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6 February 2017

Edition 135

In this issue

- Gippsland's agrifood sector to get jobs boost
- East Gippsland Food Cluster expands its reach
- Women Agchat readers offered leadership discount
- Local flood knowledge sought
- Calf takes the cream at auction
- Ryegrass toxicosis at summer risk

- Grants, funding & awards galore!
PLUS: Jobs, jobs, jobs!


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Gippsland’s agrifood sector gets employment boost

Agribusiness Gippsland will join forces with the East Gippsland Food Cluster in the ‘Gippsland Regional Agrifood Employment Project’, which supports Gippsland’s disadvantaged job seekers to gain permanent employment in the region’s vibrant agrifood sector. The project is part of Jobs Victoria, which has provided $39 million to employment services across Victoria to deliver jobs to disadvantaged Victorians.
The project leverages the strengths of Gippsland’s two leading agriculture and food production networks - Agribusiness Gippsland and the East Gippsland Food Cluster - to connect with key stakeholders and industry skills specialists. They will work with training and service providers to help job seekers by engaging with employers across the Gippsland agrifood sector, and their related supply chains, to identify vacancies and support jobseekers moving into those roles.
The Gippsland Regional Agrifood Employment Project will be implemented over two years across the six local government areas of Gippsland. More? Jo Kingwill info@agribusinessgippsland.com.au

Discount offered for women Gippy Agchat readers

Women and Leadership Australia are currently offering 20 Gippy AgChat readers the opportunity to attend the 2017 Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium for $400 off the standard rate. The Symposium, on July 20-21 in Melbourne, provides women a platform to explore leadership, life and career development.  Book here using code ASC2017 to obtain the discount. More? Visit www.wla-symposium.com.au/

Names in the news

Graeme Nicoll, South Gippsland dairy farmer and GippsDairy Chair, has been appointed to the Dairy Australia Board.
… ALSO: Jill Vella has been appointed SGLN Network Coordinator for 2017 in a maternity leave replacement position.
…WHILE: Rob Lee has been appointed the Small Business Financial Counsellor based at the Leongatha office of Rural Financial Counselling Service.
…AND: The new board for the East Gippsland Food Cluster includes Bruce Savage (Brentcorp Distributors), Kane Busch (Busch Organics), Peter Hahnemann (Forge Creek Free Range), Neil Stringer (Forge Creek Lamb), Denis Gerrard (Patties Foods), Sally Baldwin (Picnic Point Farm), Louise Pavihi (Vegco) and Damien Gannon (Tinamba Hotel).

Gippy calf takes the cream at auction!

A Gippsland Holstein heifer calf has broken Australian dairy records after being sold at auction for $251,000. The calf was owned by Declan Patten and Callum Moscript from Lightning Ridge Genetics in Warragul, and sold to Texas firm Sexing Technologies at the International Dairy Week World Wide Sires Evolution sale. More? Click here

Dairy: we are on your side

Love your dairy farmers!: A community family fun day on Saturday, February 18 from 11am-1pm at Civic Park Drouin, Young St, Drouin aims to support dairy farmers. The day features a sausage sizzle, take home milk, a visit from a cow and activities for the kids as well as entertainment from 11am by Colin Lane (Lano and Woodley). More? Baw Baw Economic Development Team 5624 2411 or www.bawbawshire.vic.gov.au

The Dairy Farmer Central website
contains information on a number of dairy farmer support programs, including:
  • Dairy Australia's Tactic for Tight Times and Taking Stock programs, which provide specialist one-to-one farm business support.
  • The Rural Financial Counselling Service, which provides free financial counselling to farmers experiencing financial hardship.
  • The Look Over the Farm Gate program, which provides community wellbeing workshops and community events.
  • Mental Health First Aid Training, which provides support on mental health issues
More? www.dairyfarmercentral.com.au

The Victorian Government has announced a $1.5m package for South Gippsland to support affected farmers and the community through more counselling services and grants. More? Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources 136 186

The Department of Human Services also provides a Farm Household Assistance Package for eligible farmers. More? Department of Human Services website

There are a number of other services that individuals can access if they are unsure of who to go to including:

The Leongatha Rural Financial Counselling Service provides financial counselling to farmers experiencing hardship. More? Anne Gilligan 5662 2566 or leongatha.rfc@bigpond.com or Marshall Scott  0407 898 735

ABS Australia is offering dairy farmers a deferred payment plan on their purchases to help ensure herd improvement programs are not put at risk while milk prices are low. More? ABS Australia website (http://www.absglobal.com/aus)

Gippslanders have started a Facebook hay donation drive. Yarram-based organiser David Tilley said transport and loading/unloading assistance was also sought. Donations are being accepted on 0409 334 397

Camps, sports and excursion fund: The Victorian Government has announced further funding to support dairy farmers with school aged children in 2017. A $148 million initiative, the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) aims to insure Victorian students can participate in school trips and sporting activities. More? Click here

East Gippsland Food Cluster expands its reach

The sixth Annual General Meeting of the East Gippsland Food Cluster, held in December 2016, saw a unanimous decision to expand the cluster’s collaborative reach. Full membership is now open to businesses involved with eastern Gippsland’s produce across the full paddock to plate spectrum. The East Gippsland Food Cluster is a collaborative network of businesses committed a vital, innovative, and sustainable food sector that is valued by the community. More? Dr Nicola Watts 0408 351 475 or nicola_watts@bigpond.com

Bee in touch using latest technology!

The BeeConnected app allows for simple communication between growers and beekeepers, ensuring crop protection is conducted safely, responsibly and according to label requirements. The app enables crucial two-way communication between beekeepers, growers, consultants and spray contractors to be undertaken with ease. BeeConnected is available for free on smartphones and desktop computers, and is run by CropLife Australia in partnership with AHBIC. More? http://beeconnected.org.au/

Ryegrass toxicosis is a summer risk for livestock

Agriculture Victoria is warning farmers of the risk of perennial ryegrass toxicosis. Most old or naturalised perennial ryegrass pastures contain fungal endophytes which can produce high levels of alkaloids that can be toxic to livestock. Symptoms include a range of nervous disorders including staggers, ill thrift, heat stress, scours and possibly lower fertility. Serious outbreaks occur in high rainfall areas across Victoria when big springs are followed by a hot and dry autumn. More? Click here

Vegetable industry export strategy released

The Vegetable Industry Export Market Development Strategy 2020, delivered by Hort Innovation and developed in conjunction with AUSVEG, has been released. The strategy outlines methods to help growers and the industry export Australian vegetables to overseas markets, with the ultimate goal of increasing the value of vegetable exports to $315 million by 2020 - an increase of 40% on current levels. A summary of the report is available here

Be prepared for fire

Residents across Gippsland are reminded to prepare for the up-coming fire season as warmer weather approaches. More? www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/

Skillinvest has moved!

Gippy Agchat sponsor Skillinvest, provider of employment, education and training services, has moved to a new location in the Federation Training Trade Centre, 96 Victoria St, Bairnsdale. More? Paul Shelton  0438 521 177 or paul.shelton@skillinvest.com.au  or www.skillinvest.com.au

Do you have pasture pests?

New research supported by Dairy Australia will identify the insects damaging dairy pastures to produce more accurate methods to combat insect pests. An online survey has been developed to help improve understanding of the type, distribution and frequency of major insect pests of perennial pastures across the south east Australia’s dairy regions. Take the survey at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/AUInsects

Project to stimulating private sector extension

Organisations or individuals that provide, or would like to provide, information, advice, extension services or support to farmers are asked to take a short online survey to help shape future agricultural extension services. More? Click here

EGFC celebrate summer flavour at twilight meeting

The East Gippsland Food Cluster is hosting a relaxing evening for members and prospective members at Nicholson River Winery, 57 Liddells Rd, Nicholson on February 7 to enjoy and talk about eastern Gippsland's fantastic produce. BYO picnic. More? Dr Nicola Watts 0408 351 475 or click here

Do you have Gippy news or events?

