What’s on for North East Vic­to­rian farm­ers

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

*FUND­ING is now avail­able to groups of sheep and goat pro­duc­ers to as­sist in bring­ing the ben­e­fits of the lat­est in re­search out­comes to their ev­ery­day op­er­a­tions through Meat & Live­stock Aus­tralia’s (MLA) Pro­ducer Demon­stra­tion Sites pro­gram.

The pro­gram is part of MLA’s on-farm adop­tion pro­gram pro­vid­ing up to $25,000 a year for a max­i­mum of three years to pro­ducer groups to val­i­date, adapt and demon­strate the busi­ness value of im­ple­ment­ing new man­age­ment prac­tices, tech­nolo­gies or in­no­va­tions and as­so­ci­ated skills into lo­cal farm­ing sys­tems.

Pro­duc­ers are pro­vided with a hands-on en­vi­ron­ment en­abling them to share ex­pe­ri­ences and par­tic­i­pate in the com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tion of re­search out­comes in im­por­tant ar­eas.

Fund­ing sup­port is specif­i­cally aimed at sup­port­ing prac­tice change and en­abling pro­ducer groups to ad­vance the sus­tain­able and prof­itable pro­duc­tion of red meat and val­i­date re­search and de­vel­op­ment knowl­edge.

Pre­lim­i­nary ap­pli­ca­tions should be sub­mit­ted by Fri­day, Jan­uary 15, 2016.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.mla.com.au/Re­searc­hand-de­vel­op­ment/Fundin­gop­por­tu­ni­ties/Pro­duc­ers.

*AP­PLI­CA­TIONS for the 2016 Peter West­blade Schol­ar­ship are now open for young peo­ple pas­sion­ate about the sheep and wool in­dus­try.

Open to young peo­ple aged 18 to 30 years old, the schol­ar­ship pro­vides cash and in-kind sup­port worth up to $10,000 over a 12-month pe­riod and is aimed to de­liver hands on ex­pe­ri­ence to young peo­ple as­pir­ing for a ca­reer in the sheep and wool in­dus­try.

The 2016 re­cip­i­ent will re­ceive men­tor­ing from in­dus­try lead­ers, in­volve­ment in the in­dus­try’s largest com­mer­cial ge­netic trial, prac­ti­cal train­ing, travel op­por­tu­ni­ties, re­source books and the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop wider net­works of key in­dus­try con­tacts.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 20, with ap­pli­cants short-listed in early Fe­bru­ary for in­ter­views by an in­dus­try panel with the re­cip­i­ent an­nounced at a din­ner in Wagga Wagga on Wed­nes­day, March 2.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.pe­ter­west­blade­schol­ar­ship.com.au.

* TICK­ETS are now on sale for the Toy­ota Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Tam­worth to be held from Fri­day, Jan­uary 15, 2016 to Sun­day, Jan­uary 24, 2016.

The line-up of artists in­cludes Kasey Cham­bers, Adam Brand, Adam Har­vey, Jas­mine Rae, Sim­ply Bushed, Shan­non Noll, Kevin Bloody Wil­son, Troy Kemp, Ash­leigh Dal­las, The Wolfe Broth­ers, Sara Storer, James Blun­dell and Broth­ers 3.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. tcmf.com.au.

* NOM­I­NA­TIONS are now open for the veg­etable in­dus­try’s na­tional in­dus­try spe­cific 2016 lead­er­ship pro­gram Grow­ing Lead­ers.

The pro­gram, funded by Hor­ti­cul­ture In­no­va­tion Aus­tralia (HIA), us­ing the Na­tional Veg­etable Levy and funds from the Aus­tralian Govern­ment fo­cuses on giv­ing par­tic­i­pants the tools and un­der­stand­ing they need to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on their own fu­ture, the fu­ture of their busi­ness and the fu­ture of the Aus­tralian veg­etable in­dus­try as a whole.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Ru­ral Train­ing Ini­tia­tives via jill@ru­ral­train­ingini­tia­tives.com. au to re­quest an ap­pli­ca­tion form be­fore Fri­day, Jan­uary 22, 2016 to ap­ply.

Please note that places are lim­ited.

* THE Grains Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion is hold­ing its premier grains re­search fo­rum for 2016 – Vic­to­rian Grains Re­search Up­date - on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 23 and Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 24 at the Ulum­barra The­atre in Bendigo.

In what is an im­por­tant source of agro­nomic and in­dus­try in­for­ma­tion and re­sources, the up­date will be at­tended by hun­dreds of ad­vis­ers, grow­ers and other in­dus­try per­son­nel from across Vic­to­ria.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.grdc.com.au/up­datedates.

*Ap­pli­ca­tions are now open for the 2016 Grow­ing Lead­ers - Na­tional Veg­etable In­dus­try Lead­er­ship Pro­gram.

Grow­ing Lead­ers is a highly re­garded pro­gram de­signed to de­velop per­sonal, busi­ness and in­dus­try skills.

The pro­gram was de­signed in con­sul­ta­tion with veg­etable in­dus­try peo­ple with their spe­cific needs in mind.

The pro­gram en­cour­ages all sec­tors of the in­dus­try in­clud­ing grow­ing, har­vest­ing, pro­cess­ing, ex­ten­sion, ex­porters, im­porters, mar­ket­ing and em­ploy­ees to reg­is­ter in­ter­est.

The pro­gram en­sures that par­tic­i­pants de­velop ef­fec­tive ways of han­dling con­flict, im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion, man­age ef­fi­cient meet­ings, build high per­for­mance teams, man­age change and me­dia aware­ness.

The pro­gram is cost-free to The Veg­etable Grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria levy pay­ers and in­cludes din­ners with guest speak­ers, tours, in­dus­try func­tions and three res­i­den­tial ses­sions in May, Au­gust and Novem­ber 2016.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Jill Briggs on (02) 6035 7284 or 0409 455 710.

*The 2016 Na­tional Hor­ti­cul­ture Con­ven­tion will be held from Thurs­day, June 23 to Satur­day, June 25 at the RACV Royal Pines Re­sort on the Gold Coast, QLD.

Hosted by AUSVEG, Cen­tral Mar­kets As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia and Fresh Mar­kets Aus­tralia the con­ven­tion will al­low veg­etable and potato grow­ers, as well as mar­keters from across Aus­tralia to forge busi­ness net­works, learn from the world’s lead­ing in­dus­try ex­perts and gain price­less in­dus­try in­sights that will strengthen the fu­ture of Aus­tralian hor­ti­cul­ture.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Shaun Lindhe on (03) 9882 0277.

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