Australian Truffle Growers Association Conference and AGM 13-15 September 2017

Bookings have now closed for all Workshops and our Conference. We’ll see you at Craigs!

This year’s theme: Business Reality

Main Venue:   Craig’s Hotel, 10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat Central

Friday, October 13, 2017

   
Workshop 1 8:30 – 11:30pm Topic: Training & working with truffle dogs Presenter: Simon French Venue: Black Cat Truffles, 150 Howards Rd, Wattle Flat 3352 Details: This session assumes people already have a truffiere whether they are producing truffles, or not. Truffle dogs are in short supply during the season.  Add to the pleasure of harvesting truffles using you own dog at times to suit you.  Learn the basics of training your own dog from an experienced & professionally trained presenter. Additional information: If people want to bring their dogs they can, but they will need vehicles where dogs secured. Bring: Outdoor footwear appropriate for wet weather Notes: 20 people max.  If it sells out we will open up a 2nd session that will go from 1pm to 4:30pm    
Workshop 2 8:30 – 11:30am Topic: Pest & Diseases Workshop and Research Communication Presenters: Anne Mitchell and Alison Mathews, Alan Davey, Peter Dal Santo| Venue: Oakhill Truffles, 50 Corbetts Rd, Gordon Details: This is a workshop for growers with trees in the ground to share with them the latest research findings on truffiere pests and to teach them about specimen collection and identification, beneficial insects, and an introduction to pest management strategies.  It is a must do for all growers regardless of the age of their truffiere. Notes:  These sessions will not be open to media or non-members. Includes: Light refreshments Cost: Free of charge for all current members ATGA. Includes: Light refreshments
Workshop 3 2.00 – 4.30pm Topic: Truffle Farm Establishment and Management Presenter: Noel Fitzpatrick Venue: Truffle Treasures, Sultana Rd Spargo Creek 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. Noel will provide comprehensive information on establishing a truffle plantation, including getting started, common pit falls, selecting seedlings, plantation management, soil quality, and a roundup of the latest R&D.  
Workshop 4 1.00pm to 4.00pm Topic: Training & working with truffle dogs (as per Workshop 1) Presenter: Simon French Venue: Black Cat Truffles, 150 Howards Rd, Wattle Flat 3352 Details: This session assumes people already have a truffiere whether they are producing truffles, or not. Truffle dogs are in short supply during the season.  Add to the pleasure of harvesting truffles using you own dog at times to suit you.  Learn the basics of training your own dog from an experienced & professionally trained presenter. Additional information: If people want to bring their dogs they can, but they will need vehicles where dogs secured. Bring: Outdoor footwear appropriate for wet weatherNotes: 20 people max.  If it sells out we will open up a 2nd session that will go from 1pm to 4:30pm
End of Workshops Time to party!
6.00pm onwards Informal networking & socializingVenue: Freight Bar, 49 Mair St, Ballarat Details: Drinks and meals will be available for purchase.  Upstairs room booked for ATGA

Saturday, October 14


 

Conference Bookings have closed, we’re fully booked.

