Margaret River Food & Agricultural Summit

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The Shire of Augusta Margaret River, South West Development Commission and Curtin, hosted the second Food and Agricultural Summit on 15 August 2016 for growers and food producers of the Margaret River Region and immediate surrounds. Speakers included local, state, national and international industry experts, including key presenter Andrew Flaccavento.

Topics covered include sustainability, food security, trade, land planning, food tourism, organics and the role of authorities. This event will also appeal to key stakeholders of the local food sector.

The sell out day was a huge success with many seeds planted for future developments of food and agriculture sectors in the South West.




The Shire of Augusta Margaret River, South West Development Commission and Curtin, hosted the second Food and Agricultural Summit on 15 August 2016 for growers and food producers of the Margaret River Region and immediate surrounds. Speakers included local, state, national and international industry experts, including key presenter Andrew Flaccavento.

Topics covered include sustainability, food security, trade, land planning, food tourism, organics and the role of authorities. This event will also appeal to key stakeholders of the local food sector.

The sell out day was a huge success with many seeds planted for future developments of food and agriculture sectors in the South West.




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  • SEGRA Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia

    by Kirstie Davis, over 2 years ago
    Segra

    SEGRA, Australia's premier conference on regional issues, is about assisting regional, rural and remote Australia to source and identify the techniques, skills and issues they need to address to achieve successful economic growth and development. The SEGRA conference, established in 1997, provides a unique opportunity for all sections of the Australian community (rural and urban) to explore the key issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia and be part of providing positive sustainable outcomes to ensure future prosperity.

    The 2016 SEGRA conference will be held in Albany from 25-28 October. Visit the link to find out more and to...

    SEGRA, Australia's premier conference on regional issues, is about assisting regional, rural and remote Australia to source and identify the techniques, skills and issues they need to address to achieve successful economic growth and development. The SEGRA conference, established in 1997, provides a unique opportunity for all sections of the Australian community (rural and urban) to explore the key issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia and be part of providing positive sustainable outcomes to ensure future prosperity.

    The 2016 SEGRA conference will be held in Albany from 25-28 October. Visit the link to find out more and to register your attendance.

    http://2016.segra.com.au/


  • Beef processors claim new report shows 'no economic case' for tighter regulation

    by Kirstie Davis, over 2 years ago
    Rural

    A report commissioned by the meat processing sector argues there is no economic case for tighter regulation of the industry.

    A report commissioned by the meat processing sector argues there is no economic case for tighter regulation of the industry.

  • Plan, Prepare & Prosper workshops

    by Kirstie Davis, over 2 years ago
    Capture

    ​The Department of Agriculture & Food WA is bringing the popular Plan, Prepare & Prosper workshops to the Margaret River region in October 2016.

    Aimed at Food Growers, Manufacturers & Processors, this series of 5 interactive day workshops will give you a strong practical understanding of exactly what steps you need to take to:

    1.make significantly more profit from what you do

    2. build a stronger, more resilient business

    3. improve quality of life for you & the other key individuals involved

    The workshops are an opportunity to step back from the daily tasks that keep you busy... and...

    ​The Department of Agriculture & Food WA is bringing the popular Plan, Prepare & Prosper workshops to the Margaret River region in October 2016.

    Aimed at Food Growers, Manufacturers & Processors, this series of 5 interactive day workshops will give you a strong practical understanding of exactly what steps you need to take to:

    1.make significantly more profit from what you do

    2. build a stronger, more resilient business

    3. improve quality of life for you & the other key individuals involved

    The workshops are an opportunity to step back from the daily tasks that keep you busy... and to focus on what your enterprise needs to be doing to become more successful.

    Day 1: Review your business
    Day 2: Maximise your financial success
    Day 3: Increase personal & business efficiency
    Day 4: Boost sales through effective marketing
    Day 5: Generate your Strategic Business Plan

    Please find attached a detailed program for the 5 days. Days usually run ~9–4pm in blocks spread out over a month. Exact dates TBC.

