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APRIL 2017

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ACROSS THE GGA DESK


It has been such a busy time for everyone in the grower group space over the past month - we hope that you have enjoyed attending the many events happening across the state! We are well and truly settled into 2017 (how is it April already?) and it seems there is no time to sit back as growers prepare for seeding and groups continue their preparations for trials, submit reports and funding submissions and continually support their grower members and local communities.

The GGA have enjoyed seeing many of you at our four Regional Meetings as well as our governance training course sponsored by CBH in Katanning. All events were well attended and produced some fantastic outcomes, particularly in the sharing of information, ideas and tools across regions.

We will try to keep this brief as there is HEAPS of information below, but make sure you have a close look through this month's Newswire as there are plenty of opportunities for capacity building, funding and information sharing coming up. In particular, keep your eyes peeled for upcoming GGA activities such as the Project Management training and Industry Linkages Forum both being held in Perth during May.

All the best for a fantastic season ahead!

- Sarah, Madi & Annabelle

GGA NEWS

PROJECT MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP FOR GROWER GROUPS

Thursday 28 - Friday 29 May, Perth

The GGA have identified a need for capacity building in the area of project management for grower groups. We are currently working on a tailored two-day course for grower group staff and committee members, which will cover topics such as managing project scope, time, risks, human resources and stakeholders.


The location and details of the course will be finalised over the coming week along with an outline of course content. Keep an eye on your inbox for this information which will be sent directly.

If you would like to reserve your position (limited to 20 spots) or for more information, contact Sarah Houston, T: (08) 6180 5759, E:
shouston@gga.org.au.
 

 
GOVERNANCE TRAINING FOR GROWER GROUPS HITS THE MARK



The 2017 GGA/CBH Grower Group Governance Training was held at the Katanning Sheep Saleyards during March with participation from grower groups, community centres, agribusiness, farmers and NRM organisations.

Now in it's third year, the partnership between GGA and CBH has given grower and other community group committee, staff and members the opportunity to develop high level governance skills and take this knowledge out into their community to build stronger and more resilient organisations.

Delivered by experienced facilitators from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the training covered topics such as the roles and responsibilities of directors, specifically in the areas of governance, risk and strategic direction.

GGA and CBH plan to continue this partnership into 2018 and beyond, and look forward to bringing you further capacity building workshops in the future. If you would like more information about the opportunities provided by GGA, please contact us at the office, T: (08) 6180 5759, E:
admin@gga.org.au.
 



The GGA Regional Meetings took place in four locations around WA during February and March. Despite it being an incredibly busy time (particularly with some ideal spraying conditions on the days of our meetings!) we carried out meetings in Merredin, Katanning, Ravensthorpe and Geraldton. 

The Regional Meetings are most importantly a space for grower groups and their key stakeholders to come together to share information, ideas and tips as well as network with their peers. Across the four meetings held we were thrilled to have 15 grower groups, 6 NRM groups and 4 biosecurity groups represented, as well great input and support from DAFWA, MLA (WALRC) and GRDC (RCSN).

During the meetings, attendees participated in a workshop allowing groups and others to share information on three key organisational areas: governance tips and tricks; operational and communication tools; and skills and capacity. The workshop created a space for participants to openly share helpful and innovative processes and procedures to help groups and small organisations operate more effectively.

The information compiled from all meetings will be summarised and provided to groups over the coming weeks, providing a resource that outlines some of the key operational, governance and skills tips & tricks that groups are using around the state. 
 

INTRODUCING NEW STAFF IN THE WA GROWER GROUP LANDSCAPE

There have been plenty of staff movements happening in grower groups around WA over the past few months, and now that we are starting to settle in to 2017 we thought this is a great opportunity to welcome some of the few faces. 
 
GILLAMII CENTRE
Jenni Loveland, Project Officer, po1@gillamii.org.au

LEIBE GROUP
Bec McGregor, Executive Officer, eo@liebegroup.org.au
Alana Hartley, Research Agronomist and Coordinator, research@liebegroup.org.au

 
MINGENEW IRWIN GROUP (MIG) 
Jenny Thomas, CEO, 
ceo@mig.org.au

SOUTH EAST PREMIUM WHEATGROWERS ASSOCIATION (SEPWA)
Aidan Sinnott, Project Officer, 
aidan@sepwa.org.au
Michelle Handley, Project Officer, michelle@sepwa.org.au

STIRLINGS TO COAST FARMERS
Nathan Dovey, R&D Coordinator, nathan.dovey@scfarmers.org.au

Victoria Bennett, Livestock Extension Officer, victoria.bennett@scfarmers.org.au.

