Hort Innovation awards extension of pistachio project
16 June 2019

Hort Innovation awards extension of pistachio project

Understanding and managing insect pests of pistachio orchards

Pistachio orchards in Australia are largely free of damaging insect pests, but the industry is being proactive by assessing what potential pests may be present but are yet to emerge into economically damaging levels. After an initial 2 year project, the pistachio industry has engaged Ag Dynamics to look more closely at the role of overwintering nuts (mummies) in levels of insect damage, as well as exploring in more detail the role of beneficial insects in keeping in-season pest levels low.

Citrus Orchard Progress
12 February 2019

Citrus Orchard Progress

Expansion

After many years of talking about it, Stuart and his family have finally taken the plunge and invested in citrus production. The purchase of 8 hectares of ground in the Riverland is a small but exciting step into primary production. 

Almond Development in the Riverland
1 November 2018

Almond Development in the Riverland

Aroona Farms featured in Stock Journal

Aroona Farms has recently been featured in the Stock Journal, as well as other media outlets. Developing a large new orchard in the Riverland, the focus of these articles is on the employment and regional development of such investments.

Afghanistan Agribusiness
9 June 2018

Afghanistan Agribusiness

Back to Kabul after 8 years

Stuart was recently engaged by Coffey International to lead the scoping study for a potential new agribusiness support programme in Afghanistan, on behalf of DFID.

Ag Dynamics engaged for Almond IPM and IDM Projects
4 May 2018

Ag Dynamics engaged for Almond IPM and IDM Projects

Stuart to support two new pest and disease projects in the almond industry.

The almond industry, through Hort Innovation, has recently contracted two new projects aimed at improving management of pests and diseases in orchards, and post-harvest. Ag Victoria are leading these projects.

GEMS Review, Nigeria
14 December 2017

GEMS Review, Nigeria

Programme Completion Review of GEMS 4

In December 2017, Stuart was engaged to lead the Programme Completion Review of the Growth and Employment in States (GEMS 4) program in Nigeria. This was Stuart's fifth review for the GEMS suite of projects in Nigeria since 2014.

Investment Review and Due Diligence
25 July 2017

Investment Review and Due Diligence

Ensuring a property measures up to expectations is the first step to successful investing

Investing in a new property requires a thorough understanding of the business - both opportunities and risks. Ag Dynamics provide Horticultural Reviews of a wide range of agribusinesses to both Australian and international investors. Out independent, personal and confidential approach to these reviews has helped investors in more than 50 projects ranging from small business transactions to some of the largest horticultural transactions in Australia.

Almond Planting Time
26 June 2017

Almond Planting Time

Major Developments Leading to rapid Expansion

Stuart is involved with a major development in the Riverland of South Australia. 

Ag Dynamics - Biosecurity Expertise
19 May 2017

Ag Dynamics - Biosecurity Expertise

Stuart Pettigrew has recently led biosecurity surveys on behalf of Agriculture Victoria and The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Ag Dynamics has many years of experience in the areas of biosecurity, industry engagement and horticultural production. Through these activities, we have also developed a large number of partnerships with other service providers throughout Australia.

Information on the recent surveillance in the Northern Territory can be found HERE

Super High Density Almonds in Spain
10 May 2017

Super High Density Almonds in Spain

Is SHD plantings the future of almond production?

In mid-2017, Stuart visited Spain to review Super High Density (SHD) almond production. Stuart was hosted by Agromillora, a global nursery business producing a range of tree species for high density plantings, including olives and almonds in Australia.

Citrus Biosecurity Project
8 May 2017

Citrus Biosecurity Project

The Citrus Biosecurity Project that Stuart Pettigrew has been engaged with since October 2013 has now been completed. The project was extended until May 2017, and included work on increasing surveillance for exotic pest threats across northern regions of Australia.

Review of EnviroVeg Programme
20 March 2017

Review of EnviroVeg Programme

Ag Dynamics provides independent assessment of Enviroveg

Enviroveg is the industry owned certification scheme to assist growers to improve their production practices. In September 2016, Stuart Pettigrew conducted an Independent Assessment of Impact on behalf of AUSVEG.

The Enviroveg programme has now received further funding, and will continue to support vegetable growers in providing the best products possible to the market.

Ghana-MADE
6 March 2017

Ghana-MADE

Reviewing an agribusiness programme in West Africa

In July and again in December, Stuart visited Ghana to review the DFID funded program 'Market Development for Northern Ghana (MADE). The review assessed the performance and strategic approach of MADE across the rice, groundnut and vegetable sectors.

Rwanda - Programme for Support to Agriculture
1 November 2016

Rwanda - Programme for Support to Agriculture

Annual Review for DFID

In late 2016, Stuart visited Rwanda to undertake the Annual Review for the DFID-funded Programme of Support to Agriculture (PoSA)

Farm Biosecurity Reviews
18 September 2016

Farm Biosecurity Reviews

Protecting your asset through improved biosecurity

Ag Dynamics have begun providing farm biosecurity assessments for growers in horticultural industries. Farm biosecurity is critical for managing pests - both endemic and exotic.

Katalyst - Bangladesh
6 May 2016

Katalyst - Bangladesh

Final visit to Katalyst

In May 2016, Stuart is undertaking his fourth and final visit to the project 'Katalyst' in Bangladesh. 

Biosecurity Business Case for Viticulture
20 October 2015

Biosecurity Business Case for Viticulture

Developing a sustainable funding mechanism for viticulture biosecurity

Ag Dynamics has been engaged by Wine Grape Growers Australia to prepare a 'Business Case and Strategic Plan for Viticulture Biosecurity'. 

Myanmar Project Design Work
18 June 2015

Myanmar Project Design Work

Stuart Pettigrew was recently engaged to help design an agricultural support program in western Myanmar, funded by the New Zealand government.

Kenya Avocado Project
18 December 2014

Kenya Avocado Project

Review of the NZAID Kenya Avocado Industry Support Project

In November 2014, Stuart was engaged by Cardno Emerging Markets to provide the horticultural and market system support for the review of the Kenya Avocado Industry Support Program (KAISP).

1 July 2014

Water Resource Reports

Reports prepared with Stockholm International Water Institute

During the period 2007 to 2012, Stuart worked on several water resource projects with the Stockholm International Water Institute. Several of the reports prepared under this contract work are included here.

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