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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Kate Coffey, Finance and Project Officer, Riverine Plains (03 5744 1713)

 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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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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Fiona Hart, Executive Officer, Riverine Plains (03 5744 1713)

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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Fiona Hart, Executive Officer, Riverine Plains (03 5744 1713)

The Evan Moll Gerogery Field Day

23 October 2019

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The Evan Moll Gerogery Field Day will be hosted by Riverine Plains Inc on Thursday 7 November, 2019, from 11am to 4:30pm.

“A key aspect of the day will be the inspection of the cereal and canola varieties sown as part of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) National Variety Trials (NVT)” explained host farmer and Riverine Plains Inc committee member, Daniel Moll.

“The NVT trials provide a great opportunity to look at new varieties before their commercial release, with the cereal NVT session being led by Peter Matthews (NSW DPI) and Don McCaffery (NSW DPI) leading the canola NVT discussions” said Daniel.

The day also provides an opportunity to discuss a range of issues relevant to this season as well as next year.

Adrian Clancy (Grain Brokers Australia) and Lachy Herbert (Riverina Oils) will provide an update on cereal and canola grain markets, while Andrew Millgate (NSW DPI) will speak about the new stripe rust strains affecting Trojan, Scepter and similar varieties, and the implications for 2020.

A presentation around oaten hay agronomy options will also be made by Peter Matthews (NSW DPI) and David Leah (Seed Force) will lead a paddock inspection of a new and quicker maturing Seed Force winter grazing canola.

The new dual-purpose triticale variety, Kokoda, will also be unveiled by Waratah Seed Company Limited and Sydney University, with a key feature of the variety being its excellent grain quality and suitability for beer production.

The field day will be held from 11am – 4.30pm on Thursday 7 November, commencing with a pasture agronomy session at the Leah family property, 338 Fielder Moll Road Gerogery. At 12:30pm the field day will move across the road to the Moll family property, “Elderslie”, 167 Fielder-Moll Road, Gerogery, for the cropping agronomy session, which will be preceded by 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 Daniel.

For more information please contact the Riverine Plains Inc office 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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Fiona Hart, Riverine Plains Inc (03 5744 1713)

 

Riverine Research Centre Spring Field Day to showcase local research

13 September, 2019

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Riverine Research Centre Spring Field Day to showcase local research

Grain growers and advisors are invited to the Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia Spring Field Day to be held at the Riverine Research Centre, Yarrawonga, on Tuesday 24 September, 2019.

Riverine Plains Inc Chairman, Ian Trevethan, explained that the Riverine Research Centre was host to a range of trials and that the field day is an opportunity for growers to see the local research being conducted at the site, as well as hear about other issues of importance to the industry.

“Local trials are important because they provide data and information which are relevant to our own local environment” said Ian.

“For example, growers in the Riverine Plains region have increasingly been looking to longer season cereals to spread risk and increase diversification. Multiple trials have now been established at the Riverine Research Centre looking at the local performance of winter and spring-type wheats and barleys, with the field day providing an opportunity to see and hear about these trials in more detail” he added.

One of the trials to be toured at the field day includes the GRDC management of early sown wheat trials, with Kenton Porker (South Australia Research and Development Institute) and Michael Straight (FAR Australia) to outline the major findings from the past three years of work. Kenton will then speak on dual-purpose and longer season barleys.

Other trials which will be viewed during the Field Day include grazing, sowing rate and nitrogen timing trials, nutrition and disease management and well as aphid observations.

Kat Fuhrmann (FAR Australia) will also provide a disease resistance update in regards to the SDHI group of fungicides.

There will also be an interactive panel session dedicated to addressing issues growers might have about the current season.

The Riverine Research Centre Field Day will run from 9am – 12pm on Tuesday 24 September, 2019, at the Riverine Research Centre, 277 Reilly’s Rd, Yarrawonga, 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, on (03) 5744 1713 or visit 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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Fiona Hart, Executive Officer, Riverine Plains 03 5744 1713.

New irrigated research discussion group puts farmers in the driver’s seat

19 August 2019

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In a unique opportunity for local farmers, Riverine Plains Inc is facilitating a new irrigated research discussion group, with the first Riverine Plains Irrigated Discussion Group meeting to be held on Friday 30 August, 2019 at Mulwala.

The Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group is being formed as part of a project led by the Irrigated Cropping Council which aims to link new and innovative research investments by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) with local farmer-driven groups.

“GRDC have invested in a suite of irrigation research projects across the southern irrigation zones, including projects looking to develop and validate soil amelioration and agronomic practices for irrigated grain crops as well as maximising the dollar return per megalitre of water” explained Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Inc Irrigation Discussion Group facilitator.

“To tie these research projects more closely with farmer needs, new farmer-driven irrigation discussion groups have been established right across the southern region to enable farmers to be more actively involved in the irrigated grains research process” said Kate.

“In establishing the Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group, we are aiming to help farmers learn from one-another, build new peer and industry networks, gain access to the latest research data and provide the opportunity to shape project trial work to ensure it is relevant and meeting local needs” added Kate.

The discussion group will also provide an opportunity for farmers to experiment with new techniques, research methods or develop an idea through local focus paddock trials on a local property.

The irrigation discussion group will meet four times each year to discuss agronomy and soil trials in the region and the implications of the research results at a local level. This feedback will ensure research delivered is relevant to farmers and farming businesses.

The inaugural Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group meeting will be held as a breakfast meeting on Friday 30 August, at the Riverine Plains Inc office, 4/97-103 Melbourne St, Mulwala from 7.30am to 10:30am. Speakers will include Matthew Harrison, University of Tasmania and Michael Straight, FAR Australia.

