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Assistance Activated for Flood Affected Primary Producers

Primary producers impacted by recent severe weather and flooding are able to access vitalfinancial support, with Special Disaster Grants up to $75,000 announced inaddition to concessional loans and transport subsidies. Visit the Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) Storm and Flood Programs webpage for moreinformation or contact RAA at rural.assist@raa.nsw.gov.au or on 1800 678593. Further assistance is provided …

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Freshmark Member Wins Exporter of the Year 2022

Freshmark is very proud of long standing member Michael Simonetta from achieving the prestigious Hort Innovation Exporter of the Year 2022. Michael was amongst an incredible line up of industry greats that included: • Frank Frappa – LaManna Premier Group (VIC)• Gianni Lastella – Virginia Farm Produce (SA)• John Said – Fresh Select (VIC)• Lee …

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Freshmark Board Member Wins the Col Johnson Young Achievers’ Award for 2022

Freshmark is proud to announce that Board Member, Caroline Pisciuneri, has won the Cole John Young Achievers Award. The award was announced at the 2022 Hort Conference Gala Dinner, where more than 1,000 delegates cheered as Caroline received the award. It was stated; “Caroline is a proactive member of the horticultural industry with involvement with her …

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2022 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award National Finalists revealed

The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award is the leading award empowering and celebrating the inclusive and courageous leadership of rural women across Australia.The seven national finalists were announced at events in capital cities across Australia over the last three months, after a highly competitive selection process.Women from all over Australia were encouraged to apply with a …

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AFPA Board appoints new CEO to lead industry growth

Established in January 2019, the AFPA has become the major voice of the fresh produce sector, delivering real outcomes for industry in key policy areas including workforce, export access and sustainability. In 2019, AFPA funded research demonstrated the importance of fresh produce packaging to maintain freshness and reduce food waste. During COVID, the AFPA worked …

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ACCC Focuses on Horticulture Code Enforcement

Some fruit and vegetable wholesalers are not meeting their legal obligations under the Horticulture Code of Conduct, recent audits by the ACCC have found. The ACCC conducted audits after hearing through its Perishable Agricultural Goods Inquiry that some fruit and vegetable wholesalers were trading without Horticulture Produce Agreements, which is a breach of the code. …

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