Workplace Relations online workshop – March 31 (limited places available)

Please note that the Compliance Confidence for Employment Matters workshop will now be held online (from the comfort of your own home/office) on Tuesday 31 March from 9.30am – 11.30am. 

Compliance Confidence for Employment Matters is a two hour workshop on workplace relations for farm owners and managers in the Federation Council.

Gracia Kusuma, NSW Farmers Workplace Relations Director, will present the online workshop which is designed to provide farm owners and managers with a workplace relations update on:

  • The distinction between contractors and employees
  • Getting to know the Pastoral Award
  • Award compliant pay arrangement
  • Annualised salary
  • Record keeping
  • Employment related tenancy

For further information, please download the RPI Workplace Relations compliance workshop flyer.

Places to this webinar are limited.  RSVP essential.  Please email info@riverineplains.org.au or phone 0407 919 842 to register.

This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program, in conjunction with Federation Council.

Business Skills for Young Farmers Workshop, 26 March – rescheduled as online meeting

In light of the current COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, we will be holding Thursday’s Business Skills for Young Farmers Workshop 2 over the internet using Zoom. Please see below instructions for how to join the meeting;

You are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Business Skills for Young Farmers Workshop 2

Time:  March 26, 2020. 12:50-3:10 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

To join the  Zoom Meeting, use the following link: https://zoom.us/j/353883831

Meeting ID: 353 883 831

If you have never used Zoom before, it only takes a few minutes to download and can be accessed from any device (computer/laptop, tablet, phone). When joining, select use “computer audio”.  We would encourage you to enable your video, so using a device with audio/video capability is preferred.

Workshop Information

NSW farmers aged 18-40 are invited to a second workshop in a series of free farm business events hosted by Riverine Plains Inc. These events are aiming to improve the access of young farmers to better business information and have a focus on financial literacy and farm business principles.

This second workshop will focus on long-term business financial planning and will be held on Thursday 26 March, 2020 from 12:50-3:10pm via Zoom (see details above), and will cover a brief recap of the first session, plus;

  • Introduction to Benchmarking, Tim Haines, Farmanco
  • Financial planning and growing a business in the farming economy
  • Planning for long-term debt repayment

The Business Skills workshops are free and are open to NSW farmers aged 18-40.

For more information please download the RPI Young Farmers Business Skills flyer, or to register, please contact Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713 or email Kate Coffey  kate@riverineplains.org.au.

A bus tour is also being planned (COVID-19 situation dependent) to include visits to a number of agricultural businesses to see how these businesses have implemented business plans and strategies, as well as what drives the underlying profitability and risk of these enterprises.

This project is supported by the NSW Department of Primary Industries through the Young Farmer Business Program

Final Excel Masterclass Sessions to be delivered online

Riverine Plains Inc is hosting a series of half day Microsoft Excel Training sessions for people employed in farming and regional businesses in the Federation Council.

As a result of the COVID-19 measures, the final Microsoft Excel Workshop session will take place ONLINE via a Zoom meeting on Monday 30 March from 9am – 12.30pm.  Sessions 5 & 6 will cover data management and conditional formatting.

To join the Zoom Meeting: go to https://zoom.us/j/396552282

Please Note: If you haven’t used Zoom before, please allow enough time before joining the meeting to download the free Zoom Client app.

For further information, please contact Fiona Hart on 0407 919 842.

General information about the series:

The six sessions are presented by Steve Young, EXCELutions, and will be held over three days from 9am-1:30pm:

  • Monday 16 March – Session 1: Fundamentals, Session 2: Formatting
  • Monday 23 March – Session 3: Functions, Session 4: Visualisation
  • Monday 30 March – Session 5: Data Management, Session 6: Conditional Formatting

These workshops are free and are open to people employed in farming and regional business within the Federation Council. The sessions are ideal for beginners through to regular basic users of Excel.

Participants will require their own computer

For more information please download the RPI Excel Workshop Series Flyer.  To register, please contact Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713 or email Fiona Hart info@riverineplains.org.au.

This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program, in conjunction with Federation Council.

