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Transforming Regions Development Program resumes from 14 August

UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship Applications now open

Applications now open for UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship for agriculture students

Riverine Plains Inc is pleased to be able to invite local agriculture tertiary students working towards a degree or diploma in agriculture or agribusiness to apply for the inaugural UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship.

This new Scholarship is being administered by farming system group, Riverine Plains Inc, through the Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, said that it was exciting to be able to offer this scholarship this year and that it was great to see a corporate such as UNCLE TOBYS encouraging young students to take up careers in agriculture.

The Scholarship recognises and encourages agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region by supporting a local second year student in their studies.

The Scholarship will provide:

  • A bursary of $5,000 for a student commencing second year study in 2021
  • Access to work placement opportunities with Nestlé, the home of UNCLE TOBYS
  • Opportunities to network and gain knowledge, with free access to all Riverine Plains Inc events.
  • Personal mentoring by Nestlé staff from the UNCLE TOBYS factory

Nestlé Wahgunyah factory manager, Glenn Elske said that the team are delighted to be able to support future leaders of the agricultural industry.

“Supporting leaders in agriculture, especially those in the local region, is crucial to the success of the food industry. We know that agriculture continues to change – with advances in technology, greater focus on sustainability, and even changes to supply chains – and first-hand, local industry experience to learn about these challenges and changes will be invaluable.”

The UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship is open to current first year agriculture or agribusiness degree or diploma students, who will enter their second year of studies in 2021.

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

Applications for the UNCLE TOBYS Scholarship open on 1 July and close on 30 September 2020, with further details available via this link.

John Hanrahan Scholarship Applications now open

John Hanrahan Scholarship for agriculture and agribusiness students – applications now open

Riverine Plains Inc is pleased to announce that applications for the 2021 John Hanrahan Scholarship are now open.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship recognises and encourages agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region through the support of a local second year student in their agriculture/agribusiness bachelor or diploma degree studies.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is named in honour of the late John Hanrahan, a successful and experienced farmer from Coreen, who had a passion for agriculture, a thirst for knowledge and real sense of community.

The Scholarship, which is awarded annually, includes a bursary of $5,000, access to work experience opportunities with Riverine Plains Inc or through our networks, opportunities to network and gain knowledge with free access to all Riverine Plains events and mentoring from one of our current committee members.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is open to current first year Agriculture or Agribusiness degree or diploma students, who will be entering their second year of studies in 2021.

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

Applications for the John Hanrahan Scholarship open on 1 July and close on 30 September, 2020, with further details available via this link.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is administered via the Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund.

Postponed: Pulse Check Discussion Group Paddock Walk Dookie/Murchison East – 25 June

The GRDC Riverine Plains Pulse Check Discussion Group paddock walk scheduled for this Thursday 25 June, 2020 at Murchison East has been postponed due to a recent tightening of COVID restrictions.

We plan to reschedule the meeting sometime in late July and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

GRDC Growers as Innovators workshops – 26 & 28 May

To support local producers to commercialise ideas, new products and inventions in agrifood and fibre, Farmers to Founders is hosting free GRDC Growers as Innovators Virtual Workshops.

These workshops are ideal for producers looking to commercialise an invention or who want to develop a new, value-added product.

The events will be held online on:

  • Tuesday 26 May, 2020 from 2:30-5:30 pm
  • Thursday 28 May, 2020 from 10am-1pm

Further details are available by downloading the GRDC Growers as Innovators Virtual Workshop flyer F2F.

John Hanrahan Scholarship recipients announced

Riverine Plains Inc, together with the Hanrahan family, are pleased to announce that the 2020 John Hanrahan Scholarship recipients are Sophie Hanna from Walwa, Victoria and Lachlan Quibell from Marungi, Victoria.

Both recipients are currently undertaking their second year of Bachelor of Agriculture studies at the University of Melbourne.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, explained that in awarding two recipients for 2020, the John Hanrahan Scholarship Fund was doing its part to support agriculture in the region now and into the future.

“The John Hanrahan Scholarship is named in honour of the late John Hanrahan, a successful farmer from Coreen who had a passion for agriculture, a thirst for knowledge and real sense of community” explained Barry.

“Both Sophie and Lachlan possess these same characteristics and we can see this in the way they approach their respective educational, sporting and cultural interests” he said.

Throughout the application process, both recipients have shown themselves to be articulate, thoughtful and driven people with strong leadership skills.

“Both are also very committed to the future of agriculture and recognise the need for agricultural production to service a growing population, whilst also considering the resource and environmental challenges facing the industry” said Barry.

