Business Skills Workshops for Young Farmers – March 2020

4 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.

Transforming Regions Development Program for Federation Council businesses – EOI’s open until 3 March

The Transforming Regions Development Program will commence at Oaklands on Friday 6 March, 2020.

Interested participants who weren’t able to attend the initial information evening are invited to register their interest by Tuesday 3 March.

The seven-part program, which will run during March and April, is designed to assist people employed in farming or regional businesses within the Federation Council of NSW area achieve long-term profitability and sustainability.

The Transforming Regions Development Program will focus on the mindset and skills required in business and will be delivered via seven work modules, which will be supported by podcasts, webinars and monthly resources.

Coaching, mentoring and support will also be provided to help participants acquire practical skills that can be applied to both personal life and business.

The program is funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program, in conjunction with Federation Council, and is being delivered by Riverine Plains Inc through Lessons Learnt Consulting. Subject matter experts will also assist in the delivery of each of the seven program modules.

The core modules will cover;

  • Understanding individual and shared values and strengths and their application to your personal life and business
  • Positioning your business to thrive
  • Shaping your future
  • Managing finances
  • Managing relationships
  • Managing change; and
  • Operational planning processes and management mechanisms.

Depending on the needs of participants, a number of additional modules may also be covered including succession planning, environmental change, working with financial institutions, managing the introduction of new people into the business and beyond farming.

For further information, please download the Transforming regions program details flyer (updated). To register, contact Dennis Hoiberg at Lessons Learnt Consulting on phone 1300 365 119 or email dennis.hoiberg@lessonslearntconsulting.com. Expressions of interest close Tuesday 3 March, 2020.

 Transforming Regions Development Program – EOI’s open until 3 March for farming and regional businesses in the Federation Council

24 February, 2020

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Transforming Regions Development Program – EOI’s open until 3 March for farming and regional businesses in the Federation Council

Following a successful information evening held on 16 February, 2020, the Transforming Regions Development Program will commence at Oaklands on Friday 6 March, 2020.

Interested participants who weren’t able to attend the initial information evening are invited to register their interest by Tuesday 3 March, 2020.

The seven-part program, which will run during March and April, is designed to assist people employed in farming or regional businesses within the Federation Council of NSW area achieve long-term profitability and sustainability.

The Transforming Regions Development Program will focus on the mindset and skills required in business and will be delivered via seven work modules, which will be supported by podcasts, webinars and monthly resources.

Coaching, mentoring and support will also be provided to help participants acquire practical skills that can be applied to both personal life and business.

The program is funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program, in conjunction with Federation Council, and is being delivered by Riverine Plains Inc through Lessons Learnt Consulting. Subject matter experts will also assist in the delivery of each of the seven program modules.

The core modules will cover; understanding individual and shared values and strengths and their application to your personal life and business, positioning your business to thrive, shaping your future, managing finances, managing relationships and managing change, as well as operational planning processes and management mechanisms.

Depending on the needs of participants, a number of additional modules may also be covered including succession planning, environmental change, working with financial institutions, managing the introduction of new people into the business and beyond farming.

To register your interest, please contact Dennis Hoiberg at Lessons Learnt Consulting on phone 1300 365 119 or email dennis.hoiberg@lessonslearntconsulting.com. Expressions of interest close Tuesday 3 March, 2020.

For more information about the program, please visit the Riverine Plains Inc website at riverineplains.org.au or phone Dennis Hoiberg on 1300 365 119.

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 (03 5744 1713)

Transforming Regions Development Program, Oaklands 16 February

10 February, 2020

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TRANSFORMING REGIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – INFORMATION EVENING, OAKLANDS 16 FEBRUARY

An information evening about the upcoming Transforming Regions Development Program will be held on Sunday evening, 16 February 2020, at the Oaklands RSL and Bowling Club.

People employed in farming or regional businesses within the Federation Council of NSW are invited to attend to hear more about the program, which is designed to assist businesses in the area achieve long-term profitability and sustainability.

The Transforming Regions Development Program will focus on the mindset and skills required in business and will be delivered via six work modules, which will be supported by podcasts, webinars and monthly resources. Coaching, mentoring and support will also be provided to help participants acquire practical skills that can be applied to both personal life and business.

The program is funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program, in conjunction with Federation Council, and is being delivered by Riverine Plains Inc through Lessons Learnt Consulting.

While the final program will be determined in consultation with participants, the modules will most likely cover:

  • Understanding individual and shared values and strengths and their application to your personal life and business
  • Positioning your business to thrive
  • Shaping your future and managing change
  • Managing finances
  • Managing relationships
  • Operational planning processes and management mechanisms

The evening will also provide an opportunity to meet and speak with program presenter, Dennis Hoiberg from Lessons Learnt Consulting.

The information evening will take place at Oaklands RSL and Bowling Club, 21 Buller St, Oaklands, NSW, on Sunday 16 February at 6:30 pm, with a light dinner provided. Please RSVP by 13 February to assist with catering.

