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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

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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.

Effective Communication Workshop – March 12, Corowa

A one-day Effective Communication workshop will be held on Thursday 12 March at Corowa for people employed in farming and regional businesses in the Federation Council.

The workshop is part of a series of workshops focussing on skills to help manage yourself, your time, your relationships and your role or business.

The Effective Communication workshop will be delivered by Rebecca Fing, House Paddock Training and Consulting, and will cover:

• Understanding different people
• Effective communication
• Conflict management and negotiation
• Having difficult conversations

This free event will be held from 9am-4:30pm (tea & coffee from 8:45am) at the Tom Roberts Meeting Room, Corowa Civic Centre, 100 Edward St, Corowa NSW. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. RSVP’s essential by Monday 9 March, 2020.

For more information please download the RPI Effective Communication workshop 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.

Time Management & Productivity Workshop – March 11, Corowa

Riverine Plains Inc is hosting a free Time Management and Productivity workshop for people employed in farming and regional business within the Federation Council.

The workshop is part of a workshop series focussing on skills to help manage yourself, your time, your relationships and your role or business and will be delivered by Rebecca Fing, House Paddock Training and Consulting.

It will be held on Wednesday 11 March from 9am-4:30pm (tea & coffee from 8:45am) at the Tom Roberts Meeting Room, Corowa Civic Centre, 100 Edward St, Corowa NSW, and will cover;

• The art of planning and setting great goals
• Time management
• Optimising productivity in your work day
• Getting App’Ed – apps and podcasts for productivity
• Improving administrative efficiency and Paperless office

For more information, or to register, please download the RPI Time management and productivity workshop flyer, contact Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713 or email Fiona Hart info@riverineplains.org.au.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. RSVP’s essential by Monday 9 March, 2020.

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

Transforming Regions Development Program for Federation Council businesses – EOI’s open until 3 March

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.

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
  • Managing change; and
  • 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.

For further information, please download the Transforming regions program details flyer (updated). To register, 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.

 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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More Information or Interview:

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

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