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Germination of summer weeds in many agricultural areas as a result of rain in early December has prompted a reminder, from PIRSA, of the risk of spray drift and its wide reaching impact which can include:

Women Who Wine is a series of articles that celebrate Riverland women making a difference, often behind the scenes, in our region’s wine industry. We heard “on the grapevine” of a hardworking and dedicated young lady who is doing just that: Nicole Pitman, Viticulture Officer for CCW.

Clearly the pre-Christmas indicative prices, issued by many of the wineries intending to purchase Riverland grapes, have given cause for real concern throughout the community.  It seems that after several years of “mild relief” from unsustainable prices the region’s farmgate income for winegrowers is poised for another major setback. 

Biosecurity SA is urging all residents and visitors in the SA Riverland to be ‘fruit fly aware’ to ensure our status as being an area that is free of fruit fly is maintained.

Challenges and opportunities will not be in short supply for our wine industry members in 2014. There will no doubt be many reasons and occasions for celebration.

Wine Australia’s Savour Australia 2013 – Australia’s first global wine forum, held in Adelaide in September, has been deemed a success.

Just seven weeks on from the consultation session with Riverland growers and winemakers the Wine Makers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) has launched its ‘Actions for Industry Profitability 2014-2016’ to position the country’s wine sector for growth in both domestic and export markets.

Grapegrowers and vineyard owners will soon be able to comply with their Phylloxera Act obligations – and manage their own vineyard records – using a new online tool.

The Federal Government’s move, last week, to disallow the listing of the River Murray as “critically endangered” has been welcomed by the State Liberals’ Shadow Water Minister Michelle Lensink and Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone.

Final Reminder:
The Riverland Alternative Wine Group (RAWG) will be holding their annual general meeting this Wednesday 18 December starting at 6pm, followed by their Christmas party at the Reichstein’s property, corner of Darling and Sixth Street, Renmark North.

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