Alison Barber

About Alison Barber

Manager Communications & Media, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd
03 9329 3511

Managing Climate Risk

The politicians may still be arguing about climate change, but growers are facing the impacts of increasingly erratic climate daily. At the latest round of Future Orchards® walks, AgFirst consultant Steve Spark shared some practical ideas on how to plan for and mitigate the risks associated with climate change. Managing climate risks are probably one [...]

Juice gives fresh control at Huon Valley

Fourth generation Huon Valley apple and pear grower Mark Duggan knew things had to change when his return for a year’s hard work didn’t even cover costs. “We had a year where we just got nothing,” he said. “We knew we had to do something. We had to look outside the square. Cider was taking [...]

By |April 17th, 2019|Profile, Tasmania, Value added products|

No room for complacency on food safety

Improving food safety practices and better understanding the risks of Listeria are vital if the fresh produce industry is to prevent future fatalities and avoid costly product recalls or marketing halts. The 2018 Fresh Produce Safety Conference Food Safety – It’s Your Responsibility in October highlighted the prevalence of Listeria in the environment, the lack [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|Hygiene and food safety|

Simplifying quality at Nightingales

Simplicity is not the first word that springs to mind when considering the complexity of running five orchards across two states, a large packhouse and a fledgling cider operation. But at Nightingale Brothers, based in Victoria’s north east, continually striving for a way of delivering better quality more efficiently and smoothly is a goal that [...]

New varieties provide inspiration and return

The first block of trees Huon Valley fifth-generation apple grower Scott Stevenson pushed out after taking over the family orchard business last July was the same block his father Adrian first planted when he in his own turn began running the business 38 years earlier. Scott and his father Adrian on the property in [...]

By |September 3rd, 2018|Profile, Tasmania, Varieties and rootstock|

Systems-based approach gives good Qfly control

Dan Papacek, Bugs for Bugs, told FGV Conference attendees Central Burnett, QLD, growers have achieved good control of Qfly using Area Wide Management techniques. It is possible to get first-class management of Queensland Fruit Fly (Qfly) in areas where the pest is endemic, with a low-cost systems-based approach, according to Queensland entomologist Dan [...]

By |August 22nd, 2018|News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Tasmania sets out steps to safeguard pest-free status­­

Biosecurity experts from Government, research and industry outlined options and challenges for strengthening biosecurity to protect the state's valuable pest free area status to growers at the annual Fruit Growers Tasmania conference. Fruit coming into Tasmania will come under much greater surveillance as industry and Government work together to ensure the state’s prized pest free [...]

By |May 30th, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Tasmania|

Levy payers sought for Hort Innovation director nomination process

Levy-payers are being sought to participate in the process of electing new Hort Innovation directors following a constitution amendment driven by growers requiring their involvement in the process. Voice of Horticulture (VoH) chair Tania Chapman will travel regional Australia during May seeking levy payers interested in joining the Hort Innovation’s 2018 Director Nomination Committee, and [...]

By |May 2nd, 2018|News|

Funding to boost WA apples exports

Orchards in Manjimup and Pemberton are part of a new four-year research project aiming to boost exports of Western Australian apples to valuable northern Asian markets by establishing pest management credentials. Dr Rieks Van Klinken, CSIRO, with Pomewest Chair and Manjimup grower Harvey Giblett and Kim James, WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional [...]

By |April 25th, 2018|Exporting, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Adelaide Hills growers review post-hail options

Apple and pear industry bodies, Government and service providers are working together to provide growers hit by the destructive Adelaide Hills hail storms of October 30 with support and advice to manage hail-affected crops. Hail affected Adelaide Hills growers at a meeting organised by the Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia (APGASA) [...]

By |November 22nd, 2017|Netting, hail and sunburn, News|