Aug 12

Open Day 2021 cancelled

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Thursday, August 12, 2021

The FarmLink team has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Open Day. The evolving COVID-19 situation in NSW has impacted the ability of many of our scheduled presenters to travel between local government areas or interstate to attend the event.
However, we know that among our members there is great interest in the trials we had planned to showcase, and in the workshops and demonstrations that were part of the Open Day schedule. For this reason, we have decided to opt for a video/online format, which will allow our members to see the scale and results of the agronomic research that is taking place at the TAIC and on participants’ properties. The short video format will include an overview from the FarmLink project lead, James or Hayden, a tour of the trial and a presentation and discussion of results. First up will be the pre-emergent demo and the mixed species grazing trial, with other trials, workshops and panels to follow.
We will also schedule small scale in-person tours of the trials, which, while having limited numbers, will allow members to see the trials here at TAIC for themselves and to discuss what’s going on.
Keep an eye out for your fortnightly eLink newsletter and on our socials for when these trial discussions will be available.

Feb 27

Money and the Mind workshops

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Thursday, February 27, 2020

UPDATED UPDATE:  the workshop will now be presented as a webinar series. Find out more about Money and the Mind - webinar series

UPDATE: Sorry everyone - the workshops have been cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. We are hoping to reschedule and will keep you updated once we have some news.
We thank you for your understanding as we prioritise the health and wellbeing of staff, participants and the community as a whole.

Finance and People Management for Successful Farming Businesses is the focus of a half-day workshop - Money and The Mind - to be hosted by FarmLink at TAIC and featuring the return of the ever-popular Carmen Quade, accompanied by Esther Petrie. 
Carmen partnered with FarmLink last year to run the highly successful Farm Budget Masterclass series in 2019, including a session at the FarmLink Open Day.
The Money and the Mind workshops will run twice on Wednesday, March 25, with Carmen and Esther guiding you through a range of topics including –
How and why to prepare an annual report for your business
How to structure finance 
Negotiating interest rate reductions
Alternatives to bank finance
Identifying if drought assistance suits your business
Building great relationships with staff and contractors
Understanding and diffusing tense meeting situations
Respond to conflict or tension within your business or family group
Managing challenging interactions professionally
How to protect your own mental health and wellbeing during tough times
Participants can choose to attend either the 9.30am-12noon session, or 1pm-3.30pm. A combined lunch for all participants will be held from 12-12.45pm. Individual enrolments are welcomed, while farm partners are also encouraged to attend, to share the learning and ability to take the information back to the business.
FarmLink gratefully acknowledges the financial support from Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN Program and Empowering Communities program. Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW Southern Region is also supporting the sessions.
If you would like to participate, contact FarmLink’s Lisa Matthews on or (02) 6980-1333.

Apr 27

Get your farm office organised

Posted by Cindy Cassidy at Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In response to member needs, FarmLink is collaborating with Partners in Grain to bring a Farm Office Efficiences workshop to Temora on Thursday, May 26.

Topics covered during the day will include -

  • Reduce office time by being organised

  • Office design and essential equipment

  • Systems and processes for mail sorting, finances and office filing

  • Keeping of physical records and staff records

  • Going paperless – where to start and what it involves

  • Communication and farm meeting

Register and pay online via the Partners in Grain website

Feb 27

FarmLink members can Meet the Candidates

Posted by Cindy Cassidy at Friday, February 27, 2015

FarmLink members are invited to meet the candidates for the seat of Cootamundra in the forthcoming NSW State Election, by attending a Meet the Candidates evening hosted by Temora Business Enterprise Group in association with the NSW Business Chamber.

During the evening, Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP & Mr Charlie Sheahan will address the gathering, after which, a Q and A session will be held. Only pre-submitted question will be posed, and will be presented by the evening’s chairperson.

The Meet the Candidates evening will be held from 6pm, on Thursday, 12th March, 2015 in the Narraburra Room, Temora Ex-Services Memorial Club. Light refreshments will be provided.

COST - TBEG Members: Free; Non-TBEG Members: $15; FarmLink Members: $10

RSVP and questions for candidate Q&A must be submitted by Monday, 9th March to  or 0429 128 956. Payment will be via cash or cheque at the door.

Jun 19

Did you sow your canola early this year?

Posted by Cindy Cassidy at Thursday, June 19, 2014

FarmLink’s Winter Bus Tour will be looking at early sown trials and much, much more. 

  • Time of Sowing Canola Trials - DPI

  • Early sown Canola on a commercial farm

  • Speed tiller, disc sown crops and GRDC Stubble Initiative Trials

  • Crop Sequencing and Rye Grass Herbicide Resistance Trials

Morning tea and lunch are provided

WHEN: Wednesday 25th June, 2014  8.30am to 4.30pm

DEPARTING: Coolamon Sport and Recreation Club

WHERE: Ganmain, Dirnaseer and Eurongilly

COST: $75 per person  $50 for FarmLink and Landcare Members 

RSVP: 20th June to Erika McAllister for catering purposes EMAIL: PHONE: (02) 6980 1333

This project is assisted by Murrumbidgee Landcare with support from Caring for Our Country (Community Landcare Grant) and the Regional Landcare Facilitator, Murrumbidgee.

May 28

Her Excellency Marie Bashir Opens FarmLink Research Office at Temora

Posted by Cindy Cassidy at Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Marie Bashir AC CVO today officially opened the new offices for FarmLink Research at the Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre.

