The Office of the Great Barrier Reef has launched a survey for agricultural extension officers to better understand the benefits and challenges of landholders’ changing their farming practices and improve the way agricultural practice projects are designed and delivered. Click HERE.
FARM WEED SEEDS SOUGHT
The University of Melbourne is studying herbicide resistance in ryegrass and needs to collect weed seeds from farms in Victoria, NSW & SA. More? firstname.lastname@example.org
The Australian Government is reviewing the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) to ensure it can meet farmers’ needs during hard times and wants to hear from you – even if you don’t receive the FHA. Register to take part in online and/or in-person surveys and discussions at www.haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/fha-review-2018.
HORT COLLABORATIVE MARKETING PROJECT
The hort industry’s collaborative marketing project is asking vegetable growers to complete a survey that will be used in a report for Hort Innovation and AUSVEG. More? Click here
CYCLONE INSURANCE EXPERIENCES SOUGHT
QFF is looking to work with farmers who want a real-world understanding of the insurance options and is seeking case study examples to understand how this insurance works on farm and give us an understanding of the pricing. Farmers affected by tropical cyclones are encouraged to get involved. More?http://www.farmerdisastersupport.org.au/get-involved-in-cyclone-insurance-case-studies/
DIGITAL SURVEY FOR FARMERS
A national survey on the needs and issues using digital technology and agricultural data. The P2D (Accelerating Precision Agriculture to Decision Agriculture) survey is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program. More? click here.
CLIMATE CHANGE BENCHMARK SURVEY
A national online survey is being conducted by the CSIRO and the Department of the Environment and Energy, asking people with a long-term (>10 year) relationship with a piece of land to share observations about the features that have changed and those that haven’t. You need to be able to select an area (eg a farm) and complete the survey taking about 30 minutes. More? click here.
SHEEP HEALTH SURVEY
Sheep producer feedback is needed for animal health monitoring and preparedness study. This online questionnaire takes around 30 minutes and is anonymous. It is being conducted by Charles Sturt University, Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences and CSIRO as part of a Rural Research and Development for Profit project. By submitting a survey response, you will have the opportunity to go into a prize draw to win an iPad or one of 20 of $50.00 retail gift vouchers. Click here to complete the survey, or use the following address in your browser. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sheep03
FREE BEER FOR SURVEY REPLIES
Commonwealth fishers in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) are being asked to complete an audit of their fishing gear. The audit will help understand how fishing capacity has changed over time and may even help with the stock assessment process. All SESSF fishers completing a 10-minute valid survey will be offered a BWS voucher (one per vessel!). TAKE THE SURVEY.
SEARING QUESTIONS ABOUT MEAT
Research by the University of New England is collating input from red meat producers and processors from all over Australia. More? https://mailchi.mp/b66e71d0b0af/red-meat-reminder-2 …
FARMER SURVEY REIMBURSEMENT
The free ifarmwell farmer wellbeing website is offering $100 for farmers, or their partners, to complete an evaluation of its self-help modules. The initiative has been developed by the University of South Australia, the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, the University of Adelaide, the National Centre for Farmer Health and Livestock SA. More? https://www.ifarmwell.com.au/about-this-website/for-farmers/
FOOD-WASTE MAP SURVEY
CSIRO is investigating producing products/ingredients from potentially lost produce and by-products obtained on-farm and during processing. It is seeking national data to map the amounts of losses in specific locations. The data could be used to create value-adding regional hubs and producer clusters for value capture. CSIRO will provide you with a diagnostic of your food loss status in comparison with the average national and state benchmark. More? click here to take part in the survey
CO-OPS GOVERNANCE DAY
Co-ops NSW is running a co-operative governance professional development session on February 11 in Sydney. An intensive and tailored day of professional development for new, experienced or future directors and managers of co-operatives. All materials, tea, coffee and lunch included. Cost: $100+GST (members), $200+GST (non-members). 10am to 4pm: Library Meeting Room, Level 2, Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney. More? click here
CO-OPS MADE SIMPLE
Could you be a co-op? If there's five of you who want the benefits of a co-op structure, including tax benefits, visit the FREE online DIY co op builder at www.farmingtogether.com.au. There's a clickthrough on the second slider picture, or click to the page at Resources. And we can offer further assistance with developing your constitution or disclosure documents.
ARE YOU CO-OP CURIOUS?
Want to know what’s what about a co-op? You can now take a Farming Together online course - an Australian-first that will help your group understand collaborative business structures. It includes information on governance, financing and member engagement. The course comprises six, 10-minute video lessons with quizzes. While it is designed for agricultural groups, it is relevant for other potential co-ops - such as housing or energy co-ops - anywhere in Australia. Complete the entire course and pass the tests and you receive certification from Farming Together. At www.farmingtogether.com.au>Learn>Online, you'll find two versions: a simpler ‘how-to’ course preview and the full certification course. Both are currently at no cost. The video lessons are self-paced, you can begin and stop them at any time and each lesson provides access to support resources.
EXPANDED FREE CO-OP TOOLKIT ONLINE
Farming Together recently launched an expanded toolkit for forming and running a co-op. These no-cost, online DIY resources include complete instructions on how to register your co-op, how to transfer shares and how to compile membership and director registers. The resources range from print-out samples to animated, self-paced learning courses. These were the tools most-requested by the 132 co-ops we are supporting through the Farming Together website (http://co-opbuilder.agworks.com.au).
R&D TAX INCENTIVE
You could be eligible for deductions of at least $20K if you have a company or co-op incorporated in Australia with an ABN. More? https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/research-and-development-tax-incentive
NEW LISTINGS MAKE AG-SEARCH EASIER
Need an ag-expert … but don’t know where to start? The 200-plus advisors selected for Farming Together are now listed by their areas of expertise as well as the standard alphabetical listing. You can research your preferred expert at https://agworks.com.au/about-the-program/consultants-by-service/
FOOD PACKAGING INPUTS AID
Duty-free tariff concessions are available for some imported goods used in food packaging. Ongoing. More? https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/certain-inputs-to-manufacture
USEFUL FREE AG-RESOURCE LIBRARY
A free agribusiness-linked resource library is available from the Agribusiness Development Institute, which is also running some MLA and Queensland Government-subsided courses. More? http://www.abdi.com.au/resources
RENEWABLE ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES