How LA’s Flower District Vendors Are Feeling The Effects of Climate Change
Really interesting and relevant article relating to climate change and its effects on climate change. Well worth a read for Growers, Florists & Wholesalers. The article was shared to FIA by member Bella Flora Farm in Victoria. https://www.vogue.com/article/los-angeles-flower-district-climate-change
Fairtrade Flowers – Member Discussion
All FIA members are invited to contribute their thoughts about Fairtrade Flowers in Australia prior to the next meeting of the FIA Board where Fairtrade Flowers are on the agenda. If you have any thoughts or experiences with the Fairtrade Flowers brand please email firstname.lastname@example.org and your emails will be presented at the next board meeting. Please do your own research and submit your emails based around this. Email questions to email@example.com if you wish. If you wish to remain private please indicate this and your email will be submitted without your name. Flower Industry Australia values and considers all their members input. Enjoy the weekend!
A Letter From The Board
20/09/2021 Dear Members, Well! What a year it has been. Earlier today you were sent an email with a brief list of all the team at Flower Industry Australia have been working on diligently behind the scenes. We always anticipated the first year of this wonderful association would be filled with government engagement and working through many previously neglected industry nuts and bolts but the advent of Covid 19 changed the ballgame considerably forcing Flower Industry Australia into devoting time and resources into immediate government liaisons around the logistics and complications of this pandemic. On the face of it the flower industry despite immediate concerns has fared reasonably well from the growers perspective due to the freight issues with imported flowers and the Covid 19 issues in the exporting countries. Less imported flowers translates to much stronger demand for locally grown flowers, coupled with the desire consumers have to connect with home grown products. More sobering is the dire situations our florist members have found themselves in during this pandemic. The emotional upheavals of going into and out of lockdown have been immense. The financial impact and loss of revenue has been sorely felt […]
FIA – 1 year on
FIA – 1 year on Advocated for Country of Origin Labelling to become mandatory for cut flowers More uptake of Australian-grown flowers More sustainable practices Stricter biosecurity measures Florists to stay open during lockdowns Submission to COOL Submission to Pest Risk Analysis 2+3 Met with: Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud Office of the Federal Minister for Industry Christian Porter Federal Department of Agriculture Federal Department of Industry Chief Scientist Michael McCormack’s office Karen Andrews’office Gained 150 members, including florists, growers, wholesalers and industry partners Gained over 2,500 social media followers / online community Looking forward Online events Discussion papers, research and submissions Federal, state and private sector engagement
Serpentine leafminer detected in Western Sydney
Serpentine leafminer detected in Western Sydney 11 Nov 2020 Residents in Western Sydney Region are urged to look out for signs of damage and presence of fly larvae following the detection of Serpentine leafminer in a vegetable crop. NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Manager Biosecurity Prevention & Preparedness Dr Chris Anderson said Western Sydney is a major horticultural and vegetable growing region. “The Serpentine leafminer, also known as Pea leafminer, Liriomyza huidobrensis pose a serious threat to melons, vegetables, onions, grains, cotton, ornamentals and production nurseries,” Dr Anderson said. “Leafminers look like tiny blackish flies, but the most obvious sign is the distinctive trails or squiggle patterns the larvae leave behind on plant leaves. “The larvae feed internally on plant tissue, particularly the leaf, creating the classic mining trails that are associated with infestation. “The larvae then pupate in soil, hatching out as flies, which lay eggs on surrounding host plants spreading infestation and increasing damage. “Damaged plants commonly have reduced yield and in some cases are completely destroyed. “It’s important for growers to be alert and report signs of this unwanted pest species in vegetable crops and nursery production.” Currently NSW DPI and Greater Sydney Local Land Services staff are undertaking surveillance surveys across Western […]
WIN News Shepparton, Victoria
Flower Industry Australia member Avonlea Flower and Flower Industry Australia CEO Job Roskam on WIN news.
Employment and Safety Law
Partnership with DWF (Australia) – Employment and Safety Law Flower Industry Australia Ltd (FIA) has partnered with DWF (Australia) to provide legal services in Employment and Safety law to its members at discounted rates. This service is only available for Flower Industry Australia grower and florist members. DWF are offering all FIA members: a free half an hour initial phone consultation; and a 10% discount on all Employment and Safety law advice and services provided. Please see below preliminary information prepared by DWF to assist FIA members in managing their workforce. Should FIA members require any further advice in Employment and Safety law, please email Christina.firstname.lastname@example.org. The information provided is general in nature and should not be considered legal advice. Information provided is relevant as at September 2020 and reliance on information beyond this date is not guaranteed or supported by DWF. Further, offers listed in points 1 & 2 above applies to the provision of legal services by DWF’s Employment, Safety & Regulatory practice group only. About DWF (Australia) DWF has a strong presence across the east coast of Australia, with offices on the ground in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle. The Australian practice employs approximately 200 people and […]
AgVita Analytical – preferred supplier to Flower Industry Australia for analytical services. Dear Flower Industry Australia Members, 12 September 2020 It is with pleasure AgVita Analytical accept the responsibility of being the preferred supplier to Flower Industry Australia for analytical services. We thank you all for the opportunity and look forward to working with you to supply a premium service to all members. Below is a little about AgVita which describes some of the analytical work that we do. AgVita is a truly independent agricultural Laboratory based in Devonport, servicing all regions of Australia. We specialize in a variety of plant, soil, water and hydroponic solution analyses, and has been operating since 1984. Recently we moved into a new state of the art facility. AgVita is ASPAC and ISO accredited, and involved in rigorous inter-lab proficiency testing. We analyse hydroponic solutions (drip/drain etc), irrigation and spray water, with results available on the same day that samples arrive at the laboratory. All results are reported in easy to read templates. As a special offer to Flower Industry Australia Members, a comprehensive AQ18 Hydroponics analysis will cost members only $68 +gst. We are happy to supply complementary sample bottles, just contact […]