Evan Moll Gerogery Field Day – 8 November 2018

31 October 2018

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THE EVAN MOLL GEROGERY FIELD DAY

The Evan Moll Gerogery Field Day will be hosted by Riverine Plains Inc on Thursday 8th November, 2018.

“The day, previously known as the Gerogery National Variety Trial and Agronomy Field Day, is an important one for growers in the region, with a key aspect being the inspection of the cereal and canola varieties included in the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) National Variety Trials (NVT)” explained Riverine Plains Inc Executive Officer, Fiona Hart.

“The NVT trials provide an excellent opportunity to assess new varieties before their commercial release and the day also allows some of the issues that are developing in the lead-up to harvest to be addressed” said Fiona.

The cereal NVT session and discussions will be led by Peter Matthews (NSW DPI), while Don McCaffery (NSW DPI) will lead the canola NVT variety discussions. Don will also speak about frost damage and how this can be influenced by variety.

A presentation around the best forage options and seed availability for 2019 will be made by Peter Matthews (NSW DPI) and David Leah (Seed Force). James Whiteley (AGT) will also lead a paddock inspection of the new dual purpose wheat, Illabo.

Adrian Clancy (AC Ag Commodities) and Lachy Herbert (Riverina Oils) will also discuss cereal and canola grain marketing.

The field day will be held from 12.30pm – 4.15pm on Thursday 8 November at The Moll family property, “Elderslie”, Fielder-Moll Road Gerogery, commencing with a free BBQ lunch provided by Seed Force.

“The day is always strongly supported by the local community and we encourage farmers to come along for what will be an informative and social day” concluded Fiona.

For more information please contact Fiona Hart on 03 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org.au or download the Evan Moll Gerogery Field Day flyer 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, Riverine Plains Inc (03 5744 1713)

 

GRDC investment supports new Riverine Plains Northern Pulse Check Group

23 October 2018

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GRDC funding for Northern Pulse Check supports new Riverine Plains group

An increase in the tools, knowledge and confidence of growers and advisors across the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Northern Region to optimise pulse crop yields is the aim of a new GRDC investment Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in South East NSW.

FarmLink is working with Pulse Australia in co-ordinating the GRDC Pulse Check project across five GRDC sub-regions in NSW, with Pulse Check groups in southern NSW facilitated by Riverine Plains Inc and FarmLink in the Riverina.

The Pulse Check Discussion Groups will allow growers, advisors and researchers to address the challenges and opportunities created by pulse crops in the rotation. The groups will direct their own learning by tapping into information and tools being delivered through GRDC and other pulse investments.

Groups will meet two to three times each season and remain connected through social and other media. A program of interactive seasonal activities will be conducted by each group to include all aspects of the pulse value chain.

Guest presenters will include marketers, researchers and experienced growers who will contribute their knowledge on production to help increase the capacity for greater production in the region.

The first meeting of the Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check group will be held on Friday 26 October, 2018 at the Hamilton Family property ‘Granview’ at Rand from 8:30 am to 11:30am. A workshop will be held at the sheds before visiting a faba bean and lentil crop. Speakers will include; Phil Bowden (Pulse Australia), Roy Hamilton (Rand), James Madden (Madden Consulting) and Gary Drew (Lupins for Life).

If you would like to be involved, or for further information, please contact Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Group facilitator, Kate Coffey, on 03 5744 1713.

Pulse Australia’s Phil Bowden said that despite poor seasonal and market conditions this season for pulses, fundamentals remain strong globally with factors such as Indian economic growth in demand for chickpeas and lentils, increased Chinese demand for peas and faba beans, and short supply of pulses in Pakistan all contributing.

“In addition, the current drought in eastern Australia, along with the high prices for livestock and wool are increasing demand for pulse based stock feed particularly lupins, field peas and faba beans,” Mr Bowden said.

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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Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Inc Northern Pulse Check Facilitator, (03 5744 1713)

Gerogery farmer Tony Chaston wins Riverine Plains Inc crop competition

18 October 2018

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Riverine Plains Inc is pleased to announce Tony Chaston of Gerogery as the winner of this year’s inaugural Riverine Plains Inc Crop Competition, with his outstanding paddock of RGT Accroc wheat.

