The latest highlights, achievements and issues this summer are:
Independent Chair, Mr Brian Cunningham and the Association is delighted to announce the appointment of new Independent Directors to the Board of Potatoes South Australia.
- Ms Carolyn Francis, former Executive Director Communications and Marketing TAFE SA
- Ms Bianca Battistella, Senior Associate Piper Alderman Lawyers
- Mr Brad Higgins, Manager Agribusiness SA/WA Westpac
They join Directors appointed/re-appointed at the AGM on 30 November 2016:
- Mr John McArthur, CEO SA Potato Co
- Mr Paul White, GM Zerella Fresh/Parilla Premium
- Mr Richard Haynes, Horticulture Account Manager, Elders Ltd
Other Directors are:
- Mr Gary O’Neill, GM Farms The Mitolo Group
- Mr James Wandel, KICE Pty Ltd (Seed producer, Kangaroo Island)
- Mr Andrew Widdison, Kumara Park (Processing producer, SE)
- Mr Jamie Roberts
As the focus of the Association further develops, these new appointments ensure the appropriate skills set align with our projects. I look forward to working with these new Directors to provide a greater service to you; our members and stakeholders. We all welcome them to the Board and industry.
Please click here
for a list of current Directors.
Review of the Modern Awards - Horticulture Award
Ai Group is currently running an application to vary the terms of the coverage clause in the Horticulture Award 2010 to ensure that the Award covers the functions of washing, grading and packing of horticultural crops by a business in the horticultural industry.
This has arisen by virtue of a decision in the Fair Work Commission last year which found that the Storage Services and Wholesale Award 2010 (which is more costly and less flexible) is more appropriate to these functions.
On behalf of the South Australian industry, Potatoes South Australia has submitted a Witness Statement concerning the nature of the industry and current industry practice including the following:
- The close integration between the growing of horticultural crop and cleaning, grading, processing, packing, storing dispatch functions;
- The fact that it is common for cleaning, grading, processing, packing, storing dispatch functions to be carried out at different facilities/locations to where the crops are grown and harvested – rural or metropolitan;
- The fact that there are often different legal entities within the corporate group eg one entity for the growing and harvesting functions and one for the washing, packing and storing functions;
- The fact that cleaning, grading, processing, packing, storing despatch functions are currently commonly carried out under the Horticulture Award; and
- The fact that a number of producers sometimes share packing facilities at some central location.
The Statement also covers:
- Characteristics of the Horticulture industry including the need for flexibility;
- The cost pressures that exist in the Horticulture industry;
- The competitive pressures that exist in the Horticulture industry; and
- The harm that would be caused if the more costly and less flexible conditions in the Storage Services Award applied.
The Association may be called for examination or cross-examination at a hearing later this year.
All Witness Statements and Submissions can be viewed on the following website
HORT Connections 2017
Held at the Adelaide Convention Centre 15-17 May, Hort Connections 2017 will be the premier fresh produce industry Conference and Trade Show in the Australasian region in 2017.
This must see event will attract more than 2,000 attendees and over 200 exhibitors. It is where connections will be made, ideas exchanged and trends and innovations revealed. Delegates at Hort Connections will come from right across the fresh fruit, vegetable and floral value chain across Australia, New Zealand and around the globe. From seed companies and producers, to wholesalers, retailers and food service operators, our industries, decision makers and game changers will be at this major event in Adelaide.
Our member's rate is discounted to $665. These benefits are for All Access Passes only.
Early bird registrations close in mid-March, click here
for more information.
Potato Industry Luncheon 15 May
The Association will host a Luncheon for the Australian Potato Industry with a guest speaker at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Monday 15 May 12.30 pm - 2.00 pm. Closer to the date, invitations will be forwarded and bookings will be possible via this link.
Following that from 2.30 pm - 5.00 pm, Arris Pty Ltd will facilitate a whole of industry R&D Extension Forum. Please contact Adrian Dahlenburg via email or on 0488 739 300.
These events will lead into the Hort Connections 2017 program commencing with the Welcome Reception and Opening of the Trade Show at 6.30 pm.
