Cultivate News -  Sep 2015
Providing news and information to help the region's
agriculture sector grow. 
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Cultivate Agribusiness is a voice for agribusinesses across Central Highlands Region. We promote and deliver activities that support farmers, food manufacturers, retailers, and associated supply chain businesses.

As a not for profit association, our purpose is:
  • To support the creation of wealth and improved quality of life for people involved in the agricultural production and services industries
  • To assist agribusiness to make a positive contribution to the condition of the economic, social and physical environments in the region and beyond.
Member profile - Michael Unwin Wines
“Michael Unwin learned the art of winemaking around the world with some of the most influential and forward thinking wine makers of our time.  When the time came to settle down to create his own wines, he built his winery at Beaufort, because this is the geographical centre of our best viticultural areas in Western Victoria.”  

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Know your produce, know your market 
A networking event - marketing options for broad acre producers and growers 

  • Wednesday 21 October, 2 - 5pm 
  • Mt Rowan Farm Campus, Ballarat Grammar, Sims Road, Mt Rowan 

It’s prime selling time and right now you’re thinking of getting your product to market. You’re invited to join us to learn about marketing your broad acre produce; wool, grain, cattle and sheep. Conversation topics include agronomy in practice, online marketing platforms, direct marketing and sales, and live and online auctions.  

Who should attend?  
Broad acre growers, farmers, producers, Ag professionals from regional Victoria, Industry representatives and organisations supporting Australia’s agricultural sector, Council and Shire representatives, Agribusiness investment and lending advisors

Panel of speakers:
  • Nigel Bodinnar, Training and Quality Manager, Nutrient Advantage 
  • Robert Herrmann, Managing Director, Ag Concepts Unlimited | Mecardo – Expert market analysis
  • Trevor Bray, Manager Grain Accumulation & Crop Agronomy, UniGrain Pty Ltd
  • Anna Speer, Chief Executive Officer, AuctionsPlus Pty Ltd
  • Elliot Lindley, District Wool Manager (Ballarat & Geelong), Elders 

Cost: $25 for Cultivate members, $35 for non-members.   Book Now - click here 
For more information, contact Carlee Grant on 0407 048 904. 

Cultivate Ag Conversations - Networking events for the local farming and agribusiness community 

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Regional News... 
Agri Industries Line of Site Project

Cultivate Agribusiness and the City of Ballarat, in collaboration with 5 other local government areas in the Central Highlands region has commissioned a project called the Agri-Industries Line of Sight and Action Plan. The overall goal for the project is to develop a well-researched and insightful action plan that comprehensively maps our region’s agri-industries and then guides a united approach to further development of the sector. 
A series of round table forums have already been held, with the last one in Ararat in early September. The Ararat round table had ten business leaders attend including major sheep farmers, major providers of crop, pasture and animal services, large pig farmer, President of Victorian Farmers Federation, olive producer and retailer, large winery (exporting), Ararat Abattoir (100% export), Perennial Pasture Systems and a local manufacturer of large broad acre farming machinery.

Key themes/issues and opportunities that were highlighted. 

  • Opportunities for greater value adding beyond the farm gate e.g. grain, high cost of feed stock, water shortages and the need to look at pipeline feasibility studies, canola and other cropping varieties growth opportunities, look for ways of better utilising straw,  road infrastructure for freight has become outdated and inadequate, containerised rail freight opportunities (Lake Bolac grain terminal), direct marketing and sales into customers in Asia eg Fontera's connection into Chinese supermarkets; grain into high value noodle manufacturing in Japan, increased education of agribusiness as a career in schools eg Aust Pork Limited Schools Program, significant delays in planning approvals from Ararat Rural City Council

Be part of the next Agri Line of Sight Round Table Forum, held on Tuesday 22 October in Ballarat.
To attend please call McKINNA directly 9696 1966.

Ideas to grow with...  
Stories, articles and upcoming events that support the agricultural industry to grow


Science Meets Business - check out this online mag
 “A group of international researchers have discovered two new genes in the barley plant that will shed light on the history of agriculture and also bring new capabilities to barley breeding programs.”

Check out this story and more via this online magazine; an online platform that presents thought provoking stories and articles from around the world. It’s all about when science meets business. Enjoy the dedicated ‘agribusiness’ section.

Value of agricultural production in Victoria

Agricultural production consists of broadacre crops, livestock, horticultural crops and hay. Livestock products include milk, eggs and wool, while livestock slaughtered include sheep and lamb, cattle and calves, poultry, pigs, goats and deer. Crops grown include broadacre crops, horticultural crops and hay crops. Broadacre crops are primarily (99 per cent of the area) comprised of grain crops. For more.

Food and Beverage Trade Week
The Victorian Government is hosting Food and Beverage Trade Week, 27-30 October 2015, showcasing the best of Victoria's producers, distributors and chefs to 200 industry professionals from around the world. For more.

BEYOND NUTRITION - Meal solutions for ageing populations 

This seminar for food industry professionals will discuss factors impacting on the quality of life and food experiences of the elderly and the gaps in current food practices and products for the elderly. 
Date: 22 October 2015 - 22 October 2015. Location: Corporate offices Price: $210.00 Early bird registration by 9 October 2015. $250.00 Registration fee from 10 October 2015. $175.00 ILSI members, AIFST members, FTAA members, CSIRO staff $50.00 Full time students.  For more.  

Cultivate Sponsorship Opportunities... 
Together, we can support the local farming and agribusiness community across the Central Highlands region. 

Package 1 - Cultivate Agribusiness Conversation Series 

  • Category 1: Conversation Series Event Sponsor - Partner and funding supporter for five conversation events ($10,000 investment)
  • Category 2: Individual Conversation Event Sponsor - Lead, major and minor partners for individual Conversation Events ($500 - $2,500 investment)

Package 2 - Cultivate Agribusiness Partner Packages

  • Category 1: Primary Partner Sponsor - Providing support to Cultivate Agribusiness to deliver the full range of programs and activities across of twelve month period  ($10,000 investment)  
  • Category 2: Associate Partner Sponsor - Providing support to Cultivate Agribusiness to deliver specific projects or programs to a defined region ($5,000 investment)
For more details on sponsorship opportunities contact Cultivate Agribusiness on 0400 895 613.

Become a member

We’re committed to delivering great value to members and continuing to enhance member experiences. Cultivate members support our association and regularly collaborate with us to deliver activities and programs to achieve a prosperous and sustainable agribusiness sector in the region.

You can become an individual or business member. Cultivate members receive the following benefits:

  • Monthly Enews
  • Promotion of your business on our website
  • Special offers for Cultivate projects and programs
  • Discounts at events/activities; and
  • Access to learning opportunities e.g. Trade Missions and Study Tours.

Individual members = $40*, Business members = $100* (* plus joining fee for new members).  
It’s easy - become a Cultivate member here 

Copyright © 2015, Cultivate Agribusiness Central Highlands, All rights reserved.

Contact details:
Cultivate Agribusiness Central Highlands Inc.
P.O. Box 299, Black Hill, Vic, 3350

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