Faba and broad beans in focus

Pulse Australia is convening the national "Bean Focus 2004" conference and field day from 21-23 September 2004 in the lower north of South Australia.

This year"s focus on the faba and broad bean industry follows previous national Pulse Focus events for chickpeas, lentils and field peas.

This year"s program, supported by the GRDC, ABB Grain Ltd and the South Australian Grain Industry Trust Fund, involves international and Australian speakers, and will provide a detailed examination of present and future issues with faba and broad beans. Topics to be covered include linking production, handling, processing, marketing, research, breeding and farming systems.

The program will also look at new varieties, latest technologies, managing disease and herbicide resistance, no-till, wide rows, controlled traffic, and where beans fit into different farming systems.

Tanunda and the lower-to-mid-north of South Australia have been chosen for "Bean Focus 2004" because of their proximity to the major bean-producing regions and industry infrastructure of south-eastern Australia.

Most faba beans are exported in bulk or in containers for human consumption to destinations such as Egypt. Broad beans are exported to Europe after cleaning and grading in local plants. The crop is also used in livestock rations.

"Bean Focus 2004" is expected to attract participants from all sections of the Australian faba and broad bean industry.

For more information or registration details:
Wayne Hawthorne, Pulse Australia, PO Box 524, Naracoorte SA 5271; phone/fax 08 8764 7455; e.wayne@bigpond.com; website www.pulseaus.com.au

GRDC Research code: PAL 00005, program 6

Region North, South, West