Producers to benefit from further extension of Potato Industry R & D
In the coming months, potato producers will be able to benefit from, and better understand the value of potato industry R&D projects.
Over the next three years, the Potato Industry Extension Program (PT15002) will be run by Arris Pty Ltd, and will work with stakeholders to develop extension activities that best meet industry needs. Not only will the program allow potato producers to become more involved in extension activities, but it will allow them to learn and understand the results and benefits of previously undertaken research projects.
The program will use the inputs and expertise of an industry-focused Program Reference Group to assist the development of activities.
In addition, two web-based registers have been established to assist Arris in capturing the extension ideas from industry and to identify potential extension service providers for the project.
These registers can be accessed at the links below:
A detailed article on the Potato Industry Extension Program can be found on page 10 of the latest edition of Potatoes Australia
magazine. Click here
to read the magazine online.
Request for Quotation: Extension activities for the Australian Potato Industry 2016/2017 (PT16000)
Hort Innovation is seeking a suitably qualified, experienced and capable service providers for the project: Extension activities for the Australian potato industry 2016/2017
The objectives of the services being sought are to help Hort Innovation and the Potato Industry to:
- Develop and delivery extension activities to the Australian Potato Industry that are innovative and relevant as identified in the annual extension plan;
- Ensure that the most appropriate expertise is used to develop and deliver these activities to industry stakeholders; and
- Create an awareness of new and improved technologies or practices that could potentially benefit the Australian potato growers and industry.
Specific extension activities being sought relate to the following topics:
- Seed Quality and Handling Impacts
- Potato pest and disease diagnostics app
- A ‘back to basics’ series of demonstrations and webinars
- Cost of production information and awareness
Hort Innovation has prepared a Request for Quotation (RFQ) document that provides background information, outlines the scope of services, the procurement process and the information required from interested parties.
This RFQ may be downloaded from: www.tenders.net
(You will need to be a member of tenders.net to access).
The closing date for responses is 5:00 pm Thursday March 9 2017 (AEST).
RIRDC 2016 Rural Women's Award (SA) Project
As the 2016 recipient of this Award I was fortunate to use the bursary to research valorisation (value-adding) to horticultural loss and waste in the EU and UK.
My final report has been submitted to RIRDC and identifies the following:
- Use of clever packaging to extend shelf-life;
- Value-adding of out-grades/off-cuts for ‘ready-meals’ and potato products of high net worth;
- Starch, high value protein and cellulosic fibre processing;
- Biofuel and fertiliser production as by-products;
- Extension of value chains in the fresh sector to include processing facilities in a collaborative model; and
- Establishment of REFRESH Australia through a Government initiative and partnership.
Additionally, this report has identified some key outcomes which will be fed into current projects being undertaken by Potatoes South Australia Inc:
- Transforming waste potatoes into premium value-added product (PIRSA and industry-funded)
- Transforming Riverland food loss and industry waste into profit (a SARMS initiative, funded by the DoAWR through PIRSA and Industry)
I also participated on the judging panel for the 2017 Awards together with representatives from Westpac Agribusiness, Piper Alderman and RIRDC.
The winner, announced on 13 February is Ms Simone Kain of Penola SE
, co-creator of children’s educational character George the Farmer.
Simone will use her bursary to develop two educational children’s resources, to help teach children about the careers available in agriculture and the role women play in the industry. Congratulations Simone!
The Association intends to work with Simone and co-founder, Ben Hood in promotion of the video
featuring the Potato Industry.
World Potato Congress (WPC) Bid for Adelaide 2021
Potatoes South Australia has worked closely with the Adelaide Convention Bureau and a Bid Committee comprised of representatives from both the public and private sectors, particularly key national bodies and associations.
A submission was provided to the WPC International Committee on 31 January 2017 which showcases the industry and our capability to host a world class event at the Adelaide Convention Centre in 2021. It is anticipated that 2000+ delegates could visit South Australia - what a brilliant opportunity to position the Australian industry and our country!