WOMEN IN FARMING ENTERPRISES (WIFE)
Roxanne Morrissey, Executive Officer,
eo@wife.org.au

All the best in your new roles and we look forward to seeing you out and about during the year. We hope you will find the support and linkages you need within the greater grower group network across WA.
GENERAL NEWS
APEN CONFERENCE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The Australasia Pacific Extension Network (APEN) 2017 International Conference is being held in Townsville, QLD on 12-15 September. The conference is an international meeting for rural advisory practitioners, researchers and academics that will combine the best extension research and practice from developing and developed countries.

APEN are currently inviting submissions or abstracts from potential presentations at this exciting conference and the GGA encourage groups and industry partners to take up this opportunity.

Click here for more information or contact Rosemary Currie, T: 02 6024 5349, E: info@apen.org.au. Abstracts are due by Monday 24 April.

 

REGIONAL CROPPING SOLUTIONS NETWORK UPDATE

The GRDC Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) Joint Meetings for all five port zones were held in early March. To find out what topics hit the ground in your port zone and for all the latest RCSN news, click here to go to the webpage.

For more information contact Julianne Hill, T: 0447 261 607, E:
regionalcroppingsolutions@gmail.com.
 

GLOBAL FOOD TREND EXPERT TOURS WA

Many of our readers will have had the opportunity to see the International food and beverage commentator Professor David Hughes as he toured around WA with the GRDC Grains Research Updates as well as DAFWA's Food Industry Innovation road shows. Professor Hughes shared his knowledge and experience on the topics of global food industry trends, food packaging, production and consumer trends.

Click here for an overview of his key messages as compiled by DAFWA's Food Industry Innovation Project team.

 

MANAGING BARLEY VARIETIES THIS SEASON

The barley agronomy project have updated the barley variety fact sheets from the 2017 barley variety sowing guide for Western Australia. The fact sheets are designed to help growers make the best variety decision for their environment and to assist with the management of these varieties.

Click here for more information.

 

DIVERSITY, FLEXIBILITY KEYS TO MANAGING FROST RISK

Agronomist Garren Knell spoke at the GRDC Grains Research Updates advising that diversity and flexibility are keys to minimising the impact of frost on a farm business.

Click here to read the full GRDC article, or for more information contact Garren Knell, T: 0427 442 887, E: gk@consultag.com.au.

 

DEEP RIPPING NO GUARANTEE TO FIX WATER REPELLENT SOILS

Grain growers who have taken advantage of summer rainfall and deep ripped paddocks have been warned the practise does not necessarily overcome soil water repellence. DAFWA research officer Steve Davies said while deep ripping was an effective way to reduce soil compaction, it did not guarantee improved soil water penetration.

Click here for the full media release, or click here for more information on soil water repellence. 

 

2017 KONDININ GROUP NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL SURVEY

The Kondidnin Group have extended the deadline for their 2017 National Agricultural Survey (NAS), with interested parties now having until Saturday 8 April to submit the survey.

Click here to go to the survey online.

 

FIVE MINUTE NUFFIELD ONLINE SURVEY

This survey forms part of a Nuffield research paper looking at industry-good functions in the Australian grain industry and how they might be improved. The results from the survey and the research paper will be made available on the Nuffield website once completed.

Click here to go to the survey. Your input to this short survey is greatly appreciated.
 

AISC INDUSTRY REFERENCE COMMITTEE

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) is calling for nominations for two new national Industry Reference Committees; the Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC; and Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation and Land Management IRC.

Click here for more information or contact  Paul Etheredge, T: (08) 93612800, E: paul.etheredge@fftitrainingcouncil.com.au
 


PEST MANAGEMENT BOLSTERED BY RECOGNISED BIOSECURITY GROUPS

Community-led pest management throughout the South West Land Division has been given a boost with the formal recognition of four biosecurity groups. The new Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBG's) can now access funding arrangements for targeted pest management activities.

Click here for more information or contact Glenice Batchelor, T: 0476 805 842, E: Glenice.Batchelor@agric.wa.gov.au.
 

