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May 02

Inaugural NSW Southern Farming Ball

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Thursday, May 02, 2019

FarmLink is hosting the inaugural Southern New South Wales Farming Ball - a celebration of agriculture and the resilience of its people.

Exceptional guest speaker for the evening will be Corporal Mark Donaldson VC, who will inspire with his story of bravery and leadership in the most extreme of situations. Our guest speaker has been made possible with a grant from Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN Program and Empowering Communities program.

The night will also incorporate the official opening of the Trefle Exhibition Shed and other GRDC infrastructure at Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre.

Tickets are $100 per person and includes a three course meal, live music and wine/beer for the evening. They can be purchased online via https://www.trybooking.com/BCGPW

Apr 11

Annual General Meeting set down for May 3

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Thursday, April 11, 2019

FARMLINK RESEARCH LIMITED
ABN 23 109 837 505

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Friday 3rd May 2019, 9am at TAIC


FarmLink Research Limited (ABN 23 109 837 505) (FarmLink) will hold its 2019 Annual General Meeting at the Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre, 361 Trungley Hall Rd, Temora on Friday 3rd May 2019 at 9am for the following purposes:

Ordinary Business

1. Annual Reports
To consider and receive the Financial Report, Directors’ Report and Auditor’s Report for the year ended 31st December 2018.

2. Resolution 2 - Resignation of current auditor

The Company’s current auditor, Mr Steven Prouse of National Audits Group Pty Ltd, has given notice to the Board of his intention to resign as auditor of the Company, pursuant to sub-section 329(5) of the Corporations Act 2001.

Sub-section 329(5) of the Corporations Act 2001 provides that an auditor of a company may, by giving notice in writing, resign as auditor of the company if:

(a) the auditor has, by notice in writing given to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (“ASIC”), applied for consent to the resignation; and

(b) the consent of the ASIC has been given.

Mr Prouse has applied to ASIC for its consent to his resignation as Auditor of the Company. The application for consent lodged with ASIC by Mr Prouse indicates that he wishes his resignation to take effect on the date of the Company’s AGM.

3. Resolution 3 - Appointment of new auditor

To appoint a new auditor of the Company will only be put forward if the consent of ASIC to Mr Prouse’s resignation has been given at the time of the AGM.

Mr Ronald Heinrich, chair of Audit and Risk Committee has nominated the firm RSM Australia Partners as auditor of the Company, pursuant to sub-section 32B(1) of the Corporations Act 2001. RSM Australia Partners are eligible and have consented to being appointed auditor of the Company as required by sub-section 328A(2) of the Corporations Act 2001. Pursuant to sub-section 328B(3) of the Corporations Act 2001, the written notice nominating RSM Australia Partners as auditor is attached to this Explanatory Memorandum as an annexure.

The Board recommends the appointment of the firm RSM Australia Partners as the Auditor of the Company.

4. General Business

By order of the Board of Directors

Lisa Anderson - Chair
FarmLink Research Ltd
361 Trungley Hall Rd, Temora

11th April 2019

Mar 26

FarmLink team grows to staff of 10

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Our FarmLink team has experienced a period of growth, with our full-time staff roster growing to 10, covering a range of activities and responsibilities, from research and extension through to bookkeeping and management of Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre.
The research team has been boosted by the addition of James Holding as Senior Trials Agronomist and Caitlin Langley as Research and Extension Officer – joining Senior Research Officer, Eva Moffitt and Colin Fritsch, Research Officer.
Changes have occurred in our administration team, with Lisa Matthews settling into her role as Officer Manager, joined by Julianne Cole as Bookkeeper/Administration Officer.
Lisa Goesch was farewelled from her role as bookkeeper in late February.
Other members of the team are Cindy Cassidy (CEO), Kylie Dunstan (Communications), Chris Williams (Farm Manager) and El Warren (Events).
FarmLink’s growing capacity and skills base allows us to roll out a suite of projects across Southern NSW, as well as co-ordinating projects for the GRDC Northern Region and on a national scale for the Bureau of Meteorology. In addition to this the research team is taking feedback from members and developing ideas of their own to apply for funding and eventual future projects which will contribute to the productivity, sustainability and innovation in agriculture in the FarmLink region and beyond.
The management of Temora Ag Innovation Centre on behalf of Temora Shire Council continues, including filling renovated office spaces with Precision Agriculture, Local Land Services and Landcare, developing TAIC into a hub for agriculture in the region.

