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The exotic pest Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been detected for the first time in Australia (7 specimens), on the northern Torres Strait islands of Saibai and Erub in late January 2020 and on the tip of Cape York (Bamaga) in February 2020. Saibai Island is very close to the Papua New Guinea (PNG) mainland (approx. 4km) however Erub Island is more than 70km from PNG and over 100km South East of Saibai Island. Both Islands are more than 100km from mainland Australia.
6 February 2020 – The 2020 International Year of Plant Health (IYPH2020), as declared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is officially underway in Australia following the local launch at Parliament House in Canberra this morning.
The Department of Agriculture is inviting applications for grants worth $4 million to fund projects to enhance traceability in the food supply chain. The Traceability Grants Program Opportunity Guidelines set out how the program will operate. The round will open Wednesday 8 January 2020 and will close 21 February 2020.
Anthura BV, the Netherlands has been awarded the accolade of International Grower of the Year 2020 by the (AIPH). Anthura won the coveted ‘Gold Rose’ award, presented by Royal FloraHolland CEO, Steven van Schilfgaarde, at the AIPH IGOTY Awards on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at IPM Essen, Germany.
Smart businesses are turning to online tools to calculate their vulnerability and reduce their exposure to the worst impacts of climate change.
Adelaide could be Australia’s new biodiversity ‘hotspot’ with local researchers suggesting that parks of the future may be designed with microbes in mind.
The start of the Brown marmorated stink bug season recently put a temporary ‘go-slow’ on tissue culture imports into this country. Quick action by Greenlife Industry Australia and State Members reduced the financial impact of this delay on affected businesses.
In the lead up to Christmas, Robin McLay from Brookfield Gardens shares her top tips for seasonal marketing, and marketing in general.
The Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) announced via Gazette on the 19th of November 2019 that they will be reviewing registered neonicotinoid insecticides currently available in Australia.
Greenlife Industry Australia, together with project partners Down to Earth Research (DTER) and ACIL Allen Consulting (AAC) are pleased to advise that more than 300 greenlife producers have participated in the 2018/2019 data collection.
Hort Innovation is inviting all people interested in horticulture to share their thoughts on the sustainability of fruit, vegetable, nut, cut flowers, turf and nursery production in Australia.
26 November 2019 – Introducing Greener Spaces Better Places - a national initiative bringing together research, business, government, and the greenlife industry to form Australia’s largest network of green spaces advocates..
CSIRO is currently researching biological control options for flaxleaf fleabane.
To recognise the very best ornamentals growers around the world, it’s only logical to look to the judgment of those who know best.
Davina Boyd and Alistair Hill have been appointed by the Board Nomination Committee for Greenlife Industry Australia.
Seeking finance so that your business can make a clean energy transformation? Check out some of the tips in the Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s new Transforming Australian Agriculture with Clean Energy guide.
Clean and virus-free mother stock should be at the top of the priority list in nursery production to ensure successful propagation and to minimise the spread of disease. That’s according to one of Australia’s leading citrus growers, Gary Eyles.
Are you up to date with recent changes to the Nursery Award? Make sure your business is compliant with workplace legislation to avoid similar penalties as those dished out to high-profile chef George Calombaris and his business partners by the Fair Work Ombudsman recently.
Plant Health Australia (PHA) is pleased to release the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report for 2018 which documents some of the key events of the year and the many layers of the plant biosecurity system that is protecting our plant industries and our environment.
If you are thinking about marketing and promoting the environmental benefits of your products, be very careful with the language you use. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) recent case against Woolworth’s shows that it will not tolerate misleading or deceptive conduct in this area. We share the ACCC’s top tips for businesses on how to avoid potential greenwashing.
Thinking about applying for protection for your new variety under the Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) Act? We speak to Leanne Gillies from Fleming’s Nurseries to find out more about what the role of a Qualified Person in the PBR process entails.
Arborwest Tree Farm has raised the bar as a supplier of high-quality tree stock, by becoming the nation’s first production nursery to pass the new Tree Stock Specification audit.
It is an acknowledged fact that all nursery production businesses place a high premium on acquiring and/or retaining staff with the skills of professional management practices.
We all have a role to play in the future production and supply of Australian greenlife and the Healthy Plants Healthy People Conference will educate, encourage and enthuse us to be leaders.
In Australia, the rights of plant breeders are protected under the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 (PBR Act). However, did you know in addition to PBR, there may be other forms of intellectual property available to you? Also, what would you do if you found that your PBRs were being infringed?
Last month, Ben Peacock from the Republic of Everyone told us that in order reach your audience on social media we need interesting and authentic content published on platforms we feel comfortable using. Having that content online though is not enough to drive traffic to your website and ultimately your business. To reach a larger audience, you may choose to recruit a social media influencer.
Plans to celebrate the International Year of Plant Health in 2020 are gearing up. We speak with John McDonald, National Biosecurity Manager, to find out what is in store and why you should not wait until next year to “protect plants, protect life”.
The NGIWA State Conference was held on 24 July at the WA Maritime Museum with around 80 attendees from all over the state including Greenlife Industry Australia Director Josh Byrne, Life Member Geoff Richards and Greenlife Industry Australia CEO Peter Vaughan.
This AIPH update provides an overview of the upcoming Annual Congress and a report on the recent “Spring” meeting held in the Netherlands.
Of the many trade shows and events Greenlife Industry Australia CEO Peter Vaughan attends each year, the Associations Forum National Conference in Canberra may appear at first glance to be one of the driest. However, this event provided representatives of associations from across Australia with the opportunity to learn from top bureaucrats and regulators on how to better represent their members.
Trying to stay ahead in the social media game? In this two-part series, we speak with Ben Peacock from the Republic of Everyone about how you can use social media more effectively to boost your business. This month, we look at how to select the right social media platform and content to promote your business. In August, we will look at how ‘influencers’ can boost your business’ profile on social media.
