Spring #2 2016

Dear primary producers, processors and all stakeholders in the Potato Industry in South Australia, Australia and internationally.  We are announcing some very significant and exciting achievements and events!

AGM 2016

The Association’s Annual General Meeting will be held in the Boardroom, Level 1, 147 Pirie St Adelaide South Australia 5000 on Wednesday 30 November 2016 at 3.30pm.  The formal Notice of Meeting has been sent to financial full members in accordance with the Associations Incorporations Act 1985.  A financial Full Member is considered to be a current registered levy payer to Potatoes South Australia Incorporated and only full members are entitled to vote and are eligible to hold office in the Association. Non-financial stakeholders and Associate Members are also advised of the Annual General Meeting.


Annual Dinner and Auction

This was held at the National Wine Centre of Australia on Friday 14 October 2016.  Opened by Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, guest speaker was Ms Immaculate Zinde, Manager Product Promotion, Potatoes South Africa. Ian Doyle was MC for the evening and Andy Edwards, Elders Ltd auctioned 10kgs of baby potatoes.  Marco Mitolo, The Mitolo Group paid $11,000; setting a new record! This money is raised for our charity of choice, The Little Heroes Foundation and it was wonderful to have in excess of 140 guests attend.                               
Thank you to Westpac Agribusiness; the Dinner’s Official Partner.

International Guest: Immaculate Zinde’s Visit to South Australia 7-15 October

We were thrilled to have Ms Immaculate Zinde, Manager Product Promotion, Potatoes South Africa as our guest in Adelaide albeit for only one week! During her stay, she travelled from Parilla in the Mallee to Virginia on the Northern Adelaide Plains and met with many industry stakeholders.  Her presentation at our Annual Dinner was “The Strategy Behind Potato Marketing – A South African Perspective: Inspire – Inform – Educate”.

Potato Strategic Investment Plan - survey online for industry comment

As part of the process for producing a new Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) for the potato industry, Hort Innovation has engaged specialist strategic planning consultancy McKINNA et al to meet with producers and industry to accurately reflect the industry’s funding priorities for R&D in the next five years.

A survey has been developed to let producers have their say on priority areas for levy investment in the potato industry. To take this survey online, please click here.

Interested parties can also click here to download a copy of the survey, or email to have their voices heard.

This consultation is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia using the National Potato Levy and funds from the Australian Government.

World Potato Congress (WPC) Bid for Adelaide, Australia

The WPC has released bid criteria for the 11th WPC in 2021.   The Adelaide Convention Bureau has been provided with all documents and through Potatoes South Australia, a Bid Committee has been established. Committee members cover the industry nationally from both the public and private sectors and with representation from key national bodies and associations.
The Government of South Australia, including the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) has committed funding to the hosting of the event if we are successful.  A submission will be provided to the WPC International Committee by 31 January 2017.
It is anticipated that 2000+ delegates could visit South Australia-what a brilliant opportunity to showcase the Australian industry and our country!

Appointment of new PIRSA Horticulture Account Manager

Potatoes South Australia was fortunate to be the industry representative on a panel to appoint a new Horticulture Account Manager at PIRSA. Replacing Hamish Gordon, Tamara Rohrlach commenced in her new position on 7 November.  She is an agronomist and well-regarded particularly in her ability to liaise between government and industry.  We look forward to working closely with her.

Other News

Improving Australia's Export Legislation

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is pleased to advise you of progress on the improvements to Australia’s agricultural export legislation following the Agricultural Export Regulation Review in 2015.

This is important work and your interest and perspective is vital in ensuring it meets the needs of exporters, farmers and other producers in a changing trade environment.

We are currently at the stage of developing draft legislation and are aiming for a formal consultation period during 2017.

We’re also making plans to engage with stakeholders to ensure that those with an interest in the reforms have an opportunity to contribute their views on the draft legislation. We are also raising awareness of this through a series of advertisements on various websites and in the rural press.

We’d now like to invite you to visit the refreshed Export Regulation Review website to register your interest to be kept informed of progress and to receive alerts on future consultation activities.

The website includes a new Fact Sheet which provides an outline of the scope and intent of the improvements. There is also a Consultation Report detailing how your feedback has been integrated into developing the reforms.

The website will be regularly updated and will detail future events and opportunities for you to help shape Australia’s agricultural export legislation.

