Vegetable Seed News and Events

Here, you'll find the latest news about our business, our people and our vegetable seed products.

Upcoming Events

Emerging Leaders Program

Following the highly-successful US-version of the Emerging Leaders Program offered by the PMA Foundation for Industry Talent in partnership with the Thunderbird School of Global Management (TSGM), PMA Australia-New Zealand and TSGM now proudly bring the Emerging Leaders Program to the Asia-Pacific region for the very first time.

Where: University of Auckland, New Zealand
When: 22-25 September 2013 (residential course)
Learn More about How To Apply
Learn More about How Your Business Can Get Involved

PMA Fresh Connections Conference

Seminis and De Ruiter are taking part in the upcoming PMA-ANZ Fresh Connections event. We invite you to visit our display and learn more about our new varieties and extended product portfolio.

Produce Marketing Association Fresh Connections, PMA Australia-New Zealand is delighted to welcome Monsanto as a Gold Sponsor of PMA Fresh Connections 2013, to be held in Sydney 11-13 June. PMA Fresh Connections is the one event in the year when all parts of the fruit, vegetable and floral industries get together, when buyers can meet sellers and where business networks are developed. This year, PMA in conjunction with the Australian Chamber, are going all-out to attract as many growers, packers, wholesalers and retailers as possible to the conference and trade show.

Date:  11th - 13th June 2013
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

AUSVEG National Convention 

AusVeg National Convention is an event where growers, researchers and supply-chain representatives from across the industry offer information and updates on all areas of the horticulture industry.


Date:  30th May - 1st June 2013

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland


Past Events

PMA Fresh Connections 2012 – a great success!Monsanto stand at PMA Conference

PMA Fresh Connections 2012 is the leading business, education and networking event for the fresh fruit, vegetable and floral industry in the Australasian region.  This year, Monsanto was proud to be a gold sponsor at this premium event, which brought together a record-breaking 900 industry professionals and 70 exhibitors from across the entire fresh produce supply chain in Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

Of Monsanto’s involvement, Michael Worthington, CEO of PMA Australia-New Zealand, said the company shares many of PMA’s goals.  “Uppermost is the need to drive consumer demand, as this benefits everyone in the value chain. Monsanto is doing some great work globally in the area of developing products that meet consumers’ needs for healthy, great-tasting meals and snacks. But critically, they know that these products also need to ‘stack-up’ for the growers, in terms of profitability and sustainability”.

Josip Balint, Rohan Sippel & Troy Mulcahy from MonsantoDelegates and exhibitors had the opportunity to access the latest innovations, discover new connections and business solutions needed to advance their business in a challenging and dynamic marketplace.

”What made this year’s event so fantastic was the fact that buyers and sellers of fresh produce and associated services were there in larger numbers than ever before – there was a huge buzz of activity for over two days” said Michael Worthington, CEO of PMA Australia-New Zealand.

PMA Fresh Connections 2013 will be held June 11-13 in Sydney.

Meeting with growers and industry partners at AUSVEG 2012

Una Woodhouse & Rachel Palumbo at the Monsanto standHeld in Hobart on 10 - 12 May, AUSVEG was an opportunity for growers, researchers and supply-chain representatives to network. Attendees went to a number of informative sessions on the horticulture industry.

The event culminated in the gala and awards dinner on Sunday night. Tripod Farmers managing director Frank Ruffo won grower of the year from a list of 14 finalists.

Other winners included Tina Lamattina, of Boneo and Robinvale (women in horticulture), Aussie Farmers Direct (innovative marketing) and Visy (productivity partner). Buz Green was presented with a lifetime achievement award. Congratulations to all the winners. 

Monsanto stand at AUSVEG 2012


New Packaging

New look outside ... same superior De Ruiter quality inside! Check out our newly redesigned product packaging.