Tony was announced as the winner at the Baker Seed Co Annual Field Day on Friday 19 October and won 5 tonnes of new proprietary cereal seed valued at $5,000 kindly provided by crop competition sponsor, Baker Seed Co.

“The competition took place under very challenging conditions during 2018, with many farmers across the southern NSW and north east Victorian judging area heavily affected by drought conditions and frost” said Riverine Plains Inc Chairman, Ian Trevethan.

“Despite the conditions, we received a strong response from local growers, with entries from Berrigan, Boweya, Brocklesby, Daysdale, Gerogery and Howlong” he said.

“All of the crops entered were of a high calibre, which made it very difficult for the judges to determine the winner and only a few points separated the top three crops” added Ian.

Judging was determined across a number of categories, with the effects of the season taken into account.

Tony’s crop was rated very highly by the judges for weed, pest and disease control, as well as for crop purity and nutrition.

“Having only received 302mm of rainfall for the year, and 215mm for the growing season, the crop was estimated to have a yield potential of 5.7 t/ha, which is outstanding given the season we’ve had” said Ian.

The crop was sown at 80kg seed/ha and received nitrogen at sowing and twice during the season (June and August).

At the time of judging, the crop was quite even and still very green, showing only minimal signs of moisture stress while the hill-side location of the paddock also meant the crop avoided frost damage.

“On behalf of Riverine Plains Inc I would like to congratulate all entrants on the quality of their crops and thank Baker Seed Co for their generous sponsorship of the competition” said Ian.

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)

The Australian Cool Farm Initiative: reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Date: 4 October, 2018

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The Australian Cool Farm Initiative: reducing greenhouse gas emissions while driving efficiencies

NSW and Victorian grain farmers interested in monitoring or reducing their greenhouse gas emissions are invited to take part in the Australian Cool Farm Initiative being delivered by Riverine Plains Inc and Central West Farming Systems, through a partnership with the USA-based Sustainable Food Laboratory.

Riverine Plains Inc Research Officer, Dr Cassandra Schefe explained that the Australian Cool Farm Initiative is supported by global food company Mars Incorporated, as part of an effort to reduce the environmental impacts of their business. In Australia, Mars Petcare is a significant purchaser of grain from southern NSW and north east Victoria.

“Grain growers produce greenhouse gas emissions in a number of ways and the Australian Cool Farm Initiative provides an avenue for growers to monitor and manage their emissions, while also exploring how different farm practices can provide long-term carbon benefits” said Cassandra.

“The Initiative can also help growers identify inefficiencies and production constraints within their systems, which has the potential to lead to significant input cost savings and production gains” added Cassandra.

Farmers who participate in the program will receive support in the use of the Cool Farm Tool greenhouse gas calculator as well as soil sampling of up to five wheat paddocks annually. Farmers will also receive technical support and information on management options for the key limiting factors in their farming systems.

The Cool Farm Tool has been tested and adopted by a range of multinational companies including Nestle, McDonalds and Unilever through their membership of the Cool Farm Alliance. The Cool Farm Alliance works with their suppliers to measure, manage, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the effort to address global climate change.

Farmers are encouraged to contact Riverine Plains Inc or Central West Farming Systems to learn more about the program.

For more information, please contact Cassandra Schefe, Riverine Plains Inc 0419 238 798; cassandra@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:

Cassandra Schefe, Research Officer, Riverine Plains (03 5744 1713 or 0419 238 798)

Photo Caption: Juliette Caulkins, Global Sustainable Sourcing Director, Mars Petcare, speaking about the Australian Cool Farm Initiative at the recent Riverine Research Centre Open Day.

Riverine Research Centre Open Day showcases local research, cereal agronomy

13 September, 2018

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Riverine Research Centre Open Day showcases local research, cereal agronomy

Grain growers are invited to the Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia Open Day, to be held at the Riverine Research Centre, at Burramine near Yarrawonga, on Thursday 27 September, 2018.

Riverine Plains Inc Chairman, Ian Trevethan, said that the day was an opportunity to come together to discuss the current dry season and the significant impact that frost damage had caused to local crops, while also looking to the future of wheat and barley varieties adapted to this region, and their agronomy.