Sophie Hanna is a passionate contributor to her family’s beef cattle business at Walwa and hopes to become an agronomist while continuing her involvement on the farm. Sophie is also interested in plant genetic research and hopes to advance crop and pasture varieties for farming systems.

Lachlan Quibell is interested in plant production, especially broadacre crop and perennial horticulture systems. He is also passionate about engaging with the wider community about agriculture and wants to be part of a new generation tackling production issues while also focussing on factors such as greenhouse gas emissions, farm feasibility and sustainability.

Sophie said the bursary would provide extra time, enabling her to broaden her knowledge and seek practical agricultural experience.

Lachlan expressed a similar sentiment, saying that the Scholarship will better allow him to take full advantage of the University learning experience.

As the 2020 recipients of the John Hanrahan Scholarship, both Sophie and Lachlan receive a bursary of $5,000.

Both students are also looking forward to accessing the work experience, mentoring and educational opportunities that form part of the scholarship.

Riverine Plains Inc would like to thank the Hanrahan family for the generous donation that led to the establishment of the Scholarship, as well as all those who have made financial or in-kind donations to the Scholarship Fund over the past few years.

“The calibre of applications for the 2020 Scholarship was extremely high and we would like to commend all applicants and wish them well with their studies” added Barry.

2020 John Hanrahan Scholarship recipients announced

9 April, 2020

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2020 John Hanrahan Scholarship awarded to two outstanding local recipients

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.

Applications for the 2021 round of the John Hanrahan Scholarship will open in July 2020. Further details will be available from www.riverineplains.org.au closer to this date.

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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More Information or Interview:

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

Workplace Relations online workshop – March 31 (limited places available)

Please note that the Compliance Confidence for Employment Matters workshop will now be held online (from the comfort of your own home/office) on Tuesday 31 March from 9.30am – 11.30am. 

Compliance Confidence for Employment Matters is a two hour workshop on workplace relations for farm owners and managers in the Federation Council.

Gracia Kusuma, NSW Farmers Workplace Relations Director, will present the online workshop which is designed to provide farm owners and managers with a workplace relations update on:

  • The distinction between contractors and employees
  • Getting to know the Pastoral Award
  • Award compliant pay arrangement
  • Annualised salary
  • Record keeping
  • Employment related tenancy

For further information, please download the RPI Workplace Relations compliance workshop flyer.

Places to this webinar are limited.  RSVP essential.  Please email info@riverineplains.org.au or phone 0407 919 842 to register.

This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program, in conjunction with Federation Council.

Business Skills for Young Farmers Workshops – 19 & 26 March

Please be aware that due to current recommendations and changing situation with COVID-19, events may be postponed or cancelled at short notice.  Please check our website, or with the organiser prior to attending.

NSW farmers aged 18-40 are invited to two free farm business workshops hosted by Riverine Plains Inc.

The workshops are part of a series aiming to improve the access of young farmers to better business information and will focus on financial literacy and farm business principles.

The first workshop, Understanding the farm business financial position, will be held on Thursday 19 March, 2020 from 1pm-5pm at the Riverine Plains Inc office, Mulwala, NSW. This workshop will include:

  • Understanding & creating key financial statements for the farm business
  • Making farm financial management more efficient
  • Key financial responsibility of farm businesses, including legislation & regulation requirements
  • Cost Tracking and budgeting: Charles DeBourg, Agworld

A second workshop, Long-term business financial planning, will be held on Thursday 26 March, 2020 from 10:30am-4:30pm at the Balldale Recreation Ground. This workshop will include a brief recap of the first workshop plus;

  • Introduction to Benchmarking: Tim Haines, Farmanco
  • Financial planning and growing a business in the farming economy
  • Planning for long-term debt repayment
  • Going full-time farming: Corey Uebergang, Boorhaman

The Business Skills workshops are free and are open to NSW farmers aged 18-40. RSVP’s essential by Monday 16 March, 2020. While attendance at both workshops is recommended, single workshop registrations also accepted.

For more information please download the RPI Young Farmers Business Skills flyer. To register, please contact Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713 or email Kate Coffey kate@riverineplains.org.au.

This project is supported by the NSW Department of Primary Industries through the Young Farmer Business Program

Microsoft Excel Masterclass Series

Please be aware that due to current recommendations and changing situation with COVID-19, events may be postponed or cancelled at short notice.  Please check our website, or with the organiser prior to attending.

Riverine Plains Inc will be hosting a series of half day Microsoft Excel Training sessions for people employed in farming and regional businesses in the Federation Council.

