Posts tagged as ‘Agriculture’

Two FREE workshops on 5th November – LPLN Network Grant

 

As part of the LPLN Network Grant, we are happy to offer this great opportunity

There will be two FREE workshops on Sunday 5th of November at the Wedderburn Community House.

You can attend either or both workshops, and morning tea will be provided between the two sessions

The 9:00 am workshop is on how to use the simple mapping program, Avenza (which is free to download and use on Android phones or tablets). We will have plenty of Samsung Tablets to use (or you can bring your own device if you wish). This is a great way to map out sightings, areas of weed, accurately map out paddocks, record walking tracks etc.

 

The 11:00 am workshop is on how to use the NatureShare website www.natureshare.org.au. This is a great site, where you can share images of our local biodiversity and view what else has been sighted in our local area.

Hope to see you there, but don’t forget to RSVP to facilitator@lpln.org.

Posted 29 October 2017 in Agriculture, Community Engagement, Education, Events, Fauna, Flora, Grants, News, Newsletter

Grazing management workshop 12-09-2017

Workshop topics include,

  • How to set up a grazing management demonstration site
  • Perennial pasture species identification
  • Measuring changes in nutrient cycling, water infiltration and stability of your soil
  • Managing key soil health processes to improve soil condition and increase farm resilience
  • Increasing profitability while lowering risk

Expression of interests are now being taken, the workshop will be held on September 12, 2017 with Graeme Hand presenting on the day.

To register please complete the expression of interest and return to Darren by post or email by August 18, 2017.

If you have any queries please contact:

Darren Bain
Regional Landcare Facilitator

P: (03) 54401 893
M: 0419 560 348
E: darren.bain@nccma.vic.gov.au

Posted 4 August 2017 in Agriculture, Community Engagement, Education, Events, News

Cactus Conversations

Got Cactus problems?

Here is the invite to Cactus Conversations at last!

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Mandy from NCCMA will be facilitating the day, and once we know the venue we’ll send it out to those who RSVP.

RSVP: by Tuesday 22nd November to Asha at asha@connectingcountry.org.au or (03) 5472 1594

Posted 14 November 2016 in Agriculture, Community Engagement, Education, News, Weeds

Supporting new pest animal and weed control tools and technologies

Pest animals & weeds cost our farmers around $4 billion every year. Funding is now available to improve how they are managed in Australia.

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To be eligible for funding, projects must propose to develop a chemical, biological or physical control tool or technology to manage one or more established pest animals (excluding invertebrates) and/or weeds that are not native to Australia or a particular part of Australia.

For more information, visit

Posted 2 November 2016 in Agriculture, Feral animal control, Grants, News, Weeds

2016 Rabbit Buster Roadshow

Are you a property owner or Landcare member working to manage rabbits? Wondering what to do next?

The North Central CMA is pleased to bring Dr Tarnya Cox (Invasive Animals CRC) back to the region to present the 2016 Rabbit Buster Roadshow.

Tarnya is leading the national scientific research campaign to reduce the devastating agricultural and environmental impact of rabbits. She will also discuss current research to find a new strain of Calicivirus and efforts to improve the biological control of rabbits.

In addition, Agriculture Victoria Invasive Animals Biosecurity manager John Matthews will also join the roadshow sharing years of practical rabbit management expertise

A local Landcare group or network will host each session and share their story on rabbit management. An abundance of information and rabbit-management resources will also be available for participants to take away from each session. RSVP now to hop on board this unique opportunity.

Information sessions will cover:

  • Invasive Animals CRC Boost project- RHDV (pathogenic calicivirus)
  • Integrated rabbit management
  • Landholder participation in the Boost project
  • Case studies from local Landcare groups and land managers
  • Where to next — the future release of a new strain of RHDV
  • 2017 Rabbit Buster Month campaign

Roadshow Information Sessions

Wycheproof  Monday 14th November

6.00 pm with light supper provided

Wycheproof Town Hall

 

Smeaton  Tuesday 15th November

12.00 noon with light lunch provided

Smeaton Bowls Club

 

Newstead  Tuesday 15th November

6.30 pm with light supper provided

Newstead Community Centre

 

Serpentine   Wednesday 16th November

8.30 am   Breakfast BBQ provided

Serpentine Bowls Club

 

Kerang    Wednesday 16th November

6.00 pm with light supper provided

Kerang Tennis Clubrooms

 

Cost: Free, with light meals provided

Grab your ticket today to sign up for this great event series. Walk in’s welcome on the day.

For catering purposes, please add any dietary requirements you have in the ticket notes.

Attend Event 

Posted 24 October 2016 in Agriculture, Community Engagement, Education, Feral animal control

CLOSED: Dairy Development Grants are fully subscribed and are now closed.

Update: this grants scheme is fully subscribed and is now closed.

These grants will be open until 30 June 2017, or until the Dairy Development Grant program funds are fully allocated, whichever occurs first.

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Need more help?

If you have queries about the Victorian Government’s Dairy Development Grants program, please call us on 1800 260 425 (free call) or email industryprograms@ruralfinance.com.au.

Posted 24 October 2016 in Agriculture, Grants, News

Weed Alert – Buffel Grass

Keep an eye out for this new invader into our district, as it seems to be moving southward.  As you can see from the map below, it is starting to encroach into the north of our Network area and a single infestation was located (and eradicated) south of Inglewood.

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Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris and C. pennisetiformis) is a perennial tussock grass from Africa and Asia. It was introduced as a range-land (semi-arid) improvement pasture grass and is now widespread across northern Australia. It is scattered in the pastoral zones of Southern NSW and South Australia, with it most prevalent in the northern areas but more recently it is found to be extending southwards.

 

Posted 20 October 2016 in Agriculture, Education, News, Weeds

Landcare Free Succession Planning Webinar

►► Free Farm Succession Planning Webinar ◄◄

Looking to dip your toe into the world of sucession planning? Join up for this free webinar hosted by 10thousandgirl campaign on the 20th of October.

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The course will look at how to start the conversation with family and how to keep it open and constructive.

Posted 13 October 2016 in Agriculture, Community Engagement, Cultural, Education, News

Mapping Wheel Cactus Infestations

Wheel cactus is showing signs of being one of our most serious weed problems in the near future. We have a severe infestation on Mt Buckrabanyule, with pockets of infestations appearing on granitic country, but also now appearing across the plains.  http://connectingcountry.org.au/08/mapping-wheel-cactus-infestations-in-victoria-2/

Mapping wheel cactus in Victoria

You can help us map existing infestations. If any community member finds an infestation of cactus they believe is wheel cactus, please take a photo of it and record its location (GPS if possible) and email these to Max, at mschlachter@outlook.com.au. He’ll confirm that the plant is wheel cactus and use this very helpful information on the map.

Posted 12 August 2016 in Agriculture, News, Weeds

HAVE YOUR SAY – Management of invasive animals on crown land

Do you have thoughts on the management of invasive animals on crown land?

A Victorian parliamentary committee has launched an inquiry into invasive animals on Crown land. The Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee is inviting community input to the inquiry so that it can identify the scale of the problem in Victoria and get people’s views on how best to deal with it. People are invited to share their views and experiences with the Committee so that effective solutions can be found. Submissions can be made until 8 August 2016, and can be as short or as long as you like.

More details about the inquiry, including how to make a submission and the terms of reference, are available from the Committee’s website (if the link doesn’t work, please copy and paste it into the address bar)

http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/about/news/31 00-invasive-animals-inquiry-seeks-solutions

 

Posted 3 August 2016 in Agriculture, Community Engagement, Feral animal control, Weeds