Alvan Blanch Australia invests in new scholarships, Conference

3 March, 2023

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Alvan Blanch Australia invests in new scholarships, Riverine Plains Innovation Conference

Riverine Plains is excited to announce a new partnership with Alvan Blanch Australia. The partnership includes two new scholarships which aim to attract and encourage people into agriculture in the Riverine Plains region.

Riverine Plains CEO, Ms Catherine Marriott, said that the new scholarships were unique for Riverine Plains because they support people from a non-farming background to consider agriculture as a career.

“Agriculture offers a diverse, almost limitless, range of career opportunities and we need to attract the best and brightest students to the region to support local businesses, irrespective of background,” she said.

The scholarships are designed to encourage students with an interest in engineering or crop production, to bring their knowledge and skills to the Riverine Plains region post-study.

“We are thrilled that Alvan Blanch Australia, who are most well known in our region for their supply of grain drying equipment to farmers, are partnering with us to invest in the young people who will one day help farmers innovate and improve their businesses,” she added.

Two scholarships are being offered by Alvan Blanch Australia, which both include a $5000 bursary as well as work experience and mentoring opportunities. Engineering students majoring in agricultural or mechanical engineering, as well as agriculture students interested in crop production, are eligible to apply.

Alvan Blanch Australia Director, Jim Duncan, explained that the company was keen to encourage young people into the industry that they have worked in for so many years and gained so much satisfaction from.

”Young people are the future of farming and we need to ensure we keep talent in the community through nurturing, mentoring and training to ensure that knowledge is grown and experience gained,” said Mr Duncan.

Alvan Blanch Australia will also be a Platinum Partner for the Riverine Plains 2023 Innovation Conference, to be held on 26 July, 2023. The Conference theme is “Putting farmers first – driving decisions using data” and will have a focus on ag-tech and carbon.

“We are so pleased that Alvan Blanch Australia are partnering with us for the Innovation Conference as we talk about future sustainability and the challenges around data capture and management,” said Ms Marriott.

When asked why Alvan Blanch Australia signed on as a Platinum Partner of the event, Mr Duncan explained that both he and Jane Godson, grew up on farms in the United Kingdom before moving to Australia over 20 years ago.

“When we first moved here, we were impressed with how advanced farmers were across all areas of the business,” he said.

“We still feel the same today and want to support farming in the country that we now call home,” said Mr Duncan.

“Meeting people and talking about what they do is vital to our business – talking is the first step, while innovation and continuous improvement is key to the future of farming, so the Innovation Conference is a great fit for us,” he concluded.

Applications for the Alvan Blanch Australia Scholarships, along with the Hanrahan Family, Corteva Agriscience and Uncle Tobys Scholarships, are open from 22 March–22 June 2023. More information is  available from

More information about the Innovation Conference will also shortly be available from .

Organisations interested in partnering with Riverine Plains to provide a scholarship opportunity are invited to contact Catherine Marriott 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

More Information or Interview:

Claudia Powell, Riverine Plains Inc (0499 402 943) or email