2017 Conference Program

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

This year’s theme: Business Reality

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

How to book. Members, please go to your Members Login and follow the highlighted Conference Bookings link.

Public bookings are available for all but the Gala dinner. When you click on the booking buttons your item will appear in the Shopping Cart at the top right of this page. When you checkout you can choose credit card payment or your PayPal.

 


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

Includes: Light refreshments
Cost: $100 members.

$120 non-member 

Partner of an attendee an additional $50. 

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.

Includes: Light refreshments

Cost: Members $100 

Non-members $110 

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

Includes: Light refreshments
Cost: $100 members.

$120 non-member 

Partner of an attendee an additional $50. 

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 for Members, please go to your Members Login and follow the highlighted Conference Bookings link.

Non-member bookings, click button and change required numbers in the shopping cart.
Please: you must email us at 
conference@trufflegrowers.com.au and give us the names of each attendee so we can create name tags for you. 
$250 per person, includes lunches and busses.

 

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 Yaala Pullman, 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: Ms Fran Freeman, Levies Taskforce, Dept Agriculture & Water Resources
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.  Ms Freeman will give an overview of the legislative framework in which levies, such as may be considered by the truffle industry, 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 mistakes of truffiere management

Presenter:  Noel Fitzpatrick

Venue: Craig’s Hotel

Details: Noel has broad experience in providing advise on establishing a truffiere.  More importantly from the perspective of today’s talk he provides advice and assistance in remediating low and non-productive truffières.  He will provide us with an overview of some of the more common mistakes he has encountered and how these may be countered.

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 ditch
Presenters: 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

Venue: Craig’s Hotel, 10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat Central VIC 3353, 03) 5331 1377 (Bookings essential with registration)

Details: Welcome from 6.30

Includes: 3 course dinner exclusive of drinks

Cost: $110 per head


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 Ballaarat 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

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)

 

Start Start planning your trip by visiting www.visitballarat.com.au/

or Phone (03) 5337 4337

Getting there by road or rail Ballarat is Victoria’s third largest city, located just over an hour by road or rail west of Melbourne.

There are trains and shuttle buses from Melbourne to Ballarat.  You can book here:

From Tullamarine Airport http://airportshuttlebus.com.au/

From Southern Cross Station: https://www.vline.com.au

 

However, most people’s preferred option is anticipated to be a hire car – all the major car hire companies have kiosks at Tullamarine Airport. There will be no bus provided for the Conference Dinner it is in the heart of the town and easily accessible on foot.

Getting there by air Qantas and Virgin both have flights direct to Melbourne from all state capital cities. Then grab a car, bus or train
Accommodation Numerous accommodation options close to the Conference venue are available in Ballarat.