Cultivate News -  November 2015
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Providing news and info to help the region's agriculture sector grow. 


We are updating our database and we want to keep in touch with you. Cultivate Agribusiness Central Highlands Inc (Cultivate) is a community leader in sustainable agribusiness development for the ag sector across the Central Highlands region. We provide a voice for regional agribusiness that support farmers, food manufacturer and retailers, and associated businesses. 

We have a database of more than 600 individuals, businesses and government organisations and we’re updating it to ensure the right people are getting our monthly newsletters, event updates, resources, advice and information. Our events and activities focus on:
  • Cultivating networks and collaboration 
  • Increasing understanding and investment in agribusiness
  • Supporting development of commercially sustainable agribusinesses
  • Facilitating uptake of innovative and sustainable practices
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So, you're trying to keep up to date on all things agriculture, innovation, crops, weather, technology, people, investment, export, bioenergy and more but don’t know where to look or simply don’t have the time? 

With the variety of online sites available to you for your daily fix of 'Ag news'  from Twitter to Face Book as well as a range of news-specific websites, we’ve made searching for hot stories easy by doing the searching for you!

Check out our new Cultivate Magazine , where you'll find what’s hot in agribusiness across the nation each and every day. The great news is that it’s free for you to access. Plus we’re busy building up our information sources each day to make it a robust, timely and useful source of information.Check it out here.

We’re not telling you something you don’t know by declaring a dry start to summer. It’s been a record breaking October with 72.3% below average rainfall; the seventh lowest recording since 1900 and the lowest since 2007. Not only did we see less rain fall across the State, Victoria also had record heat with October registering its highest temperatures in a staggering 106 years of observation.

So what’s the impact on Victorian farm businesses of this changing weather? Weather has always been a natural constraint and consideration for farmers and climate change is presenting great variability and challenges.

Tell us your story. We’re asking you to share your story of how the changing weather, rainfall, record and variability in temperatures is impacting you and your ag business. To share your story, email Carlee Grant.

For a unique look on Victoria’s seasonal climate outlook, check out this three minute clip, The Very Fast Break, prepared by Graeme Anderson and Dale Grey and published by Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).

Each month a Cultivate Agribusiness member will be randomly selected and profiled in the eNewsletter. This is a great opportunity to share information about a range of ag related businesses that are active in the Central Highlands region. By being a member, you are supporting Cultivate and the work we do and in return, we’d like to support you by sharing your story.

Stoney Creek Oils  

Founded in 1992 by Fred and Coral Davies, Stoney Creek Oil Products is based on the Davies family farm near Talbot, in Central Victoria.
The family company originated as a value adding business on the fourth-generation farming property, to provide:
  • Organically-grown products to the health food market
  • Employment opportunities for the local community
  • Ongoing support for organic Australian farmers
Stoney Creek continues to foster sustainable farming, and supports the rights of Australians to consume foods that are nutritious and not genetically modified. To that end, Stoney Creek now embraces minimum till and pasture cropping techniques, and stands proudly upon their commitment to their registered trade mark: Healthy Farm. Healthy Food. Visit their website.

AG CONVERSATION - Prevent, Protect, Prepare - Business Resilience, February 2016 

Not only is business resilience about how your business recovers after a crisis or major interruption, it’s about how you prepare to avoid an interruption in the first place. Often disregarded in times of disruption is your personal resilience. It’s important for you, others within your family, business or organisational group to recognise ways to build personal resilience which will enhance your adaptive capacity and capability to operate and achieve results under difficult conditions caused by complexity, unrelenting change and uncertainty.

This Ag Conversation will be delivered as a virtual conversation in February 2016. Watch the upcoming eNewsletters and website for

2016 Ag Conversation Topics (dates released in January)
  • Know your produce, know your market – marketing options for broadacre farmers
  • Family Matters – succession planning to protect and preserve your family’s key assets for future generations.
  • Ag Line of Sight program and results – the makings of our regional ag industry
  • Blue sky farming – the application of creative ideas that are not limited by current thinking or beliefs
  • Keeping your farm secure – security and the rural police
  • Sustainable farming - climate adaptation and drought management 

Social Media 101 - FREE workshop -
 The Paddock Room - Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre

Hepburn Shire Council together with MM Creative Business and the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI) of Federation University Australia present the first in a series of Social Media workshops. This workshop acts as an introduction to Social Media and has been designed for those who might be newcomers to using Social Media and shows you what a valuable tool it can be for promoting and marketing your business product. This workshop is provided FREE to participants in order to support business growth in the Hepburn Shire. WhenL Thursday 26 November 5pm-7:30pm. To book. 

Bioenergy Australia Conference and Technical Tour: 30 November - 1 December 2015
Australia’s premier bioenergy conference, Bioenergy Australia 2015, will be held in Launceston at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, from 30 November - 1 December 2015 with a technical tour on Wednesday, 2 December 2015. The conference will consider the many facets of bioenergy, including having some 100+ presentations. Find out more on the Conference Website

Writing Winning Proposals - FREE Workshop - The Paddock Room - Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre
Hosted by Hepburn Shire Council this workshop will cover all forms of proposal writing, from writing grant proposals for government and the philanthropic sector right through to developing successful crowdfunding proposals. When:
Wednesday 2 December 5pm-7:30pm. To book. 


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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