Gippy Agchat comes out on the first Monday of the month, with no issue released in January. Send agribusiness news or events that you would like publicised to our almost 10,000 readers to Madeline Toner at: news@agribusinessgippsland.com.au

Ideas are flowing for Gippsland irrigation expo

The volunteer committee that organised the highly successful, inaugural Gippsland irrigation expo have reconvened to plan the 2017 event. More than 500 farmer attendees and 40+ national exhibitors are expected to attend the second Gippsland irrigation expo at Sale Showgrounds on March 15, 2017. The event has free admission and a free lunch. Exhibitors can register for stands here and sponsorships are now being sought. More? fb.me/gippyirrigationexpo or 0402 267 802

Have your say on how the vegie levy is spent

Vegetable growers are invited to a consultation on the new Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) for the vegetable industry on Thursday March 9 in Lindenow. Hort Innovation has engaged specialist consulting firm Consulting and Implementation Services (CIS) to meet with growers and industry. More? veg@consultingis.com.au

Rebate aims to reduce quad bike deaths

The Victorian Government, through WorkSafe Victoria, is encouraging farmers to take part in a $6 million rebate scheme for approved safety solutions to help reduce quad bike deaths. Farmers can claim either:
  • Up to $1200 for the purchase of an alternate vehicle such as a side-by-side vehicle (SSV) or a small utility vehicle (SUV)
  • Up to $600 for the purchase of up to two operator protection devices (OPDs) or up to $1200 for two devices.
The scheme is available for purchases made from September 1. More? www.bequadsafe.com.au

Watch the weather

The Bureau of Meteorology has released the Climate and Water Outlook for the period February-April, covering rainfall, streamflow and temperature. Watch it here

Connect with horticulture at Hort Connections

Registrations are now open for Hort Connections 2017, an event that combines the National Horticulture Convention and PMA Fresh Connections, and brings the entire horticulture supply chain together. Hort Connections 2017 will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from May 15-17. Early bird rates are available to industry members who register before February 28.
To find out more and register for Hort Connections, view the delegate registration brochure or visit the Hort Connections website. Businesses looking to be a part of Hort Connections 2017 can download the Exhibitor Registration Brochure and submit forms to convention@ausveg.com.au

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Farm World turns 50!

Lardner Park celebrates 50 years of hosting Farm world, Victoria’s largest premier regional agricultural event, attracting more than 55,000 visitors and over 800 exhibitors and including conference sessions, workshops, demonstrations, equestrian competitions, and fun. It’s also a great family day out with food, beverages, animal nursery, pony rides, competitions, masses of retail shopping and more. Farm World will be held at Lardner Park, 155 Burnt Store Rd, Lardner from March 30 and April 2. More? Lardner Park Events 5626 1373

If you’re a woman with a passion for horses…

who is looking for adventure and would love to travel… then join Mirboo North’s Jeanette White of Wise Women Ride, for a horse-centred travel experience in Montana and Wyoming USA from June 15-July 2,2017. More? http://wisewomenride.com/

Agricultural innovation - capture the opportunities

ABARES Outlook 2017 is Australia’s premier economic forum for the agriculture sector. Delegates will hear from leading international and national speakers and producers over two comprehensive days exploring the theme Innovation in agriculture – capturing the opportunities. Be part of the leading forum in Canberra on March 7-8. More? ABARES Events Team 02 6272 2303 or conferences@agriculture.gov.au or phone or Outlook 2017 website

Get smart about fertiliser use

Dairy farmers in the Macalister Irrigation District and Jack and Albert rivers catchment areas can get involved in GippsDairy’s Fert$mart program. Expressions of interest close on Friday, March 3. A local agronomist will support farmers to:
  • complete soil and effluent pond testing
  • conduct a combination of one-on-one farm visits and group workshops
  • create a nutrient management plan.
The subsidised program cost to the farm business is $50 per soil test (four tests) - all other costs included (any additional soil tests are at farmer’s cost). Places limited. More? Donna Gibson 0409 178 624 or donna@gippsdairy.com.au or click here

Local flood knowledge sought

The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) is seeking local knowledge to input into a new floodplain management strategy. More? www.wgcma.vic.gov.au/news/latest-news/local-flood-knowledge-sought

Are you on a mission?

Aus Veg is seeking expressions of interest for:
  • the USA Industry Leadership and Development Mission from February 2-14. The Mission will take growers to the WorldAg Expo in California, visit some of the best farms and produce markets in the country, and meet top producers from the industry. View the flier here
  • the 2017 European Industry Leadership and Development Mission from February 4-11. The Mission will take growers to the 2017 Berlin Fruit Logistica Trade Fair, which hosts over 2000 exhibitors, and visit the global headquarters of a world-leading agribusiness. View the flier here
More? AusVeg 9882 0277 or info@ausveg.com.au

Visit my farm

Expressions of interest are sought from farmers interested in opening their properties to the public in an agritourism trial - register at the Visit My Farm website

Build a remarkable work place

Mandy Johnson, best-selling author and business adviser, will lead a series of presentations on innovative techniques to solve recruitment and retention problems within dairy businesses, aiming to increase profitability and to assist in achieving business goals. Sessions will run in:
  • Warragul on March 14
  • Maffra on March 14
  • Leongatha on March 15.
More? Leah Maslen 5624 3900 or leah@gippsdairy.com.au

What is your attitude to footroot?

Nickala Best, PhD candidate at La Trobe University, is seeking farmer input to help with work on a new tool for diagnosing sheep footrot. Sheep producers are asked to respond to a short online survey at: https://goo.gl/forms/o1dXvSR1Fe201CWy2

Do you like talking dairy?

GippsDairy has announced that funds are available to support private dairy industry discussion groups. The funds can be used to establish new groups or add value to existing groups. The funds can be put to a range of uses including structured study tours, guest speakers, etc. More? Tony Platt 0477 440 339

Hort women offered leadership support

All women currently employed in the Australian horticulture sector are invited to apply for scholarship funding that has been provisioned for participation in a range of leadership development courses. Places on the co-funded scholarship program are limited and Expressions of Interest close March 10. More? Alistair Young 9270 9032 or ayoung@wla.edu.au or click here

Improve your chances of getting a grant

Learn effective grant writing skills and apply for the 2017 Gardiner Dairy Foundation/ Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants Program at a free workshop on Monday February 16 from 12-2.30pm at Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, 96 Graham St, Wonthaggi. More? Gardiner Foundation 8621 2900 or info@gardinerfoundation.com.au or visit www.frrr.org.au/grants/gardiner-victorian-dairy

Young dairy farmers get conference opportunity

Young Gippsland dairy farmers can apply for assistance to attend the 15th Annual Australian Dairy Conference on February 14-16 at the National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide. More? GippsDairy 5624 3900

Work at being a better employer

A series of employment basics workshops will provide an overview of the ESKi, attracting and retaining good people, compliance and the basics of being a good employer. The course is suitable for anyone who employs or is looking to employ staff. It will run from 10am-2.30pm on:
  • February 21 at the DEDJTR Office, 1 Stratford Rd, Maffra
  • February 22 in the RSL Board Room, Smith St and Michael Pl, Leongatha
  • February 23 in the Baw Baw Skills Centre, Wills St, Warragul.
More? Leah Maslen 5624 3900 or leah@gippsdairy.com.au

Get on board with Parks Victoria

The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change is seeking expressions of interest for four positions, including the Chairperson, on the Parks Victoria Board. The terms of appointment for members commence in July 2017. Applicants are required to apply online via the Get on Board website. EoIs close February 13. More? Lisa Griggs 9637 8726

Producers head online to grow the farm

A national e-commerce platform called the HiveXchange is offering growers the ability to establish direct trade relationships with wholesale buyers. The HiveXchange is an independent digital marketplace that aims to help growers, co-ops and pack houses to diversify sales and marketing channels, generate better returns and grow business. The HiveXchange is free to join and fully online, providing growers with secure trade facilitation, real-time pricing, automated contracts, levy management and integrated freight services direct from the farm. More? Click here

Have you heard about Herd17?

