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GALL WASP RESEARCH
Gall wasp is a serious concern across all major
citrus growing regions, and there is much research
and extension work required to tackle the pest.
Citrus Australia and CASAR, along with SARDI,
The Fruit Doctors and Biological Services, are
all working as a team with other interstate
organisations on a national gall wasp research
project. These collaborators are in the ﬁnal stages
of applying for funding for a national research
On behalf of the citrus industry, we would like
to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to
the Arnold family for making their Pyap property
available for this important workshop on the day.
We also want to thank all the presenters for
sharing their valuable knowledge and expertise
with our grower members. Citrus growers that
were unable to attend the gall wasp workshop on
August 28 who would like to receive the material
that was presented on the day should contact
Sam Rogers (email sam.rogers@citrusaustralia.
com.au or phone 0477 110 933).
Stuart Pettigrew was appointed as citrus
biosecurity manager last year, with his key focus
being on the most serious biosecurity threat to the
Australian citrus industry --- citrus greening, or HLB.
Earlier in the year Stuart, along with government
biosecurity department representatives, travelled
to the United States to determine the effect this
disease has had on the citrus industry on the
US, the cost of control/eradication and whether
any control measures are in place to eradicate
CASAR met with Stuart Pettigrew in the
Riverland recently to get an update on this
important visit. The trip involved a lot of work
with the United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA) on how it is tackling HLB in affected
regions. The following facts from Stuart are
Florida and now Texas are struggling with this
insidious disease and could be out of business
in the next few years if a cure is not found soon.
Juice processing companies in Florida are
closing down, resulting in huge job losses.
Up to $10 billion has been spent by government
and industry in the USA, with no major inroads on
how to control or eradicate this threat.
HLB is a complicated disease, with two major
components required to infect a citrus tree. Firstly
the actual bacteria, which is lethal to the tree,
followed by the 'vector' to be able to transmit the
disease. In this case the vector is the Asian citrus
psyllid, which is a small winged insect that can
harbour the bacteria and spread it from tree to
tree very quickly.
Industry and researchers are very concerned
that, while the psyllid has not been detected in
Australia, the psyllid and disease are endemic in
Papua New Guinea, which poses a real threat to
the Australian citrus industry.
The Australian citrus industry is currently
working on proactive response and abatement
plans for this very serious disease threat to
our country. Equally important is that industry
is talking to government about the huge risk of
HLB entering Australia, and how important our
biosecurity measures are on our borders to keep
this disease out.
Unfortunately, despite all of the hard work
being done by government, the citrus industry
can still be compromised by thoughtless acts
of individuals bringing illegal plant material into
Last year a traveller attempting to bring illegal
plant matter into our country at a Melbourne
airport had it conﬁscated. This material was found
to be infected with Asian psyllid and destroyed.
IN BRIEF: FARM FINANCE
CONCESSIONAL LOANS SCHEME
The Australian Government has committed
$25 million for each of the next two years from
2013-14 (total $50 million) to provide assistance
to eligible South Australian farm businesses by
way of concessional loans for restructuring of
The scheme aims to assist farm businesses
that are experiencing difﬁculty in servicing debt
but have good long-term prospects of returning
to commercial viability.
Evidence of ﬁnancial difﬁculty may include
recurring trading losses in recent years resulting
in increased borrowings.
The second application period opened on July
1 and will close on March 31, 2015, or when funds
have been fully allocated (whichever occurs ﬁrst).
For further information regarding the
Concessional Loan Scheme contact PIRSA's
Prudential and Rural Financial Services (free call
1800 182 235).
Rural Business Support (Rural Financial
Counselling Service SA) provides a free,
independent and confidential business
information and support service to farmers, and
may be able to assist with the completion of the
application. Free call on 1800 836 211.
ROYAL ADELAIDE SHOW
CASAR is in the ﬁnal stages of organising this
year's citrus display at the 175th birthday of the
Royal Adelaide Show.
CASAR has made its presence bigger and
better by working with other organisations, such
as Destination Riverland, to promote our citrus
industry as well as the Riverland.
A major highlight at this year's event is the
drawing of the major prize winners of our 'Buy
a local orange' campaign on the main stage on
Friday, September 12. First prize is a new car and
second prize two nights' accommodation at the
world class Riverland destination, The Frames,
very kindly donated by Rick and Cathy Edmonds.
Want a free ticket to the show? We still
have time slots available on the citrus stand to
Meet the Grower, the Yellow Brick Road and the
Premium Food and Wine Trail. Anyone interested
in volunteering who would like to be part of
promoting South Australian citrus please contact
the CASAR committee at the addresses below.
NOMINATIONS TO CASAR
This month marks two years since the
formation of CASAR.
In accordance with the nomination process,
positions on CASAR are for a four-year period, with
half retiring every two years.
