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MARCH 2017

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ACROSS THE GGA DESK


It seems that everyone is as busy as we feel in Feb/March! The GGA team have been out and about attending research updates, group strategic planning sessions and other industry events over the past month, as well as arranging a number of GGA activities such as the Regional Meetings and AICD governance training for grower groups. For more information on these events see below.

With parts of the state receiving close to their annual levels of rainfall in Jan/Feb alone, we are sending our thoughts to those affected by damaging floods and hope that others are enjoying some timely pre-seeding soil moisture.

Keep an eye out for a key activity the GGA will be undertaking over the coming months - a quantitative study into the social and economic value of WA grower groups. Consultants AgKnowledge will be contacting many groups and key industry partners within the network to collect information for this study. The data will be collated and used to develop an important document for groups which will enable them to express their true value to funders, partners and members in future. We look forward to working with you all on this exciting piece of work!

- Sarah, Madi & Annabelle

GGA NEWS
QUANTIFYING THE VALUE OF GROWER GROUPS IN WA
 
The Grower Group Alliance (GGA) has commissioned a study to determine the economic and social value of grower groups. The independent review will be undertaken by Agknowledge and will include grower groups, industry stakeholders, funders, sponsors, members and non-members. 

The aim of the study will be to determine where grower groups fit in a grower’s decision making process, the economic benefit to growers, what aspects drive economic value and the value they provide to the broader agricultural industry. It will also investigate the role of groups in developing and supporting human capacity in regional WA, the value to the community in terms of productive business and social support, and the role of grower groups in influencing practice change. 


The information gained from this study will be key for targeting activities for the GGA and grower groups into the future and the final report will be launched at the Grower Group Alliance Annual Forum in Perth on 18-19 August 2017.

Should you wish to contribute to the study or if you would like further information, contact Annabelle Bushell, T: (02) 6180 5759, E: 
abushell@gga.org.au.
 
 


LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR GOVERNANCE TRAINING COURSE

 
The GGA and CBH Group are excited to be holding the hihgly regarded AICD Goverenance Training course for grower groups in Katanning on Tuesday 14 March 2017.

Grower group committee, members and staff are encouraged to register now as spots are limited and booking up fast. Please feel free to pass on to your networks.

Click here for more information or contact Sarah Houston, T: (08) 6180 5759, E: shouston@gga.org.au.
 

GRDC GRAINS RESEARCH UPDATES
 
The 2017 GRDC Research Updates in Perth was again a hugely successful event held at the new Crown Towers facility and attracting over 600 delegates over the two day program. 

To view the full program and presenter papers, click here
to go to the GIWA website, were you will also find links to all the regional GRDC Updates in Mingenew, Kendenup and Merredin.

Congratulations to DAFWA research officer Dr Stephen Davies on receiving the 2017 Seed of Light award for his work  on managing soil constraints in cropping systems. Dr Davies has strong connections with grower groups around WA and has been instrumental in driving adoption and practice change in WA growers when it comes to soil amelioration techniques to improve crop yield and quality.

Click here to read more about the award in an article by Grain Central.
 



GGA PROJECT MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

 
The GGA will deliver a two-day Project Management workshop in Perth in 2017, and we are looking for your input to ensure we are meeting your needs.

The workshop will draw from established content and experienced facilitators to deliver a valuable experience for members of the GGA network. 

Please complete a short survey here to help us put the finishing touches of our planning for this course and stay tuned for more information coming soon!
 

MLA PRODUCER INNOVATION FAST-TRACK PROGRAM

The Producer Innovation Fast-Track program is a new initiative developed by MLA Donor Company (MDC) to catalyse producer innovation. Innovation Fast-Track aims to identify the industry trailblazers and provide the support and expertise required for them to innovate faster and further. 

The program will initially run as a twelve month pilot, with projects reviewed at the end of the program.

All levy-paying producers and producer groups (providers and value chain partners) who can demonstrate a commitment to innovation investment can participate. Click here to download the Producer Innovation Fast-Track brochure for more information on the program, including the project guidelines.

