Australian onion industry communications program (VN18003)
What's it all about?
This project delivers effective and timely communications to ensure Australian onion growers and other industry stakeholders are kept up-to-date with the latest R&D outcomes, marketing activities, and other industry news and information. In communicating R&D in particular, the ultimate goal is to lead to practice change for growers, boosting productivity and profitability.
The regular communication channels produced and maintained by the project include but aren’t limited to:
- An annual magazine focusing on the latest R&D updates for onion growers
- Quarterly e-newsletter, The Onion Project, with relevant industry information
- Podcasts (audio recordings) highlighting industry R&D, marketing and other information
- Videos detailing R&D work
- Disease alert poster
- Case studies, to showcase practice change associated with the adoption of R&D
- Media releases and/or fact sheets
- Regional levy-payer meetings and corresponding grower walks/field days, held twice yearly, with details circulated in industry channels.
You can sign up to receive communication from this project here.
Off the back of running The Onion Project's first webinar in place of the planned farm walk due to COVID-19 restrictions, the team has produced a Seasonal round-up for growers which can be downloaded here.
The project team have produced two new fact sheets for onion growers:
- Resistant ryegrass in onion production
- Recognising onion bulb quality and crop nutrition in preparation for export markets
They've also produced two snapshots of recently completed Hort Innovation Onion Fund projects that you can have a look at here:
The project has delivered its annual magazine and disease poster for 2019. The magazine is full of levy-funded project updates, grower case studies, onion recipes and more and you can download your copy here. The disease poster summarises key information for prevalent soilborn diseases that affect onions, including practical management approaches for growers. Have a look at the poster here.
The project has produced a number of industry articles on topics important to onion growers:
- The onion levy - back to basics
- No tears for onions - Harvest to Home update
- 2020 International Year of Plant Health
- Spotlight on Tasmanian research for onion growers
- Biosecurity reminder for onion growers
A focus on tackling soilborne diseases was taken by the project team, and they have produced the following resources for onion growers by speaking with Barbara Hall, a Senior Research Scientist at SARDI, and onion grower Jason Daniell.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Onion Fund