Exploring investment options for the apple industry

Nuffield scholar and NSW apple and cherry grower Fiona Hall recently presented her preliminary report on investment in the apple industry at Nuffield’s 2016 National Conference. Fiona’s original course of study was to focus on farm gate returns, but throughout the course of her scholarship she refocused it on investment in the apple industry. Her [...]

By |October 7th, 2016|Education, News|

Around the world as a Nuffield Scholar

Nuffield Scholar and NSW apple grower Fiona Hall went on an exhilarating international study tour with plenty of ideas to share and a key message – if you want to grow your business, leave your backyard. Nuffield Scholar and NSW apple grower Fiona Hall at a Co-operative Dairy in Madurai, India during her international [...]

By |March 29th, 2016|Education, NSW-ACT|

Scholarships to study agribusiness in 2017

Download the brochure and application form to apply for a 2017 Apple & Pear New Horizons Scholarship. School leavers interested in a career in the apple and pear industry can take advantage of a $10,000 scholarship if they want to spend a year working in the industry and will be ready to study [...]

By |December 16th, 2015|Education, Grants|

Nuffield Scholar shares her learnings

Sponsored by APAL and Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation), Nuffield Scholar Fiona Hall is currently overseas undertaking the second phase of her international study. Fiona Hall received a Nuffield Scholarship through APAL and Hort Innovation to research innovation in the apple industry. Fiona is researching innovation in the apple industry to identify ways [...]

By |November 9th, 2015|Education, NSW-ACT|

Apple focused PhD position available

Researchers at the University of Melbourne are looking to fill a PhD position investigating an innovative approach to understanding thinning and biennial bearing control in apples. The five year research project aims to better understand the impact crop load – managed by early season fruit thinning – has on biennial bearing, tree growth and fruit [...]

By |August 11th, 2015|Education, News|

Emerging Leaders 2015

Twenty industry representatives from across the apple, pear, cherry, berry and summerfruit sectors participated in the APAL-Marcus Oldham College Emerging Leaders program earlier this month. Simon Rouget, Production Manager at Koala Cherries in Yarck, Victoria, was one of the program attendees. “We covered a lot in a week. I found it interesting profiling different personalities, [...]

By |July 21st, 2015|Education, News|

Tasmania improves training for horticultural workers

To support Tasmania’s growing horticultural sector, including increasing exports, Fruit Growers Tasmania (FGT) is developing a training continuum from entry-level to tertiary qualifications to support professional development in the industry. Both TasTAFE and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (University of Tasmania) are also supporting the program to support the Australian Government – Tasmanian Economic Council's aim [...]

By |June 26th, 2015|Education, News, Tasmania|

Invest in your business with staff training

As we embark on the third and final leadership program offered by Marcus Oldham College and APAL, course coordinator Fiona Chambers reflects on the importance of developing skills through staff training. I often hear managers express their fears about the real value of investing in staff training. I hear them get stuck in a self-defeating paradigm [...]

By |June 3rd, 2015|Education, News|

Leadership and communication: lessons from a Nuffield Scholar

Fiona Hall, APAL award recipient of a Nuffield Scholarship, shares her experiences travelling abroad to learn from global thought leaders in agriculture on communication and leadership. By Fiona Hall Fiona Hall (second row, third from left) is completing a Nuffield Scholarship to study innovation to help Australian fruit growers. On 25th March I [...]

By |April 25th, 2015|Education, NSW-ACT|

Applications open: Emerging leaders program 2015

Apply now (pdf) Submit your application form by 8 June 2015 to **LAST DAYS to apply** APAL is once again supporting 20 people working within the apple, pear, nashi, cherry and summerfruit industries to participate in the APAL-Marcus Oldham college ‘Emerging leaders’ program to support their professional development. The ‘Emerging leaders’ program helps advance the skills [...]

By |April 1st, 2015|Education|