Agribusiness Event Highlights Benefits Of Collaboration

Collaboration across the agribusiness sector and planning was the focus of a recent grower event, hosted by WMG’s Northern Valleys Agribusiness (NVA) Project and the Chittering Chamber of Commerce.
More than 30 people from across the horticulture sector, industry and community attended the Collaboration, Cooperation and Planning are on Season event on August 10. The evening featured presentations from Western Citrus Alliance CEO Brett Header, who discussed the advantages and challenges of working collaboratively and John Noonan – a senior Lecturer and leader of the Curtin’s Centre for Crop and Disease Management’s Extension and Outreach programs and the Farm Business Resilience program – who unpicked the importance of planning and decision-making and illustrated how personality type influences decision making.
Peter Tropiano, who is part of Michel Brothers team, told the story of how Dustin and Martin Michel started Funk Cider to make cold-pressed juices and cider, and how second grade fruits are used within the operation.
Northern Valleys Agribusiness project manager Carolina Brander said it was wonderful to see so many growers and community members attending the event. She said the NVA project planned to deliver more useful workshops and events to the agribusiness, services, innovation and investment businesses of the Northern Valleys region.
The NVA project will be part of the Northern Valleys Water Resource Management Forum, hosted by Perth NRM, on the September 27 (8 am-5pm) at Granville Civic Centre. The forum will focus on regional climate trends and predictions, strategies to optimise water use, benchmarking results of fertiliser and irrigation management practices, water allocation and conflict resolution and the Water for Food program.
For more information: Facebook: @NorthernValleysAP, Instagram: @northernvalleys.agpr and Twitter @NValleysAP or contact Carolina Brander:

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