Welcome to the March edition of the Women in Horticulture Newsletter.
This publication aims to provide women involved in horticulture with updates on topics of interest and invitations to relevant training days and workshops.
Name of Farm: Sellers Bananas.
Location: Mission Beach.
Family: Husband and two kids.
Role in Past Life: The farm has been in the family for more than 40 years. I worked on the farm during school holidays before studying agriculture in Gatton. I worked for Landcare in Tully for a few years before returning to the farm full time.
What do you love about your present role? The flexibility, especially when it comes to the kids. I love growing fantastic bananas and working with my family.
What do you hate about it? The lack of freedom - it is a whole lifestyle farming bananas and it is very difficult to get away for any length of time.
If you won Lotto what would you do first? Depends on how much money I won! Retire from bananas and travel the world.
Where do you want to be in 10 years? Maybe doing something else.
Regional forums planned for women in horticulture
During March and April, women in horticulture across Queensland have the opportunity to take some time away from the farm to enjoy lunch, networking and information sharing with other growers in their industry through the NAB Agribusiness – Growcom Women in Horticulture Regional Forums.
Women involved in running horticultural businesses and women in senior positions on-farm or in packing operations are encouraged to attend.
“The NAB Agribusiness Growcom Women in Agriculture Regional Forums are a fantastic initiative supporting the professional development of women in horticulture, one we are proud to be a part of,” NAB Head of Agribusiness North David Brett said.
Forums planned include:
RSVP: Growcom’s reception on 07 3620 3844 or email email@example.com
For further information call Jane Muller, Women in Horticulture Project Coordinator on 07 3620 3844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NAB Agribusiness supports women’s professional development
NAB Agribusiness is supporting the professional development of women in the horticulture industry as part of its sponsorship of the regional forums.
Applications for the NAB Agribusiness – Growcom Women in Horticulture Professional Development Bursaries open this month.
Four bursaries of $1000 each will be awarded. The bursaries are intended to encourage women in the horticulture industry to further develop their business capabilities and leadership skills through ongoing involvement in training or industry conferences or other professional development opportunities.
“We will be looking for women who are demonstrating a strong interest in building successful horticultural businesses, industries and regions and who are keen to further develop their networks and skills,” Jane Muller Project Coordinator said.
“We recognise the important role that women play in horticulture and we are proud to once again be supporting Growcom and their Women in Horticulture project. Through the Bursaries it’s a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge and support emerging female talent,” NAB Head of Agribusiness North David Brett said.
All women who have participated in Growcom’s Women in Horticulture – Leadership Journey project, through the Brisbane or Cairns leadership programs or through attendance at one of the NAB Agribusiness Growcom Women in Horticulture Regional Forums are/will be eligible to apply.
For more information, please contact Project Coordinator Jane Muller on 07 3620 3844 or email email@example.com
The NAB Agribusiness – Growcom Women in Horticulture Regional Forums are being delivered through Growcom’s Women in Horticulture – Leadership Journey project which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Agricultural Forestry and Fisheries through Australia’s Farming Future.
Workplace Essentials Seminars - register your interest now!
Growcom will once again be delivering Workplace Essentials Seminars to horticulture producers around the state from May through to June.
This year, the program will come in two half-day sessions – one dealing with the world of workplace relations and human resources, with some focus on getting the most flexibility out of the Horticulture Award 2010, and the other providing detailed information and resources around the new Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) legislation.
Proposed regions include:
Cost (excluding GST)
To register your interest contact Growcom's Reception on 07 3620 3844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Seminars dates and times will be confirmed for May/June once we have 10 registrations in a region.
Growcom’s Workplace Essentials Seminars are again proudly sponsored by Austsafe Super – the industry super fund for rural and regional Australia.
Women in Global Business
For horticultural businesswomen interested in establishing or expanding export markets, the Women in Global Business network may offer some valuable information, events or mentoring opportunities.
The network has held a half day seminar in Australian capital cities in July/August over the past two years and further events are planned for 2012.
The Women in Global Business program was launched in December 2010. It is a cooperative initiative of the state and territory governments and the Australian Government through Austrade. The aim is to connect women across Australia who are interested or involved in international trade and investment.
Businesses owned and operated by women are one of Australia's fastest growing business segments. The Women in Global Business initiative seeks to support more Australian businesswomen take their products and services to the world.
For further information visit the web site.
State finalists announced for 2012 Rural Women’s Award
Six high-achieving Queensland women will be competing for the prestigious 2012 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award.
Finalists will be vying for a $10 000 bursary to develop their personal vision into an initiative to benefit primary industries and rural Australia.
Nominees were judged on how they would use the state bursary prize to further develop their proposals to benefit the primary industries and their aspirations for women in rural Australia. Some nominees were working towards assisting primary industries as a whole while others were focused on improvements in specific primary industry sectors.
The 2012 Queensland finalists include:
The state winner will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in Brisbane on 13 March 2012. The winner will then go on to compete with other state and territory winners to become the 2012 Australian RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Winner.
Profiles of the finalists and their projects can be found on the DEEDI web site here.
E-learning and Leadership program
The National Rural Women’s Network is currently delivering a learning and leadership program to 20 rural women from across Australia via the internet.
The program covers themes such as building leaders, better business skills, networking and social media, community capacity building and climate change action. Many of the themes are presented by leading agri-business women.
More information can be found online here.
International Women’s Day
The 2012 International Women Day will be celebrated on 8 March. The theme, Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures, encourages all events held around the world to include young girls in some way to inspire young minds globally.
More information no the 2012 International Women’s Day can be found online here.
