The comment is often made that we constantly need to change to stay still. Ideas for improving production processes can come from a range of sources, sometimes unexpected applications in one area will have an impact on your business. At the TreeNet (Trees, Roads, experimentation and Education Network) Conference in 2011 there was a presentation on how street trees can manage stormwater, and the opportunities for permeable pavers. Tim Johnson an arborist with City of Mitcham and PhD student at University of South Australia presented data on the ability of trees to utilise water against water tension gradients by equalising the water pressure when the stomata were closed and there was no transpiration. By running tests predawn the research showed that trees would reach their potential before stomata opened and water was lost to the environment. More
For those of you who haven’t yet seen it, last month’s Nursery Paper was on Minor Use Permits for the Nursery Industry. You can read the paper in the Hort Journal or find an archive copy at the NGIA website. Keep an eye out for next month’s Nursery Paper, which will be on the results of an industry survey of attitudes to Urban Forest management.
The Minor Use Pesticide program is an important levy funded intiative that provides growers access to chemicals, which do not have legally approved label registration for use in non-registered crops through an APVMA minor use permit.
This offers growers a much wider suite of products for better pest and disease control and management of resistance.
If you have a pest or disease situation which is not currently addressed or a need for a product to be accessible, then please contact your industry development officer. NGIA can progress an application for a minor use permit to the APVMA to assist you and the wider industry in legally accessing better disease and pest controls.
Nursery and Garden Industry Australia is offering financial support opportunities for TAFE, Honours, Masters and PhD students undertaking research relevant to industry in 2013, through its research linkage program.
A mail out was conducted recently advising educators of the opportunities that can be provided to students by the Nursery and Garden Industry.
Aligned to the Nursery Industry Strategic Investment Plan, the Nursery Industry Research Linkage Program encourages study in key areas such as plant production, biosecurity, plant physiology and urban horticulture. All of these research areas will produce benefits for the wider industry.
Successful applicants will be encouraged to engage with industry through presentation of findings and will be expected to provide written reports at the conclusion of their research.
The program offers students an excellent opportunity to further their careers in a dynamic and progressive industry.
For more information please see the attached flyer or contact Dr Anthony Kachenko at NGIA.
The Attorney-General’s Department is seeking feedback on a Draft National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern
The code is a voluntary code, aimed at businesses that manage or use products containing chemicals that have been identified as potential ingredients for homemade explosives.
The aim of the code is to manage security risks surrounding the misuse of these everyday chemicals, some of which have been utilised by terrorists in attacks in Bali, London and Oslo. It will impact upon a wide range of industries and groups, including farmers, importers, manufacturers, transporters, universities, retailers and other industry sectors.
NGIA was consulted in the development of the Draft National Code following its submission on the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement “Chemical Security – Precursors to homemade explosives” in March 2012.
Feedback will help to ensure that the code is understandable and easily implemented by businesses.
Individuals have until 1 March 2013 to submit their feedback and this can be done via the Chemical Security website www.chemicalsecurity.gov.au
Waterwork Workshop Series was recently approved by Smart Approved WaterMark as an approved service. Smart Approved WaterMark is Australia’s leading labelling scheme for products and services that help reduce water use outdoors and around household across Australia. This voluntary scheme was established in 2004 to assist in the reduction of per capita water consumption by acknowledging water efficient products and services.
The approval process required an independent assessment of the water saving measures resulting from NIASA accredited and EcoHort certified businesses. This process was undertaken by the Smart Approved WaterMark Technical Expert Panel who agreed that the Waterwork Workshop Series clearly demonstrated water saving measures. This program join over 300 Smart Approved WaterMark products and services to use Australia’s water-saving label.
If you require any further information relating to Smart Approved WaterMark or details on the Waterwork Workshop Series and future training sessions, please contact Anthony Kachenko, NGIA Environmental and Technical Policy Manager at 02 8861 5106 or email email@example.com
The International Symposium on Plant Propagation and Nursery Certification, held in Rancagua Chile on 24 October 2012, provided an opportunity for 150 international delegates to hear from key members of the Chilean nursery industry, leading agribusinesses and network with fellow growers and international counterparts.
The event featured a number of international speakers including Dr Anthony Kachenko, Environmental & Technical Policy Manager of the Nursery & Garden Industry of Australia (NGIA), Dr Marc van Iersel, Professor, Department of Horticulture, University of Georgia and Dr Thomas Burr, Professor and Associate Dean of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Speakers were sponsored by the symposium organisers which included the Catholic University of Maule (UCM), CORFO (Chilean Government Department of Economic Productivity) and Chilean Fruit Nurseries Association (AGVF).