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South Australian River Murray irrigators are now able to prepare proposals and apply for funds from Round One of the long-awaited $240 million Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP).

Agriculture Food and Fisheries Minister Gail Gago said the Federal Government has approved the 3IP Guidelines, a key component of the $265 South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS).

Members of the Riverland Alternative Wine Group (RAWG) have enjoyed another year of success in 2013. The group has delivered some fantastic events that truly showcase the Riverland. RAWG members continue to perform exceptionally well in all facets of their businesses; growing grapes, processing wine, competing on the wine show circuit and on the bottom line of their P&L statements.

Riverland council areas look set to have high-speed broadband from mid-2015. The National Broadband Company (NBN Co) recently announced that planning proposals will be lodged with Berri Barmera Council, the District Council of Loxton Waikerie and the Renmark Paringa Council.

The Riverland Alternative Wine Group (RAWG) is establishing a register of all the alternative varieties planted in the Riverland, and organic vineyards, including those that are in the Organic Conversion Phase. The information will only be used for strategic planning activities. It will not be used for commercial purposes.

In the November issue of Rabobank’s Agribusiness Monthly it was reported that Australian wine export volumes fell by seven per cent in September compared to the same month last year.

Are you experiencing problems controlling powdery mildew, downy mildew or Botrytis bunch rot? Samples of these diseases are needed from the main wine regions of Australia. A project to investigate the extent of resistance of these three diseases to fungicides is underway, funded by GWRDC. To improve knowledge of resistance development the researchers will also need access to details of spray programs.

Riverland wine has established a strong working relationship with GWRDC. Most of the emphasis has been around viticultural and technical matters and particularly the extension work undertaken through the Grassroots programme.However, GWRDC programs offer much more to stakeholders.

Australia’s biggest names in wine have participated in a relaunch of popular Australian wine products in the UK with an appeal to British drinkers to recognise cheap grog does not mean poor quality.

Meet, Taste and Discover is the catch cry for this year's Cellar Door Festival – Adelaide.

World-leading soil testing systems developed in South Australia are poised to play a key role in keeping the State's grapevines free of phylloxera, the destructive pest that feeds on vine roots and eventually kills vines.

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