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Pulse Field Walk, Bundalong

Join us for a Pulse Field Walk with FAR Australia as part of their annual Victorian Spring Field Day at Bundalong, on Friday 13 October, 2023.

The day kicks off at 8:30am and will feature a tour of the Victoria pulse agronomy research site, as well as the animal manures for nutrition trial.

To register, or for further information, please click here (links to an external site).

Pulse Field Walk with FAR Australia, Daysdale

Join us for a Pulse Field Walk with FAR Australia as part of their annual Spring Field Day, on Thursday 12 October, 2023.

The day kicks off at 9am at Balldale, and will feature a tour of the NSW pulse agronomy research site, with comparisons of different pulses for yield and nitrogen fixation, as well as fungicide strategies in faba beans.

The day also includes wheat and barley varieties, and their agronomy.

To register, or for further information, please click here (links to an external site).

GRDC sponsors student tickets for Riverine Plains Innovation Expo

Tertiary students working towards a degree, diploma or certificate in an agriculture-related field are invited to apply for one of 20 Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) sponsored tickets to the 2023 Riverine Plains Innovation Expo.

The Innovation Expo will be held at Mulwala from 24 – 25 August 2023, with the theme Putting farmers first – driving decisions using data focusing on the increasingly important role that data plays in farming businesses.

The Innovation Expo is a fantastic opportunity for farmers, researchers and advisors, as well as students and young people starting out in agriculture, to learn more about the challenges and opportunities created by changes currently occurring across global markets.

Farmers collect a lot of data and the Expo will cover the use of  data to increase productive and profit performance, as well as the importance of data capture to maintain access, particularly into premium markets. This is especially important because data capture will also likely impact farmers’ access to financial and insurance products in the future.

The Innovation Expo aims to explore the ways farmers can prepare themselves and their businesses for these inevitable market changes, either through collecting and using new types of data, or by better using the data they already have.

There are 20 GRDC sponsored tickets available for agriculture students, valued at $500 each, which provide full-event access to the event including the Innovation Conference, Gala Fundraising Dinner and Farm Tour. Sponsored tickets will be allocated on a first in, first served basis.

The Innovation Expo gets underway with the Riverine Plains Alvan Blanch Australia Innovation Conference on Thursday 24 August.

High-calibre speakers, including Alexandra Gartmann, Chair of the Victorian Agriculture and Climate Change Council and Nigel Hart, Managing Director GRDC will discuss data and the use of new technologies, including data-sharing with end-users, artificial intelligence and privacy.

Brad Egan, 2022 Young Farmer of the Year, will share his experiences of using data for agricultural innovation, profitability and sustainability.

There will also be a farmer panel discussion on how farmers are collecting and using data to make more informed decisions. Panellists includes Nick Ennis from Lawson Grains, Anna Toland from Toland Merino, Brad Egan, Broden Holland and Emma Ayliffe from Summit Ag.

A supply-chain panel discussion, featuring Rohan Jarvis from New Edge Microbials, Keryn McLean from Bayer, Mark Allen from Thera Capital Management, Dwain Duxson from Farm Tender and Chris Stevens from Kellogg’s Australia will provide further insights into how markets are driving data collection.

The Riverine Plains New Edge Microbials Gala Fundraising Dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday 24 August, with renowned comedian Jean Kittson providing the entertainment.

The Riverine Plains Alvan Blanch Australia Farm Tour will be held on Friday 25 August and takes a practical look at how farmers are employing new technologies such as drones, weed-detecting technology and grain dryers to make better and more sustainable farming decisions.

Riverine Plains Innovation Expo program and ticketing information, as well as applications for GRDC sponsored student tickets, are available here.

Riverine Plains thanks GRDC for their generous investment in the future of the region through their support of students attending the Innovation Expo.

 

GRDC sponsors student tickets for Riverine Plains Innovation Expo

28 July, 2023
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GRDC sponsors students for Riverine Plains Innovation Expo

Riverine Plains invites tertiary students working towards a degree, diploma or certificate in an agriculture-related field to apply for one of 20 Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) sponsored tickets to the 2023 Riverine Plains Innovation Expo.

The Innovation Expo will be held at Mulwala from 24 – 25 August 2023, with the theme Putting farmers first – driving decisions using data focusing on the increasingly important role that data plays in farming businesses.

Riverine Plains’ CEO, Catherine Marriott, said the Innovation Expo is a fantastic opportunity for farmers, researchers and advisors, as well as students and young people starting out in agriculture, to learn more about the challenges and opportunities created by changes currently occurring across global markets.

“Farmers collect a lot of data on farm and the Expo will cover not only how to use the data to increase productive and profit performance, but also address the importance of data capture to maintain access, particularly into premium markets,” said Ms Marriott

“This is especially important because data capture will also likely impact farmers’ access to financial and insurance products in the future,” she added.