Our submission will now be reviewed by the International Committee of WPC Inc which will be in touch to clarify any items or to arrange a convenient time to arrange to visit Adelaide as part of WPC Inc’s vetting process. The final decision on the host destination for WPC 2021 will be announced in December 2017.
The 10th World Potato Congress will be held in Cusco, Peru in 2018; the first time that this triennial event will be held in Latin America.
On 2 December 2016 the Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016 received Royal Assent. The new law requires working holiday makers to be taxed at 15% from the first dollar they earn up to $37,000 per annum. Earnings above this will be taxed at the ordinary tax rates.
This reform strives to recognise working holiday makers as a key source of tourism and labour in Australia, especially to regional areas, whilst trying to make Australia a more attractive choice for holiday. To be eligible, individuals must hold one of the following:
- Subclass 417 visa;
- Subclass 462 visa;
- A bridging visa allowing them to work in Australia.
Primary producers have new obligations:
It is important to note that as an employer of working holiday makers 15% of every dollar paid to individuals who meet the above criteria must be withheld from income derived on or after 1 January 2017. As an employer you must now undertake a once-off registration with the ATO or withhold at 32.5% and face possible penalties.
For example, a working holiday maker who earns $50,000 taxable income during the income year will pay tax at 15% on the first $37,000 of his earnings. The remaining amount will be taxed at ordinary rates. In this case the remaining $13,000 will be taxed at 32.5%.
Registration is still open for employers who are engaging new employees in 2017. There is a working holiday maker registration tool to assist with registrations. Employers should check the relevant visa status which can be verified by accessing the Visa Entitlement Verification online. Holiday makers will not be entitled to any tax free threshold if utilising the 15% rate and must have a valid income tax file number to avoid being taxed at the highest marginal rate.
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SA Government funding for energy efficiency audits
The SA Government has recently announced funding to offset energy efficiency auditing costs.
Typically, up to 75% of a detailed energy efficiency audit can be funded for a South Australian farm consuming more than 160MWh of electricity per year (equivalent to a 100kW irrigation pump). In addition, $1 for $1 funding is also available for capital upgrades required to potentiate energy efficiency savings.
Associate Member, Adelaide-based Tallemenco Pty Ltd conducts energy efficiency audits on irrigation pumping systems.
Contact Rob Welke, Tallemenco Pty Ltd property via email
or on 0414 492 256 to arrange either an IPEEAT pro screening audit or a detailed energy efficiency audit on your irrigation.
The SA Government funding offer ceases on 31 May 2017, so there’s no time to waste on this deal.
Overview of the Global Potato Market
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 two regions: Mt Gambier on Tuesday 14 March and Waikerie on Wednesday 15 March 2017.
The presenters are:
These workshops are open to all sectors of agriculture and you are encouraged to bring your family across generations to receive most benefit.
To find out more, click here
Please contact Francesca Romeo via email
or on (08) 7221 1962.
to view List of Grants available.
South Australian Trade Missions calendar for 2017
The calendar below will help you in your planning for trips into key markets this year.
Accompanying the South Australian Government on a business mission in 2017 will provide the opportunity to:
- Participate in business-to-business matching sessions facilitated by TradeStart, Austrade and the South Australian Government
- Meet local distributors and importers
- Secure international orders for products and services
- Meet potential investment partners
- Develop skills and experience within international markets
- Enhance your international profile
- Better understand the cultural and regulatory requirements in international markets
for 2017 South Australian Trade Missions calendar.
- Potatoes South Australia signs up as Hort Connections 2017 Co-hosts, 24 January 2017
- Chief Inspector Biosecurity Alert, 14 February 2017
- Succession Planning Workshops 14, 15 March 2017, 15 February 2017
- “Potatoes South Australia signs up as Hort Connections 2017 Co-hosts”, 18 January 2017
- Erin Jones, The Advertiser; “The national potato shortage” 27 January 2017
- Brittany Evins ABC Riverland, “SA’s 2016 Rural Women’s Award winner” 8 February 2017
- Cassandra Hough ABC Country Hour, “SA’s 2016 Rural Women’s Award winner” 13 February 2017
- “Hort Connections 2017”, Smart Farmer/Fairfax Media, February 2017
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.