You can find out more about Innovation Fast-Track during their roadshow events at the following WA locations:
  • 14 March – Esperance
  • 16 March – Geraldton
Click here to find out more or contact the program on T: 0413 991 189, E: fasttrack@mla.com.au.
GENERAL NEWS
GRDC 2015-2016 ANNUAL REPORT

The GRDC Annual Report for 2015-16 is now available online. The annual report details the corporation's performance in achieving its planned outputs and provides financial information for the 2015-2016 period.

Click here to go to the report on the GRDC website.

 

GROWER GROUP PROBES NITROGEN DECISION MAKING

In a recent GRDC funded project, the Mingenew Irwin Group (MIG) has assessed modelling, measuring and observational tools to inform better decision-making for nutrient inputs, mainly for in-crop nitrogen applications, and local grain marketing.

Click here for more information.

 

CENTRAL WEST FARMING SYSTEMS HARVEST COMPENDIUM

The Central West Farming Systems (CWFS) Harvest Compendium is a publication of research results from trials carried out with particular relevance to the farmers, agribusiness and associated researchers and industry personnel in Central West NSW.

CWFS would like to offer WA grower groups the chance to share any relevant research with the CWFS farming community, farmers in farming systems projects around Australia, or researchers and extension officers in NSW.  
 
To express interest in submitting an article or research paper, contact Deb Anderson, T: (02) 6895 1015, E: cwfsmedia@gmail.com.
 

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: LAMB SURVIVAL PROJECT

Murdoch University are seeking producers who are interested in hosting a demonstration site on their farm to undertake research which will help to develop and demonstrate guidelines for producers to optimise mob size and stocking rate of lambing ewes in order to improve lamb survival.

Producers interested in hosting this study on their property in 2017 or providing data for their farm are encouraged to contact the project team by Friday 31 March 2017.

To express interest or for more information contact Amy Lockwood, T: 0429 976 483, E: 
a.lockwood@murdoch.edu.au.
 

2016 GRAIN & GRAZE PUBLICATION AVAILABLE

The latest information from the Grain & Graze program is now available in the publication "Grazing Cropped Land". You can download a copy of the report on the GRDC website here.

Hard copies of the booklet are available from Ground Cover Direct, T: 1800 11 00 44, Eground-cover-direct@canprint.com.au or from the GRDC bookshop.
 
 

2017/18 GTA TRADING STANDARDS

The GTA Standards Committee are now calling for Round 1 Submissions regarding the 2017/18 GTA Trading Standards. Comment is sought on the issues outlined in Member Update 03 of 17 and on any other Standards related issues.

For more information contact Larissa Taylor, T: (08) 6262 2128, E: 
ltaylor@giwa.org.auSubmissions should be received by close of business Tuesday 21 March.
 

BREAK CROPS AND ROTATIONS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

GRDC have recently published a booklet titled "Break crops and rotations of Western Australia" which outlines some of the rotation options that WA growers from across the Kwinana East and Geraldton port zones have adopted to maintain profitability and diversity in their farming system. 

Click here to see the published booklet.
 
 
AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY REPORT
 
The 2016 Australian Industry Report has been released by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and provides an overview and analysis of the major economic factors affecting Australia’s industries.

Click here to view the publication.
 


ADAPTING LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT FOR CLIMATE
 
What are some of the present and future challenges of livestock management under scenarios of changing climate and extreme weather events? Click here for some insights via an interesting article from researcher Elisabeth Vogel from the University of Melbourne.
 
 
MANAGING AUSTRALIA'S PEST ANIMALS

A recent publication entitled "Managing Australia's Pest Animals - A Guide to Strategic Planning and Effective Management" provides landholders and communities with tools and understanding to plan, prioritise, develop and apply best practice pest animal management in Australia.

Click here for more information and to order your copy.

 
 
BOM CLIMATE AND WATER OUTLOOK, MARCH - MAY 2017 

The Bureau of Meteorology have release their latest outlook which indicates below average rain is more likely for March to May this year.

Click here to watch the outlook video and see links to outlook summaries and climate influences.
 
OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS
GGA EVENTS... SAVE THE DATES!



2017 is set to be a BIG year for the GGA project, with a number of exciting activities on the horizon. Save the dates for the above events and stay tuned for more info to come shortly! 

