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11:45 AM - 5:00 PM

AusMac2022 Golf Day

PRESENTED BY CORTEVA AGRISCIENCE. This is your chance to play where the champions play! The 27-hole golf course at RACV Royal Pines includes a championship course which formerly hosted the Australian PGA Championship. It was a finalist for Australia’s Best Golf Hotel 2017 in the World Golf Awards. The conference golf day will be a 4 ball ambrose (18 holes) with prizes for longest drive, nearest the pin (men and women) as well as best dressed individual and team. Ticket price includes 18-hole green fees, shared motorised carts and light lunch. Refreshment cart will be available on-course. So, get your team of 4 together or just sign up individually and we’ll allocate you a team closer to the date.

Duration: 5.25 hours
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Macadamia Conservation Trust field trip

The Gold Coast is the heart of wild macadamia country, where the two edible species overlap and create natural hybrids. Jim Hinde created one of the first breeding selection orchards at his “Colliston” property at Nerang, growing some of the first trees to be awarded scion wood status by the Queensland DPI: H1, H2 and H3. The current owner has kindly invited us to visit this historic orchard where 100-year-old H2 'Hinde Tree' still grows. Further into the hills (40 minutes drive) we will visit one of the strongest remaining populations of wild bush nut – conveniently growing around the picturesque Natural Bridge. Afternoon tea supplied, rest stops assured. Please bring walking shoes and a hat. Coach departs from Royal Pines Reception at 12:30pm. Tour is free but numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. To book, email MCT Executive Officer Denise Bond: denise.bond@macadamias.org

Duration: 4.5 hours
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Registration Desk Opens

Check in and collect your delegate pass and program from the friendly AMS team at the registration desk.

Duration: 2 hours
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome Cocktail Reception

PRESENTED BY MARQUIS MACADAMIAS. What’s not to love about a poolside welcome cocktail reception under the stars?! Grab yourself a cool beverage and some delicious canapes and ease into the swing of things as we celebrate the opening of AusMac2022! This is a fantastic networking event providing a wonderful opportunity to catch up with other delegates. Open to Super Saver ticket holders and Gold Trade Show (Exhibitor) pass holders.

Duration: 2 hours
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration Desk Opens

 Check in and collect your delegate pass and program from the friendly AMS team at the registration desk. Grab a freshly brewed coffee then wander through the trade show and machinery expo before the conference begins at 8.45am.

Duration: 1.25 hours
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Machinery Expo & Trade Shows

The indoor trade show will host more than 40 exhibitors from Australia and overseas including a wide range of new exhibitors showcasing tree shaking technology, aerial spectral imaging and GPS management software. The outdoor machinery expo is jampacked with over 1000m2 of displays including mowers, mulchers, sprayers, profilers, spreaders, sweepers, harvesters and more.

Duration: 8 hours
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Conference Welcome

Duration: 15 mins
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

AusMac2022 Keynote Address: Building a strong sustainable market

PRESENTED BY MACADAMIAS AUSTRALIA. Global supply of macadamias is growing rapidly and is estimated to double in the next five years. The macadamia industry is well placed to meet consumers’ increasing desires for healthy whole foods, however a focus on driving demand for macadamias remains imperative. Hear from the CEO of the newly-formed World Macadamia Organisation (WMO) and the Marketing Manager of Australian Macadamias about how they are working collaboratively to build a greater consumer appreciation of macadamias, stimulate growth, generate demand, and provide the long-term foundations for a strong, sustainable market.

Jacqui Price

Jacqui is a passionate marketer specialising in food and tourism, with extensive experience in... More

Jillian Laing

Jillian Laing is an experienced international marketer with over three decades of marketing and... More

Duration: 45 mins
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Factors influencing total kernel recovery and your profitability

Researcher and grower liaison Dr Rohan Orford (Macadamias Australia) will present current hypotheses on the impact of climatic variables and management practices on macadamia total kernel recovery (TKR). Correlating extensive nut quality data to in field determinants, Rohan will outline the key factors influencing TKR including regional differences, climatic variables, varietal responses, irrigation, nutrition, canopy management and the timing of critical orchard operations.