Our latest case study discusses the value of global collaboration to address local challenges within the nursery industry. It features RMCG Senior Consultant Dr Kristen Stirling from RMCG and Anthony Tesslaar of Anthony Tesslaar Plants.
Members should be aware that updates to the Nursery Award 2010 were published on 20 June 2019 and include the decision of the Expert Panel for the Annual Wage Review 2018-19 to include increases to the minimum wage of nursery industry employees.
With the Liberal-National Coalition recently re-elected to the federal government, we review their pre-election promises to identify opportunities for the nursery industry to achieve progress in three priority areas: Water, Workforce and Packaging.
We undertake a quick review of free to use, open source programs and applications to see which may have practical use in your nursery’s office or greenhouse.
The Landscape Irrigation Conference and Exhibition was conducted over 18 and 19 June in Queensland. The focus of the event was on landscape irrigation and to get delegates and irrigation practitioners to think differently about water, to use more water more efficiently and to provide solutions to avoid wasteful use of water.
As the CEO of ANFIC, let me assure you that we are united and committed in our role to protect all fruit varieties and rootstocks we manage across Australia. We are also committed to ensuring fairness, not only to our member nurseries, but to the Australian fruit industry as a whole.
A North Queensland wholesale nursery is set to reach new markets and create jobs with funding from the Palaszczuk Government.
More than 40 jobs will be created thanks to a State Government grant that will help a Lockyer Valley nursery to expand with a state-of-the-art greenhouse.
Members of Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) have given their resounding support to establish Greenlife Industry Australia, voting overwhelmingly in favour of the change.
One vote down and one to go before the end of the financial year. The Federal Government was returned and we now know who are the various Ministers and their Departments we should engage with to assist in our advocacy and lobbying efforts on behalf of the nursery industry members.
Water storages in the greater Sydney, Melbourne and Perth regions are hovering at half-capacity. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, warmer days and low rainfall may be likely across south-east Australia for the remainder of 20191, 2. Now is the time for nurseries and garden centres in these areas to start doing more with less water.
What is the big deal about ‘big data’? How could your business benefit from technological advances associated with the storage and analysis of this data?
While it has been two years since tomato-potato psyllid was detected in Western Australia, surveillance for this destructive pest continues around the country. National TPP Coordinator Alan Nankivell reports on the activities undertaken in each state over the past six months and future surveillance plans.
The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) Rewilding Garden was officially opened at the AIPH approved A1 International Horticultural Exhibition, Expo 2019 Beijing on Monday 29th April, the same day the expo opened to the public. The AIPH garden has been designed by UK and Singapore based landscape architects Grant Associates and provides visitors with a real experience of the AIPH ‘Green City’ concept.
How do we attract the next wave of talent into the Australian nursery industry? It’s the focus of our latest case study featuring RMCG’s Clinton Muller and Fleming’s Nursery HR Director Paige Fleming. Both believe the industry must highlight its comparative strengths to position the industry as an attractive career choice.
In our latest case study, NGIA CEO Peter Vaughan highlights the importance of the Nursery Industry Communications Program (NY18001) and how it’s delivering the latest R&D and marketing insights to boost the productivity and profitability of Australian production nurseries.
In our latest case study, we hear from Ken Bevan at Alpine Nurseries in Dural, New South Wales. Ken shares his insights on the recently updated AS 2303: 2018 Tree Stock for Landscape Use and why it’s a useful benchmark to assess the quality of Australian trees.
Increased grower confidence and consumer demand for greenlife resulted in the sale of around 1.9 billion plants last year, according to the latest Nursery Industry Statistics 2017-18 survey report.
Thinking of importing plants and/or plant materials into the country? Here is what you need to know before you import, including your responsibilities as an importer, and who to contact if you need more help or want to provide feedback about your experience.
The AIPH Sustainability Conference, to be held on Tuesday 2nd April, as part of this year’s International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) Spring Meeting in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, will feature presentations from retailers, traders, growers and manufacturers, from around the world, to discuss the use of plastics in ornamental horticulture.
An estimated 40 per cent of global food crops are lost every year due to plant pests and disease, equating to around US$220 billion annually and invasive insects US$70 billion, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Russ Higginbotham, Chair of the Transition Team (‘Team’), is pleased to announce that industry will shortly have a dedicated website to communicate Team activities as they work towards a new national body where both associations and businesses can be direct members.
Serpentine leafminers (Liriomyza huidobrensis) are small flies belonging to the family Agromyzidae. They seriously affect solanaceous crops (such as potato, tomato and eggplant), as well as crops in the Asteraceae, Cucurbitaceae and Fabaceae families. Currently, Australia remains free of this species of leafminer, which is now well established in nearby countries, including Indonesia. If the pest establishes itself in Australia, it could threaten the local potato industry. AUSVEG Biosecurity Officer Madeleine Quirk reports.
Simon Ainsworth tells us about his new venture, Gro Urban Oasis, which has set up shop in what may just be the ‘High Street’ of the future.
As we close in on the end of another Summer, I hope things have settled down in your business following the holiday season and from the varying climatic conditions across the country, and we have more conducive conditions for the production, buying, selling, planting and curating of greenlife.
22 February 2019 Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) has welcomed the announcement by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) that 2020 will be the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).
Welcome to the first NNN Newsletter for 2019. I hope you had an enjoyable festive season and were able to have a break from work and the heat. I am looking forward to 2019 being another prosperous, productive and profitable year for the NGI members, the nursery industry and our industry stakeholders. There are a number of interesting and exciting activities and projects being progressed to provide benefits and value to members.
Late in December 2018 , a transition team of NGI members was to be identified to advance the reinvention of a hybrid national body.
On 20 December, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).
