2016 Manjimup AGM & Conference

The 2016 Conference was a well received success. Here's what we did.

Next year's conference will be held in Victoria

We will have reports and videos of the speakers and highlights of the workshops and field days shortly in our Members area.

“2016 – 2021 Commercialising the Australian Truffle Industry” Conference programme & AGM agenda

See our location maps, accommodation and travel suggestions here: Manjimup Conference – Travel & Accommodation guide

Read more about our speakers and guests here

The Association video records the speakers and takes images of the various sessions to use in our promotion and for our website. If you don’t want your face or image to be included in any session, (or at our social sessions such as our Gala dinner) please tell a conference organiser or the photographer. We do not sell or let these images be used for any other commercial purpose.

Friday September 9, 2016

8.30am to 12.00 pm

How to start a truffle grove – a guide for beginners

Presenters: Anne Mitchell (Manjimup Underground) & Gavin Booth (Australian Truffle Traders)
Venue: Manjimup Town Hall 

Details: This session assumes people have little knowledge of growing truffles and want to know more to get started and will guide you through the ABCs. The presenters who started their own truffle groves will give you comprehensive information on how to get started on the basics and the common pit falls. Getting the right seedlings to establish truffle plantations, plantation management, soil quality, and a round up of the latest R&D.
Notes: Limited to 25 people. Possible second session 1:00pm – 4:30 pm pending on numbers.
Includes: Light refreshments – tea & coffee

Cost was: $75 members  $100 non-members

8:30am to 11:30am Full

1.00pm to 4.30pm

Training & working with truffle dogs – New afternoon session available

Presenters: Jayson Mesman (The Truffle Farm, Canberra) & Melinda Booth (Truffle Dogs WA),Dr Will Powell (Vet & Truffle Dogs WA) and Rob Muraru (Oak Valley)
Venue: Timber Park, Corner Rose and Edwards Street, Manjimup

Details: This session assumes people already have a truffiere whether they are producing truffles, or not. The experienced & professionally trained presenters Jayson & Mel both run truffle dog businesses in the ACT & WA respectively. Both handlers have law enforcement dog training and handling back-grounds, and Jayson is the AFP Snr. Dog trainer. Also taking part are Dr Will Powell (Truffle Dogs WA, and he is a Vet) and Rob Muraru (Oak Valley). The session will be split into two parts. The first will cover the theory side of training your truffle dog, and the second takes you out into the field to receive some practical training & demonstrations.

Additional information: If people want to bring their dogs they can, but they will need vehicles where dogs can be put away at The Timber Park

Bring: Outdoor footwear appropriate for wet weather

Notes: Limited to 20 people.  1:00pm – 4:30 pm .

Includes: Light refreshments, coffee & tea – this is in a park. Café next door for people to help themselves.

Cost was: 
$75 members, $100 nonmember

8:30am to 11:30am
1:00pm to 4:00pm Full

Pest & Diseases Workshop

Presenters: Alan Davey (Consultant Advyron RS Innovations), Stewart Learmonth (Department of Agriculture WA), Ainsley Seago (NSW Department of Primary Industries Biosecurity Collections Unit), Ass. Prof Celeste Linde (Australian National University, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment),  & Peter Dal Santo (AgAware Consulting Pty Ltd).
Venue: Manjimup Department of Agriculture research station – 7km South of Manjimup on the SW Hwy
Details: This is a workshop for growers with trees in the ground. The workshop will share the latest research findings on truffière pests and to teach you about pest identification, collecting specimens, predator/pest interactions, and alternative pest management strategies. It is a must for all growers regardless of the age of their truffières.

Notes: Groups of up to 30 people. These sessions will not be open to media or non-members.
Includes: Light refreshments – tea & coffee
Cost: Free of charge for all current members of TPWA and ATGA.

4.30pm – 5.30pm

ATGA & TPWA Bilateral committee meeting

Venue: Manjimup Town Hall – meeting room

*Note: this is a closed meeting

6:00pm – until late

Informal networking & socializing

Venue: Tall Timbers bar, 88 Giblett Street, Manjimup
Details: This is a new restaurant/bar, with head chef Michael Hill who has won the Australian Hotel Associations WA Annual Steak Sandwich best Country Pub Champion competition.
Cost: At own expense

Saturday September 10, 2016

8:30am to 9:30am

ATGA Annual General Meeting

Chair: Dr. Peter Stahle (ATGA President)
Venue: Manjimup Town Hall, Cnr Rose & Brockman St, Manjimup

9:30am to 10:00am

Welcome and official opening

Chair: Dr. Peter Stahle (ATGA President), Wally Edwards (TPWA Chairman) & Hon. Terry Redman
Official Opening to be opened by Hon. Terry Redman
Venue: Manjimup Town Hall

10.00am Break - Morning Tea

10:30am to 10:45am

State of industry and financial realisation of truffle production

Presenter: Gavin Booth (Australian Truffle Traders)
Venue: Manjimup Town Hall

10:45am to 11:15am

Commercial fertiliser offerings

Presenters: Local businesses; Omnia, Landmark, Jan De Jager from Farm Link.
Venue: Manjimup Town Hall
Details: The best prices, quality and offers for your commercial fertilizer needs. An opportunity to evaluate what is required for your truffiere. Also your pruning needs with Ryset – Electrocoup pruning equipment.

