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New and ongoing R&D projects
Information on current R&D projects can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 2.
Extension program for the Australian potato industry 2016-2019
Project Code: PT15002
Status: Ongoing project
This project delivers a wide range of extension activities to meet the diverse needs of fresh and processing potato growers, and other potato industry stakeholders. Program activities capture the outcomes of new industry projects and developments, but also maximise the use of valuable older technologies and international developments. The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the use and continue the uptake of practical research findings across the industry.
Review of the national biosecurity plan for the potato industry and development of a biosecurity manual for potato producers
Impact of groundwater quality on the management of centre-pivot-grown potato crops
An IPM extension program for the potato and onion industries
Surveillance of tomato potato psyllid in the Eastern States and South Australia
Extension of the PreDicta Pt potato diagnostic service
Exploring Spongospora suppressive soils in potato production
Navigating the wealth of soil health information and identification of opportunities
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Processing Potato Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021
The processing potato Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the processing potato industry over the next five years. It lays the foundation for decision-making in levy investments and represents the balanced interests of the industry. The very important function of the SIP is to ensure levy investment decisions align with industry priorities.
The SIP was developed through a process of consultation, drafting, validation, stakeholder feedback as well as final approval by Hort Innovation’s Board. The process involved consultation meetings (detailed below) and online validation, giving processing potato growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.
If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's processing potato Relationship Manager, Christian Patterson, by phone on 0433 896 753 or Christian.Patterson@horticulture.com.au.
Completed consultation workshops
|Potato – processing||Melbourne, VIC||February 26, 2016|
|Potato – processing||Melbourne, VIC||May 6, 2016|
|Potato – processing||Melbourne, VIC||September 1, 2016|
|Potato – processing||Melbourne, VIC||October 12, 2016|
|Potato – processing||Sydney, NSW||March 6, 2017|
|Potato – processing||Melbourne, VIC||July 27, 2017|
Strategic Investment Advisory Panel
The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the processing potato industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the media release and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
|Allan Smith||Snack Brands Australia||NSW|
|Josh Opas||McCain Foods (Aust)||VIC|
|Paul McBeth||Marvel Packers||VIC|
|Peter Hardman||Simplot Australia||TAS|
|Calum Wilson||University of Tasmania||TAS|
SIAP meetings and summaries
|1||September 1, 2016||Melbourne, VIC||Download|
|2||October 12, 2016||Melbourne, VIC||Download|
|3||March 6, 2017||Sydney, NSW||Download|
|4||July 27, 2017||Melbourne, VIC||Download|