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Macadamia growers to meet for workshop

QUEENSLAND macadamia growers are gathering in Bundaberg today, to see first-hand some of Australia's leading macadamia orchards.

Up to 100 growers are expected to participate in the Australian Macadamia Society's (AMS) final round of free industry workshops - called "MacGroups" - for this year.

The MacGroups will focus on production, orchard floor management and soil health.

In Bundaberg, the successful Steinhardt family orchard will be on display.

Co-ordinating and speaking at the MacGroups is Robbie Commens, who recently took out Horticulture Australia's 2013 Young Leader Award, the most prestigious national horticulture industry award for people under the age of 35 years.

Mr Commens, who is productivity development officer at the Australian Macadamia Society, received the award for his outstanding services to the Australian macadamia industry over the past three years.

The award recognises his dedicated work with the more than 700 Australian macadamia growers - found in the Bundaberg, Gympie, Glass House Mountains, Northern Rivers and Nambucca regions - and his commitment to managing the industry's annual $1.5 million research and development program.

"One of the best ways to learn how to succeed is to find someone who is already succeeding and ask them how they are doing it," he said.

"And these MacGroups offer exactly that opportunity."

► The MacGroup will be held at Steinhardt Farnsfield orchard, 261 Pranges Rd, Farnsfield (off Goodwood Rd), from 1pm- 5.30pm today.

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