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The quarterly journal for the Australian table grape and dried fruits industries Volume 13 • Issue 1 • January - March 2017

Our future ag industry leaders

INSIDE STORIES: ¡ Sunraysia Remembrance Day storms ¡ International Dried Grape Conference, China ¡ Objective colour grading Part 2

¡ International Prune Congress report

InnoGrape Field Walk in 2017 Innovation in Table Grape Production Location:

Robinvale

Merbein

Date: Time: Venue:

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm Property of Anthony Natale

Wednesday, 1 February 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm Property of John Argiro

17 Derna Road, Robinvale

Cnr Wentworth Rd & Paschendale Ave, Yelta (look for maroon shed on south side Wentworth Rd)

$20.00

$20.00

Cost:

Agenda 6:00pm Welcome and BBQ dinner with refreshments Dr Mark Krstic, Melbourne 6:30pm Vineyard Spray Technology Alison MacGregor, Mildura 7:30pm Improving the Colour of Red Table Grapes Jennifer Hashim-Maguire, AUSCAL Viticulture, Melbourne 8:30pm Post Harvest management of grapevines Dr Mark Krstic, Melbourne 8:50pm General Discussion 9:00pm Wrap up and Finish

Please note: BBQ dinner starting at 6pm and cool refreshment drinks is included in the $20.00 cost. See ATGA website for further details about the program or contact: Rowena Norris M: 0421 553 800 E: [email protected] W: www.australiangrapes.com.au InnoGrape is a table grape extension program funded by the William Buckland Foundation *Note – please bring your InnoGrape folder along to receive your free insert notes. If you do not have a InnoGrape folder an additional $15 per folder will be charged on the night. Session 3 is a field walk session thus new folder note inserts will be handed out at the conclusion of the session.

Contents

Dried grapes Australian Table Grape Association 33 Madden Avenue Mildura VIC 3500 Australia T: (03) 5021 5718 F: (03) 4009 0036 E: [email protected] W: www.australiangrapes.com.au

Dried Fruits Australia 54 Lemon Avenue PO Box 5042 Mildura VIC 3502 Australia T: (03) 5023 5174 F: (03) 5023 3321 E: [email protected] W: www.driedfruitsaustralia.org.au The Vine is a joint publication of the Australian table grape and dried fruits industries. For editorial and advertising enquiries contact Dried Fruits Australia or the Australian Table Grape Association. Editorial committee: Phil Chidgzey, Lauren Roden (DFA) Jeff Scott, Rowena Norris (ATGA) Paula Smith (Freelance journalist) Production and Printing: Sunnyland Press Copyright © Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited 2016

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DFA Chairman’s report

10

DFA Chief Executive’s report

11

Processor report: Sunbeam Foods/Angas Park

16

Grower profile: Ivan Shaw, Merbein South Victoria

24

DFA Annual conference report

26

Objective grading of dried grapes Part 2. The University of Adelaide

32

International Seedless Dried Grape Producing Countries Conference, China

34

Drying for profit activities

Table grapes 3

ATGA Chairman’s report

4

Cover story: Rising to the challenge of the Australian Rural Leadership Program

6

Dan Papacek wins 2016 Peter Kenny Medal

6

Inspection station opened in Qinghai

7

Training for Authorised Officers

8

International trade shows

12

ATGA Chief Executive’s report

13

Global grape gossip

19

Greater Sunraysia PFA IDC

Dried prunes 20

IPA Congress report, Chile

22

IPA Congress report, Argentina

23

Californian Pru