Missed the Australian Horticultural Trials last month? We look at some of the plant highlights from the Ball Australia, Greenhills Propagation and Majestic Young Plants trial sites.
How many of you have thought that your business could grow more if you could just find the right staff? Three horticultural professionals tell us what they look for when recruiting new employees, what they do to keep them, and how the industry can help.
BSMB is a significant exotic plant pest which is yet to establish in Australia. The 2017-18 season saw an increase in BMSB detections, and this trend has continued. The increase is primarily due to the spread of the pest in Europe, particularly in Italy.
Now is your chance to help shape the future of how Hort Innovation works to invest Australian horticulture levies! Register to take part in one of Hort Innovation’s 2019 Company Strategy Consultation Workshops, taking place around the country.
NGIA has undertaken a revision and update program during 2018 of the Nursery Production FMS program manuals to ensure they are current, accurate and are addressing the risk areas important to businesses today. The NIASA BMP Guidelines, EcoHort Environmental Guidelines and BioSecure HACCP Biosecurity Manual have all had a revision and have new content for businesses to consider implementing across their cropping systems. To access new copies of the updated manuals go to the NGIA dedicated technical website at: www.nurseryproductionfms.com.au
- National response to the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB) report—Priorities for Australia's biosecurity system released today
- Confirms all governments to work to build a national system to meet future challenges
- Coalition Government has already addressed a number of recommendations
As we approach 2019, many of you are perhaps thinking about making a New Year’s resolution or two. To help you do things differently next year, we turn to Chris Helder for advice. And in the spirit of Christmas just past, we are giving away one copy of Chris’ book: Cut the Noise to a lucky reader.
Citrus canker is a contagious bacterial disease which affects all citrus plants. Citrus canker has been identified in the Northern Territory (NT) and Western Australia (WA) prompting a nationally coordinated response to eradicate the disease, with movement controls and quarantine measures in place to prevent further spread.
With recent advances in computing power, the Bureau of Meteorology’s ability to predict local weather has improved greatly, as have the tools and services it has developed to communicate forecasts and warnings to Australians.
The benefits of green infrastructure are well known, but how can we encourage broad scale adoption in Australia’s residential and commercial property development sectors? A message from Peter Vaughan, the CEO of the organisation representing Australia’s $2.29 billion nursery and garden industry.
Nursery managers and employees interested in developing their leadership skills, in a business or representative role, are being encouraged to apply for the 2019 Green Industry Growing Leaders program.
Final calls are underway for Australia’s national statistics survey, with production and retail nurseries, as well as landscaping businesses, urged to participate to help gain a greater understanding of the nursery value chain.
As a primary producer of horticultural commodities, you will no doubt have been asked to complete the compulsory Agricultural Census and other Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) surveys.
A nationally coordinated response to stop citrus canker has been underway since the disease was first detected in Darwin, Northern Territory in early April 2018. NGIA has been constantly involved in the entire process through the Citrus canker Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests (CCEPP) and the National Management Group (NMG).
A new project, MC17001 Developing a macadamia industry nursery stock standard, was recently announced by Hort Innovation and awarded to NGIA. The project will be managed by NGIA’s National Biosecurity Manager John McDonald and will transition into the NIASA BMP upon completion.
Neonicotinoids have been attracting a lot of attention recently over the claim that they are killing bees, and thereby reducing the number of these essential crop pollinators. A complete ban on the outdoor use of three of these so-called “neonics” will come into effect in the European Union (EU)on 19 December. Is Australia following the EU’s lead?
To ensure the longevity and success of Australia’s nursery industry, it’s important to tackle key workforce issues and challenges.
The nursery industry is looking beyond Australian borders to unearth new research synergies and identify potential collaborations that will further support the growth of its 1,777 production nurseries.
Quality staff is the backbone of business and the key to future expansion for first generation grower Jeremy Critchley who runs The Green Gallery, a wholesale nursery in Dural, New South Wales.
A quiet revolution has occurred in Australia’s nursery industry. Long gone are the days of growers producing plants in their backyard or running a greenhouse as something ‘on the side’.
A survey greenlife producers in Australia found that 312 million trees and plants valued at $1.1 billion were sold into the retail sector during the 15/16 financial year.
On Wednesday 24th Oct the NSW Department of Primary Industries hosted and conducted Exercise Orange Juice in Griffith. The exercise was a means of reviewing and evaluating NSW’s ability and preparedness to respond to a detection of citrus canker in the state. To date there has not been a detection of citrus canker in NSW however, in light of the recent incursion in WA and NT and previous incursions, NSW DPI identified a need to review its emergency response plans and procedures for a citrus canker incursion.
By now, most of you have probably already heard about Bitcoin. This so-called ‘electronic cash’ is now just one of many cryptocurrencies floating on the market. Using blockchain technology, this digital money can be sent from user-to-user on a peer-to-peer (p2p) network without the need for intermediaries such as a central bank. Blockchain technology is now also being taken by businesses seeking to improve supply chain processes at all points from production to consumption. The potential applications of this technology should interest growers and retailers alike.
Last week NGIA and NGINA met with Sydney Water to discuss the strategy around water use for industry and Nursery & Garden Industry’s desire to work with regulators on water conservation messages for the garden.
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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) brings together the elements of pest prevention, pest assessment, pest mitigation and process revision. NGIA is conducting workshops in New South Wales and Western Australia for nursery production providing growers with an understanding of how the Nursery Production Farm Management System brings these elements together to form the platform for an IPM system in nursery production.
Welcome to the September (or Grand Final) edition of the NNN Newsletter. I hope the first month of spring has progressed well and those of you that enjoy the footy have an enjoyable weekend. For those that don’t enjoy the football, I hope you have an enjoyable weekend in the garden.
