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NEW FEATURE ... AG JOBS! 
PLUS: Farmer of the Year nominations sought
Thinking of diversifying?
$22K for young ag innovators
Regional leaders sought
Co-ops made easy
Zanda McDonald nominations sought
John Ralph essay open
$5K for agrifood ideas

PLUS: More funding opportunities ... nationally and state-by-state


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NATIONAL NEWS
2017 FARMER OF THE YEAR SOUGHT
Nominations are being sought nationally for The Weekly Times Coles 2017 Farmer of the Year awards in the following categories: Beef, cropping, dairy, horticulture, sheep and innovative farmers of the year. From the winners of these six categories, one farmer will ultimately be crowned Farmer of the Year. Each category winner will receive $5K in prizes, with the Farmer of the Year receiving $10K cash. Winners will be announced in February. More? http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/farmer-of-the-year/the-weekly-times-coles-2017-farmer-of-the-year-awards-nominations-now-open/news-story/be87d9a2ec457aa4da87881c21214151

$22K FOR YOUNG AG INNOVATORS
Applications are now open for the 2018 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. People aged 18-35 can apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. ​There are 11 categories: cotton; dairy; established, new and emerging rural industries; fisheries and aquaculture; grains; health and biosecurity; meat and livestock; pork; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology and wool. Winners of the industry category are then invited to apply for the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources’ Award, which provides additional funding for an extended research project. Deadline Friday 13 October.More? Go to the team at Science Awards or phone 02 6272 2303.

CALLING ALL REGIONAL LEADERS
The Regional Australia Leadership Assembly will be held in Canberra as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Australian Rural Leadership Program. The free afternoon event will be held on October 20 in the Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cres, Acton ACT. More? http://rural-leaders.org.au/events/25th-anniversary-celebrations/

THINKING OF DIVERSIFYING?
Ever considered bush food? One of our funded projects is a national roadshow run by by Australian Native Food & Botanicals (ANFAB) , representing 200 growers/harvesters. The roadshows start next week at Ballina surf club, August 24-25 and here are the other venues: 

  • Adelaide SA 1- 2 September
  • Malanda (Atherton Tablelands) QLD 3-4 September
  • Broome WA 7-8 October
  • Port Hedland WA October TBA
  • Alice Springs NT 19 October
  • Perth WA November TBA
  • Darwin NT 21-23 November (in conjunction with the NT NRM Conference)
  • New Norfolk TAS 27-28 November
  • Melbourne VIC February 2018
  • More? Visit: www.anfab.org.au

CO-OPS MADE SIMPLE
Could you be a co-op? If there's five of you who want the benefits of a co-op structure, including tax benefits, visit the FREE online DIY co op builder at www.farmingtogether.com.au. There's a clickthrough on the second slider picture, or click to the page at Resources. And we can offer further assistance with developing your constitution or disclosure documents.More? cathy.byrne@scu.edu.au

EATING QUALITY AWARDS OPEN
The Meat Standards Australia (MSA) Excellence in Eating Quality Awards will held nationally throughout September and October. A ‘Most Outstanding Feedlot’ and ‘Most Outstanding Non-Feedlot’ MSA producer will be recognised in each state. One producer from each state will also win the inaugural MSA Excellence in Eating Quality Progress Award. The awards and producer forums are free and open to everyone, but registration is essential. More? www.mla.com.au/eieq

HEAR ABOUT HEMP
Industrial hemp is making news. Hemp seed will be legal to sell as a human food from mid-November in Victoria. Now a two-state group of farmers is pushing for more grpwers and greater understanding of hemp agronomy.  They have received funding from Farming Together. Here about them here in an interview with Greg Allen from the ACE radio network program Country Today: https://soundcloud.com/user-410415304/made-in-hemp-lyn-steohenson-discusses-industrial-hemp

CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIP
Farming Together is proud to sponsor a woman to attend the Australian Women in Agriculture conference in Brisbane, September 22-24. The conference program is filled with visionary speakers, (one of them is our program director Lorraine Gordon), as well as experts in innovation, sustainability, profitability and farmer health. Farming Together will cover the registration cost. Entry details are at  http://awia.org.au/2017-conference-scholarships/farming-together-scholarship/

$5K FOR COTTON COMMUNITY GROUPS
Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities offers 30 
not-for-profit groups in 14 NSW/Queensland cotton-growing regions $5000 each. Deadline 31 AugustMore?www.aussiecottonfarmers.com.au

$400K WESTPAC FELLOWSHIPS
Two $400K Westpac research fellowships are offered over three years for outstanding early-career researchers working in strengthening Australia-Asia ties, enabling positive social change, or technology/ innovation. Deadline 31 AugustMore? More information

WHAT KIND OF STRUCTURE SUITS YOUR GROUP?
Pty Ltd ... Inc ... co-op?... Thinking of forming a farmer group, but unsure what it should be? Have a look at this simple  'Business structure basics guide' on our website.www.farmingtogether.com.au. Click on Resources>Must see>Fact File. More? Email cathy.byrne@scu.edu.au

APAL DIRECTORS SOUGHT
The APAL board is seeking nominations for two positions representing NSW and Victoria – as part of the routine process of director rotation. APAL directors hold office for three years. Directors are paid a fee and the board meets five times a year (and by phone as necessary). Applicants must be a levy-paying producers of apples and/or pears. Deadline Friday August 25. More? Beth Schofield  bschofield@apal.org.au

GO HEYWIRE IN CANBERRA

The 20th annual ABC Heywire competition is asking regional Australians aged 16 to 22 to tell their story about life in their part of the world. The 40 winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Canberra for the Heywire Regional Youth Summit. Deadline September 16More? Heywire website.

ZANDA McDONALD AWARD ENTRIES SOUGHT
Applications are sought for the 2018 Zanda McDonald Award. The prize includes a place on one of Rabobank's business management programs, cash and mentoring sessions. Anyone aged 35 years or under as at Friday 1 September 2017, who is working in the agribusiness sectors in either Australia or NZ and is a resident of either Australia or NZ is eligible. DeadlineSeptember 1. More? https://www.pppgroup.org/

POWER TRIP SCHOLARSHIP FOR GIRLS
Country to Canberra has launched its fourth annual Leadership Competition for young rural women. At least 10 students will win an all-expenses paid 'power trip' to Canberra to meet incredible female leaders, undertake leadership training and much more! To enter, girls just need to create a short video or written entry on our 2017 competition question. Deadline 8 SeptemberMore? http://countrytocanberra.com.au/enter-the-competition/enter-the-competition/

FIAL POST-FARMGATE FUNDING
Food Innovation Australia Ltd’s (FIAL) Project Fund supports innovation projects encouraging collaboration between small and large businesses in the food and agribusiness sector with matched funding of more than $100,000. Ongoing. More? https://fial.com.au/fial-project-fund

$5K GRANTS FOR COTTON AREAS
The Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities offers 30 $5000 grants to help support local communities in cotton-growing regions. Farmers can nominate a community group or not-for-profit organisation. Deadline August 31More? http://aussiecottonfarmers.com.au/about-the-program

NEW LISTINGS MAKE AG-SEARCH EASIER
Need an ag-expert … but don’t know where to start? Farming groups using the Farming Together expert support service now have an easier way to find choose their consultants. The 180 advisors selected for Farming Together are now listed by their areas of expertise as well as the standard alphabetical listing. You can research your preferred expert athttps://agworks.com.au/about-the-program/consultants-by-service/ Want to use the Farming Together free expert support service? Register at www.farmingtogether.com.au

$5K AGRIFOOD AWARDS
Young, innovative scientists or food technologists are sought for the two ICM Agrifood Awards. One female and one male winner will each receive a cash prize of $5000. The winners will be announced on 24 November 2017 in Sydney. The winners will have achieved substantial recognition for their work towards the  continued improvement of the Australian food sector in the past five years, and be under 40 at 1 January 2017. Deadline September 4More? https://www.atse.org.au/content/about/icm-agrifood-award.aspx