Dr. Rohan Orford

Dr Rohan Orford joined Macadamias Australia as Grower Technical Manager in 2020. Before that he... More

Duration: 45 mins
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

AMS Update

Duration: 15 mins
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Morning Tea, Trade & Machinery Expos

Duration: 30 mins
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Workshop 1A: Water use management

Water use management and correct irrigation scheduling are key factors in producing good yields and high-quality nuts, as well as maintaining orchard health. Getting it wrong often leads to nutrient deficiencies, physiological disorders, pest/disease susceptibility and lost productivity. How do we maximise production through efficient irrigation and controlled deficits? In this practical workshop, Dr Dan Manson will cover what we know about water use in macadamias, key scheduling principles, new advances in monitoring and critical orchard timing. Leading growers David and Duanewill then share their successful water management practices and detail what they learned about irrigation and scheduling on the AMS study tour to South Africa in 2019. They will discuss what practices they have applied, as well as what has and hasn’t worked and why.

Dr. Daniel Manson

Dr Daniel Manson is a Bundaberg-based macadamia productivity consultant and researcher... More

David Harris

David’s successful career as an award-winning farmer began in Zimbabwe where he grew both... More

Daryl Wake

Daryl combines his roles as a successful macadamia grower and owner of an earthmoving business,... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Workshop 2A: Ecophysiology – the key to unlocking/understanding macadamia production

Two of the industry’s most knowledgeable and experienced scientists will present everything worth knowing about macadamia tree ecophysiology and the crop production cycle. One of the most important keys to unlocking macadamias’ potential is understanding the conditions and attributes that have shaped their evolution over the centuries. Then we can understand how and when to manage and manipulate tree physiology to improve tree health and ultimately yield. 

Dr. Chris Searle

Dr Chris Searle is an independent horticultural consultant who has been providing advice to the... More

Dr. Russ Stephenson

Dr Russ Stephenson has been involved in horticulture and the macadamia industry for 34 years. In... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Workshop 3A: Regenerative farming: more than a set of alternative farming practices

Regenerative farming practices present a unique opportunity to restore natural systems and the resilience they support. By building healthy, biologically diverse and rich soils, we can also increase the soils water holding capacity and infiltration, prevent erosion, protect the purity of groundwater, set up the conditions for our crop to become more disease and pest resilient and ultimately, improve our productivity. Find out about the regenerative techniques making a big impact in our industry including cover crops & inter row technology, beneficial harbours, composting & organic nutrient amendments, bio sequestration, riparian zone restoration and productive conservation farming.

Dr. Abigail Makim

Dr Abigail Makim is an agroecologist who specialises in working in horticulture crops such as... More

Ross Arnett

In the early 2000s, Ross decided to give up his career as an educational technologist to take up... More

Dr John Grant

Dr John Grant has had thirty years’ experience in land and soil mapping and research... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Workshop 4A: How can growers improve pollination for better yields?

Macadamia yields are limited by a harmful combination of cultivar self-sterility and limited movement of pollen by bees. Two of the macadamia industry’s most experienced pollination experts will answer questions such as what is self-pollination, which macadamia cultivars are self-sterile, and how does better pollination affect yield? They will explain how macadamia flowers are pollinated by bees and show growers the signs of poor pollination to look for in the orchard. They will also discuss what we know and don’t know about how to design orchards and manage bees for effective pollination.

Professor Stephen Trueman

Professor Stephen Trueman has over 30 years’ experience in pollination biology and plant... More

Professor Helen Wallace

Professor Helen Wallace has been a macadamia researcher since the “dark ages”... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch, Trade & Machinery Expos

Duration: 1.5 hours
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Women in Macadamias Luncheon

PRESENTED BY NUTRIEN AG SOLUTIONS. The inaugural Women in Macadamias luncheon will be an event not to be missed. Our special guest speakers will be a selection of inspiring women from all facets of the Australian macadamia industry. The event will recognise and support women in our industry and support those aspiring to leadership roles. What a great opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues over an informal lunch. This event is open to super saver registrations. Individual tickets are available for purchase. 

Fiona Donnelly

Queensland Editor for Gourmet Traveller since 2006, Fiona Donnelly has covered the length and... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Workshop 1B: Water use management

Water use management and correct irrigation scheduling are key factors in producing good yields and high-quality nuts, as well as maintaining orchard health. Getting it wrong often leads to nutrient deficiencies, physiological disorders, pest/disease susceptibility and lost productivity. How do we maximise production through efficient irrigation and controlled deficits? In this practical workshop, Dr Dan Manson will cover what we know about water use in macadamias, key scheduling principles, new advances in monitoring and critical orchard timing. Leading growers David and Duane will then share their successful water management practices and detail what they learned about irrigation and scheduling on the AMS study tour to South Africa in 2019. They will discuss what practices they have applied, as well as what has and hasn’t worked and why.

