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|

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|

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|