    The workshops are relevant to all food enterprises, whether you have a current Strategic Business Plan, have one that is out of date, or have never used a Strategic Plan. This also provides an opportunity to bring everyone involved in the business together (family, partners, staff), to identify your shared skills and develop a clear understanding of where to from here, and what’s needed to achieve the agreed business improvements.

    A team of experienced facilitators (all with significant agricultural backgrounds) guide you through a wide range of practical exercises and tools to put together a Strategic Business Plan for your enterprise. Sharing the wealth of experience of the participants in the room is also a key element, drawing on what has worked… and what hasn’t.

    DAFWA will fully fund this program for food businesses, so get your registration in quick. (A similar series of workshops normally costs thousands!)

    REGISTER ONLINE TODAY for these free workshops at

    https://agric.smartygrants.com.au/ppp_application_2015

    Please complete the submission form with your business details, and fill in: Location - Margaret River area. Dates - October 2016 (exact dates are to be confirmed).

    We will be in touch with workshop details once finalised.

    If you'd like more information, please contact:

    Laura Bailey (local organiser) on 0423 957788, email lawson@mrorganicfarmer.com

    or Terry Asher (Dept. Agriculture & Food WA) on 9368 3149, workshops@agric.wa.gov.au

    or Mick Quartermaine (facilitator) on 0428 212320, email 1quarter@westnet.com.au


  • Dairy crisis: Farmers unsurprised by poor take-up of concessional loan scheme

    by Kirstie Davis, over 2 years ago
    Cow

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce met with the board of Murray Goulburn on Tuesday afternoon, to discuss the dairy processor's savage price cuts for farmers and plans for the future.

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce met with the board of Murray Goulburn on Tuesday afternoon, to discuss the dairy processor's savage price cuts for farmers and plans for the future.

  • FIAL USA Export Opportunity

    by Kirstie Davis, over 2 years ago
    Capture

    A great opportunity for food & beverage companies to get “market ready” for the US. There are 3 food specialists that have travelled down from the States for the event. Can you help get the word out to your networks around WA? This Friday in Perth 19 August. Registration details via the link.


    A great opportunity for food & beverage companies to get “market ready” for the US. There are 3 food specialists that have travelled down from the States for the event. Can you help get the word out to your networks around WA? This Friday in Perth 19 August. Registration details via the link.


  • Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program

    by Kirstie Davis, over 2 years ago
    Untitled

    On 14 April 2016, the Deputy Prime Minister, announced Southern Cross University will deliver the Australian Government’s $13.8 million national Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program​.

    Over the coming months, Southern Cross University will announce a national program of work, including establishing an information resource for farmers and farm advisors, provision of expertise to farmers and groups of farmers and support for g​groups of farmers to get their collaborative project off the ground.

    for more information click on the link above.



    On 14 April 2016, the Deputy Prime Minister, announced Southern Cross University will deliver the Australian Government’s $13.8 million national Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program​.

    Over the coming months, Southern Cross University will announce a national program of work, including establishing an information resource for farmers and farm advisors, provision of expertise to farmers and groups of farmers and support for g​groups of farmers to get their collaborative project off the ground.

    for more information click on the link above.



  • Coles Nurture Fund

    by Kirstie Davis, over 2 years ago
    Cnf small

    Coles has established the Coles Nurture Fund (CNF) to help small Australian food and grocery producers, farmers and manufacturers to innovate and grow their business.

    The Coles Nurture Fund will allocate $50 million over five years in grants and interest-free loans to fund the development of new market-leading products, technologies, systems and processes.

    The Coles Nurture Fund is one way Coles can offer support and encouragement to small Australian businesses looking for assistance to take the next step in creating more productive and innovative ways of working.

    ...

    Coles has established the Coles Nurture Fund (CNF) to help small Australian food and grocery producers, farmers and manufacturers to innovate and grow their business.

    The Coles Nurture Fund will allocate $50 million over five years in grants and interest-free loans to fund the development of new market-leading products, technologies, systems and processes.

    The Coles Nurture Fund is one way Coles can offer support and encouragement to small Australian businesses looking for assistance to take the next step in creating more productive and innovative ways of working.

    The third round of the Coles Nurture Fund opened on Monday 20 June 2016