Dr. Daniel Manson

Dr Daniel Manson is a Bundaberg-based macadamia productivity consultant and researcher... More

David Harris

David’s successful career as an award-winning farmer began in Zimbabwe where he grew both... More

Duane Joyce

Duane is an experienced grower of horticultural crops who has converted his sweet potato... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Workshop 2B: Ecophysiology – the key to unlocking/understanding macadamia production

Two of the industry’s most knowledgeable and experienced scientists will present everything worth knowing about macadamia tree ecophysiology and the crop production cycle. One of the most important keys to unlocking macadamias’ potential is understanding the conditions and attributes that have shaped their evolution over the centuries. Then we can understand how and when to manage and manipulate tree physiology to improve tree health and ultimately yield. 

Dr. Chris Searle

Dr Chris Searle is an independent horticultural consultant who has been providing advice to the... More

Dr. Russ Stephenson

Dr Russ Stephenson has been involved in horticulture and the macadamia industry for 34 years. In... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Workshop 3B: Regenerative Farming: more than a set of alternative farming practices

Regenerative farming practices present a unique opportunity to restore natural systems and the resilience they support. By building healthy, biologically diverse and rich soils, we can also increase the soils water holding capacity and infiltration, prevent erosion, protect the purity of groundwater, set up the conditions for our crop to become more disease and pest resilient and ultimately, improve our productivity. Find out about the regenerative techniques making a big impact in our industry including cover crops & inter row technology, beneficial harbours, composting & organic nutrient amendments, bio sequestration, riparian zone restoration and productive conservation farming.

Dr. Abigail Makim

Dr Abigail Makim is an agroecologist who specialises in working in horticulture crops such as... More

Ross Arnett

In the early 2000s, Ross decided to give up his career as an educational technologist to take up... More

Dr John Grant

Dr John Grant has had thirty years’ experience in land and soil mapping and research... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Workshop 4B: How can growers improve pollination for better yields?

Macadamia yields are limited by a harmful combination of cultivar self-sterility and limited movement of pollen by bees. Two of the macadamia industry’s most experienced pollination experts will answer questions such as what is self-pollination, which macadamia cultivars are self-sterile, and how does better pollination affect yield? They will explain how macadamia flowers are pollinated by bees and show growers the signs of poor pollination to look for in the orchard. They will also discuss what we know and don’t know about how to design orchards and manage bees for effective pollination.

Professor Stephen Trueman

Professor Stephen Trueman has over 30 years’ experience in pollination biology and plant... More

Professor Helen Wallace

Professor Helen Wallace has been a macadamia researcher since the “dark ages”... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Afternoon Tea, Trade & Machinery Expos

Duration: 30 mins
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Grower case studies (Part 1): The secrets behind the success of our best growers

PRESENTED BY AUSTRALIAN RETIREMENT TRUST. Grower liaison staff will have a live discussion with one of their best growers to highlight production practices and innovations that have helped that grower become a champion producer in terms of productivity and quality. Learn how these growers use the support of their processor to improve their production and maximise their returns.

Duration: 45 mins
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

AMS AGM

Duration: 45 mins
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Happy Hour, Presented by Formatt Machinery

PRESENTED BY FORMATT MACHINERY. Enjoy cool beverages (wine/beer/soft drink) and a mouth-watering selection of flavoured macadamias at the end of the conference sessions on Wednesday. This is a great networking opportunity and a chance to catch up with old friends and new. Happy hour is open to all Super Saver registrations, Wednesday registrations and exhibitors.

Duration: 1 hour
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Rise and dine! Celebrity chef breakfast

PRESENTED BY BASF AUSTRALIA LTD. It’s the perfect start to the day and one of the most popular events at every conference! Right before your eyes, our celebrated chef Colin Fassnidge (of Four in Hand, 4Fourteen, Banksia and MKR fame) will create a marvellous 2-course sweet and savoury macadamia breakfast featuring our native nut in a variety of new and innovative ways. All the cooking action will be captured on the big screens while Colin talks to us about his dish, life in the culinary world and a whole lot more. The best part is you get to feast on the creations, so of course we’re already salivating at the thought! The breakfast is open to all Super Saver ticket holders. It is not included in the day registration categories or exhibitor passes. Individual tickets can be purchased via the event website.

