  • AFPA launches its plan for Australia’s Hort Harvest workforce
  • FarmReady Hub is launched in Qld
  • Thankful4Farmers launches Go & Pick

What’s happening in the markets?

Biosecurity News:

  • Serpentine Leafminer has been detected for the first time in Queensland

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

  • Tyson Cross wins 5L Tsunami
  • Passionfruit Industry Event Calendar for 2019
  • Important update on Breeding Programme Review
  • LOW PRICES & HIGH SUPPLY – what can we learn?
  • MEMBER BENEFITS: Free Crop Test until 31/1/19
  • Nursery News: Time to start planning your plantings for 2019
  • Chain of Responsibility – Master Code from Agsafe
  • HORT INNOVATION: Better Together Strategy Workshops
  • Grower Forum: Coming soon to your smartphone & tablet
  • Labour News: an excellent summary from NHLIS
  • Farm Succession Planning: Help is available
  • Register now for the first Regional Field Day of the year
  • PF15000: National Breeding Programme update
  • WELCOME: Cynthia Barbagallo & Dennis Chant join the Management Committee
  • Market Update
  • Hort funded Churchill Fellowships now open for application
  • ChemClear collection out-of-date chems
  • MEMBER BENEFITS: LAST CHANCE FOR YOUR FREE CROP TEST
  • TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR PLANT ORDERS FOR 2019
  • Export Protocol established for Indonesia
  • Flood Disaster Assistance available
  • GROWER FORUM NOW LIVE!
  • Regional Field Day Report: 20th March Glass House Mountains
  • Markets Update
  • Permit Variation Issued: PER87164 VERSION 2 – Dimethoate
  • PANAMA RED & PANDORA PLANTS AVAILABLE at Tara Valley Nursery
  • Passionfruit postharvest best practice review now contracted to AHR
  • Blockchain technology: what is it?
  • Vale John Bishop
  • MARKETING UPDATE: Growers needed for Royal Easter Show in Sydney
  • HORT INNOVATION NEWS
  • HORT CONNECTIONS: EARLY BIRD DEAL ends Friday 29th March
  • New HARPS training dates announced
  • PER87607 – Phosphorous acid / Passionfruit / Phytophthora Blight
  • Needing workers for the Winter Flush?
  • PRIMEX FIELD DAY COMING UP
  • QLD: Workplace Essentials at Agrotrend
  • PASSIONFRUIT FARM FOR SALE: NSW
  • Changes to HORT AWARD now live
  • GROWCOM NEWS
  • HORT CONNECTIONS: DON’T MISS OUT
  • Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums
  • CONGRATULATIONS: LEO & KELLIE BURGOYNE YOU HAVE WON A FREE 1 LITRE OF TRANSFORM IN THE LATEST MEMBERS-ONLY DRAW
  • Regional Field Day: Dimbulah 19th June
  • Pest & Disease Research Roadshow
  • Qld: Dam desilting rebate now available
  • AG SAFE CONFERENCE – BRISBANE
  • MARKETS UPDATE
  • NSW DPI – Useful You Tube Channel
  • The Hort Innovation Strategic Plan is taking shape!
  • HARPS TRAINING – JUNE 18, 19, 20
  • Water Wise Connect Expo
  • Protect your vines from frost this winter
  • Not totally bat-sh*t crazy after all!
  • Regional Field Day: NSW 24th July
  • FWO: new pay rates applicable from 1 July 2019
  • Glyphosate update
  • Updates to Freshcare Food Safety & Quality FSQ4 (on-farm)
  • Hort Innovation’s new strategy is here
  • NSW Regional Field Day – 24th July Breeding Programme focus – REGISTER NOW PLEASE
  • Wondermazing Honeybees seeking ongoing passionfruit pulp supply
  • Looking for workers? MADEC can help
  • RESEARCH ROADSHOWS – have your say in the future of access to agrichemicals (on-farm)
  • AgFunding: One-Stop-Shop to identify available funding sources
  • Hort Innovation NEWS
  • SAVE THE DATE: Annual Industry Dinner & Passionfruit Australia AGM
  • Bundaberg Regional Field Day – 18th September – REGISTER NOW PLEASE
  • RESEARCH ROADSHOWS – have your say about future access to agrichemicals
  • MARKET REPORT
  • LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE: WOMEN IN HORTICULTURE
  • Nematodes an issue?
  • Effective Inductions for all new staff are vital to good business practice
  • Qld Department of Agriculture wants to hear from you
  • Directors sought for Plant Health Australia
  • Hort Innovation NEWS – Complete your Annual Levy Return + secure Hort Innovation voting entitlements
  • GET YOUR TICKETS NOW: Annual Industry Dinner & Passionfruit Australia AGM
  • New Committee Members needed for PAI Management Committee
  • Passionfruit Industry AGM, Dinner & Nursery Farm tour 18/19 October
  • Noel Day Scholarships – Applications now OPEN for 2019/20
  • FAIR WORK Launches Horticulture Showcase Tool for Farmers
  • MARKET REPORT
  • INFOPEST: YouTube Tutorial now available
  • Hort Innovation podcast series out now: GROWING MATTERS
  • Labour hire injury claims: who is liable?
  • Register your workforce needs with the NHLIS
  • Strengthening Australia’s defence against fruit fly threat
  • Hort Innovation – Annual Levy Return Reminder
  • New Committee Members needed for PAI Management Committee
  • Passionfruit Industry AGM, Dinner & Nursery Farm tour 18/19 October
  • Noel Day Scholarships – Applications now OPEN for 2019/20
  • FAIR WORK: Changes to public holiday substitution rules
  • LADIES – don’t miss out on Leadership Development Funding
  • For Sale:Looking for a new Grader? Expanding your farm and need some more posts?
  • MEMBERS ONLY QUARTERLY FREE PRIZE DRAW – Win a Roll-in fruit collector
  • CREATE YOUR OWN ONLINE FARM INDUCTION FOR NEW WORKERS
  • CQUniversity Export Survey – please complete
  • New Climate Guides launched by Australian Government

