If nothing changes, nothing is going to change

This article was written by Cameron Schwab for designCEO and was originally published 19 March, 2019. Most conversations I have with leaders focus on a desired outcome; something they would like to achieve. They then work back on from the desired outcome and give thought to the processes they hope will achieve their objective. They [...]

By |April 9th, 2019|Education|

5 places for Australians to study Agriculture

Tertiary study and further education have always been pathways to more technical roles and a way for new graduates to develop business skills and become more well-rounded professionals. While it may be tempting to rely on “learn by doing” experience, this will not necessarily equip the next generation to deal with a fast-changing world. With [...]

By |February 13th, 2019|Education, Opportunities, Scholarships, Training and workshops|

Positive test for Listeria – what next?

“Your apples have tested positive for Listeria” What happens when you answer the phone to find your fruit has tested presumptive positive for Listeria monocytogenes? A quality assurance consultant for an apple producer who took just such a call tells his story. How were you notified? Our wholesale market agent advised that fruit had tested [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|Education, Hygiene and food safety, Industry Issues|

Free online Chain of Responsiblity training

A free training unit developed by AgSafe to provide an overview of the significantly-expanded new Chain of Responsibility  provisions in relation to heavy vehicle operation is now available online. The changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) that came into effect on 1 October 2018 align Chain of Responsibility more closely with work health and [...]

Upskilling the apple of industry’s eye

Four people from across the apple and pear industry are participating in a Masterclass in Horticultural Business as they prepare themselves for a strategic future.   The class of 28 participants visited Gazzola farms on the Mornington Peninsula during their first field trip in February. Picture: Hort Innovation Andrew Hall, Wayne Trengove, James Peace [...]

By |May 23rd, 2018|Education, Hort Innovation, News|

Labour shortfall prompts automation research

If there’s a single common challenge hovering over Australia’s pome fruit industry it’s labour – specifically, a shortage thereof – prompting 2018 Nuffield scholar Bisi Oladele to look into packhouse automation. As the technical manager for Geoffrey Thompson Fruit Packing at Shepparton, Bisi oversees all quality control and compliance aspects of one of Australia’s biggest [...]

Australian growers visit apple industry in Washington

In August 2017 APAL took a group of 28 Australian apple and pear growers on a tour of apple and pear production in Washington State in the USA. The group visited more than 25 sites, meeting 30-plus growers, researchers and consultants. Aussie growers at Washington State University's Sunrise Orchard: (lt to rt)Angus Crawford, Josie Fouache, [...]

By |October 4th, 2017|Education, News|

Education served to your taste

APAL’s Richelle Zealley speaks to people of varying ages and backgrounds involved in the horticulture industry about how they have chosen to educate and upskill themselves and why they believe it’s important. Education comes in many forms. Have you recently attended a Future Orchards® walk to listen to knowledge shared by the guest presenters? Maybe [...]

By |June 1st, 2017|Education|

Scholarship to study agribusiness in 2018

In a partnership between APAL, Hort Innovation and Marcus Oldham College, Geelong, a final $10,000 scholarship is available for one student looking to study a Diploma of Agribusiness in 2018. A $10,000 scholarship is available to study a Diploma of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College in 2018 - see the brochure for details. Applications [...]

By |May 1st, 2017|Education, News|

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|