News

May 04

FarmLink to partner in Drought Resilience and Adoption Hubs

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Tuesday, May 04, 2021

The ability of FarmLink’s grower members to prepare and respond to drought will be enhanced with the opening of a Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub for the southern NSW region.
Announced on April 12 by Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud, the southern NSW Hub will be one of eight across Australia focusing on user-centred agricultural innovation and research.
It will bring together a consortium of research providers – including FarmLink – and users who will work collaboratively to address local drought resilience research and innovation priorities, with the core aims of ensuring research is useful and accessible for primary producers and increasing opportunities to commercialise innovation.
To be housed in the AgriPark at Charles Sturt University, the Hub will support development and uptake of innovative technologies and practices that improve drought resilience. The University will also oversee the co-design with farmers and communities of innovative projects to ensure they deliver what is needed in the region.
Minister Littleproud said, “The Southern New South Wales Hub will be a shopfront for farmers to access innovative technologies and practices that enable them to be more prepared and resilient to drought.”
FarmLink CEO Andrew Bulkeley says, “This is a very significant announcement by the Minister that is set to benefit the members of FarmLink and other farming systems groups in southern and central NSW. The most important aspect of the Hub is that its direction, activities and priorities will be driven by our farmers. This will translate to unprecedented levels of buy-in and adoption of the innovative technologies and practices that emerge from the Hub.”
The hub-and-spoke model will utilise resources, including staff and programs spread throughout southern NSW to capitalise on the members’ skills, assets and networks to generate drought resilience outcomes in areas such as water management, food security, farming systems, agribusiness, community building, regional development and environment.

Apr 26

FarmLink's Southern NSW Winter Farming Ball

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Monday, April 26, 2021

FarmLink is hosting its second Southern NSW Winter Farming Ball on Saturday, June 19, 2021.
The ball will be a celebration of agriculture and the resilience of its people. Guest speaker - author, public speaker, actor, comedian and scriptwriter, Jean Kittson - will entertain and guests will enjoy a three-course meal, live band, as well as wine/beer for the evening.
Date - Saturday, June 19, 2021
Venue - Treflé Exhibition Shed, Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre
Time - 6pm
Cost - $150 per ticket, including three-course meal, beer/wine and entertainment
Dress - Semi-formal

Individual tickets can be purchased, or you can host a table of 10.
If you’d like to reserve a table or have any other enquiries about the ball, feel free to call the FarmLink office on (02) 6980-1333

Apr 06

FarmLink AGM Friday, April 23

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Tuesday, April 06, 2021

FarmLink's Annual General Meeting will be held at Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre on Friday, April 23 at 9am.
The AGM will consider and receive the financial report, Directors' Report and Auditor's report for the year ended December 31, 2020, as well as any general business to be discussed.
All members are invited to attend.

Feb 19

FarmLink 2021 Season Preview

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Friday, February 19, 2021

What will season 2021 hold for growers and producers? Come along to the TAIC on Tuesday, March 9, when FarmLink presents a comprehensive 2021 season preview, as well as an overview of some of the research outcomes from 2020. Covering both cropping and livestock issues, the day will feature a line-up of quality speakers, including Rohan Brill (Brill Ag), Felicity Harris (NSW DPI), Anthony Shepherd (Sheepmatters), Richard Saunders (Pinion Advisory) and FarmLink’s Hayden Thompson. The event is free but bookings are essential.
The day will run from 3pm–6pm, concluding with a BBQ and drinks.
> Book via https://www.trybooking.com/BPACO

Oct 26

Andrew Bulkeley new FarmLink CEO

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Monday, October 26, 2020

FarmLink Research today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Andrew Bulkeley as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective 9th of November 2020. He will replace Cindy Cassidy, who leaves to join the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in the position of General Manager, Agriculture.
Mr Bulkeley joins FarmLink with extensive experience in research and development, production, leadership and talent development. He has a background and education in systems agriculture and business administration. Mr Bulkeley spent 25 years with the British American Tobacco Group, developing and deploying business, R&D and operations strategies both in Australia and internationally.
Since returning to Australia in 2017, Mr Bulkeley has been consulting with agricultural firm Rounding Up across a range of projects. This has included the development of a National Variety Trial Scheme for the emerging industry of industrial hemp on behalf of AgriFutures Australia, and most recently supporting Cessnock City Council to establish an Agribusiness Cluster Action Plan to facilitate growth for the Hunter region’s agricultural sector.
Mr Bulkeley owns a mixed farming operation in northern NSW and has a long family history in broadacre cropping.
“I am delighted with the opportunity to join the FarmLink team,” Mr Bulkeley said. “Since its establishment in 2003 FarmLink has, through focused effort, hard work and extensive collaboration, delivered an impressive suite of research and new knowledge to the agricultural community. The Board, outgoing CEO Cindy Cassidy and the team must be applauded for their achievements and leadership. I can already sense the great energy, warmth and passion that runs through the organisation, and look forward to working collectively to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.”
Mr Bulkeley paid tribute to Ms Cassidy for the outstanding growth that the organisation has experienced over the past seven years under her leadership and the dynamic team culture she has fostered.
“Cindy’s contribution to FarmLink’s vision and values over many years is nothing short of outstanding, and the BOM are fortunate to have someone of such great leadership joining their ranks.”
Outgoing CEO Cindy Cassidy says she believes Mr Bulkeley’s blend of commercial and people leadership skills will enable FarmLink to continue its strong trajectory of growth into the future.
“This is a fantastic move for FarmLink and for Andrew. FarmLink has a great team in its staff and board, a passionate and engaged membership and a strong balance sheet. The business is ready for the next stage of its evolution and Andrew has the skills and experience to take it there,” said Ms Cassidy.

