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From August 31, 2019 labour hire providers (including vineyard contracting providers, picking and pruning gangs) must be licensed under the South Australian Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 when undertaking ‘labour hire services’. 

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is dedicated to developing female leaders and supporting the increased presence of women in business and community leadership roles. By most measures women are an under-utilised national resource.

The first cross-commodity water forum modelled on the horticulture reference forum that operated throughout the last drought to discuss the wide-ranging water challenges was convened last week. Winegrowers, citrus growers and almond growers met with representatives from the Riverland irrigation trusts.

in recent months, a number of glyphosate-focussed stories have appeared in the media.

Many of these articles fail to mention that agricultural chemicals, including glyphosate, are some of the most regulated products in the world.

Wine Australia will invest a record $79 million on behalf of the grape and wine sector in 2019/20, investing in research, development and extension (RD&E), market development and export regulation according to its Annual Operational Plan 2019–20 (AOP) released this week.

The minimum water allocations for South Australian irrigators have increased to 31 per cent.

Indications from the Bureau of Meteorology’s long-term weather outlook is that drier and warmer than average conditions are still likely over the next three months.  Despite the extended dry period, further increases to water allocations are likely across the water year.

New water trade dashboards, which provide better information about the trading of water allocations and entitlements relevant to the South Australian River Murray Trading Zone, have been made available by the State Government.

Wine Australia recently announced a collaborative project between Riverland Wine and Adelaide University has been successful.

Wine Australia’s Incubator Program encourages industry organisations to work with research institutions, offering an opportunity for an early career researcher to undertake work proposed by the industry partner, in this case Riverland Wine

In the weeks since the Water Workshops Riverland Wine has received inquiries from members about the possibility of convening more sessions. CCW members in particular have requested further opportunities to talk with the presenters and workshop the special tool-kit designed to help understand and manage irrigation options. Arrangements are presently being made. Details will be published next week and promoted via radio and newspapers. Tensions are on the rise, well in advance of the next growing season.

South Australian wineries and wine-related businesses are being urged to enter the South Australian Best of Wine Tourism Awards for the opportunity to be thrust into the international spotlight.

The awards, which celebrate excellence and innovation in wine tourism, are part of Adelaide and South Australia’s membership of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

Local winners will be announced in September 2019 and compete against nominees from nine other Great Wine Capitals in November 2019 at the international awards as part of the Great Wine Capitals Annual General Meeting in Bordeaux, France.

Visit the Adelaide Great Wine Capital website for more information on the awards.

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