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Australia: NGIA hosts free workshops at National Conference

NGIA's 2018 National Conference is featuring three informative workshops. These workshops are included in the concurrent program and are an opportunity for more in depth learning.

Tuesday 20 February

Presented by Dr Alistair Gracie & Dr David Monckton, University of Tasmania

11.00am Horticultural Masterclass

In this workshop we will explore the benefits the Masterclass in Horticultural Business offers Australian horticulture from the point of view of the staff, collaborators, industry leaders and participants. You will learn about the “inner workings” of the course, who it is designed for and the advantages of the flexible delivery mode. Get a taste for the Masterclass by becoming a student for a while, listen to a lecture, complete a practical exercise and interact with others in the group. Listen to some of our past students talk about their journey and how they improved their business prospects through development of an enhanced business plan. Ask about where this diploma qualification can take you and have your questions answered.

Wednesday 21 February

Presented by Angus Stewart, Expert Breeder, Professional Horticulturist and Author

8.30am The art and science of plant breeding and selection

Nursery crops start with having the very best genetic potential available. Understanding the process of plant breeding and selection will better equip you to make the right choices for your business. It may even make sense to create your own varieties to give your nursery a unique edge in branding and marketing. Angus will take you through the various methods used by plant breeders to help you formulate a strategy to give your business the edge it needs when it comes to genetic potential and how to turn this into the best possible result.

10.40am 21st Century Plant Propagation - New technologies and techniques

Angus Stewart has spent a lifetime as a respected Australian plant breeder and propagation specialist. He will present new technologies and techniques for commercial plant propagation and discusses the choices of when to use these techniques in-house, or whether to outsource and purchase ready to use propagation stock. Production starts with having the best quality propagation stock of the right genetics at the right time. This workshop will focus on techniques and technologies that will help you achieve these goals.

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