Chough Chat April 30th 2021

Welcome to the news and events updated on April 30th 2021. We look forward to seeing you at the host of events that are now available for people. If you are unwell or are waiting on a Covid test result, please stay at home and we will have more events coming your way.

Nature@Work - Farming with Benefits     Field Day

On Friday 7th May, 9.30am-12.00pm, Australian National University will be coupled with a soil scientist at Matt's farm in Devenish to discuss the science of how native vegetation contributes to a healthy resilient farming system.

Register here or contact Kerstie kerstiel@gbcma.vic.gov.au 0437 310 840 for further details

Acid soils, pastures, moisture probes and deep core soil sampling

On Friday 7th May 2021 from 10am-12pm Strathbogie SoilCare members are sharing what they have learnt from their trial site over the past 5 years. Damien Gerrans will be presenting information in the afternooon from 12.30pm-2.00pm on the soil moisture meter and its use.

For more information and booking contact Karen Brisbane on 0409 955 396 or karenb@gbcma.vic.gov.au 

Energy Efficiency on Dairy Farms

On Tuesday 4th May, 12pm-1pm online, Agriculture Victoria is hosting a webinar exploring energy options on dairy farms - from understanding electricity bills, energy efficiency and renewable energy.


Register or join the webinar here: https://bit.ly/3ag9NwW 

Fungi Festivals - Bioluminescence

On Friday 21st May, 6pm-9pm at in Kirkland Ave, Euroa, there will be a FREE outdoor digital projection event streaming across buildings in Binney St. Bioluminescence celebrates the importance of Fungi in healthy ecosystems.

Visit here for further information.

Spiders by Ron Litjens

On Friday 11th June from 7.30pm, Yea River Catchment Landcare Group is presenting the 3rd in the Litjens Lecture Series. The event will begin at the Butter Factory, 13 Rattray St, Yea. A light supper will be provided.

Cost: YRCL members $5; non-members $10

RSVP: Judy Brookes 0448973564 or juncball@bigpond.com 

 Research Results Workshop with ANU - Wangaratta

On Friday June 4th, 9.15am-3.00pm at the Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, ANU Sustainable Farms team will discuss the latest research in natural asset management on farms.

Click here for registration and further information or contact Amber Croft amber.croft@anu.edu.au 

Young Farmers Scholarships open for applications

Agriculture Victoria is offering Upskill and Invest - Young Farmers Scholarships. Each scholarship recipient is eligible to receive up to $5000 for training and study, followed by $5000 to put their new skills into practice.

You need to be aged 35 or younger and have at least two years' on-farm experience. 

Click here to find out more.


Murray Muster 2021 "Digging Deeper"

On Wednesday 26 May at Moama RSL Murray Dairy is holding their annual Murray Muster event.  Hear from local and interstate guest speakers on exploring ways to better utilise water through soil and irrigation management, cropping rotations and regenerative agriculture. 

Click here to find out more and register, or ocntact Murray Dairy on 03 5833 5312.

Landcare Australia News & Events

2021 National landcare Conference - Wednesday 4-6 August, Sydney 

Landcare Webinar series - Click link for further information

2021 State and Territory Landcare Award - nominations open for VIC, SA and QLD.

FORUM: Carbon Neutral Food Myth or Reality?

On Tuesday 18th May 12pm-1pm online, ATSE Agricultural Forum are engaging in a discussion on the topic of Carbon Neutral Food: Myth or Reality?

Register here 

Wildlife Act 1975 Review

An independent expert panel is conducting the most comprehensive review of Victoria’s Wildlife Act since it became law in 1975. The Panel wants to hear from you. All stakeholders, along with the broader Victorian community, can get involved. Have your say on the way wildlife is protected, managed and sustainably used, and help us create a new, best practice Wildlife Act.

Click here for opportunity to take part in the review