HORT COLLABORATIVE MARKETING PROJECT
The hort industry’s collaborative marketing project is asking vegetable growers to complete a survey that will be used in a report for Hort Innovation and AUSVEG. More? Click here

FOOD PACKAGING INPUTS AID
Duty-free tariff concessions are available for some imported goods used in food packaging. Ongoing. More? https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/certain-inputs-to-manufacture

HELP TO DEVELOP SUPPLY PLAN
Use Ausindustry to develop your supplier improvement plan and be eligible to apply for $20K funding. More? https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/supplier-improvement-plan

TRIAL TACKLES PICKER GAP
Hort growers are asked to participate in the Australian Government’s two-year Seasonal Work Incentives Trial, encouraging seasonal workers to earn more income without affecting their income support payment. More? Information for growers and a fact sheet.

PRIZE-WINNING ESSAYS SOUGHT
The topic for the 2017 the 2017 John Ralph Essay Competition is: Structural changes in the Australian agriculture sector over the past two decades have thwarted the objectives of competition reforms. Write a 1500-4000 word essay to support or oppose that statement and be in the running to win $5000 in the open category or $1000 in the novice (up to 25 years old). The prize includes a year's membership to the Australian Farm Institute, complimentary attendance to November's AFI Roundtable Conference and your essay being published in the Summer 2017 edition of Farm Policy Journal. Deadline 5pm Monday, 4 SeptemberMore? www.farminstitute.org.au

SUPPLY CHAIN OPPORTUNITIES
Read the latest food and agribusiness opportunities through Ausindustry’s active supply chain project at https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/supplier-improvement-plan/active-supply-chain-projects#FoodAgribusiness More? supplychainfacilitation@industry.gov.au

$35m FOR IRRIGATION UPGRADES
Irrigators in the Murray Darling Basin can apply for funding through the Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency Program for irrigation infrastructure upgrades and other on-farm water efficiency activities. Funding will be up to 1.75 times the advertised water value.  Up to $35m is available. A pilot has been launched for SA, with a total funding pool of $15m. Project proposals can be submitted any time until 13 September 2019More? http://www.agriculture.gov.au/water/mdb/programmes/basin-wide/coffie/sa-pilot-coffie

LANDCARE AWARDS OPEN
The 2017 national Landcare awards are open for national and state-based nominations across several categories. Remaining deadlines are as follows:  NT - 4 September; QLD – 4 September TAS – 15 September. More? https://landcareaustralia.org.au/landcare-awards/

LION PARTNERSHIPS OFFERED
A 12-week accelerator program, Lion Unleashed, is an initiative partnering startups and entrepreneurs with food/beverage giant Lion, exchanging equity for up to $50K and mentoring.More? https://www.lionco.com/media-centre/lion-launches-start-up

AG-PRENEURS GET HELPING HAND
Agribusinesses have been swift to take up the opportunities of the Australian Government's Entrepreneurs Program which offers support through: Accelerating Commercialisation; Business Management; Innovation Connections and Incubator SupportMore? Visit Entrepreneurs’ Programme

WINE SCHOLARSHIPS ON OFFER
The Wine Australia R&D Fund offers support for targeted research and development projects, and study and travel scholarships. Funding is available to support a number of activities including: travel and visiting scholars’ bursaries as well as PhD, masters and honours scholarships. Ongoing. More? Wine Australia - Research and Development

DAIRY FOOD INNOVATORS AID
The Young Dairy Network Australia is offering a 50% bursary of 50% for young dairy people with successful applications to the Young Food Innovators Program, a 12-month intensive, accelerated development program for young people working in primary producer sectors. More? dgresham@dairyaustralia.com.au

$1.65m FOR EXPORT AID
Looking for financial assistance for an export project? The Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) project has $1.65m to allocate in 2017/18. And it drops to $55K in 2018/19. More?  http://www.agriculture.gov.au/market-access-trade/atmac#available-funding