Herd17, on March 22-23 in Bendigo, will discuss developments in genetic improvement, herd test, data and related fields. It also provides networking and professional development opportunities. Conference speakers include:
  • Marj Faust on skills, attitude and change, drawing upon her experience with globally competitive bull companies Genus ABS Global
  • Andrew Fear, of LIC, NZ, sharing experiences of herd recording during New Zealand’s milk price volatility, a journey that is being replicated in Australia.
To register click here. More? Laura Calder 9835 7627 or lcalder@holstein.com.au

Student video competition focuses on farm safety

The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) has launched a student video competition to raise awareness about farm safety in agriculture. More? Click here

The Don is on again!

The annual Don Campbell Memorial Study Tour will visit the dairy belt of northern Tasmania from March 20-24. The tour looks at Tasmanian farming systems with a focus on managing livestock systems. Highlights include:
  • A unit of competence from the NCDE’s Certificate IV in Agriculture AHCAGB402A: Analyse and interpret production data
  • Visits to different farming systems
  • A great social experience and chance to develop networks.
The trip has been heavily subsidised by GippsDairy. The cost to participants is $165 payable to GippsDairy which will include airfares, bus travel and accommodation; other costs include an enrolment fee payable to NCDE, lunches and dinners. More? Irene Baker 5624 3900 or irene@gippsdairy.com.au

Sustainability festival is on again

Bass Coast Shire Council will again host the Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival at the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi on Sunday, April 9. Organisers are now calling for sponsors and exhibitors. More? Roslyn Jenzen 5951 3317 or r.jenzen@basscoast.vic.gov.au

New Victorian hunting manual to replace Guide

Victorian hunters will receive a copy of the most comprehensive game hunting manual ever produced in Victoria. The manual ‘Game Hunting in Victoria - a manual for responsible and sustainable hunting’ will be sent to all Victorian Game Licence holders and replace the annual Victorian Hunting Guide. More? GMA www.gma.vic.gov.au

Are you paid on time?

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, in partnership with the Small Business Commissioners, the Council of Small Business Australia and the Australian Institute of Credit Management, is conducting an inquiry to examine payment times and practices in Australia. Click here to take part.

Agri-supply chain help targeted

The Australian Government’s  Supply Chain Facilitation Assistance program offers free access to a skilled advisor to strengthen supply chains and improve access new markets. You must have been trading in at least three successive years with turnover (or operating expenditure) in the current, or one of the last two financial years, of more than $1.5m ($750,000 for applicants from remote or northern Australia). Producers not meeting eligibility rules can still register for information events. More? Phone 13 28 46

Compost is relevant!

A combined Bairnsdale, Denison and Boisdale Newry discussion group tour on February 8 will visit the Dutson Downs SORF, the source of Revive compost in Gippsland to see how compost is made and why it is relevant on farm. RSVP is essential. More? Louise Sundermann 0428 573 909 or Donna Gibson 0409 178 624

Save the date for vegie innovation!

East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days will be held in Lindenow on May 3-4 at Bulmer Farms on Main Rd, Lindenow. The event, with seedling producer Boomaroo as major sponsor, features new, innovative and favourite varieties growing in demonstration sites, an undercover event hub and an industry networking function in the Lindenow Hall on Wednesday May 3. More? Shayne Hyman 0417 330 081 or shayne.hyman@eastgippslandfoodcluster.com.au

Help save the bees

Landcare has launched a donation campaign to establish specially equipped tracker hives. Visit http://landcareaustralia.gofundraise.com.au/ And if you're an apiarist seeking new bushland for your bees, or you're a landholder will to host hives, visit our hugely popular Wannabee Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wannabee-Linking-Gippsland-farmers-and-beekeepers/679159508860803

Updates made to online fruit export system

The Electronic Data Interface (EDI) system used by apple and pear exporters has been updated to provide better information for users and improved business system efficiency. More? Click here

Agreements support environmental upgrades

South Gippsland Shire Council is to introduce Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs) to assist businesses to reduce carbon emissions, reduce water use, increase productivity, and cut energy costs. An EUA is an agreement between a property owner (non-residential), a financial institution, and local government to facilitate a building upgrade that improves energy, water or waste efficiency, or reduces emissions to the environment. More? Heidi Hamm 5662 9815

Garlic heaven comes to Meeniyan

Taste the best garlic in Australia and talk to expert growers at the Meeniyan Garlic Festival on Saturday February 18 from 9am-4pm at the Meeniyan Town Hall. The festival features dozens of market and produce stalls, music, cooking shows. Tickets available online. More? www.meeniyangarlicfestival.com.au

Riparian management benefits landholders

The direct benefits to landholders carrying out the riparian works to improve water quality, reduce erosion, and increase biodiversity works have been described in a recent study by the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA). More? Click here

Walk in the orchard this autumn

Autumn Future Orchards walks feature Dale Goldy from Stemilt, one of the largest fruit companies in Washington State, USA and AgFirst’s Craig Hornblow the walk will be held in Gippsland on March 23. More? Angus Crawford 9329 3511 or acrawford@apal.org.au

Are you ready for export?

An export workshop, on Wednesday February 8 from 6-8pm at the Cardinia Civic Centre, 20 Siding Ave, Officer, will teach food and agribusinesses the fundamentals of exporting into new international markets and covers consumer targeting, market prioritisation, brand positioning, government support and more. More? City of Greater Dandenong 8571 1550 or business@cgd.vic.gov.au or click here

Listen to the vegie news

A new edition of InfoVeg Radio, the R&D podcast for the vegetable industry, has been released. This edition focuses on levy-funded research projects that are looking to encourage consumers to increase their vegetable consumption. More? http://ausveg.com.au/podcasts/infoveg-radio.htm

Some pests are worse than others

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) is hosting an Industry Biosecurity Plan implementation meeting on February 7 at APAL, Suite G.01, 128 Jolimont Rd, East Melbourne. The event features biosecurity experts discussing high priority pests and diseases that may pose a threat to the Australian industry. More? APAL 9329 3511

Thinking about a career shift?

A Stepping Up Stepping Back workshop at the Century Inn, Traralgon on February 28 from 9.45am-3pm will assist farmers taking the next step in their career, be it taking more responsibility in the business or transitioning to less involvement. More? Leah Maslen 5624 3900 or leah@gippsdairy.com.au

Leverage China relationships and experience

In May 2017, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will run its fourth China business immersion experience. The Victoria Jiangsu Business Placement Program brings business people from China's Jiangsu province together with Victorian business owners and senior staff to:
  • create long-term partnerships with Chinese companies
  • pursue new contracts, develop exports and build strategic relationships
  • showcase Victorian goods, services and technology to Chinese businesses, buyers and investors.
More? Olivia Bowden 8662 5343 or obowden@victorianchamber.com.au

New apple and pear trees need testing

Prevar is seeking expressions of interest from Australian growers interested in undertaking stage three testing of new pome fruit selections, with potential commercial prospects, bred by Plant and Food Research. More? Mark Hankin 0408 503 528 or mark@apfip.com.au

Horse and tractors put horsepower to the test

The Korumburra Working Horse and Tractor Rally on March 19-20 at Morrison Park, South Gippsland Hwy, Nyora, features vintage and veteran tractors, working horses, engines and farm equipment. Entry: adults $12, under 16 free, weekend pass $18. More? Jackie Fredrickson 0484 944 598 or click here

You’ll go crazy for the…

2017 Australian Nut Conference in Melbourne from March 27-29 2017. Sponsorship opportunities are available. More? Chaseley 0409 707 806 or exec@nutindustry.org.au

Worse than being noxious – it’s a curse!