Riverine Plains Inc Statement regarding upcoming scheduled events and moving to online delivery

In light of the rapidly evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 virus, please be advised of the following;

  •  Riverine Plains Inc has postponed the Celebration of Agriculture Dinner, which was scheduled to take place on Friday 27 March, 2020.  We look forward to the opportunity to reschedule, when appropriate.

Where possible, we are arranging for other upcoming workshops to be delivered online. This includes the remaining  events in the Excel Masterclass Series, the Young Farmer Business Skills program, the Transforming Regions Development Program and Compliance Confidence for Employment Matters workshop.

Further information about the delivery of these events will be made available shortly.

We thank you for your understanding.

 

Cancelled event: Riverine Plains Inc GRDC Northern Pulse Check Meeting

Please be advised that the GRDC Northern Pulse Check group meeting that was to be held at Rand this Thursday 19 March has been cancelled in response to the rapidly evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 virus.

Riverine Plains Inc is currently working on an alternative method to present the information, with further information to be provided to GRDC Northern Pulse Check Group members as it becomes available.

The event program was to include;

  • Review of pulses 2019: Facilitated discussion
  • Best bet pulse varieties: Ian Menz, NSW DPI
  • Pulse market update: Phil Bowden, Pulse Australia
  • Profitable pulse rotations: Graeme Sandral, NSW DPI
  • Nailing pulses 2020: Facilitated discussion

For further information, please contact Northern Pulse Facilitator, Kate Coffey on 03 5744 1713,  kate@riverineplains.org.au

Business Skills for Young Farmers Workshops – 19 & 26 March

Please be aware that due to current recommendations and changing situation with COVID-19, events may be postponed or cancelled at short notice.  Please check our website, or with the organiser prior to attending.

NSW farmers aged 18-40 are invited to two free farm business workshops hosted by Riverine Plains Inc.

The workshops are part of a series aiming to improve the access of young farmers to better business information and will focus on financial literacy and farm business principles.

The first workshop, Understanding the farm business financial position, will be held on Thursday 19 March, 2020 from 1pm-5pm at the Riverine Plains Inc office, Mulwala, NSW. This workshop will include:

  • Understanding & creating key financial statements for the farm business
  • Making farm financial management more efficient
  • Key financial responsibility of farm businesses, including legislation & regulation requirements
  • Cost Tracking and budgeting: Charles DeBourg, Agworld

A second workshop, Long-term business financial planning, will be held on Thursday 26 March, 2020 from 10:30am-4:30pm at the Balldale Recreation Ground. This workshop will include a brief recap of the first workshop plus;

  • Introduction to Benchmarking: Tim Haines, Farmanco
  • Financial planning and growing a business in the farming economy
  • Planning for long-term debt repayment
  • Going full-time farming: Corey Uebergang, Boorhaman

The Business Skills workshops are free and are open to NSW farmers aged 18-40. RSVP’s essential by Monday 16 March, 2020. While attendance at both workshops is recommended, single workshop registrations also accepted.

For more information please download the RPI Young Farmers Business Skills flyer. To register, please contact Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713 or email Kate Coffey kate@riverineplains.org.au.

This project is supported by the NSW Department of Primary Industries through the Young Farmer Business Program

Microsoft Excel Masterclass Series

Please be aware that due to current recommendations and changing situation with COVID-19, events may be postponed or cancelled at short notice.  Please check our website, or with the organiser prior to attending.

Riverine Plains Inc will be hosting a series of half day Microsoft Excel Training sessions for people employed in farming and regional businesses in the Federation Council.

The six sessions will be presented by Steve Young, EXCELutions, and will be held over three days from 9am-1:30pm:

  • Monday 16 March – Session 1: Fundamentals, Session 2: Formatting
  • Monday 23 March – Session 3: Functions, Session 4: Visualisation
  • Monday 30 March – Session 5: Data Management, Session 6: Conditional Formatting

These workshops are free and are open to people employed in farming and regional business within the Federation Council. The sessions are ideal for beginners through to regular basic users of Excel.

While it is recommended participants attend each workshop, participants are also able to attend single workshops if preferred. Participants will require their own laptop.

RSVP’s essential by 11 March, 2020.

For more information please download the RPI Excel Workshop Series Flyer.  To register, please contact Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713 or email Fiona Hart info@riverineplains.org.au.