Ten years of dedicated work to develop a robust and certified on-farm biosecurity program for the nursery industry has today resulted in the announcement of BioSecure HACCP as the first ever ‘approved’ third-party biosecurity scheme under the Queensland Biosecurity Act 2014.
Join this informative and interactive one-hour lunchtime session to get the latest updates from vegetable industry experts, including Adam Schreurs (VIC grower), Nigel Dolenec (SA agronomist) and Angelica Cameron (VIC researcher/service provider).
New South Wales & Western Australia
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) brings together the elements of pest prevention, pest assessment, pest mitigation and process revision. NGIA is conducting workshops in New South Wales and Western Australia for nursery production providing growers with an understanding of how the Nursery Production Farm Management System brings these elements together to form the platform for an IPM system in nursery production.
The current drought affecting areas of southern and eastern Australia is reminding us of the importance of water both in the production of greenlife,and also in the maintenance of our green spaces. Also of concern is how a changing climate may affect greenlife in the future due to water supply variability, especially in urban spaces where the urban heat island effect is well-documented. So what sort of greenlife do we grow if we want to cool down our cities?
Coming into the busy spring period, you probably think you have your retail strategy sorted. Dr Louise Grimmer, a researcher within the University of Tasmania’s Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, lists five trends influencing consumer behaviour that retail nurseries of any size should be paying attention to now.
This article is reproduced with the kind permission of AUSVEG and provides an update on the ongoing strategic levy investment project for the vegetable leafminer. The project involves many research, development and extension activities that will help the Australian vegetable and nursery industries prepare for the pest. AUSVEG Biosecurity Officer Madeleine Quirk speaks to Dr Peter Ridland, an entomologist at the University of Melbourne, to find out more.
There’s never been a better time to be in the greening business, says Speciality Trees Nursery Manager, Ben Scoble. In this case study, Ben shares why he applied for the 2018 Global Masterclass in Horticulture and how the course is helping to accelerate his professional career.
The drought affecting areas of southern and eastern Australia is impacting so many farming communities and rural and regional businesses, including Members of our industry.
With the weather warming up across many parts of Australia, growers may be turning their thoughts to pest and disease. Maybe aphids and insect pests are becoming more abundant in your area, or leaf spots? So what can you do to reduce the incidence of pest and disease outbreaks at your nursery? Whilst testing can help diagnose specific outbreaks, only a well-thought out and resourced monitoring plan will improve results in the long term.
At the end of 2017, the nursery and garden industry completed its most comprehensive research and statistical program in recent years under the guise of the Nursery Industry Statistics and Research Project (NY16004). Developed by Hort Innovation and NGIA, the Nursery Industry Data Tool is one output of that research providing very practical information to businesses seeking to improve their performance. This project is now being extended to enable longitudinal data to be collected, allowing for even better business benchmarking over time.
Welcome to the latest edition of the NNN Newsletter on the last day of winter. I hope you are prepared and looking forward to a prosperous spring. On talking to a number of growers at the NGIQ Green Expo, their main concern was not having enough plants, which hopefully is a good sign of a strong upcoming sales period.
Kristian Spink represents the next generation of nursery growers. He is young, tech savvy and full of new ideas.
The Sunshine Coast put on spectacular weather over the weekend making for a great day out for the 40,000-plus visitors to the 34th annual Queensland Garden Expo held at the Nambour Showgrounds from Friday to Sunday.
In good news for existing and potential medicinal cannabis growers, the Federal Government recently legalised the export of medicinal cannabis products through the Narcotic Drugs Amendment (Cannabis) Regulations 2018. The ability to export medicinal cannabis was implemented to allow the Australian industry to expand and improve supply of medicinal cannabis within Australia.
Thinking about getting into the green wall industry? Green office fit-outsand apartment living are both in vogue and demand for vertical gardens to fit these situations is increasing. Nurseries may benefit from this demand by growing plants for green walls and/or growing on planted modules or panels for green wall installers. If you want to get into this area, here are a few points to consider.
Welcome to the July 2018 NNN newsletter. I hope your preparations for Spring are progressing well with only one month of Winter to go. My update for July will focus on progress with the Future Model for Our Industry, R&D and marketing levy investments and the New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) conference.
The Australian Standard AS2303 was initially released in 2015 following an extensive period of consultation with industry and a broad range of stakeholders including; local government, arborists, landscapers landscape architects and academia.
Running your own horticultural business can be rewarding, yet demanding. Financial and other pressures can mount, putting a strain on your family and personal life. The Farm Family Business Handbook is a resource that growers can use to help them navigate through those tougher times.
Australian production nurseries providing tree stock to councils, developers and landscapers are being invited to provide feedback on a draft revision to the Australian Standard AS2303:2015 – Tree stock for landscape use.
Over 100 countries are expected to participate in the AIPH-approved Expo 2019 Beijing to take place from 29th April to 7th October 2019 in Yanqing district of Beijing, China. Covering over 500 hectares this will be the largest ever A1 International Horticultural Exhibition approved by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH)
Women currently working in the retail sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $8,000 to support participation in an accredited leadership development program.
A large-scale and coordinated effort to retrofit green infrastructure into our built environment could see residential property values increase by 6 to 15 per cent as well as providing social, health and environmental benefits.
With Queenslanders currently estimated to use over 1 billion single-use, lightweight plastic bags per year — most of which end up in landfill and the balance in our natural environment — it’s great news that the plastic shopping bag as we know it, will be no more from 1 July this year.
With the recent announcement of the new National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) Horticultural Council, you could be forgiven for wondering if the horticultural lobby is growing top-heavy. So what is different with this new forum?
By now, you have probably heard a little about Plant Life Balance. This program has been racking up media attention, with its augmented reality app recently named the Best Lifestyle Mobile Site and App, and Peoples’ Voice winner, in the 22nd annual Webby Awards. This app makes understanding plant science easy for nursery customers. Retail nurseries can benefit too as the free Plant Life Balance accreditation program provides a very valuable marketing tool.