Mar 08

Farm Budget Masterclass series

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Friday, March 08, 2019

Coming out of a difficult 2018 season and settling into a somewhat dry start for 2019, FarmLink has identified demand from our farmer membership base for skill development in the areas of cash flow budgeting and applying for finance.
Working with presenter Carmen Quade, FarmLink has a developed a series of Farm Budget Masterclasses, to be held pre-sowing, throughout the FarmLink region.
Most of the drought assistance available for farmers requires a budget as a part of the application process, including Centrelink assistance and both Federal and State funded low interest loans.
Many farmers, though excellent producers, are not confident in their abilities in this area and find the tasks difficult and emotionally draining.
The economics of broadacre cropping are such that many farmers will be seeking additional borrowings or having to renegotiate existing payment terms with financial institutions, in addition to drought assistance this season. The impact of the Royal Commission into banking is already being felt with tighter and more time consuming lending practices.
To meet this need, FarmLink’s Farm Budget Masterclasses will consist of five workshops for farmers on writing cashflow budgets to support discussions with their banks and also for use in applications for government loans or assistance schemes. The workshops have been secured for Ganmain, Temora, Lockhart, West Wyalong and Ardlethan throughout March.
Carmen Quade will deliver these workshops, with support from FarmLink staff. She lectures part time at Charles Sturt University in Agribusiness and Accounting. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Agricultural Commerce) and a Masters in Professional Accounting. Carmen brings a relaxed atmosphere and a sense of humour to the workshops and seminars she presents and an understanding of the complexities and challenges involved in farm finances. Her role as a partner in a mixed farming business in Tallimba, north of Ardlethan, makes her well placed to offer real life examples and create genuine rapport with the participants. She has also discussed the masterclasses with Griffith-based Rural Financial Counsellor Haidee Laycock to ensure that they address the areas of most need.
It is hoped that farming clients who have participated in this workshop will be able to more confidently engage with the services offered by Rural Financial Counsellors and financial institutions generally. This may allow them to arrive to appointments with prepared or partially prepared budgets, increasing efficiency.
If successful, the program could potentially be delivered in other areas of the state where there is a similar need.
This Farm Budget Masterclass has been made possible with a grant from Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN program and Empowering communities program. 
To ensure masterclass participants get the most out of the four-hour workshops, including plenty of opportunities for questions, numbers will be limited to 20 per event.
RSVPs are essential, either by emailing farmlink@farmlink.com.au, or calling (02) 6980 1333, letting us know which event you want to attend, how many will be coming from your farming business and your phone number.

> Download a flyer via www.farmlink.com.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=215116

Nov 12

Destination Canada

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Monday, November 12, 2018

DID SOMEONE SAY CANADA?

Yes, you read it right - FarmLink wants to host a tour to Canada, led by CSIRO’s Dr John Kirkegaard, in July next year – with at least 10 people already indicating they are keen to come on board.
So what’s the plan? We’re looking into visiting ...
• Calgary Stampede (optional)
• Agri-food Canada - Lethbridge, Alberta
• Research Station Visit, Grower Visit – Lethbridge, Alberta
• Swift Current Visit Station – Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
• Farm tours with Collin Rosengren at Weyburn, Saskatchewan and Derek Axten at Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Visit Redvers.
• Flexxifinger - Assiniboia, Saskatchewan
• Ag In Motion Expo - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
A focus of the tour will include intercropping and multi-species production. The tour will visit farmers in Saskatchewan who are adopting intercropping systems as a way to improve yields and revenue over monocropping. One of the farms to be visited on the tour is that of Derek and Tannis Axten who were named the 2017 Outstanding Young Farmers for the Saskatchewan region. In 2009, the Axtens ended up with an intercrop by accident after seeding lentils into brown mustard stubble on 640 acres. This resulted in an unintended intercrop – and good harvest yields from both crops. This success started the Axtens down the road of intercropping, which they have now implemented on most of their farm.
The FarmLink tour to Canada will see travelers depart Australia around July 5, 2019 returning July 18. Tour price per person will be approximately $8000 (twin share), including the Calgary Stampede, plus optional add-ons such as the Rocky Mountaineer Train Tour. The final figure is expected to reduce and travelers are urged to check the tax deductibility status of this work-related trip with their accountant.
Obviously there is quite a bit of planning for this trip, so we need to know if you are interested by January 31, 2019.
> Tell us you’re keen for Canada via an email to farmlink@farmlink.com.au or call the office on 6980 1333.