RHDV NATIONAL RELEASE AND FOLLOW UP CONTROL WORKSHOPS

A new strain of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, RHDV1 K5 was successfully released during the first two weeks of March. Click here for all the information on the release and related matters.

DAFWA is now offering biosecurity and community groups the opportunity to host information sessions on follow-up rabbit control.  If your group is interested in hosting an information session contact Gary Farrelly, T: 0409 843 167, E: gary.farrelly@agric.wa.gov.au.
 

LANDCARE IN FOCUS – MARCH 2017

Landcare Australia have published it's March 2017 Landcare in Focus edition which explores topics surrounding farming innovation and best practice land management. It contains detailed articles gathered from a wide range of sources, including Landcare groups, researchers, CSIRO, academics, government, and topic experts.

Click here for more information and to download the publication.

 

AUSTRALIAN SEEDS FEDERATION - SOWING SEEDS

The Australian Seed Federation (ASF) and their members encourage the agricultural industry to appreciate, value and protect the quality and authenticity of seed.

Using the ASF online resources will ensure seed buyers are informed to achieve the best outcome in the paddock for their clients. Click here to go to the ASF online tools page for more information.

 
OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS


This is a new initiative for the GGA and we look forward to sharing the Industry Linkages Forum with the network in early May!

This half-full day forum (with optional networking session) will involved a showcase of exciting and innovative grower group and industry projects happening around WA.

We will also be inviting guest speakers to discuss industry trends and opportunities, with the aim of linking grower groups with industry partners to build value in the WA agricultural sector.

Keep an eye out for more information coming soon, or contact Sarah Houston, T: (08) 6180 5759, E: shouston@gga.org.au.


GIWA POSITION VACANT

The Grain Industry Association of WA (GIWA) is seeking an experienced Finance & Admin Manager for their small dynamic team based in South Perth. Be part of a flexible work environment within the Perth Agribusiness sector. Advanced MYOB skills essential. 

Click here to apply online or for more information contact Larissa Taylor, T: 0413 076 665, E: ltaylor@giwa.org.au. Applications close Tuesday 18 April.


EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST:
WALRC COORDINATOR


MLA invites expressions of interest for the position of Coordinator of the Western Australian Livestock Research Council (WALRC). This is a pivotal and influential leadership role working with a wide cross section of stakeholders throughout WA.

Click here for more information or contact Mary Goodacre, T: (02) 9463 9225, E: mgoodacre@mla.com.auExpressions of interest closeSunday 23 April.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AT WEST MIDLANDS GROUP (WMG)

WMG are seeking and experienced professional for the role of Agribusiness Development Manager for the Northern Valley regions.

Click here for more information or contact Anne Wilkins, T: E: (08) 9651 4008, E: anne.wilkins@wmgroup.org.au.


The dates have been set! Mark it in your diaries - the 2017 GGA Annual Forum will be held on Thursday 17 - Friday 18 August. This is the GGA's premier event and is open to grower groups, researchers and agribusiness. We look forward to seeing you there!

2018 NUFFIELD SCHOLARSHIPS OPEN

Applications for the 2018 Nuffield Scholarship are now open. Annually, Nuffield awards scholarships to primary producers to support overseas travel and study. If primary production is your main occupation, consider exploring this fantastic opportunity!

Click here for more information or contact Nicola Raymond, T: (02) 9463 9229  E: nicola.raymond@nuffield.com.au.


SOUTH COAST NRM FINANCE TRAINING WEBINAR

Thursday 27 April, Webinar

South Coast NRM are holding a webinar to walk you through the questions that your board needs to ask about finances so that the board are in the best position to make decisions and avoid problems.

Click here for more information or contact Letisha Newman, T: (08) 9845 8508, E: letishan@southcoastnrm.com.au

FARMING TOGETHER NATIONAL FORUM

Tuesday 6 June, Adelaide Convention Centre

This free one-day national forum will focus on forming and or expanding a farmer-based groups in Australia. It will feature first-hand successful farmer collaborations and experts offering how-to advice. Bookings are now open for farmers and farm businesses.

Click here for more information and to register.

 
FUNDING 
2017 HABITAT RESTORATION GRANTS

Does your group need funding to complete a biodiversity or habitat restoration project? Landcare Australia are offering 10 grants of up to $10,000 as part of their Habitat Restoration Grants Program.