Noxious weed Paterson’s Curse (Echium plantagineum) has been identified growing on properties in Traralgon. It has affected land throughout the new development areas and housing estates near Marshalls Road, and has also been identified in other parts of Traralgon. Paterson’s Curse is a declared a noxious weed throughout Australia and it is every property owner’s responsibility to prevent its growth and spread. It can cause liver damage to all stock, with horses being the most susceptible. More? Latrobe Council's Environment Sustainability Team 1300 367 700

Take six steps for business success

The Six Steps to Success for your Small Business series will provide participants with tools to build a successful business. The workshop series will be delivered each Tuesday night from February 28 over six weeks at Latrobe City Council Headquarters, 141 Commercial Rd, Morwell. Places are limited. Cost:$30. Register here. More? Rocchina Della Fortuna 1300 367 700 or busdev@latrobe.vic.gov.au

Harvest milk for better quality

Cups on Cups off is a two-day training course designed by Dairy Australia and delivered by the National Centre for Dairy Education Australia (NCDE) will help dairy farmers achieve best practice in milk harvesting, with an emphasis on detection, treatment and prevention of clinical mastitis. The course will run in:
  • Orbost on February 15-16
  • Leongatha on April 19, 26
  • Warragul on April 19, 26
  • MID on April 21, 28
More? Louise Sundermann 0428 573 909 or louise@gippsdairy.com.au

Are you keeping Greater Dandenong green?

The Greater Dandenong Sustainability Awards recognise the sustainable efforts of the community. Award Categories include the Sustainable Business Award, the Sustainable Community Award, the Sustainable Development Award and a new video competition. Entries close at 4pm on Friday, February 10. More? Visit www.greaterdandenong.com

Product swaps on one well-viewed map

More than 4000 people have viewed the Google-map-based listing of produce swaps across Gippsland prepared for Agribusiness Gippsland by Dr Graham Moore from the University of Melbourne. You can view and edit the map at: http://g.co/maps/eqvpa

Mash it up at Thorpdale Potato Festival

The Thorpdale Potato Festival will be held on Sunday, March 12 at Thorpdale Recreation Reserve, Stockdales Rd, Thorpdale and features a myriad of events and activities including a market, photography competition, hessians on the field sack race, potatoes and more. More? https://www.facebook.com/Thorpdalepotatofestival

Forthcoming markets 

Market When Where More?
Bairnsdale Boot Market 3rd Saturday Great Alpine Rd, Bairnsdale  
Bittern Sunday market Every Sunday Bittern Railway Station, Frankston-Flinders Rd, Bittern 0409 417 463
Bruthen Village Market 4th Saturday Mechanics Hall, Bruthen  
Churchill Island Farmers Market 4th Saturday Churchill Island Visitor Centre, Phillip Island 5664 0096
Coal Creek Farmers Market 2nd Saturday Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, Korumburra 0459 629 000
Drouin Craft and Produce Market 3rd Saturday Drouin Civic Park 5625 3360
East Gippsland Farmers Market 1st Saturday Bairnsdale Secondary College Oval, Bairnsdale  
Emerald Community Craft and Produce Market 3rd Sunday Emerald Community House 0419 345 750
Gembrook Market 4th Sunday Puffing Billy Railway Station 0437 664 121
Gippsland Heritage Park Market 3rd Saturday Gippsland Heritage Park, Moe 5127 3082
Heyfield community market 1st Saturday Dr John Graves Memorial 5148 2780
Inverloch Farmers Market 3rd Sunday The Glade. Inverloch 5664 0096
Jindivick Market 1st Saturday Jindivick Harvest Kitchen, 1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick 5628 5227
Jumbunna Bush Market 1st Sunday The Main Hall, Jumbunna 5657 3253
Kongwak Market Sundays Kongwak General Store 0417 142 478
Koowee Community Market 2nd Sunday Cochrane Park, Rossiter Rd, Koo Wee Rup 0418 289 847
Lakes Entrance Surf Club Foreshore Market 1st Sunday The Esplanade, Lakes Entrance 0407 098 805
Lardner Park Market November 20 Lardner Park, Warragul 5976 3266 
Loch Market 2nd Sunday (Oct-April) Loch Village Railway Station, Loch 0447 398 822
Longwarry Fire Brigade Market 1st Sunday Bennett St, Longwarry 0419 158 946
Lucknow Market 4th Sunday Howitt Park, Bairnsdale 5152 4662
Maffra Variety and Farmers market 1st Sunday Johnson St, Maffra 0408 057 772
Mallacoota Artisans and Produce Market 1st Saturday Mudbrick Building, Develling Drive, Mallacoota 0422 988 890
Metung Farmers Market 2nd Saturday Village Green, Metung  
Mirboo North Community Market last Saturday of month Baromi Park in Ridgway (Strez Highway) Mirboo North 5668 2465
Mornington Racecourse Market 2nd Sunday Mornington Racecourse  
Paynesville Market 2nd Sunday Gilsenan Reserve, Paynesville  
Prom Country Farmers Market 3rd Saturday Main St. Foster 0407 543 371
Red Hill Community Market  1st Saturday Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill  
Rokeby Market 2nd Saturday Rokeby Reserve, Main Rd, Rokeby 5626 8523
Sale 3rd Saturday Sale Showgrounds  
South Gippsland Farmers Market 1st Saturday Koonwarra Memorial Park 0408 619 182
Stratford Variety and Farmers Market  4th Sunday Apex Park, Stratford 0408 057 772
Surf Club Market 1st Sunday Foreshore Rotunda, Lakes Entrance  
Toora market 2nd Sunday Jetty Rd, Toora 5688 1237
Traralgon Farmers Market 4th Saturday Kay St Gardens – Kay St, Traralgon 0409 232 715
Warragul farmer’s Market 3rd Saturday Civic Park, Warragul 0435 757 047
Yarragon community craft and produce market 4th Saturday Yarragon Public Hal 5634 2209

It’s show time!

The Korumburra A & P Society Annual Show will be held on February 11-12 at the Korumburra Showgrounds South Gippsland Hwy, Korumburra. The Show features the Australian Tug of War competition, pet parade, arts and crafts, cattle judging, sideshows, barnyard buddies, cattle, poultry and sheep, wedding dress display, beaut ute show, live bands and also incorporating the buskers festival. All the horse events will be on Sunday February 12. More? Josie Buchanan 5655 2648 or http://www.facebook.com/korumburrashow/

Put your brand on display

Opportunities are now open to partner with Economic Development Australia on their Annual Victorian State Conference to be held in Baw Baw Shire on March 8-10. This is an opportunity to showcase your brand to leading economic development practitioners, local government, the private sector, community organisations and companies involved in economic development. More? Click here or contact the Baw Baw Shire Economic Development team 5624 2411

Failure to get permits comes at a heavy cost

Wellington Shire Council is reminding residents that there are heavy penalties for failing to obtain a Building Permit before doing building works. In Sales Magistrates Court on January 26, a property owner from Robertsons Beach was fined $4000 plus $2250 in costs, for failing to comply with a Building Order issued by Council’s Municipal Building Surveyor. The property owner failed to obtain a Building Permit for the location of two portable buildings on the site and occupying the buildings without an Occupancy Permit. The property owner was also ordered to vacate the buildings and remove them from site within 30 days. More? Wellington Shire Council 1300 366 244 or www.wellington.vic.gov.au/buildingpermits

Don’t miss the small business bus

The small business bus offers friendly, professional assistance from an information officer and specialist advice from an experienced business mentor and will visit:
  • Cowes, 91-97 Thompson Ave on March 7
  • Mornington, 67 Main St, on February 16
  • Narre Warren South, Casey Central Shopping Centre, Cnr. Littlecroft Ave and Narre Warren-Cranbourne Rd on February 14
  • Rosebud, outside National Australia Bank, 1055 Point Nepean Rd on February 15
  • Wonthaggi, 71-73 McBride Avenue on March 6.
Sessions are strictly limited so advance bookings are required.
More? Business Victoria 13 22 15 or www.business.vic.gov.au/events/small-business-bus

Sustainable ag fellowships are reaping rewards

Veski are holding a sustainable agriculture innovation update on Monday February 13 from 4.45pm for a 5pm start in the Gippsland Room, Level 46, the Investment Centre, 55 Collins St, Melbourne. Industry representatives, farmers and academics will hear the results generated from the first round of Veski Sustainable Agriculture Fellowships and how this is transforming ideas into opportunities for the pear and wine industries. Victorian Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Jaala Pulford, and invited peak farm group representatives, including NFF and VFF ,will attend. RSVP here. More? Veski 9635 5700 or admin@veski.org.au

Grab a couple of friends for the pear festival!