Colin Fassnidge

Dublin born chef and restaurateur Colin Fassnidge first appeared as a guest judge on My Kitchen... More

Duration: 1.5 hours
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Machinery Expo & Trade Shows

The indoor trade show will host more than 40 exhibitors from Australia and overseas including a wide range of new exhibitors showcasing tree shaking technology, aerial spectral imaging and GPS management software. The outdoor machinery expo is jampacked with over 1000m2 of displays including mowers, mulchers, sprayers, profilers, spreaders, sweepers, harvesters and more.

Duration: 8 hours
8:50 AM - 9:05 AM

Become a Wild Macadamia Champion because extinction is forever

With 80% of original macadamia habitat already cleared, wildfire can have a big impact on the little that remains. Last year, three of the four wild macadamia species were impacted by the devastating wildfires. Compounding fire damage is invasion by weeds that quickly colonise burnt areas. The Macadamia Conservation Trust works with partners to identify and protect wild macadamias. Find out how becoming a Wild Macadamia Champion will help keep the gene bank safe for the future of the industry.

Denise Bond

Denise works with trees and people. After completing her degree in Australian Environmental... More

Duration: 15 mins
9:05 AM - 9:45 AM

Grower case studies (Part 2): The secrets behind the success of our best growers

PRESENTED BY STOLLER. Grower liaison staff will have a live discussion with one of their best growers to highlight production practices and innovations that have helped that grower become a champion producer in terms of productivity and quality. Learn how these growers use the support of their processor to improve their production and maximise their returns.

Duration: 40 mins
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Australian Marketing Program Update

PRESENTED BY RABOBANK. With a renewed global focus led by the World Macadamia Organisation on driving demand for macadamias, how do we best position Australian grown macadamias to capitalise on growth opportunities in key markets? Learn about the plans to utilise emerging food trends to drive innovation with Australian macadamias. And hear all about the updated marketing narrative highlighting Australia as the native home of all macadamias. If you want the best, start with the original!

Jacqui Price

Jacqui is a passionate marketer specialising in food and tourism, with extensive experience in... More

Duration: 30 mins
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Australian Macadamia Growers Toolkit

The recently launched AMS Grower Toolkit takes a fresh approach to macadamia production. Compiled by a selection of leading macadamia experts, the toolkit is based on what we know about the nature of macadamia and the environment in which they have evolved. A practical, step-by-step guide, it details the latest in management principles being applied by growers and describes the key steps in managing a successful, high producing orchard – from soils and nutrition through to canopy and orchard floor management, pollination, pest & disease management and harvest and post-harvest management. Each chapter includes orchard assessments and other useful guides for growers to use to monitor and assess orchard practices.

Dr. Chris Searle

Dr Chris Searle is an independent horticultural consultant who has been providing advice to the... More

Leoni Kojetin

Leoni Kojetin is tasked with delivering the Australian macadamia industry’s innovation and... More

Armand Smit

Armand Smit is a young consultant who previously worked as a technical grower liaison for Mayo... More

Duration: 15 mins
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Morning tea, Trade & Machinery Expos

Duration: 30 mins
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

How South Africa became the world’s largest macadamia producer

South Africa has become the largest producer of macadamias in the world, in part because of the vast expansion of plantings recently, but also because of advances in growing practices and crop agronomy. What are the keys to success in South African orchards and how has the industry overcome unique challenges across a variety of growing environments? Myles Osborn, a respected grower and SAMAC director, will give an overview of the industry’s evolution in South Africa and share some of the key orchard principles that underpin its growth. Myles’ presentation will be followed by an interactive Q&A session with audience members.

