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.

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.

 

Managing Native Grasslands for Plains Wanderers – Grassland Field Day

Invitation to join the Northern Plains Conservation Management Network, Trust for Nature and Dr David Baker-Gabb, renowned expert on Plains-wanderer, in launching “Managing Native Grasslands for Plains Wanderers” Field Guide.

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RSVP is essential to the North Central CMA by 5 pm Thursday 3rd November on (03) 5448 7124 or email: info@nccma.vic.gov.au

Reminder: LPLN AGM this Sunday

The Annual General Meeting of the Loddon Plains Landcare Network will be held at:
The Powlett Hall, Wedderburn / Serpentine Rd, Powlett Plains
Midday. Sunday, 16 October, 2016

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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.

Cancelled: Kamarooka Wetland tour and Bill’s big day out

Hi everyone,

We’ve had a great response to this event, but in light of the weather that we’ve experienced over the last week and the associated flooding, we’ve unfortunately had to cancel this event.

We intend on rescheduling it, and we’ll keep you posted as to the date.

Thanks for your interest and support of this event and sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment cancelling it may have caused.

Keep warm, dry and safe over this wet period.

Cheers

James

James Nelsson

LPLN Facilitator

 

Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park – Activities Weekend

It’s here!

The big three day event we have been waiting all year for.

Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park invite you to their annual activities weekend at the park.

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Venue: Davies Homestead, Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road (south of Jungaburra Road) Terrick Terrick (VicRoads Map 30 F3) Note: Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road, which runs roughly parallel to Bendigo Creek, is not labelled in VicRoads Directory 7. GPS: 36º 05’ 55”S; 144º 17’ 02”E. Look for directional signs

Free camp sites available near the homestead. BYO food, drinking water and tent/van. Saturday afternoon tea is to be provided.

This is a free event. Small donations or membership renewals are welcome to help us cover costs.

 

Naturally Loddon Spring festival 2016

 

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Scholarships – Andrews Government Invests In Our Young Farmers

The Andrews Labor Government will provide funding grants to help young farmers boost their skills and become better equipped to face the farming challenges and opportunities of the future.

Scholarships of up to $10,000 are available to farmers and farm workers under the age of 35 to help them boost development and career progression in the industry.

The funding consists of $5,000 towards study backed by a further $5,000 to invest on-farm or in professional development activities to help put new skills into practice.

The scholarship program is designed to be flexible to fit in with the demands and ambitions of young farmers and farm workers.

Examples of eligible courses include a Diploma in Agriculture, Human Resources training, Business Management , a Diploma of Agribusiness Management and a range of on-farm technical training.

Young people with an interest in agriculture are also encouraged to contribute to the conversation that will help shape future programs and activities, supporting the development of our next generation of food and fibre producers.

More information about the Young Farmer Scholarship Program and the Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council is available at www.vic.gov.au/youngfarmers.

Applications for the Young Farmers Scholarship Program close on 26 August, 2016.

“The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the future of farming by helping upskill our young people working within the industry.”  Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

“The outlook for farming is very positive with growing export markets on our doorstep and a world-class food and fibre sector already punching above its weight – this is why we need to ensure we have the agricultural leaders of tomorrow getting the right support today.”  Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

You don’t need wings to fly!

Come along and hear Sam and Jenny’s story,

and enjoy an evening meal with friends and family.

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Events at St. Arnaud and Maryborough

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