Click here for more information. Applications close Monday 17 April.

 

NAB FOUNDATION FINANCIAL SHOCKS SUPPORT GRANTS

The NAB Foundation Financial Shocks Support Grant aims to help Australians build financial resilience to prepare for and weather financial shocks to prevent long-term financial damage. The grant will consider initiatives that include such things as:
  • focus on designing, testing or launching of innovative products, services or programs that support positive financial behaviour; 
  • support the use of data and data analytics to provide insights that will positively influence financial behaviour or help stop Australians falling into financial hardship
  • focus on new or different solutions and harnesses the transformative power of technology 
  • focus on new or different learning delivery tools and mechanisms for increasing financial literacy that is identified as a gap in this area
Click here for more information. Applications close Friday 21 April.
 

LANDCARE AUSTRALIA'S SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE GRANTS 2017

​​​​​​​​​​​Landcare Australia's Sustainable Agriculture Grants program is now open. Eligible groups are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to fund sustainable agriculture projects that protect or improve the environment while enhancing farming productivity, through the adoption of sustainable farming practices and / or increased knowledge and capacity.

Click here for more information. Applications close Monday 1 May.

 

LEADERSHIP IN AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRIES FUND

​​​​​​​​​​​The Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund is administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to support Australian agricultural industry. 

The Fund’s objective is to support national agricultural industry organisations to develop leadership capability within agricultural industry representative bodies. It aims to build farm leaders’ skills so they can better represent their agricultural industry.


Click here for more information. Applications close Wednesday 17 May.
 

COMMUNITY CAPABILITY GRANT

The purpose of the Community Capability Grants is to support volunteers to improve their capability to undertake on-ground work and to improve the governance and management performance of their community-based organisations. 

Eligible organisations are encouraged to apply for the Community Capability Grant Small 2016 round for grants up to $10,000 with a time frame of up to 12 months.

Click here for more information. Applications close Monday 29 May.

 

GRANTS FOR WOMEN

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for local governments and community service organisations to implement projects that focus on addressing the unique issues faced by women.

Funding of up to $5,000 is available for one-off activities or initiatives, with a duration of up to six months that contribute to the program's priority areas. Funding of up to $10,000 is available for longer term, strategic initiatives involving a range of partners that will contribute to creating sustainable or systemic change in the program's priority areas.

Click here fore more information. Applications close Sunday 31 December.

 

FARMING TOGETHER PROGRAM

Good ideas for farmer collaborations can get assistance through the $14.9m Farming Together program; a nation-wide campaign for primary producers and processors to collaborate and claim marketplace power. Australian Government funding is helping agricultural groups value-add, secure premium pricing, scale-up production, attract capital investment, earn new markets or secure lower input costs.

Click here for more information and to register. All farmers/groups who register receive one-on-one expert advice, with potential funding to follow.

 

FOOD INNOVATION AUSTRALIA LTD

The Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL) have a funding opportunity available through their Project Fund which supports innovation projects that encourage collaboration between small and large businesses in the food and agribusiness sector, to lift productivity and competitiveness. The program offers matched funding of over $100,000 to initiatives that aim to solve innovation challenges in the sector.

Click here for more information. Applications are now open.
GROWER GROUP SPOTLIGHT
FARMING GROUPS AND UNIVERSITY COLLABORATE TO VALUE-ADD RESEARCH
 
 
A new agreement between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and seven farming systems groups will foster research, development and extension opportunities to benefit farmers, businesses and agricultural students.

The partnership, delivered through the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, is a strategic alliance to support the future of farming across the Central West, Riverina and north-east Victoria.

It brings together CSU, Central West Farming Systems, Holbrook Landcare Network, FarmLink Research, the Irrigated Cropping Council, Southern Growers, Riverine Plains and the Irrigation Research and Extension Committee.

CSU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research Development and Industry) Professor Mary Kelly said this new agreement expands the number of farming system group partners from four to seven.

Click here to read the full article from Charles Sturt University.

 
Ms Cindy Cassidy Farmlink, CSU PhD student Esther Callcott and Graham Centre Director Professor Michael Friend.

Image credit: Charles Sturt University
L-R: Cindy Cassidy, Esther Callcott and Professor Michael Friend

 

GGA is a funded project hosted by Grain Industry Association of WA (GIWA), funded by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA through Royalties for Regions

           

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