The Innovation Expo aims to explore the ways farmers can prepare themselves and their businesses for these inevitable market changes, either through collecting and using new types of data, or by better using the data they already have.

There are 20 GRDC sponsored tickets available for agriculture students, valued at $500 each, which provide full-event access to the event including the Innovation Conference, Gala Fundraising Dinner and Farm Tour. Sponsored tickets will be allocated on a first in, first served basis.

“GRDC is generously investing in the future of our region, with their support of students attending the Innovation Expo. It is a terrific opportunity for the next generation to learn how farmers can harness their data to improve farm productivity and profitability, while also having the opportunity to network and learn about agriculture in the region more generally,” said Ms Marriott.

The Innovation Expo gets underway with the Riverine Plains Alvan Blanch Australia Innovation Conference on Thursday 24 August.

High-calibre speakers, including Alexandra Gartmann, Chair of the Victorian Agriculture and Climate Change Council and Nigel Hart, Managing Director GRDC will discuss data and the use of new technologies, including data-sharing with end-users, artificial intelligence and privacy.

Brad Egan, 2022 Young Farmer of the Year, will share his experiences of using data for agricultural innovation, profitability and sustainability.

There will also be a farmer panel discussion on how farmers are collecting and using data to make more informed decisions. Panellists includes Nick Ennis from Lawson Grains, Anna Toland from Toland Merino, Brad Egan, Broden Holland and Emma Ayliffe from Summit Ag.

A supply-chain panel discussion, featuring Rohan Jarvis from New Edge Microbials, Keryn McLean from Bayer, Mark Allen from Thera Capital Management, Dwain Duxson from Farm Tender and Chris Stevens from Kellogg’s Australia will provide further insights into how markets are driving data collection.

The Riverine Plains New Edge Microbials Gala Fundraising Dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday 24 August, with renowned comedian Jean Kittson providing the entertainment.

The Riverine Plains Alvan Blanch Australia Farm Tour will be held on Friday 25 August and takes a practical look at how farmers are employing new technologies such as drones, weed-detecting technology and grain dryers to make better and more sustainable farming decisions.

Riverine Plains Innovation Expo program and ticketing information, as well as applications for GRDC sponsored student tickets, are available at https://riverineplains.org.au/innovation-expo-2023/

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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

More Information or Interview:
Corporate Communications Manager, Katherine Seddon 0433 812 889 or katherine@riverineplains.org.au

Soils Workshop, Rand – 6 September

Riverine Plains is hosting two soil mapping workshop, soil amelioration discussion and field walks. The first event will be held at ‘Bogandillan’ Saffron Road, Rand, on Tuesday 6 September and the second event will be held at the Buraja Recreation Ground Hall, Buraja on Wednesday 7 September.

Special guests include Kirsten Barlow (Precision Agriculture) and Dr Cassandra Schefe (AgriSci) who will be conducting a soil mapping workshop, while Helen Burns and Dr Ehsan Tavvakkoli (both NSW DPI) will be discussing soil amelioration strategies.

To register, scan the QR code below or click here (a location map will be sent out to participants post-registration). 

For details, see the flyer below or download the printable pdf version here. Riverine Plains Soils workshops Rand Buraja September 2022

This event is supported by the Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

Inaugural Innovation EXPO a success!

Riverine Plains inaugural Innovation Expo a resounding success

The Inaugural Riverine Plains Innovation Expo was held over three days last week, from the 27-29 July, 2022 and attended by over 700 people from across Australia.

The three-day event had a focus on bringing innovation to the region under the theme ‘Farming Ahead of the Curve’ and provided an opportunity for farmers and businesses to showcase new and emerging technologies, create connections, challenge the status quo and share insights.

Riverine Plains’ CEO Catherine Marriott said that agriculture as an industry has always chased opportunities to produce more with less, in a sustainable way, and this event was designed to help farmers capitalise on new technologies, research and ideas to help them continue to achieve prosperous and sustainable businesses.

“The event exceeded all our expectations – the quality of the exhibitors and speakers was incredible and the number of people from our region who engaged with and supported the event was mind-blowing” said Ms Marriott.

The event featured agronomy and animal-technology focused Farm Tours, an Innovation Field Day showcasing the latest in AgTech from across Australia, an Innovation Conference, as well as networking events and a Gala Dinner, which raised over $15,000 for the Riverine Plains’ Scholarship fund.

“It was a particular privilege to host the National Farmers Federation and Victorian Farmers Federation Towards 2030 Forum, where we bought the nation’s brightest policy minds to our region and gave our members an opportunity to engage directly with our elected leaders,” said Ms Marriott.

The Innovation Conference event hosted a plethora of brilliant speakers, including Mary O’Brien from ‘Are you Bogged Mate?’, brought to us by Seed Force. Mary presented an important message around men’s mental health; shockingly, seven people succeed at suicide daily in Australia, with a large proportion being rural men. Mary explained that this isn’t a problem with men, it’s a problem with the environment we create for them to resolve challenges.

“Mary also spoke of how important it is for us all to lean in and ask the difficult questions if we are worried about someone, as scary as it may seem, because it’s hugely important (so don’t wait for RUOK day),” added Ms Marriott.

Richard Heath, from the Australian Farm Institute, spoke on sustainability markets (carbon credits) and how they will impact people on farm. He was able to demystify the complexity that surrounds the carbon and environment, social and governance (ESG) space by clearly defining what is a fad, a trend and a principle. His key message for farmers was to start benchmarking your properties as pressure will commence from banks and insurance institutions before it starts to inevitably impact markets.

Decision making in farm businesses was the focus of a presentation by Cam Nicholson (Nicon Rural), who highlighted the difference between a good decision and a right decision (a good decision is informed, a right decision is one where you roll the dice and end up in the right spot). He described decision making as a skill that can be learned; it takes discipline, but it can be done. Key to Cam’s messaging was the importance of slowing down and understanding the metrics surrounding your decisions.

The Innovation Conference also provided a forum for John Hanrahan Scholarship recipients Lachlan Quibell, Sophie Hanna and Jess Ryan, as well as Uncle Tobys Scholarship recipient, Tom Hatty, to share their aspirations in agriculture and was a terrific showcase of their potential as future leaders in agriculture.

“We were thrilled that we had so many people engage with us over the course of the EXPO and that we were able to bring so many people to the region to explore together how farming businesses can grow and adapt through innovative ideas, products and services,” concluded Ms Marriott

Riverine Plains would also like to thank all our partners for their support and in particular; Seed Force, Upton Engineering, New Edge Microbials, AgriFutures Australia, the Grains Research and Development Corporation and Destination NSW.

GRDC Update Corowa

Riverine Plains is supporting the Corowa GRDC Farm to Profit Farm Business Update which is being held on Thursday March 10, 2022.  

       When: Thursday 10 March, 2022: 9:30 am to 3:15 pm (doors open at 9.00 am for a 9.30 am start)

                   Followed by the National Grower Network Forum: 3:15pm to 5:05pm  

       Where: Corowa RSL (30 Betterment Pde, Corowa, NSW).

All registrations and walk ups on the day are welcome – to register, click here (external website).

To download or print a copy of the pdf, please click here.

 

Cool Soil Initiative & Drought-preparedness workshop – 25 January, Lowesdale

Riverine Plains will be hosting a Cool Soil Initiative Soil Pit and Drought-preparedness discussion on Tuesday 25 January, 2022 from 8.30 – 11.30am at George Taylor’s, Corner Riverina Hwy and Hopefield Siding Rd, Lowesdale, NSW.

The program includes:

  • Cool Soil Initiative Soil Pit: looking beneath the surface with Dr Cassandra Schefe (AgriSci)
  • Host farmer talk: Farm operations, varieties and management – George Taylor
  • Adapting irrigation systems for future drought and climatic event resilience – Denis Watson, DEDJTR
  • Managing Future Drought and Climate Challenges workshop facilitated by Kate Coffey (Riverine Plains)
    • Why is now a good time to prepare for drought.
    • Previous experiences of drought – what worked, what didn’t & identifying on-farm/business changes needed for the next drought,
    • Accessing physical and mental health services, business supports and grants,
    • How can communities be better supported during drought
    • Importance of personal and business connections.

This workshop is being delivered as part of the Enhancing Community Networks for Drought Resilience in the Riverine Plains and Cool Soil Initiative projects. Please RSVP to kate@riverineplains.org.au or jane@riverineplains.org.au or phone Ph 03 5744 1713 by 24 January, 2022.

This is a COVID-safe event which will be held in accordance with current NSW state government regulations. All attendees must provide proof of vaccination or exemption.

To download a copy of the flyer, please click here.

The Enhancing Community Networks for Drought Resilience in the Riverine Plains project is funded by the Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience program, through donors the Australian Government, Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal and the Pratt Foundation.

The Cool Soil Initiative is funded by Mars Petcare, Kelloggs Group, Manildra Group and Allied Pinnacle through the Sustainable Food Lab and Charles Sturt University (CSU), with additional funding through the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

 

Managing stubble at harvest

FAR Australia Pulse Field Walk – 8 October, Bundalong

As part of the GRDC Victorian Pulse Agronomy Project, FAR Australia is hosting a Pulse Field Day for Victorian farmers (excluding locked-down local government areas) on Friday 8 October, 2021, from 2-4pm at Bundalong (Victoria).

Due to COVID restrictions, registrations are essential to rachel.hamilton@faraustralia.com.au or phone 0428 843 456.

To download or print the pdf version of this flyer, please click here.

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