UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship Applications now open

Applications now open for UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship for agriculture students

Riverine Plains Inc is pleased to be able to invite local agriculture tertiary students working towards a degree or diploma in agriculture or agribusiness to apply for the inaugural UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship.

This new Scholarship is being administered by farming system group, Riverine Plains Inc, through the Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, said that it was exciting to be able to offer this scholarship this year and that it was great to see a corporate such as UNCLE TOBYS encouraging young students to take up careers in agriculture.

The Scholarship recognises and encourages agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region by supporting a local second year student in their studies.

The Scholarship will provide:

  • A bursary of $5,000 for a student commencing second year study in 2021
  • Access to work placement opportunities with Nestlé, the home of UNCLE TOBYS
  • Opportunities to network and gain knowledge, with free access to all Riverine Plains Inc events.
  • Personal mentoring by Nestlé staff from the UNCLE TOBYS factory

Nestlé Wahgunyah factory manager, Glenn Elske said that the team are delighted to be able to support future leaders of the agricultural industry.

“Supporting leaders in agriculture, especially those in the local region, is crucial to the success of the food industry. We know that agriculture continues to change – with advances in technology, greater focus on sustainability, and even changes to supply chains – and first-hand, local industry experience to learn about these challenges and changes will be invaluable.”

The UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship is open to current first year agriculture or agribusiness degree or diploma students, who will enter their second year of studies in 2021.

Students aged between 18 and 30 from the Riverine Plains region of north eastern Victoria and the southern Riverina region of NSW are eligible to apply.

Applications for the UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship open on 1 July and close on 30 September 2020, with further details available via this link.

John Hanrahan Scholarship Applications now open

John Hanrahan Scholarship for agriculture and agribusiness students – applications now open

Riverine Plains Inc is pleased to announce that applications for the 2021 John Hanrahan Scholarship are now open.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship recognises and encourages agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region through the support of a local second year student in their agriculture/agribusiness bachelor or diploma degree studies.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is named in honour of the late John Hanrahan, a successful and experienced farmer from Coreen, who had a passion for agriculture, a thirst for knowledge and real sense of community.

The Scholarship, which is awarded annually, includes a bursary of $5,000, access to work experience opportunities with Riverine Plains Inc or through our networks, opportunities to network and gain knowledge with free access to all Riverine Plains events and mentoring from one of our current committee members.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is open to current first year Agriculture or Agribusiness degree or diploma students, who will be entering their second year of studies in 2021.

Students aged between 18 and 30 from the Riverine Plains region of north eastern Victoria and the southern Riverina region of NSW are eligible to apply.

Applications for the John Hanrahan Scholarship open on 1 July and close on 30 September, 2020, with further details available via this link.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is administered via the Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund.

In-Season Update – Tuesday 11 August (online)

Riverine Plains Inc will host an In-Season Update on Tuesday 11 August, 2020, from 12 noon – 1pm. The event will take place online, via the Zoom meeting platform.

The event will provide a brief, technical update for Riverine Plains region farmers and industry, and will include the outlook for spring (Dale Grey, Agriculture Victoria), fungicides (Bruce Larcombe, Larcombe Agronomy) and nitrogen decision making (Lee Menhenett, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers), as well as a round-up from a number of local farmers.

There is no cost to attend this event and all are welcome.

Registrations are essential: to register, please click here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please note, participants will need to download Zoom software prior to the meeting.

For further information please download the 2020 RPI In-Season Update, or contact Riverine Plains Inc on (03) 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org.au

Managing Finances (Transforming Regions Development Program) Friday 21 August

The Transforming Regions Development Program is designed to assist participants acquire practical skills that can be applied to both personal and business life.

Part 2 – Managing Finances

When: Friday 21 August, 2020, 8:30am-12:30pm (Note recently updated session times)

Facilitated by: Dennis Hoiberg, Lessons Learnt Consulting

Session Overview:

The devil is in the detail – understanding and using the numbers

Participants will be provided with another way of looking at the numbers and detail. This module will build the business and financial literacy of the participants, with the aim of achieving clearer aspirations for participants by asking more informed questions of their advisors and providers.

Participants will “deep dive” into their businesses using a provided template to help adopt strategies that may better serve them and their businesses. In this module, participants will also be encouraged to share their findings and to identify strategies to achieve their aspirations.

To register for this event, please click here.