Events for Brisbane can be found online here.
Boosting careers in agriculture
A new web site, developed by a young woman in agriculture Stephanie Coombes, intends to inspire other young people to pursue a career in agriculture. Launching in March you can visit the web site here.
Reef Rescue grants now available
Applications are now being accepted for funding under round five (the final round) of the Federal Government’s Reef Rescue Program. Up to 50 per cent (caps apply) incentive funding is available to assist with on-farm practice change that leads to a reduction in the risk of pesticides, fertilisers and/or sediment run-off from your farm.
Growers wishing to apply should contact their local Growcom Land & Water Field Officer to lodge their expression of interest (EOI).
Alternate pathways to market
Many of the participants at the 2011 Brisbane and Cairns leadership programs were interested in pursuing alternative ways to get their product to market.
News from Qld Rural, Regional & Remote Women’s Network (Q-ren)
The network has been busy over the last few months with a review of their name and their strategies. The new mission statement is to strengthen women, based on the principle that strong women build strong communities.
Some up-coming Q-ren events that may be of interest to horticultural women include
Women in the horticulture industry may like to consider taking out membership of QRRRWN. To find out more go to www.qrwn.org.au
Nominations for the 2012 AUSVEG National Awards for Excellence are now open
Those who wish to nominate themselves or someone that you feel deserves recognition are encouraged to download a nomination form from the Ausveg web site here.
The National Awards for Excellence will be held on the night of Saturday 12 May at Wrest Point Hotel Casino in Hobart and will highlight the success and outstanding achievements of our industry's most successful members.
Nominations close 13 April 2012.
A delegate registration form and information can also be downloaded from the Ausveg web site here.
Fine Food Queensland
Succession planning workshops
Workshops are planned for:
A registration form can be downloaded here. Farming families may be eligible to claim 65 per cent reimbursement of workshop fees and associated costs under the FarmReady Reimbursement Grant scheme.
Grow your business, grow your market workshop
The workshop will run in:
For more information or for registration forms contact Emma Lamond, Australian Industry Group on 07 3244 1727 or email email@example.com
The Roadshow will showcase best practice pest animal management including the latest innovations brought to you by the species experts. For venue details, registration and other additional information visit the web site.
Annual Women in Sugar Australian Conference
National Sustainable Food Summit
Ozwater, Australia’s National Water Conference and Exhibition
2012 Ausveg National Convention
International Women’s Conference
2012 Australian Institute of Packaging National Conference
PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Trade Show
Traineeships for careers in horticulture
Traineeships in Certificate II and III in Production Horticulture, farm hand and farm tradesperson respectively, have been secured for anyone wanting to embark on a career within our industry. The training will be offered through the Australian Apprenticeship Centres and should be available by the end of February.
Certificate II is for school-based trainees with little to no experience in agriculture while a Certificate III is aimed at school leavers or those new to the industry that are looking for a career. A Certificate III may also be appropriate for school based trainees that have some agriculture experience, but this needs to be negotiated with the school and the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) before enrolment.
School-based traineeships can be run as a day a week for two years or in block periods where the student comes to the farm full time for a set number of weeks each year.
Non-school based traineeships are a contractual permanent full time employment arrangement that has learning attached.
For more information contact Growcom Workforce Development Coordinator Alana White on 07 3620 3844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free business planning workshops for small food businesses
Small or micro businesses in the food and beverage process manufacturing sector have the opportunity to attend a two-day practical, intensive business mentoring workshop that will help you develop a business plan and also address marketing strategies for diversifying, finding new markets and/or growing existing markets.
The workshop is fully subsidised by the Queensland Government through the Disaster Recovery Package.
Contact Emma Lamond, Australian Industry Group for further information on 07 3244 1727 or email email@example.com
Produce executive program 2012
Applications are now open for the 2012 Executive Development Program aimed at owners and managers in the Australian and New Zealand produce and horticulture industry.
The five day program will run from 3 – 8 June at the Mt Eliza Centre for Executive Education.
PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited will sponsor individual delegates to the Produce Executive Program in 2012 at a level of $1000 for PMA A-NZ members and $500 for non-members.
Have you upgraded your Freshcare certification yet?
All growers accredited with Freshcare’s Food Quality and Safety should now be trained to Version 3. If you still require transition training, need an employee to be trained or would like to obtain Freshcare’s Food Quality and Safety accreditation please contact Growcom’s Admin Officer Michael Cowan on 07 3620 3844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Certification to 2nd Edition Freshcare Environmental Code
Growers who operate in compliance with Freshcare’s Environmental Code should be operating under the second edition. If not, you do not need to undertake training to upgrade.
Freshcare will send you a manual to complete. All growers accredited for Environmental Freshcare will now be audited under the second edition.
For more information please contact Growcom’s Admin Officer Michael Cowan on 07 3620 3844 or email email@example.com
Online ACDC licence
Central Queensland TAFE has launched a way for farmers to attain their chemical licence online and at an affordable price. Enrolments are now open.
Contact: 1300 CQ TAFE (1300 27 8233) or visit www.cq.tafe.qld.gov.au
Forklift RPL assessments
As of 1 January 2012, any person operating a forklift on farm must hold a valid forklift licence.
Growcom will continue to organise on-farm assessments for growers and their employees with experience in driving forklifts to gain a licence based on recognition of prior learning (RPL). This course is more efficient and cost effective than a full training course.
If you would like to know more information or would like to book a time for your assessment please contact Growcom’s Administration Officer Michael Cowan on 07 3620 3844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: on going
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