Friends of Toora Heritage Pear Orchard inc. presents the Annual Toora Pear Party on Sunday March 12 from 10am-4pm at Toora Heritage Pear Orchard, Mill St, Toora. There will be music, stalls, talks and demonstrations on pruning, grafting, bee keeping, herbs and other gardening tips, children's activities (supervised), face painting, circle dancing and ukulele plus singalong, pick your own pears $6 (bags supplied), pear cider available. More? Meryl 0428 864 520 or colmera@skymesh.com.au

Effective record keeping made easy

An interactive record keeping workshop on March 15 from 6-8pm at 2 Queens St, Mornington, will give participants a sound understanding of basic financial systems and book-keeping, including cloud based systems, and a take home set of checklists, templates and tips. The session includes access to a free one-on-one mentoring session with an experienced small business mentor. Book here. More? Mornington Peninsula Shire 5950 1446

Insecticide resistance rising for cropping pest

Resistance to neonicotinoid insecticides has, for the first time, been confirmed in Australian populations of green peach aphid (GPA). GPA is a widespread pest of canola, pulse and vegetable crops. GPA is known to have resistance to four different chemical mode of action groups- synthetic pyrethroids, carbamates, organophosphates and now, neonicotinoids. Growers are encouraged to continue to follow the GPA Resistance Management Strategy, which aims to minimise the selection pressure for resistance in GPA. More? Click here

Why are some grain businesses more profitable ?

A GRDC project has found four key factors which separate the top 20% of grain businesses -and it has little to do with location or size. Top businesses in the GRDC’s southern region are consistently retaining 30%per cent of turnover as net profit. More? Click here

Save the date for economic development

Economic Development Australia (EDA) and the Baw Baw Shire Council are hosting the EDA Victorian State Conference to be held in Warragul on March 8-10, 2017. Sponsorship opportunities are available. More? Baw Baw Shire Economic Development team 5624 2411

It’s more than just good scones!

The Country Women's Association Pakenham Branch meets monthly for friendship, fellowship, and fund raising to help local organisations and/or people in need. There are speakers at monthly meetings, bus trips and monthly craft get-togethers. The next meeting is on March 1 from 9.30am-12.30pm at Guide Hall, 31 Henry St, Pakenham. Also craft days on the third Wednesday of the month (March 15) More? Heather Kleesh 5940 4481 or heather.kleesh@bigpond.com.au

Survey seeks grower input

Haifa Australia is seeking feedback from Australian vegetable and potato growers in a short survey on grower fertiliser usage and decision making. The survey comprises 20 questions and can be found here

Plant the seed of health in children

The Victorian State Government and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation are offering schools and early learning centres a subsidised food education package, providing professional development, educational resources and support to plant the seeds of health, learning and wellbeing in the children and communities. The offer includes over $1500 of products and services for only $550. Training will occur in Traralgon on February 15. More? SAKGF 1300 072 543 or support@kitchengardenfoundation.org.au

Berwick goes on show

The Berwick Show offers something for everyone with carnival rides, show bags, animal nursery, arts and crafts exhibition, fun run, cooking, beaut utes and talented performers starring on stage. There will also be horses, show jumping, cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas, rabbits, poultry and the popular dog high jump. The Berwick Show is on Saturday February 25-26 from at Akoonah Park, 2 Cardinia St, Berwick from 9am - 5pm, with the open horse events on Monday March 13 from 9am-4pm. More? Berwick and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society 9707 0399 or berwickshow@bigpond.com or www.berwickshow.org.au

Business mentors on offer

Councils across Gippsland, in conjunction with the Small Business Mentoring Service, are offering free business mentoring sessions in:  
  • Cowes Customer Service Centre Interview Room, 91-97 Thompson Avenue on April 4, June 6, September 5, November 14
  • Grantville Transaction Centre Community Room, 1504-1510 Bass Hwy on July 4
  • Mornington, Cnr Queen and Main Sts on February 8, March 8
  • Narre Warren, Casey-Cardinia Business Hub, 66 Victor Cres on February 28
  • Pakenham, Toomah Community Centre, 15 Golden Green St on March 28
  • Wonthaggi, 76 McBride Ave March 7, 28, May 2, August 1, October 3
More? Visit the Small Business Mentoring Service

Gulfood and Foodex Applications now open

Levy-paying vegetable growers who are currently exporting can apply to attend two exporting trade shows: Gulfood in Dubai or Foodex trade show in Japan. The Gulfood trade show will be held from February 26-March 2, with anticipated travel dates for participants of February 23 to March 3. More? AUSVEG 9882 0277 or export@ausveg.com.au

Junior Landcare grants open

The Momentum Energy Junior Landcare Grants will fund 200 projects in Victoria. Grants up to $1000 are on offer for projects that will help young people play an active role in ensuring the safe future of the environment. More? Click here

Small grants open to dairy communities

The 2017 Gardiner Dairy Foundation/FRRR Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants Program is open until March 17. For more information click here

Research body fishing for ideas

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is calling for Expressions of Interest that address priority areas nominated by the Research Advisory Committees, Industry Partnership Agreements and FRDC Subprograms. Deadline: February 15. More? Click here

Looking for a grant?

The free government Grant Finder helps find grants and assistance programmes that are relevant to your own business. More? http://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-assistance/grant-finder

Producers and processors can farm together!

Applications are open for the $14.9m federal Farming Together program, a two-year campaign for primary producers and processors to collaborate and claim marketplace power. Assistance is offered for product research and development, marketing, capital-raising, packaging, logistics, and exporting non-ongoing consultancy appointments. More? www.farmingtogether.com.au or 1800 005 555

Fund supports regional events growth

The Regional Events Fund is a $20 million grant program designed to support the growth of events in regional Victoria. The Fund is administered by Visit Victoria, Destination Gippsland and Destination Phillip Island and aims to extend the length of visitation and economic yield. Three tiers of funding are available:
  • between $100,000 and $500,000
  • between $20,000 and $100,000
  • up to $20,000
Intending applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposal with their Regional Tourism Board to test alignment with regional visitor economy strategies. More? Click here or events@visitvictoria.com.au

Energy assessment grants open now

Small and medium sized businesses can apply for energy assessment funding under the new Sustainability Victoria Business - Boosting Productivity program:
  • Energy Assessment Grants for businesses with less than 200 employees, spending more than $20,000 per annum on energy bills. Grants are offered at two funding levels - up to $2000 for a basic energy assessment and up to $6000 for a detailed energy assessment on a matched funding ($1:$1) basis. Successful applicants can also access a $3000 bonus to help implement energy efficiency assessment recommendations
  • Industry Capability Grants of up to $150,000 to strengthen and build business capabilities in energy efficiency. Expressions of interest open soon.
More? Click here

Agri-supply chain targeted for assistance

The Australian Government’s Supply Chain Facilitation Assistance program offers free access to a skilled advisor to strengthen supply chains and improve access new markets. You must have been trading in at least three successive years with turnover (or operating expenditure) in the current, or one of the last two financial years, of more than $1.5m ($750,000 for applicants from remote or northern Australia). Producers not meeting eligibility rules can still register for information events. More? Phone 13 28 46

Waste infrastructure grants now available

Councils and industry can now apply for grants of up to $500,000 for innovative projects that create jobs and help keep more waste out of landfill. The $7 million fund aims to encourage new collection, sorting or processing infrastructure that targets organic waste, plastic and E-waste. Applications close March 31. More? Click here

Develop exports markets

Export Market Development Grants help small-medium businesses to develop export markets. The Austrade grants reimburse up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5000 provided that total expenses are at least $15,000. The program can provide up to eight grants to eligible applicants. More? Visit www.austrade.gov.au/Export/Export-Grants

Grants help dairy development

The Victorian Government is seeking applications for its Dairy Development Grants program, which aims to assist dairy farm businesses to improve productivity, competitiveness and resilience to market downturns. The grant offers up to $5000 to implement on-farm infrastructure improvements that assist business rebuilding, restructure and production efficiencies. Grants are open until June 30 or until funds are fully allocated, whichever occurs first. More? Rural Finance 1800 260 425 or industryprograms@ruralfinance.com.au or click here

