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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.

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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More Information or Interview:

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

In-season update – Mulwala, 8 August

Riverine Plains Inc will host its annual In-season Update at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on Thursday 8 August, 2019 from 9am – 1pm.

This all-important spring rainfall outlook will be delivered by Agriculture Victoria Seasonal Variability Agronomist, Dale Grey who 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.

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 (also involving Riverine Plains Inc).

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

Based on experiences from a recent trip to Canada and the US, Riverine Plains Research Coordinator, Dr Cassandra Schefe will also present her observations on cover cropping, soil research, regenerative agriculture as well as pulse research and development.

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.

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.

For further information, please download the In-season update 2019 Flyer.

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. Further information is available via the Soil Health Workshop flyer.

New Pulse Check Discussion Group for NSW Riverine Plains: First meeting 26 October, Rand

Riverine Plains Inc is forming a Pulse Check Discussion Group for the NSW Riverine Plains region.

The first meeting will be held on Friday 26 October, 2018 at the Hamilton Family property ‘Granview’ at Rand from 8:30 am to 11:30am. We will meet at the sheds before visiting a faba bean and lentil crop.

The meeting will focus on the important role pulses play in our farming systems, as well as on harvest issues.

Topics for discussion will include;

  • A farmer’s perspective on pulses – Roy Hamilton, Rand
  • Pulses: The good, the bad and the ugly – James Madden, Madden Consulting
  • Harvesting Pulses – James Madden, Madden Consulting
  • Marketing pulses & harvester fire safety – Phil Bowden, Pulse Australia
  • Value adding – Gary Drew, Lupins for Life

Directions : From Rand take Mahonga road for 12 km, Granview entrance is on your right. From Urana take Albury road for 4 km , turn right onto Mahonga road and travel for 22km Granview is on the left.

The Pulse Check Discussion Group Meeting is free and all are welcome – previous experience in growing pulses is not required. Light refreshments provided. 

For more information or to register your interest please contact Kate Coffey, NSW Riverine Plains Inc Pulse Check Group Facilitator on 03 5744 1713, email kate@riverineplains.org.au or download the Rand Pulse Check Discussion Group Meeting Flyer.

The GRDC Northern Pulse Check partners are Pulse Australia and Farmlink.

Canola Systems Trial Site

Riverine Research Centre Open Day – 27 September

Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia will host the Riverine Research Centre Spring Open Day at Burramine, near Yarrawonga, this Thursday 27 September, 2018.

The Riverine Research Centre is host to a number of cereal agronomy research trials and the Centre Open Day will provide an opportunity to view this local research as well as providing an opportunity to discuss the current dry season and the significant impact of recent frost events.

Dr James Hunt, from La Trobe University will talk about results from a GRDC investment looking at crop management for early sown, slow developing wheats. Discussions around this and other research being conducted at the site will also provide further information for growers on how to identify frost damage as well as how to manage frost risk into the future.

Eric Watson, from Canterbury New Zealand, will discuss the farming practices and systems that supported his recent world record irrigated wheat crop of 16.71 tonnes per hectare.

Dr Maarten van Helden from SARDI will also provide the latest information of the monitoring taking place for Russian Wheat Aphid across south eastern Australia, while other presentations will include Riverine Plains Inc funded research into the early sowing of winter wheat cultivars and the potential for winter barley cultivars.

The Open Day will run from 9am – 12pm on 27 September at the Riverine Research Centre, corner Forges Road and Odeas Road (Beatties Road), Burramine, 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, or (03) 5744 1713 or download the 2018 Riverine Research Centre Open Day Flyer

John Hanrahan Scholarship for agriculture students – applications close 31 August

Earlier this year, farming systems group Riverine Plains Inc, launched the John Hanrahan Scholarship in support of tertiary students studying an agriculture or agribusiness bachelor or diploma degree course.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, explained that the Scholarship is named in honour of John Hanrahan, a successful and experienced farmer and respected community member from Coreen, who passed away unexpectedly in 2014.

“John was a great friend and supporter of Riverine Plains Inc and he had a real enthusiasm for the types of ongoing research that Riverine Plains Inc is involved with”, said Barry.

“Through a generous donation made by the Hanrahan family, Riverine Plains Inc has been able to establish a Scholarship in John’s name to honour his passion for farming, his thirst for knowledge and his sense of community”.

The Scholarship, awarded annually, 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 includes a bursary of $5,000, access to work experience opportunities either with Riverine Plains Inc, its partner organisation FAR Australia or through our networks, opportunities to network and gain knowledge with free access to all Riverine Plains events and networks and mentoring from one of our current board 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 2019.

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, 2018, with details available from the John Hanrahan Scholarship – Information and application page.

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

Pulse Check Discussion Group Paddock Walk – Monday 16 July

A post-sowing paddock walk will be held on the 16 July 2018 from 9:30 am for growers and advisors interested in pulse production.

The paddock walk will include visits to chickpea and faba bean crops near Goorambat and Devenish, Victoria. Discussions at each paddock will focus on crop establishment and early-season issues including;

• Response to sowing time, sowing rate and depth
• Plant density
• Early establishment pests and strategies
• Early crop disease identification and control strategies
• Early crop weed control strategies
• Update on market developments/opportunities for lentils, chickpeas and other pulses

Attendees do not need to have attended previous meetings or have any prior knowledge in pulse production to attend.

Please note the discussion group has recently been expanded to cover all pulse types.

For more information please download the July RPI Pulse Check discussion group flyer

Canola Systems Field Day – 26 July Daysdale, Coreen, Howlong

Canola systems are being examined as part of a GRDC and Riverine Plains Inc field day to be held on Thursday 26 June, 2018.

The day aims to help growers work through issues around varietal selection, good agronomy and adequate nutrition by visiting trial sites established at Daysdale, Coreen and Howlong.

The field day will begin at 10.00am at the  canola systems trial site at Daysdale, which was established by Farmanco in partnership with Riverine Plains Inc and is designed to evaluate the profitability of different canola systems using hybrid, triazine tolerant, imi tolerant, high oleic and Roundup Ready® technologies.

The second part of the field day involves visits to trials sown as part of a GRDC investment investigating sulphur and nitrogen nutrition in canola. These trials were established to review regionally accepted sulphur and nitrogen application rates for canola in light of the good application histories many paddocks now have.

The field day will commence at 10am at the Maloney family farm, 95 Saffron Road, Daysdale, NSW. The second site visit will be from 12 noon at the Tomlinson family’s farm, Emu Park Road, Coreen. The third site visit will commence at 2:15pm at the Trevethan Family farm, Riverina Highway, Howlong.

This event is free and all are welcome. Signage will be provided on the day and lunch is included. Seed company representatives will be on hand to answer questions about different varieties at the canola systems trial site.

For more information and directions please download the Spotlight on canola systems flyer.

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