Nov 01

TAIC Sticky Beak Day

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Thursday, November 01, 2018

In an effort to share all the wonderful things happening with FarmLink at Temora Ag Innovation centre - we're hosting the inaugural TAIC Sticky Beak Day - an opportunity for the public to come and take a look behind the gates.
WHERE - Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre
WHEN - Thursday, November 15, 9am-11am
WHO - Everyone!
Take a look around the unique facilities which have been developed at TAIC, creating a hub for agricultural research and innovation right here in Temora.
Enjoy morning tea and jump on the FarmLink bus for a quick tour around the farm featuring new infrastructure additions such as the 100 megalitre irrigation dam and Trefle Exhibition shed.
RSVP for catering farmlink@farmlink.com.au

Jun 15

Destination South Australia

Posted by Cindy Cassidy at Friday, June 15, 2018

Three days touring South Australia’s Adelaide, Tanunda, Salter Springs, Riverton and Kadina districts covering a wide variety of topics relevant to mixed farming in Southern NSW – including ryegrass resistance, ag engineering, soil sampling, work health and safety, machinery, hay production, cropping and moisture probes - is the aim of this year’s FarmLink Winter Bus Tour.
The tour will begin in Adelaide early on Monday, August 13, with the first stop being a tour of the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus research facilities, then on to Australian Precision Ag Laboratory. From there, the bus will head to Tanunda for the night. Day 2 will involve on farm visits at Salter Springs and Riverton then on to Kadina/Wallaroo for the night. The final day will begin with a visit to the Viterra Grain Handling Port and farm tours as we return to Adelaide that afternoon.
While FarmLink is organising all elements of the three-day bus tour, participants have the flexibility to find their own way to and from Adelaide, some already indicating they will stay on in the Adelaide region for a holiday break after the tour.
At this stage, we already have interest from a number of potential participants. Numbers will be limited, so anyone else interested in joining the 2018 FarmLink Winter Bus Tour can email events@farmlink.com.au or call the office on (02) 6980 1333, by the end of June.

Jun 07

Hear from Nuffield Scholar at dinner

Posted by Cindy Cassidy at Thursday, June 07, 2018

Bringing the primary producers of Southern NSW together for a celebration of agriculture is the focus of the FarmLink Annual Dinner, and this year, in keeping with our theme of country hospitality, we’re heading to Dirnaseer Hall.
Diners at the Friday, June 29 event will hear from guest speaker John Stevenson, a Nuffield Scholar and Lockhart farm manager who spent 10 weeks overseas exploring international agriculture, and will share some of the eye-opening experiences of his Nuffield tour.
John has just presented his report “Closing the Yield Gap. Measuring plant available water in Australian Soils”. As detailed on the Nuffield Australia website, John has investigated ways to close the gap between potential grain yield and soil Plant Available Water Capacity (PAWC), with a focus on boosting productivity from sustainable dryland cropping systems.
For more than a decade John has managed large rain-fed grain production enterprises for the Warakirri Cropping business from the NSW Riverina to the Queensland Darling Downs. Crops have included wheat, canola, barley, pulses, sorghum, cotton and oaten hay (with some fallow phases).
He says the use of PAWC calculations through a range of grains industry decision-support tools is highly valuable, but there is no simple, affordable technique for growers to measure PAWC in a landscape that has highly variable soils.
“PAWC of soils is the key driver of dryland grain production right across the world,” he says.
“It leads to a better understanding of soil variability that can help growers optimise the use of crop inputs where moisture is a limiting factor or is too excessive.”
John has evaluated systems that allow cost effective estimation of PAWC.
He has also studied methods of better combining wide-ranging precision agriculture data, such as electromagnetic induction (EM) surveys, elevation data, pH, yield mapping and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) imagery. Through his scholarship he has travelled to Israel, South America, the UK, the USA and New Zealand.
While his report details the technical side of his Nuffield experience, the annual dinner will be an opportunity to hear the personal side of the 16 weeks of international agricultural travel, as well as catching up with fellow farmers and enjoying a social night out.
Chef Michele Seymour has been engaged to provide dinner, while our friends at Australian Grain Technologies (AGT) have again agreed to provide the bar for the evening. Bus transport will be available from some locations.
Tickets are $60 per person and available online at https://www.trybooking.com/WCWF
If you would like to book a seat on the bus, please email events@farmlink.com.au or call the office on (02) 6980 1333.