About FarmLink Research
Founded in 2003, FarmLink Research Limited (FarmLink) is a not-for-profit agricultural research and extension organisation in southern NSW. It is owned by growers and utilises the expertise of advisers and researchers. The company’s objective is to coordinate and communicate private, public and grower group-funded research and development activities both within the region and nationally.
FarmLink’s portfolio of research projects is growing year on year. Projects address issues relating to soils, water use efficiency, conservation farming, mixed farming, and digital and precision agriculture, among others.

Sep 10

FarmLink Fridays

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Thursday, September 10, 2020

The farm at TAIC plays host to a range of trials and right now, in Spring 2020, it has never looked better.
The team at Temora is keen to show FarmLink members – or anyone with an interest – around the TAIC farm, and to this end, is introducing ‘FarmLink Fridays’. Matt, James or Hayden will give visitors a tour of the trial sites and discuss FarmLink’s various projects.
Projects hosted at TAIC include:
• Disc seeding / zero tillage
• Lime incorporation + acidity
• Breeding trials
• Weather station / moisture sensors
• Dung beetles
• Rhizoctonia demo
• Feathertop Rhodes grass herbicide plant-back demo
Bookings are essential. Contact Matt Kelly on 0407 968 081 or matt@farmlink.com.au

Aug 07

COVID-19 causes Open Day cancellation

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Friday, August 07, 2020

After much deliberation, FarmLink has taken the difficult decision to cancel the face-to-face FarmLink Annual Open Day.
The risk posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty around organising the event for September left management with little choice. We will continue to present project outcomes, research and workshops to producers via different platforms and approaches.

Jul 27

Major FarmLink announcement

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Monday, July 27, 2020

FarmLink is entering a phase of change with the announcement this week that Chief Executive Office, Cindy Cassidy, will leave the organisation later in the year to take up an opportunity with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Cindy will become the General Manager of the Agriculture Program at BOM, starting in the role in November.
Cindy has thoroughly enjoyed her time with FarmLink, and her excitement about the opportunity this new role presents, is tinged with sadness to be leaving and great organisation and team.
“This is a really good time for FarmLink to introduce a new CEO,” she said.
“FarmLink has grown over time to be in a really solid position. We have a broad project portfolio which is continuing to grow with research and extension being conducted by our excellent FarmLink team.
“Our skills-based board will continue to provide its expert leadership and advice, and will meet soon to begin the recruiting process for the new CEO.”
As this process is undertaken, it will be business as usual at FarmLink, with staff delivering on projects, managing Temora Ag Innovation Centre and continuing the strong relationships with members, partners and industry peers.

May 21

Money and the Mind - the webinar series

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Thursday, May 21, 2020

A new approach to presenting learning opportunities to FarmLink members under COVID-19 restrictions will see the Money and the Mind workshop now hosted as a webinar series, beginning June 10.
After canvassing those interested in the original workshop, we've landed on 10.30am to 11.30 on Wednesday mornings as the best time to run the webinars. They will be held over June 10, 17, 24 and July 1.
Carmen Quade and Esther Petrie will present the series which will focus on Finance and People Management for Successful Farming Businesses. 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.
Carmen and Esther will guide you through a range of topics in the webinar series 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
Individual resgistrations are welcomed, while farm partners are also encouraged to attend, to share the learning and ability to introduce the knowledge into the farm 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 lisam@farmlink.com.au or 0428 789 605. Spaces will be limited, to allow for an interactive webinar experience.
NB - For anyone concerned about joining a webinar, Carmen and Esther will run a tech check on Tuesday, June 9 at 10.30am to make sure you are ready to go for the first session.

Mar 16

Event cancellations due to COVID-19

Posted by Kylie Dunstan at Monday, March 16, 2020

As we enter an unprecedented phase in world health due to the COVID-19 virus, FarmLink has cancelled planned events for the near future.
This will include the Pulse Check pre-season meetings scheduled for West Wyalong and Marrar and the Money and the Mind Workshops set down for TAIC.
We are currently investigating potential future dates or change of delivery method, such as webinars.
We thank you for your understanding as we prioritise the health and well-being of staff, participants and the community as a whole.