What’s on for North East Victorian farmers
*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 email@example.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.