Land safely when going global

The Landing Pads program offers start-ups use of innovation hubs in San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Shanghai, Berlin and Singapore. Successful applicants get a workspace for up to 90 days, with access to coaching, mentors, investors and customers, training opportunities, tailored networking events and advice on how to negotiate the local business culture. The program, part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda is for market-ready Australian start-ups ready to go global. More? Landing Pads

Grants make communities strong

Victoria’s Stronger Regional Communities invests in community-led initiatives and to drive change in regional and rural towns with grants of up to $50,000. Eligible applicants include businesses and for-profit organisations, local councils and not-for-profit community organisations. More? Click here

Biological and biophysics science grants on offer

The Australia and Pacific Science Foundation is offering up to $15,000/year for up to three years for projects in biological or biophysical sciences. Deadline: March 10. More? http://apscience.org.au/guidelines.html

Grow with nbn grants

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), in partnership with nbn, is awarding $150,000 in grants to organisations which are leveraging nbn™ network connectivity to grow. Grants will be awarded across three categories: business, community and education. More? www.growwithnbn.com.au

Research grants go up for grabs

The Hermon Slade Foundation offers grants of up to $30K/year for up to three years to support state institution or university research into improved systems of managing land, water, plants and animals to enhance the productivity and quality of produce, while conserving the natural environment, preserving biodiversity, avoiding pollution of soils and water, and enhancing human welfare. Deadline: March 10. More? www.hermonslade.org.au/guidelines.html

Move your business into the future

The Future Industries Manufacturing Program is a Victorian Government initiative offering grants of up to $500,000. Victorian businesses implementing new manufacturing technologies and processes that generate new jobs and provide a critical foundation for growth are eligible for the funding. There's a 3:1 funding requirement. http://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/future-industries/future-industries-manufacturing-program

Government releases new funding opportunities

The Victorian Government has commenced a number of new funding programs including: the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund (RJIF) and Food Source Victoria (FSV) grants, a $20m initiative aimed at supporting agri-food businesses to work together and with value chain partners to grow exports and create new jobs. Deadline June 30, 2019. More? Graham Scott 5116 7300 or graham.scott@rdv.vic.gov.au

Red Hill shows what it’s got!

The Red Hill Show, one of the state’s most popular agricultural shows, will be held on Saturday, March 11 from 9.30am-5pm. The show also includes arts, crafts, flowers, entertainment and more. Cost: adult - $15; child - $10; concession - $10. More? Red Hill A and H Society Inc 0432 434 255 or info@redhillshow.com.au or www.redhillshow.com.au

Agritourism dossier available

What are the common factors that determine a successful agritourism venture? What do the failures always do wrong? Agribusiness Gippsland has completed a literature review as part of last year’s study of Gippsland’s agritourism sector. We have compiled the findings into a fascinating, easy-to-read dossier. Drawing on local, Australian and overseas studies, it presents the financials of agritourism, the trends in Gippsland, the challenges, and some early data on regional agritourism operations, along with ideas from existing successful operators. The cost is $30 plus GST. Email orders at susanw@ptarmigan.com.au or via www.aginc.wordpress.com

Smoko read…

Genetically modified fruit flies show promise in eradicating expensive Medfly. Read the article here

Country racing is off and … well … racing

Meetings in February: 19-Moe, 25-Yarra Valley, 25-Woolamai; March: 3-Cranbourne, 4-Bairnsdale, 10-Cranbourne, 11- Hinnomunjie, 12-Stony Creek, 18-Woolamai, 19-Yarra Valley, 27-Stony Creek, 31-Cranbourne More? 1300 139 402 or visit www.countryracing.com.au

Quote of the week

Luis Bunuel: “Age is something that doesn’t matter unless you are a cheese.

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Times being what they are, we are running free job ads. If you’re seeking work, or workers, please flick an email to susanw@ptarmigan.com.au and we’ll give you a free plug. No large files, no photos, no sales pitches and full contact details, please.
 
WORK AVAILABLE:
 
Regional Manager - Gippsland Regional Agrifood Employment Project (GRAEP) sought by the East Gippsland Food Cluster Inc (EGFCI) for services to support disadvantaged job seekers gain employment in Gippsland's vital agrifood sector. Applicants should have strong regional recognition and respect is crucial. They must be independent of service providers while knowledgeable of their operational approach and have, or be able to establish, strong rapport and trust with employers, government and various community groups. They will work closely with a Project Steering Group in terms of finalising and implementing the project operational plan. There is a level of flexibility around whether this is a full-time or part-time role. Applicants should have very strong oral and written communication skills, capacity to work independently and with small teams of experts across Gippsland, very strong project management skills, resilience, adaptability and willingness to work in difficult circumstances to achieve outcomes, in-depth knowledge of the local community, networks, key opinion makers and community groups, ability and willingness to travel extensively within region
Currently resident in the Gippsland region or prepared to relocate. More? Dr Nicola Watts 0408 351 475
 
Horticultural Technician sought at the Australian Gardens site at Cranbourne Gardens (two positions available). The roles contribute to the effective presentation of a diverse range of Australian plants to visitors to the Cranbourne Gardens. Applicants should have experience in horticultural operations and sound knowledge of plant curatorial principles and practices, excellent plant identification skills and previous experience in plant record keeping. Applications due: February 20. More? www.rbg.vic.gov.au/about-us/job-opportunities
 
Casual potato picker sought in Thorpdale for approximately 20 hours/week. More? Peter Burgess 5153 9300
 
Dispatch Customer Service Team Leader wanted by Proteaflora in Monbulk. Previous experience in horticulture is desirable. Applicants require customer service skills, staff management experience, experience with Excel and database maintenance, computer proficiency and a full drivers licence. A forklift licence and Farm Chemical Users certificate would be highly regarded. More? www.proteaflora.com.au/careers
 
Dog lover sought! The successful applicant must have at least two years experience in a supervisory role in boarding kennels. Extensive knowledge of dog breeds and behaviours is desirable. Work availability required from Monday to Sunday; 7.30am-5pm. Office experience, great customer service skills and telephone manner, a current drivers licence and own transport are all essential. This is a fulltime position of 38 hours per week with a salary package of $40,000 per year, including super. More? The Manager enquiries@baysidepetcentre.com.au
 
Farm Hand - Tractor Driver sought. Duties include driving tractors, seeding crops, turning soil, slashing, spraying, irrigation, general tractor driving work and experience with most farm implements. The position requires experience in tractor operations, sound knowledge of WHS / OHS, effective time management, communication and organisational skills and current drivers licence. It would be desirable to live locally, have a forklift licence, Chem Cert accreditation, horticulture experience and certificate/s. Immediate start sought. Hours generally Monday-Friday from 7am-4pm, with some Saturday work. More? poundcreek@freshzest.com.au
 
Farmhands wanted by Lantrak (two positions) to manage two of sites located between Tagarty and Warragul. Candidates will have a track record in day to day farm management and maintenance, competency farming and earthmoving machinery, experience with minimum tillage, soil cultivation and GPS assisted fertilising, hay-making and silage practices, rural fencing, working knowledge of herbicides and pesticides, animal handling experience, flexibility to work longer hours in peak seasons and/or weekends, ability to work outdoors, current Victorian drivers licence and demonstrated experience in general property maintenance. More? Georgina georgina.taylor@lantrak.com.au
 
Wholesale Nursery Production Supervisor wanted to assist in the planning, organisation and implementation of nursery production procedures. The incumbent will work closely with management and supervise team of horticulturalists and apprentices. Applicants must have horticultural qualifications and industry experience, experience in staff supervision, pest and disease management, communication and leadership skills, time management and organisational skills. Salary negotiable. Suitable aboricultural or wholesale plant production experience welcomed. More? sales@fatrees.com.au
 
Sales Agronomist - Crop Science wanted in the East Gippsland to Taralgon region for position with progressive agronomy retailer. Previous experience in agricultural sales is desired. The role involves making recommendations and diagnosing problems in the field and offering solutions and look for new opportunities and accounts. Applicants should be self-motivated with a strong work ethic, excellent customer service skills, strong verbal, written, and presentation skills, and demonstrated analytical, negotiating, and problem-solving skills. More? Shannon Wood 0400 850 040 or shannon@s8ers.com.au
 
