EcoHort gives Scotsburn a marketing edge

Scotsburn Nurseries owner, Peter Douglas, has a philosophy of making the most of modern technology with a priority on the environmental benefits.

Scotsburn Nurseries is Victoria’s first EcoHort™ certified seedling nursery and have differentiated themselves in the market by promoting their sustainability credentials to the growing number of environmentally conscious consumers. 

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A new approach to collecting nursery statistics

Collecting data about nursery production and its value is challenging, due largely to the diversity of the industry and the number of times plants can be sold before reaching the end user.

A new project is being funded by the nursery levy to collect statistics accurately and in enough detail to help with industry strategic planning and resource prioritisation, follow market trends, and track industry performance over time.

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Advisory panel welcomes new Chair

Michael Worthington has been appointed as Chair of the Strategic Investment Advisory Panel (SIAP) for the nursery industry.

Mr Worthington brings more than 25 years of vertically-integrated food and agriculture business experience to the role. Currently Chairman of the Fresh Product Safety Centre, he has worked across an extensive range of enterprises, including production, processing, supply chain logistics.

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Last chance to apply for Masterclass in Hort Nursery Scholarships! 

Applications for three nursery scholarships (valued at $10,000 each), supporting students in the Masterclass of Horticulture Business, are closing this Sunday, 15 January 2017. 

The course is designed for those with previous experience in horticulture/nursery, to help grow their management and leadership skills, and will run for ten months. The first intake of students is February 2017.

For more information, or to apply, visit the University of Tasmania website.

Pest of the Month: Alternaria leaf spot

This fungus has a wide host range, including many ornamental plant species. 

It usually appears initially as small water-soaked flecks on lower leaves, enlarging into circular or irregularly-lobed lesions. Favoring humid conditions for spore production, this pest can cause a range of other diseases including crown, stem and fruit rots.

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Nursery Papers: Year in review

Something different every month. Catch up on recent Nursery Papers you may have missed.

  • What to expect from current R&D projects
  • The value of a leafy neighbourhood
  • Removing barriers to urban greening
  • Synthetic vs natural growth promoting hormone
  • Meeting the needs of modern biosecurity legislation
  • Greening the Goods Line
  • Baiting for pytophthora & pythium in production nurseries
  • Getting to the root of tree planting
  • Minor Use Permit Pesticide Program

Click here to access the full library of all Nursery Papers on the NGIA website

Better extension services

A research project is underway to better understand and improve extension services in Australia, in order to support decision making and make sure farmers and growers have access to the latest research results.

If you or your organisation provides information, advice or support to the nursery industry, or would like to be involved in the development and delivery of extension services, have a look at the survey being run as part of the project.

Link to more information and survey

The survey forms part of research into agricultural extension being conducted as part of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Rural R&D for Profit programme and is supported by Dairy Australia, Meat and Livestock Australia,  Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Australian Pork Limited, Sugar Research Australia, Horticulture Innovation Australia, RIRDC (Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation), NSW Department of Industry, Agriculture Victoria and the University of Melbourne.  The survey is administered by Quantum Market Research.