The Riverine Research Centre hosts a number of trials looking at sowing and flowering dates, frost risk, nitrogen timing and canopy structure.

FAR Australia Managing Director, Nick Poole said that some trials were specifically looking at the performance of winter wheats and spring wheats over a range of sowing dates.

“The effect of flowering date on frost risk is an important area for research and we are very fortunate to have Dr James Hunt, La Trobe University to talk about results from the project so far” said Nick.

“While the impact of the recent frost events is still being assessed, damage is looking to be significant and discussions around these sowing date trials will provide further information for growers on how to identify damage as well as how to manage frost risk in the future” he added.

Although the current season is a challenging one, the Riverine Plains region regularly produces high yielding and good quality crops.

“We can learn a lot about crop management from farmers that push their production boundaries to the limit and Eric Watson, from Canterbury New Zealand, will discuss the farming practices and systems that supported his recent world record irrigated wheat crop of 16.71 tonnes per hectare” said Nick.

Dr Maarten van Helden from SARDI will also provide the latest information of the monitoring taking place for Russian Wheat Aphid across south eastern Australia. Presentations will also be made on Riverine Plains Inc funded research into the early sowing of winter wheat cultivars and the potential for winter barley cultivars.

The Open Day will run from 9am – 12pm on 27 September at the Riverine Research Centre, corner Forges Road and Odeas Road (Beatties Road), Burramine, Victoria. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

The Riverine Research Centre is a partnership between Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia.
For more information please contact Fiona Hart at info@riverineplains.com.au, or (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.

In-Season Update – 9 August, Mulwala

31 July 2018

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Riverine Plains Inc In-Season Update: For the farmer by the farmer

Local farming systems group Riverine Plains Inc will host its annual In-Season Update at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on Thursday 9 August, 2018.

“The Update is an important event on our calendar and provides an opportunity for grain growers and advisors to consider the issues likely to impact broadacre crops this spring” said Riverine Plains Inc Executive Officer and event organiser, Fiona Hart.

“The dry start to the season is obviously a concern to farmers and our program aims to address this as well as those issues that affect management in the longer term” she said.

“To this end, DEDJTR Victoria Seasonal Variability Agronomist Dale Grey will speak on the seasonal outlook for spring, while a separate panel discussion will address dry season management and the trigger points for major decisions around grazing or crop salvage should conditions remain dry” added Fiona.

Weed seed management is a perennial problem and Riverine Plains Inc has been involved in a GRDC project evaluating the effectiveness of harvest weed seed control techniques.  Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Kate Coffey will discuss the results from this work, while Chairman Ian Trevethan will speak on his practical experiences with a range of harvest weed seed techniques.

Lockhart farmer Mark Day will also discuss his experiences with chaff decking and stubble management.

Riverine Plains Inc’s Research Officer, Dr Cassandra Schefe and Michael Straight from FAR Australia will provide an overview on the key outcomes from the Stubble Project, including results from the frost component of this work.  Results from a project investigating the management of early-sown wheat for the region will also be discussed, along with an overview of other current projects.

The Update will be held at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort in Golf Club Road Mulwala on Thursday 9 August from 9am to 1pm, with registrations open from 8.30am.

For catering purposes, pre-registrations for the In-Season Update must be received by 7 August 2018. Cost is $25 for Riverine Plains Inc members and $35 for non-members (payable on the day) and includes morning tea and lunch. To register, contact Fiona Hart at info@riverineplains.org.au or phone 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 Inc (03 5744 1713)

 

 

Canola Systems in the Spotlight – Field Day 26 July

10 July, 2018

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CANOLA SYSTEMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Canola systems are being examined as part of a GRDC and Riverine Plains Inc field day to be held on Thursday 26 June, 2018.

“Growing a profitable canola crop requires careful varietal selection, good agronomy and adequate nutrition, among other things” says Howlong farmer and Riverine Plains Inc chairman, Ian Trevethan.

“This canola systems day aims to help grain growers work through some of these key management issues by visiting trial sites evaluating varietal profitability and nutritional performance” he said.

The field day will begin at 10.00am at a canola systems trial site at Daysdale, which was established by Farmanco in partnership with Riverine Plains Inc and designed to evaluate the profitability of different canola systems using hybrid, triazine tolerant, imi tolerant, high oleic and Roundup Ready® technologies.

