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Ongoing project

Australian potato industry communication and extension project (PT20000)

Key research provider: Applied Horticultural Research

What's it all about?

Beginning in 2021, this investment is tasked with supporting Australian potato growers in adopting improved practices on-farm and keeping up to date with the latest industry news, information, resources and technologies.

The project delivers a nationally coordinated but locally implemented program which employs regional delivery partners who provide specialist skills and knowledge to the industry. The role of the regional delivery partners is a broad one, with all activities geared towards improving the circulation and uptake of information within the industry.

As well as extension activities, the project produces key communication channels for the potato industry, including a hard copy quarterly R&D magazine, online webinars and podcasts, social media, and a dedicated website to host industry resources.

Extension workplans to conduct trials on seed dormancy and canopy recovery have been developed for five demonstration sites.

A new website (PotatoLink) has been developed and hosts a range of information and resources including, 37 research reports and articles on pest and diseases and irrigation management. The website also includes an archive of 16 Potato Australia magazines that were produced from 1990-2005, 26 volumes of Eyes on Potatoes produced from 1997 to 2005, and 37 editions of the Potatoes Australia magazine published from 2013 to 2019.

A new magazine has been developed called ‘PotatoLink’ serving as a new extension and communication outlet for the Australian potato industry. Access the first edition published in June 2021.

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Access past editions of the Potatoes Australia magazine.

Details

This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Potato - Fresh and Potato - Processing Funds