SUPPLY CHAIN SMARTS ON OFFER
The Australian Government’s Supply Chain Facilitation Assistance program offers free access to a skilled advisor to strengthen supply chains and improve access new markets. You must have been trading in at least three successive years with turnover (or operating expenditure) in the current, or one of the last two financial years, of more than $1.5m ($750,000 for applicants from remote or northern Australia), however producers not meeting eligibility rules can still register for information eventsMore? Phone 13 28 46

FOR THE FUTURE DIARY
An RIRDC project aims to facilitate the development of new industries based on animals or animal products that have commercial potential for Australia. Not yet accepting applications.More? Animal Industries - New, Developing and Maturing.

FUTURE COTTON FUNDING

The Cotton RDC will next month invite applications for research funding. More? http://www.crdc.com.au/for-researchers?qt-for_researchers_tabs=1#qt-for_researchers_tabs

FUTURE FISHERIES FUNDING
The Fisheries RDC will also be making its next funding round call next month, with a September 15 deadline. More? http://frdc.com.au/research/applying_funding/Pages/call_for_applications.aspx

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers involved in firefighting, flood and storm response, road rescue, search and rescue, and patrolling beaches, and recovery are eligible to apply for Federal Government scholarships of up to $12K for completing vocational education and training and up to $25K for higher education. More? Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience 

AID FOR SMALLER EXPORTERS
The Australian Government is offering funds to help smaller exporters improve market access across the dairy, eggs, fish, horticultural, grain and meat sectors. More? Package Assisting Small Exporters

$25K FOR EXPORT EXPERTS
Incubators helping Australian start-ups to win international markets are eligible for up to $25K matching funding for an Expert-in-Residence for up to 12 months under the Australian Government's Incubator Support InitiativeMore? https://www.business.gov.au/news/help-start-ups-succeed-internationally

TOP TRAINING RECOGNISED
The national Australian Training Awards recognise excellence in training. Ag-related businesses have been pre-eminent in the industry collaboration award of past years, and there are separate sections for small, medium and large employers. More? https://www.business.gov.au/news/get-recognition-for-training-your-staff

INSPIRING ENTREPRENEURS GRANTS
Grants of up to $20K are offered by the Australian government for community organisations to set up spaces offering students hands-on experience blending science, technology, engineering and maths with entrepreneurship. Ongoing until funds exhausted. More? CLICK

INCUBATORS INCUBATION
The Incubator Support initiative helps establish new incubators in regions or sectors with high innovation potential, and for existing incubators looking to expand their services. More? www.business.gov.au/incubator-support

ENTREPRENEURS SOUGHT
The Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme aims to boost business competitiveness and productivity through: Research Connections,Accelerating CommercialisationBusiness EvaluationsSupply Chain Facilitation, Business Growth Servicesand Business Growth Grants. Ongoing. More? Visit the website 


CLIMATE CHANGE BENCHMARK SURVEY
A national online survey is being conducted by the CSIRO and the Department of the Environment and Energy, asking people with a long-term (>10 year) relationship with a piece of land to share observations about the features that have changed and those that haven’t. You need to be able to select an area (eg a farm) and complete the survey taking about 30 minutes.More? click here.
 
EXPORT GRANTS AVAILABLE
Australian Government grants are available to promote cooperation in accessing international markets. Applications may be submitted for projects valued from $55,000 to $1.65m (GST inclusive). There are no set funding rounds and applications for program funding can be submitted at any time until 31 December 2018 or until all funds have been allocated. More? Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation grant.

MLA AID FOR FUTURE MEAT INNOVATIONS
Beef, lamb and goat meat producers can get expertise, co-funding and support through the MLA Donor Company’s Producer Innovation Fast-Track. The program can co-invest up to 75% of costs and offers future-focussed producers access to the latest R&D and innovations in livestock production and technical and business expertise. More? Author: Farming Together