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Theme: Business Reality: the costs of truffle business

2017 Conference & AGM Agenda 13-15 October

The meeting room we’re using

Friday, October 13, 2017

As previously we will have a number of workshops on the Friday. It may suit some attendees to seek accommodation in Ballarat on Thursday night.

8:30am to 11:30am
Topic: How to start a truffle grove a cost guide for beginners

Presenters: Noel Fitzpatrick and Colin Carter
Venue: Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute, 117 – 119 Sturt St, Ballarat

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. The presenters who started their own truffle groves will give you comprehensive information on how to get started on the basics and the common pit falls. Getting the right seedlings to establish truffle plantations, plantation management, soil quality, and a roundup of the latest R&D.

We’ve found that around 25 people is optimum to allow questions. If we have lots of requests a second afternoon session is possible. 2

Includes: Light refreshments

Cost: $100 nonmember $75 members

8:30am to 11:30am
Topic: Training & working with truffle dogs

Presenters: TBA
Venue: TBA

Details: This session assumes people already have a truffière whether they are producing truffles, or not. and know that they need their own dog. We are finalising the experienced & professionally trained presenters.

The session will be split into two parts. The first will cover the theory side of training your truffle dog, and the second takes you out into the field to receive some practical training & demonstrations.
Additional information: If people want to bring their dogs they can, but they will need vehicles where dogs can be put away.
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 non-members $75 members *if attendees bring a 2nd person we will charge $50 only for the 2nd person

Also on Friday, October 13, 2017 two sessions

8:30am to 11:00am
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Topic: Identifying your Pests & Diseases Workshop (FOC)

Presenters: Stuart Learmonth, Professor Celeste Linde.
Venue: TBA nearby truffière

Details: This is a workshop for growers with trees in the ground to share with them the latest research findings on truffière  pests and to teach them about specimen pest collection and identification, collecting specimens, beneficial insects predator/pest interactions, and an introduction to alternative pest management strategies. If you missed our Pests and Diseases Roadshow it is a must for all growers regardless of the age of their truffière .Notes: These sessions will not be open to media or non-members as we want frank and open discussions.

Includes: Light refreshments

Cost: Free of charge for all current members ATGA.

There is no lunch planned for Friday’s session but the venue is close to lots of eating options.

6:00pm onwards
Informal networking & socialising at a CBD venue to be confirmed
Cost: pay for own.

 


Saturday, October 14

Conference registration opens at 8.30 am. Members cost for the Saturday and Sunday $175.00

9:00am to 10:00am    Our AGM. Election of New Office bearers, Financial reports

10:00am to 10:30am  Official welcome by ATGA President including a welcome from Yaala Pullman AG Minister Victoria

Then continuous sessions with a break for morning tea, and lunch provided at 12.30pm.
The afternoon sessions continue at 2.00pm

They include these confirmed topics.
Are you farming for profit or not? Presenter from Rabo Bank

An update on the extensive industry research into truffière pests and diseases, and the options available to manage them – Presenters: Stuart Learmonth & Alan Davey

An update on truffle science and research. Why you are not producing and how to maintain it if you are.   Presenter: Prof Celeste Linde

Other speakers to be confirmed.


Saturday Night Gala Dinner at Craig’s Hotel

( two minutes from the conference venue)

Includes: 3 course dinner & bus trip return to accommodation exclusive of drinks

Cost: $110 per head TBC


Sunday, October 15, 2017

8:30am to 9:00am   Assemble at Conference Venue for bus to site visits. Bus costs included in attendance.

1st bus go to Black Cat Truffery  trees truffle field walk

2nd bus to go to TBC

Returning for a 12:30pm to 1:30pm Lunch provided in Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute, 117 – 119 Sturt St, Ballarat

1:30pm Afternoon sessions start

4.00pm Closing Wrap Up by ATGA

End of conference planned for 4.30


Getting to Ballarat

Start planning your trip by visiting www.visitballarat.com.au/  or Phone  (03) 5337 4337

Getting there
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   there are cheap airbus shuttles from Tullamarine and Avalon

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

By air

Qantas and Virgin both have flights direct to Melbourne from all state capital cities.

Accommodation
We are negotiating special rates for  two accommodation options in Ballarat, (if you identify that you are with ATGA).

Otherwise there are plenty of options for motels, cottages and chalets close to Ballarat.

Dining
There is an extensive range of dining options in Ballarat. For other alternatives if you are staying longer you can try here www.agfg.com.au

 

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