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MAJOR issues confronting winegrape growers in the Murray-Darling and Swan Hill regions will be aired at forums in Swan Hill and Mildura next month.

Growers will have the opportunity to hear from a range of speakers including Wine Grape Growers Australia executive director Lawrie Stanford who will provide an update on moves to stamp out dysfunctional commercial practices between growers and wine companies.

He will also report on the progress of negotiations with Chinese authorities to establish a Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) for phos acid, and the recent merger of the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation and Wine Australia.

Murray Valley Winegrowers (MVW) executive officer Mike Stone will brief growers on the 2014 Murray Valley Wine Grape Crush Survey report, itemising tonnes processed and average purchase prices.

Peter Hayman from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) will present information from a recent report on managing climate risks in the Murray Valley, and David Rumbold from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) will tackle the topic of spray drift management.

Mike Stone says speakers will be delivering information on a diverse range of topics, all relevant to winegrape growers who need to stay well-informed of industry activities and trends.

The Swan Hill forum, to be held on August 13 will start at 4pm in the Heritage Room of the Commercial Hotel.

The Mildura forum on August 14 will start at 2pm in the Sierra Room of the Workingman’s Club on Deakin Avenue.

Both functions will provide the opportunity for informal discussion over refreshments.

The event is free for Swan Hill and Murray-Darling region winegrape growers, but MVW has requested growers RSVP by Monday August 11 for catering purposes.

Contact: Mike Stone

P: 61 (0)439 037 278