Chough Chat September 16th 2021

Welcome to the news and events updated on September 16th 2021. We look forward to seeing you at the host of events online. Please check with organisers with face to face events prior to attending due to the changing restrictions in Victoria.

Riverine Plains virtual Soil Mapping Workshop and Field Day

Join Riverine Plains from 9.00am-12.30pm on September 17th online, as they will looking at improving soil quality parameters and how these are linked to sotring more rainfall for crop production. Field walk topics and speakers include: Soil Amelioration options with Simon Falkiner, Falkiner Ag and Managing acid and poorly structured soils with Cassandra Schefe, AgriSci.

Building soil carbon on farm

On Tuesday 21st September 11.30-12.30 online, Declan McDonald, principal soil scientist Regen Soils, will lead you through the importance of soil carbon on farm and how to create and manage soil carbon in a farming system.

Register here or contact Karen Brisbane, 0409 955 396 for further information.

Murray Darling Basin Webinar Series

On Tuesday 21st September fro 10am-11.30am, MDBA are hosting a webinar on water for the environment. The webinar will explore how water for the environment is used to improve the health of our rivers, wetlands and floodplains.

Click here for further details and booking

Assessing your ground cover: the what, why and how of pasture management

On Wednesday 22nd September from 12.30-1.30 onlineGreg Bekker from Ag Vic will be facilitating an interactive discussion with farmers about their current pasture, how to know whether it will last and what we can do to manage it for feed supply and to reduce erosion risk.

Please indicate your interest by contacting 0437310840 or . There will be photos you will need to send in prior to the event to make the most of the session

Biolinks Alliance 2021 annual symposium Leaky Landscapes

On October 8th and 9th online, Climate proofing our landscapes and biodiversity will be looking at practical approaches to fixing the damaged landscapes of central Victoria, making them more absorbent (less leaky) and so more biologically productive and better able to withstand the impacts of climate change. 


Women in NRM Workshop Save the date!

Restoring land - how women create change is a Workshop on Thursday 11th November online (to ensure that it happens no matter what). This workshop is for women by women and is designed to connect, encourage and inspire action in caring for our land.

Speakers include: Anika Molesworth, Sally Murfet and Cassie Leatham.

Contact Kerstie Lee or 0437310840 for further information

Holistic Management Course Jan 2022

Inside Outside Management with Brian Wehlburg is coming to Macedon Ranges for a 4 x 2day course in Holistic Management. The first session is anticipated to start on the 18th-19th January 2022.

For more information or registration contact 

Smart Farms Small Grants: Soil Extension Activities

The final grants round of the National Landcare Program - Smart Farms Small Grants will open for applications from 7 September to 12 October 2021.  The objective of the Smart Farms Small Grants - Soil Extension Activities grants round is to promote the Pilot Soil Incentives Program (under the National Soil Strategy), supporting farmer participation in the program through activities that will aim to improve the understanding of soil data and educate farmers to act on results with evidence-based measures.

Click here for further information and applications.

Campfire - Connecting farmers to prevent workplace mental health risks

National Centre for Farmer Health is a new chat-based platform 'Campfire' hosting podcasts, blogs and events. On alternate Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm small group Q&A sessions are held online and the Farmer Health webpage has the resources they have developed in response to the conversations. 

Upcoming Bonfire Topics: Sept 22 - Prevention of work-related risks to mental health. Oct 6 - Seasonal/Contract Labour - it works both ways. Oct 20 - Strengthening Your Support Team - Working Dog Training School


Farm Business Resilience Program

Agriculture Victoria are partners are offereing an exciting new program to support farm business. What do I need to know about my business to manage it successfully?; How well is my farm business performing?; What are the aspirations for my farm?; How do I take my business to the next level?; Complete a strategic business plan for my farm.

To find out more contact Kit Duncan-Jones 0427 749 466 or email


The Goulburn Broken CMA acknowledges and respects First Nations people and the deep connection they have with their land and waters.

We acknowledge the Yorta Yorta and Taungurung people and their ancestors/forbears as Traditional Owners of the land and waters in the Goulburn Broken Catchment (and beyond). We value our ongoing partnerships with Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Taungurung Land and Waters Council for the health of Country and its people.

We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge and recognise the primacy of Traditional Owners obligations, rights and responsibilities to use and care for their traditional lands and waters.

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