9:00 – 10:00am   ATGA Annual General Meeting Chair: Peter Stahle, ATGA President Venue: Craig’s Hotel, 10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat Central
10:00 – 10:30am   Welcome by ATGA President and opening by Hon Jaala Pulford, Minister for Agriculture, and Regional Development, Victoria Chair:  Peter Stahle, ATGA  Venue: Craig’s Hotel
10:30 – 11.00am Break: Morning tea
11:00 – 11.20am   Topic: Farming for profit or not Presenter: Hamish McAlpine, Rabo Bank Venue: Craig’s Hotel Details:  Do you really understand the costs of running your farm? What does it really cost to harvest and sell a kilo of truffles?  Does it all matter?
11.20 – 11.40am Topic: Pest & Diseases Pt 1 Presenter:  Alan Davey Venue: Craig’s Hotel Details: An update on the extensive industry research into truffiere pests and diseases, and the options available to manage them.
11.40 – 12.00pm Topic: Pest & Diseases Pt 2 Presenter:  Alison Mathews Venue: Craig’s Hotel Details: An update on the extensive industry research into truffiere pests and diseases, and the options available to manage them.
12.00 – 12.20pm Topic:  Agricultural Levies Presenter: Peter Stahle, ATGA President Venue: Craig’s Hotel Details: The Federal Government is encouraging agricultural industries to raise levies to support R&D, marketing and other activities of interest to industry stakeholders.  Using information provided by the Dpt Agriculture and Water Resource, Peter will discuss how levies, such as may be considered by the truffle industry, may operate. 
12.20 – 1.00pm Lunch Break
1.00 – 1.20pm Topic:  The truffle industry in China from T. indicum to T. melanasporum Presenter:  Dr Ian Hall, Venue: Craig’s Hotel Details: Ian Hall played an integral role in starting the truffle industry in New Zealand in the early 1990s.  He has since moved to China where he continues his involvement in the industry consulting widely on growing mycorrhizal fungi.
1.20 – 1.40pm Topic: Truffle Grower Survey Presenter: Ann Mitchell Venue: Craig’s Hotel Details:  An integral part of the Pest and Diseases Project has been collecting data on the location, size and operations of truffières in the different states. Ann will share some of the insights this work has provided.
1.40 – 2.00pm Topic:  Common issues of truffiere establishment and management Presenter:  Noel Fitzpatrick Venue: Craig’s Hotel Details: Noel has broad experience providing advice on establishing a truffiere.  More importantly, from the perspective of today’s talk, he provides advice and assistance in remediating low and non-productive farms.  He will provide us with an overview of some of the more common issues  he has encountered and how these may be addressed.
2.00 – 2.45pm Topic:  What does it really cost – a grower’s perspective Panel Discussion: Andres Haas, Colin Carter, Richard Austen Venue: Craig’s Hotel Details:  All the questions you ever had about the costs of truffle growing will be answered by some of our most successful and knowledgeable growers.
2.45 – 3.15pm Afternoon tea break
3.15 – 3.35pm Topic:  Update on truffle growing on the other side of the ditchPresenters: George Wilkinson representing the NZTGA CommitteeVenue: Craig’s Hotel, 10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat CentralDetails:  George will provide a run-down on the truffle growing industry in New Zealand and features of the just completed 2017 harvest.
3.35 – 3.55pm Topic:  Grower cooperatives – the way forward? Presenter: Richard Austen Venue:  Craig’s Hotel Details: The Eastern Australian Tablelands Truffle Growers’ Cooperative (AKA EAT Truffle) has commenced operations. Richard will share some experiences and ask the question whether this approach to truffle marketing has wider application.
3.55 – 4.15pm Topic: Irrigation of your truffiere Presenter: Colin Carter Venue: Venue: Craig’s Hotel Details:  Irrigation of your trees has a marked impact on truffle production.  Colin will share his insights into this new realm of understanding truffière best practice management.
4.15 – 4.35pm Topic: Let’s talk dirt Presenter: Peter Browne, The Dirt Doctor Venue: Venue: Craig’s Hotel DetailsPeter will describe in lay terms all that technical stuff used to describe the soil of your truffière.
6.00 – 6.30pm Pre-dinner drinks for dinner guests Venue: Craig’s Hotel, 10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat Central VIC 3353, 03) 5331 1377
From 6.30 pm Saturday Night Gala Dinner Bookings closed Venue: Craig’s Hotel, 10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat Central VIC 3353, 03) 5331 1377 (Bookings essential with registration)  

Sunday, October 15, 2017


 
8:45 – 9:00am   Truffière Tours  Meet buses at: Craig’s Hotel, 10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat Central (1)   Black Cat Truffles Truffière (Andres and Lynette Haas) (2)   Oakhill Truffles (Ian and Merilyn Woodhouse)  
9.00 – 10.30am Truffière visit
10.30 – 10.45am Buses swap between truffières
10.45 – 12.15pm Truffière visit
12.15 – 12.30pm Buses return to Mechanic’s Institute
12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute, 117 – 119 Sturt St, Ballarat
1.30 – 2.30pm Closing Wrap Up by ATGA   
2.30pm Finish
2.30 – 3.30pm Executive Meeting

Cost

Bookings have closed. We do not have single day passes Members 2 days, Saturday and Sunday $175 (inclusive of GST)Non-Members 2 days $250 (inclusive of GST)
 
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