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Lessons Learnt Consulting Pty on phone 1300 365 119, email info@lessonslearntconsulting.com or download the 2020 Transforming Regions flyer from the Riverine Plains Inc website at 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 (03 5744 1713)

Transforming Regions program – Information evening 16 February, Oaklands

The Transforming Regions Development Program is a free six-module program designed to assist farming and regional businesses in the Federation Council area achieve long-term profitability and sustainability. It will be presented by Dennis Hoiberg, Lessons Learnt Consulting, focussing on mindset and the skills required in business.

An introductory meeting will take place at Oaklands RSL and Bowling Club, 21 Buller St, Oaklands, NSW, on Sunday 16 February at 6:30 pm, with a light dinner provided. Please RSVP by 13 February to assist with catering.

About the Transforming Regions program:
Transforming Regions is a six-module program helping participants to acquire practical skills that can be applied to both personal life and business, with coaching, mentoring and support provided. The program consists of specific work modules supported by podcasts, webinars and monthly resources. While the final program will be determined in consultation with participants, topics likely to be covered include;

  • Understanding individual and shared values and strengths and their application to your personal life and business
  • Positioning your business to thrive
  • Shaping your future and managing change
  • Managing finances
  • Managing relationships
  • Operational planning processes and management mechanisms

The program is open to people employed in farming or regional businesses transacting within the Federation Council region of NSW.

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Lessons Learnt Consulting Pty on phone 1300 365 119, email info@lessonslearntconsulting.com or download the Transforming regions flyer 2020.

The Transforming Regions Development Program is funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program, in conjunction with Federation Council

GRDC Pulse Check Pre-sowing Meeting – Dookie, 13 February 2020

The first meeting of the Riverine Plains Inc Dookie Pulse Check for 2020 will be held on Thursday 13 Feb 2020 from 9am – 12 noon at the St James Public Hall, 24 St James Road, St James.

Topics Include:

  • Pulse performance on farm 2019 – Facilitated discussion
  • Best bets from the Southern Pulse Agronomy Trial – Jason Brand, Agriculture Victoria Research
  • Pulse: price and profit analysis – Richard Saunders, Rural Directions
  • Nailing Pulses 2020: seed rates, plant populations, herbicide carryovers, inoculation, pre-emergent herbicides – Facilitated discussion

This event is free and all are welcome. Attendees do not need to have attended previous meetings or have any prior knowledge of pulse production. Light refreshments provided.

For further information, please download the Dookie Pulse Check pre-sowing meeting flyer or contact Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Facilitator Kate Coffey on 03 5744 1713 or email kate@riverineplains.org.au

Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting – Thursday 6 February 2020

23 January, 2020

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SYKESY’S BURAJA MEETING 2020

Riverine Plains Inc will host the annual Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting on Thursday 6 February, 2020. This event continues the tradition started by the late John Sykes and is an opportunity for grain and mixed farmers to discuss the 2019 season as well as the key issues likely to arise in 2020.

“Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting is long-standing event which has been an important fixture on the local farming calendar for many years, attracting farmers from both NSW and Victoria” said Riverine Plains Inc Executive Officer, Fiona Hart.

“The Buraja meeting provides an opportunity for farmers to debrief about the previous season, including what performed well and what didn’t, while also providing an opportunity to hear about the local performance and market outlooks for wheat, barley and canola” said Fiona.

“Harvest results across the Riverine Plains region varied quite a lot during 2019, with some areas having quite good yields despite the lower-than-average growing season rainfall, while other farmers had to make early salvaging decisions or had poor grain yields as a result of the dry conditions” she said.

“With last year being so variable, the Buraja meeting will help flesh out the lessons from 2019 to help grain growers better prepare for 2020” she added.

Chris Minehan from Rural Management Strategies will facilitate a harvest debrief session, which will involve discussions around any likely flow-on effects from 2019, as well as other issues for 2020.

There will also be updates on regional wheat, barley and canola variety performance and options for planting in 2020, along with a grain marketing update.

Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting will be held on Thursday 6 February, 2020 at the Buraja Recreational Ground Hall, from 9am – 12:30pm. This event is free to attend and all are welcome. A BBQ lunch will be provided afterwards and no RSVP is necessary.

For more information please visit the Riverine Plains Inc website at riverineplains.org.au or contact Fiona Hart on (03) 5744 1713

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 (03 5744 1713)

Sykesy’s Buraja Day – Thursday 6 February

Sykesy’s Buraja Day will be held on Thursday 6 February 2020 from 9am-12:30pm

This event continues the tradition started by the late John Sykes and is an opportunity for local farmers to discuss the 2019 season results as well as the challenges likely to arise in the season ahead.

The program will include a post-harvest debrief and session about the year ahead with Chris Minehan, Rural Management Strategies. Ben McClusky from Market Check will also provide a grain market update.

Other sessions will include

• Canola varieties & agronomy – Rosie Dye, IK Caldwell
• Local wheat research results- Michael Straight, FAR Australia

All welcome. BBQ lunch provided. No RSVP required.

For further information please download the RPI Sykesy’s Buraja Day Flyer 2020 or contact Riverine Plains Inc on (03) 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org.au