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

HOT TOPIC - Fire preparedness 
Severe dry core in Western Victoria. Are you fire ready? 

Western Victoria has a severely dry core that is "ready to burn", with some farm dams and creeks already dry, paddocks parched and forests starved of moisture. With its large number of bushland reserves, forests and open farmland carrying fuel, coupled with the many towns scattered across the landscape and significant population, the vast area is a major concern ahead of what is expected to be a severe and longer than normal bushfire season. Read more.


Help in planning for times of drought.

Check out this link for info on 'drought feeding and management of cattle' thanks to the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. You'll find specific information on feeding and management for livestock in drought. Check it out here

Member Profile

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 who 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 our members by sharing their story.
Member profile - Munash Natural Fertilisers 

Winners of this year's Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards, Munash is a family owned and operated business, based in Ballarat Victoria, operating for more than 10 years. They work closely with government departments, environmental groups, local businesses and farmers, to assist them to incorporate sustainable soil and farming practices.

The Munash Natural Fertilisers philosophy supports a holistic approach to soil remineralisation. Munash believes in embracing all facets of being: the physical, emotional, social and spiritual which are inter-connected and all have a profound effect on our well-being. Learn more.

Cultivate Agribusiness is pioneering an online business-to-business networking hub that provides a tailored online platform for food producers, distributors and retailers to connect and communicate. My Farm Store offers local agri-food businesses a different way of doing business. Through the online “Face Book” style platform My Farm Store members can promote their produce directly to retailers, cafes and restaurants within and beyond the region. 

Future benefits to members of My Farm Store will include Meet the Producers and Chefs’ Tours. There are several stages in the development of the program:
  • Stage 1 – Development of the My Farm Store website (completed)
  • Stage 2 – Build our online agribusinesses community (in progress - 2015)
  • Stage 3 – Delivery of My Farm Store promotional events
  • Stage 4 – Expand functionality of the website to offer shopping cart and other facilities as required by members
Sponsors and supporters

The My Farm Store website has been developed with State and local government funding support. If you would like to talk with us about becoming a sponsor or supporter of My Farm Store,
 please contact us here.

Upcoming events...  


Ag Conversation
This month’s Cultivate Conversation: Know your produce, know your market, was postponed. However, given the both the topic and speakers attracted interest among regional Ag professionals, we will reschedule the Conversation in the New Year. 

Face to Face and digital conversations 
We’re close to releasing our calendar of events for 2016. Included in this will be our series of face to face Conversations on issues and topics that are critical to growing regional agribusiness.

We recognise that many ag professionals across our region are located in remote area so to ensure that people living and working outside major areas can easily access information and knowledge that will help them grow their business, Cultivate Agribusiness will also be delivering a series of digital conferences. . 

Cultivate's Events Calendar 2016 
Keep your eyes out on this eNews for planned topics and key dates. Our face to face and digital events will cover a range of topics that have been identified as of interest to ag professionals in this region.

Topics earmarked for discussion in 2016 include Marketing options - Know your produce, know your market, Blue sky farming - drone technology, Farm Security - Rural Police updates and Overseas investment - issues and opportunities.  

If you have a topic you think we should cover, let us know here.

Regional News...

Community Conversation on Climate Change 
Sustainability Victoria is inviting participants to a ‘Community Conversation on Climate Change’. This is an opportunity to connect, share lessons and exchange knowledge about leading climate change projects in the region and from across the state, and provide input into Sustainability Victoria’s community engagement program. 
Date: Wednesday 28 October 2015 Time: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm (9.45 am registration & morning tea on arrival) Venue: George Hotel (upstairs), 27 Lydiard st North, Ballarat.  RSVP: via email here.

North Asia Free Trade Agreements (FTA) Information Seminar 2015, Geelong 
Find out about how you can take advantage of Australia's North Asia Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with China (ChAFTA), Japan (JAEPA) and Korea (KAFTA). This interactive session will give you an opportunity to hear directly from officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrade and other government agencies, on the practical benefits that you may be able to realise from the FTAs.  
Venue:  Eastern Reserve Community Centre (HUB), Community Bank Room, 70 Hopkins Street, Winchelsea, Australia. Date:  27 Nov 2015, registration commences at 11:30am. Time: 12PM - 3PM Bookings here 

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.

New Face Book Page - Vic Gov Ag
Vic Gov Ag represents Agriculture, Biosecurity & Regulation and Compliance within the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources and they have a great new Face Book page. 

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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Cultivate Agribusiness would like to thank its Partner Members