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Youth in Ag Dinner at Yarrawonga

Date: 27 March, 2023

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 Youth in Ag get together at Yarrawonga

 

On Friday 24 March, a Riverine Plains Youth in Ag Dinner event saw 85 young people involved in agriculture across the region come together for a night of networking and fun (as well as a little bit of dancing!).

The Riverine Plains Youth in Ag dinner was held at The Sebel, Yarrawonga, with the support of 2023 Youth in Ag Program partners, Elders and Corteva Agriscience.

The night was an excellent opportunity for young farmers, agribusiness professionals and students to get together and connect with like-minded people from across the region, while also receiving early-career advice from business leaders and Riverine Plains Scholarship Program recipients.

Event organiser and Riverine Plains Project Officer, Rhiannan McPhee, was thrilled at the night’s success.

“There was so much energy in the room and a real buzz as people made the most of the time to socialise, meet new people and create connections,” she said.

“One of the highlights was hearing Sam Whiting, Elders, who shared his journey from growing up on a farm in southwest Victoria, to a career in banking overseas, through to his return to Geelong to take up a position as Elders State Finance and Operations Manager,” explained Ms McPhee.

“Sam’s message about not needing to have your career all figured out from day one and to allow yourself the time to figure out your strengths, passions, as well as likes and dislikes, really resonated,” said Ms McPhee.

Corteva Agriscience Marketing Director, Dan Dixon, also joined the proceedings via video link, explaining the importance of investing in young people to support the future of the agriculture industry.

The evening included the official presentation of the 2022 Riverine Plains Scholarship Program recipients, with James White (John Hanrahan Scholar), Sam Marshall (Uncle Tobys Scholar), and Reily Menhenett (Corteva Agriscience Scholar) each speaking about how they are using their scholarships to further their education and practical experiences in their chosen fields.

After the official presentations were over, local live band Scott and Amanda ensured the dance floor was full until close.

“Riverine Plains is really passionate about supporting young people in agriculture to achieve their full potential and it was just wonderful to see people enjoying the night on so many levels”, said Ms McPhee.

“We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and we are already looking forward to planning next year’s event,” she concluded.

The Riverine Plains Youth in Ag Program will also include a Youth in Ag Mentoring Lunch and Field Tour, with more details available shortly from www.riverineplains.org.au.

 

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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:

Claudia Powell, Communications Manager, Riverine Plains (0499 402 943) or email claudia@riverineplains.org.au

2022 John Hanrahan, Uncle Tobys and Corteva Agriscience Scholarship Recipients

John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarship Applications close 22 June

Local tertiary students working towards a degree or diploma in agriculture or agribusiness have until midnight on Wednesday 22 June, 2022 to apply for the 2022 John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarships

Both Scholarships are intended to recognise and encourage agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region and to support local students through their studies.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship was established by Riverine Plains in honour of the late John Hanrahan from Coreen, whose community spirit, passion for agriculture and thirst for knowledge was renowned. 

The Scholarship is now coming in to its fourth year and has already provided financial support, work experience and other opportunities to four  local students including Mitchell Priestly (2019), Sophie Hanna and Lachlan Quibell (both 2020), and Jessica Ryan (2021).

Riverine Plains also partnered with Uncle Tobys during 2021 to deliver the Inaugural Uncle Tobys Scholarship, which was awarded to Thomas Hatty, and the group is pleased to be able to again deliver this scholarship for 2022 to support future leaders in agriculture.

Applications for the 2022 John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarships are open to current first year Agriculture or Agribusiness Degree or Diploma students who will be commencing their second year of study in 2023.

Both Scholarships include a bursary of $5,000, access to work experience, networking and mentoring opportunities with either Riverine Plains through the John Hanrahan Scholarship, or directly with Uncle Tobys through the Uncle Tobys Scholarship.

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.

Click on the following links for further information about the John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarships.

 

2022 John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarships now open!

John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarships Now Open for Riverine Plains’ Region Ag Students.

Riverine Plains is inviting applications for the 2022 John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarships.

The Scholarships recognise and encourage agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region by supporting local students through their studies.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship was established by Riverine Plains in honour of the late John Hanrahan from Coreen, whose community spirit, passion for agriculture and thirst for knowledge was renowned. The Scholarship is now coming in to its fourth year, and has already supported local students Mitchell Priestly (2019), Sophie Hanna and Lachlan Quibell (both 2020), and Jessica Ryan (2021).

Riverine Plains is also partnering with Uncle Tobys to deliver the 2022 Uncle Tobys Scholarship. The Inaugural Uncle Tobys Scholarship was awarded to Thomas Hatty during 2021, and we are excited to offer this Scholarship in support of agriculture’s future leaders.

Applications for the 2022 John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarships are open to first year Agriculture or Agribusiness Degree or Diploma students beginning their second year of study in 2023. Applications close on 15 June, 2022.

Each Scholarship include a $5,000 bursary, work experience, networking and mentoring opportunities with Riverine Plains (through the John Hanrahan Scholarship or with Uncle Tobys (through the Uncle Tobys Scholarship).

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.

Click on the following links for further details about the John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarships.

2022 John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarships now open!

2 May, 2022

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John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarships Now Open for Riverine Plains’ Region Ag Students.

Riverine Plains Inc is pleased to invite local tertiary students working towards a degree or diploma in agriculture or agribusiness to apply for the 2022 John Hanrahan Scholarship and Uncle Tobys Scholarships.