The age of waiting for random plant mutations to occur in your nursery could be over. Advances in selective plant breeding are increasingly being made using genetic analysis technology. Not to be confused with genetic modification, where genes can be introduced into a plant or rearranged within it, genetic analysis involves the reading of existing genes within a plant to identify key markers.
A new minor use permit (PER14856) has been approved by the APVMA for industry use on nursery stock to meet intra and interstate quarantine requirementsPermit 14856 allows the off-label use of registered products containing the active constituents: bifenthrin, chlorothalonil, chlorpyrifos, imidacloprid and mancozeb.
Nursery businesses stuck in the slow lane are being encouraged to rethink logistics and transportration as just one of the ways to boost their profitability, according to Sales Manager of Overland Nurseries, Brent Tallis.Overland Nurseries is a family owned and operated nursery located in Arcadia, on the outskirts of Sydney supplying trees, shrubs, climbers and ground covers, in sizes of 100mm to 300mm, throughout NSW and the ACT.
Best practice program BioSecure HACCP plays a vital role in protecting Australia’s greenlife sector from exotic pests, disease and weeds, but it can also deliver real benefits through production efficiencies, reduced stock losses and greater staff engagement.
On 20 April 2018, I completed three years as CEO of NGIA. One meeting I attended in April, was like being back to the beginning of my time at NGIA. During my first week at NGIA on 22 and 23 April 2015, I attended a Hort Innovation workshop to determine how the nursery industry levy should be invested for the next five years. On 10 April this year I attended a Hort Innovation workshop to determine how the nursery industry marketing levy should be invested for the next five years. The sense of similarity was palpable and a clear indication we need to do more to influence the investment of OUR (the nursery industry) levy.
Those of us lucky enough to witness Rose Herceg’s dynamic presentation at the Growing Edge conference in February certainly had our eyes opened. Herceg had been fortunate enough to visit the headquarters of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Virginia, U.S.A. She returned to Australia with some interesting observations of how DARPA’s military grade technology, including its unique Insect Allies research, may help both growers and retailers in this country in the not too distant future.
Think your business is safe from biosecurity threats because you do not import plants? Think again! At the Growing Edge conference in February, Lois Ransom from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources spoke of the difficulty in managing medium risk nursery stock given emerging disease risks. Ransom warned growers who import that they need to focus on offshore management of diseases of concern, i.e. that they know and work with their supply pathway.
The traditional notion of a garden space in Australian cities has changed greatly over the last decade or two. In the “noughties”, the McMansion phenomenon saw the development of over-sized houses on under-sized blocks, leaving little room for plants. Fast forward to 2018 and the number of smaller gardens is increasing as our major cities grow more vertical. Mark McCrindle, from McCrindle Research, says that over one-quarter (26%) of all Australian dwellings are now medium or high density, and almost two-fifths (43%) in Sydney and Melbourne 1. In Australia's largest capital cities, medium and high density dwellings account for two-thirds of all new building approvals for housing. Gardeners are now planting on balconies, courtyards and increasingly smaller blocks and increasingly looking for more compact plants to put in these spaces.
The Plant Life Balance augmented reality app has been named the Best Lifestyle Mobile Site and App, and Peoples’ Voice winner, in the 22nd annual Webby Awards.
Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) is reminding growers to remain vigilant with their on-farm biosecurity measures, following an early detection of citrus canker at a plant retailer in the Northern Territory.
Citrus canker, a contagious disease largely affecting citrus trees, has not been detected in Australia since it was eradicated from Queensland in 2009, and could have detrimental impacts on the citrus industry if it were to spread further.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment have released a document detailing the proposed amendments to the Standard Instrument LEP. Included in the initial strategic amendments is an amended definition for garden centres.
NGIA hosted the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) in Melbourne during March to coincide with the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. With over 70 delegates from 20 countries, it certainly helped to put the ‘international’ into MIFGS.
How do retail and production nurseries gain a winning edge in the face of stiff-competition from the big-box chains? By daring to be different and paying strict attention to quality, and most importantly, according to Matthew Evans, sharing their story with customers.
Welcome to the March 2018 edition of the NNN enewsletter. The most important activity in March was the NGIA Board meeting held in Melbourne last week to coincide with MIFGS and to host a delegation of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) – refer separate article. The key items of business at the Board meeting:
An employee’s age is often referred to as critical to understanding their motivations when it comes to attracting and retaining employees. But is this always the case? Only the best managers know!
Purchasing plants and horticultural supplies online is gaining ground given its convenience. Dr Louise Grimmer, Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Tasmania, says online spending accounts for seven to eight percent of the nationwide retail spend (~$21 billion per annum)1. However, online shopping is a huge opportunity for not only retailers, but also green life growers, to improve their bottom line.
A new look, consumer-facing campaign designed to showcase the health and wellbeing benefits of more plants in Australian homes has potential to benefit both production and retail nurseries according to a leading nursery operator.
Churchill Fellow urges horticulturalists to apply
Receiving a 2015 Churchill Fellowship to research the development, use and management of therapeutic gardens in healthcare settings in Singapore, the UK and the USA was a turning point for Melbourne nurse and horticulturalist, Steven Wells.
Three years later he’s now a guest presenter on ABC Television’s Gardening Australia program, and has been instrumental in establishing a new national body focused on therapeutic horticulture.
The aim of the review of the NGI network structure has been to assess, identify, establish and implement an optimum structure for the nursery industry. The structure will provide the governance, resources and frameworks to provide services, benefits and value to NGI members equally across the country, in the most cost effective and resource efficient manner.