“One of the aims of this trial is to establish the profitability of hybrids compared to traditional canola types in the low rainfall parts of the Riverine Plains region” said Eric Nankivell, farm management consultant with Farmanco and Riverine Plains Inc committee member.

“Hybrids are more expensive to grow, so they need to yield more than traditional varieties, especially in dry environments. By visiting the site, farmers can also see the different varieties and how they have established in the tough conditions that have been impacting canola this year” added Eric.

The second part of the field day will involve visits to trials sown as part of a GRDC investment investigating sulphur and nitrogen nutrition in canola.

“Canola has become an important crop in the Riverine Plains, with many growers now having solid histories of sulphur and nitrogen fertiliser application as a result of growing the crop long-term” said Ian Trevethan.

“Given that we are now seeing sulphur accumulation in soils, as well as some movement of sulphur to depth, we wanted to review regionally accepted sulphur and nitrogen application rates now that we are growing bigger canola crops and more often” Ian said.

“2018 is the second year of trials for this GRDC project investment, with results from the 2017 trials showing some interaction between sulphur and nitrogen nutrition and yield, which will be further explained at the field day” Ian added.

The field day will commence at 10am at the Maloney family farm, 95 Saffron Road, Daysdale, NSW. The second site visit will be from 12 noon at the Tomlinson family’s farm, Emu Park Road, Coreen. The third site visit will commence at 2:15pm at the Trevethan Family farm, Riverina Highway, Howlong.

This event is free and all are welcome. Signage will be provided on the day and lunch is included. Seed company representatives will be on hand to answer questions about different varieties at the canola systems trial site.

For more information please contact Cassandra at cassandra@riverineplains.org.au, (03) 5744 1713 or download the Spotlight on canola systems flyer.

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:

Cassandra Schefe, Extension Officer, Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713

John Hanrahan Scholarship for agriculture students – applications now open

4 July, 2018

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John Hanrahan Scholarship for agriculture students – applications now open

Earlier this year, farming systems group Riverine Plains Inc, launched the John Hanrahan Scholarship in support of tertiary students studying an agriculture or agribusiness bachelor or diploma degree course.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, explained that the Scholarship is named in honour of John Hanrahan, a successful and experienced farmer and respected community member from Coreen, who passed away unexpectedly in 2014.

“John was a great friend and supporter of Riverine Plains Inc and he had a real enthusiasm for the types of ongoing research that Riverine Plains Inc is involved with”, said Barry.

“Through a generous donation made by the Hanrahan family, Riverine Plains Inc has been able to establish a Scholarship in John’s name to honour his passion for farming, his thirst for knowledge and his sense of community”.

The Scholarship, awarded annually, 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 Scholarship includes a bursary of $5,000, access to work experience opportunities either with Riverine Plains Inc, its partner organisation FAR Australia or through our networks, opportunities to network and gain knowledge with free access to all Riverine Plains events and networks and mentoring from one of our current board 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 2019.

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 4 July and close on 31 August, 2018, with the online application form accessible via the Scholarship information and application page.

The John Hanrahan 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.

Crop walk on 21 June to discuss outcomes of stubble project, RRC trials

Date: 14 June, 2018

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CROP WALK TO DISCUSS OUTCOMES OF FOUR YEARS OF LOCAL STUBBLE RESEARCH

Grain growers looking to improve the profitability and sustainability of their stubble retained systems are invited to a paddock walk being run by Riverine Plains Inc from 10am on Thursday 21 June at the Riverine Research Centre, near Yarrawonga in Victoria.

Riverine Plains Inc Research Officer, Dr Cassandra Schefe explained that “the paddock walk provides an opportunity for growers to learn about the trials established as part of a five-year Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) project comparing the effect of a number of stubble management strategies on crop growth and development”.

“The Stubble Project was a significant investment in local field trial research, though the sheer scale and range of trials undertaken throughout the project has meant that a lot of the research has not yet been discussed with grain growers. As such, this event provides a chance for growers to hear about the key outcomes and practical learnings from the project, which occurred under highly variable seasonal conditions over the past four years” said Cassandra.

