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.

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.

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.

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.