Ongoing consultation with stakeholders is our priority and we are keen to receive any suggestions for how to best engage with you going forward.

Please contact us via this email ( or through the department’s phone number (1800 900 090) if you have any questions or require further information.

ACCC report identifies competition and fair trading issues in horticulture and viticulture - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report into the competition and fair trading issues facing the horticulture and viticulture industries has identified a number of areas of concern, particularly about the Horticulture Code of Conduct.

"The report, which follows a series of workshops held around regional Australia, reflects the views of growers and the broader industries. Despite the diversity of markets in horticulture and viticulture, there were a number of common concerns," ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.

Key issues raised by stakeholders included:

  • The ineffectiveness of the current Horticulture Code of Conduct.
  • Concerns about late and non-payment of growers by wholesalers.
  • A fear of raising complaints due to concerns about retribution.
  • Uncertainty in contracting practices across both industries.
Click here to

Australia needs to invest more in hort infrastructure
Proposed Changes to Horticulture Code


Succession Planning Workshops
The agricultural sector generally requires assistance in this area; it is critical for rural industry, particularly family-owned businesses to appreciate what it means and the steps required for transition to the next generation/owner.
Succession Planning workshops will be held in three regions: SE (Monday 12 December) Riverland (Tuesday 13 December) and the NAP (February 2017). 

The Presenters are:
  • Rosemary Bartle, Succession Planning Facilitator Rabobank
  • John MacPhail, Partner Lynch Meyer Lawyers
  • Chris Pole,  Regional Manager South Australia and Noel Hazeldine, Financial Planner Prime Super
  • Brenton Scott, Director RSM Australia Pty Ltd (accountants)
The Workshop framework will cover the following:
  • Rabobank: structure/interpretation/general implications
  • Prime Super: superannuation, financial planning
  • Lynch Meyer: Legal implications
  • RSM: Tax implications
  • Panel discussion
The workshops will be held from 5.00pm until 8.00pm with a charge of $50.00 per attendee to cover dinner/drinks.  Members receive a 20% discount.
Please contact Francesca or (08) 7221 1962.

Hort Connections 2017
Presented by the acclaimed National Horticulture Convention and PMA Fresh Connections, Hort Connections is set to become the most influential space for networking, education and business for the entire fresh produce industry. The event will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre 15-17 May 2017.
Potatoes South Australia is planning to highlight the industry during the period and an R&D Extension Forum will be convened by project managers, Arris Pty Ltd for potato industry stakeholders around the event.  Click here to find out more...


For a full list of current available grants click here.


Media Release
  • “$1.1million paid for new season baby potatoes”, 17 October 2016
Industry Newsflash
  • “Federal Government backs down on plan for Backpacker Tax”, 27 September 2016
  • “$1.1million paid for new season baby potatoes”, 17 October 2016
  • “Potatoes fetch massive $11,000, Stock Journal online, 19 October 2016
  • “All the fun of the 2016 Potatoes SA Dinner”, Stock Journal online, 20, 21 October 2016
  • “$1.1million paid for new season baby potatoes”, FreshPlaza, 18 October 2016
  • “Waste set to be scrapped” Fairfax Smart Farmer, August 2016
  • “Scientific approach vital for GM debate” Fairfax Smart Farmer, September 2016
  • “Planning crucial for family farm’s future, Fairfax Smart Farmer, October 2016
  • Melissa Marino, Diversity Magazine, 15 September 2016 (RIRDC Award)
  • Sue Neale, The Australian, 13 September 2016 (RIRDC Award)
  • Brett Clappis, Channel 10 News, 5 October 2016 (NAP floods)
  • Kerry Straight, ABC Landline, 6 October 2016 (NAP floods)

Not a member of Potatoes South Australia yet?

Membership has many valuable benefits; the most important is being a part of an organisation which has delivered significant achievements for the industry at both a state and national level.  Click here for more information.

Did you know that 95% of potatoes grown in South Australia are grown by members of Potatoes South Australia?

Please contact me at any time about your issues or about how we can represent you in a better way.


Associate Members, OG Roberts & Co., Baldwin Filters and ILD Sinopec are offering exclusive benefits to Potatoes South Australia members.  Click on the links below for further information:

OG Roberts & Co.
Baldwin Filters
ILD Sinopec



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