The morning will also feature discussions on results from the small plot trials established to determine the impact of stubble management on row spacing, application of nitrogen, yellow leaf spot and plant growth regulators.

Following the stubble discussions, growers are invited to tour the range of trials being undertaken at the Riverine Research Centre this season, including early sown wheat and barley, disease and fertiliser trials.

“In previous years, growers and advisors have been able to tour the Riverine Research Centre trials during the annual Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia Spring Field Day. However, we would like to invite growers to view the trials earlier this season, so that they can follow the progress of these trials through to the Spring Field Day and the subsequent yield results” added Cassandra.

Dr Schefe facilitate the walk along with Michael Straight from FAR Australia, who will discuss the outcomes of the large focus farm findings and the small plot results from the 2014 – 2017 seasons, as well as introducing the Riverine Research Centre 2018 trials.

The paddock walk will take place at 10am on Thursday 21 June at the Riverine Research Centre, located at the corner of Forges & Odeas Road, Burramine, via Yarrawonga.

This event is free and all are welcome. For more information please contact Cassie at cassandra@riverineplains.org.au, (03) 5744 1713 / 0419 238 798 or visit riverineplains.org.au.

The Riverine Research Centre is a dedicated small plot research site trial site established through a collaboration between Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia to provide an independent focal point for regional and national research projects in the Victorian and NSW border region.

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:

Dr Cassandra Schefe, Research Officer, Riverine Plains (03 5744 1713)

 

John Hanrahan Scholarship supports agriculture’s next generation

20 March, 2018

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New scholarship supports agriculture’s next generation

On Friday 2 March, Riverine Plains Inc, hosted an Agribusiness Dinner at Corowa, attended by 165 people. The dinner was held in celebration of the families, communities and businesses involved in agriculture across the region, as well as being the official launch of the John Hanrahan Scholarship.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, said that the Scholarship is named in honour of John Hanrahan, a successful and experienced farmer and respected community member from Coreen, who passed away unexpectedly in 2014.

“John was a great friend and supporter of Riverine Plains Inc and he had a real enthusiasm for the types of ongoing research that Riverine Plains Inc is involved with”, said Barry.

“Through a generous donation made by the Hanrahan family, Riverine Plains Inc has been able to establish a Scholarship in John’s name to honour his passion for farming, his thirst for knowledge and his sense of community”.

The scholarship, awarded annually, will recognise and encourage 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.

Applications for the John Hanrahan Scholarship will open on 1 July and close on 31 August, with details available in the coming months from www.riverineplains.org.au.

“We are aiming to raise additional funds so the Scholarship can continue in perpetuity, and invite members, sponsors and friends of Riverine Plains Inc, and the wider community, to consider making a donation to the Scholarship Fund so that this vision can be realised” added Barry.

The evening also featured Ms Alexandra Gartmann, Managing Director and CEO of Rural Bank, who spoke about her own leadership journey as well as Rural Bank’s Scholarship Program, which has been supporting students since 1992.

Ms Gartmann described how scholarships can open doors for an exciting and diverse agricultural career and commended Riverine Plains Inc and the Hanrahan Family on the establishment of the John Hanrahan Scholarship.

The evening also included an impressive food and wine display, which showcased the diverse and wonderful range of agricultural produce originating from north east Victoria and southern NSW.  Produce featured in the display was donated by a number of local businesses, before being sold in hampers and raising over $3500 for the Scholarship Fund.

Riverine Plains Inc sincerely thank the following businesses for their generous donations: Junee Abattoirs, Rennylea Angus, Murray Valley Pork, Uncle Toby’s, Rich Glen Olive Estate, Cofield Winery, Rutherglen Estate Winery, Willowbank, Holbrook Paddock Eggs, RMB Stillard Nominees (Tomatoes), Winemakers of Rutherglen, Mt Pilot Estate, Jones Winery & Vineyard, Murray Estate Wines, Billabong Produce, Katamatite Garlic, Riverina Dairy, Lupins for Life, Lambtastic, Greta Vale Orchard, Malt Shed Brewery, Murray River Produce, Riverina Oilseeds & Bioenergy, AWB (Canola Oil), John Doyle Potatoes, Ross Tomatoes and The Wicked Virgin.

The John Hanrahan 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.