John Hanrahan Scholarship recipients announced

Riverine Plains Inc, together with the Hanrahan family, are pleased to announce that the 2020 John Hanrahan Scholarship recipients are Sophie Hanna from Walwa, Victoria and Lachlan Quibell from Marungi, Victoria.

Both recipients are currently undertaking their second year of Bachelor of Agriculture studies at the University of Melbourne.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, explained that in awarding two recipients for 2020, the John Hanrahan Scholarship Fund was doing its part to support agriculture in the region now and into the future.

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

“Both Sophie and Lachlan possess these same characteristics and we can see this in the way they approach their respective educational, sporting and cultural interests” he said.

Throughout the application process, both recipients have shown themselves to be articulate, thoughtful and driven people with strong leadership skills.

“Both are also very committed to the future of agriculture and recognise the need for agricultural production to service a growing population, whilst also considering the resource and environmental challenges facing the industry” said Barry.

Sophie Hanna is a passionate contributor to her family’s beef cattle business at Walwa and hopes to become an agronomist while continuing her involvement on the farm. Sophie is also interested in plant genetic research and hopes to advance crop and pasture varieties for farming systems.

Lachlan Quibell is interested in plant production, especially broadacre crop and perennial horticulture systems. He is also passionate about engaging with the wider community about agriculture and wants to be part of a new generation tackling production issues while also focussing on factors such as greenhouse gas emissions, farm feasibility and sustainability.

Sophie said the bursary would provide extra time, enabling her to broaden her knowledge and seek practical agricultural experience.

Lachlan expressed a similar sentiment, saying that the Scholarship will better allow him to take full advantage of the University learning experience.

As the 2020 recipients of the John Hanrahan Scholarship, both Sophie and Lachlan receive a bursary of $5,000.

Both students are also looking forward to accessing the work experience, mentoring and educational opportunities that form part of the scholarship.

Riverine Plains Inc would like to thank the Hanrahan family for the generous donation that led to the establishment of the Scholarship, as well as all those who have made financial or in-kind donations to the Scholarship Fund over the past few years.

“The calibre of applications for the 2020 Scholarship was extremely high and we would like to commend all applicants and wish them well with their studies” added Barry.

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2020 John Hanrahan Scholarship awarded to two outstanding local recipients

Riverine Plains Inc, together with the Hanrahan family, are pleased to announce that the 2020 John Hanrahan Scholarship recipients are Sophie Hanna from Walwa, Victoria and Lachlan Quibell from Marungi, Victoria.

Both recipients are currently undertaking their second year of Bachelor of Agriculture studies at the University of Melbourne.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, explained that in awarding two recipients for 2020, the John Hanrahan Scholarship Fund was doing its part to support agriculture in the region now and into the future.

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

“Both Sophie and Lachlan possess these same characteristics and we can see this in the way they approach their respective educational, sporting and cultural interests” he said.

Throughout the application process, both recipients have shown themselves to be articulate, thoughtful and driven people with strong leadership skills.

“Both are also very committed to the future of agriculture and recognise the need for agricultural production to service a growing population, whilst also considering the resource and environmental challenges facing the industry” said Barry.

Sophie Hanna is a passionate contributor to her family’s beef cattle business at Walwa and hopes to become an agronomist while continuing her involvement on the farm. Sophie is also interested in plant genetic research and hopes to advance crop and pasture varieties for farming systems.

Lachlan Quibell is interested in plant production, especially broadacre crop and perennial horticulture systems. He is also passionate about engaging with the wider community about agriculture and wants to be part of a new generation tackling production issues while also focussing on factors such as greenhouse gas emissions, farm feasibility and sustainability.

Sophie said the bursary would provide extra time, enabling her to broaden her knowledge and seek practical agricultural experience.

Lachlan expressed a similar sentiment, saying that the Scholarship will better allow him to take full advantage of the University learning experience.

As the 2020 recipients of the John Hanrahan Scholarship, both Sophie and Lachlan receive a bursary of $5,000.

Both students are also looking forward to accessing the work experience, mentoring and educational opportunities that form part of the scholarship.

Riverine Plains Inc would like to thank the Hanrahan family for the generous donation that led to the establishment of the Scholarship, as well as all those who have made financial or in-kind donations to the Scholarship Fund over the past few years.

“The calibre of applications for the 2020 Scholarship was extremely high and we would like to commend all applicants and wish them well with their studies” added Barry.

Applications for the 2021 round of the John Hanrahan Scholarship will open in July 2020. Further details will be available from www.riverineplains.org.au closer to this date.

The Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund has been recognised by the Australian Taxation Office to provide Deductible Gift Recipient status.  For information on how to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund please contact the Riverine Plains Inc office on 03 5744 1713 or email info@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 The Paperless Office Workshop

Please be aware that this event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will advise a new date when the event has been rescheduled.

Riverine Plains Inc will host a free Paperless Office workshop for people employed in farming and regional businesses in the Federation Council (rescheduled date to be advised).

Presented by Bernie McKenzie and Andrew Jarratt, Belmores Chartered Accountants, the workshop will cover:

• Current filing and document management system
• Paperless Office (receiving, saving and storing information, linking document management and accounting systems)
• Online Programs
• Where is the future of online going?
• Selecting the right option for you
• Reading financial statements

This workshop will cover both theory and practical demonstrations. Please bring your laptop with you.

For more information please download the Paperless Office Workshop Flyer (rescheduled: new date to be advised), or 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.

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.