Climate Resilience: Regenerative Agriculture Research

Deakin University’s Centre for Regional and Rural Future’s (CeRRF) and the City of Whittlesea have formed an industry partnership to build on the successful Land Capability Assessment project with an investigation into the potential of Regenerative Agriculture systems.

The Regenerative Agriculture for Climate Resilience project considers the concept of Regenerative Agriculture and the potential of it to support transformative change for greater climate resilience of the cities and regional centres it surrounds and provides for.

All farmers across Victoria are invited to participate in this important research. This survey is the first stage of the project and is open to all farmers and agricultural practitioners across Victoria over 18 years old. As a part of the survey, we are asking for volunteers who would be interested in participating in the second stage of the research. This will involve a comprehensive field analysis and comparison between five Regenerative Agriculture farms and five conventional practice farms to consider key parameters, such as soil health, carbon composition and productivity. At the end of the survey, you will have the opportunity to opt into this further research stage. All farmers practicing all styles of farming, not only regenerative, are encouraged to be involved.

 Please click on the survey link to take the survey. The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. If clicking on the link does not work, please copy and paste the link below into your browser.

https://whittleseasurveys.com.au/anon/887.aspx

 If you would like to find out more about the project, please contact the PhD Research Student, Annemaree Docking on 0408 535 927 or via email adocking@deakin.edu.au or the Principal Researcher, Dr Robert Faggian on 03 9251 7327 or via email r.faggian@deakin.edu.au.

Free Event: Land Management Forum

You’re invited to a free Sustainable Land Management Forum, hosted by the City of Whittlesea, Mitchell Shire Council and Hume City Council. This years’ forum will see a collection of presentations (and a couple of demonstrations) covering the topics you asked for. Including:

  • Land Management Planning: Healthy Hectares (presented by Euroa Arboretum)
  • Serrated Tussock Identification & Management (Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party)
  • Gardens for Wildlife: Natives over weeds (presented by Hume Council)
  • The Granite Creek Project, Euroa: Community-led & Managed Integrated Rabbit Action (presented by Gecko cLan Network)
  • Chilean Needle Grass Identification and Vehicle Hygiene
  • Organic Weed Control: BioWeed, Benefits and Efficacy
  • Lobed Needle Grass: Identification and Management
  • Victorian Blackberry Taskforce

So rally your neighbours and join us for a day of learning and sharing (Morning Tea and Lunch provided). There are limited tickets available so register quick, more details on the Land Management Forum Flyer

Get your ticket HERE

 See you there

Landcare Grants Available

National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants – open for application

The Australian Government is inviting organisations through an open competitive process to apply for the National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants

The program aims to protect, conserve and provide for the productive use of Australia’s water, soil, plants and animals and the ecosystems in which they live and interact, in partnership with industry, communities and other governments.

Applications close at 11:30 pm AEDT on 11 January 2019.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply, go to the Grant Round Application page.
Information about applying for this funding round can also be found on GrantConnect.

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You’re Invited: Whittlesea Agribusiness Dinner

Dear friends,

The City of Whittlesea Agribusiness program is very pleased to invite you to the fourth annual Agribusiness Dinner, to be held Saturday 25th August at the Growling Frog Golf Course.

It’s again time to gather the City of Whittlesea farming community and its supporters together, celebrate a successful year and a fruitful Spring ahead. Come along and enjoy an evening of local food and wine, conversation and ideas.

This year, we are pleased to announce that Dr Charles Massey, author of the book “Call of the Reed Warbler – A New Agriculture, A New Earth” will be keynote speaker. Charles has managed Severn Park, a 1820 ha sheep and cattle property on the Monaro for 40 years. He is a leader in regenerative agriculture systems, a Research Associate of ANU and has been awarded an OAM for services to the Wool Industry and Community. He will introduce to you his vision for the future of agriculture.

The dinner will again be fully catered with locally grown produce, with a three course menu full of heart-warmingly traditional fare on offer this year.

Please join us for a fabulous evening of friends, local food and inspiration!

See the event flyer for details or go to Eventbrite to book. Tickets are strictly limited and sell quickly, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Feel free to share amongst your networks.

For any queries or further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email annemaree.docking@whittlesea.vic.gov.au or phone 9214-2593.

Kind regards,

Annemaree Docking (Agribusiness Officer)

 

The ‘Fast Break’ Climate e-newsletter

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The Fast Break e-newsletter, produced by Agriculture Victoria (AgVic), details monthly climate driver activity and provides a three-month summary prediction of rainfall and temperature for Victoria.

Read the latest Fast Break Newsletter for Victoria and subscribe to receive it direct to your inbox, HERE.

Dale Grey, seasonal risk agronomist with the AgVic Grains team based in Bendigo has been working in the industry for two decades and produces the Fast Break newsletter. You can watch Dale in action discussing climate and seasonal outlooks for Victoria by subscribing to the Very Fast Break YouTube channel.

 

 

Your Invited: Beef & Sheep Networks Phone Seminar

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You’re invited to an evening Phone Seminar on Changes to the Livestock Production Assurance program (LPA) – keeping it simple

Listen to the experts and ask questions from the comfort of your home

 What the phone seminar is about:

  • What is the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program?
  • what the current requirements are
  • why the changes were introduced, and
  • what you need to know when your LPA accreditation is up for renewal.

Speakers will present in a simple and practical manner the background to the program and some examples of what some farmers are doing to address biosecurity risks for their farms. Join us, from the comfort of your home or wherever you are, to hear from and question  industry experts and farmers so that you are well prepared.

Speakers:

  • Integrity Systems, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)
  • Catherine James, Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF)
  • Tim Leeming, Victorian producer
  • Alison Gunn – Victorian producer and vet

When: Tuesday, 28th November

Where: On your phone Time: 8.00pm-9.00pm AEDT Cost: Free (call costs may apply)

Registration is free.  To participate you will need to register to receive the phone-in details and any notes.  Register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/phone-seminar-on-changes-to-the-livestock-production-assurance-lpa-program-tickets-39820823154

Registrations close Sunday 26 November   If you are unable to register online or have further questions please call Jane Court, Agriculture Victoria, on: (03) 54304597 or 0427 200451

 

 

Don’t Miss Out: Get your Tickets today

This Saturday 25 November: Weed Control Networking Day

Hosted by the cities of Hume and Whittlesea and Mitchell Shire Council, the line-up includes presentations from:

  • Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party
  • Victorian Gorse Taskforce
  • Dabyminga Blackberry Taskforce
  • Tim Bloomfield: Pest Plant and Pest Animal Interactions
  • Pat Connor: Weed Seed Spread and Precautions (including a vehicle hygiene demonstration over lunch)
  • Whittlesea and Surrounds Blackberry Action Group
  • Melbourne Water on Landholder Assistance Programs

The event will be facilitated by Terry Hubbard of the Strath Creek Landcare Group, Upper Goulburn, Victorian and National Landcare Networks and 2017 recipient of the Joan Kirner Landcare Award.

There’ll be a FREE sausage sizzle of gourmet Aroona sausages (100% grass-fed, preservative free beef) cooked by the Wandong Heathcote Junction Community Group.

So don’t miss out! Grab your ticket today using the following link:

www.weedday.eventbrite.com.au