New Scholarship to support agriculture’s next gen

Farming Systems Group, Riverine Plains Inc. will officially launch the John Hanrahan Scholarship tomorrow [Friday 2 March] to recognise agricultural excellence in the region. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a local second year agricultural degree or diploma student.

It will be officially launched at a formal dinner in Corowa.

Riverine Plains Inc is an independent, not for profit farming systems group which specialises in farmer driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales.

It is one of 26 Farming Systems Groups which national grower representative body, GrainGrowers, will support this year through its Partnership Opportunity program.
Executive Officer Fiona Hart said that the scholarship would form an important part of Riverine Plains’ annual program and more importantly, would support the future of agriculture.
“The scholarship has been named after John Hanrahan, a well respected local farmer, in recognition of his passion for farming and his thirst for knowledge."
Ms Hart said that the launch evening on 2 March at the Corowa RSL would provide a fantastic opportunity to bring the agricultural community together whilst supporting the scholarship fund.
National grains representative body, GrainGrowers, will be a proud supporter on the night.
Riverine Plains Inc. has been sponsored by GrainGrowers for a number of years.
GrainGrowers Regional Coordinator David Evans said that Riverine Plains Inc. focused on exploring ways to enhance the profitability, sustainability and efficiency of the grower members in its region.
“Riverine Plains Inc. is every year producing some amazing results in research trials and extension,” said Mr Evans.

He said that for example in 2016 Riverine Plains Inc and FAR Australia established the Riverine Research Centre as an independent and dedicated crop research site for the Victorian-NSW border region.
“Last year the RRC hosted more than 600 experimental plots through a mixture of levy-based and industry funding,” Mr Evans said.
“This year the centre will host several events at its Yarrawonga site, with the Spring Field Day in late September/early October the feature event."
Executive Officer Fiona Hart said that the group had been set up in 1999 to provide growers with independent, timely, relevant and practical information that suits their business needs.
“Riverine Plains Inc. is focused on improving the sustainability of grain farming across the region. Through our partnership with GrainGrowers and other sponsors, we are able to deliver a broader range of publications and events for members that would otherwise be possible, and for this we are enormously appreciative.”
Mr Evans said that GrainGrowers was proud to have the opportunity to assist Riverine Plains Inc. to meet their goals in accordance with GrainGrowers’ vision to develop and promote a more efficient, sustainable and profitable grains industry for all Australian grain farmers.

GrainGrowers' Trade and Economics Manager, Luke Mathews, who hails from Corowa, will attend the event on behalf of GrainGrowers.
Riverine Plains Inc’s extensive events program for 2018 includes:

  • Friday 2 March                              Launch of the John Hanrahan Scholarship - Corowa
  • Wednesday 7 March                      Pulse Check Discussion Group Meeting, Dookie region
  • Thursday 21 June                          Stubble Project Paddock Walk            
  • Tuesday 19 June                            Advanced Spray Course, Oaklands
  • Thursday 9 August                         In-Season Update at Mulwala 9am – 1pm
  • September (date TBC)                   Spring Field Day at Riverine Research Centre
  • Thursday 8 November (TBC)         The Evan Moll Gerogery Field Day

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Chris Walker
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