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



Cultivate Agribusiness is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to help facilitate relationship building for the agribusiness sector, provide strategic advice, deliver and implement a range of activities to improve agribusiness capacity within the region. To inquire click here.


To save you time, each day we bring a number of online sites together in one location so that you can source your daily Ag news and find what’s hot in agribusiness across the nation. It’s a free service to you and we’re building it up to be a robust, timely and useful source of information. Check it out daily here.  

Agribusiness Predictions for 2015 - how did the year end up? 
As we reach the end of another year, it is timely to reflect on the year that was. On the 1st of January this year, Roy Duncanson (on behalf of the Agribusiness Council of Australia) posted a collection of predications for the agribusiness sector for 2015 and Cultivate Board Members have responded wearing their ‘Central Highlands Region cap’.  Read more here.

Do you know the legal difference between trademarks and brands?
Terminology in the legal world can be confusing at the best of times and some simple advice can often help you to avoid unnecessary complications. There seems to be considerable confusion about the terms 'trademark and brand' in common usage and something legal professionals come up against frequently. Cultivate Agribusiness is offering a series of articles to help your ag business navigate the legal arena and ensure you don’t not find yourself in the spotlight of the ACCC for the wrong reasons, but rather only for the right ones.  Read more here.

DRY TIME UPDATES - Victorian Government Support

For farm families and farm businesses experiencing the impacts of dry conditions, the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments are providing support in a range of ways

A summary for you: financial support and incentives

On 9 May 2015 the Australian Government announced new funding of $333 million to support farmers, farm businesses and rural communities affected by drought. This funding includes: The Australian Government continues to provide ongoing assistance, such as the Farm Household Allowance and Farm Management Deposits Scheme.  More details about these programs are available from the web site or by phone:

A great reference for this region is the Pyrenees Shire Council website

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.

Fix Engineering   

Fix Engineering is well known and respected for their large range of weed and soil management implements.

Crops from broad acre to vineyards, row crops to crops grown on the flat , to narrow spaced bunching lines and/or weeding between rows and between plants; pre-sow weeding to crop lifting; all catered for with weed and soil management implements from the Fix Engineering range of products for the conventional grower and the organic farmer on large or small acreages.

Fix Engineering is also in partnership with Hatzenbichler Australia, importers of the Hatzenbichler range of broad acre and row crop implements that include Comb Harrows, Roll Stars and Exaktor seed boxes. Check them out online here 

AG CONVERSATION -  Prevent, Protect, Prepare - Business Resilience, February 2016  
Date to be released in January newsletter. Check out for details in January. 

GRDC Grains Research Update (Bendigo) - 23 February - 24 February, 2016, 9am - 3pm 
Check here for further information.
Australian Summer Grains Conference “Securing our Future” - Benowa/Gold Coast, 7 March - 9 March, 2016 Click here to view full details.
VFF 37TH Annual Grains Conference - Horsham - 22 February 2016 For details 



Agribusiness Infrastructure Fund 

Call for Expressions of Interest in new ‪Agribusiness Infrastructure Fund (AIF); an innovative new infrastructure investment fund to invest in key agribusiness infrastructure investments.
Climate Outlook
Climate Outlook released for December 2015 to February 2016 by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). The Climate and Water Outlook video covers rainfall, streamflow and temperature for the next three months and is worth a look to help you prepare your business for the months ahead. Check it out here.
A seasonal review - The Very Fast Break
A review of the last month or so, giving you an up to date seasonal update. Published by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and resources. Check it out here.
What’s all this about ‘start-ups’ and innovation?
The Federal Government has released its much anticipated Innovation Agenda but what does this mean for business and individuals and can you capitalise on it? Read more here.

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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