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Pamela and Ken Jackson, Forest Hill,
Brendan and Cass Rathjen, Murray Bridge.
Trevor Wicks, SARDI, with
Andrew Moon, chairman.
Tony Napier, NSW DPI Yanco, with Phillip
Marks, EE Muir & Sons, Murray Bridge.
Onions Australia conference delegates visit the Rivapak complex at Mannum.
Maureen and Steve
Rathjen, Murray Bridge.
Trevor and Jenny Twigden, Pompoota, SA.
Dr Bill Dean, PhD Director of Research.
Technology and Quality Control, River Point
Farms, US, with Trevor Wicks, SARDI.
Michael Williams, J Tech Systems, with
Kees Versteeg, Qualipac.
Malcolm McKerlie, Murray Bridge, with Herman van
der Gulik, Enza Zaden.
Bradley Mills, HAL.
Onion meet layered with insights
IT was celebration time for
Onions Australia after it
hosted a successful annual
conference in SA in October.
Growers and industry repre-
sentative from across Australia
converged at Mannum for the
two-day event that opened with
a social function, followed by a
field trip and a series of meet-
ings offering comprehensive
information on everything from
innovation, on-farm safety,
new legislation, chemical and
machinery advances, and numer-
ous research project updates.
The field trip included a tour
of onion growing operations
in the area, followed by a visit
to the Rivapak complex, and
concluded with a visit to the
Mannum Dock Museum and
lunch on the PS Marion.
About 60 representatives
attended the general meeting
after that, which was followed by
the annual levy payers meeting.
The day ended with a well-
attended dinner at the Pretoria
Hotel where international guest
and keynote speaker Bill Dean,
Riverpoint Farms, US, delivered
an insightful presentation.
Onions Australia chairman
Andrew Moon was heartened
by the excellent attendance
and good support despite the
industry experiencing a tough
couple of years.
"We had growers from every
state, as well as good industry
representation and outstanding
support from sponsors," he said.
"Not only that, we welcomed
four new members into our
Onions Australia Executive
Committee, with Tasmanian
Richard Birtill, Michael Williams
from NSW, South Australian
Greg Bragg and Victorian Peter
Shadbolt all set to bring a wealth
of knowledge and experience to
"Dr Bill Dean addressed our
levy payers and highlighted his
success in the US onion indus-
try, delivering many insights
into our international industry."
The conference also farewelled
Onion Industry Advisory chair-
man Dr Ken Jackson, who left
the position after five years, and
welcomed Dr Richard Jones as
Mr Moon was reappointed as
Onions Australia chairman for
another year and for the position
of vice-chairman, Steve Rathjen,
SA, succeeded Dr Dean Metcalf,
Tas. Tas representatives Brian
Bonde and Andrew Doran were
also farewelled from the execu-
Onions Australia had excep-
tional support from sponsors at
the event, including Fox Tucker
Lawyers, Dobmac Machinery,
Pope Packaging, Micron Group,
J-tech Systems, Bejo Seeds and
Onions Australia will host
its next series of meetings at
Devonport, Tas, on April 30
and May 1, to coincide with
Agfest Field Days from May 1 to
3, and will hold its 2014 AGM
at Brisbane, Qld, on October
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