Horticulture Innovation Australia has teamed up with members of the vegetable industry to develop VegNET (National Vegetable Extension Network). The aim of VegNET is to effectively communicate information to growers through 10 regionally-based extension projects, with coordination and support provided by Applied Horticultural Research.
For too long, research funded by vegetable growers and Australian taxpayers has done only half the job.
Researchers have made great progress in developing and testing new methods for pest and disease control, post-harvest handling, soil health, biosecurity, crop agronomy, nutrition, irrigation, health and nutrition, and more. While some of these projects have communicated their findings back to the growers in a useful and practical way, sadly, most have not.
A wealth of potentially useful information languishes in carefully written final reports or scientific papers that few growers or industry practitioners will ever read.
The good news is that this is all about to change!
VegNET has been set up by Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) and the vegetable industry to effectively communicate vitally important research-based information to Australian vegetable growers.
It may surprise you to know just how much information has been produced by current and already completed vegetable R&D projects:
- The Australian vegetable industry and Hort Innovation has funded 235 separate research or development projects over the past 10 years;
- There are more than 600 R&D outputs currently available on the AUSVEG InfoVeg website (ausveg.com.au/infoveg), as well as relevant outputs from other horticultural industries, R&D from the private sector and international scientific literature;
- A recent review of vegetable industry extension materials identified and reviewed nearly 300 extension resources including facts sheets, ute guides, books, CDs and DVDs, websites and posters.
How will it work?
Regional projects: The lifeblood of VegNET flows from 10 regionally-based extension projects. The regional extension projects and the leaders’ contact details are listed below.