The NGIA Conference was held in Hobart last week and it was a well-attended successful event. For those of you unable to attend, I will provide some of my highlights, learnings and messages from the presentations I was able to attend. For those who did attend, I hope my comments act as a reminder on ideas to help in your business.
On 22 February 2018, at the Industry Dinner held at MONA, the Museum of Old & New Art, NGIA recognised outstanding contribution to Industry by three exceptional industry identities
Life Membershipis the highest honour awarded by Nursery & Garden Industry Australia and,is conferred on any person who has rendered distinguished and meritorious service to the nursery industry. In accordance with the resolution passed at the annual general meeting in November 2017, Gary Eylesof AT Eyles & Son in NSW was awarded Life Membership.
Third generation nursery grower Mark Van der Staay is looking forward to demonstrating the diversity and innovation of the Tasmanian industry to 250 delegates arriving in Hobart this month, for the Nursery & Garden Industry of Australia (NGIA) biennial conference.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries is continuing to conduct surveillance in the Western Sydney area to determine whether there are furhter brown marmorated stink bugs present following two earlier detection's in late 2017 and early 2018.
The Nursery and Garden Industry network members, and more specifically suppliers to Bunnings, have been advised of the proposed phasing out of neonicotinoid based insecticides with the removal of on-the-shelf products by the end of 2018 and ceasing the application by nursery production growers on plants supplied to Bunnings by the end of 2020.
I hope you had an enjoyable festive season and holiday, if you were lucky enough to have one, and welcome to the first NNN Newsletter for 2018. In my update this month I will only focus on the two most important issues for NGIA currently, the review of the NGI network structure and the upcoming Conference in Hobart.
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Ter Laak Orchids, The Netherlands, have been crowned the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) 2018.
Nurseries around the nation are already reporting increased sales from a national campaign to translate the concept of work-life balance into plant-life balance, where consumers are encouraged to put more greenery into their indoor and outdoor spaces.
Growers of banana and avocado crops can expect to benefit from the transition of their clean plant programs to the Nursery Production Farm Management System over the next 12-18 months, and other horticulture industries are likely to follow suit.
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Welcome to the last NNN Newsletter for 2017. It has been another “quick” year that I hope has been prosperous for you personally and your business. NGIA has again worked on a range of issues to deliver our strategic vision – “We will create a climate for our members and industry to grow and prosper.”
The sector underpins more than $15 billion in national food, fibre and foliage plant production including urban landscape and retail through to fruit, vegetable, forestry and revegetation. It is one of the most heavily invested industries in Australia’s national domestic biosecurity system.
Queensland nursery manager Kieran Studders had two simple goals when he first installed the irrigation system on the four-hectare Big Leaf Wholesale Nurseries site at North Arm, near Eumundi – to save time and water.
Three years on and in the second stage of the Queensland government-funded Rural Water Use Efficiency Irrigation Futures initiative, Kieran has achieved a 60 per cent improvement in water use efficiency (WUE).
Mr Studders said managing water well is critical to the future of the nursery industry.
“Without water we’re nothing, and while it takes a lot of work to maximise WUE, the benefits far outweigh the negatives,” he said.
In close to 30 years of operation, Lizard Mountain Nursery near Yeppoon had not really felt the wrath of nature until 2015 when Category Five Tropical Cyclone Marcia crossed the coast of Central Queensland.
By the time she made landfall to the north at Shoalwater Bay, and then hit Lizard Mountain as a Category Four system, Marcia not only upended Ian and Elaine Stewart’s nursery, but also their entire approach to the management of their business, which produces palms, cycads and foliage plants for the chain store market in Queensland, NSW and Western Australia.
An important output of the recent meeting of joint NGI network organisations was the preparation of a concise information document for members to consider regarding a single new entity.
New data released today by Hort Innovation and Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) has shown Australia’s thriving green life businesses produced an estimated $2.29 billion of green life in 2015-16.
In Sydney on Monday 13 November, the Nursery & Garden Industry (NGI) National Board and NGI State Presidents, representatives and Executive Officers met to discuss the next report on the Structure Review of the Australian nursery & garden industry, handed down earlier this month.
As we close in on the end of Spring, I hope it has been a successful trading period which continues up to and during the festive season. November was a particularly busy month with many meetings and activities that needed to be conducted and completed before the end of the year. Below is an overview of some of the meetings and activities conducted:
The untapped potential of Australia’s nursery industry, discovered during a trip to see family in 2008, prompted Peter Jong and his father Nico to close their nursery in the Netherlands and shift their operation ‘downunder’. [READ FULL]
Critical to demonstrating compliance for all certification programs, private or government, are the requirements for well documented and consistently maintained records that will verify activities including inputs being free of contaminants and staff are complying with hygienic production protocols.
Nine ornamentals growers, from Canada, China, Colombia, Israel and The Netherlands have reached the finals of the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards (IGOTY) 2018.
Three professional development programs for nursery employees are meeting the industry’s goal of nurturing future innovators and young leaders, with the first students of the inaugural Global Masterclass in Horticultural Business set to graduate by the end of the year.
Three students selected from within the nursery industry have described the Masterclass offered through the University of Tasmania (UTAS) as ‘unique’, ‘inspiring’ and ‘contributing to the awareness of horticulture’s importance’.
The nursery industry will once again allocate $30,000 worth of scholarship funding towards the Masterclass in 2018. Those that have a strong interest in, and passion for, building their skills and the industry’s capacity are encouraged to apply before 12 November 2017.
The International Statistics Flowers and Plants 2017 yearbook shares the available data on the global production and trade of flowers and plants. Produced by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and Union Fleurs it has become invaluable to trade organisations, policy makers, marketeers, producers, traders, libraries and universities.
Initially, I will be looking forward with this update, to the upcoming NGIA Board meeting on 13 and 14 November. It is an extremely important meeting as we will be having a joint session of the NGIA Board, State Presidents and CEOs and representatives of the Structural Change Advisory Committee (SCAC) to discuss and assess the SCAC report and outline the next steps in the NGI structure review process.
