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June 2012

As President, with your VGA committee members, we appreciate all your hard work, knowledge, expertise and capital finance laid out in machinery, equipment, cool rooms and packing sheds, that are involved in growing the best and cheapest veggies in the world!

Congratulations on all the nominees nominated for national recognition at the Awards for Excellence. There are so many talented entrepreneurs in this exciting, innovative industry. It was inspiring just being in the room that night with all the vegetable industry people.

Your VGA is busily representing fellow growers in all matters, through its committees and IDOs. Thanks again to all members, growers and industry people for your great support. We’ll do our best.

Until next time, enjoy what’s around you!

David Wallace - President, VGA-Victoria

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Victorian Growers take out Top Awards
A large contingent of Victorians attended the 2012 AUSVEG National Awards for Excellence. Attendees included a number of finalists for awards, with Victorian growers taking out the top two prizes of the night: the Women in Horticulture award sponsored by Steritech went to Tina Lamattina, while Frank Ruffo was awarded the prestigious Grower of the Year award sponsored by Syngenta. Congratulations to all the finalists and the winners on the night. ...

Fertiliser Stabiliser Trials
A recent Field Day at A & G Lamattina’s farm at Boneo was organised by DPI Victoria to demonstrate the results of a 4-year trial of the use of Nitrogen stabilisers on brassica crops ...

AUSVEG National Convention
The AUSVEG National Convention & Trade Show was held in Hobart during May with around 70 trade exhibitors displaying their goods and discussing new and innovative products and services for vegetable growers ...

VFF Conference - Horticulture Policy Council
In April, President David Wallace and Executive Manager Helena Whitman attended the Horticulture Policy Council Meeting at the VFF Conference. A range of issues were discussed ...

VGA lodges submission on Epping market
The VGA Growers Advisory Committee has lodged a submission regarding the Allocation of Fruit and Vegetable Stands in the Epping Wholesale Market.

Based on discussions the Committee has had with current business owners and operators in the trading stands area of the fruit and vegetable market, the following advice was offered in the submission by VGA, for the consideration of the Minister for Major Projects ...

Leafy Veg Field Day
April this year saw a comprehensive display of salad leaf varieties by four seed companies at several locations across Victoria ...

IDO Activities
The limited resources of VGA Vic have been considerably boosted over the past three years by DPI Victoria’s funding, which concludes at the end of June this year, of two part-time Industry Development Officers through its Horticulture Industry Network (HIN) Program ...

Mildura growers meeting
September saw a collaborative meeting organised by VGA & NSWFA Industry Development Officers and NSW & VIC DPI which involved vegetable growers from the Mildura and Dareton region, covering several topics important to the industry ...

Growing Leaders Program 2012
Program. Maureen and I were delighted to be invited to the Industry Dinner to meet the participants at the second residential session held in Hobart ...

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