Riverine Plains Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Marriott, explained that both Scholarships were intended to recognise and encourage agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region and to support local students through their studies.

“The John Hanrahan Scholarship was established by Riverine Plains in honour of the late John Hanrahan from Coreen, whose community spirit, passion for agriculture and thirst for knowledge was renowned”, said Ms Marriott.

“The John Hanrahan Scholarship is now coming in to its fourth year and has already provided financial support, work experience and other opportunities to four talented local students including Mitchell Priestly (2019), Sophie Hanna and Lachlan Quibell (both 2020), and Jessica Ryan (2021)” she said.

Riverine Plains also partnered with Uncle Tobys during 2021 to deliver the Inaugural Uncle Tobys Scholarship, which was awarded to Thomas Hatty, and the group is pleased to be able to again deliver this scholarship for 2022 to support future leaders in agriculture.

Nestlé Wahgunyah factory manager, Jean Carlo de Lima described the support of future leaders in agriculture, especially those from the local region, as being crucial to the success of the food industry.

“As agriculture continues to change through advances in technology, a greater focus on sustainability, and changes to supply chains, having first-hand, local industry experience will be invaluable” he said.

Applications for the 2022 John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarships are open to current first year Agriculture or Agribusiness Degree or Diploma students until 15 June, 2022.

Both Scholarships include a bursary of $5,000, access to work experience, networking and mentoring opportunities with either Riverine Plains through the John Hanrahan Scholarship, or directly with Uncle Tobys through the Uncle Tobys Scholarship.

Students aged between 18 and 30 from the Riverine Plains region of north-eastern Victoria and the southern Riverina region of NSW are encouraged to apply.

“We are so excited to be able to support our region’s young people, who will also be agriculture’s future leaders, through their studies and especially look forward to watching their individual careers develop over the coming years” added Ms Marriott.

Further details about both the John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarships are available from www.riverineplains.org.au

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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:

Emily Thompson, Director of Communications, Events and Marketing, Riverine Plains (03 5744 1713) or email emily@riverineplains.org.au

John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarship Recipients Announced

21 June, 2021

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2021 John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarship recipients announced

Riverine Plains and Uncle Tobys are pleased to announce that two outstanding students have been named as the 2021 recipients of the John Hanrahan Scholarship and the Inaugural Uncle Tobys Scholarship.

The recipient of the John Hanrahan Scholarship is Jessica Ryan from Estella, NSW, while the recipient of the Uncle Tobys Scholarship is Thomas Hatty, from Tocumwal, NSW.

Riverine Plains Chief Executive Officer, Ms Catherine Marriott, said that both the John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarships recognise the excellence shown by local students studying for an agriculture-related qualification, while also providing additional opportunities for these students within the industry.

“As well as being capable students, both Jessica and Thomas have shown themselves to be active community members who are both passionate about their future roles in agriculture” said Catherine.

“These characteristics were especially important in the case of the John Hanrahan Scholarship, which was established by Riverine Plains in honour of the late John Hanrahan, from Coreen, whose community spirit, passion for agriculture and thirst for knowledge was renowned” explained Catherine.

Similarly, the Uncle Tobys Scholarship is an initiative designed to help make agriculture an attractive career choice for young people.

“We are passionate about supporting young people who have the enthusiasm and mindset to improve both farming economics and sustainability. Both of these attributes are essential to build a successful farming industry for the future” said Scott Boxshall, Nestlé Wahgunyah Factory Manager.

John Hanrahan Scholar, Jessica Ryan, is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at Charles Sturt University.

Jessica has an interest in agricultural advocacy and politics, and is looking to help shape the future of agriculture by speaking up on issues affecting farmers. Jessica has worked across the livestock, cropping, machinery and infrastructure components of her family’s mixed farming enterprise and her background in agriculture gives her a very practical understanding of the challenges involved in farming.

Uncle Tobys Scholar, Thomas Hatty, is undertaking a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Agricultural Science at LaTrobe University.

Thomas also has a farming background, with experience in cropping and other agricultural businesses. His initiative and resourcefulness has seen him travel overseas and take on quite significant levels of responsibility in his employment experiences, while his involvement in local sport and with local students has seen him give back to the community. Thomas has an interest in grains and crop agronomy and hopes to work directly with farmers to address production and operational issues, with a focus on sustainability and continued improvement using technological innovations and research outcomes.

As 2021 Scholarship recipients, both Jessica and Thomas receive a bursary of $5,000.

Both students expressed their appreciation of the financial support provided by the Scholarships and the opportunity to further develop their networks and learning experiences.

Riverine Plains 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.

Riverine Plains also thanks Uncle Tobys, for their commitment to supporting local tertiary students and for providing development pathways in support of regional agriculture.

Applications for the 2022 John Hanrahan and Uncle Tobys Scholarships will open in July 2021, with further details available from www.riverineplains.org.au closer to this date.

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, Chief Operating Officer, Riverine Plains on 03 5744 1713.

Applications for UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship and John Hanrahan Scholarship close 30 September. 

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.

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: Agriculture Dinner and presentation of the John Hanrahan Scholarship

Members, sponsors and friends of Riverine Plains Inc are advised that the Celebration of Agriculture Dinner, which was scheduled to take place on Friday 27 March has been postponed in light of the rapidly evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 virus.  We look forward to the opportunity to reschedule, when appropriate.

For more information, please contact the Riverine Plains Inc Office on 03 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org,au.

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