Myles Osborn

Myles holds a B. Com Hons in Finance from the University of Natal. Myles started his career at... More

Duration: 45 mins
11:45 AM - 12:20 PM

Sustainable macadamia growing

Sustainability is a broad term, and far bigger than a carbon credit scheme. But what exactly does it mean for macadamia growers and the supply chain and how can growers take an active role in leading the sustainability narrative across our industry? What can sustainability look like in practice on farm and within our processing and value chain sector? There are both tremendous gains and potentially pitfalls in attempting a sustainability position for macadamia. Industry development manager Leoni Kojetin will highlight a pathway, key opportunities and commercial advantages of sustainable macadamia growing, and share some success stories.

Leoni Kojetin

Leoni Kojetin is tasked with delivering the Australian macadamia industry’s innovation and... More

Duration: 35 mins
12:20 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch, Trade & Machinery Expos

Duration: 1.42 hours
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

The technology changing our orchards

PRESENTED BY UPL AUSTRALIA. This technology session will provide a general overview of some of the technologies and outcomes being achieved in other Australian horticulture tree crops (presented by Prof A. Robson, AARSC), an update of yield forecasting and tree age mapping occurring for macadamias in Australia and South Africa (Assoc. Prof J Brinkhoff, AARSC), the national mapping of macadamias and associated spatial applications in Australia and South Africa (Craig Shephard, AARSC). Bundaberg grower Scott Allcott will describe how they use new technology for yield mapping in the orchard and what this means for optimising management.

Scott Allcott

Rhodesian-born Scott Allcott migrated to Australia in 1997 to continue his studies in... More

Dr. James Brinkhoff

James received a PhD in electronics from Macquarie University in 2005. He then worked on an ARC... More

Professor Andrew Robson

Professor Andrew Robson’s agricultural science career extends over 20 years in which time... More

Craig Shephard

Craig Shephard led the Queensland Land Use Mapping Program in the Department of Environment and... More

Duration: 1 hour
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

The do’s and don’ts of best practice orchard establishment

The industry is experiencing it greatest growth period on record. Up to 10,000 ha of new orchards will be planted in Australia over the coming five years. One of the industry’s top consultants who has toured South Africa and Kenya and two growers who are in the middle of major new plantings in Australia will present their views on what best practice in orchard establishment looks like. If you are considering planting more than a few hundred new trees, then this session on what to do - and what NOT to do – is a must.

Dr. Chris Searle

Dr Chris Searle is an independent horticultural consultant who has been providing advice to the... More

Michael Russo

Michael Russo is a fourth generation farmer and, with his family, operates a cane and macadamia... More

Michael McMahon

Michael has an extensive background in agriculture and horticulture, from growing cattle and... More

Duration: 45 mins
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Afternoon tea

Duration: 15 mins
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Macadamia young researchers forum

Facilitator: Associate Professor Olufemi Akinsanmi, University of QLD

The Australian macadamia industry recognises the brilliance of early career researchers. They are catalysts for innovation to solve current and future production, marketing, postharvest and kernel quality challenges. A selection of early career researchers will provide new bite-size information addressing the impact of genetics, pollination services, genomics, pests and diseases on macadamia production. The fresh insights resulting from PhD studies of these young researchers from various universities are premium value that should not be missed. Click here to read about our young researchers.

Duration: 45 mins
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Macadamia Grower Guide update

The Macadamia Grower Guide is a comprehensive A-Z guide of macadamia growing in Australia. First published in 2004, it is now being updated by NSW DPI and will reflect the massive change in our industry over the last two decades. In this session, Jeremy Bright and Stephanie Alt, the authors of the popular Integrated Orchard Management series of guides, will provide an update on the new guide and a sneak peek at some of the modules including soil health and nutrition. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask plenty of questions.

Stephanie Alt

Stephanie Alt is an environmental scientist who works in science communication and extension.... More

Jeremy Bright

Jeremy Bright has 31 years’ experience in a variety of horticultural industries across... More

Duration: 30 mins
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Gala dinner

PRESENTED BY STAHMANN WEBSTER. Guys and gals, get your dancing shoes on! The theme for the AusMac2022 gala dinner is ‘Rockabilly’ and guests will enjoy a night of classic 1950s-style rock and roll and entertainment. The dinner is the social highlight of AusMac and will be held in the stunning Royal Pines ball room. Includes a delicious 3-course meal featuring the finest locally sourced produce, beer, wine & soft drinks. The gala dinner is included in the price of Super Saver registrations. It is not included in the day registration categories or exhibitor passes. Be quick though, as tickets to this event sell out fast! 

Duration: 4.5 hours