Garden Apprentice sought by the Diggers Club in Mornington Peninsula. The role involves weeding and mowing, pruning shrubs and small trees, watering as required, making paths, planting assistance, and mulching. Applicants should be passionate and enthusiastic about horticulture and gardening; either be enrolled in an apprenticeship program or have job experience or show a commitment to horticulture. The Diggers Club will pay for the course fees for a Certificate III in Parks and Gardens. More? Elizabeth 5984 7933
 
Spreader driver sought for fulltime position with Gibson's Groundspread, a family-owned fertiliser sales and spreading company operating from Rosedale. Applicants must have a minimum of a Heavy Combination licence and some farm and local knowledge. A forklift licence would be beneficial. More? Gibsons Groundspread 5199 2190 or andrew.houchen@gibsongs.com.au
 
Spray Operator wanted by privately-owned, growing agribusiness in Newry for a well paid, fulltime role in a great team with good working conditions. Reporting to the Crop Care Supervisor, this position requires a sound knowledge and experience in crop spraying, a practical background in vegetable production (emphasis placed on baby leaf/lettuce experience),experience in tractor driving, current chemical certification, willingness to work flexible hours, ability to work unsupervised. More? Howard 0481 354 296
 
Seeding Operator sought by privately-owned, growing agribusiness in Newry for a position with an attractive salary, exciting career and a great team environment. A 'hands on' energetic and highly motivated professional seeding operator requires attention to detail, experience in tractor driving, literacy and numeracy skills, computer and Microsoft suite use essential, willingness to work flexible hours including weekends, able to work in a team or unsupervised as required, knowledge of baby leaf products would be an advantage. The ideal candidate is energetic, proactive, passionate, is a team player who wants to work in a great team environment. More? Howard 0481 354 296
 
Nursery Assistant sought by Fleming's Nurseries in a full time, permanent position within the Research and Innovation Department, based in Monbulk. This is primarily a hands-on horticulture and nursery based role, requiring organisational skills and the ability to manage ongoing, changing and evolving projects. Responsibilities include establishment and maintenance of growing trials, evaluation of plant material, assistance with plant import and export, management of quarantine processes, data collection and report writing. The ideal candidate will have horticultural experience, be able to work independently and within a team, will be self motivated and have own reliable transport. Send resume with reference RESEARCH AND INNOVATION. More? leanne@flemings.com.au
 
Administration Assistant wanted by Fleming's Nurseries in a full time, permanent position within the Research and Innovation Department, based in Monbulk. This is primarily an administrative role, although there is a requirement for field work. Responsibilities include assisting with developing trials, reporting on performance of trials, administration relating to imports, exports and quarantine, data entry and website information management. The ideal candidate will be reliable, have good communication, report writing and organisational skills with exceptional attention to detail and the ability to maintain a number of different ongoing, changing and evolving projects. Send resume with reference RESEARCH AND INNOVATION. More? leanne@flemings.com.au
 
Sales Representative and Artificial Insemination Technician sought by Herd Improvement Co-operative Australia (Hico) in Maffra. The incumbent will promote and sell all goods and services offered by Hico and provide artificial insemination services. Applicants must demonstrate ability to artificially inseminate and be an accredited AI technician, handle livestock in a safe manner, have a understanding of the dairy industry, demonstrated sales ability, excellent people and communication skills, ability to use a computer with confidence, ability to work unsupervised and as part of a team. Send a resume, detailing your full work history and why you think this is the perfect job and details of three referees. More? careers@hico.com.au
 
Sampling Officer sought by Herd Improvement Co-operative Australia (Hico) in Maffra. The sampling officer plays a critical part in the herd test department within Hico. The sampling officer will conduct herd testing on farms using the electronic milk meters and data handlers. The incumbent will work in closely with other departments in the company, including laboratory staff. More? careers@hico.com.au
 
Sales person sought by Paradisia Nurseries in Narre Warren to manage wholesale customers, invoicing, debtor's management, control of stock between production and dispatch, assisting in new line development. This is a newly created position that allows flexibility for the suitable applicant. Applicants should be self motivated, work well alone and in teams. Computers skills will assist and a history or interest in horticulture would be beneficial. Only applicants able to work full time will be considered. Applicants without cover letter will not be considered. More? hrparadisia@gmail.com
 
Dispatch officer sought by Paradisia Nurseries in Narre Warren to prepare and manage orders including writing up, collating orders for departments, managing barcodes and stock levels, some possible customer service. The position also involves maintaining stock in dispatch areas and possible handling walk in wholesale customers. Only applicants able to work full time will be considered. Applicants without cover letter will not be considered. More? hrparadisia@gmail.com
 
Relief Milker wanted for 16 milkings a fortnight in a rotary dairy milking up to 450 cows with split calving. The incumbent will be expected to work every second weekend. Applicants must have own car, a current licence and be reliable. More? Honnie 0439 182 852
 
Farm hand: Capable people sought to assist with general farm work in Shady Creek and Neerim South locations. Duties include some lawn mowing and gardening, chain saw work, fencing (timber rail, wire, electric), irrigation, some tractor work (not essential), cattle knowledge preferred, concreting (not compulsory). Applicants must be able to work unassisted. Hours flexible. $20 per hour. Own transport required. More? Dennis 0418 526 701
 
Milker wanted in Heyfield area for a part-time, milking in a rotary for two hours in morning and two hours in evening. More? Amreek Berreck 0415 222 092
 
WORK SOUGHT:
 
Experienced horse rider currently living in Wonthaggi looking for some work in the horse industry. Experience includes hundreds of shows including two Royal Melbourne shows. Years of show jumping on multiple horses competing at all levels. Bred and broken in ponies and horses which have become successful show ponies and eventers. Heavily involved with the racing industry. Working as groundstaff and occasional rider for elite trainers. Riding lessons given to all ages, genders and riding levels. A good knowledge of treating injuries. References available. Seeking work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. More? 0438 723 255
 
Stablehand seeking work in racing industry. More? Tiffany Grant 0421 364 863
 
Banu, a 23 year old nurse from Germany writes (edited): I recently arrived in Melbourne and am searching for a job. I have worked at a gym on the service staff and as a kitchen hand in a restaurant. I'd be glad hearing from you about job offers of any kind. I'm searching for farm jobs or fruit picking, because I'd like to extend my working holiday visa for a second year. More? 0435 825 993
 
Assembly and packaging work wanted: Mawarra is a not-for-profit organisation based in Warragul and employs people with a disability. One of our enterprises specialises in assembly and packaging of products and is looking for additional work for our employees. More? Jeff Tellefson 0499 600 666 or jtellefson@mawarra.org.au
 
Welding work wanted: A Gippslander is starting a mobile welding business and seeking rural work welding or fabrication More? https://www.facebook.com/danny.laws
 
Chemical/Process Engineer - Waste, Water, and Bioenergy: Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux is an experienced chemical/process engineer specialised in water treatment, waste recovery and bioenergy, focussing on the bioremediation of industrial effluents using algae, as well as the subsequent production of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. More? Laurent Pochat-Pochatoux 0432 159 853 or pochatoux@gmail.com
 
Students are now available for work: Federation University Australia offers direct access to Gippsland’s students for part-time, casual, full-time/graduate, vacation and volunteer opportunities. Motivated and committed staff are available from accounting, nursing, sciences, engineering, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media courses. More? Liana 5122 6245 or liana.brennan@federation.edu.au
 
Employers wanted for agricultural graduates: Employers sought for well-trained, job-ready agricultural and horticultural graduates with nationally recognised post-diploma qualifications, Australian work experience, certifications, permits and licenses. Prospective employers can trial graduates for three to six months. www.ruralskills.com.au/about-us/australian-college-of-agriculture-and-horticulture/employers-wanted-for-agricultural-graduates/
 
Environmental planning and vegetation design: Springbank Ecosystems offers flora and fauna surveys, EMPs for sub-division applications, weed/animal management, revegetation plans for extraction companies, specialised native orchid ID and staff training.
More? Libby Lambert 5657 2387 or lamberte@tpg.com.au
 