11:15am to 11:45am

International Trade – How the Australian truffle industry appears to the international market place

Presenter: Vittorio Giordano (Urbani Tartufi, USA)
Venue: Manjimup Town Hall
Details: In this session the experienced Vittorio Giordano will give helpful information, tips and insights into the international trade of truffles and how the Australian truffle market is viewed.

11:45am to 12:00pm

Update on truffle science and research

Presenter: Ass. Prof Celeste Linde (ANU) & Anne Mitchell (Manjimup Underground)
Venue: Manjimup Community Resource Centre, 45 Rose Street, Manjimup
Details: This session will focus on the latest understanding of truffle science in fungal-plant-interactions mycorrhizal species diversity, mycorrhizal population diversity and host specificity of orchid mycorrhizae.

12.00pm to 12:45pm Break - Lunch

12:45pm to 2:35pm

Realities and future proofing the industry

Presenter:  Victoria Taylor (Flourish Communications), John Harvey, MD (RIRDC) Jenny & Wayne Franchesi (Fresh Produce Alliance) and Ingrid Smith (Agricultural Produce Commission WA)
Venue: Manjimup Community Resource Centre
Details: This session will cover all aspects of future proofing the Australian Truffle Industry to ensure it is secured for a sustainable & competitive edged future.

2:35pm to 3:05pm

Latest irrigation studies from the Department of Agriculture WA

Presenter: Rohan Prince (Irrigation Specialist from the Department of Agriculture WA)
Venue: Manjimup Town Hall
Details: Rohan will present the preliminary findings on the importance of ensuring truffiere are irrigated to best maximise production for water and nutrient efficiency.

3.05pm Break - Afternoon Tea 20mins

3:25pm to 4:10pm

Pest & Diseases

Presenters: Stewart Learmonth (Department of Agriculture WA),  Ass. Prof Celeste Linde (ANU) & Anne Mitchell (Manjimup Underground),
Venue: Manjimup Town Hall
Details: An update on the extensive industry research into truffiere pests and diseases and the options available to manage them.


Bus pick up for the Saturday Night Gala Dinner

Bus pick up from Town Hall & Kingsley Motel will take you to Fonty’s Pool for the Saturday Night Gala Dinner

6:30pm to until late

Saturday Night Gala Dinner

Venue: Fonty’s Pool (world famous truffles) *Note: some guests maybe staying at Fonty’s Pool

Details: Welcome from Wally Edwards on how the local industry began and presentation from Head Chef, David Coomer.

Includes: 3 course + dinner & bus trip return to accommodation exclusive of drinks. Seating limited so first in basis. Limited to members and partners.
Cost was: $110 per head, drinks extra. Same price for members and non-members.

Sunday September 11, 2016

8:30am to 9.00am

Bus to pick up for Truffiere Estate tour

8:30am sharp bus pick up and departure from Town Hall & Kingsley Hotel to take you to 2 different truffle estates.

*Note: there will be 2 buses to travel to each estate

9:00am to 10.30am

The first bus will go to Timeless Hill Estate, 600 trees truffle field walk and talk. This includes MEA G dot prototype and truffle washing machine.

The second bus will go to Oak Valley Truffles, 38,000 tree property field walk and talk  with contributions by Stewart Learmonth & Ass. Professor Celeste Linde.

*Note: At 10:45am the buses will drive to the other location.

12.30pm to 1:30pm Break - Lunch at Town Hall - Lunch will be provided

1:30pm to 2.00pm

The Future of Industry – R&D Discussion

Presenter: Victoria Taylor (Flourish Communications) 
Venue: Manjimup Town Hall
Details: Presenter Victoria Taylor will lead a discussion on the future of industry surrounding research and development.

Fred Harden will report on the new growers WIKI and NDIV drone mapping initiatives.

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Closing session ‘wrap’ by ATGA

Chair: Dr. Peter Stahle (ATGA President)
Venue: Manjimup Town Hall

End of 2016 conference

On the way there or on the way back

GREAT SOUTHERN TRUFFLES invites you for coffee and cake and to sample truffle products at their Truffle Warehouse before heading down south on your journey to Manjimup for the ATGA Conference. Australia’s only HACCP Accredited Truffle Product Manufacture, welcomes you to see what happens when truffles get manufactured into products. Located in Perth 20 minutes from the Airport off the Kwinana Freeway.

We are located in Perth only 20 minutes from the Airport, and just 2 mins off the Kwinana Freeway.

Address: U4/139 Buxton Street, Mount Hawthorn, WA 6016 (entry behind Salvo’s store)

Dates available:  Wednesday 7 , Thursday 8, Monday 12 September

Many of you will have already met Damon our truffle hunter, Adam and Federico our Mycologist.  Damon has harvested in over 20 trufferie’s (sic)  from NSW into the ACT and then to Victoria this season, and we have also graded truffles this season from Tasmania and WA – so I believe few have seen as many varieties of truffles as we have this season – valuable knowledge we would like to share.

Please RSVP to Anneli on: info@greatsoutherntruffles.com.au or T: 08 6500 4200