This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program, in conjunction with Federation Council.

Business Skills Workshops for Young Farmers – March 2020

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Business Skills Workshops for Young Farmers

Riverine Plains Inc will host two farm business skills workshops for young NSW farmers, aged 18-40, during March, 2020.

Riverine Plains Project and Finance Officer, Kate Coffey, explained that the workshops are part of a series of events aiming to improve the access of young farmers to better business and agronomic information in the Riverine Plains region.

The program has been developed in partnership with Anna Dye, who farms with her family at Corowa as well as working as a bookkeeper.

“In many family farming partnerships the younger generation are taking on greater roles within the farming business, although they may not have as much practical experience in the financial management side of things” said Kate.

“Financial literacy is a really important part of successful farm businesses, so these workshops will help participants better understand what goes into preparing the key financial documents of a business, as well as legislation and regulation requirements” she said.

The workshops will cover farm business principles including paddock records and understanding financial statements, as well as how financial management can be made more efficient.

“Having good records is essential to understanding individual farm businesses and helps farmers develop effective plans to improve their profitability, so the workshops will also involve a run-through of different software options for recording financial and agronomic information” she added.

The first workshop will be held from 1-5pm on Thursday March 19 at the Riverine Plains Inc Office, Melbourne St, Mulwala, while the second workshop will be held from 10:30am-4:30pm on Thursday March 26, 2020 at the Balldale Recreation Reserve. Registrations are essential by Monday 16 March, 2020.

This event is free and farmers aged 18-40 who are farming in NSW are invited to attend. No experience in financial management is required.

A bus tour is also being planned to show participants how a number of agricultural businesses have implemented business plans and strategies, as well as what drives the underlying profitability and risk of these enterprises.

“The needs of young farmers are very different to those of older, more experienced farmers and this workshop will help participants improve their financial skills to be better business managers” Kate concluded.

The program of events is supported by NSW Department of Primary Industries through the Young Farmer Business Program.

For more information on how to be involved, please visit riverineplains.org.au or contact Kate Coffey on (03) 5744 1713 or email kate@riverineplains.org.au.

Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group specialising in farmer driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.riverineplains.org.au.

 

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More Information or Interview:

Kate Coffey, Finance and Project Officer, Riverine Plains (03 5744 1713)

Effective Communication Workshop – March 12, Corowa

A one-day Effective Communication workshop will be held on Thursday 12 March at Corowa for people employed in farming and regional businesses in the Federation Council.

The workshop is part of a series of workshops focussing on skills to help manage yourself, your time, your relationships and your role or business.

The Effective Communication workshop will be delivered by Rebecca Fing, House Paddock Training and Consulting, and will cover:

• Understanding different people
• Effective communication
• Conflict management and negotiation
• Having difficult conversations

This free event will be held from 9am-4:30pm (tea & coffee from 8:45am) at the Tom Roberts Meeting Room, Corowa Civic Centre, 100 Edward St, Corowa NSW. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. RSVP’s essential by Monday 9 March, 2020.

For more information please download the RPI Effective Communication workshop flyer. To register, please contact Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713 or email Fiona Hart info@riverineplains.org.au.

This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program, in conjunction with Federation Council.

Time Management & Productivity Workshop – March 11, Corowa

Riverine Plains Inc is hosting a free Time Management and Productivity workshop for people employed in farming and regional business within the Federation Council.

The workshop is part of a workshop series focussing on skills to help manage yourself, your time, your relationships and your role or business and will be delivered by Rebecca Fing, House Paddock Training and Consulting.

It will be held on Wednesday 11 March from 9am-4:30pm (tea & coffee from 8:45am) at the Tom Roberts Meeting Room, Corowa Civic Centre, 100 Edward St, Corowa NSW, and will cover;

• The art of planning and setting great goals
• Time management
• Optimising productivity in your work day
• Getting App’Ed – apps and podcasts for productivity
• Improving administrative efficiency and Paperless office

For more information, or to register, please download the RPI Time management and productivity workshop flyer, contact Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713 or email Fiona Hart info@riverineplains.org.au.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. RSVP’s essential by Monday 9 March, 2020.

This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program, in conjunction with Federation Council.