* 250 Misty Gem baby plants ready to go from Arbour Grove Nursery – first in-best dressed

* Fruit Fly discovered in passionfruit in Adelaide Woolworths store

* Glass House Mountains hammered by hail

* Latest Market report

* Meet your new PAI Management Committee

* Missed the AGM? Check out the photos from the dinner & Nursery Tour

* Noel Day Scholarships for 2020 closing 30/11/19

* New Reef Regulations come in 1/12/19

* Hort Innovation News – latest Annual Fund Report for Passionfruit & New Directors elected at the AGM

* A Round-up of all the Disaster & Drought Relief currently available – don’t be afraid to seek some help

  • SEQ region now drought declared
  • Professor Alon Samach visits Southern Cross University
  • Freshcare 4.1 – are you ready?
  • Get it right for you & your workers in the festive season
  • New Quad Bike Safety standard – please take heed
  • 2020 Diary dates
  • MEMBERS ONLY BENEFITS UPDATE – Noel Day Scholarships awarded, 12.5% off at Growcom’s Workplace Relations Shop & reassuring pickers trying to get their 88 days
  • Hort Masterclass 2020 – get your application in by 17 January 2020
  • Hort Innovation News – Growing Matters Podcast series two & talk to us about Sustainability

2018

  • Market pricing updates
  • Churchill Fellowships
  • Nursery Update
  • Latest Hort Innovation News
  • NT DPI Commercialisation Opportunity
  • APEN Extension Skills Mentoring Scheme
  • Qld Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 announcement
  • Marketing News
  • Diary Date for Regional Field Day in March
  • Market pricing updates
  • Regional Field Day 28 March Beerwah
  • Market pricing updates
  • Training opportunity: QATC
  • Training opportunity: Rural Leadership
  • Safety when applying chemicals
  • Marketing News
  • Regional Field Day 28 March Beerwah
  • Hort Code of Conduct deadline 1st April
  • Join the Export sub-committee
  • Battling Qfly from the skies
  • Hort Innovation Review of Performance
  • National Harvest Labour Information Service
  • Regional Field Day attracts 30 growers
  • Market pricing updates
  • Gardening Australia coming to the Sunshine Coast
  • Sulfoxaflor (Transform) permit issued for Fruit Spotting Bug PER85397
  • Single Touch Payroll
  • New Hortlink out now
  • Biosecurity Updates
  • Hort Innovation’s Director Nomination Committee
  • Queensland processor seeking new bulk fruit suppliers
  • Grants still available from QRIDA
  • Changes to the team at PAI
  • Market pricing updates
  • Marketing News: In-Store Sampling & Media Launch to support winter flush
  • IPDM tools on your SmartPhone
  • HortConnections exclusive PAI Member offer
  • Tropical Fruit Export Strategy for Passionfruit one step closer to reality
  • HARPS – is it clear yet?
  • Mandatory labour hire laws now in effect across Queensland
  • Queensland Small Business Entrepreneur Grants: next round now open!
  • Rachel Mackenzie from Growcom wins award
  • Market updates
  • Marketing News: Media Launch a great success
  • HortConnections: two reports from the inside
  • Next Regional Field Day – Bundaberg 25 July
  • Stacey Watson leaving AustSafe Super after 10 years
  • How does Hort Innovation work?
  • Industry News Updates
  • Growcom news releases
  • Time to renew your PAI membership
  • Regional Field Day: Bundaberg
  • Market updates
  • HARPS Training available in August & September
  • PAI AGM – 7/8 September in Innisfail
  • Tropico closing for 8+ weeks to relocate
  • Australian Biological Farming Conference Gold Coast 9-12 November
