Apple and pear program for #HortConv2016

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The apple and pear program for the 2016 National Horticulture Convention is coming together nicely. More information about the Convention and online registration is available at www.hortconv.com.au. Discounted early bird registration is available until Monday, 25 April.

Wednesday, 22 June6.00pm-9.00pm: APAL social event

Join the APAL Board and team poolside for dinner, drinks and an opportunity to network with apple and pear industry members.

Thursday, 23 June7.30am-8.30am: Breakfast address from John Dollisson

8.30am-3.30pm: Industry Updating

This year APAL’s Speed Updating session is taking on a new look. Instead of just incorporating all the fabulous research occurring in the Australian apple and pear industry, we are opening the floor to research and innovative things occurring both locally and internationally. Industry Updating is open to everyone who registers for the Convention.

8.30am

 

Registration

9.00am  

Introduction

9.05am  

Dr APAL; Dr James Underwood, The University of Sydney

9.25am  

Future Orchards®, crop and data projects; Ross Wilson, AgFirst

9.45am  

PIPS2 overview; Anne-Maree Boland, RMCG

10.05am  

New manual pruning techniques in intensive and super-intensive systems: Nicola Dallabetta, FEM, Italy

10.20am  

Building climate resilience; Dr Heidi Parkes, DAF

10.30am  

Investigating biological control of mealy bugs; Peter Nimmo, DAF

10.40am  

Morning tea

11.10am  

Brevis trial results; Stephen Tancred, Orchard Services

11.30am  

Influencing maturity; Marcel Veens, Marcel Veens Horticulture

11.50am  

AgroFresh

12.10pm  

Prevar update; Garry Langford, Manager Intellectual Property Division, APAL

12.30pm  

Sensory Tasting Session; Richard Cornish, food writer and presenter

1.30pm  

Lunch and Variety Showcase

2.30pm  

Intellectual Ventures

2.50pm  

Value adding opportunities for apples and pears

3.10pm  

Hort Innovation overview

3.30pm  

Afternoon tea

3.45pm APAL Annual General Meeting

4.45pm Q&A mythbusting session with the APAL team

5.00pm-7.00pm APAL social event

Unwind poolside after a big day of Industry Updating with the APAL team for canapés and pre-welcome reception drinks. This is an opportunity to network with apple and pear industry members prior to the opening of the Convention.

7.00pm-9.00pm Welcome reception and trade show opening.

Friday, 24 June7.30am-1.00pm Combined plenary sessions

1.00pm-5.00pm Pome Zone within the Trade Show

The Pome Zone is a dedicated meeting area for apple and pear delegates within the Trade Show.  Value added products and innovations will be featured in this area and there will be an opportunity to meet with and hear from researchers, industry professionals and more.

3.00pm-5.00pm Business development session

The business development session will focus on the roles of integral support staff within horticulture businesses including administration, human resources, logistics, quality assurance, finance and accounting. This event is open to anyone working in these areas, and in particular we would like to encourage any women in these roles to attend.

6.00pm-9.00pm Friday theme night: Masquerade

Join in the excitement and mysteriousness of networking in masks – there will be masks available for delegates to don as they enter the tennis court area.

Saturday, 25 June7.00am-8.00am Breakfast

8.00am-10.00am APAL speaker sessions

Risky Business: Solutions for risk mitigation and future proofing your business 

  1. Becoming the cream of the crop: Profiting from high quality product in an oversupplied market – Ross Wilson, Horticultural Consultant, AgFirst
  2. Hiring trouble: Labour sources, supply and compliance – Donna Mogg, Workplace Relations Advisor, Freelance IR
  3. Inheriting success: Tactics to deal with succession planning in your family business – Scott Patterson, Queensland partner, Succession Plus

10.00am-10.30am Morning tea

10.00am-1.00pm Pome Zone within the Trade Show

The Pome Zone is a dedicated meeting area for apple and pear delegates within the Trade Show.  Value added products and innovations will be featured in this area and there will be an opportunity to meet with and hear from researchers, industry professionals and more.

10.30am-12.30pm APAL speaker sessions

To retail and beyond: Innovative ways to work with retailers

  1. Knowledge and empowerment: Understanding apple and pear markets to make informed decisions; Martin Kneebone, Managing Director, Freshlogic
  2. Beyond the big two: Identifying and exploring alternative routes to market; Nathan Bishop, Fresh Produce Buyer, Costco
  3. Limited space, limitless possibilities: Managing the retail store footprint for apples and pears; Warwick Hope, Category Manager, Woolworths

12.00pm-1.00pm Lunch

2.00pm-5.00pm APAL panel session

This year the panel session will look at change within the orchard and in general. This session will be broken into four elements with local and international guests who work in the orchard and also service the industry

Disrupt your orchard: Tackling change head on

  1. Innovative orchard systems
  2. Little changes
  3. Adopting and introducing mechanisation and new technologies
  4. Partner to prosper

7.30pm – 11.30pm Awards for Excellence and Gala Dinner

For more information contact APAL Communications and Events Officer Richelle Zealley on 0438 364 728 or rzealley@apal.org.au.

By |April 20th, 2016|News|

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