The nursery industry has today unveiled a new-look national consumer campaign encouraging Australians to increase the ‘plant-life balance’ in their homes, their workplaces and their communities.
The Plant Life Balance program is designed to increase demand for Australia’s high-quality nursery stock by getting Australians excited about placing more green life in their homes and promoting the benefits of plants to our health and wellbeing.
The launch marks a new era for Plant Life Balance, which is supported by a suite of resources for retail nurseries and consumers, including plant styling guides and a phone app, to provide Australians with a ‘plant health’ rating for their home.
The nursery industry, together with Hort Innovation and RMIT University contributed to the development of the campaign, which forms part of the industry’s broader marketing effort to increase green space in urban areas by 20 per cent by 2020, under the 202020 Vision initiative.
Working with nature to dramatically reduce chemical application has paid off for Simon Smith, who hasn’t used a non-organic pesticide spray for more than eight years at his production nursery, 25km from Darwin in Australia’s Top End.
‘The Plantsmith’ is set on an 8,000 square metre site with the majority of plants grown under protective cropping to exclude pests and help shield them from the extreme heat and intense rainfall for which the region’s tropical climate is infamous.
Since 2008, it has been island hopping in a southerly direction down the Torres Strait Island group. The Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) and Biosecurity Queensland has been tracking the movement of this pest since its detection in the Strait. In 2015, Vegetable Leafminer was detected on the Cape York Peninsula and the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests recommended that it was not technically feasible to eradicate from the region.
The nursery industry is another step closer to benefitting from a national framework for measuring urban green space (UGS), after the completion of the research project, ‘Measuring Australia’s green space asset’.
A national system of metrics and measurement to quantify both the demand side of UGS (land cover, extent of the area) and the supply side (benefits to health, local economy, visual improvement) would provide valuable information for nursery growers, media producers and landscape architects looking to supply planting material for cities.Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) concluded that a nationally consistent framework or ‘blueprint’ to measure a range of factors for urban green space was highly likely to be adopted and could realistically be implemented.
It is with deep sadness that we advise members of the passing of Max Warner. Max passed away peacefully on Friday 28 July at Bellbird Hospital in the company of his family, he was age 82. He devoted a large part of his life to Warner’s Nurseries, and also to the National and Victorian nursery scene.
Learning as a practice has changed over the last few decades and transitioned from something which was done in isolation with clearly defined times and places for knowledge acquisition (school) and application (the work environment). Instead learning has transitioned to a practice which is ongoing, with fewer boundaries and can be formal or informal or self-directed learning.
July has been another busy month with Mike Mehigan and I meeting with the NGISA, NGIV, NGINA and NGIQ Boards. The aim of these meetings has been to work through a range of issues including the structure review, our engagement with Hort Innovation, the Farm Management System and a number of governance matters.
Born on the 7thJune 1933, Frank Hart passed away peacefully on the 10thJune 2017 after a tough 18 month battle with cancer. Frank is survived by his loving wife Margaret, three sons, Steven, Kerrie and Russell, ten Grandchildren and seventeen Great Grandchildren. Frank will be remembered not only as a hard worker and a solid family man, but for his quick wit and cheeky love of fun, and also someone quick to share his wisdom and knowledge with family, friends and colleagues.
A roadmap for the future of the nursery industry has been released, outlining the priorities for research and development (R&D) and marketing over the next five years, to support its growth and sustainability.
The industry plays a vital role in the physical, economic and environmental well-being of all Australians, with nurseries involved in the ornamental market, forestry, revegetation for mining, landscaping and starter plants for Australia’s fruit and vegetable production.
The Nursery Strategic Investment Plan 2017–2021 (SIP) will help to guide decisions on projects to be funded by the nursery levy, which is managed by Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation).
For every dollar invested, it is anticipated the industry will receive $8.50 – a net benefit over five years of $140 million.
Investing in a 20,000 square metre retractable roof greenhouse has enabled one of Australia’s longest running wholesale nurseries to increase production by around 25 per cent in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne.
Humphris Nursery built the Cravo Retractable Roof Production System™ on a sloping block with a 5 per cent gradient on their existing 16 hectare nursery site at Mooroolbark, with the aim of protecting crops of retail and landscape plants from excessive cold, heat, rain, hail and wind.
I was involved in significant activity in May with an NGIA Board meeting and attendance at Hort Connections, the Plant Breeder’s Right Consultative Group, a number of levy funded project steering committees, National Management Group meetings for biosecurity issues, Voice of Horticulture meetings and this week Plant Health Australia meetings. I would like to provide details on some of the key activities from those meetings that I hope is of interest to you.
The increasing threat of exotic pests, weeds and disease that comes with globalisation has put biosecurity preparedness top of mind for Queensland based group, Green Fingers Potting Mix and Rocky Point Mulching.
Now in their sixth year at a 70 acre site at Woongoolba, located north of the City of Gold Coast, the group has continued to grow its market share, while at the same time adopting best practice programs and standards to remain ahead of the curve.
When specialist perennial wholesale business Cameron’s Nursery ran out of water for a second time during the 1990s due to prolonged drought and no access to potable water, owners Sonja and Andy Cameron began researching new ways to capture and recycle water, to ensure it didn’t happen again.
The increasing prevalence of green roofs and green walls in urban building design in Australia opens up a tremendous opportunity for the nursery industry to increase its role in providing expert advice, as well as suitable plants.
When Darren Mason, now sales director for Andreasens Green wholesale nurseries, started his nursery career in 1983, his first major project was to grow and deliver plant material for the podium rooftop garden on top of Parliament House in Sydney.
