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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.

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