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Unfortunately, we have again postponed the Tri-Nut Conference that was planned for 10 to 12 September 2021. With the ongoing COVID outbreaks and lockdowns it has not been possible to plan with any confidence. So, the safest decision was to postpone.

I am very disappointed at having to make the decision, but it is ultimately the best for all. In its place we will be commencing a ‘virtual’ Tri-Nut program so watch this space for the details.

As part of the process, I wish to gauge your opinions on the day/time that would best suit you, the grower, for virtual events. Also, I am interested in the length of webinars you would prefer. To assist can you please complete this survey.

Some of the early topics I am working on include: -
  • Implementing the Fair Farms program
  • Product accreditation
  • Orchard sanitation
  • Soils
  • Irrigation.
If you have specific topics, you would like me to add to a program, please let me know.

Shortly we will be resending the material relating to the R&D Voluntary Contribution program based on the 2021 crop. Hopefully you will be in a position to assist.

HGA is also looking to do a session on chemicals and the requirements for specific pests and diseases. You will soon receive an e-mail from me seeking nominations from members to assist in this program. Please respond if you are interested.

Enjoy the cold weather and winter.


Trevor M Ranford B.Sc., Dip MP (AIMSA), Adv Dip Hosp (Wine Marketing), AFIML
Executive/Communications Officer
Hazelnut Growers of Australia Inc
Mobile:  0417 809 172

New research open for participation: Detecting disease outbreaks early

An important part of the biosecurity system is ongoing surveillance so that if a disease or plant pest is present, it is detected and responded to as early as possible.  

This new project is investigating factors that influence farmer-decision making when disease is suspected on a farm, specifically relating to the role of trust.  

The aim is to understand the role of trust and how it can help facilitate early detection of disease, rapid response, and minimise impacts on business. 
Participate in the research  
The researcher is seeking views from plant, livestock, and aquaculture farm owners, managers and health managers through a short, anonymous survey that is open now. Multiple responses from within a business are welcome. 

The questions focus on trust in the context of a hypothetical disease outbreak. The survey should take 10-20 minutes to complete at the most.  

All data collected will be anonymous and aggregated at a national level. Data will not be collected on a sector or state level.  
Do the survey

CODEX HACCP Revision 2020

Industry blog: by Dr. Andreas Klieber, FPSC Board Member and managing director Quality Associates

CODEX HACCP has been the backbone of food safety systems for the last 50 years. With the last revision in 2003, it was time for an updated CODEX HACCP in 2020.

One of the key reasons for this is that the global food industry has moved ahead of the HACCP system as evidenced in the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and private standards.
Read more about what's changed

Latest AgChemical Update now available

The June 2021 AgChemical Update is now on the Hort Innovation website. In particular, look at the section relating to the dithiocarbamate fungicides.

 AgChem Updates are produced as part of the Hort Innovation funded project Regulatory support and coordination (MT17019).

Go to the AgChemical Update
A picture of a hand holding a phone with the QR reader app. Text reads: 'All businesses must now use Victoria's QR code system'.

VIC: QR Code Service mandatory for all businesses

All businesses are now required to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service (unless an exemption applies). Checking in via QR code is the best way to help stop the spread of coronavirus, and protect our businesses and each other.

The Victorian Government QR Code Service has been developed in consultation with industry, and connects seamlessly with Victoria’s contact tracing system.

Additionally, venues must make reasonable efforts to provide or use alternative record-keeping systems for people who do not have access to, or cannot use, a personal mobile phone to check in.

There are a range of signs, posters and templates to help businesses, staff and customers maintain a COVIDSafe workplace. It’s important that businesses ensure clients, customers and visitors check in on arrival.

Visit for more information or call Business Victoria on 13 22 15. If you need an interpreter, call the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398 and press 0.

More information

Australian biosecurity series: Brown marmorated stink bug resources

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has put together resources on the brown marmorated stink bug for your reference:

Machinery import denied entry due to stink bug threat

A consignment of machinery that did not meet Australia’s strict biosecurity standards has been refused entry, despite legal proceedings to appeal the decision.
Deputy Secretary, Biosecurity and Compliance, Andrew Tongue said the consignment had to meet strict biosecurity import conditions that help manage the significant risk of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).

“The consignment did not meet the conditions, which require goods to treated offshore, and so the department directed the used machinery to be immediately exported,” Mr Tongue said.
Read more

Industry newsletters

Farm Biosecurity News: An e-newsletter from Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia. View latest edition or subscribe

Tendrils: From Plant Health Australia. View latest edition or subscribe.

Diary dates

28-30 July: MIFB Hybrid Trade Fair 2021 - Kuala Lumpur
18 August: Fresh Produce Safety Conference - Sydney and online
6-9 September: Fine Food Australia - Sydney
5-7 November: Australian Women In Agriculture annual conference - east coast, TAS
March 2022: ANIC Nut Conference
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