Her Excellency Marie Bashir commemorated the office opening at the Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre with the planting of a Jacaranda tree outside of the offices.  Her Excellency was joined by Mayor of Temora Shire Council Mr Rick Firman, Deputy Mayor Mr Graham Sinclair and FarmLink Research Chairman Bernard Hart and Alex Goesch Chair of the Temora Ag Bureau.

FarmLink Research has been managing the Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre on behalf of Temora Shire Council for over two years.

Ms Cindy Cassidy, FarmLink Research CEO said partnering with Temora Shire Council to secure the future of the former Agricultural Research Station has allowed us to make a valuable contribution to agricultural research and education activities in the region.

“We are proud of the role we have been able to play in saving the station and reinvigorating agricultural innovation in NSW,” said Ms Cindy Cassidy, FarmLink Research CEO.

“Through management of the facility and the extension activities taking place on a regular basis we are providing farmers and the community with new practices and tools to achieve profitability, productivity and sustainability.”

“From a practical perspective consolidation of staff and resources at the Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre will ensure more efficient and productive operation of the commercial and trial functions at the Centre and within the FarmLink business,” Ms Cassidy said.

The Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre will hold its annual Open Day on Thursday 11th September, 2014.  This event is open to the public and showcases the research and activities that are taking place at the Centre.        


Jan 28

Member Consultation Meetings

Posted by Cindy Cassidy at Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Lockhart Ex- Services Club, 83 Green St, Lockhart, Thursday 6th February, 2014, 9.00am - 10.30am
Grenfell Community Hub, 88 Main St, Grenfell, Friday 7th February, 2014, 9.30am - 11.00am
Harden Country Club, East St, Harden, Friday 7th February, 2014, 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Barellan CWA Hall, Yapunyah St, Barellan, Monday 10th February, 2014, 8.00am - 9.30am
Marrar Hotel, York St, Marrar, Monday 10th February, 2014, 1.00pm - 2.30pm
Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre -  Seminar room, Trungley Hall Rd, Temora, Monday 10th February, 2014, 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Yerong Creek Bowling Club, Tuesday 11th February, 2014 1.30pm - 3.00pm

To attend a meeting click on the link below, please let us know which meeting you will be attending and your name/s.  

If you are unable to attend but would like to know more click on the More information link below and information will be emailed to you when all Member Consultation meetings are completed.
More Information 

Nov 28

Grain Leaders Workshop

Posted by Cindy Cassidy at Thursday, November 28, 2013

Grain growers and industry professionals in the southern cropping region have until December 9 to apply for participation in a two-day Resilient Grain Leaders workshop.

The workshop, to be held in Bendigo (Victoria) on March 13-14, is a new Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) skills and capacity-building initiative.

The Resilient Grain Leaders program has been established by the GRDC to help ensure that the Australian grains industry attracts and retains the right people with the skills and capabilities to contribute to the long term sustainability of the industry.

During the course, for which places are limited, participants will develop an understanding of what contributes to an effective team; recognise the value in understanding personality types and team role preferences and how to effectively work with diversity to maximise team performance; and understand the purpose of effectively matching leadership style to individuals and situations in developing a supportive team environment.

Participants will also develop time management and delegation skills to effectively work within and lead a team; develop and apply skills to effectively give and receive feedback, implement performance management processes and manage conflict; and formulate an action plan for implementation which considers key learnings and how they will be applied by participants in their workplace.

Please see attached Grain Flash for further details, or go to

Oct 16

FarmLink hosts Argentinian Farmers

Posted by Cindy Cassidy at Wednesday, October 16, 2013

On Tuesday 15th October FarmLink Research hosted a group of Argentinian farmers who were representing a farming systems group, Regional Consortiums of Agricultural Experimentation (CREA). CREA is the mother organisation of about 200 CREA groups throughout Argentina, divided into 18 different ecological and productive regions.  The objective of the organisation is to promote technological and managerial development of its members.  

The CREA group were very interested in finding out more about how to manage Ryegrass and its resistance to Glyphosate.  Ryegrass resistance is a major problem in the southern regions of Argentina, the visitors showed keen interest in the crop sequencing trial at Eurongilly and inspecting Ryegrass numbers amongst the different plot crop sequences and herbicide treatments.

Most of the CREA group have grown Canola but with not alot of success.  The major issue identified was knowing the optimum time to cut Canola as well as matching this with available machinery/contractors. Much discussion was generated around managing trash and improving yields.

The fact that early grazing of crops by sheep with no impact to yield and minimal impact to soil structure was new information to the group and after visiting the Water Use Efficiency trial site south of Temora some members of the group are keen to reproduce this trial in their homeland with cattle.

The breeding objectives for a poll hereford stud north of Temora was also a focus for the group as well as joining percentages and marketing.

Over the last 20 years there has been massive changes in the major export commodities for Argentina, from being the world's leading wheat exporter to now being unable to grow enough wheat to make their own bread.  The CREA group visited our region with open eyes and great interest in our research and farming practices.

Oct 16

Support Paul Breust and Raise Funds for Disadvantaged Children

Posted by Cindy Cassidy at Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"The thing that keeps me pedalling on the long rides is that I know it is for such a great cause," Paul Breust.

FarmLink's Research Coordinator, Paul Breust is taking on Australia's largest one day bike ride this weekend. On Sunday 20 October, 2013 Paul will cycle around Melbourne's picturesque Port Phillip Bay to raise funds for The Smith Family and give disadvantaged kids an education.

Paul has been training exceptionally hard over the past few months and has clocked up over 3,500 kms in the seat.  This weekend Paul will take on a 210km bike ride, so we are hoping for calm weather.

So far, Paul has raised over $1100, if you would like to support Paul you can donate as little as $2 or as much as you like, it is all tax deductible.