PRECISION TO DECISION AGRICULTURE WORKSHOP

Northam, 16 March 2017 

This workshop is an opportunity to contribute to the "Advancing Precision Agriculture to Decision Agriculture (P2D)" project. The workshop will allow producers to identify their current and future information needs, and uncover any emerging issues in relation to data usage and access.

Click here for more information about the project and to register for the workshop.

For more information, contact Rohan Rainbow, T: 0418 422 482, E: r.rainbow@cropprotectionaustralia.com


WA'S FIRST HORTICULTURE UPDATE

Crown Perth, Thursday 6 April

DAFWA will hold its first State Horticulture Update for Western Australian horticulture businesses on April 6, 2017 at the Crown Perth Convention Centre. 

The inaugural event will focus on strategies that WA horticulture businesses can use to become internationally competitive. The forum supports DAFWA’s key goal to enable the agriculture and food sector to double in value by 2025.

Click here for more information or contact Kirrily Palmer, T
2017 GGA REGIONAL MEETINGS

Have you RSVP'd to a GGA Regional Meeting near you? Still to come during March are the following meetings:
  • Katanning - Wednesday 15 March
  • Lake King - Monday 20 March
  • Geraldton - Thursday 30 March
To RSVP or for more information contact Sarah Houston, T: (08) 6180 5759, E: shouston@gga.org.au.

WHEATBELT NRM POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Three positions have recently become available at WheatbeltNRM. Click on the links below to find out more about each position:
For more information contact Rebecca Palumbo, T: (08) 9670 3100, E: rpalumbo@wheatbeltnrm.org.au.

RDA WHEATBELT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS

RDA Wheatbelt are offering a small number of scholarships to Not for Profit organisations within the Wheatbelt that operate community enterprises, to help build business skills to expand and grow the business. Applications are open to all Not for Profits looking to expand and provide local employment. 

Click here for more information or contact RDA Wheatbelt, E: 
admin@rdawheatbelt.com.au.

HORTICULTURAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR WOMEN

A unique opportunity is currently available for women employed in the Australian horticulture sector.

The collaborative partnership is funded by Horticulture Innovation Aistralia (HIA) and Women and Leadership Australia (WLA) with the aim of bringing about progression and equality for women in Australia’s horticulture industry.

Click here for more information or contact Alistair Young, T: 03 9270 9032, E: young@wla.edu.au.
 
FUNDING 
MLA PRODUCER DEMONSTRATION SITES

MLA is calling for preliminary applications for Producer Demonstration Sites related to improving sheep enterprise, beef cattle enterprise and goat enterprise business profitability and productivity and that are able to commence during 2017. Funding is available for up to 5 sheep, 10 beef cattle and 2 goat projects across Australia in this round.

Click here for more information. Preliminary applications close Friday 10 March.

 

MLA PRODUCER INNOVATION FAST-TRACK PROGRAM
 
See info above in GGA News section. Click here to find out more or contact the program on T: 0413 991 189, E: fasttrack@mla.com.au.
 

BUILDING BETTER REGIONS FUND (BBRF) 

The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. 

Click here fore more information. Applications close Friday 31 March.

 

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


SOUTHERN DIRT PRESENT TECHSPO 2017

Are you ready for a leading WA event purely focused on technology and innovation in agriculture?

In September 2017, Southern Dirt will bring TECHSPO to WAan innovative conference, exhibition and field day to discuss Dirt, Data and Droids for farmers, researchers, industry, and agribusiness.

This premier event will be held in Katanning from 12-14 September 2017 giving attendees the chance to see displays and presentations on currently available and future focused Ag-Tech innovations including the latest in unmanned systems (drones) robotics, data, remote sensing and more! There will also be an inspiring conference and workshop program - something for everyone!

A number of networking activities, a Gala Ball and tours of the Great Southern Region will top off a this must-attend event for anyone interested in learning or developing new tech solutions in agriculture. 


The event will give farmers and industry the opportunity to spend time connecting with researchers and developers who are creating the latest in technology and innovations and to add their voice to what is being produced. 

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event from Southern Dirt in the coming months. For more information contact Southern Dirt CEO, Tracey Hodgkins, T: 0428 579 947, E: ceo@southerndirt.com.au.
 

Funded by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA through Royalties for Regions

           

To view the full Grower Group Alliance Calendar of Events, please go to the GGA Website

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