NSW DPI delivered the “Exploring beyond Diesel” webinar on the 10 July 2020. Neil Bull’s commented, 87% of energy used in Australian agriculture is diesel fuel, therefore it was interesting to hear of some realistic options to farm with less diesel. Click here to see the webinar recording available for viewing
Jeremy, Rachel and Graeme attended National Irrigators Council (NIC) Webinar – which included a general briefing from the MDBA on the issues in their report card plus Progress on the SDL supply and constraints projects – particularly those projects considered to be at risk. They also reported on a meeting of Basin Water Ministers’ agreement to conduct a feasibility study on the capacity of the Choke.
Graeme attended Murray Socio-Economic Taskforce – a forum hosted by Regional Development Australia Murray – this is a forum of industry and community representatives to provide feedback on a broad range of issues and the impact of COViD-19. This feedback is then collated and reported to Government.
Graeme and Troy attended an out of session AgriFutures Rice R&D Advisory Panel Meeting. The focus of the meeting was to get an update on the Step Change scoping study being proposed.
Rob Massina, Graeme and Rachel together with representatives from SunRice attended a meeting with Productivity Commission regarding the National Water Initiative (NWI) Review.
Graeme and Troy attended a meeting with Rice Extension Review Panel to finalise the next steps.
Graeme attended a Plant Health Australia (PHA) Fall Army Worm workshop to get an update on the biosecurity risks to Australian agriculture.
Membership Taskforce meeting
Graeme attended AgSkilled 2.0 Steering Committee Meeting. The RGA have been invited to join the steering committee to provide input and guidance on the development of training programs for farmers and farm businesses. Cotton Australia will host the project officer and the NSW Govt has set aside $15 million for 3 years for this initiative. The purpose of the meeting was to develop a MOU for industry participation.
Graeme participated in a National Farmers Federation COVID-19 update.
Rob Massina, Rachel and Graeme together with representatives from SunRice attended a meeting with Interim Inspector General’s office to broadly discuss water policy issues facing the industry.
Graeme and Belinda attended a meeting with Associations Forum to discuss membership and membership benefits and benchmarking in Australia.
Graeme attended the
Murray Socio-Economic Taskforce – hosted by RDA Murray.