The six sessions will be presented by Steve Young, EXCELutions, and will be held over three days from 9am-1:30pm:

  • Monday 16 March – Session 1: Fundamentals, Session 2: Formatting
  • Monday 23 March – Session 3: Functions, Session 4: Visualisation
  • Monday 30 March – Session 5: Data Management, Session 6: Conditional Formatting

These workshops are free and are open to people employed in farming and regional business within the Federation Council. The sessions are ideal for beginners through to regular basic users of Excel.

While it is recommended participants attend each workshop, participants are also able to attend single workshops if preferred. Participants will require their own laptop.

RSVP’s essential by 11 March, 2020.

For more information please download the RPI Excel Workshop Series Flyer.  To register, please contact Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713 or email Fiona Hart info@riverineplains.org.au.

This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program, in conjunction with Federation Council.

Events

Transforming Regions Development Program – Part 3, August 28

The Transforming Regions Development Program is designed to assist participants acquire practical skills that can be applied to both personal and business life.

The program will resume in an online format from August 14, 2020. New participants are welcome and attendance at previous sessions is not necessary.

Part 3 – Managing Relationships

When: Friday 28 August, 2020, 10am-2pm

Session Overview:

Relationships: At the end of the day, it’s all about relationships

Effective relationships are the fuel that keep small business alive. What are the strategies that keeps these relationships alive and thriving? It is more than just communication – it’s about shared values, goals and having a clear understanding of accountabilities and expectations.

Managing relationships is about understanding the key relationships and applying these strategies on a needs basis. It’s also about managing the difficult times, negotiating and collaborating to achieve a shared outcome.

Participants will complete an “Opinion Leaders Analysis” for external stakeholders and develop strategies for various stakeholders. Strategies to manage internal relationships will also be developed by participants, including a needs analysis, managing conflict, change and difficult situations.

To register for this event, please click here.

Further information about the other events in this program can be downloaded from the RPI Transforming regions program flyer August 2020.

This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program, in conjunction with Federation Council.

Transforming Regions Development Program – Part 2

The Transforming Regions Development Program is designed to assist participants acquire practical skills that can be applied to both personal and business life.

The program will resume in an online format from August 14, 2020. New participants are welcome and attendance at previous sessions is not necessary.

Part 2 – Managing Finances

When: Friday 21 August, 2020, 10am-2pm

Session Overview:

The devil is in the detail – understanding and using the numbers

Participants will be provided with another way of looking at the numbers and detail. This module will build the business and financial literacy of the participants, with the aim of achieving clearer aspirations for participants by asking more informed questions of their advisors and providers.

Participants will “deep dive” into their businesses using a provided template to help adopt strategies that may better serve them and their businesses. In this module, participants will also be encouraged to share their findings and to identify strategies to achieve their aspirations.

To register for this event, please click here.

Further information about the other events in this program can be downloaded from the RPI Transforming regions program flyer August 2020

Transforming Regions Development Program – Part 1, August 14

The Transforming Regions Development Program is designed to assist participants acquire practical skills that can be applied to both personal and business life.

The program will resume in an online format from August 14, 2020. New participants are welcome and attendance at previous sessions is not necessary.

Part 1 – Shaping your future

When: Friday 14 August, 2020, 10am-2pm

Session Overview:

Vision without action is waste of time, action without vision is filling in time, but with vision and action you change change the world.

What is the most appropriate strategic planning framework for rural and regional businesses?

This module will use a recommended and tested planning model to identify the aspirations of the business and the linkages required to achieve them. Participants will investigate all aspects of business operations to ensure the business moves from people running a business to a thriving business being run by people – individuals, families, and co-operatives. This requires a change of mindset and thinking process.

Participants will begin developing their strategic and tactical plans, with templates provided to assist participants begin the process of transforming their businesses. Participants will see how stronger questioning and a curious approach to their why, what and how can help drive better business choices.

To register for this event, please click here.

Further information about the other events in this program can be downloaded from the RPI Transforming regions program flyer August 2020.

In-Season Update – Tuesday 11 August (online)

Riverine Plains Inc will host an In-Season Update on Tuesday 11 August, 2020, from 12 noon – 1pm. The event will take place online, via the Zoom meeting platform.

The event will provide a brief, technical update for Riverine Plains region farmers and industry, and will include the outlook for spring (Dale Grey, Agriculture Victoria), fungicides (Bruce Larcombe, Larcombe Agronomy) and nitrogen decision making (Lee Menhenett, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers), as well as a round-up from a number of local farmers.

There is no cost to attend this event and all are welcome.

Registrations are essential: to register, please click here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please note, participants will need to download Zoom software prior to the meeting.

For further information please download the 2020 RPI In-Season Update, or contact Riverine Plains Inc on (03) 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org.au