Understanding the needs of different plants and the impact of local conditions, and investing in quality growing media to suit, is a key focus of modern, successful nurseries.Van Schaik’s Bio Gro has been part of the journey with growers, celebrating 40 years in business and now one of Australia’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of growing media and landscape products with over 100 employees across five operational sites.
A strong advocate of the need for the industry to strive for constant improvement, Mr Groom says there’s a good financial incentive behind many of the changes encouraged through best management practice schemes.
HMA is currently looking at the potential to streamline and unify the association and bring it up with modern times. Tabled by the National Executive, the initiative proposes that in future, members would be part of the one national Association rather than being members of independent state HMA Associations
Biosecurity is probably the issue for industry at the moment. On the surface it would appear that biosecurity obligations require that growers expend a lot but where are the returns?
The Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) is a formal, legally binding agreement between Plant Health Australia (PHA), the Australian Government, all state and territory governments and plant industry signatories, covering the management and funding of responses to Emergency Plant Pest (EPP) Incidents.
The nursery industry has taken a significant step towards streamlining the trade of plants between states, following years of dedicated engagement and support with state governments for changes to existing legislation.
The Queensland government has passed amendments to its Biosecurity Act 2014, and it’s hoped BioSecure HACCP will soon be recognised as an approved third party accreditation scheme for certifying growers trading plants within and across state borders.
Five years ago, Perth’s City of Stirling planted around 1,000 street trees a year. These days it’s more like 6,000 – and the change is attributed in part to the nursery industry’s 202020 Vision initiative.
Carole Fudge from WA-based Benara Nurseries says the business has increased its production of medium and large trees by tens of thousands in recent years, as other urban councils also take on board the benefits of increasing green space.
The latest volume contains the current available data on the global production and trade of ornamental flowers and plants.
Drones are becoming cheaper, more accessible and more user friendly. This article considers potential uses of drones within a production nursery business now and into the near future.
An information forum on BioSecure HACCP will be held for growers interested in participating in the industry on farm biosecurity management program.
The forum will be held at Boomaroo Nursery in Lara, Victoria on the 16th of March. Positions at the forum are limited and interested growers should complete the attached RSVP to secure their place asap.
When Jamberoo Native Nursery (JNN) was approached by the local council about chemical spray drift, responding was easy.
As part of maintaining its EcoHort™ accreditation, the company had fully documented the control measures in place to ensure there was no impact on surrounding properties, and that was the end of the matter.
Healthy trees improve the liveability of urban landscapes and improve community wellbeing, and research is helping to ensure the quality of newly planted trees so they have a long and productive life.
The project Evaluation of nursery tree stock balance parameters (NY15001) involves collecting measurements from nurseries around the country to provide data backing for an industry standard known as AS2303: 2015 Tree Stock for Landscape Use.
A one-stop shop to help Australia’s nursery businesses meet industry best practice standards has been launched, providing online resources and access to e learning opportunities.
Announced today: A national tour tasked with tackling Australia’s decline in urban green space is heading to our major cities to gather the solutions to reverse this trend, with the first date kicking off in Adelaide (14 Oct).
Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) is the peak industry body for the Australian nursery and garden industry and is responsible for overseeing the national development and coordination of Research and Development (R&D) programs in consultation with HAL and regional associations.
HAL and the NGIA are inviting preliminary R&D proposals for new research concepts, ideas and technologies that meet the priorities listed in the Nursery & Garden Industry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) 2012-2016.
Nursery and Garden Industry Australia have just released Version 2 of their Plant Labelling Guidelines. The updated Guidelines were developed in close consultation with growers, label manufacturers, retailers and industry representatives including a legal team with a specialist interest in intellectual property within the nursery industry. Originally released in 2007, the guidelines were designed to provide industry with an easy to follow guide in the preparation of accurate and unambiguous labels and marketing materials for plants.
Australia’s Mansfield’s Propagation Nursery has received the Silver Rose in the prestigious International Grower of the Year Award by the prestigious International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH). It is the first time an Australian nursery has competed in the Awards.
Revised Import Conditions for Nursery Stock (including tissue cultures)
As part of the medium risk nursery stock import pathway review, Plant Quarantine Operations is introducing a notice of importation form for nursery stock imports (including high risk species). In addition, the DAFF Biosecurity approved sources of tissue cultures free of media has been reviewed and amended.
Further details are provided in Public Quarantine Alert PQA0818 on ICON.
Nursery and Garden Industry Australia launches The Australian Nursery and Garden Industry's Policy Position on Quarantine and Biosecurity21 March 2012
Nursery and Garden Industry Australia launched The Australian Nursery and Garden Industry's Policy Position on Quarantine and Biosecurity at its National Conference on Thursday 15 March 2012.
Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia (NIASA) and EcoHort guidelines for managing the environment have been given the Smart Approved WaterMark (SAWM) stamp of approval.
With growing consumer concern about the environment many businesses now promote their ‘green’ credentials to differentiate themselves and their product from the competition.
Consumers are more interested than ever in their health and wellbeing, including living in a healthy environment. Indoor plants and outdoor gardens have distinct and proven health benefits and through the across industry funded HAL project, Health and wellbeing in horticulture, the nursery industry will have access to a wealth of information, about the benefit of green-life, to use in marketing and communication activities.
As the great Aussie ‘quarter-acre block dream’ and inner city housing affordability put even greater pressure on the city fringes, understanding the issues around peri-urban land use planning and its impacts on horticulture is increasingly important. The concept of agricultural land ‘awaiting urban development’ via an ad hoc process of conversion is often regarded as an inevitable outcome of population and economic growth.
While the landscape of the Australian backyard is changing, our passion for spending time outdoors isn't. In Newspoll results released today, an astounding 86% of Australians believe that the health, wellbeing and relaxation benefit their garden provides is the top reason they spend time in their backyards.