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Leaders set off
WHERE does horticulture
need to go in developing
the next generation to
grow the industry, and in future
research and development?
Some of these challenges are
being successfully researched by
Australian horticultural indus-
tries across industry R&D and
I must declare a conflict of
interest in that I am an industr y
representative on the Across
Horticulture Australia Limited.
The committee provides the
program investment advice to
HAL on behalf of all member
industries. Membership consists
of the chief executive officer (or
equivalent) of the seven largest
HAL member industries picked
based on HAL marketing and
R&D income; largest B-class
member; representative of all
other HAL member industries;
and the HAL CEO.
All industries involved in R&D
contribute to a program that
addresses issues across the sec-
tor. Many of the projects funded
would be difficult for industries
to conduct on an individual
Many of the horticultural
industries have strategic plans
that highlight the need for
enhanced and continued leader-
ship development. But some
lack the resources to develop
and provide their own training
programs, which raised the need
for funding of a leadership train-
The objectives of the project
• Improve the ability of our
leaders to lead and guide the
• Stimulate industry dialogue
and encourage innovative
• Encourage the next genera-
tion of industry leaders to
improve industry and business
• Improve strategic thinking,
planning and problem solving
at an industry and business
• Provide a model for effective
leadership development in
To meet these objectives, the
project steering committee --
made up of industry representa-
tives -- tendered the project and
contracted an appropriate con-
sultant to create a leadership
program on key elements: face-
to-face training workshops;
online training courses; execu-
tive coaching support; webinars
on selected topics; and website,
blog and social media platforms.
The intent was to focus the
program on a small group of
industry leaders by providing
them with intensive training and
support ser vices and extend the
program to the wider horticul-
ture industry by offering access
to training webinars, an inform-
ative website, social media plat-
forms, and online training
The success of this program
was highlighted in the final
report where managers shared
The report said that many
industries were unable to fund a
specific program to develop
their leaders, so in 2012
Horticulture Australia Limited
funded an Across Industry
Leadership Training Project
with TREVOR RANFORD
consultant SA Horticultural
Hayden Rogers at work in his organic vegetable garden at Ashton. He gives the thumbs-up for programs that can
improve strategic thinking, planning and problem solving for industry leaders and hopes they trickle through to
small farmers struggling for fair returns.
Bayer sponsors navel variety forums in SA
BAYER CropScience sponsored the
recent navel variety forums hosted by
Citrus Australia to address issues
facing the Australian citrus industry,
including supply and demand.
The forums were held across the
Riverland, Sunraysia and Riverina and
included information sessions,
workshops, and discussions on trends
for growers and industry groups.
Citrus Australia general manager-
market development Andrew Harty
said growers received the latest
information from industry experts on
a variety of trends and that Bayer
staff were on hand to answer
questions on changing practices to
Growers discussed the oversupply
of navel oranges in Australia caused
by a decline in US trade and an
unfavourable exchange rate, and
risks when planting new navel
Leeton Citrus Growers president and
grower Glenn Morris said it was a
platform for growers to discuss
exciting new varieties of mandarins
"Over the last few years we've had
issues with sales of navels because
of the strong Australian dollar limiting
US trade. We might be able to
overcome some of these hardships
with new varieties that meet what the
consumer wants, like easy peel
seedless mandarins," he said.
Bayer CropScience product
manager-temperate fruit Darryl
Stretton said the forums could not
have come at a better time.
"The industry is in a downturn at
the moment. Growers have been
offered advice and solutions based on
thorough market research to apply in
their orchards to meet new consumer
demands," he said.
"Consumers are looking for
convenience, certain sizes and ease
of peeling with new varieties. The
industry is now exploring the concept
of new varieties which will align with
"At Bayer we strive to lead the way
in innovation to help address
agriculture's top challenges, and
we're cultivating ideas and answers
to benefit the industry as a whole."
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