Further information about the other events in this program can be downloaded from the RPI 2020 Transforming regions program flyer August or by watching this short video

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

John Hanrahan Scholarship: Applications now open

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John Hanrahan Scholarship for agriculture students – applications now open

Riverine Plains Inc is pleased to announce that applications for the 2021 John Hanrahan Scholarship are now open.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship recognises and encourages agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region through the support of a local second year student in their agriculture/agribusiness degree or diploma studies.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is named in honour of the late John Hanrahan, a successful and experienced farmer from Coreen, who had a passion for agriculture, a thirst for knowledge and real sense of community.

The Scholarship, which is awarded annually, includes a bursary of $5,000, access to work experience opportunities with Riverine Plains Inc or through our networks, opportunities to network and gain knowledge with free access to all Riverine Plains events and mentoring from one of our current committee members.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is open to current first year Agriculture or Agribusiness degree or diploma students, who will be entering their second year of studies in 2021.

Students aged between 18 and 30 from the Riverine Plains region of north eastern Victoria and the southern Riverina region of NSW are eligible to apply.

Applications for the John Hanrahan Scholarship will close on 30 September, 2020, with further details available at www.riverineplains.org.au.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is being administered through the Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund.

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:

Fiona Hart, Executive Officer, Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713.

 

Inaugural UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship: Applications now open

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UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship for agriculture students: Applications now open

Local agriculture tertiary students working towards a degree or diploma in agriculture or agribusiness are invited to apply for the inaugural UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship, which is being administered by farming system group, Riverine Plains Inc, through the Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, said that it was exciting to be able to offer this scholarship this year and that it was great to see a corporate such as UNCLE TOBYS encouraging young students to take up careers in agriculture.

The Scholarship recognises and encourages agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region by supporting a local second year student in their studies.

The Scholarship will provide:

  • A bursary of $5,000 for a student commencing second year study in 2021
  • Access to work placement opportunities with Nestlé, the home of UNCLE TOBYS
  • Opportunities to network and gain knowledge, with free access to all Riverine Plains Inc events.
  • Personal mentoring from Nestlé staff from the UNCLE TOBYS factory

Nestlé Wahgunyah factory manager, Glenn Elske said that the team are delighted to be able to support future leaders of the agricultural industry.

“Supporting leaders in agriculture, especially those in the local region, is crucial to the success of the food industry. We know that agriculture continues to change – with advances in technology, greater focus on sustainability, and even changes to supply chains – and first-hand, local industry experience to learn about these challenges and changes will be invaluable.”

The UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship is open to current first year agriculture or agribusiness degree or diploma students, who will enter their second year of studies in 2021.

Students aged between 18 and 30 from the Riverine Plains region of north eastern Victoria and the southern Riverina region of NSW are eligible to apply.

Applications for the UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship close on 30 September 2020, with details available from www.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:

Fiona Hart, Executive Officer, Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713.

Postponed: Pulse Check Discussion Group Paddock Walk Dookie/Murchison East – 25 June

The GRDC Riverine Plains Pulse Check Discussion Group paddock walk scheduled for this Thursday 25 June, 2020 at Murchison East has been postponed due to a recent tightening of COVID restrictions.

We plan to reschedule the meeting sometime in late July and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Hands-on PA training

The GRDC has provided funding for the Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) and Birchip Cropping Group, FarmLink, Rural Directions and the Grower Group Alliance to develop and deliver free precision agriculture (PA) training to growers.

The ‘Hands-on PA Training’ project will help growers make practical use of PA equipment and data to improve the speed and accuracy of decision making, reduce production costs and increase farm profitability under a range of Australian environmental conditions.

In total, 54 ‘Hands on PA Training’ events will be held during 2020 and 2021, delivered by leading PA specialists and consultants.

Riverine Plains Inc will collaborate to deliver workshops in north east Victoria, with the first step for interested growers being the completion of an online survey. Depending on the level of interest shown by the survey, a workshop may also be held in the Riverine Plains region of southern NSW.

We encourage growers to register their interest by completing the survey and telling us more about how they’re using PA and how they hope to use it in the future.

The survey results will be used to customise the training and help identify the best locations to hold the sessions.

To complete the survey, please click here.

GRDC Growers as Innovators workshops – 26 & 28 May

To support local producers to commercialise ideas, new products and inventions in agrifood and fibre, Farmers to Founders is hosting free GRDC Growers as Innovators Virtual Workshops.

These workshops are ideal for producers looking to commercialise an invention or who want to develop a new, value-added product.

The events will be held online on:

  • Tuesday 26 May, 2020 from 2:30-5:30 pm
  • Thursday 28 May, 2020 from 10am-1pm

Further details are available by downloading the GRDC Growers as Innovators Virtual Workshop flyer F2F.