Apr 26

Lisa Anderson at the helm of FarmLink Board

Posted by Cindy Cassidy at Thursday, April 26, 2018

Reflecting on and looking forward to ongoing change, growth and innovation was a strong theme coming out of FarmLink’s Annual General Meeting held at Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre (TAIC) on Monday, March 19.
Retiring Chair of the Board, Darryl Harper reflected on the results of 2017, which included a profit of $126,529 and the ongoing implementation of good governance and processes.
“FarmLink is also continuing to build and manage beneficial relationships with stakeholders. We are entering a new phase with a new partnership with Hutcheon and Pearce which will take us down the path of precision agriculture, disc seeding, minimum till and controlled traffic farming, which we see as a new opportunity for FarmLink and TAIC,” Mr Harper.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Donald Coddington and sons for their excellent work in the past at TAIC and wish them well in the future.”
Mr Harper went on to explain that with the new Hutcheon and Pearce partnership, FarmLink had assembled a group of farmers on a steering committee to assist in the transition to using the new machinery, technology and farming system, which will assist in working through any teething problems which may be encountered.
He went on to thank the FarmLink staff and CEO Cindy Cassidy. “It has made my role as chair so much easier and less stressful by having an excellent CEO and staff,” Mr Harper said.
He also thanked the volunteer board members for their commitment and professionalism.
The AGM brought with it a change of personnel on the FarmLink Board of Directors.
Lisa Anderson was appointed the new Chair of the Board, while vacancies left by the retirement of both Mr Harper and Robert Patterson will be filled by new board members Jenny Thompson and John Stevenson. Rob McColl will continue in the Deputy Chairman role, with continuing board members including Ron Heinrich, Bernard Hart and Michael Sinclair.
Incoming Chair Lisa Anderson then presented the 2017 Annual Financial Report on behalf of Ron Heinrich, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee (A and R) and noted her thanks to him for his expertise in that role. She also noted the contribution of Mr Patterson as a member of the A and R committee who was passionate about financials and had great attention to detail.
FarmLink has delivered another operating surplus and has built up good equity over the past four years. The governance and financial position of FarmLink is sound. Mrs Anderson noted FarmLink is going into 2018 forecasting a loss, but hopeful that projects picked up during the year will offset this. Irrespective, the business can withstand a loss if incurred.
Mrs Anderson also announced the appointment of a new Senior Agronomist, Eva Moffitt, who will start work with FarmLink in April. She too thanked staff for their contribution.
CEO Cindy Cassidy presented the 2017 Research Report, an annual summary of research carried out during the past 12 months which will now be distributed to members.
Mrs Anderson also had the task of presenting a gift of appreciation to Mr Harper for his contributions to the board, particularly in his role as chair and the time and efforts he dedicated to the job. In doing so she also thanked Darryl’s wife, Christina, for supporting Darryl and FarmLink.

Apr 26

Eva joins the FarmLink team

Posted by Cindy Cassidy at Thursday, April 26, 2018

Eva Moffitt has filled the role of Senior Research Officer at FarmLink, an addition welcomed by CEO Cindy Cassidy.
A precision agriculture expert with a passion for agriculture which was sparked growing up on her Temora district family farm, Eva joined the FarmLink team in early April – a perfect fit considering FarmLink’s recent move to precision agriculture (PA), disc seeding, minimum till and controlled traffic farming at Temora Ag Innovation Centre and the growing interest in precision technologies across Southern NSW.
Eva graduated with a Science degree with Class 1 Advanced Honours from the University of Wollongong. She studied geosciences and biology and was the University Medallist for the Science Faculty in 2011.
“Eva’s training and experience in soil science and biology gives her a strong foundation for this research role with FarmLink.
“With her recent experience in design and application of precision technologies on farm, Eva is a wonderful addition to the FarmLink team.
“She brings with her a skill set which will fit perfectly into FarmLink, Temora Ag Innovation Centre and of course farming right throughout Southern NSW. Along with our members, we are entering a very exciting time in agriculture, where PA strategies are becoming an essential part of farming operations,” Ms Cassidy said.
“Eva is currently getting up to speed with our existing and new projects as well as joining the rest of the team in preparations for this year’s sowing.
“We’re looking forward to introducing everyone to Eva in the coming months as she settles into her new role and gets to know FarmLink members and their passion for agriculture.”
Eva comes to FarmLink from her role as an advisor with Precision Agriculture where she provided insight and actionable management outcomes for farmers across Southern and Central NSW through utilising spatial technology in agriculture.
She is also heavily involved in her family’s farming operations in the West Wyalong and Temora districts, working with parents Chris and Merran Goesch, brothers Alex and Liam,
and husband Alex.