The nomination forms, along with an
explanatory document on the process of
nomination for interested people, is available
from the Citrus Australia website until Friday,
If you have questions about anything in this
week's column or an issue that you would like
discussed, please contact chair Con Poulos
(email@example.com) or Sam Rogers
Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
The empty ofﬁces at the Loxton
Research Centre are beginning to
In September last year, the State
Government announced plans to
revive the once thriving centre, to
refurbish and repopulate the empty
spaces and to build additional
Plans for a new multi-function
centre --- including laboratories,
training facilities and meeting rooms
--- were unveiled a couple of months
ago.The Management Reference
Group, made up of local primary
producers and business people,
has been working with PIRSA
management to ensure the centre
once again becomes a service
centre for all primary producers and
This week the PICSE GrowSmart
team of Trevor Noble, Ian White and
Peter Brown has moved into the
centre and a number of training
programs have been scheduled
Likewise local businessman
Scott Gillett has relocated his
business Wisdom Data Mapping
to the site.
"We join with PIRSA in welcoming
the new tenants to the centre," said
Riverland Wine’s executive ofﬁcer
"These new businesses are both
complementary to our industry.
"We've already begun talking
about how we might be able to work
together to devise projects that will
provide opportunities and beneﬁts
for wine growers in this region."
Wine Grape Growers Australia
(WGGA) has appointed Ben Rose
as the new Greater Victoria and
Tasmania representative on the
Mr Rose ﬁlls the vacancy left by
the sad loss of Kym Ludvigsen, who
died in a farm accident in December
A viticultural consultant with
Performance Viticulture, Mr Rose
grew up in the wine industry and
still has an active involvement in the
Lawrie Stanford, executive
director of WGGA, noted that Ben
was very well qualiﬁed to represent
the greater Victorian and Tasmanian
wine grape growing community.
"As a viticultural consultant for
over 15 years, he has expertise in
a number of areas from economics
and business through to the
technical dimensions of viticulture,"
Mr Stanford said.
The WGGA executive committee
met in Mildura this week and topics
for discussion included: WGGA
biosecurity program; Australian Wine
Industry Code of Conduct reforms;
a program to make proven, safe
and reliable agricultural chemicals
available to winegrape growers; and
the ongoing campaign to improve
commercial practices between
growers and wine companies to yield
better results for the wine grape
growing businesses and the wine
sector as a whole.
River Murray Training (RMT)
will conduct workshops in the
Riverland centred on farm business
The workshops are being piloted
by Primary Producers SA (PPSA), with
support of PIRSA and funding by the
Department of State Development.
RMT and PPSA are looking
for industry groups and primary
producer enterprises interested in
taking part in the workshops, to be
conducted in the Riverland.
The four-day program will focus
on skills required by farmers in
businesses planning, performance
analysis and managing risks ---
including business planning,
business models and structure and
reviewing business performance.
The content can be tailored to
the interests of the participants.
With Exceptional Circumstances
funding no longer an option for
primary producers, the workshops
will help farmers to forward plan
and manage risks to their business.
Workshops will be held in the
Riverland and start this month.
Participants interested in more
information can contact Barb
McPherson (phone 0417 824 442
or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
WATER, ENERGY AND
The South Australian Wine
Industry Association (SAWIA) will
convene the seventh Australian Wine
Industry Environment Conference in
Adelaide later this month.
The key message is 'smart
business through better
management of the environment',
which is critical to the future
sustainability of the wine industry
The program will focus on three
Water: Strategic asset
management, cost control, regional
solutions, future climate impacts.
Energy: Strategic supply and
demand management, tariffs and
cost control, smart use of resources
and operational efﬁciency.
management and examples
from vineyards and wineries on
immediate and long-term actions.
These key themes are all
significant to future business
Participants will learn about
future trends in environmental
management and meet leading
decision makers in this area.
The preservation of the
environment and natural resources,
upon which the wine industry
depends, is an essential factor for
sustaining the future of the wine
industry --- from vineyards and
wineries to global supply chains.
Bookings and further information
are available on the SAWIA website
or by phone (8222 9277) or email
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GRAINS Research and Development
Corporation (GRDC) Southern Regional Panel
members will next week visit the Riverland
and other parts of Australia to map regional
Panel members begin their annual week-long
spring tour on Monday.
They will meet with researchers, farming
systems groups, advisers, growers and policy
decision makers to gain a greater understanding
of the most pressing agronomic challenges facing
growers and future research priorities.
Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley
said the focus of this year's tour would be herbicide
resistance and nitrogen management.
"Herbicide resistance and nitrogen management
have a major impact on growers' input costs and
overall profitability, so we want to get a better
handle on how these issues are affecting growers
and what more needs to be done to address their
needs through GRDC investments in research,
development and extension," he said.
Two separate tours will be conducted from
One will be through northern parts of the
southern cropping region and the other will be
through southern areas.
The north tour will begin at Trangie, New South
Wales, and will also include Tullamore, Condobolin,
Kiacatoo, Ungarie, West Wyalong, Temora and
Panel members on the north tour will then travel
to Swan Hill, Ouyen and Mildura in Victoria before
venturing further west to Loxton.
GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley
(pictured on last year's spring tour) says the panel
will take a more investigative approach by focusing
on two key constraints -- herbicide resistance and
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