Market your business more effectively: Award-winning marketer/business consultant with strong agricultural background can offer strategies to place your business in the public eye.  More? John 0457 065 425
 
Need staff? Try 12 or six months of cost-effective undergraduate recruits from accounting, sciences, marketing, HR and PR/comms/media. Candidates available for paid full-time or half-time placements. More? Annette lssibl@swin.edu.au or 9214 8753 or Karen kpomeranz@swin.edu.au or 9215 7136
 
Fire management planning: Consultant to prepare sustainable fire management plans for your property or small reserve. More? Helen Bull 0400 310 188 or h.bull@bigpond.com
 
Seeking admin/clerical work: For any type of administrative/clerical type work (consulting, part time or job share – even if it is only a few hours per week). I have a current ABN and tertiary qualifications in business studies, taxation and financial planning. More? Greg Lewis on 0439 523 871 or gregorynlewis@southernphone.com.au
 

Fostering an agricultural show culture…

The 110th Foster and District Show will be held at the Foster Showgrounds on Saturday February 25 and features horses, cattle, sheep, horticulture, food, art and craft exhibits, free family entertainment, show bags and rides, sheaf tossing, dog high jump, live music and more. More? Roger Nicholson 0438 747 876 or fostershow@gmail.com or visit www.fostershow.wordpress.com

Here’s something to wine about

Peninsula Piers and Pinots is a wine tasting event featuring more than 20 Mornington Peninsula wineries. The event on Sunday March 12 from 12-3pm on the Flinders foreshore also has live jazz music and food available for purchase. The cost is $35. More? Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association 0409 952 948 or cheryl@mpva.com.au or visit mpva.com.au/

And another thing ...

Other than Agribusiness Gippsland’s events/surveys, all other events/surveys are user-submitted and we cannot vouch for the information provided. Please contact the organiser to confirm details. Nor can we endorse any agenda, product, process or techniques that might be based on information in GippyAgchat.

Gippy Diary

DATE EVENT LOCATION CONTACT
Feb 7 APAL Biosecurity Plan Implementation Meeting East Melbourne APAL 9329 3511
Feb 7 East Gippsland Food Cluster Twilight Meeting Nicholson Dr Nicola Watts 0408 351 475
Feb 8 Compost Tour Dutson Downs Louise Sundermann 0428 573 909
Feb 8 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Mornington Peninsula Economic Development Team 5950 1446
Feb 8 Are You Ready For Export Workshop Officer City of Greater Dandenong 8571 1550
Feb 11-12 Korumburra A & P Society Annual Show Korumburra Josie Buchanan 5655 2648
Feb 13 Veski Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Update Melbourne Veski 9635 5700
Feb 14 Women in Dairy Discussion Group Warragul Leah Maslen 5624 3900
Feb 14 Small Business Bus Narre Warren South Business Victoria 13 22 15
Feb 14-16 15th Annual Australian Dairy Conference Adelaide GippsDairy 5624 3900
Feb 15 Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Food Education Package Training Traralgon SAKGF 1300 072 543
Feb 15 Small Business Bus Rosebud Business Victoria 13 22 15
Feb 15-16 Cups On Cups Off Orbost Louise Sundermann 0428 573 909
Feb 16 Grant Writing Workshop Wonthaggi Gardiner Foundation 8621 2900
Feb 16 Small Business Bus Mornington Business Victoria 13 22 15
Feb 18 Love Your Dairy Farmers! Drouin Baw Baw Economic Development Team 5624 2411
Feb 18 Meeniyan Garlic Festival Meeniyan  
Feb 19 Country Race Meet Moe Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Feb 21 Employment Basics Workshop Maffra Leah Maslen 5624 3900
Feb 22 Employment Basics Workshop Leongatha Leah Maslen 5624 3900
Feb 23 Employment Basics Workshop Warragul Leah Maslen 5624 3900
Feb 25 110th Foster and District Show Foster Roger Nicholson 0438 747 876
Feb 25 Country Race Meet Yarra Valley Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Feb 25 Country Race Meet Woolamai Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Feb 25-26 Berwick Show Berwick Berwick and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society 9707 0399
Feb 26-Mar 2 Gulfood trade show Dubai AUSVEG 9882 0277
Feb 28 Stepping Up, Stepping Back Workshop Traralgon Leah Maslen 5624 3900
Feb 28 Small Business Mentoring Service Narre Warren Lydia Ropiha 9705 5125
Feb 28 Six Steps for Success Morwell Rocchina Della Fortuna 1300 367 700
Mar 3 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 4 Country Race Meet Bairnsdale Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 6 Small Business Bus Wonthaggi Business Victoria 13 22 15
Mar 6 Small Business Bus Cowes Business Victoria 13 22 15
Mar 7 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
Mar 7-8 ABARES Outlook 2017 conference Canberra 1800 900 090
Mar 8 Small Business Mentoring Service Mornington Mornington Peninsula Economic Development Team 5950 1446
Mar 8-10 Economic Development Australia Victorian State Conference Warragul Baw Baw Shire Economic Development 5624 2411
Mar 9 Vegetable Industry Strategic Investment Plan Consultation Lindenow veg@consultingis.com.au
Mar 10 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 11 Red Hill Show Red Hill Red Hill A and H Society Inc 0432 434 255
Mar 11 Country Race Meet Hinnomunjie Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 12 Thorpdale Potato Festival Thorpdale 0402 799 557
Mar 12 Country Race Meet Stony Creek Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 12 Peninsula Piers and Pinots Flinders Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association 0409 952 948 o
Mar 13 Berwick Show Open Horse Event Berwick Berwick and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society 9707 0399
Mar 14 Building Remarkable Workplaces Workshop Warragul Leah Maslen 5624 3900
Mar 14 Building Remarkable Workplaces Workshop Maffra Leah Maslen 5624 3900
Mar 15 Building Remarkable Workplaces Workshop Leongatha Leah Maslen 5624 3900
Mar 15 Effective Record Keeping Mornington Mornington Peninsula Shire 5950 1446
Mar 15 Gippsland Irrigation Expo Sale fb.me/gippyirrigationexpo
Mar 17 Herd17 Conference Bendigo Laura Calder 9835 7627
Mar 18 Country Race Meet Woolamai Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 19 Country Race Meet Yarra Valley Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 19-20 Korumburra Working Horse and Tractor Rally Nyora Jackie Fredrickson 0484 944 598
Mar 20-24 Don Campbell Memorial Study Tour Tasmania Irene Barker 5624 3900
Mar 21 e-commerce workshop Moorooduc City of Greater Dandenong 8571 1550
Mar 23 Autumn Future Orchards Walk Gippsland Angus Crawford 9329 3511
Mar 27 Country Race Meet Stony Creek Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Mar 27-29 Australian Nut Conference Melbourne Chaseley 0409 707 806
Mar 28 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
Mar 28 Small Business Mentoring Service Pakenham Chrissy Lloyd 5945 4387
Mar 30- Apr 2 Farm World Lardner Lardner Park Events 5626 1373
Mar 31 Country Race Meet Cranbourne Country Racing Victoria 1300 139 402
Apr 4 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
Apr 9 Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival Wonthaggi Roslyn Jenzen 5951 3317
April 19, 26 Cups On Cups Off Leongatha Louise Sundermann 0428 573 909
April 19, 26 Cups On Cups Off Warragul Louise Sundermann 0428 573 909
April 21, 28 Cups On Cups Off Maffra Louise Sundermann 0428 573 909
May 2 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
May 3-4 East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days Lindenow Shayne Hyman 0417 330 081
May 15-17 Hort Connections 2017 Adelaide AusVeg 9882 0277
Jun 6 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
Jul 4 Small Business Mentoring Service Grantville Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
Aug 1 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
Sep 5 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
Sep 26-27 Science Protecting Plant Health 2017 conference (#SciPlant17) Brisbane www.sciplant2017.com.au/
Oct 3 Small Business Mentoring Service Wonthaggi Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
Nov 14 Small Business Mentoring Service Cowes Emilie Barkley 5951 3384
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