Local Business and Technology Forums offer expert advice for rice and irrigation businesses


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Rice Extension, in conjunction with industry sponsors, are hosting a series of Business and Technology Forums across the Riverina to promote good on-farm decision making in light of new technology developments in the industry.

Three forums will be held in Deniliquin, Barham and Griffith in June 2018, discussing a range of topics appropriate to the growing regions. Decision makers, farm owners, workers, advisors and those with an interest in local agricultural industries are invited to attend.

Murray region Rice Extension Officer, Troy Mauger, said the forums are an opportunity to hear from and connect with leading industry experts.

“The Forums are geared specifically to rice and irrigation businesses. We’re exploring relevant topics that have practical application, attendees can take home resources and new skills that can be applied right now – be it an OH&S plan for your business, or updating your life insurance,” said Mr Mauger.

Improving understanding of water, farm business and new technologies in rice and irrigation businesses are key themes across all events.

“Ag tech is a hot topic across all agricultural industries and we want growers to have the latest information at their fingertips to make informed decisions to improve business practices,” said Mr Mauger.

“Drones, automated irrigation and precision technology are just some of the latest tech tools available to growers, we want people to feel confident accessing and using these.

“Technology is creating efficiencies right across agriculture and big productivity gains are up for grabs if we can weave new ways of working into businesses.”

The Business and Technology Forums are supported by industry, including the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia, Riverina and Murray Local Land Services through the Australian Government National Landcare Program, Western Murray Land Improvement Group and Irrigation Research and Extension Committee (IREC).

Registrations are essential for catering purposes, contact the local event organiser to secure your spot at the upcoming events.

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 Rice Extension is funded by rice growers and the Australian Government through AgriFutures Australia.  Rice Extension supports the adoption of innovation and research and development outcomes in the Australian rice industry.

Event details:

Deniliquin Business and Technology Forum
Thursday 13 June
9am – 3:30pm
Deniliquin Gold Club
Morning tea and lunch provided.

RSVP Friday, 8 June 2018
Erika Heffer eheffer@rga.org.au | 0438 719 628

 Barham Business and Technology Forum
Thursday 14 June
9am – 3:30pm
Club Barham, Neimur St
Morning tea and lunch provided.
$10 per person for non-Western Murray Land Improvement Group members

RSVP Friday, 8 June 2018
Laura Kaylock laura.kaylock@wmlig.org | 0431 236 045

Griffith Business and Technology Forum

Thursday 28 June
8:30am – 5pm
Griffith Exies Club
$35 per person for catering

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/business-and-technology-forum-tickets-46394982642



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