“This as an excellent opportunity for farmers with irrigatable land that are interested in improving irrigation systems and efficiency at the farm level to be involved in key research and learn more about irrigated cropping” concluded Kate.

More information can be found at riverineplains.org.au or by contacting Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Inc,  kate@riverineplains.org.au or phone 03 5744 1713.

The Irrigated Cropping Council and project collaborators including the Irrigation Research & Extension Committee, Southern Growers, Southern Farming Systems, the Maize Association of Australia and MacKillop Farm Management Group will also facilitate discussion groups.

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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Media Contact:  Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Irrigation Discussion Group Facilitator, kate@riverineplains.org.au or phone 03 5744 1713.

Riverine Plains Inc In-season Update – August 8, Mulwala

26 July 2019

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Riverine Plains Inc In-season Update

Local farming systems group Riverine Plains Inc will host its annual In-season Update at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on Thursday 8 August, 2019.

“The In-season Update is an important event on our calendar and provides an opportunity for grain growers to consider the issues likely to affect grain crops this spring” explained Fiona Hart, Riverine Plains Inc Executive Officer.

“With grain growers experiencing very different conditions across the region in terms of moisture availability, the spring rainfall outlook will inform key decisions around pest and disease management as well as crop nutrition” said Fiona.

This all-important spring outlook will be delivered by Agriculture Victoria Seasonal Variability Agronomist, Dale Grey who, in a first for the In-season Update, will speak via videolink.

Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer, Jane McInnes, will also provide a snapshot of current soil moisture availability, using data from the Riverine Plains weather station network, to help understand how much water is currently being held across the region’s soils.

Spring and the run-up to harvest is also a critical time to consider broader farming strategies.

“Weed management is a perennial issue and James Manson from Southern Farming Systems will discuss the long-term economics and impact of harvest weed seed control techniques using results from a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) project involving Riverine Plains Inc” said Fiona.

Nick Ennis from Lawson Grains will also discuss the application of precision agriculture technologies for targeted soil amelioration.

Earlier this year, Riverine Plains Research Coordinator, Dr Cassandra Schefe, was presented with the prestigious GRDC 2019 Southern Region Recognising and Rewarding Excellence Award, through which she visited Canada and the United States. Her observations on cover cropping, soil research, regenerative agriculture as well as pulse research and development will provide a global perspective on these topics.

A joint presentation by Dr Cassandra Schefe and Jane McInnes will also provide an update of Riverine Plains Inc current local research program, while Riverine Plains Inc Project Officer Kate Coffey will review the economic results from a GRDC project looking at applying sulphur to canola crops in southern NSW.

The In-season Update will be held at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort in Golf Club Road Mulwala on Thursday 8 August from 9am to 1pm, with registrations open from 8.30am.

After lunch a Soil Health Workshop will take place from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.  Farmers are invited to discuss the importance of soil health as well as how to improve the local relevance of soil improvement research.

For catering purposes, pre-registrations for the In-Season Update must be received by 5 August 2018. Cost is $25 for Riverine Plains Inc members and $35 for non-members (payable online or 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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Fiona Hart, Executive Officer, Riverine Plains Inc (03 5744 1713)

John Hanrahan Scholarship for agriculture students – 2020 applications now open

1 July, 2019

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John Hanrahan Scholarship for agriculture students – applications 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 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 2020.

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 31 August 2019, with details available from www.riverineplains.org.au.

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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Fiona Hart, Executive Officer, Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713.

 

 

John Hanrahan Scholarship Recipient Announced

28 March, 2019

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Inaugural John Hanrahan Scholarship Awarded

Riverine Plains Inc, together with the Hanrahan family, are pleased to announce that the Inaugural John Hanrahan Scholarship has been awarded to second year Bachelor of Agriculture student, Mitchell Priestly, who is currently undertaking studies at the University of Melbourne.

The Scholarship presentation took place at the Riverine Plains Inc Celebration of Agriculture Dinner held on Friday 22 March, 2019, at Corowa RSL at which Riverine Plains Inc also marked its 20th year of operation.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, described Mitchell as a standout applicant and a very worthy recipient.

“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” explained Barry.

“We also see a passion for agriculture, commitment to learning as well as community spirit reflected in Mitchell’s achievements to date, which made him the ideal recipient of the inaugural John Hanrahan Scholarship” said Barry.

“Not only has Mitchell worked hard to study in his chosen field of agriculture, he has demonstrated his commitment to community through an active involvement in numerous sporting and musical groups and other committees over a long period” added Barry.

Mitchell has also shown himself to be enterprising, hard-working and driven to support himself and his passions.

This drive and determination led Mitchell to begin working at Craig and Helen Reynolds’ grain farm at Congupna during his senior high school years in Shepparton. The experience provided an invaluable introduction to agriculture and reinforced his educational and career path

“Mitchell has a forward-thinking view of agriculture and I have no doubt that he will be a future leader” said Barry.

“We are thrilled that the John Hanrahan Scholarship will assist Mitchell further his studies and we look forward to helping him achieve his potential and the bright future that agriculture holds” concluded Barry.

As the 2018 recipient of the John Hanrahan Scholarship, Mitchell receives a bursary of $5,000, access to work experience opportunities through Riverine Plains Inc, access to Riverine Plains events and networks and mentoring from a current board member.

Riverine Plains Inc would like to thank the Hanrahan family for their generous donation which enabled the establishment of the Scholarship, as well as all those who have made financial or in-kind donations to ensure the Scholarship Fund continues in perpetuity.

Applications for the 2019 round of the John Hanrahan Scholarship will open in July 2019. Further details will shortly be available from www.riverineplains.org.au.

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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Fiona Hart, Executive Officer, Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713