  • Marketing News: Winter flush media highlights
  • Do you know your fruit flies? FREE e-book download
  • Spreading bugs with drones – Drone Agriculture can make a difference
  • Passionfruit farm for sale: Bundaberg
  • IPDM Survey – tell us what you need
  • Nominations open to join the Passionfruit Australia Management Committee
  • Farm Household Assistance gets boost
  • Markets Update
  • QFly ALERT – time to get your management program back up & running
  • Do you understand the implications for your business of Single Touch Payroll?
  • Improving weed management outcomes for stinking passionflower
  • Secure your voting rights for this years’ Hort Innovation AGM
  • National Fruit Fly Symposium helps set direction
  • Tax Time Toolkits now available from the ATO
  • Latest The Passion Vine out now
  • Noel Day Scholarship Programme open for applications
  • Gardening Australia segment on Passionfruit Friday 28/9
  • Calling for SIAP applications
  • PAI AGM draws a great crowd to Innisfail
  • Hort Innovation Review Released
  • Minor Use Permit Update – Glyphosate
  • Have you registered to vote at the Hort Innovation AGM?
  • Have your say – Water Metering Consultation NSW
  • Compost Benefits for Soils NSW
  • 2019 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • QFF urges farmers to be ready for Waste Levy
  • Calling for Expressions of Interest – Farm potentially available for LEASE in Bundaberg area
  • Noel Day Scholarship Programme closing 31/10/18
  • Are you calculating piece rates correctly?
  • DON’T MISS GFIA in Focus Australia, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 27-28 November 2018
  • Join the passionfruit SIAP to advise on strategic levy investments – deadline extended
  • Hort Innovation AGM – register now to attend
  • Women in Agriculture Scholarships now available
  • If you want Australia to have an AgVisa – you have to help
  • Export Readiness Workshops – free to attend
  • Get your copy of the latest Passionfruit Annual Report from Hort Innovation
  • Available Drought Assistance in NSW: an update
  • BUGS FOR BUGS: Spring Newsletter
  • Worm Hit – Organic Fertiliser seeking growers willing to trial their fertiliser
  • Last Field Day of the year – 5th December – NSW
  • Labour News: Changes to the Working Holiday Maker Visa
  • LAST CHANCE TO APPLY FOR LEADERSHIP FUNDING: UP TO $7,000 AVAILABLE FOR WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
  • ENROL IN THE 2019 MASTERCLASS IN HORTICULTURAL BUSINESS
  • Smart Farms Small Grants
  • Harvest Trail Enquiry report just published and its not pretty!
  • Fair Farms scheme shows horticulture is serious about worker exploitation
  • Further funding for Fruit Fly
  • Slight delay in the next The Passion Vine
  • National Breeding Programme: Important Update
  • CHRISTMAS OFFERS FOR PASSIONFRUIT AUSTRALIA MEMBERS
  • Markets Update
  • Growcom News – Fair Farms Initiative
  • Workcover Qld: Protecting bodies and minds against pre-holiday stresses
  • Biosecurity AlertBrown Marmorated Stink Bug
  • WORKPLACE RELATIONS UPDATE
  • National Traceability Project needs your input
  • Juice processor seeking more passionfruit supply: Mildura Fruit Juice
  • Woolworths Organic Growth Fund
  • Merry Christmas

2017

  • Reducing harvesting labour cost
  • State Market Trading Hours
  • Latest Hort Innovation News
  • Cyclone Debbie Recovery funding
  • Product news – Ectol
  • Hort Code of Conduct
  • Links to useful online resources