Cel­e­brat­ing Aussie rice

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

The stress of an ex­pected low yield rice sea­son was for­got­ten at the an­nual Rice In­dus­try Field Day.

Hosted by Rice Ex­ten­sion at Old Coree, the event at­tracted about 250 peo­ple in­clud­ing grow­ers, lead­ers and stake­hold­ers.

The field day com­prised guest speak­ers, field pre­sen­ta­tions, tours and a chance for grow­ers to net­work.

Gee­long’s Mar­cus Old­ham Col­lege stu­dents at­tended as part of their ir­ri­ga­tion tour and many had not seen rice be­fore let alone know how it grows.

Also among the crowd were Charles Sturt Univer­sity PhD stu­dents at­tached to the Func­tional Grains Cen­tre.

Guest speaker John Harper from ‘Mate help­ing Mate’ de­liv­ered a sim­ple mes­sage of look­ing out for each other, be­ing pos­i­tive and the need for so­cial in­ter­ac­tion in tough times.

Lyndi Co­hen, ‘ The Nude Nu­tri­tion­ist’, also pro­vided an in­sight into healthy eat­ing and cook­ing with rice.

Rice ex­ten­sion co­or­di­na­tor Troy Mauger said dur­ing the tough times for many rice grow­ers it was im­por­tant to take these types of op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­main pos­i­tive.

‘‘SunRice pre­sented about their long term clients and said it’s im­por­tant to keep those re­la­tion­ships, and look for qual­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity.

‘‘There was a high per­cent­age of farm­ers and the event gave them a good net­work­ing and so­cial­is­ing chance.

‘‘John’s pre­sen­ta­tion on men­tal health and stress was well re­ceived. He dis­cussed tips and tricks on how to look out for each other,’’ Mr Mauger said.

Mr Mauger also an­nounced the launch of the SunRice Grower of the Year Awards nom­i­na­tions.

(From left) Antony Vagg, John Smith, Laura Kay­lock and Drew Braith­waite from the AgriFu­tures Rice Ad­vi­sory Panel at the Rice Field Day.

LEFT: Mal­colm Tay­lor from Agro­praisals ex­plains re­cent rice tri­als dur­ing a field walk pre­sen­ta­tion.

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